Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snapchat Discover

Snapchat has debuted a platform for brands, with CNN, Comedy Central, and ESPN among early adopters.

HBO Tech Exits

Liana B. Baker reports on the exits of technology execs at HBO as the outlet determines its online strategy.

Cable & Internet Bills

Zachary M. Seward explains what the rise of internet bills has to do with cable TV.

Empire's Ratings

Empire's ratings rose again this week. Brian Stelter and Frank Pallotta look at the impact of African-American viewership on a number of shows this season. And Michael O'Connell highlights the effectiveness of Fox's targeted marketing for Empire.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: American Idol (Fox), Empire (Fox)
- Honorable Mention: The Mentalist (CBS), Criminal Minds (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Marry Me (NBC), About a Boy (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Family Drama Goodbye

Alan Sepinwall wonders if the family drama is going out with Parenthood tonight. Also, Sara Stewart argues that the series was "stealthily feminist."

Peering Plan

While everyone is focused on the FCC's coming net neutrality announcement, Jeff John Roberts looks at what decisions could be made about peering and interconnection.

The Americans' Look

Todd VanDerWerff performs visual analysis on the opening ten minutes of The Americans. Also, you can look like Elizabeth Jennings thanks to a new line of lingerie tied to The Americans.

Teen Girls in Dramas

Jenni Maier questions why numerous prestige dramas feature annoying teen girls.

PlayStation Vue

Janko Roettgers checks out Sony's upcoming PlayStation Vue internet TV service.

Overstock's Prospects

Natalie Jarvey weighs Overstock's chances of success in the VOD world.

Black Mirror Remake

Endemol is pushing for an American remake of Black Mirror.

Truth of News Claims

PolitiFact's latest truth claims scorecards reveal a predominance of falsehoods on Fox News, whereas the truth fares much better on CNN.

FCC Rejects Tennis Channel

The FCC won't rehear Tennis Channel's tiering complaint against Comcast.

Schlamme on Directing

Sonia Sariya talks to Thomas Schlamme about his directing work on The Americans and Manhattan.

Allure of Dark TV

S.E. Smith explores why viewers are drawn to dark, violent shows like Hannibal and The Killing.

AutoHop the Super Bowl

Dish Network's AutoHop DVR will allow fast-forwarding of the Super Bowl game, but not the ads.

Nickelodeon OTT

Nickelodeon is the latest pay TV outlet to announce a stand-alone subscription channel online. It will be available next month.

Showtime in Canada

Emily Steel reports that Showtime programming will now be available in Canada as part of a global push, as a block of programming rather than a whole channel, though.

Ad Clutter

Brian Steinberg reports that ad load on cable grew last quarter due to declining viewership. David Lieberman also reports.

Super Bowl Sold Out

If you were hoping to advertise during the Super Bowl, you're too late. But Will Richmond says the Super Bowl collection is missing ads with engagement value.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Americans

The Americans is back tonight. Andy Greenwald says it's the best show on TV, and Todd VanDerWerff wonders why it isn't more popular. And you can find more links to The Americans content on TVTattle's new home at

Target Viewer

Jim Romenesko shares the story of a South Carolina newsroom using a cardboard cutout of a white mother as a reminder to staffers of their target audience.

Merger Uncertainty

Meg James says approval of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger isn't looking so certain now.

Snapchat Series

Snapchat is the latest home for a scripted series, this one sponsored by AT&T.

CBSN Live Viewing

Mike Snider has stats on viewership of the CBSN online news channel, which show a preference for live viewing over on-demand.

Hulu Ad Value

Mike Shields reports that Hulu is seeing a financial benefit from ad viewability.

Ratings Battle

Toni Fitzgerald reports that NBC and CBS are neck-and-neck in the 18-49 season ratings race.

Blacklist Bet

Bill Cromwell analyzes NBC's strategy in putting The Blacklist on after the Super Bowl.

Italian TV Show

Beppe Severgnini considers the representational implications of Italy's most popular TV show, which focuses on a crime family.

LGBT Representation in Kids' TV

Laurence Barber has launched the first in a series of posts on queer representation in children's TV.

Togetherness Renewed

HBO wants a second season of Togetherness.

ESPN's Studio

David Pierce takes us inside ESPN's expensive new studio and its multi-platform strategies.

Latino Presence

NPR's Eric Deggans talks about the disproportionately low number of Latina/o characters on US TV.

Comics Adaptations

Derek Kompare tells us what we need to know about the trend in comic book adaptations.

Agent Carter's Ratings

James Hibberd notes that Agent Carter's ratings decline is a concern, especially for those optimistic about female-led comics properties.

Empire's Value

Josef Adalian considers what Empire's success means to Fox and the network TV business.

Netflix Secrecy

Merrill Barr questions how much longer Netflix's data secrecy strategy could remain viable.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: NCIS R (CBS), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans R (CBS), CSI (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Marry Me (NBC), About a Boy (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Empire Analysis

Emily Steel and Ben Sisario consider how crucial Empire's success is for Fox. And Mary Mitchell sees Empire as part of the blaxploitation genre, while Anne Helen Petersen positions Empire and Jane the Virgin as family melodramas with important racial elements.

