Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Watching Online

New stats say about 19% of Americans watch TV online in a typical month.

Justified's Kentucky

Jake Blumgart talks about the representation of Kentucky offered by Justified.

Colbert on Late Night

Bruce Fretts gets Stephen Colbert's perspective on the late night landscape.

Next Netflix Original

Netflix has announced it will release its next original series, Orange is the New Black, in July.

MLB on Euro YouTube

Janko Roettgers discusses MLB's arrangement with YouTube to stream two games a day live to European viewers.

Hotel Streaming

Jane L. Levere says wifi access and signal strength at hotels is getting more important as guests rely more on streaming than TV set viewing.

Black Drama Void

Seanathan proposes a perfect storm of circumstances that would have to happen for a black-cast drama to appear on TV.

Rebeck Response

Kate Aurthur has published former showrunner Theresa Rebeck's email response to Aurthur's exposé of Smash from January.

Salt Lake Pulls Hannibal

Salt Lake City's NBC affiliate will no longer air Hannibal due to its violent content. Salt Lake City Tribune TV columnist Scott D. Pierce wonders if he might have inadvertently had a hand in the decision.

Cable News Ratings

Bill Carter reports that CNN and Fox News enjoyed ratings bounces from April's news events, but MSNBC was down.

Dallas Renewed

Dallas has been renewed for a third season, despite a second season ratings fall.

Male Virgins

Alyssa Rosenberg notes a trio of male virgins on prestige dramas.

Amazon's Pilots

Willa Paskin has watched Amazon's pilots and finds "shows that tease the status quo." Alyssa Rosenberg also shares observations about trends evident across the shows. Robert Lloyd has watched the adult and children's pilots. Alan Sepinwall offers his take, as does James Poniewozik. TV Club reviews the pilots.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: ABC: 12.38 million, NBC: 10.24, Fox: 7.44, CBS: 7.32, CW: 656,000
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 3.4 rating/9 share, Fox: 2.3/ 6, CBS: 2.1/ 6, ABC: 2.0/ 6, CW: 0.3/ 1
 —–
- Winners: The Voice (NBC) -Honorable Mention: The Following (Fox)
- Losers: Oh Sit! (CW), 90210 (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Veterans Rising

Tim Molloy highlights six veteran series on the rise during a network season when most everything else is on the decline. Toni Fitzgerald says the top ten bears this out.

Following Tumblr

Natan Edelsburg digs into how Fox has used Tumblr to make The Following more social.

Antihero Marriages

Meghan Lewit points to recent shows depicting complex marriages.

Smart TV Indifference

Colin Dixon says figures show viewers are buying smart TVs, but they may not be using the smart TV functions.

Siloed Upfronts

Jeanine Poggi notes that upfronts are still separated into broadcast, cable, and digital divisions, despite talk of cross-platform value for advertisers.

Hulu Plus Value

Peter Kafka discusses how Hulu is pitching Hulu Plus to advertisers. Brent Lang has more from Hulu's upfronts. Hulu says subscribers have doubled.

Soap Viewing Value

Myles McNutt lays out the viewing options, and their costs, for the resurrected online soaps and assesses what this means for future conceptions of digital distribution.

Nielsen's Digital Tracking

Amol Sharma reports on an impending Nielsen announcement that "it is testing a tool to measure online viewing of TV shows, the latest step in the company's efforts to improve how it tracks digital audiences." This won't count mobile or tablet viewing yet. Brian Steinberg has more.

Yahoo Series

Yahoo will launch six new web series this year, and it's partnering with some traditional outlets, like the WWE and ABC News, on bringing content to Yahoo.

Multi-Platform Weather Shows

The Weather Channel's parent company is working on short-form multi-platform shows.

Keeping Aereokiller Down

The networks are still fighting to keep Aereokiller dormant.

Content Future

Sam Thielman outlines the battle between streaming services and MVPDs and questions where content for the former will come from if streamers kill off the latter.

Fragmentation Hurts

Claire Atkinson notes how fragmented and time-shifted viewing are impacting ad sales.

AMC & OLTL Debut

All My Children and One Life to Live have now restarted online, and their episodes led iTunes and Hulu charts.

Broussard & ESPN

ESPN's Chris Broussard stirred controversy with his televised reaction to Jason Collins coming out, and Brian Lowry says ESPN's response shows its uncertainty about mixing sports and social issues.

