Friday, March 6, 2015

Netflix Tax

Michael Geist covers the effort to impose a "Netflix tax" in Ontario.

Yahoo's Community

Michael Schneider looks at how Community found its way to Yahoo.

TV Everywhere Agreement

NBC has its first affiliate deal for live TV Everywhere with Gray Television.

Hannibal Scheduled

NBC has announced its major summer premieres, including Hannibal starting on Thursday, June 4.

Pilot Diversity

Cynthia Littleton notes that minority actors are getting more pilot opportunities this season.

Slow Crime Procedural

Matt Zoller Seitz looks at "the latest, hottest version of the TV procedural. Call it Slow Crime."

Allegiance Done

NBC has cancelled Allegiance and will replace it with a Blackist-themed Dateline series hosted by Richard Engel.

Cord Cutting Discussion

Will Richmond's weekly podcast covers the latest cord cutting figures.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Odd Couple (CBS), Scandal (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: The Blacklist (NBC)
- Modest to Respectable Sampling: American Crime (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Slap (NBC), Backstrom (Fox), Allegiance (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Sweeps Results

Toni Fitzgerald highlights February sweeps winners and losers.

Documentary Viewing

Suhsasini Raj says people in India have found ways to watch a BBC documentary about a brutal gang rape in India despite a government ban.

Popcorn Time

John McDuling warns Hollywood about the piracy platform that is Popcorn Time.


James Wolcott doesn't believe one should brag about binge-watching a show.

HBO Now Pricing

Merrill Barr weighs the value of HBO Now at $15 a month.

New NBC News Head

As was rumored, Andrew Lack will be returning to NBC News as chairman. Marisa Guthrie offers info on Lack. Brian Steinberg looks at the challenges he faces. Nicholas Carlson says NBC News' problems go beyond Brian Williams. Sam Thielman offers analysis.

Scandal Episode

If you missed the Scandal episode that's the talk of the TVeets, Todd VanDerWerff explains what it was all about. Reactions to the episode were mixed. More analysis from Rhonda Nicole and Soraya Nadia McDonald.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chinese SNL

Scott Cendrowski delves into how China is developing its own version of Saturday Night Live.

Parks & Rec Populism

Thomas West explores the representation of populism in Parks and Recreation's Pawnee.

Local News Study

Pew Research Center has released a major study into the state of local news in the digital age, with in-depth analysis of three cities. Josh Stearns highlights some key takeaways.

Netflix Saving the Sitcom?

Jason Lynch considers the possibility that Netflix is saving the modern sitcom with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

News With Ads

Brian Steinberg looks at CNN's new attempts to integrate advertising during its news broadcasts.

Bee to TBS

Samantha Bee will leave The Daily Show for her own show at TBS.

HBO Now Impact

Richard Greenfield considers how HBO Now could change the MVPD ecosystem.

Sling Subscriptions

Peter Kafka reports that Sling TV has signed up 100,000 customers so far.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Survivor (CBS), The Middle (ABC), The Goldbergs (ABC), Empire (Fox), Modern Family (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: Criminal Minds (CBS), The Voice R (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Costumes & Characters

Erin Coulehan looks at the costuming of some powerful female TV characters.

15 Episodes

Jason Lynch says stars signing on for 15-episode network commitments, rather than the usual 22, is becoming more common.

Sports Fees Fight

Phillip Swann highlights Dish Network and AT&T's refusal to pay extra for certain sports programming fees.

TV Apocalypse

TV analyst John Osborn sees the end times coming for the traditional TV business.

Queerness in Adventure Time

As part of a series on LGBT representation in children's TV, Laurence Barber takes a look at Adventure Time.

Saving Star Trek

Todd VanDerWerff offers ideas for revitalizing Star Trek.

Netflix & Net Neutrality

Brian Fung covers Netflix's apparent waffling on net neutrality.


Michael Learmonth reports that HBO's OTT service will be called HBO Now, launch in April, and cost $15 a month.

The New Spike

Spike TV has a new logo, a deal with Dwayne Johnson, and an intent to strive for more gender balance. (Link fixed)

TruTV Scripted Series

TruTV has ordered a scripted comedy series.

Netflix Caps

Janko Roettgers reports on Netflix's negotiation of broadband cap exemption deals in Australia and New Zealand, which seems to run counter to its stated net neutrality stance.

CBS's Youth Appeal

Itay Hod looks at CBS's attempts to target younger demographics.

News Developments

NBC News is reportedly inviting back a former chief, which Dylan Byers says could be good news for Brian Williams. Jordan Chariton looks at why the media has treated Williams differently than Bill O'Reilly, who has seen no ratings impact from his lying allegations.

Diversity Issues

Pilot Viruet weighs the long-term prospects for multicultural representation in TV given this season's examples of diversity success. Unfortunately, a new WGA study finds that most jobs are still going to middle-aged white men. Alyssa Rosenberg also discusses these diversity issues.

