Friday, May 31, 2013

Aca-Media Podcast

You can hear TV Studies pioneer Horace Newcomb talk about his legacy, plus there are various other great things, in the latest Aca-Media podcast.

Suburgatory Exits

Two Suburgatory actors, Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee, are being dropped due to budget cuts.


LIN TV is in a retrans battle with Time Warner Cable, and channels could go dark. Update: The deal has been settled.

Interracial Cheerio Ad

A Cheerios ad featuring an interracial family has become chum for the crazy YouTube commenting sharks. Meaghan Hatcher-Mays explains why the ad means a great deal to her.

Hannibal's Earned Violence

Alison Willmore commends how Hannibal addresses the consequences of observing violence.

Hulu Bidding

Andy Fixmer and Alex Sherman report that bids on Hulu are reaching at least $1 billion, and Joe Flint looks at Comcast's possible role in the sale.

Starz Everywhere on TWC

Time Warner Cable has expanded a TV Everywhere deal with Starz.

25-54 Ratings

TVB looks at the top 200-rated shows of 2012-13 in 25-54 and finds broadcast network shows fill over 90% of the list. The Walking Dead at #70 is the highest-ranked cable series. Mad Men is #1182.

Binge Effect

Harry A. Jessell explores how binge viewing is changing his spectatorial habits.

Amazon's Logic

Timothy Stenovic delves into why Amazon is pursuing original TV content.

Internet Cutting

Alyssa Rosenberg analyzes what might be going on as more people are dropping internet service, relying instead on public wifi and mobile connections, than pay TV

Aereo Use

Jeff John Roberts maps out Aereo's legality by state, and Hiawatha Bray reviews the Boston launch of Aereo and finds much to like.

CBS Gets TVGuide.Com

CBS has completely added TV Guide Digital to its portfolio.

TV is Inferior

I'm just going to put this here: "Let the unfashionable truth ring clear: No matter how good it is, [TV] will never be more than just TV—an unparalleled distraction, crisply shallow, full of wondrous sounds and gorgeous furies that ultimately, in the ways that are truly vital and important to human life, signify nothing. It does not now, nor will it ever, meet the same sublime depths explored by the great novels. It is, quite simply, essentially inferior."

UK Interactivity History

Kathleen Luckey surveys the history of interactive TV in the UK.

10 Strongest Sitcoms

Spotted crunched deflation-adjusted numbers and generated a list of the ten highest-18-49-rated sitcom seasons of the past decade. (Trigger warning: 2 Broke Girls is on the list.)

Grazer Interview

Nellie Andreeva talks with Imagine's Brian Grazer about Arrested Development, 24, and more.

Hannibal Fandom

Ellie Hall walks through the development and devotion of Hannibal fandom.

Slings & Arrows Interview

Todd VanDerWerff interviews the creators of Slings & Arrows.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix.

Nickelodeon Store

Nickelodeon has opened a retail store within Toys R Us at Times Square.

The TV System

Ben Thompson begins a series on changes in the TV ecosystem with a post on why cable is unlikely to unbundle and another on how content helps keep the current system in place.

Why Hulu's For Sale

Mark Rogowsky explains why Hulu is up for sale.

Doctor Who in the 1980s

Shaun Lee re-evaluates 1980s-era Doctor Who; this report is also in video form.

Authenticity of Darkness

Alyssa Rosenberg laments that we seem to find authenticity only in dark, depressing popular culture, rather than happy and sincere texts. She also had a Twitter conversation with HIMYM star Josh Radnor about this topic.

Mermaid Problem

David Shiffman laments Animal Planet's fake documentaries on mermaids for how they misrepresent info about the ocean.

First Finales

This Was TV has a fun discussion among contributors on the first season finale they remember having an impact on them.

Google's the Biggest

Google is reportedly the world's biggest media owner now, in terms of revenue, with DirecTV Group and News Corporation trailing next.

Good TVeets

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hannibal Renewed

NBC has renewed Hannibal for a second season.

Portia de Rossi's Face

There has been talk about how Portia de Rossi looks in the new Arrested Development episodes; Tyler Coates says that's the problem, not de Rossi's face.

FanTV Box

Casey Newton describes the new FanTV entertainment system, which is like a a Roku-Apple TV combo. Janko Roettgers checks it out too.

Reality Crash Suit

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Discovery Channel producers over a helicopter crash in February.

