Thursday, January 31, 2013

Justified & Violence

Alyssa Rosenberg considers the representation of violence in the first episodes of the season of Justified.

HBO Go on Apple TV

Word is Apple and Time Warner are talking about making HBO Go available on Apple TV. Peter Kafka also reports.

Hopper Named Best

CES has done an end-around on CBS's influence by dropping CNET as a partner and naming Dish Network's Hopper DVR the best product of its recent convention. Tim Carmody has more.

Ad Sound Effect

Christopher Heine reports on research finding that the impact of TV ads drops by 28% if the sound is muted.

30 Rock Reflections

30 Rock pieces from Alan SepinwallRobert Lloyd, Robert Bianco, Jace Lacob, Brian Lowry, and Alessandra Stanley (but, um...). Jen Chaney weighs Tina Fey's impact on women in TV, as does Linda Holmes. Ta-Nehisi Coates praises 30 Rock for interrogating whiteness, a topic Alyssa Rosenberg also addressed. Wesley Morris also discusses 30 Rock and racial politics. Damian Holbrook has reflections from Tina Fey. Emily Nussbaum says farewell, as do Richard Lawson and Jack Dickey. Molly Lambert offers an appreciation of Jenna Maroney and Michelle Dean of Liz Lemon. Madeline Davies thanks Liz Lemon. Buzzfeed offers an infographic. Esther Zuckerman parallels Liz Lemon and Tina Fey. Erin Carlson looks at the Liz-Jack relationship. Todd VanDerWerff says the final season is reminiscent of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Eric Deggans wonders if 30 Rock was too smart to find a big audience. Brian Hiatt covers the show's lifespan. Deadline says Fey changed things for female comedy creators. Vulture has all kinds of stuff.

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Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

The Americans started strong.

Netflix Strategies

Nancy Haas delves into what Reed Hastings is trying to do with Netflix now, while Andrew Wallenstein thinks Netflix is making a mistake with its binge-release strategy with originals like House of Cards. Swanni disagrees with Wallenstein. Alyssa Rosenberg also chimes in, and Chuck Tryon responds, as do Cory BarkerClaire Tavernier, and James Hibberd. Josef Adalian wonders how we'll tell if House of Cards is a hit, an issue that others have also discussed. Mike Stein offers thoughts.

Italian TV Mag App

An Italian media studies magazine called Link. Television Culture has released its first issue in English via an iPad app. The issue is focused on Greek media in the midst of the financial crisis in the country.

New MTV Scripted Head

MTV has brought an exec over from ABC Family to head up scripted programming.

Movie Writers Do TV

Lucas Shaw says writers for movies are increasingly turning to TV.

Al Jazeera America Challenge

Nikolas Kozloff delves into the challenging road ahead for Al Jazeera America.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Afghan Media Future

Michael Calderone sees an uncertain future ahead for media in Afghanistan.

Media Industry Figures

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a slew of stats and charts relating to media industry employment.

Community Interview

Rob Owen talked with new Community showrunner Moses Port about what he's taking on.

The Smash Story

Kate Aurthur digs deeply into what happened with Smash's first season. Update: There's been some interesting discussion on Twitter about this piece's use of anonymous sources and the things that were said about former showrunner Theresa Rebeck.

30 Rock Bits

30 Rock writer Tom Ceraulo discusses what the final days of the show were like. Vulture has a Liz Lemon lingo supercut. And Daily Beast offers a few scholarly observations about the show.

Katie Renewed

Katie Couric's talk show has been renewed.

Too Much TV?

With the proliferation of original series on cable and now digital platforms like Netflix, Michael Schneider considers the possible fallout from so much TV being available.

German TV Changes

Nicholas Kulish says the state of the show Wetten, Dass..? is indicative of changes in German television.

Respect the Masses & Middle

Linda Holmes wants to overturn connotations tied to phrases like "the masses" and "middle America" in culture writing.

HIMYM Gets Final Renewed

How I Met Your Mother will end with next season.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 16.71 million, NBC: 4.56, Fox: 3.75, ABC: 3.62, CW: 1.34
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.9 rating/8 share, Fox: 1.8/ 5, ABC and NBC: 1.3/ 4 each, CW: 0.5/ 1
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
- Losers: Raising Hope (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Happy Endings (ABC), Go On (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox), Emily Owens, M.D. (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Makeup Artist Profile

Richard Verrier profiles a makeup artist getting plenty of work today thanks to shows like Grimm.

