Monday, December 31, 2012

Best Good TVeets of 2012

After the jump here, you'll find the whole list of our favorite TV tweets from 2012, plus links back to special nights. And let me give a hearty thanks to the Twitter crew that helped me make these selections: @p00rrichard, @aboleyn, @andydaglas, @letloverule42, @inessentials, @rubegoldberg, @andrewdaar, @theshoresofme, @digifreak642, @Bravesmlb67, @junethomas, @frazbelina, @arrabin, @jlschaefer, @aseroff, @lesismore9o9, @ishirakumar, @Somewhat_Wyrd, @virtualcasey, @TVobservatory, @MrNoncents, @HurricaneAmon, @Klberney. This truly would not have been possible without them.

You can also see just the Top 40.


Best Good TVeets of 2012: Top 40

2012 was a banner year for Good TVeets, in everything from volume of tweets collected to brilliant collections like the Eastwooding night. So you can imagine how difficult it was to narrow down a whole year's worth of Twitter reaction to TV into one post. So difficult that we ended up with over 500 tweets, and even that didn't seem like it was enough. To honor the greatness of certain nights without requiring you to take the entirety of 2013 to read through them all, I've added a new feature to Best TVeets this year: big Twitter event nights get a few representative tweets preceded by a link to the whole post they came from. So you can re-experience TV in 2013 as you see fit. For those looking for a shorter time investment, I and my assistants have picked out our absolute favorite TVeets of the year, resulting in a Top 40. You can find that after the jump here, and then the next post will feature the full 500+.

View the Top 40 TVeets!

Israel's New Normal

Brian Schaefer discusses the rise in gay parenting in Israel and a popular television show depicting it.

Talking About TV

Wayne Friedman analyzes poll figures detailing how we talk about TV, from face-to-face to via social media.

1970s Innovation

Adam Sternbergh lists a handful of shows that he says made TV in the 1970s "in many ways more diverse, more adventurous, more entertaining and more radical than anything on television today."

Single Cam v. Multi-Cam

British writer James Cary highlights differences between single camera and multi-camera comedy.

Branding & Drag Race

Alyxandra Vesey analyzes the role of sponsorship and branding in RuPaul's Drag Race.

Hannity Lost

Sean Hannity lost a significant percentage of his viewership following the presidential election.

Tribune Exiting Bankruptcy

Tribune Co. is exiting bankruptcy today. Christine Haughney has analysis. The LA Times says TV is key to the Trib's future.

Winter Grid

Futon Critic has a scheduling guide for all your midseason cable and network viewing needs.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Doctor Who Villains

The Guardian has been compiling a definitive spreadsheet of Doctor Who villains through every series of the show.

Facebook Chatter About TV

Dawn C. Chmielewski analyzes Nielsen data on Facebook posts about TV viewing that claims social media conversations can boost ratings.

Black Shows & DVD as Archive

Alfred Martin addresses the notion of the DVD as archive and questions why an important and popular black-cast show like A Different World is mostly missing from that archive.

Good TVeets

Friday, December 28, 2012

Talk to TV

Alexis C. Madrigal wishes he could control his TV with his voice.

Downside of NBC's Success

Eric Deggans says the networks should see red flags in NBC's fall ratings success: "The way NBC won it's crown -- on the strength of unscripted shows The Voice and Sunday Night Football -- hints at a dark future for network TV, where few new shows were considered successes this year and no new program emerged as a breakout hit."

Fox Sports Buys Indians Channel

Fox Sports has acquired SportsTime Ohio, which carries Cleveland Indians baseball.

Aereokiller Halted

A judge is ordering Aereokiller to cease service.

Thursday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

TWC Adds BBC World News

Time Warner Cable has added BBC World News Channel to its lineup, as the channel seeks US expansion.

Advertiser Concerns

John Consoli says weak fall ratings, especially for new shows, raise concerns for advertisers going into midseason.

Challenge for Starz

Meg James and Joe Flint look at the challenging road ahead for Starz as it spins off into a stand-alone company.

Football Ratings

29 of the top 30 highest-rated TV airings this fall were NFL games, but ESPN's Monday Night Football saw its ratings drop.

Good TVeets

Smart TVs Not Connected

Wayne Friedman reports on figures showing only half of the households that own smart TVs have them connected to the internet. More from John Buffone. Swanni says the problem is smart TVs are hard to operate, and Mat Honan says their interfaces are baffling and the user experience is poor.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Year of the Half-Hour

Todd VanDerWerff calls 2012 the year of the half-hour show, "when a bunch of different movements on cable and broadcast networks provided the best year for TV half-hours in the history of the medium."

