Saturday, April 19, 2014

Smart Shows

Kristen Iversen questions if shows like True Detective that appreciated for their complex meanings really are all that smart.

Tina Belcher: Hero

Jon Christian explains why Tina Belcher on Bob's Burgers is a feminist folk hero for young people.

Networks & the Internet

Jeff Giles considers how the broadcast networks can better take advantage of the internet.

Mad Men DVR Boost

A number of wealthy people waited a few days to watch Mad Men.

Retrans Study

A new SNL Kagan study finds retrans fees on the rise, though they're still a relatively small percentage of overall fees distributors pay to content providers.

Vodaphone + Netflix

Bloomberg reports that Vodaphone is talking with Netflix about carrying the streaming service.

Comcast News

Comcast and TWC are talking with Charter about selling subscribers to the latter in hopes of staving off regulatory objections. The Washington Post editorial board is in favor of the merger, but Tim Cushing highlights major flaws in their argument. The WSJ questions if Comcast's moves make sense.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Chinese Web Stardom

David Barboza looks at the emergence of stars within live interactive web entertainment in China.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 7.39 million, ABC: 7.32, Fox: 5.46, NBC: 3.27, CW: 1.53
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 2.2 rating/7 share, CBS and Fox: 1.6/ 5 each, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2
- Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)
- Fastest Fading Show in Primetime: “American Idol” (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “Community” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Crazy Ones” (CBS), “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “Surviving Jack” (Fox), “Parenthood” (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Aereo News

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has unrecused himself from the Aereo case, so the possibility of a tie vote is off the table. Barry Diller makes Aereo's case in a WSJ editorial. And Aereo has launched a website called Protect My Antenna to make its case to the public. David Lieberman has launched an Aereo primer series. Jeff John Roberts talks to Aereo's CEO about the future of TV.


A new issue of Critical Studies in Television features:

Eurovision & Social Liveness

Lucy Bennett offers analysis of the live social media experience of fan watching Eurovision.

ESPN's Success

ESPN is bragging about maintaining its profit supremacy despite rising sports rights fees and new competition from Fox Sports 1.

Twitter Affects Survivor

Andy Dehnart looks at how a Twitter response apparently altered one of Jeff Probst's Survivor plans.

4k Review

Geoffrey A. Fowler checks out a new Ultra HD TV set and considers if the added visual quality is worth the investment.

California Credits

Michael Cieply discusses Hollywood's attempts to convince California to bolster local production tax incentives.

TV Stars

In an NPR piece, Eric Deggans questions the viability of building TV shows around stars.

Fox Animation

Michael O'Connell summarizes Fox's new animation plans.

Scandal & Social Media

David Bloom analyzes how Scandal viewing has been bolstered by social media.

TV Conference Videos

Henry Jenkins has posted videos of panels from the Transforming Hollywood conference: Part 1, which has panels on new business models, programming in the cord-cutting era, and connected viewing and crowd-funding, and Part 2, which has a panel on creators and fans and an interview with actor Orlando Jones.

Live Viewing

The website MarketingCharts highlights recent studies finding that a preponderance of TV viewing is still geared toward watching programs at their scheduled times, and Comcast says they're seeing a correlation between binge viewing and subsequently increased live ratings.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Butch Lesbians

June Thomas questions the absence of butch lesbians on TV.

Comedy Development

NBC is working on developing a variety sketch show, while Twitter is the place where Seth Meyers is finding new writers for his show, such as Brayan Donaldson (aka @TheNardvark).

News Snacks

Andrew Wallenstein finds new NBCU 15- and 30-second news videos to be vapid yet gives the company credit for trying something new.

Scandal Music

Mike Ayers delves into the use of music on Scandal.

FNL Finale

Dalton Ross talks to showrunner Jason Katims about the Friday Night Lights series finale.

RIP Hal Cooper

Legendary TV comedy director Hal Cooper has died.

Open Source TV

Janko Roettgers reports on LG's new open source connected TV: "Think of it as Chromecast, but for a wide variety of devices."

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 8.38 million, CBS: 7.67, NBC: 4.69, ABC: 3.81, CW: 2.19
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 1.9 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.6/ 5, NBC: 1.2/ 4, ABC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: Survivor (CBS)
- Fading Fast: American Idol (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Mixology (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Stewart & Stars

Jason Zinoman looks at Jon Stewart's success in grooming comedy stars via The Daily Show.

