Friday, August 29, 2014

Finke's Latest

Kate Aurthur reports that is nothing more than a note right now, and it could be shut down entirely soon.

Quit Solving TV

In the wake of The Sopranos kerfuffle, Miles Klee says we need to just stop seeking closure and clarity for everything.

BBC Close to CNN

Ishbel Macleod reports that the BBC is on track to overtake CNN as the most-visited news site globally.

Thursday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Fienberg.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

MLB Suit

Eriq Gardner updates us on a Major League Baseball lawsuit involving regional broadcast blackouts.

YouTube & MCNs

Felix Gillette delves into YouTube's growth in original web series programming and the multi-channel networks that have sprouted up to make money from it and its stars.

TV Minorities

Driadonna Roland laments a post-Fresh Prince decline in series with African-American leads, while Robert Rorke notes the uptick in racial diversity coming this fall.

ESPN Criticized

ESPN has come under criticism for reporting on NFL player Michael Sam's locker room showering practices.

Netflix Gets Blacklist

Netflix has picked up streaming rerun rights to The Blacklist in what is said to be the biggest SVOD deal for a series ever, $2 million per episode.

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Longmire Cancelled

A&E has cancelled Longmire, but the producers hope to shop it elsewhere.

News Reinvention

Richard Sambrook and Sean McGuire insist that 24-hour channels have to reinvent themselves.

Integrated Newsroom

Will Mumford looks at how an Australian news outlet has become the first to fully integrate their television and print newsroom.

Binge Lament

Anick Jesdanun explains what's not to like about binge-watching TV.

Future Uncertainty

Sharon Waxman highlights the uncertainty facing TV execs looking to the future.

Designing The Knick

Kate Klobe delves into set decoration on The Knick.

New Amazon Pilots

Mike Hale previews the new pilots coming to Amazon today. And Cory Barker considers Amazon's attempts to brand its unique pilot approach. Eric Deggans isn't impressed by the new pilots.

SEC Power

Richard Sandomir looks at how the SEC's football prowess will translate to its own TV channel.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cable Transformation

Imran Shah and Dan Dodson highlight five trends in a transforming cable industry.

SNL Black Cast Members

Wesley Morris delves into the history of black cast members on Saturday Night Live.

Doctor Who Title Sequence

Doctor Who has a new title sequence; the man who designed it talks about the process of making it.

Chase Walks Back

David Chase is now denying that he said whether Tony Soprano is dead or alive, and Matt Zoller Seitz chronicles the fascination with this question. Todd VanDerWerff responds to the response.

CA Tax Credits

California politicians have reached a deal to broaden the state's film and TV production tax credits.

Finke Site

Seth Abramovitch reports on a new website that purports to have pictures of the reclusive Nikke Finke and showcases what it sees as her professional transgressions.

Cops Staffer Killed

A member of the Cops crew was shot while recording an armed robbery. Update: The man shot was an audio technician, and he has died from his injuries. Brian Stelter reports.

Finding Shows

Larissa Faw reports on a new survey into how viewers find out about new shows to watch.

Google Maps Sets

Google has a post highlighting a few TV set locations visible on Google maps.

Canadian Netflix Competitor

A pair of Canadian cable providers have teamed up to launch shomi, a streaming service intended to compete with Netflix.

Gunn's Impact

Alyssa Rosenberg argues that Anna Gunn's portrayal of Breaking Bad's Skyler White was a game-changer for TV.

Thanks, Movies

Noah Gittell says TV has movies to thank for its current golden age.

.TV Domain

Noam Cohen looks at the rise of the .TV domain suffix, which has been economically beneficial to a Polynesian island country called Tuvalu.

Israeli Inspiration

Andrea Morabito notes that Israeli TV is providing a lot of inspiration for US TV.

TWC Secrets

A person who claims to be a Time Warner Cable technician is spilling secrets on Reddit.

TiVo's Aereo

Mike Masnick notes that TiVo has released a product that works a lot like Aereo, but with a key (yet seemingly silly) distinction that might keep it legal.

Chelsea's Impact

Chelsea Handler's show on E! ended last night, and Carla Meyer considers the show's impact.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Netflix & Emmys

Emily Yahr considers why Netflix isn't winning Emmys. But Timothy Stenovic argues that Netflix won at the Emmys anyway.

Sopranos Ending

Martha Nochimson finally got David Chase to give an answer to the ultimate question about Tony Soprano's fate. Alan Sepinwall offers analysis, as do Alyssa Rosenberg and Sam Adams. Update: Aaaand, never mind.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fart Suit

A stuffed animal manufacturer has sued CBS over its sale of NCIS Bert the Farting Hippos via its website.

