Tuesday, May 24, 2016

HBO's Future

As expected, Casey Bloys has been named Michael Lombardo's successor as HBO Programming president. Alyssa Rosenberg offers suggestions for what HBO can do when Game of Thrones is over, and Todd VanDerWerff says HBO really needs is a compelling family drama.

Viacom Turmoil Cont'd

Brian Stelter has the latest on the Sumner Redstone drama at Viacom.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Set-Top Box Debate

The WSJ presents opposing takes on the FCC's new set-top box rules.

Black Time Travel

Charles Pulliam-Moore appreciates that a few upcoming shows are exploring the complexities raised by Black people appearing in time travel scenarios.

Netflix & Movies

Josh Rottenberg interviews Ted Sarandon about Netflix's aggressive moves into the movie business.

Ads Per Hour

Wayne Friedman reports that Fox and Fox News top the list of most commercials per hour on broadcast and cable outlets, while Viacom owns four of the top five cable outlets on the list. ESPN, AMC, and FX are on the opposite end of the list.

More on Upfronts

Jason Lynch names the buzziest trends of this year's upfronts, and Louisa Ada Seltzer also pinpoints trends. Toni Fitzgerald says the networks are expecting better upfronts ad buys than last year, while Anthony Crupi warns that we won't know for sure until checks actually clear.

Bob's Burgers Oral History

THR has an oral history of Bob's Burgers.

Peabody Awards Ceremony

Hilary Lewis covers the Peabody Awards ceremony, which took place on Saturday.

Episodes Out of Order

Myles McNutt discusses the circumstance of sitcoms airing episodes out of production order, as happened with The Real O'Neals, Happy Endings, and Enlisted.

Lombardo & HBO

Matthew Belloni talked to Michael Lombardo on his departure from HBO and what's next.

CW-Tribune Affiliations

The CW and Tribune have come to affiliate agreements with one exception; The CW will switch its Chicago affiliation to Fox-owned WPWR, leaving WGN as an independent station.

Viacom Turmoil Continues

The crisis continues to unfold at Viacom, as Sumner Redstone's competency is in question, a statement from Redstone insists he is competent to oust Phillipe Dauman, and Dauman has now filed suit. Joe Flint has a summary of what's going on.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

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Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers in here (on the remote chance you haven't been spoiled already).

Sunday, May 22, 2016

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Popularity of Game of Thrones

Molly Driscoll explores what the popularity of Game of Thrones says about TV viewers and TV viewing today.

Live TV on Xfinity

Jeff Baumgartner reports that Comcast's Xfinity app will offer live viewing of NBC and ABC in O&O markets.

National Geographic Makeover

Felix Gillette look at how James and Lachlan Murdoch are making over National Geographic Channel using HBO as their model.

SNL's Strategies

Brian Steinberg looks at how Saturday Night Live is adapting its sketch programming strategies to new viewing behaviors, while Mark Lieberman laments the overwhelming whiteness of SNL's hosts.

Cable's Summer

Daniel Holloway previews what's coming and what's at stake at a few cable channels this summer.

Noah's Daily Show Denounced

Sophia A. McClennan has had enough of Trevor Noah's Daily Show.

New CST Posts

Check out new Critical Studies in Television posts:

The CW's the Best?

Todd VanDerWerff proposes that The CW could be the best broadcast network.

Fox Schedule Change

Fox has already made a post-upfronts schedule change, moving Pitch to fall and Bones to midseason.

Network Sponsors

Stuart Elliott looks back on the era of program sponsorship in the 1950s and wonders if it could return.

Chicago Production

Nina Metz explains why drama production is proliferating in Chicago.

Roots 39 Years Ago

Mary Jo Murphy looks back on the reception of Roots in 1977.

MADtv Oral History

Vulture has an oral history of Fox's MADtv sketch comedy show.

Upfronts Wrapups

Bill Cromwell breaks down the broadcast upfronts by numbers. Rick Kissell sees the networks playing it safe in the fall, Jeanine Poggi saw stability being touted at upfronts, and Michael Schneider says the networks are acting like networks again, rather than trying to be cable. Jason Lynch names the ten most memorable moments from the upfronts, Elizabeth Wagmeister names best, worst, and weirdest moments, and Jeanine Poggi has a word cloud from the upfronts pitches. Nellie Andreeva says in-season stacking and program ownership were key themes, and Tim Baysinger noted the networks' attempts to battle against digital companies' PR. Harry Jessell says NBC was a network downer at the upfronts. The Masked Scheduler praises the networks for their upfronts efforts. Eight studio heads offer their upfronts reactions.

Peabody at 75

The Peabody Awards has reached its 75th anniversary, and Neil Turitz explains why the awards still matter.

Viacom Turmoil

Sumner Redstone has had Phillipe Dauman ousted from a trust that will eventually have voting control of Viacom. Viacom representatives are calling out Shari Redstone for dirty tactics, and Dauman says the moves are illegal. Shari Redstone insists the decisions are coming from her father.

HBO Shakeup

Longtime HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo is exiting his position. A successor is expected to be announced next week.

Thursday & Friday Ratings

Thursday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Charter Wants To Integrate Netflix

Ben Munson reports that Charter is seeking to integrate OTT services like Netflix and Hulu into its channel guides.

TV Actress Roundtable

THR has a roundtable with prominent TV drama actresses.

