Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Chicago Tribune has a great interview with All My Children creator Agnes Nixon. In it, she reveals that AMC will end in a few weeks with a big cliffhanger to set up the apparent web series that will follow, that she will be a creative consultant on that series, and she asks of the show replacing AMC, "What are they chewing?" (Love. her.)
Bob Fernandez describes Comcast's cheap internet service for low-income families, an outgrowth of a pledge made to allow the Comcast-NBCU merger to go through.
sports fans mock cosplay - then paint their bodies in team colors and put plastic cheese on their heads in hopes of being on television.
Watching Anderson Cooper. Formula seems to be: people being very upset about something for 8 minutes then on to next upsetting thing.
I bet Flo, the gal in the Progressive ads, is a serial killer who uses life insurance policies to assuage her guilt.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Independent highlights some upcoming British sitcoms and looks back upon the recent divergence between innovative and often dark single-cams that tend to have niche audiences and the handful of multi-cams that are viewed by many but scorned by critics. Jaime Weinman adds thoughts.
Jeffrey Sconce says goodbye to summer TV in a way that only Jeffrey Sconce can: "Summer programming, as we have come to know it over the past few years, is like television’s feral cousin—recognizable as TV and yet unexpectedly “wild” in a way that the prestigious gloss of the autumn schedule would never abide. It’s like the dog you once rescued from traffic at the side of the Interstate: he’s cute enough that you grow a little attached to him as he lives in your basement for a few days while you put up posters; and yet he is deranged enough that you come to understand how he got left on the side of the freeway in the first place. You’re a little sad when the Humane Society finally comes to take him away, but not inconsolably so, much like the feeling you have when MTV breaks out the cattle prods to herd Ronnie and Sammi back into their enclosures until next season."
Joe Flint highlights a copyright law that many of us (including me) never knew about that allows cable and satellite providers to pay a flat copyright fee to rights holders (like stations, studios, and sports leagues). He further notes that the Copyright Office would like to dump the rule, which would thus require pay TV providers to negotiate all those rights deals individually.
A former head of the FCC expects media companies to continue battling against the cross-ownership ban, which prevents them from owning a newspaper and a television station in the same market.
The Internet is made of cats and anger. #truestorylookintoit
"I don't always drink beer, but when I do I prefer to take aspirin first so I don't get a headache." - 2nd Most Interesting Man In The World
If I get a cat, I'm naming it Wallace so I can say "Where's Wallace" every day.
Monday, August 29, 2011
The Video Music Awards turned out to MTV's most watched broadcast ever, and Anthony Bruno describes how it was spread across multiple screens.
Dan Sabbagh warns that Google might not be British TV's friend. Ryan Lawler says Google wants to change how we watch TV. Matt Rosoff describes Google's message to TV as adapt or die. And Google's chairman says he's committed to improving Google TV.
I almost refused to link to this article because it starts with the following annoying sentence: "Viewers, it's time to make way for girl power!" But I'm here to link, not judge. So make what you will of this article about the prominence of woman on fall shows.
The Chicago Tribune profiles local station general manager Emily Barr, who had to figure how to fill the scheduling hole left behind by Oprah's departure. Barr says, "I looked at it immediately as a tremendous opportunity for us to go back to doing live local television." Meanwhile, Mary McNamara offers advice to Oprah for fixing OWN.
The Pew Research Center finds that Spanish-language media continues to expand in the US, with Univision and Telemundo in particular competing ably with English-language networks.
Will Richmond looks at Hulu's viewership and monetization over the past year: "It seems that Hulu has a loyal base of viewers who don't seem to mind more ads. However, it also seems like a key challenge for Hulu is expanding the number of viewers, with a related challenge of increasing their intensity of usage beyond the current range."
Brian Stelter stood strong through Irene on Nag's Head in order to analyze Weather Channel coverage, which drew strong ratings. Also, local NY1 garnered praise for its level-headed coverage. Most hurricane coverage went with limited ad breaks. The FCC and NAB have praised broadcasting for its coverage.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Howard Kurtz criticizes the media for going overboard on Hurricane Irene hype. Jaime Weinman defends them. Matt Zoller Seitz says the hype is TV news' lifeblood. James Poniewozik adds thoughts.