Merger Responses

Netflix has filed a petition with the FCC opposing the Comcast-TWC merger, while Comcast keeps insisting the merger will be pro-consumer.

Monday Ratings

Preliminary network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Cable News Ratings

Rick Kissell reports that Fox News had a good ratings week, while MSNBC did not.

Turner Buyouts

Brian Stelter reports on the buyouts starting to hit Tuner employees. And Jeanine Poggi reports that more cuts are coming.

New Reruns

Brooks Barnes reports on a new residuals agreement that will enable the distribution of thousands of hours of TV reruns from shows old and new.

Emmys Coverage

Emmy awards were handed out last night. Deadline has lists of winners by show and by channel. And there's analysis of the broadcast from Erik Adams, Linda Holmes, Alan Sepinwall, Myles McNutt, Kate Aurthur, Todd VanDerWerffNellie Andreeva, Matt Brennan, Hitfix, Brian Stelter, Mario Anzuoni, Hank Stuever, Sarah Larson, Brian Lowry. Plus there are many more links at TV Tattle. Sofia Vergara defended her pedestal routine (which you'll find didn't go over very well with the Good TVeeters), and Ben Travers defends HBO for putting True Detective in Best Drama, where it lost. Travers also says Netflix getting shut out is a negative for TV. Katie Kilkenny points to Billy Eichner's Emmys bit as an insightful sendup of the Emmys. Amanda Cuda proposes reasons for why people are mad Modern Family keeps winning but happy about other repeat winners. Scott Feinberg says the voting process is broken.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Naked Series

T.L. Stanley looks at the rise of reality shows where nudity comes into play.

CBS Affiliates

Gray Television has renewed its affiliate deal with CBS, while WISH in Indiana has to figure what to do without CBS affiliation next year, as the network dropped it over a reverse compensation dispute.

No-Cable Devices

TiVo is offering a new DVR made for a pay TV-free household, while a San Francisco startup company has a tablet featuring over-the-air television.

Hulu Marketing

Sam Thielman talks to Hulu's new head of marketing.

Mayors Like Merger

52 US mayors have signed a letter in favor of Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable.

Amazon + Twitch

Rather than Google as expected, Amazon will purchase Twitch, a video game streaming company. Richard Taylor considers what Amazon could be looking for here, and Will Richmond says that Twitch could become for Amazon what YouTube is for Google. Emir Afrati investigates why Google didn't make the deal.

Dunham's Book

Jacob Clifton writes about the contention that surrounds Lena Dunham as an autobiography author.

Praise for Oliver

David Uberti highlights four topics that John Oliver has covered better than TV news.

Sunday Ticket Deal

John Ourand and Daniel Kaplan report that the NFL and DirecTV are close to a new Sunday Ticket deal.

Online Premieres

Jason Lynch discusses the rise of fall TV series premiering online early.

Actor Earnings

Forbes' 2014 list of highest-paid actors is out.

Who Ratings

Doctor Who set a Saturday night ratings record for BBC America.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

CNN Cuts

Jeff Zucker is reportedly telling CNN employees to brace for job and budget cuts.

Merger Objections

Emily Steel reports on opposition to media mergers from the head of Rural Media Group, who argues that such consolidation especially hurts rural America.

Music Supervisors

Steve Chagollan profiles a set of music supervisors, some of whom work in TV.

New In Media Res

Theme: African-American Media

  • Monday, August 25, 2014 - Miriam J. Petty (Northwestern University) presents: Names and Claims: "Shabooya, Roll Call!"
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Mark D. Cunningham (Austin Community College) presents: No Apologies Necessary: Determining What Is "Good" in Black Popular Culture 
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA) presents: Dad’s Hollywood Secret 
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Nina Cartier (Northwestern University) presents: Swinging the Pendulum of Black Pop Culture Feminism 
  • Friday, August 29, 2014 - Terri Francis (Indiana University) presents: Josephine Baker’s French African American Films

SNL Thoughts

Carrie Battan asked up-and-coming comedians about for opinions on Saturday Night Live.

Emmy Links

The Emmys are on tonight, and Todd VanDerWerff offers an explanation for why we're getting the broadcast on a Monday, as does Josef Adalian. Brian Lowry looks at how awards prestige matters in today's era of TV, and Emily Steel also considers the value of winning an Emmy as the competition for one grows. Stuart Elliott notes that the live broadcast is attractive to advertisers. Olivia Goldhill considers why British TV does so well at the Emmys.

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