Sling TV Additions

AMC, IFC, and Epix are now available on Sling TV.

Comcast Possibilities

Richard Greenfield considers what Comcast might do if the Time Warner Cable merger falls through. And David Liberman reports that Charter is poised to go after TWC if Comcast fails.

Harpo Closing

Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago and move it to Los Angeles.

Sharknado Union Issue

Sharknado 3 is being produced without union contracts, and some crew members have gone on strike.

E! Stunt

E!'s show The Royals pulled off a major publicity stunt at Buckingham Palace in advance of the series premiering in Britain later this year.

Upfronts Chart

Jeanine Poggi has begun a 2015-16 upfronts chart, with info from Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon starting it out.

Netflix vs. HBO

Liam Boluk provides a deep dive into a comparison of the state and future of Netflix and HBO, complete with cool charts.

Religious Trend

Charlotte Howell questions why an evident trend in religious programming has gone largely unreported, particularly amongst what's considered "edgy" fare.

Netflix in China

Reuters covers Netflix's challenging plan to expand to China.

NBCU VOD Service

NBCU is reportedly planning a subscription video-on-demand web service for comedy content, likely anchored by the Tonight Show and SNL. Merrill Barr has analysis.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Voice (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Tired: Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), New Girl (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Repeat After Me (ABC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Forever (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Viacom Metrics

Mike Farrell reports that Viacom is pushing for new ratings metrics, as trust in Nielsen's tools fades.

Millennials Love YouTube

Todd Spangler reports on a new survey finding that Millennials prefer YouTube to TV.

Netflix Movie

Netflix has picked up the rights to a film it will simultaneously release theatrically and online. Theater chains are not happy about this and threaten boycotts.

O'Reilly's Performance Art

Jay Rosen shares thoughts on Bill O'Reilly's performance of so-called resentment news.

Cord-Cutting Negligible

For every article saying cord-cutting is increasingly significantly, there's one saying it isn't, such as this from Will Richmond.

Netflix Launch

Netflix has announced March 24 as the date for its streaming service launch in Australia and New Zealand.

Netflix Premieres

A new season of Orange is the New Black will arrive on Netflix in June, and that month will also bring the premiere of the Wachowskis' Sense8, while Wet Hot American Summer arrives in July.

Daytime Emmys

The Daytime Emmys, which aired online only last year, will air on the cable channel Pop this year.

Same-Sex Kiss

Lane Sainty covers last night's same-sex kiss between 13-year-olds on The Fosters.

Judy Renews

"Judge Judy" has extended her syndication contract for five more years. (Additional eye-popping fact: She makes about $47 million annually.)

Spinoff Life

In considering the possible future for Better Call Saul, Saul Austerlitz compares lifespans for originals and spinoffs from the past.

Most Time-Shifted

Toni Fitzgerald highlights this season's most time-shifted network series, with Glee leading the way.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), Mike & Molly (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: The Bachelor (ABC) -Modest: The Following (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Night Shift (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Snapchat's Ambition

Nicholas Carlson looks at Snapchat's ambition to rival TV.

New Flow

Check out a new Flow issue featuring:

New In Media Res

Theme: Cellphone Witness

  • Monday, March 2, 2015 - Antar Tichavakunda (University of Southern California) presents: On Watching and Seeing: The Limits of Cell Phone Evidence 
  •  Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Vyshali Manivannan (Rutgers University) presents: War Without Witness: Mobile Phone Testimony in Preserving Memory and Truths 
  •  Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - Fatma Matin Khan (University of Delhi) presents: Cellphone Footage as Witness and Instrument for Vigilante Justice 
  •  Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Ben Brucato (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) presents: To Document or Intervene?
  •  Friday, March 6, 2015 - Ben Stork (Seattle University) presents: Politics In Excess of Evidence

Directorial Role

Liz Shannon Miller talks to The Following's executive producer, who is also its lead director, about what these titles mean in TV.

Adventure Time Movie

An Adventure Time movie is in the works, but Charles Kenney questions the late timing. Eric Kohn considers how the movie could affect the show.

Net Neutrality & Comcast

Will Richmond considers how last week's net neutrality vote could impact Comcast's merger efforts.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
- Disappointing: Secrets and Lies (ABC)
- Losers: Dateline (NBC), Battle Creek (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Sports Fan Attention

Christopher Carey looks at how professional sports like soccer and tennis have made adjustments in order to keep TV viewer attention.

State of NBC Comedy

David Sims wonders if the end of Parks and Rec also marks the end of great comedies on NBC.

State of Fox

Jason Lynch talks to Dana Walden about the state of Fox at midseason.

House of Cards Piracy

Todd Spangler reports on global piracy of House of Cards, with China leading the way in downloads.

VOD Frustration

Wayne Friedman reports on a survey finding frustration among TV VOD users in regard to the inability to fast-forward through commercials.

NBC Wins Sweeps

NBC is the February sweeps victor in 18-49 ratings.

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