Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TV Moving Online

Marcus Wohlsen says TV viewing will soon mean online viewing.

Watching Simpsons World

James Poniewozik considers the spectatorial implications of the Simpsons World app, especially in regard to binge viewing practices.

Netflix Comedy Pickup

Netflix's latest original series pickup is an animated comedy from Gaumont International Television.

NPH Was 4th

Seth Abramovitch reports that Neil Patrick Harris was actually the Academy's fourth choice to host the Oscars.

Nevins Profile

Variety has named Showtime's David Nevins its showman of the year and has a profile detailing his rise to success.

Black Sitcoms & Race

Brennan Williams and Gazelle Emami look back on the history of black-cast sitcoms, the extent to which they addressed race in various periods, and where Black-ish fits into this scope of representation. Some handy charts in here too.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.00 million, Fox: 10.68, NBC: 8.14, ABC: 4.11, CW: 2.74
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.9 rating/9 share, NBC: 2.2/ 7, CBS: 2.1/ 6, ABC: 1.2/ 4, CW: 1.1/ 3
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), World Series, Game 1 (Fox), The Voice (NBC), The Flash (CW), NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC) -Considerable Erosion: Marry Me (NBC)
- Losers: Selfie (ABC), Manhattan Love Story (ABC), About a Boy (NBC), Forever (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

OTT Links

Sarah Green talks to the author of a book on ESPN about why the sports outlet isn't likely to go over-the-top like HBO is planning. Hayley Tsukayama says these online moves could bring new life to the sagging Apple TV set-top box. And a Sinclair tech exec says these moves show how the TV industry is now in a battle with new media forces.

Scatter Skepticism

Suzanne Vranica relays comments from a major ad exec predicting that the scatter market for the rest of the year won't be as robust as networks had hoped after upfronts.

Lythgoe's Reality Ideas

Kevin Fallon talks to Nigel Lythgoe about where reality TV is going wrong these days and how it can be righted.

Binge-Watching PBS

Brian Steinberg says PBS's airing of Ken Burns' seven-night documentary series The Roosevelts appeared to benefit from binge viewing on multiple platforms.

Blackface & Whitewashing

Kelley L. Carter highlights the Hollywood practice of white body-doubles and stuntpeople putting on dark makeup to stand in for black characters. And Jill Pantozzi is frustrated by DC adaptations turning characters of color in the comics to white characters on TV.

Simpsons Suit

An actor from the movie Goodfellas is suing The Simpsons for $250 million over a mafia character in the series.

Tough Time Slots

Jason Lynch identifies the ten worst time slots on broadcast network TV schedules.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Live Viewing Declining

Wayne Friedman reports on new viewing figures showing that time shifting is increasing, as viewers care less about watching live, though they still greatly prefer watching on a TV set.

Simpsons World

The Simpsons World app is now live, and Cynthia Littleton digs into the deal that made it happen.

British Imports

Evan Bartlett highlights the countries that spend the most to import British TV programs; Australia and New Zealand are a very distant second to the US, while France and Italy are the top non-English-speaking importers. (Though it's not clear what these figures actually cover: shows, formats, etc.)

Indie TV

Merrill Barr argues that TV is on the verge of essentially having an independent scene.

New In Media Res

Theme: After Thoughts on the 2014 World Cup

  • Monday, October 20, 2014 - Christopher Toula (Georgia State University) presents: Commoditized Visibility: Coca-Cola, The World Cup, and the People 
  •  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Thomas F. Corrigan (California State University, San Bernardino) presents: The Wiziwig World Cup: P2P catches up with live sports 
  •  Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - Robert Cole (Independent) presents: Uncomfortable Silence of Protest Voices in World Cup 2014 Coverage 
  •  Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, Rose Satiko Gitirana Hikiji, Sylvia Clauby Noavaes (University of Sao Paulo & University of Victoria) presents: Experiencing Mexico vs Brazil 2014 in Cidade Tiradentes, SP
  •  Friday, October 24, 2014 - Michael Butterworth (Ohio University) presents: Dreaming of Qatar: The Spectacle and Fantasies of World Cup 2022

Breaking Bad Toys

Some are objecting to Toys R Us stores selling Breaking Bad figures. Update: Toys R Us has pulled the figures.

The Bridge Cancelled

FX is done with The Bridge.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 11.59 million, NBC: 10.87, CBS: 10.52, Fox: 5.49, CW: 1.65
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.0 rating/9 share, CBS: 2.5/ 7, Fox: 2.0/ 6, ABC: 1.9/ 5, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Gotham (Fox), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
- Losers: The Millers (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

TV Changes

Peter Lauria says the changes coming to the pay TV business will be substantial and not all will make it through alive. Adam Flomenbaum believes video-on-demand is changing TV for the good. The AP considers how a switch to al la carte streaming services would compare to pay TV costs. And Gaumont CEO Katie O'Connell, responsible for such series as Hannibal, says a key change in TV has been the rise of the TV auteur.

New Queer TV

Matt Brennan coins the label New Queer Television, with a nod to New Queer Cinema, for shows like Transparent, Orange is the New Black, and Looking.

Rentrak Patent

Daniel Frankel reports that Rentrak has secured a patent for technology that lets a set-top box know if the TV set it's attached to is on or off, which can offer more precise ratings information.