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

2012 Lessons

Brian Steinberg offers TV lessons from 2012: "If 2012 taught us anything about TV, it was that anyone who still thinks this technology should be centered around a family watching in the living room at a preordained moment is stuck in a time warp."

Targeted Replacement Ads

John Constine reports on Gracenote, a "new ad replacement system [that] combines viewing habits with personal info to show you more relevant commercials."

TWC & Carriage Fees

Claire Atkinson reports that Time Warner Cable is getting tough with smaller cable channels in carriage fee negotiations: "The networks must “take carriage for no payment,” meaning forfeit their usual subscriber fees while they work to improve their ratings, according to one person familiar with the talks." Mike Stein also has analysis.

Social TV in 2012

Ad Age and Trendrr offer an infographic of social TV stats from 2012, which identifies NBC as the most social network, especially thanks to the Olympics, and Spongebob Squarepants as the most social show, followed by The X Factor, while sports and reality TV take up half the discussion. Also, TV chatter on Twitter is up 800%.

Twitter Fame

Joe Pompeo looks at how former stars are rekindling their images via Twitter.

Reconnecting With Mr. Rogers

Sam Ford has found Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood clips on YouTube useful in the wake of the Newtown shootings, and he addresses the way such retro content circulates anew and gains new meaning.

Downton Uproar

Roger Catlin looks at the huge stateside popularity of Downton Abbey, and some of those fans are angry about series 3 spoilers crossing the pond this week.

Netflix Problem

Netflix had streaming problems on Christmas eve, and it blames Amazon. Brian X. Chen says this shows the challenges of cloud computing.

Pay TV Survival

Andrew Wallenstein sees 2012 as a year when pay TV successfully fought off new challengers.

DirecTV Raising Prices

DirecTV subscribers will see their bills go up by 4.5% due to rising carriage fees.

RIP Charles Durning

Actor Charles Durning died yesterday. Frazier Moore appreciates him and Klugman for their character actor status. The NYT's obit for Durning is garnering praise.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Indian Soap Families

Alessandra Stanley describes the Indian soap opera and its depiction of families.

Social TV news

Ryan Lawler says Twitter is winning the social TV war, and Robert Everett-Green also sees Twitter as a hub of TV activity, while Natan Edelsburg checks out Starlight Runner, a social TV company developing multi-platform storytelling for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

DirecTV Urges Antennas

Swanni says DirecTV's advice to subscribers to obtain antennas is a sign the company is tired of retrans blackout threats.

Hulu Employment Change

Peter Kafka notes a change upcoming at Hulu that takes ownership status away from employees, which he says is a "small but symbolic" move.

Queering Rudolph

Kathleen Battles provides a queer reading of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

RIP Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman, portrayer of two iconic TV characters, died on Christmas eve. Robert Lloyd has an appreciation.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I'm not sure what my internet situation will be for the next few days, so there probably won't be much here for the next few days. But shortly after I return, I will present the highly-anticipated Best TVeets of 2012 post, so you'll get one last Christmas present before 2013 arrives.

TV Collection Searching For Home

John Rogers reports on a man who has collected some 10,000 items of TV memorabilia over the years and is hoping to find a good home for it all.

Ownership Suggestions

Steven Waldman suggests policies for media ownership regulation.

Jersey Shore Leaves

Jersey Shore left the airwaves with soft ratings last week.

Martin Short Profile

Vanity Fair profiles comedian Martin Short.

GoT Leads Piracy

Game of Thrones is the most-pirated TV show of the year. More data from Andy Lewis.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Good TVeets

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Netflix & Exclusivity

Andrew Wallenstein considers the wider impact of the fact that Netflix seems willing to move to exclusive deals, such as the one with Disney, rather than offering a comprehensive catalog.

Netflix & Online Ads

Dean Jayson considers the wider impact of the fact that Netflix does not rely on advertising.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Hitfix.

Ending Shows

Taffy Brodesser-Akner talks with Gossip Girl, The Office, and 30 Rock writers about deciding to end their series' runs.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Lost & Cult TV

Jamiesen Tyler Borak explores the significance of Lost's cult TV status.

ITV Invests in US

British broadcaster ITV has bought a significant stake in the production company that makes Duck Dynasty in hopes of growing a US presence.

Good TVeets

Friday, December 21, 2012

News Corp Split

Jill Goldsmith outlines the details of News Corporation's publishing and entertainment split.