Season Discussions

A critics' roundtable at has covered shows that changed across the season and shows they had trouble keeping up with over the season.

Killing Returns

Alan Sepinwall previews the return of The Killing. Willa Paskin says it's better than before, for what that's worth.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix.

Sarandos Comments

Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos has said a lot today, including dismissing stock concernsreacting to a New York Times reviewer who didn't like Arrested Development, and pledging that Netflix will spend 15% of its content funds on originals.

Public TV Ad Campaign

Stuart Elliott highlights a public TV ad campaign from WNET using reality TV as its foil. Andy Denhart finds this campaign problematic.

Late Night Demos

Jordan Zakarin breaks down who watches Jay Leno and other late night shows.

Bundling's Staying

Viacom's CEO says pay TV bundles aren't going away.

Cross-Ownership Minority Impact

John Eggerton reports on a study investigating the impact of cross-ownership rules on minority and female station ownership, which found that tightening the rules would have negligible impact.

AD Reviews

Reviews of Arrested Development from Robert Bianco, Robert Lloyd, Brian Lowry, Mike Stein, Josh Kurp, Myles McNutt, Daniel Fienberg, Mike Hale, Jaime Weinman and a follow-up and another, Ross Jones, Eric Goldman, Nathan Rabin, Tim Goodman, Vulture, Jace Lacob, Matt Fowler, Liz Shannon Miller, Todd VanDerWerff, David Wiegand, Sadie Gennis, Richard Lawson, Spencer Kornhaber, James Poniewozik, Alan Sepinwall, Willa Paskin, Christopher Orr, Alyssa Rosenberg, Matt Zoller Seitz, Alison Willmore, Laura Bennett, Tom Steward, Ted Scheinman, Emily Nussbaum, Maureen Ryan, Mareike Jenner. Erik Adams and Josh Modell talk about the high expectations for the episodes. Mitch Hurwitz has thanked fans.

Social TV & Magazines

Entertainment Weekly's Jess Cagle says social TV helps boost magazine sales and determine covers.

Hastings Interview

The real Reed Hastings, not the Onion one, sat down with Amber Mac to talk Netflix and the future of TV. Hastings says Netflix is best off staying independent.

Soderbergh's Career

R. Colin Tait analyzes the post-(supposed) retirement moves of Stephen Soderbergh, including his strange moves into merchandising.

Zucker on CNN

Jeff Zucker spoke at the All Things Digital conference and defended CNN's practices.

Aereo Overview

Casey Johnston assesses how Aereo works and speculates on its prospects.

Fox News Book

The "Fox News mole" Joe Muto has a book coming out, and Salon has an excerpt.

Big Brother Companion Show

CBS will shift a Big Brother companion show from Showtime to the newly acquired TV Guide Network.

Cable News Ratings

Bill Carter notes that CNN and Fox News gained breaking news spectators in May, but MSNBC saw no bump, while HLN benefitted from the Arias trial. Carter says MSNBC has cultivated a place in politics, not breaking news.

Killing Characters

Randee Dawn discusses TV writers killing off main characters. (Spoilers here for Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Homeland, and The Walking Dead.)

Cards Emmys Impact

Amy Dawes considers how House of Cards could impact the Emmy Awards. Fred Schruers notes that House of Cards' Emmy cred has brought prestige to Netflix.

Actress Roundtable

THR has an Emmys actress roundtable featuring Monica Potter, Kerry Washington, Kate Mara, Connie Britton, Anna Gunn and Elisabeth Moss.

Anger Management on Fox

Fox will air some new episodes of FX's Anger Management this summer, in hopes of a ratings boost for the declining show.

Fox Deals Start

Brian Steinberg reports that Fox has begun its upfronts deals, as has ABC. Steinberg has an update.

Haves and Have Nots

Tyler Perry's new show on OWN premiered to good ratings and bad reviews.

AD Brought Out the Worst

Kate Aurthur says Arrested Development's return has brought out the worst in everybody. And Ricahrd Lawson says, as with House of Cards, the release strategy is bad for conversation. But at least The Onion has given us a laugh with a commentary from Reed Hastings: "We Made A Big Gamble On Americans Wanting To Sit Around And Mindlessly Watch TV For Hours Straight, But It Paid Off"

Good TVeets

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Twitter & TV

Twitter CEO Dick Costello talked today at a conference about how Twitter wants to help TV.

