Thursday, July 30, 2015

Last Summer Hiatus

I've got one last summer trip that will take me away from the blog, but I'll be back early next week. You can follow #TCA15 on Twitter to keep up with all of that news in the meantime.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Digital Siphoning From TV

Anthony Crupi reports on how much digital media is siphoning ad dollars away from network TV.

Measuring TV Everywhere's Growth

TV Everywhere use is growing, but Nielsen measurement and viewing challenges remain.

The Game's Legacy

Emily Yahr takes note of the impending series finale of The Game and considers its impact.

Netflix Costs

Cory Barker considers the consequences of Netflix's spending spree on content rights and original programming.

Only Black Writer

Gene Demby addresses the Wyatt Cynac/Jon Stewart story by exploring the idea of being the only black person in the writers' room.

FX Emojis

FX Networks has released an app full of emojis that represent many of its series.

Scream Renewed

MTV wants a second season of Scream.

New Daily Show

Trevor Noah took the stage at TCA today. Noah says the Daily Show will change in his tenure, though, Alex Weprin notes that the senior staff and correspondents will carry over from Stewart's reign.

Audiences & Advertisers

Gavin Douglas says the next evolution of television will be powered by better data about audiences for advertisers.

HBO's Push

Matt Brennan looks at how HBO is making a push to dominate in all areas of television programming.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Network Questions

Michael O'Connell proposes tough questions that should be fired at broadcast network chiefs this TCA.

Daily Show Ad Rates

Viacom is asking big money for a 30-second spot during Jon Stewart's final Daily Show.

Live TV Declines

Tim Stenovec says the importance of live television will only continue to decline as content availability expands.

ESPN's Competitors

Bill Cromwell looks at how Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports Network are trying to encroach on ESPN's sports rights turf.

DVRed Dramas

Toni Fitzgerald notes that network summer dramas are doing well in DVR viewership compared to live viewing.

Amazon Picks Up Sneaky Pete

Amazon has picked up Sneaky Pete, a pilot that CBS passed on for fall.

Cait's Ratings

I Am Cait performed solidly in the ratings, and Josef Adalian notes that the show's premiere brought new viewers over to E!.

Noah Performance

Incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah performed stand-up for TV critics yesterday.

Banshee Ending

The creators of Banshee say they decided to end the series at season 4 because the story naturally ends there, not because Cinemax cancelled it.

Netflix Storytelling

Todd VanDerWerff says the Netflix model for original series is creating a new form of storytelling.

Netflix at TCA

TCA began with Netflix yesterday: Ted Sarandos talked about some upcoming series, like more Arrested DevelopmentBoJack Horseman has been renewed; there were panels on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange in the New Black, Longmire, Wet Hot American Summer, Sense 8, Aziz Ansari's Master of None, and Bloodline; Chelsea Handler talked about her upcoming series; and documentarians talked about why they love Netflix.

Liz Shannon Miller says a lesson of the day is that Netflix is doing things right.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Harrison Criticizes UnREAL

The Bachelor franchise host Chris Harrison unloaded on UnREAL, calling it "really terrible."

ESPN'S Future Online

Colin Dixon responds to Disney saying ESPN won't be OTT anytime soon by pointing out that sports leagues have already gotten there and might not be dependent on ESPN in the future online world.

Live-Streaming Super Bowl Ads

Brian Steinberg reports that CBS will live-stream all of the Super Bowl ads during the game's online airing.

Verizon Adds HBO Now

Verizon will now offer HBO Now to broadband subscribers and will add it to the Go90 mobile service.

Public Broadcasting Under Threat

Rebecca Kesby looks at the pressures pushing down public service broadcasting in Britain and around the globe.

Weather Channel CEO Confident

Weather Channel's CEO thinks the future is bright despite ratings declines, subscriber losses, and a Comcast snub.

Broadcast's Platform

Harry A. Jessell says despite viewer erosion and fragmentation, the broadcast networks still offer the best video advertising platform. But John Gruber points out the impending game-changer of kids not watching TV.

BBC Store

The BBC will launch a paid online video download service, available only to UK users.

Daily Show News

Politico reports that Jon Stewart made secret visits to the White House during his Daily Show run. Scott Timberg says this looks bad for Stewart's integrity and independence. Meanwhile, all of the current Daily Show correspondents will stay around when Trevor Noah takes over.

BoJack Season 2

Margaret Lyons talks to BoJack Horseman's creator on the show's second season.

Netflix's Original Rise

Josef Adalian highlights Netflix's rapid rise in original programming output, as it now outpaces its cable competition.

Anti-Google Campaign

Mike Masnick reports on MPAA emails that reveal plans for "a coordinated propaganda campaign of bogus anti-Google stories."

Writing & Development Hell

TV writer Mere Smith tweeted about the challenges of sustaining a TV writing career through development hell.

Muslim-American Actors

Jon Ronson profiles seven Muslim-American actors who struggle against typecasting as terrorists.

Complex Awards Landscape

Brian Steinberg says nominations for TV awards like the Emmys are inevitably complicated due to the proliferation of candidates.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Bachelorette (ABC), American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW)
- Losers (excluding repeats) Cedric’s Barber Battles (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

TCA Stakes

Tony Maglio considers who has the most at stake at this summer's TCA press tour, and Daniel Fienberg outlines the knowns and unknowns in regard to pilots going into TCA. Rob Owen reminds publicists why critics don't clap at press tour.

Good TVeets

Monday, July 27, 2015

True Detective & Auteur TV

Scott TImberg argues that True Detective illustrates the pitfalls of putting too much in the hands of a single showrunner auteur.

Sports Media Pregnancy

Richard Deitsch covers how women have handled being pregnant while working in sports media.

YouTube Success

Cecilia Kang looks at how strategic corporate planning has resulted in lucrative lives for some YouTube stars. And Lisa Richwine notes that TV networks showed up to VidCon to try to reach audiences they're losing to YouTube, but Richard Greenfield isn't optimistic about their chances. Will Richmond considers the pay TV perspective.

TCA Press Tour

TCA's summer press tour begins tonight; check out the schedule of events. Jason Lynch explains what it's all about.

Roker on Meerkat

Brian Steinberg reports that Al Roker will debut three cooking shows on Meerkat this week.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), Big Brother 17 (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Welcome to Sweden (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

ESPN & Disney Future

Disney CEO Bob Iger says ESPN could eventually unbundle but not within the next five years, and he's also excited about what Disney can do in China.

New GH Head Writers

General Hospital is replacing its head writer with a pair of veteran soap writers.

Death of Satire

Ted Gioia laments the declining state of satire, which "mostly subsists as fake news stories served up as clickbait on social networks."

Stewart Tributes

TV Insider has a series of tributes to Jon Stewart from friends and colleagues and speculation about who might dominate late night in his wake.

Netflix's DVD Business

Emily Steel looks at the state of Netflix's DVD operations, as it now turns most of its attention to streaming.

RIP Peg Lynch

Writer and sitcom pioneer Peg Lynch has died. Rick Ellis has more on Lynch's work.

Comcast-Discovery Carriage Deal

Comcast and Discovery Communications have renewed their carriage agreement.

Cosby Assault Stories

New York magazine talked with 35 women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them. (The site was previously down for unrelated reasons; you can read the article here if it goes offline again, or, of course, find it on your nearest newsstand.)

Good TVeets

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Smosh Profile

Anne Helen Petersen profiles the Smosh comedy duo and their digital empire.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Hannibal's Music

Libby Hill takes us behind the scenes of how music is composed for Hannibal.

Key & Peele to End

Key and Peele have announced that this will be the final season of their Comedy Central series.

Good TVeets