Monday, June 26, 2017

The State of ESPN

John Ourand assesses in detail the state of ESPN and its future.

Rick & Morty Update

Dan Harmon has tried to explain why Rick & Marty's third season is taking so long.

Best Shows

Jen Chaney and Matt Zoller Seitz name the best shows of the year so far.

Weird TV

Karen Gomez notes the rise of strange and eccentric television shows, with Twin Peaks and American Gods leading the charge.

CNN's Russia Coverage

CNN will move forward with stricter rules on its coverage of Russia following a retracted online story.

Guild News

SAG-AFTRA expects to send out a strike authorization vote to its members over its AMPTP contract that expires Friday. Separately, SAG-AFTRA released a report with the results of an investigation finding union executives innocent of financial misdeed accusations. Over at the DGA, Thomas Schlamme will take over as president.

Silicon Valley Interviews

Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller gave an interview to THR about his departure from the show that has many talking. Separately, showrunner Mike Judge talked about the situation and the show's fourth season finale.

Girlboss Canceled

Netflix has ended another show after only one season: Girlboss.

Good TVeets

Friday, June 23, 2017

New CST Posts

Check out recent Critical Studies in Television blog posts:

Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar

You can visit a Game of Thrones-themed bar in DC through August.

The Look of The Handmaid's Tale

Chris O'Falt talked with a director and cinematographer on The Handmaid's Tale about achieving the look of the series.

Apple's Strategies

Nathan McAlone covers Apple's new TV strategies, and Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast talks Apple originals plus the effect of streaming quality on viewer responses.

Roseanne & the Alt-Right

Amy Zimmerman explores Roseanne Barr's embrace of the alt-right movement.

Long Breaks

Hillary Busis looks at the growing trend of long breaks between seasons.

The Music Supervisor

John Jurgensen highlights the job of music supervisors, who are eligible for an Emmy for the first time.

White House Media

Dylan Byers covers how poor relations now are between the White House and the media. Today, CNN sent a sketch artist to a press briefing where cameras were banned. Carlos Maza explains why Trump's undermining of the media is a threat to democracy.

Netflix's Streaming Technology

Brady Dale details how Netflix's streaming technology works.

In a related story, Klint Finley explains why net neutrality matters and companies like Netflix and Amazon are lobbying to save it.

NFL Streaming

The owner of the New England Patriots says the NFL's future is in OTT and live-streaming deals. Right now, Amazon is asking a lot for ads during the games it will stream this fall.

Best Shows

Maureen Ryan picks the best shows that have aired thus far in 2017.

Making a Murderer Ruling

In a followup to Making a Murderer, a federal appeals court ruling could result in Brendan Dassey going free.

Al Jazeera Turmoil

Saudi Arabia is demanding the closure of Al Jazeera. Amanda Erickson explains why the outlet angers Saudi Arabia and other countries so much. A Guardian op-ed calls the closure demand wrong and ridiculous.

ABC Decisions

ABC's Downward Dog will end with its one summer season, while Shondaland's Still Star-Crossed gets moved to Saturday night.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Playing House & Breast Cancer

Playing House star Jessica St. Clair explains why she wanted her breast cancer experience written into the series.

AT&T-Time Warner Opposition

Democratic senators expressed their opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger in a letter to the attorney general.

UFC Rights

Marisa Guthrie discusses the pressure on new owner WME-IMG as UFC rights go up for grabs.

Reality TV Therapy

Ann-Derrick Gaillot questions the ethics and results of reality TV therapy shows.

Frustration With Facebook

Sarah Frier and Gerry Smith report on news outlet frustration with Facebook's video demands.

Latinx Representation

Matt Brennan talked with Latino/a actors about changes, and the lack of them, in Latino/a roles on TV over time.

Women Journalists in Muslim Countries

Yeganeh Rezaian discusses the importance of and challenge for women journalists reporting from Muslim countries.

Sci-Fi Fun

Adam Rodgers praises Syfy's fun science fiction shows compared to more serious prestige fare.