Social Activity Matters

FremantleMedia's head of digital insists that social media engagement now matters more than ratings.

Wilmore's Fresh Perspective

Genetta M. Adams appreciates what Larry Wilmore has brought to late night.

Gender Equality

Alyssa Rosenberg delves into the complexity of attaining gender equality in Hollywood.

Subscriber Figures

Mike Farrell reports that Comcast and Charter have added video subscribers in the past quarter, while the satellite operators have seen declines.

Go Daddy Ad

Go Daddy has gotten its name in the paper again over a Super Bowl ad.

Ferguson Signs With Lionsgate

Craig Ferguson has signed an overall deal with Lionsgate Television.

Netflix's Decisions

Tim Wu proposes that Netflix's programming decisions rely just as much on Ted Sarandos as on any data algorithm.

Viewing Habits

Lara O'Reilly covers a new report on video viewing habits, showing millennials prefer watching TV online more than on a TV.

Sweatshop Reality

A reality TV show in Norway has fashion bloggers undergo the horrors of working in a garment sweatshop.

TV & Digital at Sundance

Brooks Barnes looks at the emergence of TV at the Sundance Film Festival. Brian Stelter says digital outlets are also descending on Sundance to look for content. James Poniewozik also covers the topic.

Simon Profile

Amos Barshad checks in on what David Simon is working on.

The View Plans

Ramin Setoodeh reports that Rosie Perez was going to be fired from The View, until Variety started reporting it.

Lear Remake Plan

Michael Schneider reports that Norman Lear is pitching a Latina/o-cast One Day at a Time remake.

WWE Anger

Stephen Totilo explains why WWE fans are angry and demanding refunds.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (CBS), The Bachelor (ABC)
- Honorable Mention: Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
- Improved: Jane the Virgin (CW)
- Losers (excluding repeats): State of Affairs (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

The Americans Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks to the showrunners of The Americans about the show's return tomorrow.

Good TVeets

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring:

Shaq Sitcom

TruTV is developing a sitcom around Shaquille O'Neal.

Comcast & Politicians

Spencer Woodman reports that Comcast is ghostwriting TWC-merger letters of support for politicians.

Fox Sports Go

DirecTV subscribers will soon get access to the Fox Sports Go streaming app.

Marvel News

Fox confirms that an X-Men series is in the works, and David Tennant will play a villain in Netflix's AKA Jessica Jones.

Price Interviews

James Hibberd talks to Amazon Studios VP Roy Price about the company's TV efforts and its move into theatrical films, and Brian Stelter has a video interview with Price about the movie move.

Empire Soaring

Joe Flint highlights Empire's strong ratings, including its impressive VOD performance.

Second Season Faith

John Jurgensen looks at the catalysts enabling low-rated series to get renewed for second seasons. (Jason Lynch previously wrote about second seasons.)

NFL on YouTube

Mike Shields looks at how the NFL is finally taking advantage of YouTube with its own channel.

Dramatic Acting

Matthew Gilbert celebrates the high caliber of dramatic acting on TV right now.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Miss Universe Pageant (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Mulaney (Fox), Galavant (ABC), Resurrection (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Sling TV

Reviews of Sling TV have appeared: Richard Greenfield highlights its features, Todd VanDerWerff says it's not a cable killer...yet,  while Geoffrey A. Fowler says it's a giant step from cable, Phillip Swan shares what he likes and dislikes about it, and Janko Roettgers has a video showing what Sling TV looks like. Eric Deggans says it's a cord-cutter's dream. Richard Lawler has a review, as does Adam Flomenbaum.

SAG Awards

SAG awards were handed out last night, and black women took home the two top actress prizes for the first time ever. Netflix was a big winner. Michael Schneider highlights how TV's diversity won. Viola Davis gave a powerful speech. Jazmine Hughes laments that the diversity mainly came from only two sources.

Good TVeets

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spies in Hollywood

Ian Shapira notes that ex-spies are finding a lot of work in Hollywood on espionage shows and movies.

Indie Web Series

Aymar Jean Christian highlights the best of independent web series from 2014 and wonders about the future of the category given the rise of Netflix and Amazon originals.

Netflix Plans

Netflix has big ambitions for scripted series this year, and it is also now in the Duplass movie business. Dorothy Pomerantz expects both Netflix and Amazon to have a tougher time with movies than TV.

Saul Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks to the creators of Better Call Saul.

RIP Joe Franklin

Talk show legend Joe Franklin has died. David Hinckley looks back on Franklin's unique career.

Serious Ladies Panel

Video is available of a panel at Sundance featuring Jenji Kohan, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham, and Kristen Wiig. Jace Lacob highlights topics that came up. Kyle Buchanan also has coverage.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Undercover Boss (CBS), Shark Tank R (ABC)
- Losers: Constantine (NBC), Glee (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

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