Good TVeets





Monday, April 29, 2013

Diller on Aereo

Barry Diller has done an interview with Bloomberg TV in which he talks about Aereo, saying consumers have a right to the service, the legal battle against it is futile (Fox responds, no it isn't), and networks are bluffing about going to cable.

Soap Habits

Linda Holmes assesses the chances for online soaps to become a habit for viewers.

Worst Shows

The NY Post offers a list of the 20 worst shows on TV.

Amazon Interview

Peter Kafka talks with the head of Amazon's digital media groups about where the company is headed.

The 10pm Problem

Spotted looks at why 10pm has become such a problem for the networks and offers a few solutions.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 9.59 million, ABC: 5.73, NBC: 4.13, Fox: 3.59
 -Adults 18-49: CBS and Fox: 1.7 rating/5 share each, ABC: 1.5/ 4, NBC: 1.2/ 3
 —–
 -Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), The Amazing Race (CBS), Family Guy (Fox)
 -Losers: The Cleveland Show (Fox), Red Widow (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Finding TV Music

Evolver.fm highlights a web app that helps you identify music playing during TV shows and find similar music that fits the mood of the show.

Murdoch's Impact

Steve Hewlett argues that Britain should be grateful for Rupert Murdoch's impact on the country.

Social TV Security

Natan Edelsburg talks with NBC News' VP of Digital Innovation about why TV news needs to worry about social media security.

Netflix Algorithm Problem

Seth Porges wants Netflix to improve its suggestion engine.

The IllumiRoom

Microsoft has developed a next-gen Xbox projector called the IllumiRoom, "a next-generation gaming console with a projector that sits on your coffee table and surrounds your television with projected light."

More Apps

Local TV stations are rolling out mobile apps, and major sporting events are spurring on app usage.

Mobile Comedy

Comedy Central has developed an app to feature stand-up comedy.

TARDIS Against Crime

A British political group has suggested bringing back blue police boxes to encourage crime reporting.

Gay Sitcoms

Neil Midgley says a new British sitcom that centers on a gay couple might mark a new era in British comedy representations of gay characters, while a gay sitcom from Vietnam has become a YouTube hit.

Good TVeets




Warning: Mad Men spoilerish things at the end.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Online Soap Money

Brain Stelter delves into the money backing the online returns of All My Children and One Life to Live. Some of the soap stars describe the differences between the TV and web series productions.

Launching TWD in France

Natan Edelsburg talks with the CEO of France's premier social TV agency about launching a campaign for The Walking Dead when the show had yet to air in France but likely had been seen by some via piracy.

Quality Authors

David Carr discusses a new book that suggests today's dark quality dramas stem from the idiosyncratic psyches of their creators.

HuffPost TV

Huffington Post is moving its internet channel to cable TV.

Good Wife Finale

Jace Lacob talks with The Good Wife's creators about the season finale.

Iraqi Bans

Iraq has revoked the licenses of Al Jazeera and nine other satellite channels over claims that the outlets are helping to fuel sectarian violence.

Measuring Emotions

Cynthia B. Meyers discusses facial recognition software that tracks TV viewer reactions: "Affectiva hopes to sell this technology to the TV industry so that “smart” TVs could, on the basis of one’s previous emotional responses to programs, auto-program one’s TV set."

Canadian Doc Crisis

Canadian documentarians are finding it harder to get their work shown on TV.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Fighting for Bomb Girls

Kate Taylor discusses efforts by Canadians to get cancelled show Bomb Girls brought back, which is also a story of Canadian content being marginalized by American imports.

Washington Profile

Felicia R. Lee profiles Scandal star Kerry Washington.

WHCD Summary

Brian Lowry summarizes the White House Correspondents' Dinner events, including the CNN and NBC jokes.

Good TVeets





Saturday, April 27, 2013

House of Cards Spoof

A House of Cards spoof aired tonight at the White House Correspondent's Dinner.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 8.82 million, ABC: 4.32, NBC: 3.86, Fox: 2.64, CW: 986,000
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 1.3 rating/5 share, ABC: 1.2/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3, Fox: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1
 —–
- Winners: Undercover Boss (CBS), Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Losers: Happy Endings (ABC), Fashion Star (NBC), Kitchen Nightmares (Fox), Nikita (CW), Vegas (CBS), Touch (Fox), Rock Center With Brian Williams (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Hockey Night in Punjabi

David Sax discusses the reception of an Indian-language version of Hockey Night in Canada.