Craig Tomashoff discusses how difficult it was become to cast reality TV shows with ordinary people rather than people looking become reality TV celebrities.
Pretty sure #irene has now been on CNN longer than Parker/Spitzer was.
That Hurricane streaker made today the 1st time in TV history the Weather Channel showed more dicks than C-Span.
Yelling over the wind is making every hurricane reporter sound like Larry David
Saturday, August 27, 2011
At the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television festival today, ITV won best terrestrial channel, while BBC3 picked up best digital channel. Sherlock, The Inbetweeners and Misfits were show winners.
Matt Zoller Seitz heaps yet more (deserved) praise onto FX's Louie. As does Alyssa Rosenberg in response to "Duckling." And Louis CK talks with Deadline about his unique production situation.
AM Report: Most injuries from #irene so far are seizures from watching CNN's flashing transition scare graphics.
Also try: The Whole Internet. MT @nytimes: As public service,@nytimes will allow free access to storm coverage on nytimes.com & mobile apps.
good thing they didn't book Kurt Sutter. “@Gawker: MSNBC Contributor: Hurricane Irene is a 'Total Bitch' gaw.kr/rqRE5d”
Am I the only one wishing for *more* hurricane coverage right now? I wish I had a meteorologist sitting on my lap, shouting in my face.
Friday, August 26, 2011
You can no longer rent TV shows on iTunes; Brian Stelter also reports. There's also news that iTunes might have a subscription service planned for the future, which would challenge cable, but Greg Sandoval says we shouldn't believe the rumors.
Preliminary Nielsen figures show that summer TV viewing has been up over last year, though the Big Four networks combined were down. More from Wayne Friedman and Media Life. And USA has dominated cable this summer.
Dave Morgan argues that television advertising is suffering from reach and frequency problems: "Twenty years ago, cable networks captured less than 10% of TV audiences. Today cable nets capture two-thirds of viewer time. For advertisers seeking big reach, buying broadcast network prime-time is still essential, but it's no longer enough; not even close."
It's so obvious The @WeatherChannel is pro hurricane. Fair and balanced my ass.
Do not go outside during a hurricane, unless you're a reporter whose job is to show what happens to morons who go outside during hurricanes.
Hurricane Irene has an amazing publicist.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Weinstein Co. is complaining that ABC is refusing to run an ad for Our Idiot Brother due to objectionable content, which actually sounds like giving the Weinsteins exactly what they want, a marketable controversy. Update: The NY Post has details from the memo ABC sent to the film's producer detailing what they didn't like in the ad (drugs and urination).
In case you were still looking into your checking account balance, you now have til the end of the week to bid on Hulu. And Wayne Friedman says whether Hulu stays as is or is sold, its business partners will have something to be annoyed about.
Jaime Weinman notes that networks are increasingly casting older actors, as they realize that older viewers exist and can hep ratings.
The FCC says within nine months, broadcast and cable operators will have to implement captioning on any online videos that are closed-captioned for TV.
A Delloite study on British viewing found timeshifting on the rise, and these stats especially intrigued me: "Compared with the average of 10% of overall BBC viewing timeshifted, BBC drama saw 26% timeshifting in May 2011."
A group called Women at NBCU is studying brands that have had a major impact on women in order help advertisers better target women. (Would be nice if they'd instead study how to get women more jobs in TV.)
I propose an analogy: Ausiello is to TV critics/journalists what Robert Thompson is to TV scholars.
China and India may lead us in manufacturing and tech, but our celebrity sex tapes are the envy of the world. #USA
The "Big Brother" Zingbot is even funnier if you know it's Les Moonves in the suit. #FalseFacts
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Joe Flint delves into Rupert Murdoch's methods of operation: "Though Murdoch considers himself a political conservative, when it comes to his business dealings he is a pragmatist. He's willing to befriend a liberal democrat who can help his business agenda and he's not afraid to use his media properties as weapons to further his vast – and politically connected – empire."
Documents pertaining to News Corp.'s attempted BSkyB takeover bid have been released and reveal highly aggressive government lobbying.
