Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Netflix-AT&T Deal

Janko Roettgers reports that AT&T has made a peering deal with Netflix.

Community Panel

Michael Schneider looks at the drama behind scheduling the Community panel at Comic-Con through a period of uncertainty about the series' future.

Last Week Tonight is Tomorrow

Liz Shannon Miller argues that John Oliver's Last Week Tonight represents a new future of late night.

Palin Skepticism

Alyssa Rosenberg doesn't expect Sarah Palin's online channel to result in much media change.

Sitcom Cities

Maria Bustillos looks at how the settings of some iconic sitcoms have helped shape assumptions about urban America.

Bachelorette & Sex

Linda Holmes highlights the weird treatment of sex in The Bachelorette, with last night's finale as a prime example.

Smith Suspended

ESPN has suspended Stephen A. Smith for a week, as president John Skipper told staffers in a memo.

Hulu Takes Manhattan

Hulu Plus has picked up exclusive streaming rights to WGN America's Manhattan.

AMC's Performance

John McDuling looks at where AMC stands as a possible acquisition target.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg and Spotted.

Indie TV

Ben Travers talks to Maggie Gyllenhaal about why TV has become attractive to the indie film community.

Naked Shows

David Bauder notes the trend of cable shows presenting various activities with people in the nude.

Liberty Spin-Off

Reuters reports on Liberty Media's process of spinning off its cable assets.

Classic TV Article

I refused to link to that terrible NYT article on how boring classic TV is, but I'll link to Max O'Connell's ripping of that article.

Comic-Con Marketing

Ed Martin looks at how TV marketers have effectively exploited Comic-Con.

Southland Suit

A family has brought suit against the producers of Southland claiming that a real autopsy photo was used in the show's opening credits without their authorization.

Exec Exits

Esquire is reportedly losing its head of digital exec, while Nikke Finke says E!'s president is out.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Comcast Donations

Jonathan Tamari covers who Comcast gives donations to, including political entities.

C-SPAN Streaming

C-SPAN will soon require pay TV authentication for access to live online fees of its TV channels.

Best Gay Character

Daniel D'Addario praises Masters of Sex for its portrayal of closeted gay life in the 1950s.

Middle East Dramas

With The Honourable Woman soon to air in the US and Tyrant already in motion, Dave Itzkoff looks at the challenge of making dramas about the Middle East.

Sunday Ratings

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

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

BBC Worldwide's Performance

Steve Hewlett says BBC Worldwide's annual report gives little clear information on how the company is actually performing.

Top Gear Violation

Ofcom has ruled that the BBC's Top Gear violated UK broadcasting rules with a racial slur.

Comcast Info

The Verge investigated Comcast customer service by speaking to scores of employees, while Haley Sweetland Edwards introduces a print feature on Comcast's CEO as the internet's most powerful man.

SDCC Coverage

The final day of Comic-Con brought panels on Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, and The Following, and Hitfix pinpoints the best and the worst of this year's con.

Fox Sports + Sporting News

Alex Weprin reports that Fox Sports and The Sporting News are uniting their digital properties.

Sarah Palin Channel

Sarah Palin has launched a subscription-based online channel. James Poniewozik offers thoughts.

First Take Apology

Stephen A. Smith has apologized on First Take for his domestic violence comments, but Matt Yoder says it was only a matter of time before First Take led to a PR nightmare for ESPN.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sitcom Scheduling

Sam Stecklow considers why networks seem to sabotage certain sitcoms by airing episodes out of order.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Netflix Streaming

Bloomberg talks to Netflix's person in charge of keeping the service streaming about ISPs and net neutrality.

SDCC Coverage

There were panels at Comic-Con on Warner Bros. TV properties, ArrowConstantine, women who kick ass, Agents of SHIELD, The Vampire Diaries, Defiance, True Blood, and Family Guy, and news of a Firefly cast reunion.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Corporate Cultures

Bloomberg notes that one obstacle to a Fox-Time Warner merger is the contrasting corporate cultures at each.

Australian Waiting

Graham Spencer detailed delays between US TV premieres and their airing in Australia: "It's pretty astonishing that in 2014 Australians face lengthy and uncertain delays before getting access to some of the most critically acclaimed TV shows – and not just on digital stores, but even on Foxtel, where you’re paying a significant premium."

Abortion Episodes

A new Tumblr will review TV episodes about abortion, with Sex and the City and Degrassi High offering the first entries.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Comedy Central Renewals

Comedy Central wants more Drunk History and Nathan For You.

SDCC Coverage

Hitfix covered panels at Comic-Con on Orphan Black, Arrow, The Originals, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Serials & Satisfaction

Sean O'Sullivan examines how serial texts like Middlemarch and Mad Men complicate concepts of satisfaction.

Project Runway & Fashion

Robin Givhan considers how Project Runway has affected the fashion world.

ISP Strategy

Stacey Higginbotham looks at how ISPs are strategizing as broadband erodes pay TV for entertainment access.

FilmOn in Contempt

FilmOn has lost yet another court case.

Frank's Place Revisited

Todd VanDerWerff looks back on the innovative 1980s dramedy Frank's Place.

Fan Tattoos

Kelli Marshall explores what motivates fans to get tattoos of favorite movie and TV icons.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Comedy of Exasperation

Kyle Stevens forms a conception of "the comedy of exasperation" through analysis of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, and Veep.

Kardashian Game

Lindsay Giggey looks at Kim Kardashian's mobile game and considers what it says about celebrity and branding.

YouTube v. TV

Joseph Farrell argues that YouTube will never topple TV.

TCA Coverage

TCA summaries are coming in: Nellie Andreeva says industry consolidation was a constant topic during the fortnight, and Amber Dowling offers some lessons from the tour. Eric Deggans learned five things about TV's future from TCA.

NFL & Women

In the wake of Ray Rice's two-game suspension, Keith Olbermann has criticized the NFL for its message to women, while ESPN's First Take continues to be awful.

British Drama

Mark Lawson takes up the argument that British drama is as good as US drama.

Bonkers TV

Tara Ariano coins the phrase "bonkers TV" to mark the rise of "programming designed to stun its audience at any cost (even coherence and plausibility) in an effort to restore some kind of order to a chaotic media landscape" and credits 24 with starting it all.

TMZ Profile

Anne Helen Petersen delves into the history of TMZ and how it became "the most influential and important media organization of the last decade."

Conglom Coverage

Kim Masters considers why Jeff Bewkes would be ready to sell Time Warner, while David Lieberman considers some of the options if Bewkes wants to stave off Fox. James B. Stewart considers the regulatory issues at stake. Rupert Murdoch's European interests are also busy, with BSkyB bidding for Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, part of plan to build a European satellite giant. Back in the US, Alex Weprin reports on a memo from Time Warner Cable's CEO indicating that the FCC has so much on its plate right now that the Comcast merger approval could be delayed.

SDCC Coverage

Comic-Con has begun, and Brooks Barnes notes what many have observed: TV is now center stage all weekend. But Brian Lowry warns studios and networks not to get too wrapped up in the excitement.

Hannibal was there, and Todd VanDerWerff and Alan Sepinwall both covered it. Community and Dan Harmon were there, and so were Penny Dreadful, Teen Wolf, Legends, and 24

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