Monday, February 20, 2017

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Black Shows with Non-Black Viewership

Shadow and Act highlights shows with Black leads that are drawing significant non-Black viewership.

Netflix & Amazon at Festivals

Rebecca Ford and Scott Roxborough note how Amazon and Netflix have become forces at film festivals like Sundance and Berlin.

Golden Girls & AIDS

Jim Colucci looks back on The Golden Girls' boldness in tackling the AIDS epidemic.

New CST Posts

New blog posts at Critical Studies in Television:

Fake News Marketing Campaign

20th Century Fox has apologized for using fake news to market a movie.

Year in Sports Media Report

Nielsen has released a report on 2016 in sports media.

Fighting Fake News

Both Wikipedians and librarians are joining the fight against fake news.

Billions Boost

Jason Lynch notes Showtime's big marketing push for Billions comes as part of a defining year for the premium channel.

Awards & Indie TV

Aymar Jean Christian is frustrated by the WGA Awards' ignorance of independent television.

TV Writer Bargaining

David Robb assesses TV writer claims about declining earnings as WGA contract negotiations loom. (Note: A number of people in the comments section are calling this analysis misleading.)

Defining BBC America

Josef Adalian talked to BBC America president Sarah Barnett about the channel's brand and expansion beyond British TV.

Spectrum Auction Update

The head of the National Association of Broadcasters says the spectrum auction has been a disappointment, but The Economist insists the auction is still a model to be followed elsewhere. A Vermont PBS station reaped a windfall in the auction, while a New Hampshire station brought in a lot of money for its owner but will be shut down. Howard University opted not to sell its TV license and pulled out of the spectrum auction. The auction will expire at the end of March.

Full Frontal Ratings

Oriana Schwindt identifies a ratings surge for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in 2017, this year of Trump.

The Royals Renewed

The Royals is getting a fourth season on E!.

Television Graveyards

Jason Koebler takes us inside warehouses filling up with old TV sets, as the challenges of safe disposal accrue.

Trump & TV

Shane Savitsky analyzed Donald Trump's tweeting patterns and aligned that with morning TV viewership. Conor Friedersdorf notes that anyone consuming news from conservative outlets got a very different impression of Trump's press conference last week than others. And Jim Rutenberg highlights a story of potential political censorship related to Trump and the media at a local station in Texas.

BIg Bang Theory Renewal

The Big Bang Theory is reportedly close to a two-season renewal at CBS.

Viacom-Hulu Deal Expires

Janko Roettgers notes that a Viacom-Hulu licensing deal has expired, as Viacom retrenches in pay TV under new CEO Bob Bakish.

Morning Boosts

Brian Steinberg notes that the network morning shows have offered a good platform for executives on the rise.

SNL Branded Content

When Saturday Night Live returns from its brief hiatus, you'll get to see its first examples of branded content.

Verizon-Yahoo Deal

Verizon has reportedly renegotiated a better merger deal for Yahoo thanks to the latter's recent security breaches.

Oscars Sold Out

If you were planning to spend a few million for an ad during the Oscars, you're too late; it's sold out.

CNN News

Venezuela's government pulled CNN's Spanish-language service off its cable providers last week for making what it deemed unfair and false reports about the country. Back in the US, it's Jared Kushner who doesn't like what he's seeing on CNN. He complained to Time Warner about it, which Klint Finley finds interesting in light of the need for federal approval of Time Warner's merger with AT&T (which shareholders have approved). Jeff Zucker has said Donald Trump's attacks on CNN haven't harmed the outlet's brand or advertising support and says they may even be boosting morale among staffers.

Apple & Video

Mark Gurman explains why Apple has yet to revolutionize TV as pledged. Vindu Goel looks at Apple's plan to move into original video content production, and Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast contrasts Apple's moves in video with Facebook's.

Unbundling & Rebundling

Jeremy G. Phillips points out that a wave of unbundling thanks to the internet is now reversing itself.

This Network Season

Jason Lynch talked to the five broadcast network presidents about how this season has looked so far.

Cannon Out at AGT

Nick Cannon has reportedly quit America's Got Talent after NBC took issue with what he said on a Showtime stand-up special.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Good TVeets: Special Trump Presser Edition

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NBC Winning

Toni Fitzgerald says NBC looks likely to win this season's 18-49 ratings race.

PewDiePie Dumped

Disney has cut ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic posts. Paul Armstrong sees this as a lesson for brands to be careful with influencer relationships. Emma Grey Ellis points out that PewDiePie's racism is not new or unknown. Jacob Clifton sees this as a symptom of much larger problems.

Young Pope's Victory

Josef Adalian highlights the unexpected success of The Young Pope for HBO.

Black Bachelorette

ABC has introduced its first Black bachelorette. Melanie McFarland says this is late in coming, and Linda Holmes analyzes the dynamics in play.

Fox News Investigation

Fox News is reportedly under federal investigation over payouts stemming from the Roger Ailes sexual harassment claims. There are also hacking and surveillance allegations.

Pilots Coverage

Daniel Holloway and Elizabeth Wagmeister track network pilot trends. Lesley Goldberg features producers with multiple pilots in development this season.

Network News Anchor Interview

Brian Steinberg conducted a joint interview with the three nightly network news anchors: Scott Pelley, Lester Holt, and David Muir.

Trump & Murdoch

Jim Rutenberg highlights the ties between Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch. Staffers at Murdoch's Wall Street Journal are reportedly concerned about pro-Trump treatment by the paper, while Fox News was criticized for its light treatment of the Flynn resignation story. Eric Peckham analyzes the tenets of Murdoch's business strategies.

Trump & the Media

Kelly Field talked to academics who study reality TV about how Donald Trump has used the genre's techniques in politics. Emily Yahr considers how reality TV could change in the wake of his election. Hank Stuever notes that Trump himself appears to be addicted to TV. John Oliver will try to take advantage of that by running Trump-targeted ads on the cable news morning shows intended to educate Trump on key issues.

Trump is favoring only conservative outlets in taking questions at recent news conferences, and it's leading reporters to start to turn on each other.Morning Joe says Kellyanne Conway won't be back again because they're tired of her shit, part of a larger turn against her.

Monday, February 13, 2017

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