Queen Sugar's Directing Crew

Meredith Blake introduces us to Queen Sugar's all-women directing crew.

The N Word

Maria Elena Fernandez considers why "the n-word" is appearing on numerous shows lately, while Jerrod Carmichael talked with Michael Schneider about his show's timely topics.

Fox-Sky Deal

We will learn on June 29 whether or not 21st Century Fox will be allowed to own all of Sky or not.

Most Powerful People

THR has released its annual list of the 100 most powerful people in entertainment, with Bob Iger, Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, and Steve Burke at the top.

Netflix Strategies

Janko Roettgers identifies five insights in Netflix's corporate culture manifesto, while Matt Given highlights four pivot points that have helped Netflix surpass cable in subscribers. In programming news, Netflix has launched choose-your-own-adventure style content for kids.

The OINTB Hack

The people who run the small studio that was hacked and had its Orange is the New Black files leaked are telling their story.

Designing SNL's Sets

Constance Grady interviews Saturday Night Live's longtime set designer.

Apple's TV Moves

Josef Adalian assesses Apple's further moves into TV programming with its hiring of Sony execs. Natalie Jarvey and Lesley Goldberg say many in Hollywood are excited by Apple's new appetite for programming, and Tim Goodman sees a big impact coming. Sean Allen explains why Apple wants original content. Meanwhile, back over at Sony, Goldberg notes that a tough task lies ahead to replace what Apple lured away.

Rating Gender Stereotypes

Susan Chira describes an attempt by Common Sense Media to rate movies and TV shows based on gender stereotypes.

CBS Daytime Renewals

CBS renewed its entire daytime lineup through next year, while The Young and the Restless got a three-year renewal.

Upfronts & Ad Buys

CBS and The CW have reportedly finished their upfronts sales, with The CW seeing 3-5% gains and overall gains at CBS. Brian Steinberg sees a Trump effect on upfronts, as news and late-night are a key focus of negotiations. Amanda Lotz's podcast covers stacking rights and how they can affect upfronts negotiations.

Jason Lynch reports on the TV ad market for May, which saw cable up and broadcast down. Anthony Crupi also reports.

Twin Peaks Ratings

Kate Aurthur analyzes ratings for Twin Peaks and says they're an example of TV viewing in flux.

Save Seeso

John Hugar explains why Seeso, which has been hit with layoffs, is worth sustaining.

John Oliver Sued

John Oliver and Last Week Tonight writers are being sued by a coal baron for character assassination.

ABC News Trial

Eriq Gardner covers the latest developments in the ABC News "pink slime" defamation trial.

News About Cable News

Michael Wolff looks at the battle between CNN and NBC News to garner Trump-related ratings. MSNBC apparently thinks a conservative radio host is a good way to go, as it's giving Hugh Hewitt a Saturday morning show. Meanwhile, CNN is making a big investment in a social video startup called Great Big Story.

Trump & the Media

Brian Stelter explains why it's problematic that the White House is rolling back on-camera press briefings. Reporters were even warned not to report on the reporting restrictions. Trump is finding a lot of love, however, at Fox & Friends and on Sinclair-owned TV stations. On CNBC's Squawk Box, Trump's army of climate change deniers has a platform. Andy Dehnart reports on Trump being sued over the UK Apprentice and the emoluments clause.

Critics on Critics

Hanh Nguyen gathered comments from TV critics about how they use social media for their work. Over at Vox, Todd VanDerWerff and Alan Sepinwall chat on a podcast about TV criticism in the Peak TV era. And Laura Prudom notes the importance of the TCA awards, as women and people of color have been richly rewarded by critics with nominations this year.

Fox Fall Schedule

Fox has announced its fall premiere dates. In other Fox news, you can expect to see six-second ads on its streaming services soon and eventually on its linear channels.

Charter + Cox?

Claire Atkinson reports that Charter Communications wants to acquire Cox Communications.

