Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Masters of Sex Fashion

Showtime has posted a video on costuming in Masters of Sex.

Big Brother Israel

David Caspi looks at how Israel's Big Brother is carrying on production despite the regional warfare.

The Killing Survives

Andy Greenwald looks at why The Killing has yet to be killed.

TV Everywhere's Problems

FierceCable outlines four reasons why TV Everywhere has yet to proliferate.

Big Bang Delay

Production on The Big Bang Theory is delayed as the cast continues contract negotiations.

Comcast Memo

The Verge has a copy of the memo Comcast sent to staffers after the customer service call from Hell went viral.

AJAM Ratings

Joe Flint reports that the Gaza crisis has brought a boost to Al Jazeera America's ratings.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

News Impartiality

UK journalist Jon Snow posted an impassioned report about Gaza on YouTube, and James Ball is frustrated that impartiality regulations most likely prevented the segment from airing on Channel 4.

Policy Conference

The Media Industries Project has posted videos of its Dirty Sexy Policy conference panels, which "brought together prominent scholars, attorneys, activists, regulators, and journalists to explore current challenges to media policy."

Best Shows

A great list for summertime debate: Tim Surette names the best show on each network and cable channel right now.

BSkyB Rejected

BSkyB's European expansion plans have hit a snag, as a major Sky Deutschland shareholder has declined an offer.

Summer Ratings News

Toni Fitzgerald notes that CNN has leapfrogged MSNBC for second in cable news 25-54 ratings in July, and she highlights the summer's smartest ratings-driven network programming moves this summer.

Twin Peaks Links

Todd VanDerWerff proposes eleven shows that wouldn't have existed without Twin Peaks' influence. And Nathan Ditum expresses disappointment with watching the series on DVD in digital high-definition rather than fuzzier analog.

Baseball Battles

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is getting stern with Time Warner Cable over the Dodgers standoff with DirecTV, even reserving blame for TWC's CEO. There's also a TV battle going on between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Netflix-AT&T Deal

Janko Roettgers reports that AT&T has made a peering deal with Netflix.

Community Panel

Michael Schneider looks at the drama behind scheduling the Community panel at Comic-Con through a period of uncertainty about the series' future.

Last Week Tonight is Tomorrow

Liz Shannon Miller argues that John Oliver's Last Week Tonight represents a new future of late night.

Palin Skepticism

Alyssa Rosenberg doesn't expect Sarah Palin's online channel to result in much media change.

Sitcom Cities

Maria Bustillos looks at how the settings of some iconic sitcoms have helped shape assumptions about urban America.

Bachelorette & Sex

Linda Holmes highlights the weird treatment of sex in The Bachelorette, with last night's finale as a prime example.

Smith Suspended

ESPN has suspended Stephen A. Smith for a week, as president John Skipper told staffers in a memo.

Hulu Takes Manhattan

Hulu Plus has picked up exclusive streaming rights to WGN America's Manhattan.

AMC's Performance

John McDuling looks at where AMC stands as a possible acquisition target.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg and Spotted.

Indie TV

Ben Travers talks to Maggie Gyllenhaal about why TV has become attractive to the indie film community.

Naked Shows

David Bauder notes the trend of cable shows presenting various activities with people in the nude.

Liberty Spin-Off

Reuters reports on Liberty Media's process of spinning off its cable assets.

Classic TV Article

I refused to link to that terrible NYT article on how boring classic TV is, but I'll link to Max O'Connell's ripping of that article.

Comic-Con Marketing

Ed Martin looks at how TV marketers have effectively exploited Comic-Con.

Southland Suit

A family has brought suit against the producers of Southland claiming that a real autopsy photo was used in the show's opening credits without their authorization.

Exec Exits

Esquire is reportedly losing its head of digital exec, while Nikke Finke says E!'s president is out.

Good TVeets

Monday, July 28, 2014

Comcast Donations

Jonathan Tamari covers who Comcast gives donations to, including political entities.

C-SPAN Streaming

C-SPAN will soon require pay TV authentication for access to live online fees of its TV channels.

Best Gay Character

Daniel D'Addario praises Masters of Sex for its portrayal of closeted gay life in the 1950s.

Middle East Dramas

With The Honourable Woman soon to air in the US and Tyrant already in motion, Dave Itzkoff looks at the challenge of making dramas about the Middle East.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

BBC Worldwide's Performance

Steve Hewlett says BBC Worldwide's annual report gives little clear information on how the company is actually performing.

Top Gear Violation

Ofcom has ruled that the BBC's Top Gear violated UK broadcasting rules with a racial slur.

Comcast Info

The Verge investigated Comcast customer service by speaking to scores of employees, while Haley Sweetland Edwards introduces a print feature on Comcast's CEO as the internet's most powerful man.

SDCC Coverage

The final day of Comic-Con brought panels on Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, and The Following, and Hitfix pinpoints the best and the worst of this year's con.

Fox Sports + Sporting News

Alex Weprin reports that Fox Sports and The Sporting News are uniting their digital properties.

Sarah Palin Channel

Sarah Palin has launched a subscription-based online channel. James Poniewozik offers thoughts.

First Take Apology

Stephen A. Smith has apologized on First Take for his domestic violence comments, but Matt Yoder says it was only a matter of time before First Take led to a PR nightmare for ESPN.

Good TVeets

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sitcom Scheduling

Sam Stecklow considers why networks seem to sabotage certain sitcoms by airing episodes out of order.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Netflix Streaming

Bloomberg talks to Netflix's person in charge of keeping the service streaming about ISPs and net neutrality.

SDCC Coverage

There were panels at Comic-Con on Warner Bros. TV properties, ArrowConstantine, women who kick ass, Agents of SHIELD, The Vampire Diaries, Defiance, True Blood, and Family Guy, and news of a Firefly cast reunion.

Good TVeets

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Corporate Cultures

Bloomberg notes that one obstacle to a Fox-Time Warner merger is the contrasting corporate cultures at each.

Australian Waiting

Graham Spencer detailed delays between US TV premieres and their airing in Australia: "It's pretty astonishing that in 2014 Australians face lengthy and uncertain delays before getting access to some of the most critically acclaimed TV shows – and not just on digital stores, but even on Foxtel, where you’re paying a significant premium."

Abortion Episodes

A new Tumblr will review TV episodes about abortion, with Sex and the City and Degrassi High offering the first entries.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Comedy Central Renewals

Comedy Central wants more Drunk History and Nathan For You.

SDCC Coverage

Hitfix covered panels at Comic-Con on Orphan Black, Arrow, The Originals, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones.

Good TVeets