Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Les Moonves says if CBS had the Olympics, he'd impose tape-delay too. And Jaime Weinman says NBC has not failed. Megan Garber also defends NBC, while James Poniewozik judges the livestreaming. Jason Mittell says we shouldn't think of what NBC is doing in prime time as sportscasting. Will Leitch says NBC is right to ignore the Twitter complainers. Andrew Wallenstein says the high ratings show the complainers are a small minority. Simon Dumenco says NBC is not a charity. NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus backs his network's approach, though NBC has apologized for the Today show promo spoiler.
Britain's House of Lords communications committee has recommended moving British TV channels onto the internet, leaving its former spectrum space for mobile use.
Controversy is building over Twitter's decision to drop the account of a journalist who heavily criticized NBC, a move that was reportedly initiated by Twitter, not NBC. Jeff Jarvis sees this as a business ethics issue. The journalist, Guy Adams, says he's still awaiting an explanation from Twitter. Update: Adams is back on Twitter, as NBC lifted its complaint and Twitter's blog explains the situation. Kashmir Hill says NBC is the loser here. James Poniewozik reacts.
Richard Verrier outlines Warner Bros' production activities in LA: "Warner Bros. has privately been tracking its costs for more than a decade, initially as an effort to educate film-wary communities about the economic benefits of film and TV productions. But this marks the first time the studio has publicly released such detailed information, providing a rare glimpse into the business operations of a major Hollywood studio."
ME WATCHING OLYMPIC EVENT: “Holy shit that was amazing!”COMMENTATOR: “Ooh, that was not good at all. He must really be upset with himself.”
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 31, 2012
Quick, NBC is going to commercial. No one watch in case they spoil results. Or show a promo for "Guys With Kids."
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) July 31, 2012
I think the reason NBC keeps spoiling the events is they're not used to broadcasting things that people actually want to see.
— Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) July 31, 2012
I feel bad for other countries because their olympians have no compelling stories worth hearing about.
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Yinka Adegoke and Liana B. Baker sense that public sentiment is starting to lean toward pay TV operators in carriage disputes. Update: New analyst data shows content owners have more leverage.
Deadspin reports that the eulogy montage that NBC cut from their broadcast of the Opening Ceremony because they were tailoring it to a US audience in fact contained images of two US servicemen. Also, a heavy critic of NBC on Twitter has had his account suspended for tweeting out an NBC exec's corporate email address.
Jessica Plautz presents an infographic about media conglomerate ownership of TV. A Twitter reader points out that News Corp/Fox is missing from this.
Cynthia Meyers describes her experience at a Time Warner seminar, where TV Everywhere was a primary topic, and touts the value of such media industry education programs for academics.
Theme: Summer Olympics
- Monday, July 30, 2012 - Noah Tsika (Colgate University) presents: Queering the Olympic Charter: Media Representations of Gay and Lesbian Athletes in West Africa and the Diaspora
- Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - Evelyn Bottando (Indiana University Northwest) presents: Kickstarting the Olympics
- Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - Pellom McDaniels III (Emory University) presents: The Year All Hell Broke Loose: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Politics of Performance
- Thursday, August 2, 2012 - Scott F. Parker (University of Minnesota) presents: To Give Anything Less
- Friday, August 3, 2012 - Charlene Weaving (St. Francis Xavier University) presents: Ensuring Olympic ‘Sex Appeal’ Through Uniforms
The BBC's director of drama production describes how they shot the James Bond segment in the Opening Ceremony. Also, Anthony Lane highlights the movie references in the Ceremony.
As Twitter tracks the real-time pulse of the games, NBC's critics grow, especially over the tape-delay issue, and Twitter's head of TV takes notes. Jay Yarow insists NBC's coverage has been perfect.
After a whole day of watching gorgeous 20ish superhuman athletes, seeing Bob Costas & Mary Carillo in HD is like staring at death itself
— Tim Carmody (@tcarmody) July 30, 2012
Breaking Bad was GREAT but would be BETTER if they cut away in the middle to have Seacrest tell us what people were tweeting.
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) July 30, 2012
In season three of Newsroom, Will & McKenzie will be hired to produce Summer Olympics, and they will do a much better job.
— Conor Yunits (@conoryunits) July 29, 2012
Recording tonight's #Olympics coverage. My Tivo: "This is a live event, would you like to add 1 hour?" My Tivo is a comedian.
— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) July 29, 2012
Warning: Some Breaking Bad spoilers (tweets about the show are the last chunk)
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Check out new pieces from Flow: Gerald R. Butters, Jr, with Queering Hip Hop: Frank Ocean and Homophobia, Irina D> Mihalache with The chef who played too much: Performing masculinities in The Galloping Gourmet, Laura Portwood-Stacer with How We Talk About Media Refusal, Part 1: “Addiction”, Blackhawk Hancock with "Ask Your Doctor", and Keara Goin, Act Your Race, Not Your Age: Performativity and the Many Faces of Comic-Con Cosplay
NBC's Olympics ratings are great so far, but Jeff Jarvis still sees NBC as failing. Terri Thornton looks at the social media infrastructure in place around the Olympics, and British tweeters apparently overloaded data networks during cycling coverage, affecting the production. One study finds that men get more Olympics coverage than women, and another finds that women's coverage is heavy on sports showing them scantily clad.
YES. OK. The opening ceremonies WERE weird. And that's why you, Internet, of all people, should LIKE them.
— hodgman (@hodgman) July 28, 2012
Pretty sure the #Olympics are just another excuse to make "NBC sucks" jokes. Not that I'm complaining...
— Evan Kirby (@evankirby) July 28, 2012
The 2020 Games were hugely profitable for NBC, after Congress passed a law confining Americans to empty, soundproof boxes until 8 pm.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) July 28, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
NBC reportedly had streaming problems during the big Lochte-Phelps showdown today, which it didn't air live on TV so as to save it for prime time. Offering equal time for criticism, I should note that the BBC also came under fire for its cycling coverage today.
June Thomas has more on the lesbian kiss from Brookside that aired in a montage within the Olympics Ceremony (and that also aired on NBC, contrary to many Twitter reports).
Daniel Fienberg live-blogged during FX president John Landgraf's TCA session, which included news of a fourth season renewal for Louie and Martin Sheen coming to Anger Management, plus annoyance that Netflix doesn't release precise viewing figures of shows like Lilyhammer.
Check out critics' reactions from Matt Zoller Seitz, James Poniewozik, Robert Bianco, Sarah Lyall, and Bryan Bishop. The British perspective from the Telegraph and the Guardian, plus international reaction. Kevin Gosztola says smug American elitism was on display in NBC's broadcast, and Twitter captured a lot of viewer dissatisfaction. Twitter's UK blog covers the volume of tweets. Jim Stogdill is also not happy with NBC.
This is insanely long, so I don't know if anyone but a PhD candidate writing a diss on transnational reception of TV spectacles will want to read it, but it offers you a chronological account of Opening Ceremony reception. After some preliminary tweets, it goes from British reactions to US East Coast reactions to West Coast, with some overlap here and there. If you get through all of these, you deserve a Gold Medal.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Michael Malone reports on stats indicating that a majority of Americans heard about the Aurora shootings from a non-TV source, though many subsequently turned to TV for more info.
Janko Roettgers checks out how NBC and YouTube streaming of the Olympics will work, and Carolyn Giardina discusses how the new experimental Super Hi-Vision technology will be tested in London.
This Twitter outage must be Kripke proving the science in #Revolution is sound. We get it. Message received.
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) July 26, 2012
My goal for the season is to get one of my tweets on the Big Brother live show. I'm gonna have to start being a lot more dumb.
— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) July 27, 2012
UPDATE: Security at the London Olympics will be provided by The Knights Who Say Ni.
— Disalmanac (@Disalmanac) July 26, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sean L. McCarthy details the demographics of stand-up comics on late night talk TV for the first half of 2012: "48 stand-up performances; 37 white men, nine men who aren't white, and two women."
Google has launched a new TV service in Kansas City via fiber broadband. It's missing some prominent channels, though. Stacey Higginbotham lays out details. Peter Kafka doesn't see it as a game-changer.
I wrote a post over at Antenna about how the scripted BBC shows Twenty Twelve and EastEnders have benefited from the real Olympic Games.
What a sorry year for chicken franchises. Chick-fil-A supporting anti-gay causes and Los Pollos Hermanos distributing meth.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) July 25, 2012
"We have scale and we have reach and we can drive people into this immersive world" --TCA answer or supervillain threat?
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 25, 2012
The TMZ TV show would be better if Harvey & all the other gossipy guys were sitting under old fashion hair dryers while they dish the dirt
— Greg Garcia (@WhoisGregGarcia) July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mark Robichaux covers a panel discussion among small cable operators about dealing with big carriage rate increases, with some wondering if Aereo could play a future role.