Aereo News

Barry Diller has expansion plans for Aereo (AllThingsD has full video of Diller's talk), while CBS has asked a New York court to dismiss a lawsuit from Aereo involving those plans. And Disney exec Anne Sweeney says Aereo is just "opportunistic piracy." (and she also talked about Twitter).

Community Logic

Myles McNutt explores the logic behind a possible Dan Harmon return to Community.

Mad Men Cast Ads

Tom Steward checks out ads featuring Mad Men cast members.

Roku's Aspirations

Janko Roettgers looks at what Roku will head into smart TV territory with the funding it just raised. And there's video of Roku's CEO talking about the future.

Netflix Happy with AD

Netflix's CEO won't give specifics but says Arrested Development is performing as well as they'd hoped.

Mad Men Style

Tom and Lorenzo analyze "The Better Half."

Smash's Gay Politics

Jimmy Draper analyzes Ellis and the concept of "post-closet TV" on Smash.

New King Show

Larry King is returning to TV on an English-language Russian cable channel. King says initial reports weren't quite right.

CBC Problems

John Doyle says the CB is being kicked by the government when it's down.

Hopper Twitter App

Dish's Hopper DVR is gaining a social media app.

Shorter Benefit

Cory Barker delineates shows he thinks would benefit from shorter episode orders.

Captioning Costs

Alex Ben Block looks at the costs of required captioning of YouTube movie and TV videos.

OWN Profitability

Discovery's CEO says OWN is on track to profitable this year. Brian Lowry profiles OWN's partnership with Tyler Perry.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Hitfix.

White Writer, Black Characters

Jenée Desmond-Harris tackles a question about white writers writing black characters. (The question is about books, but TV comes up.)

CBS Planning Live Mobile TV

Todd Spangler reports on CBS mulling over options for live mobile TV.

Amazon Pickups

Amazon has picked up two comedies and three kids' shows.

Whedon Commencement

Joss Whedon delivered Wesleyan's commencement address; see a transcript or a video or hear the audio.

Al Jazeera Solution

Al Jazeera America host, and former CNN anchor, Ali Velshi says his new channel will offer a corrective to lousy cable news.

Scandal & Interracial Romance

Angela Onwuachi-Willig offers a take how interracial romance is treated on Scandal.

Tween Media Habits

Lucia Moses presents an infographic detailing how tweens use media.

Serling Memoir

Rod Serling's daughter has written a memoir about life with him.

Storm Ad Impact

Diego Vasquez reports on soaring station ad revenue in Oklahoma City in the wake of storms.

Apple TV v. Xbox One

Alex Layne offers competitive advice for Apple TV in competing against Xbox One. Apple's CEO won't say much about the company's TV plans.

NBCU Makeover

Peter Lauria delves into NBCU changes under Steve Burke, which involves purges of much of the previous regime and a shift in corporate culture.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Original Homeland

The Israeli show that Homeland is based on is now available on Hulu, and the creator of the original comments on the remake.

Digital Video + TV

Wayne Friedman says the best buy for ad agencies links digital video with traditional TV, and he lauds Twitter for seeing this.

1993 News Predictions

Frank Catalano dug up documents from 1993 predicting the future of news media.

Cable Divisions

Bob Fernandez looks at how cable company interests are divided between big and small companies, particularly around the issue of bundling.

First Recurring Lesbian

Taylor Cole Miller analyzes TV's first recurring lesbian character, Alice from Soap, played by Randee Heller, an actress we know better today as Mrs. Blankenship.

Smash's Songs

Smash co-songwriter Marc Shaiman has written about each one of the show's original songs.

Monday Ratings

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

AMC Winning

Jon Lafayette says AMC is enjoying industry advantages.

Comcast Tennis Appeal

Comcast won an appeal against Tennis Channel involving neighborhooding.

Dora Anger

Parents aren't happy about Netflix Instant losing Viacom properties like Dora the Explorer.

Slow Upfronts

Sam Thielman and Anthony Crupi reports that upfronts sales have begun slowly, with cable getting the quicker start over networks. Buyers aren't expecting strong results for networks.

News Corp Logo

News Corporation's new logo is patterned on Rupert Murdoch's own signature.

Ratings Successes

HBO's Behind the Candelabra was the channel's highest-rated HBO Films premiere in years, while Animal Planet just had its biggest telecast ever with a show about mermaids (and the previous record holder was a show about dragons, so sorry, real animals).