Hulu Questions

Tom Dotan saya Hollywood is now questioning Hulu's viability.

Sponsored Programming

Myles McNutt analyses a set of brand-produced programs, including Subway's The 4 to 9ers and Chipotle's Farmed and Dangerous, and considers how creative goals and commercial imperatives intermingle.

Colbert Analysis

Mike Vago argues that Stephen Colbert's move to CBS is a step down for him.

OITNB Trailer

A season 2 trailer for Orange is the New Black has dropped.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Channel 5 Sale

Discovery and BSkyB have reportedly purchased Britain's Channel 5. ... Or maybe not. Discovery is now said to be out of the running.

WWE Links

Libby Hill offers an insightful comparisons between WWE's Monday Night Raw and RuPaul's Drag Race based on notions of gender and performance. And an apparently genuine script for Monday's episode of Raw has leaked.

Blue Mountain State Kickstarter

The former Spike series Blue Mountain State is seeking Kickstarter funding for a movie version. Myles McNutt offers analysis of this move.

80s Allure

Amy Merrick explore why the 1980s has become a key decade for advertisers to mine.

FX Late Night

Nellie Andreeva notes that FX has apparently abandoned the plan for late night programming.

Good Wife Emmys Campaign

The Good Wife's Emmys campaign involves highlighting how many more episodes the show has to crank out compared to prestige cable dramas.

Netflix in Germany

Janko Roettgers reports that Netflix will launch in Germany in September.

Torrent News

Javier Espinoza reports on BitTorrent's attempts to go legit, while Game of Thrones has set a torrent record.

The Americans Renewed

FX wants a third season of The Americans.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.02 million, NBC: 8.42, ABC: 3.83, Fox: 2.26, CW: 1.55
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.1 rating/6 share, CBS: 2.0/ 6, ABC: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Glee (Fox), New Girl (Fox), The Mindy Project (Fox), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Fargo started out ok.

Mad Men Style

Tom and Lorenzo's costuming analyses of Mad Men episodes are back.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adventure Time Praise

Emily Nussbaum discusses the unique Adventure Time experience. Maria Bustillos also explores the greatness of the series.

Directing GoT

Alan Sepinwall interviews the director of Game of Thrones' last episode about the big wedding scene.

Cable Complaints

DirecTV is crowd-sourcing complaints about cable for a new ad campaign.

Lee Extended

Paul Lee's ABC contract extension is now official.

Wheeler Profile

Cecilia Kang analyzes the background and perspective of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.

Writer Diversity

The WGA West has completed a report on women, minorities, and older men employed as writers in film and TV. Emily Levy has analysis.

Aereo's Legality

Jeff John Roberts lays out the case Aereo will make in front of the Supreme Court, while Jonathan Handel reports on the perspectives of some who are skeptical of Aereo's chances to be declared legal. Amol Sharma and Brent Kendall consider what broadcasters could do if Aereo is ruled legal.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: ABC: 12.15 million, NBC: 9.80, CBS: 6.08, Fox: 5.04, CW: 921,000
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.7 rating/8 share, ABC: 1.9/ 6, CBS: 1.7/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1
 -Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Blacklist (NBC)
 -Fading: The Following (Fox)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): Star-Crossed (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Independent Scale Problems

Brian Steinberg notes that The Weather Channel's capitulation in its deal with DirecTV illustrates the challenges faced by independent channels that don't have the leverage of big conglomerates.

Data at Upfronts

Jeanine Poggi says this year's upfronts will put a premium on data for advertisers.

Fargo Interviews

Alan Sepinwall talks to creator Noah Hawley and producer Warren Littlefield about Fargo, Lesley Goldberg talks to Hawley about the show's format, and Daniel Fienberg talks to star Billy Bob Thornton.


Brian Stelter introduces us to CNN's new TV app.

Cable Rates

Claire Atkinson reports on new research finding that Comcast raised its basic cable rates the most over the past four years, while Time Warner Cable was the only major pay TV company to reduce its rates. But Todd Spangler questions these figures. Evan Weiner explains why cable rates keep rising.

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