Maria Elana Fernandez explores how the TV industry and corporate America have helped Charlie Sheen to keep his career going despite his transgressions. Update: Alyssa Rosenberg reacts to this.
The American Cable Association wants the 1992 Cable Act overhauled to fix retrans problems. CBS sees severe consequences if that happens, ABC affiliates see more sports migrating to cable, and the NAB says retrans is crucial to station value. TWC says it wants the free market to decide. Above all, a regulatory battle lies ahead. Free Press wants consumers valued most. Katy Bachman highlights the politics involved. Senators are deeply divided on this, with some saying TV is deeply broken and needs fixing.
James Poniewozik summarizes NBC's executive session at TCA: "This morning at the Beverly Hilton, NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt spoke to introduce the network’s new fall schedule, with a message: NBC can no longer afford pride. Those sophisticated, risk-taking, grown-up comedies? Love ‘em! Not going to do ‘em so much anymore!" Andrew Wallenstein and Maureen Ryan also have coverage. Ken Tucker takes issue with how NBC described its comedy strategy, and Alan Sepinwall covers the comedy issue too. Lacey Rose covers the NBC party. Tim Goodman says broad doesn't have to mean dumb.
NBC's press tour this year feels like that year you went to the local Holiday Inn for vacation because your dad lost his job. #tcas12
— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) July 24, 2012
#NBC prez thanks reporters for their patience and positivity over the last year. It's official: he does not follow me on Twitter. #TCAs12
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) July 24, 2012
I can't yet judge CHICAGO FIRE, but good or bad it looks like the most exciting new show of 1994. #tcas12
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 24, 2012
I'm fascinated by the tweets from TCA, which sound like they're coming from inside Showtime's Episodes.
— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) July 24, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The FCC has voted to uphold its ruling in favor of Tennis Channel and against Comcast in regard to channel placement. The NCTA is not happy.
Peter Kafka analyzes Netflix's second quarter results and CEO Reed Hasting's comments. Daniel Frankel also reports, as does Will Richmond. Robert Andrews reports that Netflix has become a big threat to Amazon's Lovefilm.
NBC, which has its day in the TCA sun today, is launching a marketing effort around its comedies with the slogan "We peacock comedy." (The peacock logo looks a bit like a heart, you see.)
THR has details of Fox's panels on Fringe and other shows. Alan Sepinwall also has a summary. Ryan McGee has a report from afar. Tim Goodman says Fox's comedies are promising. James Poniewozik covers the Fringe panel.
People who are frustrated by me talking about race and gender on TV: do you know how much I'd love for this to be ACTUALLY SOLVED?
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) July 24, 2012
I keep watching NEWSROOM hoping it will get better, but I feel like it's the TV equivalent of the Chicago Cubs. #potentialbutnodelivery
— Meredith Hindley (@CapitolClio) July 24, 2012
Life has now become waiting for the next episode of Breaking Bad.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
A Canadian regulatory body ruled that consumers should be able to subscribe to only the pay TV channels they want, rather than bundled packages.
Brian Steinberg presents ad buyer survey findings that CBS's new shows are expected to lead the pack this fall, while Idol is predicted to fall more.
Critics w/out screeners for tonight's "Newroom" should just review it in two years for proper perspective.
— Daniel Fienberg (@HitFixDaniel) July 22, 2012
I could easily remove everyone from my life who isn't caught up on Breaking Bad.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) July 23, 2012
Watching real love on shows like The Bachelor makes me realize my own marriage is a fake bucket of shit.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 23, 2012
Warning: Spoilers for shows last night that start with B
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Aaaand the #TCAs2012 onslaught begins. Hope you're prepared, Twitter.
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) July 21, 2012
Paula Kerger cites 58 Emmy nominations as a reason for continued federal funding of PBS. If Downton wins, the GOP will finally be convinced!
— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) July 21, 2012
If all people making television approached their job with as much joy, enthusiasm, and investment as #DowntonAbbey, TV would be more fun.
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Self-promotional post: Over at the new TV history website This Was TV, they're starting a discussion of a book I wrote on Hollywood film stars on 1950s TV, and the discussion also expands into some interesting thoughts on today's stars crossing over to TV and to web series.
In Britain, Sky has launched Now TV, a movie streaming service that doesn't require a Sky subscription to access and that aims to take on Netflix and LoveFilm. Will Richmond's most recent podcast considers the lessons for the US market.