Braff v. Mars

Meghan Lewit compares the differing reactions to Kickstarter projects for Veronica Mars and a Zach Braff film.

CCTV America

NPR covers how CCTV America reflects China's ambitions to have influence within the US.

Quiet House of Cards

Mary McNamara notes that if House of Cards had unspooled weekly, we'd be talking about the finale this week. Instead, no one's talking about the show, making its impact hard to gauge.

ITV's Resurgence

John Plunkett looks at how Britain's ITV has gotten on a roll.

Good TVeets





Friday, April 26, 2013

Soap Ads

The broadcast networks have reportedly declined to air ads for Prospect Park's revived soap operas.

New Flow Issue

Check out a new Flow featuring Gerald Butters with It Takes a LIFETIME: Television for Black Women, Jennifer deWinter and Carly Kocurek with We Resign from Sexism and Games Effective Immediately: Positive Steps Toward Gender Equality in Gaming Cultures, J.D. Connor with Space Ghosts: Cartoons and Talk Shows, and J. Macgregor Wise with Re-framing Google Glasses.

Mary Tyler Moore Show Assessed

Willa Paskin revisits The Mary Tyler Moore Show and finds a well-constructed show whose humor doesn't hold up in her view.

AV Club Changes

AV Club's film side is dealing with some significant departures.

Marketing Challenge

Wayne Friedman says the growth in apps and set-top box options increases the marketing challenge for content.

Spike Targets Women

AJ Marechal reports that Spike TV is trying to build on a recent increase in female viewers with reality shows about food and tattoos.

Community's Chances

Adam Kepler says low ratings don't preclude a Community renewal.

Hastings' Earnings

Reed Hastings cleared $5.5 million in compensation last year, down from the previous year, but his stock holdings are well up in value.

More Renewals

Two and a Half Men has been renewed, but Angus T. Jones will no longer be a regular, a possibility which has been confirmed. Over at The CW, Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast are renewed, and the TVD spinoff The Originals is picked up.

NBC Renewals

NBC has made drama renewal announcements: Revolution, Grimm, Parenthood, Law and Order: SVU, and Chicago Fire will carry on.

End the MPDG Label

Monika Bartyzel thinks the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" critical concept has outlived its utility.

YouTube Ad Dollars

YouTube is restructuring ad deals to try to draw more advertisers away from TV.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 11.88 million, Fox: 8.17, ABC: 6.43, NBC: 2.45, CW: 1.72
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.6 rating/8 share, Fox: 2.2/ 7, ABC: 2.2/ 6, NBC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
 —–
- Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)
- Down but Not Out: “American Idol” (Fox)
- Losers: “Community” (NBC), “Wife Swap” (ABC), “The Office” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “Glee” (Fox), “Beauty and the Beast” (CW), “Hannibal” (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

TWC Rates Up

Alex Sherman reports that Time Warner Cable is raising rates. The company is also shifting away from the "Triple Play" package.

Blip is Ready

Janko Roettgers says Blip is about to turn into a service that takes on cable.

Fiber's Effect

David Talbot says Google Fiber's growth is causing ripple effects, as others try to keep up.

Great British Sewing Bee

Rachel Moseley writes about The Great British Sewing Bee and "questions about television genre, gender, temporality and viewing pleasure."

Talking TV

John Jurgensen says, "Everywhere you go it seems as if all anyone wants to talk about is TV."

Broadchurch's Success

Broadchurch has been a big success in Britain; John Ellis tries to pinpoint why.

Al Jazeera Eyeing Tennis

Claire Atkinson reports that Al Jazeera is interested in buying Tennis Channel. Update: This isn't happening.

Social Media Reality Show

Peter Chernin is behind an upcoming reality series called @SummerBreak, which will unfold across Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and Instagram, with AT&T as sponsor.

Good TVeets





Thursday, April 25, 2013

Controversial Hyundai Ad

Hyundai has pulled an ad intended for the European market that uses attempted suicide as its hook.

Online Soap Production

Todd Spangler looks at how production on All My Children and One Life to Live will be managed.