In response to reports that Fox's authentication demands are driving viewers toward piracy, Fox is defending its policy. Mike Masnick says Fox isn't addressing the central issue with its response, though.
Deadline's Nellie Andreeva reports that Fox is resurrecting the previously-cancelled Breaking In, and Jaime Weinman explores Deadline's own efforts in helping Sony blitz Fox and the media to save the show. Update: It's official.
Time Warner Cable says it will subsidize the cost of a Slingbox for subscribers who want TV Everywhere outside of their homes, which is a shot at cable programmers who want to restrict such options. Casey Johnston says this will definitely rankle networks, and Ryan Lawler notes TWC's aggressiveness here.
Y'all don't realize it yet, but Ryan Gosling just saved us from something much MUCH worse. #earthquake
Tonight our thoughts are with the brave NBC reporters who stepped out of 30-Rock to confirm that, yes, the ground shook a little bit.
#Earthquake rated at 5.9, but we'll need to wait for Live+7DVR numbers to come in before we truly know the impact.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Willa Paskin criticizes the twist ending of the movie One Day and likens it to The Killing's season ender in pinpointing what's problematic about twists provided just to provoke audiences, as if that makes them less cheap than predictable endings.
Maureen Ryna highlights on oncoming trend: shorter episode orders for seasons: "Like it or not, 10 hours may be the new normal, and rather than give us half seasons of 9 or 10 episodes, we're getting 10 episodes total for a season, whether or not the the tale being told is too big or too slight to fit the available space. To reiterate, I don't necessarily think being flexible about the number of hours in a season is a bad thing. But isn't it true that the most memorable shows tend to have seasons that are longer than 10 hours?"
If you were planning to start up a new network and put it on Channel 51, you'll have to delay your plans; the FCC has frozen that channel to consider issues of wireless interference, as it's at the upper limit of the broadcast spectrum band. Update: Deborah D. McAdams sees this move as a threat to the future of broadcasting, driven by the wireless industry.
While there may be more women in Libya reporting, there are fewer writing and directing for TV, and even fewer female characters compared to the previous year. More from John Doyle.
Nothing is better than preseason football, but nothing isn't on right now.
Anti-Qaddafi rebels have stormed into Hollywood and found a really great project for Matthew Perry that's bound to be successful.
Y'know, internet, you don't HAVE to watch "Torchwood: Miracle Day." I only say that as it seems to make a lot of you mad.
Monday, August 22, 2011
The FCC has officially removed the Fairness Doctrine from the books. Eric Deggans wonders if this will finally satisfy conservatives, but religious broadcasters say they're still wary.
Great new reads from Flow, including Kristen Warner with Reality TV as a Haven for Black Women's Affect, Stephen Boyer with Primetime Gametime, Lokeilani Kaimana with Thoughts on Dark Camp, and Alfred Martin Jr. with Toward a Theory of "Compound Otherness" on Television.
Andrea Morabito covers The CW's plan to reach broader audiences this fall. Said new CW president Mark Pedowitz: "Our bread and butter is women 18-34 and to deny that is a mistake. But what we do want to do, which Ringer and Hart of Dixie provide us the opportunity to do, is to invite more 18-34s in, plus allow other people and other age groups to come sample us."
Wayne Friedman reports on a study of viewing habits which found -- shocker alert -- that youth audiences watch more TV online than other viewing groups do. Benny Evangelista considers the marketing impact of this data.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Richard Sandomir looks at lucrative regional sports networks. Will Richmond says such networks are becoming a problem for pay TV.
The Economist digs into HBO's challenges in a highly competitive era and contemplates the future of pay TV and premium channels.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tood VanDerWerff compares the German and French versions of The Office pilot to the US one.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Nick DeMartino discerns three future TV technology trends -- connected TV, social TV, and expanded TV -- and weighs their odds of success.
James Poniewozik reports on the suicide of a Real Housewives husband and its potential implications, the LA Times considers what role the show might have played, Matt Zoller Seitz has thoughts about the potential damage of reality TV, and Brian Stelter speculates on this as a game-changing "Jenny Jones moment" for reality TV.
Abercrombie & Fitch has asked Jersey Shore's The Situation to stop wearing their clothes: “We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans." On Twitter, Peter Kafka pointed out that something akin to this happened already to Snooki.