Tornado Coverage

Diana Marszalek looks at how one crew from a local CBS affiliate covered the Oklahoma tornado. One reporter quit over the danger of covering the storms, and another reports says good riddance to him.

AD Viewership

Netflix won't release figures, so critics are reaching for other data to determine Netflix viewership of Arrested Development, from internet traffic surges that were bigger than House of Cards to international piracy. And Myles McNutt responds to the idea that TV critics are prejudiced against the Netflix release pattern, and even Mitch Hurwitz has alluded to TV critic resistance. Netflix stock is down.

Harmon Rumor

Dan Harmon reportedly told a podcast audience that he's been asked to return to Community. Supposedly, he's in talks with Sony, though Sony had nothing to report. Also, Deadline reports that the show's Season 4 showrunners won't be back.

Hulu Bids

Deadline updates the list of known bidders for Hulu, Christopher Mims says Yahoo's bid is a safe move.

Good TVeets

For the time being, all Arrested Development tweets will be at the end so you can avoid them if you want.

Monday, May 27, 2013

CNN + BuzzFeed + YouTube

CNN is hooking up with BuzzFeed to create YouTube channel featuring news mash-ups and other videos. Will Richmond has analysis.

Showrunner Roundtable

LA Times has a showrunner roundtable video featuring Alex Gansa of Homeland, Terence Winter of Boardwalk Empire, David Benioff of Game of Thrones, Glen Mazzara of The Walking Dead and Vince Gilligan of Breaking Bad. There's also a transcript. There's a full version too.

Soderbergh Interview

Meredith Blake talks to Steven Soderbergh about Behind the Candelabra.

MSNBC's Problems

Alex Pareene explores MSNBC's ratings dip.

FCC Tasks

Katy Bachman lists what the new FCC chairman will have to deal with.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Mad Men Style

Forgot to link to last week's Tom and Lorenzo analysis of Mad Men's fashion.

Platform Impact

Gavin O'Malley reports on a new study finding that likeability of shows for spectators is not dependent on TV or web platform, though spectators say their ad recall is better online.

MTM's Representations

NPR talked to the author of a new book on The Mary Tyler Moore Show about the sitcom and its character representations.

New In Media Res & Flow

I'm the online editor for Cinema Journal, which has just launched two new quarterly online initiatives. The first, which ties together Cinema Journal's In Focus section and In Media Res, launches today with a post I wrote explaining CJ's online expansion. The rest of the week will focus on media industry studies. Over at Flow, we have posts from authors featured in the current issue of Cinema Journal following up their articles with postscripts and afterthoughts.

Ad Metric Challenge

Sam Thielman explores the difficulty of having an ad measurement metric that could cover multiple screen consumption.

Doctor Who & Race

The Telegraph profiles an upcoming book, which also has a blog, on Doctor Who and race, with numerous essays pinpointing the show's problems with representing race. The BBC sees it differently.

Facebook Likes

David Cohen reports on a new study finding that Facebook users who click "like" on show's page are 75% more likely to watch it.

AD for DVRs

Farhad Manjoo says the original Arrested Development was before its time in terms of being perfect for DVR, DVD, and streaming viewing.

Smash Lessons

With its final episode now aired, Brian Lowry considers what lessons TV should take from Smash.

Good TVeets

Warning: Spoilers for Mad Men and Arrested Development at the end.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Woolwich Mistake

Jack Seale insists it was a mistake for TV news to broadcast as much as it did of the footage from the Woolrich hacking incident.

Twitter's TV Savvy

Brian Morrissey outlines Twitter's embrace of TV.

New Consoles

Stephen Totilo looks at the next generation of gaming consoles, which are expanding entertainment possibilities.

Al Jazeera America News

Brian Stelter reports that Al Jazeera America will focus more on American news than global affairs, and most of its programming will originate in the US.

Yahoo's Big

Kara Swisher analyzes Yahoo's bid for Hulu.

Nashville's Feminism

Claire Miye Stanford considers Nashville's feminism.

Binge Effect

Grant McCracken says binge watching is changing our culture.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

TBBT Appreciation

Rob Hoerburger suggests people look past critical snobbery and appreciate The Big Bang Theory. (Warning: This is New York Times TV criticism. Reader discretion is advised.)

