Friday, July 3, 2015

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Astronauts Club (ABC), Food Fighters (NBC), Boom! (Fox), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Mistresses (ABC), Aquarius (NBC), Wayward Pines (Fox), Hannibal (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Defend the BBC

The Guardian calls on British people to defend the BBC and its license fee from Conservative party attack.

CNN Criticism

Al Jazeera America's C. Robert Gibson questions CNN's ethics in creating a branded-content show.

Indecency Fine Fight

WDBJ in Roanoke is fighting the indecency fine the FCC wants to impose on it for a fleeting video clip.

Movies Into TV

Andrew Pulver explains why movie studios are adapting so many film properties for TV.

Binge-Watching Norms

Alan Wolk notes that binge-watching has become a mainstream viewing practice and has suggestions for content owners to deal with it.

Dukes Analysis

James Poniewozik looks back on Dukes of Hazzard as a product of its time.

Late Night Ratings

Tony Maglio reports that Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are dominating late night ratings.

Directing Game of Thrones

Andy Meek talks to new Game of Thrones director Jack Bender about his experience on the series.

Internship Ruling

A federal appeals court set aside a lower court ruling on the Black Swan internship case.

Viacom's Crisis

Felix Gillette and Lucas Shaw delve into Viacom's struggles.

30 Rock Now Comcast

The building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza is now officially called the Comcast Building.

Teens Dropping TV

Matt Rosoff reports on figures showing that TV-watching among teens continues to drop.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sesame Street Departure

Sesame Street's Maria will retire after 44 years with the series.

Turner Closes Upfronts

Jason Lynch reports that Turner has finished its upfronts deals with CPM increases.

Fusion's Finances

Alex Weprin analyzed Univision's IPO filing for info on Fusion's finances.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Big Brother (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Bullseye (Fox), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC), Extant (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

UK Drama Cuts

Alasdair Glennie reports on what's behind significant cuts to UK drama budgets in recent years.

Netflix Tax

Netflix subscribers in Chicago will soon pay more for the service due to a tax.

Supreme Court Cameras

The New York Times' editorial board calls for the televising of Supreme Court proceedings.

ABC Upfront Negotiations

Tony Maglio reports that ABC is still fighting for strong upfront pricing.

Internet King

Jody Rosen looks at Larry King's post-TV career and his web series talk show.

Lifetime SVOD

Lifetime has launched an original movie SVOD service.

Hannibal Contract Releases

The principal stars of Hannibal have been released from their contracts, raising a new obstacle for the show's #SaveHannibal prospects.

Colbert on Public Access

Stephen Colbert took command of a Michigan public access show for an episode. Dave Itzkoff spoke with the show's program director about Colbert's visit.

AMC Comedy

AMC has put its first original comedy series into development.

Univision IPO

Univision will go public later this year.

Reelz Airing Miss USA

The Reelz channel will air the Miss USA pageant that NBC dropped. Daniel Holloway reports that Reelz picked up the right for only $100,000. Reelz's CEO acknowledges that he doesn't like Trump either and will struggle to sell ads for the pageant. David Zurawik says Trump is experiencing the power of the Hispanic market.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dukes Pulled

TV Land has pulled reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard due to the Confederate flag on top of the General Lee car.

Mobile Newscast

Telemundo will produce a newscast shot entirely on mobile phones and tablets.

Suits Renewed

USA wants a sixth season of Suits.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Winners: FIFA Women’s World Cup: Semi-Finals (Fox), America’s Got Talent (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Extreme Weight Loss (ABC), Beat the Champions (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Watching Together

Eric Thurm discusses the experience of group-viewing parties for Mad Men and Game of Thrones.

State of the Longhorn Network

Andrew Bucholtz tries to determine if the Longhorn Network is currently a success or a failure.

Where is Star Trek?

David Gonzales questions why there isn't a version of Star Trek on TV right now.

TV Campaigns

Derek Willis explains why TV is still the dominant platform for political election campaigns.

BBC Cuts

The BBC is dealing with a new round of job and budget cuts.

Ellen's Influence

A poll claims that Ellen DeGeneres influenced American attitudes about LGBT rights more than any other celebrity.

Hannibal's Cancellation & Future

Todd VanDerWerff analyzes the Hannibal situation and what it says about the state and future of TV.

Summer Scorecard

Toni Fitzgerald highlights summer winner and losers thus far.

Fox & Late-Night Upfronts

Brian Steinberg reports that Fox network is closing its upfronts deals with lower volume while the Networks Group is flat. He also says advertisers are rushing to snap up late-night slots.

American Odyssey Cancelled

NBC's American Odyssey is over.

