Friday, August 29, 2014
I feel like Netflix licensing Blacklist for 2 million per episode is their version of buying bottles in the club.
— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) August 29, 2014
If Joan Rivers can soldier on, so can we all.
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 29, 2014
Us Weekly issues statement: "To simply say Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married ignores a larger spiritual question that has no answer."
— Sean O'Neal (@seanoneal) August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Felix Gillette delves into YouTube's growth in original web series programming and the multi-channel networks that have sprouted up to make money from it and its stars.
Driadonna Roland laments a post-Fresh Prince decline in series with African-American leads, while Robert Rorke notes the uptick in racial diversity coming this fall.
Mike Hale previews the new pilots coming to Amazon today. And Cory Barker considers Amazon's attempts to brand its unique pilot approach. Eric Deggans isn't impressed by the new pilots.
Schroedinger's Tony Soprano
— Calm Tomb (@CalmTomb) August 27, 2014
"Naked and Afraid" seems redundant.
— lanyard (@lanyardigan) August 28, 2014
I don't know anyone who doesn't love Phil Hartman and frankly I don't care to
— Mallory Ortberg (@mallelis) August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
David Chase is now denying that he said whether Tony Soprano is dead or alive, and Matt Zoller Seitz chronicles the fascination with this question. Todd VanDerWerff responds to the response.
Martha Nochimson finally got David Chase to give an answer to the ultimate question about Tony Soprano's fate. Alan Sepinwall offers analysis, as do Alyssa Rosenberg and Sam Adams. Update: Aaaand, never mind.
Officially at the point where if you still hear the Every Simpsons Ever marathon coming from your neighbor's place they're most likely dead.
— Jason Ryan (@JasonRyGuy) August 27, 2014
Most TV: "Do I invest 10 hrs into a period drama about sex/politics or 21 mins into an Iowa couple's new kitchen." 99% of time kitchen wins
— kevinbiegel (@kbiegel) August 27, 2014
Ann Dowd is definitely going to be farting on a CBS pilot next year
— robert kessler (@thebobkessler) August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Emmy awards were handed out last night. Deadline has lists of winners by show and by channel. And there's analysis of the broadcast from Erik Adams, Linda Holmes, Alan Sepinwall, Myles McNutt, Kate Aurthur, Todd VanDerWerff, Nellie Andreeva, Matt Brennan, Hitfix, Brian Stelter, Mario Anzuoni, Hank Stuever, Sarah Larson, Brian Lowry. Plus there are many more links at TV Tattle. Sofia Vergara defended her pedestal routine (which you'll find didn't go over very well with the Good TVeeters), and Ben Travers defends HBO for putting True Detective in Best Drama, where it lost. Travers also says Netflix getting shut out is a negative for TV. Katie Kilkenny points to Billy Eichner's Emmys bit as an insightful sendup of the Emmys. Amanda Cuda proposes reasons for why people are mad Modern Family keeps winning but happy about other repeat winners. Scott Feinberg says the voting process is broken.
In lieu of a Beyonce medley, tonight's Emmys will be capped by 16 minutes of Julianna Margulies showing off all her indignant looks.
— Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) August 25, 2014
WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME FOR WOMEN ON TELEVISION yeah lady say it from a rotating platform while the president of the Academy smirks.
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) August 26, 2014
In the deafening silence after I finish live-tweeting an awards show, I understand why Judy took pills.
— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Gray Television has renewed its affiliate deal with CBS, while WISH in Indiana has to figure what to do without CBS affiliation next year, as the network dropped it over a reverse compensation dispute.
TiVo is offering a new DVR made for a pay TV-free household, while a San Francisco startup company has a tablet featuring over-the-air television.
Rather than Google as expected, Amazon will purchase Twitch, a video game streaming company. Richard Taylor considers what Amazon could be looking for here, and Will Richmond says that Twitch could become for Amazon what YouTube is for Google. Emir Afrati investigates why Google didn't make the deal.
Emily Steel reports on opposition to media mergers from the head of Rural Media Group, who argues that such consolidation especially hurts rural America.
Theme: African-American Media
- Monday, August 25, 2014 - Miriam J. Petty (Northwestern University) presents: Names and Claims: "Shabooya, Roll Call!"
- Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Mark D. Cunningham (Austin Community College) presents: No Apologies Necessary: Determining What Is "Good" in Black Popular Culture
- Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA) presents: Dad’s Hollywood Secret
- Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Nina Cartier (Northwestern University) presents: Swinging the Pendulum of Black Pop Culture Feminism
- Friday, August 29, 2014 - Terri Francis (Indiana University) presents: Josephine Baker’s French African American Films
The Emmys are on tonight, and Todd VanDerWerff offers an explanation for why we're getting the broadcast on a Monday, as does Josef Adalian. Brian Lowry looks at how awards prestige matters in today's era of TV, and Emily Steel also considers the value of winning an Emmy as the competition for one grows. Stuart Elliott notes that the live broadcast is attractive to advertisers. Olivia Goldhill considers why British TV does so well at the Emmys.
All I know is Beyoncé cares about other people & other artists. Look at how she let them open up for her at her show & even MTV was there.
— Roblé (@ChefRoble) August 25, 2014
Taylor Swift: "I'm not a feminist." Beyonce: "Not only am I a feminist, but I'm gonna sing about it while Jay-Z holds our baby." <3 #VMAs
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 25, 2014
I would not be surprised if True Blood ended with the whole cast pointing and laughing at me.
— Sean O'Neal (@seanoneal) August 25, 2014