Ben Grossman assesses how the news channels covered the Colorado theater shooting in the morning hours. All the networks have now sent anchors out to Colorado, while Denver stations continue to cover the tragedy.
John Eggerton describes the case NBC and CBS affilates are making for the Senate Commerce Committee to help keep retrans and must-carry rules in place.
If @PBS doesn't rehire Fred Willard, we should all stop pretending we watch @PBS.
— Mike Scully (@scullymike) July 21, 2012
"It's important that we don't overreact," said the cable news woman whose channel has reported on the tragedy nonstop for 8 hours
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) July 20, 2012
The #BB14 crew is talking about #Girls which probably means the universe is folding in on itself.
— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) July 21, 2012
Warning: Big Brother spoilers at the end
Friday, July 20, 2012
#Emmy nomination day! Or as we call it, Thursday.
— CW Network (@CW_network) July 19, 2012
The most tragic thing about the Fred Willard incident is the continuing trendtowards digital projection and the abandonment of 35mm film.
— Pat Healy (@Pat_Healy) July 20, 2012
You know you're funny when the entire comedy community fully supports you're right to masturbate wherever you want.
— Morgan Murphy (@morgan_murphy) July 20, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Emmy nominations are out. Alan Sepinwall has analysis, as does Todd VanDerWerff, Willa Paskin, Myles McNutt and more Myles McNutt, Jaime Weinman, Jace Lacob, Ken Levine, Alyssa Rosenberg, Ken Tucker, Tim Goodman, Mike Hale, Josef Adalian, Emily Yoshida. Philiana Ng highlights snubs. The British apparently find the Downton Abbey love funny. The NYT has reaction interviews with Louis CK, Matthew Weiner, and a bunch of other nominees.
Jeff Bercovici says media companies are eyeing the Hispanic community as the next big market target. Media Life reports that Hispanic channels are growing in market share.
Happy Bitchin' 'Bout The Emmys morning!
— Zack Handlen (@zhandlen) July 19, 2012
My guess is that everyone in the network drama departments is kind of wishing the CableACE awards were still a thing.
— Andy Greenwald (@andygreenwald) July 19, 2012
I haven't seen any "[Show X] now has more #Emmys noms than #TheWire" messages yet. You disappoint me, Twitter
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) July 19, 2012
What a lack of diversity in the #Emmy nominations. It's practically White People in Shows About White People: The Awards Edition.
— J. Chlebus (@J_Chlebus) July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Ellen Gray highlights the challenge of seeing all the acclaimed shows you'd like to, given the fragmented distribution of original programming today, from Damages on DirecTV to Lilyhammer on Netflix.
Time Warner Cable is being sued by Nexstar over alleged retrans violations. Eriq Gardner describes, "According to the complaint, TWC has been taking NBC signals in Indiana and Pennsylvania and a CBS signal in Rochester, New York -- all owned by Nextar -- and retransmitting them to markets including Cincinnati, Louisville, Orlando, Winston-Salem and Burlington-Plattsburgh -- places where TWC's agreement with Hearst and Bright House have expired." Hearst is also complaining about TWC's retrans tactics.
I'm going to give Romney the benefit of the doubt and assume his past tax returns are chock full o' #BreakingBad spoilers.
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) July 17, 2012
I know fracking is a serious issue, but they're just going to have to call it something else if they want #BSG fans not to laugh.
— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur) July 18, 2012
Thought: Gays should be able to marry, raise children, etc, however Ryan Murphy should not be able to make TV shows. #pilots2012
— Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire) July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Steve Almond finds Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert lacking in true impact: "What Stewart and Colbert do most nights is convert civic villainy into disposable laughs. ...Wit, exaggeration, and gentle mockery trump ridicule and invective. The goal is to mollify people, not incite them."
Check out posts from Kayti Lausch with The Carrie Diaries, The Television Reboot, and the CW’s Programming Strategies, Mary Vanderlinden with Robbing Opportunities: Stereotyped Portrayals Put Latino Actors out of Action, and Camille Debose with How Lena Dunham Set Me Free.
Daniel Frankel says it's not surprising that Dish barely broke a sweat with Breaking Bad premiering; it's The Walking Dead that will bring the real showdown with AMC.
Viacom has already relented on its online ban of Daily Show and Colbert Report reruns, brought about by its DirecTV dispute. So you can go ahead and watch Louis CK on The Daily Show from last night, where he talks about the Tosh thing; Alyssa Rosenberg responds, as does James Poniewozik.