Streaming, Not Cutting

Timothy Stenovec notes that just because people are streaming TV doesn't mean they're going to cord cut.

What Hulu's Worth

With Hulu taking bids, Ryan Lawler considers what Hulu is really worth.

Good TVeets

Mysteriously, this day's Storify entry has disappeared. So unless it gets magically resurrected, all I have left is the top three for this day. :(

Saturday, May 25, 2013

AD Links

More Arrested Development info: Spotted analyzes the original's TV ratings, Ryan McGee says the Netflix all-at-once distribution method is bad for TV conversation, people are debating the binge options, Willa Paskin is tired of the hype, Mitch Hurwitz is looking to the future and hoping to do more AD episodes, Hurwitz talks to AV Club, the new episodes aren't time-restricted, and Dave Haglund and Emma Roller wonder what if the new episodes are bad.

Google's Power

John Paul Titlow says Google could disrupt the TV industry by leveraging its data.

OTA Challenge

Harry A. Jessell says broadcasters' over-the-air status will have upsides and downsides in the coming years.

Friday Ratings

-Total Viewers: NBC: 5.11 million, CBS: 4.95, ABC: 4.78, Fox: 2.84, CW: 893.000
 -Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.3 rating/5 share, NBC; 1.0/ 3, Fox: 0.9/ 3, CBS: 0.7/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 6.63 million, ABC: 5.35, Fox: 4.28, NBC: 2.61, CW: 799,000
 -Adults 18-49: Fox: 1.7 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.4/ 4, ABC: 1.2/ 4, NBC: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.2/ 1
 -Winners: The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Two and a Half Men R (CBS), Hell’s Kitchen (Fox), Person of Interest R (CBS), Motive (ABC), Rookie Blue (ABC)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): Save Me (NBC), Does Someone Have to Go? (Fox)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Johnson Learning

Sam Borden looks at how Gus Johnson is adjusting in learning how to call soccer matches.

Darnell Departing

Reality TV exec Mike Darnell is leaving Fox. Joe Flint and Yvonne Villarreal summarize his legacy, as does Brian Stelter. Brian Lowry says critics will miss him. Andy Dehnart considers Darnell's career.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ailes' Response

Erik Wemple has a memo Roger Ailes gave to Fox News staffers in regard to the Justice Department's investigation of reporter James Rosen.

Alcohol Ad Review

Ofcom will conduct a review into alcohol advertising, suspecting that the ads are readily shown in programming popular with under-18s.

BBC Digital

The BBC has dropped a digital production system project and considers it an expensive failure. The BBC is still at work on connected TV apps, though.

Attack Footage Implications

David Banks says the wide circulation of footage following the Woolwich, London, hacking attack raises questions about the potential trial impact.

Simmons Profile

Bryan Curtis checks out what Richard Simmons is up to these days.

IMDb & Social TV

Mike Shields talks to IMDb's founder about the company's second screen app and its attempts to break into the social TV arena that Twitter dominates.

Aereo Use

Aereo's CEO says the service isn't just for cord cutters.

Female Sports Reporters' Challenge

Isobel Markham looks at the challenge that female sports reporters have with being taken seriously and dealing with sexist reactions.

May Sweeps

The networks were bunched together in May sweeps ratings, and all but NBC were down notably from last year.

Westeros Politics

James Poniewozik previews his article behind a paywall, which focuses on how Game of Thrones is the best show on TV about politics.

Aereokiller Suit

The networks have filed suit against Aereokiller in Washington, DC.

Cord Cutting Hype

Swanni says the media is hyping cord cutting more than is warranted.

Real Firing

A Fox reality show starting tomorrow will have co-workers decide who should be fired at small businesses. The show is a redesigned version of an earlier one that was abandoned. James Poniewozik has a review, and he says it's as bad as you'd think. Willa Paskin finds the show mean and manipulative.

Good TVeets

Thursday, May 23, 2013

China Beach Praise

Richard Burst-Lazarus offers an appreciation of China Beach, newly released on DVD.

TV Everywhere Problems

Andrea Morabito highlights panelist comments on the hurdles TV Everywhere still faces.

Hulu Bids

Initial bids are in for Hulu reportedly from DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Chernin Group, and Guggenheim Digital Media.