Violence & Death

Jeff Labrecque wonders if viewers have become numb to the grotesque violence depicted in The Walking Dead. And William Hughes writes from a personal perspective about his difficulties with how pop culture presents death.

New Rerun Channel

Michael Malone reports on a new digital channel coming from CBS and Weigel Broadcasting called Decades that will air over 100 classic series. It will also feature a daily show called Decades Retrospectical that will explore the cultural contexts of historical moments.

Subcultural Reality TV

Malina Saval says the latest wave of reality TV focuses on exotic subcultures.

The Affair Costuming

Emma Fraser explores what costumes say about characters in The Affair.

Jones Added to SNL

African-American comedian Leslie Jones has been added to SNL's cast member ranks.

Fall Assessment

Eric Deggans pinpoints winners and losers thus far this fall season, and Ryan McGee picks the good, the bad, and the ugly, while James Poniewozik delves into why nothing has been cancelled yet, despite plenty of low-rated starts.

Digital Content Ratings

Todd Spangler reports that Nielsen and Adobe are joining forces in an effort to measure digital media consumption across multiple platforms, and companies on board include ESPN, Univision, and Turner.

News & Race

Rebecca Carroll explains how racism has driven her to quit journalism. Elsewhere, CNN is in a war of words with the National Association of Black Journalists.

Oscar Ads

Brian Steinberg reports on ABC's Oscar ad sales, which are just about wrapped up at $1.9 million for 30 seconds.

Political Trust

A new Pew Research Center study investigated the trust that liberals and conservatives put into various news sources, with polarization being an inevitable takeaway.

Dish Blackout

Dish Network has dropped a set of Turner-owned cable channels, including CNN but not TNT or TBS, due to a carriage fee dispute. Peter Kafka says this illustrates that traditional TV battles are still happening in a time of web TV changes.

Good TVeets

Monday, October 20, 2014

Diversity Issues

Prachi Gupta offers some takeaways about the concept of TV diversity stemming from a recent LGBTQ panel debate between Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan and Transparent creator Jill Soloway

Cable Makeovers

Shelli Weinstein summarizes how WE tv, truT, and Oxygen have rebranded recently.

Gannett TV Revenue

Christine Haughney says Gannett is enjoying a major profit rise thanks to TV assets, especially revenue from political ads on local stations.

Rhimes' Response

Shonda Rhimes tweeted a notable response to a viewer's criticism of the gay sex depicted in Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder.

OTT Reaction

Jeanine Poggi and Alexandra Bruell canvas ad buyer reaction to the HBO and CBS online moves. Alan Wolk assesses HBO and CBS's decisions. Scott Timberg says this could doom the current "Golden Age." David Carr considers how TV is changing. One research analyst says cable companies are becoming broadband companies.

NFL Face Time

Geoff Foster looked into which NFL coaches and quarterbacks get the most screen time during a football broadcast. Matt Yoder says it's not surprising that Jim Harbaugh tops the coach list.

Comcast + Netflix

Will Richmond says a Comcast-Netflix partnership would be a smart move right move.

CNN Cuts

Jordan Charlton considers how CNN's layoffs could affect the outlet, perhaps not for the worse. Reliable Sources addressed the layoffs yesterday.

West Wing History

Empire presents an oral history of The West Wing.

Tumblr TV

Leslie Kaufman looks at how Tumblr, owned by Yahoo, is striving to create partnerships with TV shows like The Voice. Also coverage from Reuters.

Dish Autohop Win

Ted Johnson reports on the latest favorable Autohop ruling for Dish Network.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 17.41 million, CBS: 10.77, Fox: 9.00, ABC: 5.81
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 5.9 rating/16 share, Fox: 3.6/10, ABC: 1.6/ 4, CBS: 1.4/ 4
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), The OT (Fox), The Simpsons (Fox)
- Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time (ABC)
- Solid Option in Total Viewers: 60 Minutes (CBS), Madam Secretary (CBS), The Good Wife (CBS) - Losers: America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC), Resurrection (ABC), Mulaney (Fox), Revenge (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Showrunners Doc

Merrill Barr covers the new documentary Showrunners and what it says about transparency in the industry today.

Mulaney Order Reduced

Mulaney will stay on the air for the time being, but Fox has reduced the episode order to 13.

TV Science

Brandon Nowalk highlights the trend of dramas about scientists.

Why Unbundle?

Janko Roettgers explores reasons why HBO, CBS, and others are willing to challenge bundling economics by going online.

Good TVeets

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kingdom Renewed

DirecTV wants another season of Kingdom.

RIP Elizabeth Peña

Actress Elizabeth Peña has died. Todd VanDerWerff looks back on a late 1980s sitcom she starred in that shows how Hollywood didn't know what to do with her potential stardom.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers:CBS: 8.82 million, ABC: 6.07, NBC: 4.76, Fox: 1/66, CW: 1.18
- Adults 18-49:ABC: 1.4 rating/5 share, CBS: 1.3/ 5, NBC: 1.0/ 4, Fox: 0.6/ 2, CW: 0.3/ 1
- Winners:Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)-Honorable Mention:Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Improved:The Amazing Race (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats):Utopia (Fox), America’s Next Top Model (CW), 20/20 (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

More Online MVPD Reaction

Harry A. Jessell says CBS's move online is a smart one for the network and affiliates. Ted Johnson notes that the FCC will be eyeing virtual MVPD regulation. And Joe Flint warns excited cord cutters that all may not be as it seems.