Fox Affiliate Switch

Doug Halonen says Fox affiliates are nervous, given that the network dropped the affiliation of a North Carolina station to switch to another one it acquired.

The OC's Greatness

Jia Tolentino and Mallory Ortberg make a case for The OC's greatness.

Amazon's Video Plans

Peter Kafka tries to pin down what Amazon is planning for streaming video.

New Girl Development

Creator Liz Meriwether talks about the thing that happened on New Girl last night.

Good TVeets

Warning: New Girl spoilers at the end.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

30 Rock as TV Chronicle

Jaime Weinman notes that future cultural historians will be able to rely on 30 Rock "to tell them what the broadcast TV system was like in its declining days."

Entourage Movie

The Entourage movie is happening.

Cinemax Shows

Richard Lawson looks at how Cinemax is trying to position itself as a home for original series, with Banshee renewed for a second season already.

Mazzara on Walking Dead

Glen Mazzara spoke at NAPTE about his exit from The Walking Dead.

CBS/Charter Deal

CBS and Charter have come to a retrans deal that includes an on-demand component.

TV Studies Symposium

For an upcoming symposium on the past, present, and future of television studies at the University of Georgia, graduate students are invited to apply to participate in workshops with distinguished faculty.

Hulu CEO Challenge

Michael Learmonth considers who might step forth to take on the tough job of leading Hulu.

CBS & Showtime Renewals

CBS renewed its whole daytime lineup, and Showtime renewed Californication, Shameless, and House of Lies.

30 Rock & Race

Alyssa Rosenberg has praise for 30 Rock's racial representations.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 9.58 million, ABC: 7.24, CBS: 6.77, NBC: 5.39, CW: 1.11
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.9 rating/8 share, ABC: 2.1/ 6, NBC: 1.9/ 5, CBS: 1.7/ 4, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners: The Bachelor (ABC), Bones (Fox), The Following (Fox), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS)
- Losers: The Carrie Diaries (CW), 90210 (CW), Deception (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

The Following grew in its second week, becoming the first new series this season to do so.

Dr. Oz Profile

Michael Specter questions the influence of Dr. Oz, host of a popular syndicated medical talk show.

Teen Mom Ending

The NY Post reports that MTV is cancelling the Teen Mom series. MTV is denying that any decision has been made.

Spoiling Super Bowl Ads

Brian Steinberg wonders if social media is dousing the impact of Super Bowl ads with spoilers and previews. Meg James also chimes in on this. But YouTube insists early releases add up to more views. More from Carmel Melouney.

Super Bowl Viewing

According to one survey, about a third of Super Bowl viewers will make it a second screen experience. Nielsen has a Super Bowl infographic about how we watch.

Al Jazeera America's Focus

Kyle Conway is intrigued by the potential for Al Jazeera America to "explain Americans to themselves" as a foreign network.

More CBS-CNET Fighting

Eriq Gardner reports on a new wrinkle in the CBS-CNET dysfunction: "CBS Interactive is arguing against an injunction that would prohibit subsidiary CNET from encouraging the public to download BitTorrent P2P technology through links and editorial articles."

CNN Changes

Brian Stelter reports that Chris Cuomo is moving from Good Morning America to CNN to host a morning show, as Jeff Zucker tries to boost CNN's slow mornings. Also, exec VP Mark Whitaker is leaving CNN to get out of Zucker's way, it appears. Also, there are reports James Carville, Mary Matalin, and Erick Erickson are leaving CNN. Tim Goodman looks at Zucker's overhaul mentality.

House of Cards Interviews

Alan Sepinwall has interviewed House of Cards star Kevin Spacey and director David Fincher about (sort of) working in TV. Also, Daniel D'addario talked with creator Beau Willimon.

Funding Netflix Originals

Peter Kafka reports that Netflix is drumming up more funding for original web series.

Walking Dead Concept Art

Former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has tweeted out concept art for the show.

Ultra HD Caution

Swanni reports that UltraHD and 4K TV sets may not offer enough picture improvement that people can notice to be worth it.

Social Media Buzz

The Vampire Diaries was the most buzzed-about show on social media last week, and Carina Adly MacKenzie insists this matters. Also, Portlandia is taking advantage of social media.

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TWC & Dodgers

Bloomberg reports that Time Warner Cable has a deal to carry Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games. Jon Weisman has analysis. Joe Flint has more details. Richard Sandomir notes this will raise cable bills. The deal is now official.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Girls & Internet Toxicity

Michelle Dean says the internet has a toxic relationship with Girls.