Arrested Development Coverage

I'm sure there's plenty more out there I'm missing, but here are some Arrested Development posts I've come across just this afternoon: the NYT has cast interviews, and Brian Stelter profiles the show's return. Denise Martin describes a set visit. Zachary Wilcha says the show will fill a comedy void. And someone has created an infographic featuring AD character arrests. Albert Ching praises AD's joke-centric nature. THR talks to Will Arnett about the episodes. Asawin Suebsaeng analyzes the original's political satire.

Value of Local News Coverage

Laura Bennett says local news has proven its worth during the Oklahoma tornado disaster. (I think she says that. I can't get the article to format readably for me, so I'm going on the headline.)

Best HBO Pilots

Tara Aquino offers a list of the 50 best HBO pilots.

Intervention Ending

A&E is bringing Intervention to a close.

Sepinwall AMA

Critic Alan Sepinwall is doing a Reddit AMA.

Cord Cutting Info

Andrew Dodson says it's unfortunate people aren't better informed about the feasibility of cord cutting.

Netflix Ratings

Peter Kafka gets clarification on a Ted Sarandos comment on House of Cards' viewership numbers.

Soderbergh to Cinemax

Steven Soderberg will direct a 10-episode Cinemax series starring Clive Owen.

Millennial Threat

J.J. Zhang says millennials' viewing practices represent a threat to the future of pay TV.

Modern Family as NBCU Centerpiece

John Consoli says NBCU's ad sales president is trying to get the jump on upfronts deals in pushing Modern Family on USA.

2012-13 Assessments

Kte Aurthur outlines winners and losers of the 2012-13 season, and Josef Adalian has a chart showing how much ratings ground most returning shows lost this year.

Twitter & TV Ads

Twitter has announced a new TV ad targeting service, described in a YouTube vid. Peter Kafka has analysis, as does Tanzina Vega.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 8.98 million, ABC: 6.92, NBC: 6.34, Fox: 5.24, CW: 1.12 -
Adults 18-49: ABC and CBS: 2.2 rating/7 share each, Fox: 2.1/ 7, NBC: 1.6/ 5, CW: 0.3/ 1
 -Winners: “Modern Family” (ABC), “Criminal Minds” (CBS)
 -Losers (excluding repeats): Nothing…27 percent of last night’s line-up was not original.

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

Analysis from Spotted.

McCain on Cable

John McCain explains why he wants to change cable TV practices.

Changing Viewing Habits

The eMarketer newsletter charts out changing TV viewing habits.

Cable Money

Derek Thompson charts out cable company revenue and finds that while cable TV revenue may be declining, communications transport revenue overall is still going strong.

Nashville Location

Adam Gold delves into the production location drama on Nashville, which may not shoot in its title city next season.

Actor on Coming Out

One Life to Live actor Tuc Watkins talks about coming out and issues related to being an out gay actor compared to expectations for straights.

Fan Fiction Platform

Amazon has created a publishing platform for fan fiction. Alyssa Rosenberg considers what this means for authors. Liviapenn says this is bullshit. Mark Stewart offers thoughts. Mel Stanfill has analysis.

Aereo Law

Eriq Gardner explains Aereo's legal strategy.

Anti-Fandom Growth

Aja Romano notes that anti-fandom sites on Tumblr are growing.

AD & Episode Recaps

Joel Keller says Netflix's Arrested Development release will signal the beginning of the end of the weekly episodic recap. In a related topic, Matthew Gilbert sees the AD release strategy as bullying us into binge viewing, and Robert David Sullivan thinks binge-viewing hurts criticism.

#1 Claims

CBS and NBC are arguing over whether NCIS or Sunday Night Football is really the highest-rated program of 2012-13.

Reality TV Value

James Poniewozik says reality has become one of the last bastions for family-friendly viewing, and Allison Yarrow argues that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which has just premiered in the UK, is a positive cultural export for America.

ESPN Layoffs

ESPN is reportedly laying off hundreds of people. Connor Simpson says the root cause is ESPN shelling out so much money for sports rights. Another theory says the cost of building a new SportsCenter set is responsible. Deadspin notes ESPN is hiring, but looking for young, and thus lower-compensated, people.

Good TVeets

Warning: Nashville spoilers at the end.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BBCA Summer

BBC America has announced scheduling of summer shows.

Regulating Bills

Gautham Nagesh weighs the possibility that Congress could do something to bring cable bills down.

Upfronts Fact Checking

Franklin Avenue fact-checks some upfronts claims.