Leverage Cancelled

TNT says Leverage is done.

HIMYM Renewed

How I Met Your Mother will be back for a ninth season. Alan Sepinwall reacts.

Sitcoms Replace 666

Here's an interesting scheduling move: ABC is pulling 666 Park Avenue on Sunday, January 6, and replacing it with new episodes of Happy Endings and Don't Trust the B. The 666 episodes will air in the summer.

International Competition

Zach Wigon notes that the growing availability of international series is providing new competition for American networks.

Value of Older Demos

Jon Lafayette reports that advertisers are starting to place higher value on over-49 viewers. Older viewers are especially felt in drama ratings.

Sopranos Ending

Link fixed: Todd VanDerWerff revisits the Sopranos finale in a post many are raving about on Twitter. (Says @mattzollerseitz: @tvoti's piece about the SOPRANOS finale doubles as a ringing defense of mystery in art...If this were the 20th century, people would clip this piece and mail it to each other.)

The League Renewed

The League will return to FX for a fifth season.

Rose Settles Interns Lawsuit

Charlie Rose Inc. agreed to a settlement involving unpaid interns.

College Football Ratings Declines

Ratings for college football dropped on most TV outlets this year, with the exception of NBC. (Go Irish!)

Mazzara Leaving Walking Dead

AMC has renewed The Walking Dead but is waving goodbye to showrunner Glen Mazzara over creative differences. Maureen Ryan reacts. Other showrunners are chiming in with displeasure. Denise Martin has analysis.

Downton Abbey Problem

Natan Edelsburg explains why it's a problem that Michelle Obama got to watch Downton Abbey before the rest of America did

Oprah Leaves CAA

Oprah has dropped CAA as her agency.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: Fox: 9.65 million, CBS: 8.65, ABC: 6.56, NBC: 4.85, CW: 930,000
 -Adults 18-49: Fox: 3.1 rating/9 share, CBS: 1.9/ 5, ABC: 1.4/ 4, NBC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), The X Factor (Fox), Two a and Half Men R (CBS), White House Christmas: First Families Remember (NBC), Person of Interest R (CBS)
- Losers: Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings.

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

CNN Hires Tapper

CNN has lured Jake Tapper away from ABC.

NimbleTV Everywhere

Peter Kafka describes NimbleTV, a start-up that offers any pay TV service to you wherever you're at on any device via cloud-based software. The beta program has just launched.

Upfronts Revisited

Spotted returns to the scheduling decisions made at upfronts time, like moving Revenge to Sunday, and judges the results. He starts with ABC, then CBSNBC, Fox and The CW.

Hulu's Direction

Christopher S. Stewart and John Jannarone say Hulu is at a crossroads, and its direction may be clearer after it gauges responses to its CEO's plea for more money from its corporate owners: "The request to sink more money into the unprofitable, five-year-old venture has put the spotlight on differences between Disney and News Corp.—the two voting partners—over Hulu's business model, which involves both a free service and a fledgling subscription offering." Nicholas Carson says it's time to consider Hulu a failure.

LA Complex Done

The CW has made LA Complex's end official.

Aereokiller Injunction

The networks got a court victory over Aereokiller with a preliminary injunction ruling.

Good TVeets

Thursday, December 20, 2012

TV Everywhere Guide

Will Richmond is offering up a 16-page report about TV Everywhere, featuring research data, interviews, and infographics.

Amazon Sitcoms

Amazon has six sitcom pilots in the works, and viewers will get a say in which get picked up.

Newtown Impact

Brooks Barnes and Bill Carter report on how studios are reshuffling premieres and episodes following the Newtown shootings. More on the topic of pop culture and violence from James Poniewozik and Mark Harris. Bob Scherman on the news media's responsibility. The head of the NRA blames Hollywood violence, Michael Schneider looks at TV's reactions.

TBS Gets Rules

TBS has picked up syndication rights to Rules of Engagement, which might pair well with The Big Bang Theory, a show that has been a ratings smash for TBS.

Psych Renewed

USA Network will bring us more Psych, including a musical episode.

Comcast Tops $100B

Comcast's market value has soared over $100 billion; Alex Sherman notes, "Since it bought a controlling stake in NBC on Jan. 29, 2011, Comcast’s stock has increased by more than two-thirds."

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MSNBC Critique

Alex Pareene explains why MSNBC isn't as good as Fox News.