Burke on Comcast-NBCU

TV Newser has a memo NBCU CEO Steve Burke sent to staffers on the two-year anniversary of Comcast's acquisition of the company.

Campus Streaming

Brian Stelter hilgihts Tivli, which makes streaming TV available to college campuses: "Residents at Harvard and, as of last week, Yale, can use the service to stream local TV stations, a couple of dozen cable channels and the universities’ own in-house channels to their devices anywhere on campus. The service is free for the students, since it supplements the university’s existing cord-in-the-wall cable system."

Sports Fees

Brian Stelter discusses how pay TV subscribers are paying the price for rising sports programming fees. Matthew Yglesias disputes the bundling logic in this article and others. Matthew Martin responds to Yglesias, and Yglesias responds back.

Sports Only Part of Bill Problem

John Eggerton shares a Kagan analyst's view that it isn't just sports programming driving up cable bills.

Sunday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix and Spotted.

Screen Usage

Wayne Friedman analyzes stats on consumer second screen usage. More from Dawn Chmielewski.

Ben & Kate Salute

Marc Hirsch says goodbye to Ben & Kate with praise for its most innovative characteristic. Over in the TV Club epic comments section for Community, Todd VanDerWerff explains what he thinks Ben & Kate was missing.

Soaps' Fall & Rise

Sam Ford summarizes a new e-book on the deterioration of the American soap opera, while Elana Levine analyzes what's behind the recent rejuvenation of soaps like General Hospital.

Skipper's ESPN

Anthony Crupi looks at the state of ESPN a year into John Skipper's tenure as president.

America's Downton Love

Matt Zoller Seitz explores why Downton Abbey is so popular in the US.

Good TVeets

Warning: Downton Abbey spoilers at the end.

30 Rock's Legacy

Jace Lacob reflects on what 30 Rock has given us. And Erik Adams highlights ten representative episodes. Matt Zoller Seitz considers the ending.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

SAG Awards

SAG Awards were given out tonight; Downton Abbey, Modern Family, and Bryan Cranston were among the winners.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Following DVR Boost

Fox encouraged viewers to set their DVRs for The Following, and apparently plenty of people did.

Happy Marriages

Alyssa Rosenberg notes the rise in representations of happy marriages in TV shows, rather than will-they-or-won't-theys. Also, this article on Hollywood film representations of marriages praises the TV show Friday Night Lights.

PGA Awards

At last night's Producer's Guild Awards, Homeland, Modern Family, Amazing Race, and Colbert Report were the TV winners.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 7.44 million, NBC: 4.99, ABC: 4.69, Fox: 3.49, CW: 1.20
- Adults 18-49: ABC and Fox: 1.2 rating/4 share each, NBC: 1.2/ 3, CBS: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Holmes Turning Point

Mike Hale says we can thank the 1976 film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution for establishing a new Sherlock Holmes template that recent Holmes-inspired TV shows now follow.

Face Off Suit

A production company is suing NBCU and Syfy for allegedly stealing its idea for Face Off.

Women Writers Problem

Laura Beck delves into the gender gap in writers' rooms and offers suggestions for narrowing it. Update: Producer Shawn Ryan is disputing some of the statistical methodology in this article via Twitter.

UK Soap Actors in Hollywood

Issy Sampson highlights the migration of British soap opera stars to American films.

Kimmel Encore in Prime Time

Last night's Jimmy Kimmel show, which featured Matt Damon taking over, was such a hit that ABC will encore it during prime time next week. Michael Schneider digs into the genesis of the episode.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Marketing Netflix Shows

Peter Kafka looks at how Netflix is marketing its original web series without a network platform to rely on.

Ben & Kate Pulled

Fox is pulling Ben & Kate from the schedule and dropping the Tuesday night comedy block idea.

Update: It's officially official. Ben & Kate has been cancelled.

Soaps Swing

Nellie Andreeva thinks soap operas are back on the upswing. (woot!)

Violence, Ads & Effects

Eric Deggans wonders how TV execs can insist violence on TV has no significant impact on behavior when they presumably think advertisements do have an impact.

Talking Bad

AMC has a live Breaking Bad after-show in the works.

Auction Complaint

The NAB thinks the FCC needs to slow down the rush to auction spectrum.

Fox News & Palin Split Up

Fox News won't renew Sarah Palin's contract.

Idol Suit

American Idol may be sued for racial discrimination.

Soaps Online

The rebooted All My Children and One Life to Live will be available on Hulu and iTunes, as well as on Prospect Park's Online Network.

