Thursday, May 28, 2015

Empire Panel

Peter Kafka has posted video of a panel on Empire featuring its producers.

Daily Show Dates

With Jon Stewart departing in early August, Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show on September 28.

Halt & Catch Fire's Reboot

Andy Greenwald praises Halt and Catch Fire for its narrative overhaul between seasons.

Military Money in the NFL

Charles P. Pierce is critical of the money the U.S. military has pumped into the NFL for marketing purposes.

Tough Time Slots

Jason Lynch identifies fall shows that seem doomed to fail by virtue of their time slots.

Dwindling Audiences For More TV

Gerry Smith notes that expanding television programming is spreading the audiences to watch it all thin.

TV Apps Development

Don Clark and Alistair Barr look at how Silicon Valley is striving to develop the next generation of TV apps. (the google link)

Program Ownership Impact

Joe Flint highlights how the networks prefer to pick up shows their sister studios own (the google link).

Internet Stats

A new study projects that in five years, 80% of the global internet will consist of video. Right now, nearly 37% of US bandwidth during prime time hours is taken up by Netflix alone.

CBS on Apple TV

Les Moonves says CBS will probably be available on Apple's upcoming online TV service.

Comedy Roundtable

Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Gina Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kate McKinnon talk about comedy in a THR roundtable.

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

The Briefcase

Critics explore the ethical problems with CBS's The Briefcase: Andy Dehnart, Margaret Lyons, Todd VanDerWerff.

TLC & The Duggars

Advertisers are distancing themselves from 19 Kids and Counting, and Jason Lynch questions the show's future as a result. Anna Silman adds 19 Kids and Counting to her account of TLC's litany of controversies. Joanna Arcieri argues that the problems here go well beyond one show and one channel.

Season Reflections

Toni Fitzgerald identifies the best and worst of TV across the 2014-15 season. Michael O'Connell highlights striking ratings stats from the season. Rick Porter says new shows did pretty well this season, except on NBC. Todd VanDerWerff looks at the conflicted state of network broadcasting. Wayne Friedman reports that 18-49 C3 ratings declined this season.

Charter Coverage

Klint Finley says Charter will try to sell its Time Warner Cable merger to regulators as a check on Comcast's dominance. Matt Krantz puts cable industry consolidation in pie chart form. Joshua Brustein says this may bring more competition to the wireless telecom industry. Charisse Jones notes that John Malone is very pleased. Leila Abboud says Altice is still primed to make a US acquisition despite losing out on TWC. Brian Steinberg reports that Charter will soon start carrying SportsNetLA, finally bring LA Dodgers games to more subscribers. Charter insists it will uphold net neutrality.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: America’s Got Talent (NBC)
- Respectable Sampling: I Can Do That (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Fox), Extreme Weight Loss (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Seinfeld Online

Dave Itzkoff looks at how Jerry Seinfeld has made his comedic mark on the internet.

TiVo Challenges

Colin Dixon expects challenges to increase for TiVo as OTT growth and pay TV consolidation continue.

Charter Pessimism

Hilary Stout says Charter subscribers aren't expecting improved service in the wake of a Time Warner Cable merger.

Connected TV Figures

Will Richmond reports on figures finding that just over half of US homes now have at least one internet-connected TV set.

Binge Backlash

Natalie Jarvey proposes that there's a backlash against binge viewing brewing.

C7 Deals

Diego Vasquez says C7 ad deals are on the rise, but won't surpass C3 arrangements.

Summer & Live Efforts

Jason Lynch notes that the broadcast networks are trying more tactics than ever before with summer programming, and Mark Perigard highlights the live events the networks are turning toward to boost ratings.

Netflix User Ratings

Daredevil tops the list of Netflix originals in a user ratings metric, while Bojack Horseman falls just under Arrested Development in last place.


A new site called TV[R]EV has started up "to help everyone navigate the TV [R]evolution that’s upon us." It launched with an upfronts/NewFronts infographic.

TLC Criticism

In the wake of the Duggar family situation, Tim Goodman calls TLC "the most socially irresponsible channel on the planet — and growing!"

Emmy Possibilities

Michael O'Connell garners opinions on some big Emmy nominations questions, while Andy Dehnart highlights reality shows he thinks deserve nominations.