Internet on TV

Peter Kafka analyzes figures showing that four out of ten Americans -- and six out of ten under 32 -- have their TVs connected to the internet in some way, with a game console offering a common connection.

Fake AD Shows on Netflix

Netflix now has pages for the fake TV shows and movies depicted in Arrested Development.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 14.85 million, NBC: 12.05, ABC: 4.16, Fox: 1.93, CW: 144
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 4.0 rating/11 share, CBS: 2.6/ 7, ABC: 1.4/ 4, Fox: 0.8/ 2, CW: 0.5/ 1
 -Winners: The Voice (NBC), NCIS (CBS), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
 -Losers: Happy Endings (ABC), Don’t Trust the B____ in Apartment 23 (ABC), Private Practice (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

DirecTV Expansion

David Goetzl discusses DirecTV's expansion of its TV Everywhere services, though Watch ESPN still isn't offered.

Savile Report

A report on the Jimmy Savile scandal finds the BBC suffering from a lack of proper leadership, though there's no evidence of a cover-up.

Wii U & TV

Ben Fritz discusses Nintendo's attempts to dominate living room entertainment with the Wii U. The TVii connectivity app will be available tomorrow.

Nielsen Analysis

Phil Napoli analyzes Nielsen's new relationships with Twitter and Arbitron.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Flow Issue

Check out the new issue of Flow, featuring Brad Gyori with Breaking Dad, Erica Robles-Anderson with Blind Spots: Religion in Media Studies, Eve Ng with Liberal Scribbles on my Newsfeed: Political Gestures on Social Media, Reighan Gillam with Notes on the Racial Contours of Visual Culture in São Paulo, Brazil, and Peter Krapp with Ranks and Files: OnMetacritic and Gamerankings.

Homeland's Islamophobia

Laila Al-Arian is disturbed by Homeland's depiction of Islam: "Homeland leaves little doubt that, regardless of the other red herring motivations of justice and psychological manipulation, it is being Muslim that makes someone dangerous." Yair Rosenberg insists Homeland is not Islamophobic.

ABC Making C7 Deals

Wayne Friedman reports that ABC is already making C7 ratings deals with advertisers.

Nielsen Twitter TV Rating

Nielsen and Twitter are partnering to create the Nielsen Twitter TV Rating, a new metric that will measure TV audience social activity. Matthew Panzarino has analysis. More from Jeff John Roberts and Anthony Ha. Josef Adalian considers the implications.

IATSE Picketing Pac-12

Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union are picketing Pac-12 games to protest the Pac-12 Network's use of non-union crews. Update: The strike is over, and the sides have agreed to talk.

Peep Show Writing

The writers behind Peep Show and Fresh Meat share their creative process.

Facebook Going for TV Dollars

Jason Del Ray says Facebook's new video ads venture is an attempt to attract ad dollars away from TV, though it appears to be on hold for now.

Tech Will Miss Gossip Girl

Brian Steinberg says tech marketers are sad to see Gossip Girl go: "Gossip Girl hasn't just been a trendy drama centered on the glamorous and sometimes kooky travails of Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass. It has also, perhaps, been the training ground for a horde of tech-savvy advertisers trying to find ways to make their products seem less complex and more easy to adapt to modern lifestyles."

Twitter's Impact on TV Comedy

Paul Myers talks with late night comedy writers about how Twitter has affected their jobs.

TWC Dropping Ovation

Ovation will no longer be available on Time Warner Cable systems in 2013. TWC says it's about ratings; Ovation says it's about the cost of sports programming. Either way, it's about carriage fees. Swanni has analysis.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.81 million, NBC: 9.32, ABC: 4.84, Fox: 3.31, CW: 1.42
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.1 rating/8 share, NBC: 2.9/ 8, Fox: 1.2/ 3, ABC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Losers: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), Dreamworks Dragons: A Gift of the Night Fury (Fox), Gossip Girl (CW), Take It All (NBC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Niche Comedy

Emily Nussbaum highlights revolutionary comedy coming from niche channels and the internet.

We Need Wonder Woman

Charlotte Howell is optimistic about the Wonder Woman series The CW has in development and explains why the character is needed right now.

Chase on Sopranos Ending

David Chase is speaking about The Sopranos' ending again.

Year Without Cable

Kevin Sintumuang describes living for a year with Hulu and Netflix alone.

Aereo Legal Battle

As the networks continue their legal assault against Aereo, Adam Poltrack updates us on why this issue matters.