Girls Renewal Official

Season 3 of Girls will have 12 episodes.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: Fox: 11.21 million, CBS: 9.26, ABC: 6.66, NBC: 3.78, CW: 2.28
 -Adults 18-49: Fox: 3.9 rating/10 share, ABC and CBS: 2.0/ 5, NBC: 1.3/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 3
 -Winners: American Idol (Fox), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Person of Interest R (CBS)
 -Losers: 30 Rock (NBC), Last Resort (ABC), 1600 Penn (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.

Super Technology

Andrew Dodson describes some of the technology CBS will be using at the Super Bowl to generate dynamic shots.

GE Embraces 30 Rock

Brian Steinberg notes that GE, a frequent target of 30 Rock mockery, is saluting the show in its advertisements as part of a larger branding strategy.

ESPN Lost Out

Matt Yoder delves into how ESPN lost out on the Manti Te'o story and Deadspin got the scoop.

AHS: Asylum Analyzed

Matt Zoller Seitz explores what stood out about American Horror Story's second season.

Central Perk in China

The Telegraph has a few photos of an imitation Central Perk cafe from Friends in Beijing. More from AV Club.

Hola Access

Emil Protalinski describes a new service called Hola that enables global access to streaming outlets like Netflix and Hulu.

Super Bowl Numbers

Toni Fitzgerald has a slew of stats regarding the Super Bowl and TV advertising. Nielsen has ad rate stats.

Aereo Update

Aereo is now easier to use with an updated app. It should be noted that the link is to CNET, which is barred by CBS from reviewing Aereo. Morale is reportedly dwindling at CNET as a result of this and the Auto Hop issue. Laura June links to a timeline of articles that track the whole CBS-CNET story.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Last Resort Interviews

Alan Sepinwall talked with Shawn Ryan and Eric Goldman talked with Karl Gajdusek about tonight's end of Last Resort.

Defense of Media Studies

British professor James Curran shares a conference keynote address about defending media studies from journalistic attacks: "The attack on media studies is centred on two charges: media studies degrees are intellectually lightweight, and are poison in the jobs market. Neither charge is true. Why, then, have criticisms of media studies persisted for so long?"

Violence Research Bill

A bill reintroduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller would back new research into the effects of violent media.

Variety Firings

Nikki Finke says Variety firings are coming in March under the trade's new owner (same as Deadline's owner) and morale is low.

Comedy Analysis

Andy Greenwald considers the implications of Don't Trust the B and Ben & Kate being pulled.

Nichols to CNN

Rachel Nichols is leaving ESPN for CNN.

Facebook's TV Influence

Cory Bergman reports on a Nielsen survey revealing that Facebook has three times the potential to get someone to watch a TV show than Twitter does, though in-person and phone conversations dwarf both.

Oprah to WME

Oprah Winfrey has left CAA for WME.

TV Violence

Maureen Ryan addresses why TV has gotten more violent in its depictions and wonders where lines should be drawn.

The Following Criticism

Alan Sepinwall, Maureen Ryan, Willa Paskin, and Todd VanDerWerff have major problems with The Following. Ken Tucker is more favorable to it. Matt Zoller Seitz comes down somewhat in between, but his discussion makes Alyssa Rosenberg like it even less. James Poniewozik calls it "a CBS drama on Fox."

Why The Killing Is Back

Josef Adalian proposes three reasons why AMC would bring back The Killing.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 16.00 million, CBS: 10.00, ABC: 7.15, CW: 2.61, NBC: 2.56
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 5.4 rating/15 share, ABC: 2.4/ 7, CBS: 2.4/ 6, CW: 1.0/ 3, NBC: 0.8/ 2
- Winners: American Idol (Fox), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: The Middle (ABC)
- Modest: The Neighbors (ABC), Nashville (ABC)
- Losers: Suburgatory (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Girls Renewed

Lena Dunham says Girls is getting a third season.

Fawlty Censorship

Mark Lawson assesses what's behind the BBC censoring racist language during a recent rerun of the famed Fawlty Towers episode "The Germans."

Under-Appreciated Shows

Toni Fitzgerald highlights six shows that deserve more recognition for the effective roles they serve for their networks and advertisers.

Golden Age Competition

Disney CEO Bob Iger says viewers creators are the beneficiaries of a tough competitive television landscape for programmers.

Mike White & Enlightened

David A. Keeps talks with creator Mike White about his life and Enlightened.

Call for Female Chairman

A group of feminists are calling for a woman to head up the FCC when Julius Genachowski departs.

