Monday, August 29, 2016
Charles Osgood will leave his longtime Sunday Morning post on CBS next month, while Good Morning America will start a new era featuring Michael Strahan and a live audience.
Melanie McFarland argues that a prioritization of inclusion, not just diversity could bring genuine, lasting change to the industry.
Derek Thompson writes about Fox News' aging demographic problem. And Sarah Ellison wonders if Fox News can keep star Megyn Kelly around. Meanwhile, Brian Steinberg reports Fox News wants to move the latest harassment lawsuit to arbitration.
HLN has cancelled Dr. Drew, NBC has announced Grimm will end with its upcoming sixth season, and Pretty Little Liars will depart Freeform after its seventh season, which the showrunner discusses. And in an update to previous news, Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan say it was their decision to end their TV Land show at two seasons.
Of course there were no #VMAs at all from 1942-1946 because all the pop stars selflessly joined the armed forces.— SaraKateW (@SaraKateW) August 29, 2016
viacom gotta let Beyoncé be the new ceo— Desus Nice (@desusnice) August 29, 2016
After a Beyoncè performance, TV should just end for the night like it did in the olden days— jamilah lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) August 29, 2016
Warning: Cat-related spoilers for The Night of in here.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Colin Dixon outlines strategies online video providers are using to attract Millennials, including exclusive content.
Toni Fitzgerald says ESPN's recent struggles make it vulnerable to competition from Fox Sports, which has teamed up with Sports Illustrated on an advertising deal.
Brian Steinberg mines more data from Variety's survey of media buyers to find what new fall shows they think will do the best in C3 ratings.
Maureen Ryan has concerns about Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access in regard to ad load and storytelling.
Maureen Ryan considers the perils of provocative moves in the second seasons of Mr. Robot and UnREAL, while LARB writers debate BoJack Horseman's innovative third season.
Anousha Sakoui says Fox News may be enjoying big election year ratings, but it has a big average viewer age problem. And Jack Shafer says Fox News may have hit its viewership ceiling and offers advice to the Murdochs about how to change the channel's formula going forward.
Margaret Lyons and James Poniewozik talk about representations of religion in recent TV shows.
Viceland has half the viewers of the channel it replaced, and while those viewers are a lot younger than H2 used to draw, Oriana Schwindt notes they aren't as young as Vice Media's CEO insisted they would be, illustratring how tough it is to lure Millennials to TV sets.
Sapna Maheshwari looks back on streaming's role during the Rio Olympics. Daniel Holloway reports that NBC was taken by surprise by the number of people streaming, and A.J. Katz says those figures give NBC optimism going forward. Michael O'Connell's takeaway is the need to better monetize streaming. Raymond Snoddy compares NBC's coverage with the BBC's. Stuart Elliot wasn't impressed by the ads that aired during the Games. Lauren Goode and Sean O'Kane cover the live-streaming technology NBC put in place for the Olympics, which could play a future role in TV. And Sean Keeley says the Olympics ratings show remind us how much NBC overpaid for the rights.
Spoil any movie by telling ur friend “Ice Cube dies” before they watch it. They’ll be waiting for Ice Cube to appear and die the whole time— Melanie Bracewell (@meladoodle) August 19, 2016
Buffy's 👋 Physical 👋 And 👋 Emotional 👋 Labor 👋 Is👋 Being 👋 Exploited 👋 By 👋 The 👋 Watcher's 👋 Counsel 👋#BuffyButWoke— Graham (@GrahamB47) August 25, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Karen Fratti has data ranking networks and shows by their social media engagement success.
Eric Deggans says Fear the Walking Dead suffers from a lack of engaging characters in a time of peak competition, while Melanie McFarland points to Lethal Weapon and Rectify, which share a key actor, as representative of the Peak TV battle for attention.
Angela Watercutter charts out the corporate synergy across a number of pop culture partnerships.
Philippe Dauman is expected to exit Viacom with a boatload of money, though a Redstone granddaughter is challenging the settlement. Going forward, some analysts are calling for CBS and Viacom to recombine. Brian Steinberg also considers the possible CBS-Viacom future.
Brian Stelter tries to pinpoint what role Roger Ailes is playing in Donald Trump's campaign, while Jim Rutenberg reports that Sean Hannity has become a Trump advisor.
