Monday, May 2, 2016

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Middlebrow TV Appreciation

Angelica Jade Bastién sings the praises of what she considers modern middlebrow television.

Pilot Buzz

Elizabeth Wagmeister covers the latest in network pilots buzz.

Eurovision Live in the US

Logo will air the Grand Finale of Eurovision live in the U.S.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Hulu TV Service

Joe Flint and Shalini Ramachandran report that Hulu is developing a web TV service to launch in early 2017. Read analysis of the possibilities from Peter Kafka, Phillip Swann, Will Richmond, Jason Lynch, Emily Steel and Brooks Barnes.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Charter-TWC Upside

Jon Healey argues that there could be positives for consumers in the Charter-TWC-Bright House merger.

Rovi Buys TiVo

Rovi has acquired TiVo in a billion dollar deal, adopting TiVo as the merged company's brand name.

5-Second Ads

Pepsi has a slew of 5-second ads ready to be unleashed this summer on TV and online.

Viacom-Roku Ad Deal

Viacom has tried to revitalize its ad business via a targeted advertising deal with Roku.

Comcast's Moves

Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast covers Comcast's success with the X1 set-top box, while Shalini Ramachandran and Ben Fritz analyze Comcast's acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. The NYT speculates on what's next for DWA's Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tackling Abortion

Maureen Ryan notes that TV shows are more willing to tackle abortion as a topic than they used to be.

Classless TV

Wesley Morris laments the dearth of shows that address class.

TV at Festivals

Liz Shannon Miller sees problems with screening television episodes at film festivals.

Auction Primer

Colin Lecher explains how the upcoming spectrum auction will operate and what it may mean for TV and wireless service.

TCM Fan Club

TCM has launched an online fan club for classic movie super fans.

Showrunning in the Social Media Age

Rick Ellis talked to Hart Hanson about challenges for showrunners in the age of social media and empowered fans.

More Peabody Winners

Peabody Awards for the documentary and education category have been announced.

Missing Black Shows

Alyssa Rosenberg notes that many significant Black-cast TV shows aren't available via streaming services.

Renewal/Cancellation Decisions

Michael Schneider explains what factors come into play for networks making renewal and cancellation decisions.

New Flow Issue

Check out new Flow essays:

Lear Visits Black-ish

Maureen Ryan covers a visit to the Black-ish writers' room a few months ago by Norman Lear.

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Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Underground's Success

Joe Otterson notes that Underground has brought a big ratings boost to WGN America.

Program Analysis

Noel Murray looks at what went so right and then wrong for The Good Wife as a legal drama. Myles McNutt discusses Limitless's balance of procedural and serial elements and the concepts of sustainability and scalability across its first season. And Liz Shannon Miller says the move to Hulu made The Mindy Project a better show.

Elaborate Opening Titles

Daniel Victor highlights a number of shows that make this an era of elaborate opening titles.

Netflix's Content Obligations

The cost of Netflix's content obligations has risen to $12 billion due to global expansion.

TV Deaths

Sadaf Ahsan questions why so many women characters have died on TV lately, and Mary McNamara questions TV being touted as more diverse than film when so many minority characters are killed off. And frustration with LGBTQ character deaths has led to the creation of The Lexa Pledge, a push for more positive LGBTQ representations.

The Simpsons & Political Satire

John Hugar explores The Simpsons' mastery of neutral political satire.

Leftovers Moving to Australia

The final season of The Leftovers will be shot and set in Australia.

The Netflix Bump

Oriana Schwindt reports on new figures from Symphony affirming a "Netflix bump" from viewership of past seasons going into new ones.

Streaming & Connected Viewing

Dan Schechter surveys changing TV consumption habits and finds streaming and OTT options significantly on the rise. Also on the rise are connected TVsstreaming devices, and SVOD services.

Cord Cutting Figures

Wayne Friedman reports on figures showing cord-cutting and -shaving acceleration, while Comcast yesterday reported major subscriber growth. Phillip Swann highlights subscriber growth across a number of pay TV services.

Ratings News

Tony Maglio covers the turmoil in the TV measurement business and pressure on Nielsen. The Raycom station group is switching from Nielsen to ComScore in some markets. And the Video Advertising Bureau used average audience data to determine where Facebook, YouTube and other websites would fall among ad-supported TV ratings.

Pilot Screenings

The Masked Scheduler describes the pilot screening process.

ESPN Exits

With the new exits of Mike Tirico and Skip Bayless, Paul Farhi considers why so many prominent people are leaving ESPN.

Match Game Reboot

Alec Baldwin will host a revival of Match Game at ABC this summer as part of a game show block of programming.

NBCU Acquires DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation is now an NBC Universal company. Brain Steinberg considers how DWA's kids content could help Comcast compete. Brian Stelter reports.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

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