Netflix News

Brian Stelter reports on Netflix's fourth-quarter success, which has led its CEO to be boastful and confident of winning the video subscription war, with more originals perhaps being key. Will Richmond says there are still question marks for Netflix, though. Netflix is also working with YouTube on an AirPlay alternative to launch second-screen apps.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Girls & Bodies

Arielle Bernstein discusses Girls in terms of Lena Dunham's bodily displays.

Teen TV & Lesbians

Kerensa Cadenas writes about The Facts of Life, Buffy, and the representation (or lack thereof) of lesbians on teen dramas.

Media Violence Conversations

Alyssa Rosenberg suggests how we should be talking about media violence.

Real World Reflections

Andrea Seigel, who has watched every Real World season but one, reflects on her personal viewership the show and assesses claims that it's not what it used to be.

TV Hall of Fame

The TV Academy Hall of Fame has welcomed Les Moonves, Dick Wolf, and Philo T. Farnsworth into the fold, among others.

TWC & Sports

Joe Flint considers Time Warner Cable's conflicted position in regard to sports programming costs.

Hit Comedy Future

Jaime Weinman discusses the state of smart comedies and hit comedies on broadcast networks: "At least in the single-camera genre, there’s no real problem finding quality comedies. (The multi-camera genre is another thing altogether, but you’ve heard me go on about that before: we need more of them and they need to be better than they are now.) The problem is finding quality comedies that are popular, which is much more difficult to do, and which the networks don’t seem to know how to do at all."

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 10.47 million, ABC: 5.77, NBC: 4.73, Fox: 3.43, CW: 1.47
 -Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.9 rating/5 share, Fox: 1.6/ 4, NBC: 1.6/ 4, CBS: 1.5/ 4, CW: 0.6/ 1
- Winners: NCIS R (CBS) NCIS: Los Angeles R (CBS)
- Respectable Sampling: The Taste (ABC) 
- Modest Finale: Private Practice (ABC)
- Losers: Ben and Mindy (Fox), Go On (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), The Mindy Project (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

House of Cards Interview

Mo Ryan talks with House of Cards showrunner Beau Willimon about the Netflix series. Jillian Goodman also spoke with Willimon.

British Fee Concerns

A former BBC chairman thinks the corporation's license fee needs to rise to help it compete with subscription services, while others are clamoring for BSkyB to lower its retransmission fee take from the BBC and other broadcasters.

Girls GIFs

Fernando Alfonso III analyzes the rules HBO lays out for Girls GIFs on its Tumblr.

CBS-CNET Ripple Effect

Katy Bachman says fallout from the CBS-Dish-CNET dispute could impact the push to loosen media ownership regulation.

Netflix Box

Adi Robertson describes a set-top box that Netflix created, then shelved, then passed on to Roku.

Amazon Gets Zombieland

Amazon obtained the rights to turn the movie Zombieland into a web series.

Pilots Updates

Nellie Andreeva offers pilot season updates, including news about a David E. Kelly sitcom with Robin Williams. More NBC pilot news from THR, plus info on Fox pilotspilot trends, and a complete guide. Fox has picked up a Seth MacFarlane multi-cam. Alison Willmore picks out the five intriguing pilots.

Mad Men Back April 7

We have a return date for Mad Men, plus a slew of (characteristically evasive) interviews with Matt Weiner, from Willa Paskin, Martin MillerDave Itzkoff, and Michael Schneider.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CBS + Sony Pictures?

Andrew Wallenstein reports on the possibility of CBS buying Sony Pictures Entertainment.

CBS Requests Retrans Rewind

Based on what it claims Dish Network fraudulently hid from them regarding Auto Hop during negotiations, CBS wants to unravel its retransmission deal with Dish Network.

NBC & CNN Win Inauguration

CNN had the highest inauguration ratings. among cable channels. NBC led broadcast networks and overall. More from Bill Carter.

Girls & Race

Judy Berman argues that Girls will never overcome its racial problem. Sesali Bowen responds and says the problem is a dearth of diverse writers.

2012 Ad Recap

Harry A. Jessell summarizes 2012 TV advertising data, noting that ad revenue rose 19.4 over 2011, mostly thanks to the election but also auto ads.

Soap Casts

Prospect Park has released cast lists of those actors signed on for online One Life to Live and All My Children. Meg James reports.

Chappelle's Show Anniversary

David Wall Rice reflects back on Chappelle's Show, ten years after its arrival.

2nd Armstrong Ratings Down

Oprah's second night with Lance Armstrong dropped about 44% in ratings. Worldwide ratings are in.

Bored to Death Movie

A Bored to Death movie is in the works.

