Monday, November 30, 2009
UPDATE: The LA Times assesses the Time Warner website for this, which is pretty funny.
Don't let him see this, then: the scheduling line-up for reality TV debuts over the next few months. Also, Slate's Troy Patterson attempts a defense of The City.
AdAge also looks at the future potential of "addressable advertising," highly targeted advertising campaigns.
Elsewhere, Sony is pushing the future of 3-D TVs, and experts discuss the need for local stations to beef up their online content to stay relevant in the future.
Finally, is the future of local TV weather in jeopardy?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
UPDATE: The LA Times just took a look at Boardwalk Empire too.
Friday, November 27, 2009
American Voices: Oprah to End Her Talk Show
The Office Ends as Documentary Crew Gets All the Footage It Needs
AV Club: This Thanksgiving, Throw A Lasso Of Cheap Silver Around Your Frightened Girlfriend So She Can Never Escape. Thanks, Kay Jewelers
UPDATE: NewTeeVee responds to this story, taking it to task for not looking at advertiser-funded webisodes with more of a critical eye.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
UPDATE: The LA Times has reviewed the set, and they call it a knockout.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
UPDATE: The complaints have begun to roll in, but ABC has called the response "moderate." But the fallout continues: Good Morning America has canceled a scheduled Lambert performance.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Meanwhile, TVNewsCheck's Harry A. Jessell says the way to save broadcasting is to make cable operators give networks (via affiliates) retransmission fees, per-subscriber money for the right to carry the networks on cable line-ups, thus giving them a dual-revenue stream akin to cable. (If you're not familiar with the retransmission fee issue, here's a decent description of its development and a recent assessment of where things stand now. And if anyone knows of a better link for a good basic explanation of the retrans issue, please post it in the comments.)
Friday, November 20, 2009
UPDATE: More, more, and more: here's the NYT print story, the LA Times' story, a look at the battle to replace her in syndication, thoughts on the long goodbye that will lead up to the end of her show, another take on winners and losers, and a list of greatest moments from her show.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Meanwhile, Slate praises Yo Gabba Gabba! and says it surpasses Sesame Street as the best preschooler programming on TV.
Here's a take on what this means for ABC's other shows.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
The piece also has a fun sidebar of the world's most popular shows. Winner: House.
Update: AdAge looks at what it would potentially cost Murdoch and concludes, "The risk of irrelevancy should prevent level-headed media owners from withdrawing completely."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
A few months ago, Jason Mittell blogged about his experience of teaching a course on The Wire.
Relatedly, News Corp. COO Chase Carey says Hulu will have start charging soon.
But Erik Flannigan, an MTV Networks executive who oversees the websites for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, says advertising still has the potential to support online content.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
It also does what these studies always inadvertently do, make you laugh at "swear counts." For instance, "jackass" is up to a new high of 34 this year.
UPDATE: A website devoted to analyzing NYT reporting has responded to this article, calling the reporter out for relying too heavily in the piece on Parents Television Council-generated stats and complaints.
Friday, November 13, 2009
My favorite: Just Our Luck (4:17 into Part 3). In addition to the always cringe-worthy "magical Negro," it also features a robot shooting lasers from its eyes. Well done.
The latter entry's comments section raises a central issue for television series analysis: some of the commenters say they're going to reserve judgment until they see how the show develops these storylines. The long-form nature of TV storytelling poses a unique challenge for scholars in that regard.
Via Twitter, Time's TV critic James Poniewozik responds: "What if movies were on-demand on release date ? 1. movies become TV shows 2. Bye bye, Friday nite TV." Then adds: "Flip-side of 'theatrical window' question: would you pay $10 to watch the Lost finale on a massive screen in a theater?"
Thursday, November 12, 2009
"Is it television if it doesn't get distributed by the networks? [Joss] Whedon [Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog] and [Felicia] Day [The Guild] are demonstrating that television may be a genre or format of entertainment -- which looks and feels "like television" even if it is never broadcast. Here, television may refer to a form of storytelling which comes in short chunks which are organized as part of longer series which unfold across seasons. We may not know what television is but we recognize it -- in this case, with an Emmy -- when we see it."