Gendered IMDb Reviews

Walt Hickey looks at IMDb review data and finds men regularly giving harsher ratings to women-targeted programming than to programming targeted more toward men.

Crying at Jane the Virgin

Kathryn VanArendonk sees the tears that a Jane the Virgin finale scene evoked as revolutionary.

AT&T's Digital Bundle

Mike Farrell covers AT&T's strategy to bundle mobile and premium content to position itself for the future.

Grey's Praise

Rakesh Satyal says Grey's Anatomy deserves more respect for its sustained creative success.

Time Warner Cable Coverage

Shalini Ramachandran looks at how Time Warner Cable's CEO got the company into position for its Charter takeover. The CEO will now depart with an enormous severance package. And Will Richmond says while TWC's name may change, it will be harder to change its reputation.

Turner's Edge

Toni Fitzgerald covers upcoming programming on Turner channels, which are trying to move into edgier territory. Leon Lazaroff notes Time Warner is putting a lot of money into Turner's overhaul.

Shocker Overload

Brian Lowry says Empire's season finale shows the dangers of over-reliance on shocking plot twists.

Monitoring Network TV

Tim Goodman reflects on the state of broadcast network television and the importance of covering it.

Frontline's Success

Laura Hazard Owen looks at how Frontline is adapting to the digital video era while maintaining its high bar for reporting.

High Castle Departure

Amazon's The Man in the High Castle has lost its showrunner over a production disagreement.

5-Second Ads

Brian Steinberg covers five-second ads Pepsi placed in Empire pods and featuring Empire character emojis.

TV & Digital Viewership

Mike Shields covers yet another TV and digital viewing comparison -- Pretty Little Liars versus a Fullscreen web series -- and concludes that measuring viewership is an imperfect science.

Set-Top Box Concerns

Republicans have expressed concerns with the FCC's push for new set-top box rules.

Outlander's Sex Scenes

Maureen Ryan talks to Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore about the show's innovative sex scenes.

Moving & Cord Cutting

A media analyst says a major catalyst for cord cutting is people moving to a new address.

The New Roots

Melena Ryzik delves into the production of the Roots remake, which LeVar Burton insists is must-watch.

Google Eyes TV

George Slefo reports on Google's interest in the TV market.

State of Telenovelas

Chris Ariens tracks the development of US telenovelas, as Univision plans to make more and Telemundo less.

White Feminist TV, Black Woman Viewer

Zeba Blay discusses what it's like to watch White Feminist TV as a woman of color.

Value of Spec Scripts

Alex Freedman argues that even with increased preference for original pilots, aspiring writers should still write spec scripts.

ESPN's Reach

At ESPN's upfront, it announced the addition of out-of-home viewing to its ratings metrics, and in an earnings call, Bob Iger expressed confidence about the outlet. Ashley Rodriguez suggests ESPN should stay focused on US sports and not expand global sports coverage.

BitTorrent Live

BitTorrent has launched a live video streaming app.

HBO-China Deal

HBO Asia has made a deal with a Chinese movie channel to develop Chinese-language TV movies.

That's So Raven's Impact

Joshua Alston looks back on how That's So Raven changed Disney Channel.

Identifying Millennial Tastes

Sarah Lyall covers the challenge of figuring out what Millennials will watch on TV.

Cosplay Inventor

Jennifer Culp profiles the woman credited as inventing cosplay.

Diversity Challenges

Todd VanDerWerff says advertising realities work against Univision's pitch that it reaches more diverse demos than the major networks.

Drew & Development

Myles McNutt discusses how expanded coverage of development has helped shape reactions to the failure of the Nancy Drew pilot.

Kelly's Trump Interview

Critics have lambasted Megyn Kelly's toothless interview of Donald Trump. Kelly especially didn't appreciate Trevor Noah's criticism. Maureen Ryan connects Kelly's interview to Morley Safer's death and what the news business is losing. Gabriel Sherman considers why Kelly's boss Rupert Murdoch has decided to support Trump.

RIP Morley Safer

CBS News legend Morley Safer has died.

Upfronts Overviews

Tony Maglio lists each network schedule for fall 2016. Lesley Goldberg and Lacey Rose offer their upfronts takeaways. Robert Bianco identifies what looks good and what doesn't. Jeanine Poggi predicts hits and misses. Brian Steinberg covers the upfronts theme of networks execs telling advertisers that TV is a better option than digital. Matt Roush describes his week at upfronts.

The CW Upfront & Schedule

The CW has released its fall schedule, which will be superhero heavy, and it offered the final network upfront today. CW president Mark Pedowitz talked about his network. Spotted had his questions answered. Daniel Fienberg ranks the CW's three new trailers. Josef Adalian is impressed by The CW's success.

CBS Schedule & Upfront

Melissa Maerz judges CBS's 2016-17 schedule. Todd VanDerWerff says CBS is good at what it does, but finds that dispiriting. Spotted answers his CBS questions. Jason Lynch covers where CBS stands. Critics are on CBS for a lack of diversity, but Les Moonves defends his network. CBS also touted the value of TV dollars over digital dollars in its upfront presentation. Jeainine Poggi notes that comedy is getting renewed focus at CBS. It was confirmed that the Good Wife is getting a CBS All Access spinoff. Daniel Fienberg ranks CBS's new show trailers, and there's also a new teaser for All Access's Star Trek.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Kissell.

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