Reality Falling

Dustin Rowles notes that network reality TV shows are dropping in the ratings.

CBS Pickup

CBS has made a late pickup of another sitcom, Bad Teacher.

Hulu Ad Sales Control

Brian Steinberg reports that ABC, NBC, and Fox want more control over Hulu's ad sales tied to current episodes: "One person familiar with the situation said the three networks were increasingly interested in having more control over Hulu ads at a time when viewers are sampling video in new ways and more advertisers are asking for broader packages that include traditional TV as well as digital and mobile streaming."

Subtitled Drama

Channel 4 picking up a French drama is the latest example of British TV airing subtitled fare in prime time.

Dodge Defiance Partnership

Karl Greenberg outlines components of Dodge's sponsorship deal with Syfy's Defiance.

TV Talk About Sex

Carly Milne highlights how certain shows are fueling thoughtful conversations about sex.

CBS Cancellations

John Consoli explains why CBS cancelled two shows doing better in the ratings than some that were renewed by other networks.

Crystal Pilot

Billy Crystal will star in a sitcom pilot for FX, written by Larry Charles.

Netflix & AD News

Andrew Wallenstein has info on what Netflix is spending on original productions, and Lacey Rose has Arrested Development salary info. Todd Spangler notes that Arrested Development social media buzz is soaring compared to House of Cards. And James Poniewozik has an interview with AD creator Mitch Hurwitz. Hurwitz talks about AD viewing order. Lacey Rose interviews Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos about House of Cards and Netflix's next stage. Netflix has as many as 16 new shows in the works for next year, including stand-up comedy specials. Alyssa Rosenberg responds to Sarandos' comments about binge viewing.

Channel Changes

Pay TV operators are frustrated with low-rated channels rebranding themselves, leaving questions about carriage fee value.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: ABC: 11.55 million, NBC: 7.79, CBS: 7.54, Fox: 4.59, CW: 674,000
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.3 rating/7 share, ABC: 2.1/ 6, Fox: 1.9/ 6, CBS: 1.3/ 4, CW: 0.3/ 1
 -Winners: NBC News Special (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC)
 -Losers: The Bachelor’s Funniest Moments (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

New Xbox

The next Xbox, called Xbox One, seems as much about TV as gaming. Analysis from Tim Carmody, Taylor Hatmaker, Nick Wingfield, Niley Patel, Chris Kohler. IGN has video of the official unveiling. It was also announced that Steven Spielberg will produce a Halo series. Peter Kafka says this likely won't get cable out of your life. Will Richmond doesn't see this bringing major disruption either. Niley Patel says Microsoft has learned nothing from Google TV's mistakes.

BBC, Sky & Retrans

The BBC is unhappy with its retrans arrangement with BSkyB, because broadcasters are paying to be carried on Sky, and the BBC thinks the money should be flowing the other way.

Disney Apology

Disney Channel has apologized and pulled an episode of a show that made fun of a child with gluten intolerance.

Colbert & Mazda

Mazda sponsored The Colbert Report without knowing how its name would be integrated into the show; it ended up as sponsor for the "Scandal Booth" bit.

Summer Shows

Toni Fitzgerld lists ten summer shows she thinks you should be excited to see. Mike Hale highlights 32 shows.

Exiting Episodic Reviews

Ryan McGee explains why he won't be writing weekly episodic reviews anymore.

TV's Future

Henry Jenkins has posted a panel discussion about the future of TV, with particular focus on the future prospects of "bundling."

Good TVeets

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cracks in the Facade

Brian Lowry says the upfronts revealed network problems.

Nashville Production Changes

Nashville will undergo production changes for its second season, and the wife of the fired production supervisor is speaking out.

What Notes Really Mean

THR decodes network notes.

Internet Archive Expansion

The Internet Archive database has received funding to expand with more TV new clips.

Talking TV

NPR has a piece on how word-of-mouth still has an impact on bringing new viewers to a show. Alyssa Rosenberg also chimes in.

Social Media Use

A new study from Viacom explores TV-related social media use.

GoT Nudity

Alyssa Rosenberg reacts to news that an unnamed Game of Thrones actress has refused to do any more nude scenes.

Save Me's Failure

June Thomas explores why Save Me, which has a cable comedy sensibility, has been relegated to summer burn-off status.

