Thursday, July 28, 2016

Convention TV

Jim Rutenberg says the DNC has been a much better TV show than the RNC.

Layer3 TV Chicago Launch

Janko Roettgers reports that cable upstart Layer3 TV will launch in Chicago soon.

DNC & TV Characters

Tuesday's events at the Democratic National Convention had Maureen Ryan thinking of cable TV wives, while Wednesday raised the specter of Leslie Knope for Todd VanDerWerff. & Teen Stars

Elspeth Reeve says a new social media app called is becoming a force in teen culture.

Fox News' Toxic Culture

Madeline Berg reports on the toxic culture for women at Fox News under Roger Ailes's stewardship.

Carpool Karaoke on Apple Music

Apple Music will distribute James Corden's Carpool Karaoke segments globally.

Twitter & Live Video

Twitter has announced more livestreamed sports that will appear on the platform. Richard Greenfield wonders if this will court more legacy media companies, and Marty Swant says Twitter is hoping for renewed life from this.

Late-Night Politics

Brian Steinberg covers the encroachment of politics into late-night comedy as the competition gets fierce.

Colbert Character

Stephen Colbert cleverly broke out his Colbert Report persona last night, claiming he was doing so over the objections of Viacom's lawyers.  

MTV Classic

VH1 Classic will morph into a new channel called MTV Classic, which will draw from 35 years of MTV programming, including cult faves like Daria and Clone High.

NBC Upfronts

Broadcast network upfronts are now done, as NBCU became the last to wrap up deals. Brian Steinberg has details of the big volume and CPM increases NBC scored.

Netflix News

It was Netflix day at TCA yesterday, and Ted Sarandos had a lot to talk about, from programming costs to attempts to determine Netflix ratings. Tim Goodman's second TCA journal installment talks about Arrested Development and Mitch Hurwitz. Also at TCA, there was news of Black MirrorLady Dynamite, Real Rob, and Chelsea renewals, and the new Gilmore Girls.

Earlier, Netflix announced a global deal for American Crime Story streaming rights, while Cynthia Littleton offered a deep dive into the troubled production of The Get Down, and Oriana Schwindt assessed Netflix's nostalgia strategy with its originals.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Directing Homeland

Anne Thompson profiles Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter.

TCA Coming

The summer installment of the Television Critics Association press tour starts this week. Lesley Goldberg lists the major questions that will be directed toward each network, and Tim Goodman offers his first TCA journal entry on the challenge for networks to get noticed.

Discovery Ad-Sales Chief Exiting

Discovery Communications' longtime ad-sales president is leaving later this year.

Big Brother in Fall

Andy Dehnart reports that Big Brother will reappear with a new season in the fall.

Redbox Owner Acquired

Redbox's owner is being taken over by a private investment firm.

Conquering Superheroes

Cory Barker assesses the upcoming superhero landscape in TV, following superhero dominance in film.

Comic-Con Thoughts

THR names winners and losers from the Comic-Con film and TV panels, while Todd Martens assesses Comic-Com in terms of fan entitlement.

Upfronts Updates

Jason Lynch says "ugly" is the word for the 2016 upfronts market. Bill Cromwell assesses the media economy in light of upfronts.

Cancellation & Renewal

AMC has renewed Turn for a final season, while HBO has cancelled Project Greenlight.

Fox News & Ailes

Andrew Wallenstein observes that Roger Ailes may be gone, but the debate over the accusations against him lingers. Michael Wolff says Ailes's next moves could indicate what's next for Fox News. Gerry Smith notes that CNN might have a ratings race advantage now. In apparently unrelated news, another Fox News executive is on his way out.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

MST3K Revival

Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be revived on Netflix.

Narco Films in Mexico

Ioan Grillo discusses the impact of popular culture about narcos in Mexico on actual narco culture.

Verizon + Yahoo

Verizon is reportedly on the verge of acquiring Yahoo.

Comic-Con News

If you want to catch up on news out of Comic-Con, like the announcement that Vampire Diaries will end with its eighth season, THR has plenty of coverage. Orphan Black's showrunner talked about the decision to end the series with its upcoming fifth season.

BoJack Horseman's Greatness

Caroline Framke calls BoJack Horseman TV's most ambitious show in her review of its third season. Alan Sepinwall talked with the show's creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, as did Framke.

The Looking Movie

Sonia Saraiya has a review of last night's Looking movie, which wrapped up the series, and Vulture has a roundtable discussion of it.

Covering Trump

Jeff Jarvis offers ideas for how CNN could better interpret Donald Trump for audiences with guests.

More on Ailes

The New York Times has in-depth coverage of the culture of sexual harassment at Fox News. Former Fox News anchor Rudi Bakhtiar is speaking out about her harassment and firing, and Brian Steinberg notes that allegations continue to arise in the wake of Ailes's departure. Isaac Chotiner talked with Ailes biographer, and the reporter who broke much of the recent Ailes news, Gabriel Sherman. Andrew Wallenstein says Rupert Murdoch will have to address Fox News's corporate culture as he takes over from Ailes. Ailes has his defenders, including Sean Hannity and Donald Trump. Brian Stelter says Ailes is now working on his autobiography.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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