Monday, November 24, 2014

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Netflix Technology + Content

Derrick Harris looks at how technology and content are tied together at Netflix.

TV Innovations

Mary McNamara considers television's innovations over the past decade.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Dateline (NBC), Shark Tank (ABC), Hawaii Five-O (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Cristela (ABC), America’s Next Top Model (CS), Constantine (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Cosby Expose

The Washington Post researched in great depth the allegations against Bill Cosby. There are also new allegations of Cosby paying off women at NBC during the Cosby Show run.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Contracts Protected

Media companies got what they wanted, as the FCC won't be allowed to disclose any information about programming contracts in its review of Comcast-TWC.

Aereo & Internet TV

Issie Lawpowsky says Aereo's death does not mean internet TV is dead.

Net Neutrality Delay

Jacob Kastrenakes explains why the FCC is delaying dealing with net neutrality.

Viacom Streaming Rebuke

A senator is admonishing Viacom for taking its dispute with Suddenlink out on subscribers by blocking them from streaming TV shows on Viacom websites.

CW Reality Change

The CW has a new head of reality TV.

Turner Restored on Dish

Turner channels have returned to Dish Network's lineup, while they continue to work out a long-term deal.

Late Night Writers

Katla McGlynn delves into the lack of female writers in late night comedy.

Smart Sex

Alyssa Rosenberg appreciates that the depiction of sex on TV has gotten more mature and intelligent.

Cosby Show

Steven Zeitchik attended a standup show by Bill Cosby last night, which brought out adoring fans. Jethro Nededog notes that Cosby's TV career is now dead, but Cosby himself will be fine.

Queen Latifah Cancelled

The Queen Latifah Show will end after its second season is done. Toni Fitzgerald notes that this is part of a wave of syndicated talk cancellations.

Netflix Pickup

Netflix has picked up a Tina Fay-Robert Carlock-produced sitcom that NBC didn't. Todd VanDerWerff explains why.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

BBC America Position

AMC Networks has named a new president and GM of BBC America.

Digital Bundles

Paul Bond considers what over-the-top digital service bundles could cost.

AITF Talk

Norman Lear spoke at the Paley Center today about All in the Family and said that Sony has contacted him about doing a reboot.

More on Aereo

In the wake of the company's bankruptcy, Aereo's CEO is remaining defiant, insisting that the Supreme Court made a wrong-headed decision. And Alex Fitzpatrick thinks a network should buy up Aereo now in order to compete with streaming services.

Cosby Coverage

Todd VanDerWerff tackles the question of if you can hate Bill Cosby but still embrace The Cosby Show. Philip Kennicott looks at the now-famous AP interview that raised the allegations. That interview was tied to the donation of African-American art by Cosby to the Smithsonian, and Kriston Capps questions why the Smithsonian is still standing with him. Cosby didn't mention the issue at a show in the Bahamas last night.

Network Branding

Brian Lowry reports from an industry luncheon of TV execs the consensus feeling that network and channel brands are still important in this era of expanded programming.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Mom (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Scandal (ABC), How To Get Away with Murder (ABC) -Fading: The Vampire Diaries (CW)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The McCarthys (CBS), A To Z (NBC), Gracepoint (Fox), Reign (CW), Elementary (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Amazon Video Service

Claire Atkinson reports that Amazon is planning a new streaming video service separate from Prime. It will have ads and hopes to undercut Netflix.

Net Neutrality Pushed Back

The FCC has announced its upcoming schedule of issues it will address, and net neutrality is not on it.

Writers vs. Fans

Drew Grant says showrunners and writers increasingly claim that they're not paying attention to fan reactions to their shows.

TV Magazine

A new glossy, upscale magazine about TV is forthcoming from the UK, called sixteenbynine.

Idol Case Dismissed

A racial discrimination suit against American Idol has been dismissed.

Teen Wolf Con

Amy Lombard describes her experience at a Teen Wolf fan convention.

Geek Girls

Samantha Nelson discusses the representation of the "geek girl" on TV.

World TV Day

Today is World Television Day!

Fox Midseason

Fox has announced its midseason schedule.

CBS-Dish Deal

CBS and Dish Network have signed a short-term agreement while they continue to negotiate carriage.

Aereo Bankrupt

Aereo has filed for bankruptcy and the company will reorganize.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Netflix Summit

Reed Hastings is inviting media moguls to a summit on the future of internet TV.

CBS News Changes

The president and chairman of CBS News is stepping down from the latter post to run 60 Minutes full time, and David Rhoads will take over the chairman position.

More on Cosby

Pilot Viruet doesn't want to see The Cosby Show suffer in historical estimation for any of its star's sins. Jason Parham covers Cosby's fall, and Liz Shannon Miller ties Cosby's fall to TV culture today. Adam Litovitz returns to Cosby's stand-up in light of the allegations. Brian Stelter reports that Cosby tried to suppress an AP interview where the allegations came up. Cosby's biographer is trying to explain why he left the allegations out.

Better Call Saul Scheduled

You'll be able to watch Better Call Saul on Monday nights starting in February after a Sunday night premiere.

Serial Lesson

Jason Lynch says his experience of the Serial podcast shows the flaws in Netflix's binge release strategy.

Whither Wonder Woman

Elana Levine looks at the evolution of powerful "wonder woman" characters on TV since the 1970s.

Screen Viewership

We reportedly stare at our phones more than we stare at our TVs.

Nielsen Deal

Merrill Barr says Nielsen's new plan to track Netflix and Amazon viewership is a big deal. Peter Lauria says this is not a big deal. Josef Adalian also has analysis.

Amazon Chasing Netflix

Peter Kafka notes that Amazon is creeping up in broadband usage, though Netflix still dominates. Will Richmond also analyzes these figures.

Screen Time Debate

Meagan Rothschild argues that screens aren't inherently bad for children; what's on them matters.

Women Watching Football

John Ourand reports that female viewership of NFL football is growing to record levels.

Osborne Profile

Dan Barry profiles TCM's Robert Osborne.

Skipping Speech

The big three networks won't air a speech President Obama is giving tonight about immigration, and the White House isn't happy about it. Univision will air the speech, even delaying a popular awards show live broadcast to accommodate it.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS), Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Losers (Excluding Repeats): Marry Me (NBC), New Girl (Fox), About a Boy (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Forever (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Wilmore Retitle

Larry Wilmore has changed the name of his upcoming Comedy Central show from The Minority Report to The Nightly Show.

Longmire Lives

Netflix will pick up the fourth season of Longmire, which was cancelled by A&E.

Cosby Coverage

TV Land has dropped plans for a Cosby Show marathon in the wake of growing allegations against Bill Cosby. Rebecca Traister considers the role race played in the allegations staying quiet for so long. Ta-Nehisi Coates looks back on his own reporting about Cosby. Brian Lowry considers the damage being done to Cosby's legacy.

RIP Mike Nichols

Producer-director legend Mike Nichols has died.

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