CBS Wins

CBS has won the 2012-13 season in total viewers, 18-49, and 25-54. Fox is proud of its number 2 finish in 18-49, as well as number one in 18-34. Even NBC is finding things to brag about. And ABC had a decent May. But for all the bragging, the networks struggled overall.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: ABC: 12.10 million, NBC: 9.01, CBS: 7.47, Fox: 1.58, CW: 762,000
 -Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.9 rating/8 share, ABC: 2.1/ 6, CBS: 1.9/ 5, Fox: 0.6/ 2, CW: 0.2/ 1
 -Winners: “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC), “The Voice” (NBC), “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS)
 -Losers: “The Goodwin Games” (Fox), “Oh Sit!” (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

CSN Houston, We Have a Problem

Dave Warner says the problems CSN Houston is having with carriage fees might be a sign of big problems to come for other regional sports channels.

DOJ & Fox News

Many are questioning the ethics behind the Department of Justice's targeting of a Fox News reporter, while Jack Shafer has some questions for the reporter, James Rosen.

VOD Rising

Brian Stelter and Amy Chozik look at how video-on-demand is growing in popularity, as pay TV operators push it to help overcome DVR and online competition.

Disabled Protest

A group of disabled actors are frustrated with television's continued practice of casting able-bodied actors as disabled characters, such as in fall's Ironside reboot.

Cable Company Hate

Todd Spangler highlights cable's poor showing in a customer satisfaction survey; broadband service does even worse, while satellite and fiber-optic services do better.

Good TVeets

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tornado Coverage

Brian Stelter surveys the local and network coverage of today's weather disaster in Oklahoma.

Record By Tweet

Sky in Brazil has developed technology allowing subscribers to order their DVRs to record programs by tweeting about them.

BBC News Criticism

The BBC Trust says the BBC needs to do a better job with online local coverage.

Lee Drops Out

Ang Lee has opted not to direct the FX pilot Tyrant.

Pay TV Losses

Janko Roettgers says pay TV operators are feeling subscriber losses.

Interim FCC Chair

Mignon Clyburn is running the FCC for the time being,  and is the first woman to do so, until the nominated chair is confirmed.

Black YouTube Channels

BET founder Robert L. Johnson is starting two subscription YouTube channels targeted toward African-American audiences.

Genre-Based Lineup

Time Warner Cable will test out channel lineups organized by genre.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 8.86 million (#1), CBS: 7.82, NBC: 3.93, Fox: 3.90
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 3.1 rating/9 share, Fox: 1.8/ 5, CBS: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 1.1/ 3
- Winners: 2013 Billboard Music Awards (ABC), Family Guy (Fox)
- Losers: The Cleveland Show (Fox), ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Mike & Molly Pulled

CBS has pulled the Mike & Molly season finale from tonight's schedule due to a tornado-related plotline.

Sports & Cable Money

David Goetzl looks at how sports and cable are becoming intertwined.

PBS & Koch Money

Jane Mayer investigates how pressure from billionaire David Koch may have prevented the PBS airing of a documentary critical of his family's business dealings.

India's Birthrate & TV

Martin W. Lewis investigates the role TV and soap operas may be playing in India's declining birthrate. Tom Smith questions the findings.

Studio Expansions

Michael Cieply looks at coming production studio expansion at Disney, NBCU, and Paramount.

GoT's Fantasy & Reality

Matt Zoller Seitz praises Game of Thrones for its mix of fantasy and emotional reality.

Fox Interview

Anthony Crupi talks to Michael J. Fox about his fall sitcom.

Cable Parity

Sam Thielman says cable and broadcast networks are getting more similar and equal. David Bauder says upfronts showed the networks embracing more cable scheduling tactics.

Online Pressure on Cable

Matt Tworney looks at how online competition is affecting cable and the possible future of bundling.

Turness Named

Deborah Turness has been officially named president of NBC News. Brian Steinberg reports.

Yahoo Buys Tumblr

In a bold move, Yahoo is purchasing Tumblr and insists it won't ruin it. Analysis from Brian Morrissey and JBAT. Adam Rifkin says this is a steal for Yahoo.

Sunday Night Reactions

A good read, especially after that Good TVeets collection: Linda Holmes discusses the Sunday night TV reaction fest and laments the embrace of immediacy over critical thought.

(So I guess I'm part of the problem, not the solution.)

Good TVeets

Warning: Mad Men spoilers at the end (though you still won't really know what went on).