Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Binge-Watching as Therapy

Pilot Viruet describes how TV helped her get through a tough time in her life.

The Wiz for the Sight-Impaired

A narration track for The Wiz will be available via SAP feeds on local NBC stations for the sight-impaired.

Live TV Excitement

With another live network event coming Thursday night in The Wiz, Molly Eichel considers why live television is still a big audience draw. Networks have been able to charge advertisers a high premium as a result, but Brian Steinberg says those ad rates are declining as Madison Avenue pushes back.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Monday, November 30, 2015

Seasons Two

Matt Zoller Seitz points shows like The Leftovers and Fargo as examples of how a good second season can bring into focus the potential of a series.

TV Diversity

Lavanya Ramanathan explores the assumption that TV has gotten more racially diverse, while Evette Brown explains that Fresh Off the Boat's rich representations of Asian-Americans illustrate the importance of moving beyond single characters representing whole races.

On Ratings

Jon Lafayette details seven things to know about the new ratings system Nielsen is ushering in starting in January. And Vulture has launched a series this week on ratings, starting with Josef Adalian on how changes in ratings values will likely change cancellation and renewal standards. Also, New Girl creator Liz Meriwether explains what it's like to check ratings like (because) your job depends on it.

Streaming Rights Battles

Shalini Ramachandran outlines the negotiations and battles taking place around licensing streaming TV rights (Google News link)

Berlanti Profile

Jason Lynch tells us how Greg Berlanti manages to run six shows at once.

Best TV of 2015

Adweek's TV Hot List for 2015 means it's time to start the huge Best of 2015 TV post!

In this post, I'll link to all the lists I come across for 2015's best TV, worst TV, and whatever TV listicles critics and fans come up with across the next four weeks. I'll do my best to keep up, but if I miss any good ones, let me know. And if you'd like to see how 2014 shook out, here it is (wow, that's a lot of lists).

Supergirl's Feminism

Karra Shimabukuro argues that Supergirl's feminism is more nuanced than many are giving it credit for.

News People Coverage

Chris Ariens talked to Roger Ailes about the success of Fox News. Brendan James profiles MSNBC's Chris Hayes. And Brian Stelter looks at Matt Lauer and Today's rebounding success.

CBS Midseason Schedule

CBS has announced its midseason schedule.

Supergirl Extended

CBS has ordered seven more episodes of Supergirl, for a season total of 20.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Good TVeets

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Real World

Amanda Ann Klein looks back on thirty seasons of The Real World and "the real" in the world it presents.

America's Terrible, Dumb News

With truth and facts no longer seeming to matter in politics today, Matt Taibbi says we're seeing the consequences of decades of treating news as a consumer business.

Saving the Classics

Todd VanDerWerff proposes a way to restore the primacy of classic TV for inclusion in a canon.

BBC Three Online

It's now official that BBC Three will be taken off the air and exist online only next year. Jono Read says this move has ignored public opinion and fails to serve young people.

Noah Interview

Linda Holmes talks with Daily Show host Trevor Noah in a podcast interview.

Empire-Pepsi Criticism

Daniel Holloway chronicles public health advocate objections to Empire's Pepsi storyline.

Brian Williams at MSNBC

David Bauder tells us how Brian Williams is faring at MSNBC.

Disney/ESPN Problems

Disney is seeing steep subscriber losses at many of its cable channels, with ESPN in particular dropping precipitously.

Battling Netflix

Richard Greenfield shares his video presentation on how legacy media companies can compete with Netflix.

Wednesday & Thursday Ratings

Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Thursday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Good TVeets

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NFL Ratings on Thanksgiving

Anthony Crupi covers how typical NFL games on Thanksgiving day draw big multigenerational audiences to the networks.

Comcast vs. YES

Joe Flint and Shalini Ramachandran dig into what's behind the Comcast-YES Network dispute.

Amazon To Offer Subscription Bundles

Lucas Shaw reports that Amazon Prime will soon offer bundled subscriptions to other on-demand services.

Bones Suit

An executive producer of Bones has filed suit against Fox and 21st Century Fox alleging he's been cheated out of millions in revenue due to shady studio accounting practices.

Disney OTT

Colin Dixon says Disney's new European OTT service, DisneyLife, is a sign that traditional pay TV distribution is losing out.

Netflix Secrecy

Nathan McAlone notes that Netflix doesn't even release viewing figures to directors of the projects it hosts.

TV Canon Problems

Todd VanDerWerff says it's probably impossible to establish a canon for TV due to the medium's unique attributes.

Girl Meets World Renewed

The Disney Channel wants a third season of Girl Meets World.

Cheers Thanksgiving Episode

Yahoo has an oral history of the Thanksgiving food fight episode of Cheers.

HBO in 2015

Michael Schneider talks to HBO execs Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo about 2015 as a game-changing year for the outlet.

Cable Ratings

Toni Fitzgerald notes that cable's ability to rate well against the broadcast networks goes beyond The Walking Dead.

Viewing Screens

Benedict Evans considers tech development and viewing decisions in regard to big TV set screens versus small mobile screens.

Comcast Probe

The Department of Justice is investigating if Comcast is hindering cable ad sales competition. (Google News link)

RIP David Canary

Longtime All My Children actor David Canary has died.

Female Meteorologist Fashion

Christina Cauterucci explains what logic lies behind a group of female meteorologists all wearing the same dress.

New Flow Issue

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High Castle Ads Pulled

Amazon has pulled Nazi-insignia advertising for The Man in the High Castle from NYC subways. Update/correction: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reportedly demanded the ads be removed, meaning it may not have been Amazon's decision. And Tim Stenovec now reports it was Mayor Andrew Cuomo who demanded that Amazon remove the ads or the MTA would.

News Talking Heads

Henry Mance explores why TV news has relied so heavily on expert "talking heads."

NBC Wins November Sweeps

NBC has had a dominant sweeps month in 18-49 ratings, with a big edge over number two Fox. Football helped make it happen.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.