Engel Freed

NBC News' Richard Engel and members of his production team were released by Syrian captors five days after being kidnapped. NBC News tried to impose an embargo on the news that Engel was missing.

Nielsen Buys Arbitron

Nielsen has purchased Arbitron, adding radio ratings to its TV business and extending its reach into consumer habits, for $1.6 billion. Media Life says ad buyers have some concerns, and Billboard finds good and bad.

Good TVeets

HIMYM Interview

Carter Bays talked with Vulture about what's next for How I Met Your Mother.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Trailers & Promos

Robatsea's channel on YouTube features a wealth of pre-1990s TV trailers and promos.

Elementary Response

An Elementary writer offered a few thoughts about viewer interpretation in a TV Club review comment. (If the link doesn't take you directly to the comment, the full comment is placed after the jump here.)

Charity Swag Auction

Maureen Ryan has launched her annual TV swag auction for charity.


HBO has Game of Thrones-themed beers in the works.

Fox News Avoding Gun Talk?

Gabriel Sherman reports that Roger Ailes has instructed Fox News to not address gun control issues, even as News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch expresses support for gun control regulation. Update: This is possibly false. A pro-gun columnist says Fox News is avoiding him.

Soaps To Return?

Rumors are swirling anew that cancelled soap operas All My Children and One Life To Live will return online.

New Millenials Channel

A new channel targeted toward socially aware 18-34-year-olds will launch next year. Wayne Friedman has thoughts.

Media Violence

Harry A. Jessell calls for TV to lead a push toward reducing the representation of violence in popular culture, while Jason Mittell warns us not to fall back on "blame the media" arguments. And Alyssa Rosenberg notes that it's been a violent season for children in popular dramas and hopes shows let innovation drive a move away from violence rather than profitability.

American Guns Cancelled

Discovery has reportedly cancelled the show American Guns, a decision that could be connected to recent shooting incidents.

Hulu in 2012

Peter Kafka analyzes Hulu's 2012 year-end report and wishes it had more info. Janko Roettgers also checks out the revenue numbers.

ABC Catchup

ABC is offering viewers a chance to catch up with its shows over the Christmas hiatus by making all episodes free online (for a limited time only).

TWD in B&W

AMC will rerun the first two seasons of The Walking Dead in black-and-white starting in February as a reference to the comics and in hopes of boosting its new unscripted slate.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 16.96 million, NBC: 16.69, ABC: 4.19, Fox: 3.32
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 6.2 rating/15 share, CBS: 4.9/12, Fox: 1.5/ 4, ABC: 1.1/ 3
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC), 60 Minutes (CBS), Survivor: Philippines (CBS)
- Losers: The Cleveland Show (Fox), Bob’s Burgers (Fox), The Bachelorette: Ashley and J.P.’s Wedding (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Fox Sports Plans

William Launder delves into Fox's expected attempts to create its own ESPN.

Top Ads

Nielsen has released data on the top ads and brand integrations of 2012.

Socio Obstacle

An ABC Family show in development called Socio may have trouble moving forward given that its subject matter, focusing on a teen sociopath who tries to re-enter high school, is troubling in light of recent events. (The show has since been renamed Twisted.)

Newtown Analysis

Frazier Moore reports on the many facts of the Newtown shootings that the news media got wrong, and Eric Deggans analyzes the media's responsibility for accuracy. Also, many are critical of those outlets that interviewed children. More analysis from Erik Wemple and Andrew Beaujon.

Apps for Kids

Nickelodeon and PBS are leading a trend of children's TV producers developing mobile and tablet apps for kids.

Soap Problems

Sam Ford proposes additional reasons beyond those commonly cited (OJ!) for why the soap opera has declined in the US.

Puerto Rican Puppet Controversy

A puppet figure on a Puerto Rican TV show is stirring up controversy.

Nashville Soundtrack

Jon Caramanica explores the songs featured in Nashville.

The Lawrence Welk Show

Todd VanDerWerff takes us back to the heyday of The Lawrence Welk Show.

Amaozon Gets TNT Shows

Amazon signed a deal with Turner and Warner Bros. for exclusive online rights to Falling Skies and The Closer.

Good TVeets

Warning: Survivor spoilers at the end

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

C3 Analysis

Spotted offers analysis of some new C3 ratings figures.

Retire the List

Brian Lowry doesn't see a necessity for year-ending Best TV lists.

Sepinwall Interview

Willa Paskin interviewed critic Alan Sepinwall about his new book. So did Matt Zoller Seitz.

