Monday, August 29, 2016

Morning Changes

Charles Osgood will leave his longtime Sunday Morning post on CBS next month, while Good Morning America will start a new era featuring Michael Strahan and a live audience.

Fear the Walking Dead in Mexico

Todd VanDerWerff says shooting in Mexico is setting Fear the Walking Dead apart and paying off narratively.

Bob Ross, Artist

NPR's Morning Edition discussed the rise of Bob Ross, TV/Netflix star-painter.

Inclusion Rather Than Diversity

Melanie McFarland argues that a prioritization of inclusion, not just diversity could bring genuine, lasting change to the industry.

State of Fox News

Derek Thompson writes about Fox News' aging demographic problem. And Sarah Ellison wonders if Fox News can keep star Megyn Kelly around. Meanwhile, Brian Steinberg reports Fox News wants to move the latest harassment lawsuit to arbitration.

CBS + Viacom

Bloomberg says the prospect of CBS and Viacom recombining has gotten more likely.

Stranger Things & "Plotblocking"

Andrew Matthews argues that Stranger Things has a plotting and pacing problem binge-worthy shows are susceptible to.

More TV Homes

Nielsen has increased its estimated number of TV households to 118.4 million, reversing a two-year downward trend. But Peter Kafka notes that broadband-only homes now count.

Big Brother's Toxicity

Andy Dehnart laments that this summer has brought another toxic, sexist season of Big Brother, but says the the show won't change until ratings decline.

Shows Ending

HLN has cancelled Dr. Drew, NBC has announced Grimm will end with its upcoming sixth season, and Pretty Little Liars will depart Freeform after its seventh season, which the showrunner discusses. And in an update to previous news, Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan say it was their decision to end their TV Land show at two seasons.

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Warning: Cat-related spoilers for The Night of in here.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Millennials' Online Video Preferences

Colin Dixon outlines strategies online video providers are using to attract Millennials, including exclusive content.

Twin Peaks Fandom

Andy Hazel chronicles a longtime Twin Peaks fan festival.

CAA Revelations

Tatiana Siegel says CAA partners are dealing with angry staffers over financial revelations from a new book about the agency.

ESPN's Vulnerability

Toni Fitzgerald says ESPN's recent struggles make it vulnerable to competition from Fox Sports, which has teamed up with Sports Illustrated on an advertising deal.

Fall Freshman Hopes

Brian Steinberg mines more data from Variety's survey of media buyers to find what new fall shows they think will do the best in C3 ratings.

Star Trek's All Access Challenges

Maureen Ryan has concerns about Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access in regard to ad load and storytelling.

Great Sports Announcing

Noel Murray explains what the best sports broadcasters, like Vin Scully, do that makes them the best.

Season Storytelling Analysis

Maureen Ryan considers the perils of provocative moves in the second seasons of Mr. Robot and UnREAL, while LARB writers debate BoJack Horseman's innovative third season.

The Aging of Fox News

Anousha Sakoui says Fox News may be enjoying big election year ratings, but it has a big average viewer age problem. And Jack Shafer says Fox News may have hit its viewership ceiling and offers advice to the Murdochs about how to change the channel's formula going forward.

Empire Lawsuit

Fox has been hit with a lawsuit over mistreatment of teens at a juvenile detention center Empire filmed at.

Survivor's Remorse Renewed

Starz wants a fourth season of Survivor's Remorse.

Religion on TV

Margaret Lyons and James Poniewozik talk about representations of religion in recent TV shows.

Netflix Stock Advice

Timothy Green insists Netflix is a bad stock buy because it doesn't have a durable enough competitive advantage.

Glover & Atlanta

Rembert Browne profiles Donald Glover and his new FX show Atlanta, which has an all-Black writing staff.

Nashville News

Nashville will launch its fifth season on CMT in January, but Connie Britton will appear in only 10 of the 22 episodes.

DWTS & Image Rehab

Megan Garber considers Ryan Lochte's chance of rehabbing his image on Dancing With the Stars as others have done previously.

GBBO Beats the Olympics

The return of The Great British Bake Off on the BBC drew more viewers than any moment of the Olympics.

Viceland's Ratings

Viceland has half the viewers of the channel it replaced, and while those viewers are a lot younger than H2 used to draw, Oriana Schwindt notes they aren't as young as Vice Media's CEO insisted they would be, illustratring how tough it is to lure Millennials to TV sets.

BuzzFeed Reorganizes

BuzzFeed has reorganized into two divisions, a news group and an entertainment group.

RIP Steven Hill

Longtime Law and Order actor Steven Hill has died.