I hope at least one producer to whom "Mystic Pizza" was pitched said, "Wait: It's not about an actual mystic pizza? Get out of my office."
I keep hearing about the study that says TV viewing shortens life span. Doesn't this mean TV critics should get paid a hell of a lot more?
I still find it hard to believe that the Olsen twins are older than anyone.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Fox Business Network ran an ad critical of CNBC during the latter's own programming (in a ad slot sold by Time Warner Cable). Update: TWC has now pulled the ad.
Yesterday was the first day you had to prove you're a pay TV subscriber if you want to watch Fox shows on Fox.com or Hulu right away. ABC is next. But right now the only pay TV provider with a deal for this is Dish Network, so Fox is urging users of other pay TV services to complain.
"Kate Plus Eight" hath been cancelled. Thus have I answered the prayers of 88.89% of its cast.
Sorry HBO, you're going to have to air the Gloria Steinem documentary a few more times to make up for Entourage.
Jesse Pinkman for President. Of our hearts.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Google has acquired Motorola Mobility, which has a huge set-top box business, which means this is big for Google TV. Peter Kafka says this also makes it much less likely Google will go after Hulu.
People are still quite happy with TV in the UK, at least, as the viewing amount average reached a new high in the first half of 2011, thanks to both increased live viewing and timeshifting.
A body in motion tends to stay in motion. A body at rest tends to watch TV.
I think Brian Krakow grew up to be an extremely successful male runway model.
I would do anything--literally anything--to see Larry David on the "The Millionaire Matchmaker."
AMC and Sony came to terms on a deal for 16 more Breaking Bad episodes, which will close out the series. Alan Sepinwall has more details. Eric Deggans considers what this means for AMC's image.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
There are a lot of shows on tv now that are best described as "white trash Antiques Roadshow."
I don't watch wrestling but if the 10 seconds I get before #Haven starts is any indication, it's about naked dudes staring at each other.
Considering using network-swag bag as a carry-on. Think airport security will object to a backpack with "TNT" stitched on it?
A USA research exec (@TedonTV) has posted a fun and informative historical document: a 1977 Nielsen primer on how ratings work. As he notes, some might find it scary how not all that much has changed in the process since then.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I wish Lester Holt would introduce himself by yelling "Lester Holt!" with his fists up in the air.
Heather Locklear is engaged to Jack Wagner? Has anyone told them #MelrosePlace is cancelled? I'm worried they think it's Sweeps.
A shame. MTV clearly spent too much on that 5th season of Mad Men. RT @sethgs: Well, it's official. #RJBerger has been cancelled.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Marisa Guthrie and Lacey Rose discuss how much TV advertisers want to reach young men and highlight which shows rank highest in male viewership. (Lots of good ratings stats here, albeit men-only)
The best part of the debate is going to be the after-show hosted by Andy Cohen on Bravo. #tweetthepress
While the debate has been going on, Sarah Palin was voted back into the Big Brother house. #TweetThePress
[Candidate]'s line about [political topic] is so comically ignorant that [shoehorned Game Of Thrones reference]! #Hashtag #StockGOPLiveTweet
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Finally, a positive story about AMC and money: its first earnings report as a stand-alone company showed income up over last year. Also, James Poniewozik chimes in about AMC's budget issues.
I wonder if I meet Katie Holmes, would she tell me I am strong and amazing? #SYTYCD
I wish the parents on Toddlers & Tiaras would sit down in their seats when they watch their kids perform. Also, die.
In the future, there will be software that will allow you to build your own Morgan Freeman narration for anything.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Kim Masters has more info on what was allegedly behind Frank Darabont's exit from The Walking Dead, and those following recent AMC news won't be surprised to hear it involves money. Some analysis from Jaime Weinman.
George Winslow talks with CNN International's managing director about covering recent global stories. In somewhat related news, Sky and BBC News are garnering record ratings from riot coverage.
Gordon Ramsay seems pissed tonight, but is doing his show anyway. Total pro.
This one guy on Downton Abbey is NOT good at being a rich dude! #classsystemfail
The Vampire Diaries: Where even the boom operators are hot.