Homeland Podcast

Andy Greenwald talked with Homeland producer Alex Gansa about tonight's finale and criticism of the season. Maureen Ryan summarizes other statements made by the producers.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Crying at The Walking Dead

Stacey Abbott analyzes how The Walking Dead prompts both horror and tears.

Danger of Falling TVs

As TV sets get flatter and lighter, more are tipping over and causing injury and death, particularly to children.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 15, 2012

What Final Ratings Are

Robert Seidman explains what "final ratings" adjustments are about.

ESPN Reply Tweets

During bowl season, ESPN is using Twitter to send out instant replays.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 6.07 million, ABC: 5.76, NBC: 5.19, Fox: 3.08, CW: 1.54
- Adults 18-49: ABC and CBS: 1.5/ 5 each, NBC: 1.3/ 4, Fox: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Shooting Coverage

Ken Tucker is critical of how TV has covered the Newtown school shootings.

Problems With VOD

While advertisers are pushing VOD over DVRs, Cynthia B. Meyers notes that viewers may not go along with that.

UK Tops in TV Tech

Ofcom claims that the UK is ahead of all other countries when it comes to viewers using technology to enhance their TV viewing experiences, from online TV to mobile video.

Personalized Advertising

Janko Roettgers describes a TV set in the works that features ad personalization technology, which uses "video recognition technology to identify ad breaks, and will be able to insert ads based on the demographic of a viewer, as well as knowledge about what kind of shows he or she has watched in the past."

Miranda on Comedy Writing

If you're a fan of British comedian Miranda Hart (and you should be), the BBC has a good video featuring her talking about her writing process on the sitcom Miranda.

Homeland Questions

Homeland's creators answered NYT reader questions about the show.

CNN Satire

Jeff Zucker is looking to program a satirical show on CNN late night.

Episodes Rescheduled

Syfy pulled an episode of Haven, and Fox will pull two of its Sunday animation episodes due to sensitivity over the Connecticut school shootings. TLC is also delaying a back-door pilot.

Showrunners AMA

The producers of the documentary film Showrunners, which is seeking Kickstarter funds for completion, did a Reddit AMA yesterday.

Friday, December 14, 2012

NickMom Drama

Erin Copple Smith explores where NickMom has gone wrong.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 13.35 million, ABC: 7.36, Fox: 6.46, NBC: 3.36, CW: 2.18
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.4 rating/10 share, ABC: 2.3/ 6, Fox: 2.2/ 6, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/ 3
 -Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Scandal (ABC)
 -Honorable Mention: Elementary (CBS)
 -Losers: Last Resort (ABC), Up All Night (NBC), Take It All (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Cops Today

Cops has reached its 25th season (!), and creator John Langley says it's harder than ever to shoot.

Discovery Expanding in Europe

Discovery has spent $2 billion buying up new assets in Europe.

Friday Fun: Breaking Abbey

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Promo Conversation Rates

Here's an interesting metric: TiVo measured how many viewers (out of a sampling) who saw at least three promos for a new show subsequently watched its premiere. Elementary had the best rate, followed by Revolution; Chicago Fire had the lowest rate; and Nashville finished 18th despite running the most promos.

Twitter & TV Data

Twitter provides data it claims proves that viewers want to use Twitter to create a "synchronous interactive experience" with TV based on real-time scheduled viewing: "And here's the most important thing to know: Across networks and genres, when TV shows bring hashtags, accounts, or other Twitter elements into the broadcast itself, we see a direct and immediate increase in engagement on Twitter—anywhere from two to ten times more Tweets created while the shows air." Mashable also has a list of five ways film and TV use Twitter.

Dark TV

Michael Schneider says more dark and twisty TV shows are coming at midseason, like Hannibal and The Following, bring more cable sensibilities to network TV.

Web Series Budget

Tubefilter has a cool breakdown of the production budget of one web series.

Disney & Cox Deal

Disney has agreed to a multi-platform deal with Cox Communications involving the distribution of cable channels and digital services.

Nielsen Looks to Start-Ups

Ki Mae Heussner describes how Nielsen is investing in start-up companies to help develop new multi-platform measurements.

Comcast On-the-Go

Comcast now allows Xfinity subscribers to download some shows to mobile devices for offline viewing.

Four Screens

A company called Tremor Video says we're moving into in a four-screen world, not a second screen one.

Good TVeets

Thursday, December 13, 2012

LGB on the BBC

A new BBC report finds calls for bolder and more creative portrayals of gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters.

Scandal's Music

Scandal music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas talks about her work on the show.