Lisa Richwine reports on the expansion of on-demand offerings as TV networks try to battle cord cutting. But Matt Pressberg proposes that we're getting too many streaming services to keep up with and bundling and consolidation seem inevitable. Quentin Hardy looks at how streaming is affecting sports viewership.
A former Fox News host has filed a lawsuit against the outlet claiming retaliation for a harassment complaints. Brian Stelter reports that there are some inaccuracies in the lawsuit. James B. Stewart says previous lawsuit settlements kept a lid on the toxic environment at Fox News.
Josef Adalian offers thoughts on why NBC's ratings for the Rio Olympics were so low, and Oriana Schwindt says you can't blame Millennials. Cynthia Littleton reports on NBCU's ratings tallies for the fortnight, and A.J. Katz insists NBC did at least earn a medal, even if results fell short of expectations. Richard Sandomir says NBC must eye the next set of Olympics with some concern, Andrew Wallenstein offers suggestions for changes. Sonia Saraiya reflects on the athletic competition and says at least NBC eventually realized that women were the stars. Phil Mushnik is critical of NBC forcing anchors to shill, while Jenée Desmond-Harris laments the sexism, racism, and homophobia that were on display across the coverage. James Dator is highly impressed with a BBC Olympics overview video. The Rio Olympics were the most-watched Summer Games ever in Canada.
I love that at the age of 32 Ryan Lochte is a "kid".— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) August 21, 2016
At age of 32 actresses are playing the mom of someone 10 years younger than they are
When I have a kid, I'm going to make him watch THE NIGHT OF when he turns 5. So he doesn't do some dumbass shit and ruin our family's lives.— David Chen (@davechensky) August 22, 2016
Stranger Things is just an eight part Eggo waffle commercial and we all fucking fell for it.— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) August 23, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Janko Roettgers covers North Korea's introduction of a Roku-like device that offers a Netflix-like service, albeit via a highly restricted network.
The Millennial-targeted cable channel Pivot will close up shop by the end of the year. Phillip Swann sees this as part of the larger decline of niche channels, as does Alan Wolk.
Matt Zoller Seitz and Chris Wade have posted a video essay that defines what they mean by the phrase "cinematic television."
Debra Birnbaum talked with Emmy-nominated UnREAL writer Marti Noxon and Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter about the challenge of making TV in a time of increased viewer expectations.
Matt Zoller Seitz laments that shows like Mr. Robot have overloaded on twists that detract from the story. And Todd VanDerWerff pinpoints problems with the kind of "can you top this?!" season that 24 once became known for.
New Magid research into emotional engagement with TV shows finds dramas like Game of Thrones most valued while docusoap reality TV programs are much less valued.
A new study finds women and ethnic minority TV director hiring mostly staying flat, and Todd VanDerWerff points out that network execs talk a lot about diversity but don't do much to foster change.
News outlets have come under criticism for ignoring the flooding tragedy taking place in Louisiana. Ken Wheaton calls it an epic fail. And Matt Taibbi says the summer's presidential election campaign coverage has obliterated the news media.
Ratings for the Olympics have continued to fall with the biggest declines coming from younger viewers, which Clio Chang blames on the IOC and its media partners. Ben Thompson says this circumstance raises larger concerns about the value of live sports going forward. John Consoli says NBC is keeping advertisers content with makegoods, though. Richard Sandomir is critical of NBC largely ignoring non-US athletes and the network's coverage of Ryan Lochte's situation, and NBC garnered criticism for telling an athlete live on air that he had been disqualified. Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast covers the online delivery of the Olympics. Jason Lynch covers NBC's logic for promoting certain shows over others during the Olympics.
Two more execs have left Fox News, while the new co-president Bill Shine has stepped into place. Michael Wolff says the future direction of Fox News will be fought over by the Murdoch family.
The final Nightly Show aired on Thursday. Wilmore talked to John Koblin about the show's unexpected end. Wilmore has been critical of Comedy Central's lack of promotional support. Daniel Fienberg says the Nightly Show will be missed, and Angela Bonavoglia says women in particular should be dismayed. Alison Herman points to Comedy Central's larger problems, but the channel's execs insist it's doing fine with advertisers despite its ratings struggles.
Friday, August 19, 2016
every olympic event should be preceded by one normal person trying to do the thing literally at all— Casey Johnston (@caseyjohnston) August 16, 2016
So inspired by the Olympics. It's made me determined to follow my dreams and become a copyright infringement lawyer.— Stuart Heritage (@stuheritage) August 16, 2016