Monday, February 27, 2017

Good TVeets

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cable Lawsuit

Susan Crawford points to a lawsuit against Charter as a possible starting point for making cable companies accountable for taking advantage of customers.

Supergirl & LGBTQ Stories

Estelle Tang looks at how LGBTQ representation has become important to The CW's Supergirl and its viewers.

Black-ish Branded Content

Jason Lynch covers a Black-ish branded content spot that aired during last week's episode.

Millennial Men Shunning Pay TV

Toni Fitzgerld reports on new studies finding that Millennial men are particularly resistant to subscribing to cable TV.

True Crime Week at IMR

In Media Res last week focused on true crime:

AwesomenessTV Departure

AwesomenessTV's founder and CEO is exiting the company.

5-Year-Old Girls

A group of writers at LA Review of Books assesses the five-season run of Girls.

Sports News

NASCAR and the channels that host its races are making changes in hopes of reversing a ratings slide. FS1 has cancelled Fox Sports Live. Tal Shachar considers how sports media needs to evolve to stay vital.

Trump Stuff

Donald Trump seems to be good for Stephen Colbert, as well as cable news networks and SNL. But his Press Secretary raised major concerns Friday by blocking CNN and other members of the press from a press gaggle.

NBC News' Future

Sarah Ellison points to Matt Lauer as a cautionary tale for NBC News as it brings Megyn Kelly on board. And Gretchen Carlson is now reportedly in negotiations to join MSNBC.

Pilot Drama Directors

Nellie Andreeva notes that only one of 41 network drama pilots is helmed by a woman director.

New Emmy Categories

Music supervisors and reality casting directors can now win Emmys, plus the single-cam cinematography award will be split between one-hour and half-hour series.

Renewals & a Cancellation

Days of Our Lives will get a 52nd season at NBC, while Fox wants second seasons of The Mick and Lethal Weapon. But after only two episodes, CBS is done with Doubt.

Monday, February 20, 2017

WGA Awards

WGA Awards were handed out last night, and FX was the big TV winner. Other TV winners included BoJack Horseman, Confirmation, This is Us, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, John Oliver, Frontline, Hollywood Game Night, and SNL.

Netflix Reality TV

Natalie Jarvey explores how a new Netflix reality TV series could have global impact.

Trump Stuff

Lloyd Grove notes that Stephen Colbert seems to be finding a groove in the Trump era. Maxwell Tani observes that entertainment sites are now regularly covering politics. Paul Farhi sees the White House using unresponsiveness as a weapon against the press. Erik Wemple is concerned about how much attention Donald Trump is paying to Fox News.

Playwrights in TV

David Canfield analyzes the migration of playwrights to TV.

Gender Non-Binary Character

James Hibberd talks with the showruuners of Billions about the introduction of a gender non-binary character.

YouTube Ad Change

YouTube says it won't force you to sit through 30-second ads starting in 2018.

MTM at Flow

The new issue of Flow focuses on Mary Tyler Moore:

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Littleton.

Good TVeets

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Black Shows with Non-Black Viewership

Shadow and Act highlights shows with Black leads that are drawing significant non-Black viewership.

Netflix & Amazon at Festivals

Rebecca Ford and Scott Roxborough note how Amazon and Netflix have become forces at film festivals like Sundance and Berlin.

Golden Girls & AIDS

Jim Colucci looks back on The Golden Girls' boldness in tackling the AIDS epidemic.

New CST Posts

New blog posts at Critical Studies in Television:

Fake News Marketing Campaign

20th Century Fox has apologized for using fake news to market a movie.

Year in Sports Media Report

Nielsen has released a report on 2016 in sports media.

Fighting Fake News

Both Wikipedians and librarians are joining the fight against fake news.

Billions Boost

Jason Lynch notes Showtime's big marketing push for Billions comes as part of a defining year for the premium channel.

Awards & Indie TV

Aymar Jean Christian is frustrated by the WGA Awards' ignorance of independent television.

TV Writer Bargaining

David Robb assesses TV writer claims about declining earnings as WGA contract negotiations loom. (Note: A number of people in the comments section are calling this analysis misleading.)

Defining BBC America

Josef Adalian talked to BBC America president Sarah Barnett about the channel's brand and expansion beyond British TV.

Spectrum Auction Update

The head of the National Association of Broadcasters says the spectrum auction has been a disappointment, but The Economist insists the auction is still a model to be followed elsewhere. A Vermont PBS station reaped a windfall in the auction, while a New Hampshire station brought in a lot of money for its owner but will be shut down. Howard University opted not to sell its TV license and pulled out of the spectrum auction. The auction will expire at the end of March.

Full Frontal Ratings

Oriana Schwindt identifies a ratings surge for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in 2017, this year of Trump.

The Royals Renewed

The Royals is getting a fourth season on E!.

Television Graveyards

Jason Koebler takes us inside warehouses filling up with old TV sets, as the challenges of safe disposal accrue.

Trump & TV

Shane Savitsky analyzed Donald Trump's tweeting patterns and aligned that with morning TV viewership. Conor Friedersdorf notes that anyone consuming news from conservative outlets got a very different impression of Trump's press conference last week than others. And Jim Rutenberg highlights a story of potential political censorship related to Trump and the media at a local station in Texas.

BIg Bang Theory Renewal

The Big Bang Theory is reportedly close to a two-season renewal at CBS.

Viacom-Hulu Deal Expires

Janko Roettgers notes that a Viacom-Hulu licensing deal has expired, as Viacom retrenches in pay TV under new CEO Bob Bakish.

Morning Boosts

Brian Steinberg notes that the network morning shows have offered a good platform for executives on the rise.

SNL Branded Content

When Saturday Night Live returns from its brief hiatus, you'll get to see its first examples of branded content.

Verizon-Yahoo Deal

Verizon has reportedly renegotiated a better merger deal for Yahoo thanks to the latter's recent security breaches.

Oscars Sold Out

If you were planning to spend a few million for an ad during the Oscars, you're too late; it's sold out.

CNN News

Venezuela's government pulled CNN's Spanish-language service off its cable providers last week for making what it deemed unfair and false reports about the country. Back in the US, it's Jared Kushner who doesn't like what he's seeing on CNN. He complained to Time Warner about it, which Klint Finley finds interesting in light of the need for federal approval of Time Warner's merger with AT&T (which shareholders have approved). Jeff Zucker has said Donald Trump's attacks on CNN haven't harmed the outlet's brand or advertising support and says they may even be boosting morale among staffers.

Apple & Video

Mark Gurman explains why Apple has yet to revolutionize TV as pledged. Vindu Goel looks at Apple's plan to move into original video content production, and Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast contrasts Apple's moves in video with Facebook's.

Unbundling & Rebundling

Jeremy G. Phillips points out that a wave of unbundling thanks to the internet is now reversing itself.

This Network Season

Jason Lynch talked to the five broadcast network presidents about how this season has looked so far.

Cannon Out at AGT

Nick Cannon has reportedly quit America's Got Talent after NBC took issue with what he said on a Showtime stand-up special.