ComScore Goes After Nielsen

The internet traffic measurement company ComScore has released a white paper in which it criticizes traditional ratings and proposes new digital media metrics.

Thom Beers Profile

Charles Homans profiles Thomas Beers, producer of reality fare like Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers: "What Andy Cohen is to over-the-top socialites and Mark Burnett is to game shows on South Pacific islands, Beers is to blue-collar TV."

PTC Criticizes Walking Dead

The Parents Television Council thinks The Walking Dead is too violent for a TV-14 rating.

Aereo Gets Bloomberg

Aereo has its first cable channel deal, taking on Bloomberg TV.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 10.55 million, ABC: 7.79, Fox: 7.70, NBC: 3.81, CW: 2.38
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.7 rating/7 share, Fox: 2.6/ 7, ABC: 2.4/ 7, NBC: 1.2/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 2
 -Winners: Survivor: Philippines (CBS), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS)
 -Losers: The Neighbors (ABC), Take It All (NBC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Dish Gets Spectrum

The FCC has given a slice of the electromagnetic spectrum to Dish Network for cell service.

Lauer Criticized

Matt Lauer is under fire for a crack he delivered at Anne Hathaway.

CALM Act Starts

Ads are supposed to be quieter starting (or at least not excessively loud) today. Meg James looks back on how this came about.

Monica Potter Interview

Monica Potter talks about the tough acting work she's doing in Parenthood.

Daytime DNA

Two 2013 syndicated shows will revolve around DNA testing.

Merry Xmas From 20th

20th Century Fox TV's annual holiday video card is out.

10 Buffys

Todd VanDerWerff highlights 10 essential Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes.

Ad-Supported Cable Down

Wayne Friedman says the numbers shows that viewing for ad-supported cable was down this year.

Ad Disruption

A study shows that people find mobile ad interruptions more annoying than TV ones.

Hashtag Marketing

Joanne Ostrow delves into the proliferation of Twitter hashtags on TV screens.

Golden Globe Noms

The Golden Globe nominations have just been announced, so let the annual head-scratching begin. (I'll start you off: "No Mad Men for Best Drama? *scratches head*") James Poniewozik has analysis, as does Alan SepinwallTim Goodman, Maureen Ryan.

iPad Future

Nilay Patel declares that the iPad represents the future of TV.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Comedy Failure

Lacey Rose delves into why this season's new sitcoms are all struggling in the ratings.

Redbox Instant Without TV

Upcoming Netflix competitor Redbox Instant won't have any TV shows, at least at the start.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.25 million, NBC: 8.12, ABC: 4.10, Fox: 3.39, CW: 1.25
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.6 rating/7 share, CBS: 2.3/ 6, Fox: 1.5/ 4, ABC: 1.3/ 4, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
- Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Happy Endings (ABC), The B____ in Apartment 23 (ABC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Private Practice (ABC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

L+7 Impact on Ad Rates

One analyst says his figures show that having advertisers pay for L+7 viewing versus +3 wouldn't have a significant impact on ad rates, though it would boost networks, especially CBS, more than cable.

Pay TV Going Up

Will Richmond warns that pay TV bills are rising soon, thanks especially to sports.

Modern Family v. New Normal

Kera Bolonik has praise for how The New Normal depicts a gay couple, as compared to Modern Family.

Meteorologist Fired for Facebook Response

Am African-America meteorologist was fired by her Louisiana station for responding to a viewer comment on Facebook regarding her hair. Another site has the Facebook response in question.

RIP Reinhold Weege

Sitcom writer-producer Reinhold Weege has died. Sam O'Neal has a remembrance.

Top Rated & Buzzed Shows

Nielsen has its annual list of top-rated shows of the year, with a few interesting stats, like that Breaking Bad was the most time-shifted show of the year. James Poniewozik notes that the Nielsen list doesn't fully match up with Google stats, and same with the Facebook list. In cable, USA is tops for 2012, while Walking Dead was the top show. The top 20 telecasts list from Britain is dominated by the Olympics.

Good TVeets

SAG Awards

The SAG Award nominations are out. (But Parenthood's not nominated for anything so they are all invalid.) Alan Sepinwall has some analysis, as does Tim Goodman.

More Arrested Development

Netflix has expanded its Arrested Development episode order, which has brought about a pause in production for more planning.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

PBS Changes

PBS is overhauling its programming department.

More Lorre

CBS wants another Chuck Lorre show.