Community Promos

Promos for Season 4 of Community are out.

Don't Trust the B Done

ABC has cancelled Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23. More from Tim Goodman.

Come Back to TWC

Andrew Wallenstein analyzes a Time Warner Cable ad campaign calling on subscribers to come back, not from cord cutting but from other pay TV operators. Brian Stelter has analysis.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 10.34 million, Fox: 9.43, ABC: 7.90, NBC: 5.25, CW: 1.03
 -Adults 18-49: CBS: 3.0 rating/8 share, Fox: 2.7/ 7, ABC: 2.3/ 6, NBC: 2.0/ 5, CW: 0.4/ 1
 -Winners: How I Met Your Mother (CBS), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), 2 Broke Girls (CBS), Mike & Molly (CBS), The Following (Fox)
 -Losers: The Carrie Diaries (CW), 90210 (CW), Deception (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

The Following started well.

"This is CNN" Again

Jeff Zucker resurrected James Earl Jones' "This is CNN" announcement to call to mind the channel's legacy. Also, Betsy Rothstein has obtained the first memo Zucker sent to staff.

Retro Viewing

Melanie Lefkowitz delves into how young viewers are enjoying older shows via Netflix and DVD.

Fox Ad Mentions DVRs

A promo for Fox's The Following tells viewers to set their DVRs.

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Ultra HD reviewed

Babbage has doubts about the future of ultra HD TV sets.

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring Andrew Scahill with Lindsay Lohan: Star Image Succubus, Isobel Molina-Guzman with Zoe Saldana: The Complicated Politics of Casting a Black Latina, Mimi Sheller with Mobile Mediality II: Locative Mobile Gaming, David Parisi with Banishing Phantoms from the Skin: ‘Vibranxiety’ and the Pathologization of Interfacing, and Amber Johnson with What’s in a Metaphor?: Abortion Rhetoric and the Fight for Reproductive Justice.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Defiance's Production Backstory

Myles McNutt brings us more information about Syfy's transmedia show Defiance and the intersection of serial TV and gaming storytelling and production demands. The game is available for pre-order.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 35.54 million, ABC: 5.93, Fox: 3.35, NBC: 2.44
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 11.9 rating/29 share, ABC: 1.7/ 4, Fox: 1.6/ 4, NBC: 0.8/ 2
- Winners: AFC Championship: Baltimore at New England (CBS), Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
- Losers: Nothing. NBC and Fox were in all repeats.

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Online Video Primer

Peter Kafka lays out our online video streaming options.

Downside of TV Everywhere

Jeremy Toeman says that with so many choices now available for TV, we're losing the escapist function of the medium.

Banshee Production

Susan Karlin introduces us to production techniques inspired by tech startups that showrunner Greg Yaitanes utilized while making Cinemax's Banshee in order to bolster both efficiency and creativity.

Target Opts for Game Over Super Bowl Ad

Target is sitting out the Super Bowl on TV and instead will push a mobile game.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

New In Media Res

Theme: Women's Representation on Screen: The Bechdel Test

  • Monday, January 21, 2013 - Thuc Doan Nguyen (The Bitch Pack) presents: The Bitch List Project 
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - Rebecca Housel (Wiley-Blackwell) presents: Fifty Shades of Greige in 21st Century Hollywood 
  •  Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Jennie Webb (LA Female Playwrights Initiative) presents: It Hurts: Kill Bill Passes "Swimmingly" 
  •  Thursday, January 24, 2013- Laura Shamas (Writer, Independent Scholar) presents: At Work 
  • Friday, January 25, 2013 - TBD

Good TVeets

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Media Industry News

My latest list of media industry news links is up at Antenna, with info on the Chinese movie box office, the upcoming Redbox Instant, and gaming console sales.

Fringe & Sci-Fi Decline

Graeme McMillan says Fringe leaving the screen is taking science fiction with it.

Horror TV

Craig Tomashoff notes the rise of horror shows and how they work for TV.

Second Web Seasons

Liz Shannon Miller notes the significance of four web series getting second seasons this year.

Filmmakers Like TV

Dominic Patten reports from Sundance that filmmakers tout cable TV and online outlets as offering greater creative freedom and bigger audiences than movies todays.

Girls Producer on Race

Willa Paskin talks with a Girls producer about the issue of race.

Stewart Angering Liberals

Daniel D'addario says Jon Stewart alienated some liberals with a few recent bits.

RIP Robert Chew

Actor Robert Chew, most known for his work on The Wire, has died. A Baltimore news blog offers a tribute.

