Monday, September 29, 2014

New Flow Issue

The latest posts on Flow look back on the recent Flow conference in Austin:

New In Media Res

Theme: Interactive Documentary

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 - Craig Hight (University of Waikato) presents: Why Interactive? 
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - Kate Nash (University of Leeds) presents: Documentary becomings: idocs and civic engagement 
  •  Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Sarah O’Brien (Georgia Institute of Technology) presents: Place and Voice in Bear 71 
  •  Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Mandy Rose (University of West England) presents: It Takes Time to Get Acquainted - Paying Attention to Hollow 
  •  Friday, October 3, 2014 - Jordan Wood (Syracuse University) presents: Train

Comcast Response

David Carr says Comcast may have erred in responding too harshly to its merger critics in an FCC filing.

Political Advertising

Phillip Bump dug through senate files detailing TV ad campaign buys and identified patterns in Republican- and Democrat-leaning ad buys by show. Republicans appear more likely to buy time on The Big Bang Theory and Family Feud, while Democrats go for Big Brother and Access Hollywood.

TV's Sexual Revolution

Maureen Ryan praises Outlander as one example of television's increasingly honest treatment of sex, especially from a female perspective.

Miami Vice's Influence

Howard Cohen considers what innovations Miami Vice brought to TV.

Netflix in France

Chris O'Brien says Netflix hasn't gone over well in France yet.

Premiere Week

Toni Fitzgerald highlights ratings winners and losers from last week's premieres. And Rick Kissell has key questions and takeways.

Novel Sources

Sam Thielman looks at why genre TV adaptations of novels are on the upswing.

Friends Ruined TV

Todd VanDerWerff explains how Friends destroyed TV comedy that followed it.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 16.19 million, Fox: 13.43, CBS: 10.67, ABC: 6.82
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 6.1 rating/18 share, Fox: 5.2/16, ABC: 2.1/ 6, CBS: 1.3/ 4
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), The OT (Fox), Once Upon a Time (ABC), The Simpsons (Fox), Family Guy (Fox)
- Solid Audience Base, Older Skew: Madam Secretary (CBS), The Good Wife (CBS), CSI (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “Revenge” (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg and Joe Adalian.

Good TVeets

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oliver's Journalism

David Bauder says John Oliver isn't just doing comedy, he's doing investigative journalism.

Cast Tweeting

David Bloom looks at the trend of TV show casts live-tweeting their shows.

Sunday Night

CBS News covers why Sunday has become the busiest night of the week for good shows.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday Night Live was even with last year's finale.

Film/TV Convergence

Paula Bernstein covers the New York Film Festival's Convergence program and how the lines between different storytelling platforms are dissolving.

Transparent Praise

Leela Ginelle praises Amazon's Transparent for its handling of transgender issues.

Ombudsman Response

ESPN's ombudsman has chimed in on the Bill Simmons suspension.

Goodbye, Saturday Morning Cartoons

With Vortexx ending yesterday, Cory Doctorow notes that there no more Saturday morning cartoons on the broadcast networks, and he posts a schedule from the early 1980s and a link to a page about 1980s Saturday morning schedules as a reminder of what once was.

Bootleg Crimes

Jenna Wortham profiles someone who spent time in jail for bootlegging movies and TV, part of a period when the industry was especially cracking down on individual pirates.

Gilligan at 50

Eric Deggans looks back on Gilligan's Island.

Lost at 10

Another Lost retrospective, this one with comments from cast and crew.

SNL at 40

Brian Steinberg reviews last night's Saturday Night Live, which launched the show's 40th season.

Good TVeets

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 8.36 million, ABC: 6.90, NBC: 6.17, Fox: 2.18, CW: 798,000
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.7 rating/7 share, CBS: 1.2/ 5, NBC: 1.2/ 4, Fox: 0.7/ 3, CW: 0.2/1
- Winners: Shark Tank (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: Dateline (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Amazing Race (CBS), Utopia (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Rhimes Shows' Diversity

The Guardian shares comments from four black women about the diversity in ABC's Thursday night shows executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes. And How to Get Away With Murder will apparently also expand depictions of sex in gay relationships.

Daily Show Segment

The Daily Show aired a segment Thursday night on the Redskins name controversy, and the segment itself has roused controversy. One of the Native Americans who participated shares his experience.

Comcast Service Upgrade

Adrianne Jeffries reports on Comcast hiring someone dedicated to improving the company's customer service, which may apparently take years.

