Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Directing Homeland

Anne Thompson profiles Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter.

TCA Coming

The summer installment of the Television Critics Association press tour starts this week. Lesley Goldberg lists the major questions that will be directed toward each network, and Tim Goodman offers his first TCA journal entry on the challenge for networks to get noticed.

Discovery Ad-Sales Chief Exiting

Discovery Communications' longtime ad-sales president is leaving later this year.

Big Brother in Fall

Andy Dehnart reports that Big Brother will reappear with a new season in the fall.

Redbox Owner Acquired

Redbox's owner is being taken over by a private investment firm.

Conquering Superheroes

Cory Barker assesses the upcoming superhero landscape in TV, following superhero dominance in film.

Comic-Con Thoughts

THR names winners and losers from the Comic-Con film and TV panels, while Todd Martens assesses Comic-Com in terms of fan entitlement.

Upfronts Updates

Jason Lynch says "ugly" is the word for the 2016 upfronts market. Bill Cromwell assesses the media economy in light of upfronts.

Cancellation & Renewal

AMC has renewed Turn for a final season, while HBO has cancelled Project Greenlight.

Fox News & Ailes

Andrew Wallenstein observes that Roger Ailes may be gone, but the debate over the accusations against him lingers. Michael Wolff says Ailes's next moves could indicate what's next for Fox News. Gerry Smith notes that CNN might have a ratings race advantage now. In apparently unrelated news, another Fox News executive is on his way out.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

MST3K Revival

Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be revived on Netflix.

Narco Films in Mexico

Ioan Grillo discusses the impact of popular culture about narcos in Mexico on actual narco culture.

Verizon + Yahoo

Verizon is reportedly on the verge of acquiring Yahoo.

Comic-Con News

If you want to catch up on news out of Comic-Con, like the announcement that Vampire Diaries will end with its eighth season, THR has plenty of coverage. Orphan Black's showrunner talked about the decision to end the series with its upcoming fifth season.

BoJack Horseman's Greatness

Caroline Framke calls BoJack Horseman TV's most ambitious show in her review of its third season. Alan Sepinwall talked with the show's creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, as did Framke.

The Looking Movie

Sonia Saraiya has a review of last night's Looking movie, which wrapped up the series, and Vulture has a roundtable discussion of it.

Covering Trump

Jeff Jarvis offers ideas for how CNN could better interpret Donald Trump for audiences with guests.

More on Ailes

The New York Times has in-depth coverage of the culture of sexual harassment at Fox News. Former Fox News anchor Rudi Bakhtiar is speaking out about her harassment and firing, and Brian Steinberg notes that allegations continue to arise in the wake of Ailes's departure. Isaac Chotiner talked with Ailes biographer, and the reporter who broke much of the recent Ailes news, Gabriel Sherman. Andrew Wallenstein says Rupert Murdoch will have to address Fox News's corporate culture as he takes over from Ailes. Ailes has his defenders, including Sean Hannity and Donald Trump. Brian Stelter says Ailes is now working on his autobiography.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Friday, July 22, 2016

TV Advertising's Decline

Shira Ovide and Rani Molla cover TV's fading grip on ad dollars as eyeballs turn toward the internet.

South Asian & Middle Eastern Men

Isha Aran points to dramas like Mr. Robot and The Night Of as helping to redefine the masculinity of South Asian and Middle Eastern men.

UnREAL & Race

Ira Madison III critiques UnREAL's Black Lives Matter storyline.

Comcast Prepaid Internet

Comcast will start offering prepaid, no-contract broadband and cable service at Boost mobile retail locations.

Al Jazeera English Streaming

Al Jazeera English will launch a live video stream on digital platforms in the US starting this fall.

Teen Wolf Ending

Teen Wolf will end with its 100th episode to close out this upcoming sixth season.

The Fall of Roger Ailes

A set of Washington Post reporters offer new info on the harassment allegations that brought about the resignation of Roger Ailes.

TV & AMC's Struggles

Dustin Rowles points to AMC's ratings struggles as a sign of trouble for Peak TV and its prestige dramas.

Amateur Web Series Evolution

Myes McNutt is impressed by the evolution of web series production at Tufts University and what it says about new media evolution.

Year-Round Marketing

Josef Adalian explores why channels now have to market shows even when they aren't airing.

Podcasts

Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast covers Netflix's subscriber growth problems. Last week's KCRW's The Business talked to Fargo creator Noah Hawley.

YouTube Problems

Mike Shields says media companies are starting to shy away from YouTube distribution in favor of Facebook and other platforms.

Viacom's New Ideas

Sahil Patel profiles the Viacom Lab, which is spearheading experiments into live integration of the web and TV. Over in the UK, Viacom-owned Channel 5 is launching a TV channel intended to direct viewers to its video-on-demand outlet.

Longhorn Network Weighed

Matt Yoder solicits opinions as to if ESPN and the Big 12 regret starting the Longhorn Network.

Divergent to TV

The Divergent movie franchise will end on TV on an outlet yet to be determined.

The Pursuit of Netflix Ratings

Michael O'Connell covers the fervid pursuit of accurate viewership figures for Netflix originals.

BoJack Renewed

Netflix wants a fourth season of BoJack Horseman.

Goodbye, VCR

The last remaining VHS manufacturer will cease production of the units this month. Scholar Caetlin Benson-Allott reflects on the legacy of the VCR.

Trump's Ratings

Joe Adalian analyzes the TV ratings for Donald Trump's RNC speech.

Redbox Streaming Service

Janko Roettgers reports that Redbox is testing out a new streaming TVOD service called Redbox Digital.

Dish Losses

Dish Network has reported record subscriber losses; Phillip Swann says numerous programmer disputes have hurt. Alan Wolk also has analysis (#2 in this list).

Emmys Switch

Peter MacNicol is out of the Comedy Guest Actor Emmy category, and Peter Scolari has taken his place, due to the discovery of an error.

RNC Coverage

Wednesday's big RNC moment came courtesy of Ted Cruz offering a reality TV moment or what got coined The Ted Wedding. Ratings for the RNC nights haven't spiked, though. Last night was Trump's featured night, and Todd VanDerWerff says he was reminded of TV characters, including Michael Scott. James Poniewozik offers analysis of Trump's speech. Many were happy to see Jon Stewart back in action and offering a rant about Roger Ailes and Trump. Maureen Ryan names late night's winners and losers during this convention week. Sonia Saraiya says the RNC could have learned from reality TV.

More on Ailes

Brian Stelter and Dylan Byers have updated details on Roger Ailes's departure from Fox, and Stelter has speculated Ailes could go help the Trump campaign now. James Poniewozik looks back on how Ailes changed both TV and politics. Jeanine Poggi expects Fox News to carry on with advertising and business as usual at least through the election, while Tali Arbel notes Fox News's big problem going forward is aging viewership.

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