Good TVeets

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Celebrity Apology Ritual

Matt Zoller Seitz writes about Oprah's Lance Armstrong interview: "There wasn’t a second when authentic feeling escaped from either of them. They were going through the motions because OWN is a struggling new network that needs periodic ratings boosts from Oprah herself and because this is how celebrity culture works."

Serial Killer TV

Robert Lloyd notes the rise of shows focused on serial killers.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 10.52 million, ABC: 5.39, NBC: 4.62, Fox: 3.21, CW: 1.09
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 1.7 rating/5 share, ABC: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 1.1/ 3, Fox: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.4/ 1
- Winners (Keep in mind the expectations are lower): Undercover Boss (CBS), CSI: NY (CBS), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Losers: Fringe (Fox), Nikita (CW), 20/20 (ABC), Dateline (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Anger Management Ratings

Anger Management returned to lower ratings than last year.

Good TVeets

Friday, January 18, 2013

State of TV Discussion

Northwestern professor Max Dawson has posted an audio recording of a panel discussion in his class among Maureen Ryan (HuffPost critic), Erik Adams (TV Club critic), and Myles McNutt (critic and academic) about the state of television.

NCIS Settlement

A lawsuit brought against CBS by NCIS creator Don Bellisario regarding NCIS: LA has been settled.

TWC Gun Ads

Time Warner Cable has banned certain types of gun ads.

Dish Awards Itself

Dish is thumbing its nose at CBS and advertising its CES Award snub.

Armstrong Ratings

Night one of the Lance Armstrong show drew in about 4.3 million viewers. The number could have been much higher on a network outlet, and Brian Lowry wonders if Armstrong therefore got what he wanted.


Lacey Rose talks with AMC CEO Josh Sapan about The Walking Dead, carriage fee battles, and ratings.

Mike White Interview

Laura Bennett talks with Enlightened creator Mike White.

Downton on iTunes Before PBS

Downton Abbey season pass owners will get access to the final three episodes of the series on iTunes before they air on PBS. June Thomas calls BS.

Apple Missing Out

Joel Mathis believes this is cord cutting's time, and Apple is missing out on it.

TV Everywhere Limited

Shalini Ramachandran says TV Everywhere isn't really going anywhere right now.

Violence & Entertainment

Variety has a special digital issue on violence and entertainment.

OWN Show

Sam Thielman reports on Part 1 of Oprah's Lance Armstrong interview.

Parental Controls Key

John Eggerston reports on Joe Biden encouraging better parental control tools as one solution to the media violence issue.

Vieira Talking Daytime

Brian Stelter reports that Meredith Vieira is in talks with NBCU about a syndicated daytime talk show.

Piers Morgan Interview

Dylan Byers interviewed Piers Morgan about the Alex Jones interview and his show.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: Fox: 16.18 million, CBS: 8.98, ABC: 7.21, NBC: 3.89, CW: 2.03
 -Adults 18-49: Fox: 5.6 rating/15 share, ABC: 2.2/ 6, CBS: 1.9/ 5, NBC: 1.5/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2
 -Winners: American Idol (Fox), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Scandal (ABC) 
-Losers: Last Resort (ABC), 30 Rock (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), 1600 Penn (NBC) ----------

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Boy Scout Show Petitioned

A former Eagle Scout is leading a charge to get a Nat Geo Boy Scout reality show about toughness to add a disclaimer that the organization prevents the openly gay from being members.

FCC Quiet on Violence

James P. Tuthill thinks the FCC should do more to address the issue of violence on TV.

Multi-Platform Inauguration

Bill Cromwell describes the multi-platform plans news outlet have to reach everyone who wants to see the presidential inauguration ceremony.

Carrie Analysis

Ashley Fetters needles academics by highlighting the many interpretations of Carrie Bradshaw scholars have offered.

New Comcast Remote

Comcast has developed a slimmer remote control with fewer buttons.

Fringe Oral History

TV Guide has an oral history of Fringe: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

Good TVeets

Thursday, January 17, 2013

RIP Adam Wright

The TV critic and Twitter world is greatly saddened by the death of writer Adam Wright, known on Twitter as @TVDoneWright. His blog has been a great source of TV reviews and info, and his Twitter feed was a Good TVeets favorite. In fact, Adam was one of the original Good TVeeters; I checked back and his first appearance in it was only the seventh post. TV lovers everywhere mourn with his family today. He will be deeply missed.

Les Chappell offers a remembrance of Adam.