CBC Praise

Wade Rowland praise the CBC for illustrating the value of public broadcasting in airing the final Tragically Hip concert.

More on the Olympics

Sapna Maheshwari looks back on streaming's role during the Rio Olympics. Daniel Holloway reports that NBC was taken by surprise by the number of people streaming, and A.J. Katz says those figures give NBC optimism going forward. Michael O'Connell's takeaway is the need to better monetize streaming. Raymond Snoddy compares NBC's coverage with the BBC's. Stuart Elliot wasn't impressed by the ads that aired during the Games. Lauren Goode and Sean O'Kane cover the live-streaming technology NBC put in place for the Olympics, which could play a future role in TV. And Sean Keeley says the Olympics ratings show remind us how much NBC overpaid for the rights.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Social Shows

Karen Fratti has data ranking networks and shows by their social media engagement success.

Peak TV Challenges

Eric Deggans says Fear the Walking Dead suffers from a lack of engaging characters in a time of peak competition, while Melanie McFarland points to Lethal Weapon and Rectify, which share a key actor, as representative of the Peak TV battle for attention.

Netflix Subscriber Growth

New analysis indicates Netflix will have more subscribers outside the U.S. than in it by 2018.

Halt & Catch Fire Praise

Halt and Catch Fire returns tonight, and Maureen Ryan praises the show's evolution, while Todd VanDerWerff sees TV drama's future in it.

Set-Top Box Plan Change

Kyle Daly says it looks like the FCC is changing course on its set-top box proposal plan.

Political Meme Power

Chuck Tryon discusses the power that political memes have taken on in this presidential election.

DreamWorks Deal Closes

Comcast's deal to acquire DreamWorks Animation has now officially closed.

All About Zoo

Brian Grubb introduces us to the amazingness of Zoo, and it's all true.

Corporate Synergy

Angela Watercutter charts out the corporate synergy across a number of pop culture partnerships.

Viacom News

Philippe Dauman is expected to exit Viacom with a boatload of money, though a Redstone granddaughter is challenging the settlement. Going forward, some analysts are calling for CBS and Viacom to recombine. Brian Steinberg also considers the possible CBS-Viacom future.

HBO Europe Dramas

Vladmir Kozlov reports on original drama expansion for HBO Europe.

BBC Youth Viewing Drop

BBC channels have reportedly seen a nearly 20% drop in youth viewership following the move of BBC Three online.

E! Promotional Boost

Brian Steinberg reports on an E!'s promotional attempts to tout the digital availability of its news offerings.

Aiding Trump

Brian Stelter tries to pinpoint what role Roger Ailes is playing in Donald Trump's campaign, while Jim Rutenberg reports that Sean Hannity has become a Trump advisor.

Thursday Night Football Ad Prices

Brian Steinberg reports that NBC is asking for higher ad rates for Thursday Night Football than CBS.

Streaming Growth

Lisa Richwine reports on the expansion of on-demand offerings as TV networks try to battle cord cutting. But Matt Pressberg proposes that we're getting too many streaming services to keep up with and bundling and consolidation seem inevitable. Quentin Hardy looks at how streaming is affecting sports viewership.

Gaffigan Show Cancelled

The Jim Gaffigan Show has ended and won't be back on TV Land for a third season.

More on FNC Harassment

A former Fox News host has filed a lawsuit against the outlet claiming retaliation for a harassment complaints. Brian Stelter reports that there are some inaccuracies in the lawsuit. James B. Stewart says previous lawsuit settlements kept a lid on the toxic environment at Fox News.

Olympics Wrapup

Josef Adalian offers thoughts on why NBC's ratings for the Rio Olympics were so low, and Oriana Schwindt says you can't blame Millennials. Cynthia Littleton reports on NBCU's ratings tallies for the fortnight, and A.J. Katz insists NBC did at least earn a medal, even if results fell short of expectations. Richard Sandomir says NBC must eye the next set of Olympics with some concern, Andrew Wallenstein offers suggestions for changes. Sonia Saraiya reflects on the athletic competition and says at least NBC eventually realized that women were the stars. Phil Mushnik is critical of NBC forcing anchors to shill, while JenΓ©e Desmond-Harris laments the sexism, racism, and homophobia that were on display across the coverage. James Dator is highly impressed with a BBC Olympics overview video. The Rio Olympics were the most-watched Summer Games ever in Canada.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Gay Culture on TV

June Thomas and Daniel Hubbard have posted a video exploring how television represents gay culture.

Spectrum Economics

Ben Christopher delves into how economists helped shape the spectrum auction.