Grace & Frankie Renewed

Netflix wants a second season of Grace and Frankie.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Supergirl & The Superheroine Problem

Alyssa Rosenberg considers where Supergirl might fit in terms of the rarity of female superhero stories.

Digital Tools For Historiography

Elana Levine discusses how she has used digital tools for television historiography research.

Hollywood's Gender Imbalance

Jonathan Handel covers the difficult legal challenges to Hollywood's gender imbalance problems.

Future of TV

Jason Hirschhorn lays out seven changes coming to TV that Hollywood needs to adapt to.

Stewart's Veteran Program

Dave Phillips tells us about a program developed by Jon Stewart and The Daily Show to help foster media industry employment for military veterans.

Well-Paid Media CEOs

Six of the ten highest-paid CEOs in the US head up media companies.

Shows Revisited

Noel Murray revisits the M*A*S*H spinoff AfterMASH, while Brian Faucette tells us why the 1960s Batman TV show was smarter than we think.

Netflix Documentaries

Julia Greenberg says Netflix is striving to become a dominant home for documentaries.

ATX Festival

Yvonne Villarreal covers the rise of the ATX Television Festival, which takes place in June in Austin, TX (and which I've been to twice and is great fun).

YouTube Celebrity

Derrik J. Lang looks at how YouTube has changed the world of celebrity.

TVEyes Lawsuit

Eriq Gardner reports media companies are coming together around Fox News' copyright lawsuit against TVEyes, a media monitoring and clip service.

Twin Peaks Info

We now know Twin Peaks will get an 18-episode season and all-new music from Angelo Badalamenti.

ITV Drops Weinstein Buy

ITV has reportedly backed away from a deal for the Weinstein Co.'s TV division.

Cancellation Reasons

Todd VanDerWerff explains the catalysts that are typically behind program cancellation.

Collier Interview

Tim Baysinger talks to AMC Networks president Charlie Collier about AMC's post-Mad Men strategies.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Nothing…CBS, Fox and The CW were in all repeats.

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Charter Buying TWC

It's official: Charter plans to buy Time Warner Cable and is confident regulators will approve the deal, insisting that it's a much smaller marriage than Comcast-TWC. Guatham Nagesh and Joe Flint agree that regulatory approval is likely. Time Warner Cable's stock soared in response to the news. Alan Wolk says set-top boxes are a loser in the deal. Zachary Seward explains the merger through charts and maps.

Good TVeets

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers: A.D.: The Bible Continues (NBC), Battle Creek (CBS), American Odyssey (NBC)

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

RIP Anne Meara

Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died.

Charter + TWC

Ed Hammond reports that Charter is on the verge of a deal to buy Time Warner Cable.

Apple TV Failing

Alan Wolk notes that Roku is dominating over Apple TV, which keeps falling further behind.

Debate Criteria

Eli Stokols says the GOP presidential candidates must use TV to build national name recognition if they hope to be invited to the early debates.

Supergirl Leak Questioned

Merrill Barr weighs the possibility that Supergirl was leaked purposely as a marketing ploy.

Scheduling Discussion

The latest episode of The Spinoff podcast features the execs in charge of scheduling at ABC and CBS discussing their jobs and the state of their networks.

New In Media Res

Theme: Fan Labor and Feminism

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 - Karen Hellekson (Independent) presents: Making Use Of: Online Fan Fiction Spaces 
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Abigail De Kosnik and Miyoko Conley (University of California, Berkeley) presents: Fifty Shades of Fan Trailers: Feminist Creation From Fan Archives 
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Mel Stanfill (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) presents: Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton 
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Alexis Lothian (University of Southern California) presents: A Different Kind of Love Song 
  • Friday, May 29, 2015 - Suzanne Scott (University of Texas—Austin) presents: WoMEN’s Work: Representing Fan Labor on Heroes of Cosplay

Netflix Redesign

Josh Lowensohn explains Netflix's latest interface redesign, rolling out to everyone soon.

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday's network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday's network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Fusion's Struggles

Ravi Somaiya and Brooks Barnes detail the struggles that Fusion has had distinguishing itself to its Millennial target audience.

Good TVeets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Good TVeets