Let me also add two of Adam's favorite moments on Twitter, one when Kurt Sutter, of all people, called him out for being too cynical the night Whitney Houston died, and another when Ryan Murphy blocked him, presumably because of too much #AdamRage about Glee:

Booth Babe Backlash

Nina Huntemann discusses "booth babes" at fan cons and how they get roped into backlashes against female fandom.

Williamson & Violence

Roth Cornet interviewed The Following creator Kevin Williamson about the media violence issue.

Rove Re-ups

Karl Rove will stick around at Fox News through at least whenever the 2016 election is called for certain.

Good TVeets

Fey & Poehler

Andy Greenwald delves into the TV comedy impact of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Addressing Race

Alyssa Rosenberg takes issue with NBC's insistence at TCA that the writers of Deception aren't thinking about race when writing for the minority characters in the show, and she questions the supposed value of colorblind casting and writing: "It’s a good thing that white writers have become conscious of the idea that it’s bad to speak on behalf of people of color in a way such that people of color’s perspectives are treated as unnecessary. But to become afraid to speak about race at all is to minimize the importance of race’s substantive influence on our lives."

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: Fox: 17.81 million, CBS: 10.67, ABC: 7.47, NBC: 2.89, CW: 2.60
 -Adults 18-49: Fox: 6.0 rating/16 share, ABC: 2.5/ 7, CBS: 2.1/ 6, CW: 1.0/ 3, NBC: 0.8/ 2
-Winners: American Idol (Fox), Arrow (CW), Modern Family (ABC), Criminal Minds (CBS), CSI (CBS)
-Honorable Mention: The Middle (ABC)
-Losers: Nothing

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Idol came back down.

TV at Film Festivals

Alison Willmore discusses growing instances of television being screened at film festivals.

Anger Management Returns

Daniel D'addario describes Anger Management's second season deal and its place at FX. Lacey Rose has much more on FX's strategies with the show.

CNN-SI Change

Matt Yoder and Ben Koo consider the possible fallout from CNN dropping Sports Illustrated in favor of Bleacher Report.

Mobile DTV Review

Hiawatha Bray checked out mobile DTV at CES and came away largely unimpressed.

What About "Hixploitation"?

With All My Babies' Mamas shelved, Eric Deggans wonders if "hixploitation" shows like Honey Boo Boo should face similar criticism in terms of white southern stereotypes. Also Gene Demby wonders what if Babies' Mamas had come out.

The Sports Bubble

Igor Greenwald looks at the bubble of big money in sports TV and wonders when it will pop.

TV Science

Historian Marcel LaFollette laments that science doesn't occupy a prominent place on television.

Obama Presser Questions

Eric Ostermeier finds that Fox News gets to ask only half the amount of questions at Obama press conferences as the networks do, while Chuck Todd and Jake Tapper get called on the most.

TV Before Bed

Andrea Smith reports on a study finding that kids can have trouble falling asleep if they watch TV before bed.

OWN Hopes

Liana B. Baker discusses how Oprah Winfrey hopes that people stick around with OWN beyond the Armstrong interview. Elsewhere, James Poniewozik questions the apology tour concept. Brian Stelter says OWN is poised to break through.

Scandal & Race

Tanzina Vega explores the popularity of Scandal among African-American audiences and the depiction of its lead character.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Exclusivity Fosters Piracy

Leigh Beadon says exclusivity agreements that fragment content across outlets like HBO Go and Netflix will help feed piracy.

Fox News Signs Kucinich

Fox News has signed up Dennis Kucinich as a contributor.

Schwartz & Savage Move

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have moved their production company from Warner Bros. to ABC Studios.

Carrie Diaries Skyline

A Carrie Diaries producer explains why they decided not to insert images of the World Trade Center in the show, which is set in the 1980s.

Double Your FX

Jon Lafayette reports that FX is expected to split into a second channel called FXX. Alan Sepinwall wonders what two FXs would look like. More analysis from Andy Greenwald.

Netflix & ISPs

Time Warner Cable alleges that Netflix is playing games with ISPs; Todd Spangler reports: "Time Warner Cable said it is currently in discussions with Netflix on terms for connecting into the video streamer’s private content delivery network, but the MSO charged Netflix with unfairly holding back content in trying to get preferential treatment from Internet service providers." Janko Roettgers also reports, and Ryan Lawler.

Ad Skipping Challenges

Wayne Friedman says commercial-skipping technologies have challenges to come.

ITV Rebrand

Britain's ITV is rolling out a new branding campaign this week. Victoria Byard looks at the rebranding and the history of Children's ITV as a brand.