Amazon's Pilot Placement

Will Richmond assesses the value of Amazon placing its pilots on YouTube and Facebook.

Penny Dreadful Production Design

Maureen Ryan talked with Penny Dreadful's Emmy-nominated production designer.

Anchors Suspended For Weight

Eight female television presenters in Egypt have been suspended for being overweight and ordered to go on diets.

Ad Countdown Clock

Turner channels are testing out countdown clocks on ad breaks to keep viewers tuned in and highlight their shorter ad loads.

North Korea's Netflix-Roku

Janko Roettgers covers North Korea's introduction of a Roku-like device that offers a Netflix-like service, albeit via a highly restricted network.

MTV Classic's Chances

Amanda Hess wonders if Millennials will turn on the TV to see what MTV Classic is offering them.

Pivot Ending

The Millennial-targeted cable channel Pivot will close up shop by the end of the year. Phillip Swann sees this as part of the larger decline of niche channels, as does Alan Wolk.

An Illustration of "Cinematic TV"

Matt Zoller Seitz and Chris Wade have posted a video essay that defines what they mean by the phrase "cinematic television."

The Challenges of Making TV

Debra Birnbaum talked with Emmy-nominated UnREAL writer Marti Noxon and Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter about the challenge of making TV in a time of increased viewer expectations.

Mr. Robot Renewed

Mr. Robot will get a third season.

Twist Limitations

Matt Zoller Seitz laments that shows like Mr. Robot have overloaded on twists that detract from the story. And Todd VanDerWerff pinpoints problems with the kind of "can you top this?!" season that 24 once became known for.

Emotional Attachments Measured

New Magid research into emotional engagement with TV shows finds dramas like Game of Thrones most valued while docusoap reality TV programs are much less valued.

Projected C3 Figures

Variety surveyed top media-buying agencies to come up with C3 ratings predictions for fall.

Schumer Controversy

Amy Schumer is dealing with criticism over offensive comments made by a comedian who has written for her show. Maureen Ryan offers analysis of the situation.

Diversity Problems

A new study finds women and ethnic minority TV director hiring mostly staying flat, and Todd VanDerWerff points out that network execs talk a lot about diversity but don't do much to foster change.

Brian Williams Gets 11pm Show

Brian Williams will host a nightly election campaign coverage show at 11pm on MSNBC starting on Labor Day.

News Criticism

News outlets have come under criticism for ignoring the flooding tragedy taking place in Louisiana. Ken Wheaton calls it an epic fail. And Matt Taibbi says the summer's presidential election campaign coverage has obliterated the news media.

Trump TV

Donald Trump is finally purchasing TV ad time for his election campaign. There's speculation that he's also planning to start his own media outlet after the election is over.

I Am Cait Cancelled

I Am Cait has been cancelled, but Caitlyn Jenner will appear on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Summer Winners & Losers

Lesley Goldberg and Lacey Rose name winners and losers of this summer's TV.

Olympics' Struggles

Ratings for the Olympics have continued to fall with the biggest declines coming from younger viewers, which Clio Chang blames on the IOC and its media partners. Ben Thompson says this circumstance raises larger concerns about the value of live sports going forward. John Consoli says NBC is keeping advertisers content with makegoods, though. Richard Sandomir is critical of NBC largely ignoring non-US athletes and the network's coverage of Ryan Lochte's situation, and NBC garnered criticism for telling an athlete live on air that he had been disqualified. Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast covers the online delivery of the Olympics. Jason Lynch covers NBC's logic for promoting certain shows over others during the Olympics.

Fox News Developments

Two more execs have left Fox News, while the new co-president Bill Shine has stepped into place. Michael Wolff says the future direction of Fox News will be fought over by the Murdoch family.

Univision Buys Gawker

Univision bought Gawker Media and will shut down the main site. It sees value in the company's other sites, though, especially due to their youth appeal.

Nightly Show Reactions

The final Nightly Show aired on Thursday. Wilmore talked to John Koblin about the show's unexpected end. Wilmore has been critical of Comedy Central's lack of promotional support. Daniel Fienberg says the Nightly Show will be missed, and Angela Bonavoglia says women in particular should be dismayed. Alison Herman points to Comedy Central's larger problems, but the channel's execs insist it's doing fine with advertisers despite its ratings struggles.

Dauman Out

Philipe Dauman is officially out at Viacom. Emily Steel and Georg Szalai & Paul Bond consider what could come next for the company, as the interim CEO strives to reassure employees.

Back in Business

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week, but I got swamped, figuratively and literally (basement flooding). We shall now commence with some catch-up!

Friday, August 19, 2016

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