Monday, September 22, 2014

TV vs. Movie Writing

Veteran movie screenwriter Scott Frank says TV has become a better place for writers than movies.

Pilot Freedom

Merrill Barr argues that a lesson of Lost was to give pilots more variable running times.

Local Ratings Battle

Michael Malone looks at the fierce battle for ratings on the local level.

FullScreen Acquired

Peter Kafka reports that AT&T and the Chernin Group have bought a controlling stake in FullScreen.

Sitcom Slump

Yvonne Villarreal and Meg James look at network struggles to develop a sitcom hit.

Netflix Spoiler Study

Netflix commissioned a study on spoilers, and one finding is that Americans are much bigger jerks about spoiling than the British are.

Upscale Viewing

R. Thomas Umstead reports on a viewing survey focusing on upscale audiences, who tend to watch TV via traditional means.

Rhimes Article

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan addresses the Alessandra Stanley article on Shonda Rhimes and acknowledges that it was "astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch." Linda Holmes got to talk with Rhimes about the article and other things.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), Sunday Night Football (NBC), Madam Secretary (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Nothing – ABC was in all repeats; Fox aired encores from 7-9:30 p.m.

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Year-Round NBC

While the fall season may still matter, NBC's president of research and media development says the network has a full-year focus in mind.

New In Media Res

Theme: Game of Thrones

  • Monday, September 22, 2014 - Andrea Nevitt (Keele University) presents: Appraising the adapted Red Wedding’s fidelity to emotional impact 
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - Garret Castleberry (University of Oklahoma) presents: Creating Game of Thrones’ Cross-Demographic Appeal through Genre-Mixing Iconicity 
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Thomas J. West III (Syracuse University) presents: Nasty, Brutish, and Short: "Game of Thrones," History, and the Violence of Women’s Lives 
  • Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Jamie Henthorn (Old Dominion University) presents: When Algorithms Collide: (Failing to) Manage GoT Spoilers Using Science
  • Friday, September 26, 2014 - Sarah Hanks (University of Oklahoma) presents: All Men and Women Must Learn: Using Game of Thrones as a Pedagogical Tool

Fall Season Buzz

Bill Carter and Emily Steel note that the concept of the fall TV season launch still has relevance and value, though the buzz is softer than in the past.

Downton Abbey Ratings

Downton Abbey has returned in the UK to lower ratings.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Knick's Music

Jed Mayer explores The Knick's soundtrack.

4K Sales

Swanni considers why 4K TV set sales are slow.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mad Men Ad Sales

You can now buy an ad package for the final Mad Men episode, if you have $1 million to put toward it.

Stanley Controversy

You haven't seen me link to many Alessandra Stanley articles around here lately, because at one point I decided I would just stop and refuse to reward poor TV criticism with any attention. But her latest article has become a story in itself. Stanley wrote an article about Shonda Rhimes filled with numerous specious claims, including a characterization of Rhimes related to the "angry black woman" stereotype. Rhimes responded on Twitter with incredulity. Stanley then responded back, albeit saying little. Margaret Lyons takes the article to task, as do Kara BrownWilla Paskin, Prachi Gupta, Britt Julious.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Fienberg.

Tax Credits Signed

Legislation expanding California tax credits has now been signed.

Warner Bros. Layoffs

Variety reports that Warner Bros. Entertainment will soon lay off as much as 10% of its workforce.

Public Domain Guide

The site RerunCentury links to public domain TV online, which could be useful for TV history classes and research in particular.

TVGN To Become POP

Starting in 2015, TV Guide Network will rebrand as POP.

Netflix Via VPN

Copyright holders are putting pressure on Netflix to bar VPN access to limit foreign access in places like Australia.

Comics Trend

Lesley Goldberg delves into the huge trend of comic book adaptations for TV.

TV Tweeting

Twitter is trying to convince TV producers and execs that Twitter activity can help their shows' ratings and value by quantifying Twitter engagement and impact.

AFHV at 25

Brooks Barnes marks 25 years of America's Funniest Home Videos.

TV + Advertising

Brian Steinberg looks at how the relationship between television and advertising is starting to fray.

Diaries Done

Nielsen diaries will soon be a thing of the past, as electronic devices will instead be used for local TV measurement.

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

YouTube on Cable Boxes

Janko Roettgers looks at YouTube's success on cable boxes in Hungary, which it hopes to spread elsewhere.

FX Done With 10/90

John Landgraf says FX likely won't do anymore 10/90 deals and has concerns about Netflix.

TV Everywhere Perceptions

Will Richmond shares a survey of user perceptions of TV Everywhere's authentication process.

Amazon & Apple Sharing

Peter Kafka reports on Amazon and Apple's moves to allow families to share purchased digital media files.

Univision's Breaking Bad

Kayla Reed covers Univision's Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad, which ends tonight after a four-month run.

CBS's L+7

Cynthia Littleton reports on CBS adding Live Plus Seven ratings to its overnights reports.

Time Slots Matter

Jason Lynch covers Nina Tassler's belief that time slot scheduling still matters, even in an era of heavy time-shifting.

Premiere List

BuzzFeed has a list of premiere dates for fall shows.

Directing Diversity

A DGA report finds little change in the diversity of the racial and gender makeup of TV directors over the last few years.

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