Storage Wars Suit

A former Storage Wars star has filed suit against A&E, alleging that the show is staged and he was fired for saying so. Variety looks at the questions raised here for reality TV.

Wall Street on TV

Will Richmond presents a panel discussion by Wall Street analysts about changes the TV industry is going through.

Discovery Scripted

Discovery has a scripted miniseries in development.

GOP's Fox News Problem

McKay Coppins says Republican politicians have a problem with appearing on Fox News in that it constitutes preaching to the converted.

Feminist Media Criticism Assessed

Mary Kearney shares her keynote address from the Console-ing Passions conference on the past, present, and future of feminist media criticism: Part 1 and Part 2.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 10.58 million, NBC: 8.37, ABC: 5.60, Fox: 5.12, CW: 1.09
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.3 rating/8 share, NBC: 2.5/ 6, Fox: 1.4/ 4, ABC: 1.4/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), How I Met Your Mother (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Losers: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), 90210 (CW), Gossip Girl (CW), Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays (NBC)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Cable & Broadcast Blurring

Toni Fitzgerald highlights ways in which cable has grown to the point of blurring viewer perception of the different with broadcast TV.

Telemundo Changes

NBCU is overhauling Telemundo in hopes it can compete better with Univision.

Comcast Changes Logo

Comcast has added NBC's peacock to its logo.

Zucker's Plans

Claire Stkinson reports that Jeff Zucker plans to overhaul CNN prime time, with the possible move of Piers Morgan to late night, and Michael Wolff thinks Zucker could be the right man for the job. Zucker reportedly wants to bring Ann Curry in.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 10, 2012

Regional Sports Surcharge

DirecTV has added surcharges for regional sports channels in certain areas. Joe Flint sees this as a possible move toward offering sports programming separately, and expects some big backers of these channels to object.

AV Club Shout Out

A Simpsons writer explains how the AV Club cameo came about in last night's episode.

Univision to Carry Bounce TV

Univision will distribute Bounce TV as a multi-cast outlet in seven major markets.

Homeland Producers Sell Show

Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff have sold a Middle East family drama concept to FX. But Gordon and Alex Gansa are also busy right now defending Homeland from criticisms.

Colbert for Senate?

There's been talk of Stephen Colbert replacing Jim DeMint as a South Carolina senator, and there is some citizen support.

ESPN's Influence

ESPN president John Skipper heads a list of the most influential people in sports business. Meanwhile, Skipper says ESPN will pull back on Tebow coverage.

New Daytime Emmy Categories

The Daytime Emmys are adding a few new categories.

Parenthood Praise

Maureen Ryan delves into what makes Parenthood work.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: NBC: 15.93 million, CBS: 9.58, Fox: 8.54, ABC: 6.67
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 5.7 rating/14 share, Fox: 3.5/ 9, CBS: 2.2/ 5, ABC: 1.6/ 4
 ----- -Winners: Sunday Night Football (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: The Amazing Race (CBS), The Simpsons (Fox)
- Losers: Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Christmas With Holly (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS)

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

L+7 ratings.

Emotional Investment

Linda Holmes discusses the implications of emotional investment in TV shows: "It's remarkable how much anger and disappointment and ill feeling is still displayed about shows not being what they once were — about their not being as thrilling or as original as they once were, or about their having "jumped the shark," one of the most nuance-destroying catch phrases to be introduced into the serious critical consideration of anything in the last 30 years — given how consistently it eventually happens."

Reality TV Change

Eric Deggans sees significance in the death of Dirty Jobs and the rise of Honey Boo Boo and its ilk.

C7 360

David Goetzl says an ideal ratings metric for networks would be C7 360, or seven days of viewing measured on all platforms, but he notes there are major obstacles to that.

Star Trek Fan Restoration

Cyrus Farivar profiles a set of Star Trek fans who are restoring a replica of the Enterprise-D bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation and plan to turn it into a museum.

UK X Factor Trouble

The UK's X Factor has hit a ratings skid, so a revamp is reportedly in the works.

Ownership Vote Delayed

So the FCC won't be voting on media ownership rules very soon after all. John Nichols says when the FCC does get around to this, it cannot let the big get even bigger. And the NAACP is concerned. So is the Free Press. So is Eric Deggans.

BCS Excitement

Anthony Crupi says ESPN execs are very pleased with a Notre Dame-Alabama National Championship matchup.

Yahoo + NBC Web Deal

Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports have made a deal to link together their websites more fully. Will Richmond asys this is a sign of Yahoo's good position in this arena.