Simmons Suspension

John Ourand digs into the details behind ESPN's suspension of Bill Simmons.

Residuals Chart

Jonathan Handel shares his updated chart of union residuals, which will soon be turned into a whole book.

Premiere Week Ratings

Bill Carter says ABC is happy and Fox is concerned after the opening week of the fall season. Kate Aurthur singles out ABC's Thursday night for its success.

NYT TV Coverage

Anne Helen Petersen digs into why TV criticism at the New York Times is historically so poor.

Good TVeets

Friday, September 26, 2014

Roku's Pay-to-Play

Janko Roettgers says some Roku app publishers are being asked by the service to strike commercial deals.

Legal Availability

Todd Spangler reports on a new study finding the vast majority of the most popular current film and TV titles are available online, particularly for purchase and rental, if not SVOD.

Thursday Night Strides

Josef Adalian looks at how the networks are trying to get their Thursday night mojo back.

Ad Rates

Jeanine Poggi presents Ad Age's survey of 30-second prime-time ad costs for 2014-15. Brian Steinberg also offers a version of this.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 11.90 million, CBS: 11.86, NBC: 4.40, Fox: 4.34, CW: 604,000
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 4.2 rating/13 share, ABC: 3.5/11, NBC: 1.3/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 4, CW: 0.2/ 1
- Winners: “Thursday Night Football” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC), “How To Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Parenthood” (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Black-ish Interview

Alyssa Rosenberg talks to Black-ish creators Larry Wilmore and Kenya Barris about the series and its representations of race.

The Simpsons' Success

As the series is about to start its 26th season, Wes Unruh talks to Jonathan Gray about the staying power of The Simpsons.

Community on Yahoo

Liz Shannon Miller relays comments from Yahoo on why the online platform picked up Community.

Fox Ratings

Bill Carter says Fox has reasons to be concerned when looking at ratings thus far.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 9.47 million, CBS: 8.32, ABC: 7.90, Fox: 3.52, CW: 1.45
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.6 rating/8 share, ABC: 2.4/ 8, NBC: 1.9/ 6, Fox: 1.2/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Adults 18-34: CBS: 1.8 rating/7 share, ABC: 1.6/ 6, NBC: 1.4/ 5, Fox: 0.9/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners: Survivor (CBS), The Mysteries of Laura (NBC), The Goldbergs (ABC), Modern Family (ABC), Black-ish (ABC), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Big Brother (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago PD (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Red Band Society (Fox), Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

DirecTV Approval

DirecTV shareholders are cool with the sale to AT&T.

Parenthood & Autism

Emily Orley praises Parenthood for pioneering the representation of kids with autism.

Key & Peele & Women

Sara Stewart argues that Key & Peele has "a lady problem."

The Hub Changes

Cynthia Littleton looks at the rebranding of The Hub and how it reflects shifting children and family viewing habits.

Comcast Defense

Jeff John Roberts looks at Comcast's defensive response to criticism from Netflix and Discovery over the TWC merger plan.

Landgraf's View

Brian Lowry relays comments from FX's John Landgraf in regard to TV's bumpy future, especially in regard to distribution and measurement.

Diversity Issues

Eric Deggans surveys the increased diversity on network TV this season, while Gene Demby looks back on the pre-Cosby Show black sitcom. Addressing the Alessandra Stanley/Shonda Rhimes debacle again, Margaret Sullivan admits part of the problem is a lack of diversity at the NYT.

CBS Has Still Got It

Cecilia Kang says NCIS's ratings show that traditional TV still has juice.

Drone Use

The FAA is reportedly going to let some movie and TV companies use drones for production.

CNN Everywhere

Caroline O'Donovan considers how CNN's TV Everywhere strategy with CNNgo is pointing toward the future.

Oliver Ratings

Michael O'Connell says John Oliver's Last Week Tonight is doing very well for HBO, with free clips on YouTube helping its buzz.

More on Lost

A few more essays looking back on Lost's legacy, from Andy GreenwaldDavid Holmes, and Therese Odell.

Big Brother Renewed

At least two more seasons of Big Brother are on their way.

Simmons Suspension

ESPN has suspended Bill Simmons for comments about Roger Goodell and ESPN execs he made during his podcast. Tony Manfred argues that the suspension is due to his comments about ESPN, not so much Goodell.

Good TVeets