Third Season Finales

Better Call Saul finished its third season on Monday. Daniel Fienberg has an interview with the show's co-creators, Alan Sepinwall chats with the episode's writer, and Sonia Saraiya talks to Peter Gould about the final scene. Sean T. Collins explains how Better Call Saul got so good. Sepinwall talked to Bob Odenkirk about playing Jimmy and Saul.

Wednesday brought us the Fargo season finale. Fienberg talked to showrunner Noah Hawley about the season, as did Daniel Holloway. Christian Long identifies all of the third season Coen homages.

Bachelor in Paradise Resumes

ABC says Bachelor in Paradise will resume filming, as the network claims no misconduct was found, yet the investigation will continue, with one of the contestant's attorney's pledging to keep investigating. Another contestant says race is an issue here. Ashley Collins considers how this case could reshape reality TV, while Jackson McHenry has a leaked Bachelor in Paradise contract that illustrates producer power. Jason Damata explains why brands have been happy with Bachelor in Paradise. Meanwhile, over at The Bachelorette, the most recent episode addressed issues of race.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good TVeets

Monday, June 19, 2017

Time Warner-Snap Deal

Time Warner has signed a big deal with Snap to create original shows for Snapchat.

Veep & Trump

Ian Crouch analyzes this season of Veep in light of Donald Trump. The current episode of KCRW's The Business also focuses on Veep with an interview of showrunner David Mandel.

Transforming YouTube

Harry McCracken looks at how CEO Susan Wojcicki is trying to transform YouTube and best TV.

More on Cosby

Wesley Morris reflects on the meaning of Bill Cosy and The Cosby Show today, while Jeannie Suk Gersen covers the legal principles behind Cosby's mistrial. Morris and Jenna Wortham consider what exactly was on trial during Cosby's case.

Carrie Coon's Big Year

Joanna Robinson profiles Carrie Coon, stealing the show in both Fargo and The Leftovers this year.

Apple's Video Potential

Will Richmond says Apple's TV plans are still murky despite its big hire of two execs.

ESPN Shakeup

James Andrew Miller covers the executive shakeup happening at ESPN, which John Ourand's podcast also addresses.

Emmy Campaigns

John Koblin and Brooks Barnes highlight how Emmy campaign season has gotten increasingly lavish. Tzipora Baitch points out particularly creative campaigns.

Univision News's Purpose

Jim Rutenberg profiles Univision News, "one of the most striking examples I’ve seen all year of a news organization that is meeting the moment."

Facebook Live's Violence

Alex Kantrowitz says Facebook Live has a major violence problem.

White House Frustrations

White House reporters are angry over off-camera briefings dictated by Sean Spicer, while Spicer may soon have a new role.

O'Reilly's Plans

Bill O'Reilly says we can soon expect more news about his firing, as he indicates a left-wing conspiracy is at fault. He also says he'll launch a new project soon.

Critics & Awards

Television Critics Association Awards nominations are out, while two THR critics declare who should and shouldn't win Emmys.

Cherniss Departs WGNA

In a move expected following Sinclair's takeover, president Matt Cherniss is leaving WGN America.

Last Man Standing Rejected By CMT

Last Man Standing won't be revived at CMT due to the show's price tag.

Fall Schedule News

NBC has announced its fall premieres schedule, while CBS has given us its Star Trek: Discovery rollout plan.

The Kelly-Jones Interview

Megyn Kelly's interview of Alex Jones drew mediocre ratings, and big-name advertisers were scant. There were some favorable reviews, though. Reviewers variably called the interview contentious, unobjectionable, pointlessa waste of time, not a worst-case scenario, less controversial than expected, problematic, not worth it, a B+ for Kelly, and credible. Erik Oster considers what brands can learn from the fallout.

 Danielle Tcholakian considers the role media criticism played in Kelly's Jones segment. Sonia Saraiya says NBC has a Megyn Kelly problem. And John Doyle sees the interview as the next level of anti-truth on TV.