Trump News

Donald Trump is suing Univision for dropping his Miss USA pageant, which will stream online only but without its usual hosts. Univision calls the lawsuit ridiculous. Macy's is the latest sponsor to cut ties with Trump.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Director Genders

Game of Thrones won't have any female directors for its next season, while Transparent's second season will have only one cis male director.

HBO Originals Key

Forbes says revenue from HBO's original programming is key to Time Warner's future success. (FYI: It says there's a page 2 there, but the article ends on page 1, so save yourself the click.)

ESPN's Bloat

Ken Fang reports on belief that ESPN might be starting to drag on Disney's bottom line due to huge sports rights contracts.

Women's Sports on TV

Wendy Parker insists that we're in a golden age for televised women's sports.

Big Brother Live Feeds

Andy Dehnart laments that all the good action on Big Brother is contained to the online live feeds and not appearing on TV.

TiVo Bingers

Anthony Crupi reports on TiVo research that finds over 90% of its subscribers binge-view, but half do it alone.

Holt's Ratings Victory

Brian Steinberg reports that Lester Holt won the evening news ratings battle in his first week permanently anchoring NBC's desk.

Netflix Subscribers

The latest figures put Netflix subscribers at 70 million globally, with 43.5 in the US.

Tassler's Feminism

Marisa Guthrie highlights Nina Tassler's impact as the only woman running a broadcast network and striving to make CBS more female-friendly.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Bachelorette (ABC), American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Fading: So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Cedric’s Barber Battles (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

BBC's Threat

Polly Toynbee argues that conservative politicians in Britain oppose the BBC and its license-fee funding because its success challenges market-based ideology.

BBC3 Online

The BBC Trust has upheld the plan to move BBC Three exclusively online.

Writing Rape Scenes

Laura Hudson explains why the writing of rape scenes is often lazy and misguided.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cuba Series

Discovery will air a series shot entirely on location in Cuba, focusing on car culture there.

CBS Upfronts

CBS has finished its upfronts sales, and Brian Steinberg reports the result is a dip in volume.

Trump Out at NBC

NBC has severed ties with Donald Trump, though it's not letting go of Celebrity Apprentice and will find a new host. Univision's CEO defends its company's actions.

DirecTV vs. AJAM

DirecTV has boosted its lawsuit against Al Jazeera America over a licensing dispute.

Big Data & Spot Advertising

Harry A. Jessell talks to a media buyer about how Big Data could help save spot advertising.

Tracking HBO Now

Richard Greenfield analyzes the progress of HBO Now in its early stages.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Golan the Insatiable (Fox), American Odyssey (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

MTV Revamp

MTV is undergoing another branding overhaul in an attempt to stay culturally relevant.

Trump Victory

Alyssa Rosenberg says Univision and NBCU are playing right into Donald Trump's hands in generating hype for him.

UnREAL Praise

Emily Nussbaum appreciates how Lifetime's UnREAL is deconstructing The Bachelor. The show's co-creator talks about what lead her to the series.

Eisner & Local TV

Brooks Barnes reports on Michael Eisner's lucrative move into local syndication programming.

TV's Winning the Internet

Michael Wolff argues that television, not digital media, is mastering the internet model of entertainment revenue. Sharon Waxman says he's wrong.

Sony Pictures Hack

Forbes has launched a multi-part investigation into the Sony Pictures hack. Part 2 is now up.

Murdoch & Politics

New 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch insists he doesn't let his politics interfere with business.

Tax Incentives

Nashville will keep production in the titular city thanks to a new Tennessee budget incentive package, while Jason Lynch notes that Graceland is one of the last shows being shot in Florida due to crumbling tax incentives in the state.

Marriage Equality & Entertainment

Variety has a special issue on the entertainment industry's impact on marriage equality acceptance. (A post here yesterday collected some other articles on this too)

Binge Decisions

Drew McWeeny considers why we tend to binge-watch some shows and not others.

Producing Last Alaskans

Andy Dehnart talks to a producer of the reality series The Last Alaskans about its spectacular achievement.

Daily Show News

Amy Schumer says she turned down a Daily Show hosting job offer, and Jon Stewart's final show will give his foes a chance to blast him back.

Transgender Representation in Sense8

Willow Maclay praises Sense8's representation of a transgender character.

First Season Woes

In his review of Humans, Todd VanDerWerff notes that a lot of shows would be better off just skipping ahead to their second seasons.

Tudor Pleasures

Thomas West considers why the Tudor period is a popular one in TV shows like The Tudors and Wolf Hall.

Olympics Rights

Discovery has snapped up European broadcast rights to the Olympics partially starting in 2018 and ending in 2024. The BBC will lose rights control in 2022, and Roger Mosey says the corporation will have to fight to maintain its position in sports.

Nurse Jackie Finale

Nurse Jackie's showrunner talks about last night's final episode. Alan Sepinwall and James Poniewozik have reviews. Eric Deggans looks back on the series.

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