Andy Griffith Anger

The Andy Griffith Show is in the news again; some viewers in Greensboro, NC, are mad that their CBS affiliate is switching Andy Griffith to an earlier time slot to accommodate a 5:30 news broadcast.

Hanging on to Idol

Sergio at Indiewire proposes reasons why Fox is desperate to keep American Idol afloat.

Median Age

John Consoli details the median age of viewers for a number of network shows and questions how much that figure plays into renewal and cancellation decisions.

Duck Dynasty Records

Daniel Fienberg details the ratings records set by Duck Dynasty's finale.

AD Clip

EW has posted a new Arrested Development outtake.

Expand Who

Adam Whitehead says Doctor Who's problems could be helped by putting more people in charge.

ABC News App

Brain Steinberg describes a new ABC News social media co-viewing app. Sam Laird has more.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 12.18 million, CBS: 7.79, NBC: 5.61, ABC: 4.21, CW: 2.74
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 3.2 rating/9 share, CBS: 1.9/ 5, NBC: 1.4/ 4, ABC: 1.3/ 4, CW: 1.0/ 3
 -----
- Winners: American Idol (Fox), Survivor: Caramoan (CBS), Arrow (CW), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Supernatural” (CW), CSI R (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Nothing…42 percent of the line-up was non-original.

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Big Bang Ratings Success

Toni Fitzgerald reports that The Big Bang Theory is on track to finish #1 in both prime time and syndication ratings.

Mission Impossible's Formula

Noel Murray highlights ten episodes that showcase Mission Impossible at its formulaic best.

NBCU Digital Upfronts

Stuart Elliot describes NBCUniversal's upfront for its digital and online content.

NBC News Search

NBC News is still searching for a president.

Internet Disrupting TV

John Paul Titlow explores how the internet is assaulting traditional TV.

Hannibal Webisodes

Parts of the pulled episode of Hannibal are being released in webisode form. Jeff Jensen has analysis of this decision.

Deschanel Caption

 FTVLive has the story behind that local news caption naming Zooey Deschanel as a Boston bombing suspect.

No A La Carte

Andrew Wallenstein says a la carte will never be a pay TV option.

SNL on Yahoo

Yahoo will now have a Saturday Night Live archive, with clips spanning the past 38 years of the show. Hulu will now have only current season clips. Dawn C. Chmielewski considers the impact on Hulu.

Saturday Night Better

Brian Steinberg looks at how AMC and a few other outlets are putting actual new television shows on Saturday nights.

Good TVeets




Warning: Survivor spoilers at the end.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Netflix's Vision

CEO Reed Hastings has released a document detailing Netflix's vision for the future. Peter Kafka has analysis. Wayne Friedman says Netflix has to figure out how it wants to define success for the service. Will Richmond podcasts about Netflix's prospects.

CNN Praise

James Poniewozik says CNN's not all bad right now.

Guilds Oppose Aereo

Jonathan Handel explores why Hollywood union members are coming out as opposed to Aereo.

Bravo's Loyal Fans

Natan Edelsburg reports on Bravo research on the loyalty of its fans, particularly in terms of social media.

Amazon Set-Top Box

Janko Roettgers reports that Amazon is working on a set-top box to compete with Roku and others. Brad Stone also reports, also Nick Wingfield.

Mad Men Style

I've forgotten to link to Tom and Lorenzo's great Mad Men style analyses this season, so I'll catch up here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4.

Reality Dummies

Linda Holmes profiles Ryan Lochte's reality show and the job of playing the idiot.

Pilot Hopes

T.L. Stanley says the networks have extra high hopes for this pilot development season, given this television season's ratings struggles.

Malibu Country Exit

Malibu Country has lost a showrunner (again).

Jim Rash on Community

Jason Bailey talked with Community star and now writer Jim Rash about what the show has gone through this season.

E! Upfronts

Jeanine Poggi covers what we learned about E!'s programming plans from its upfronts presentation.

Small-Town News Problems

Eric Deggans says the viral video of now-former news anchor AJ Clemente indicates how bad off small local news operations are. Brian Steinberg says the talk show circuit courting Clemente is essentially celebrating profanity.

SEC Network

ESPN is set to announce the August 2014 launch of a channel dedicated to SEC sports.

Golf Channel Everywhere

Golf Channel now has a TV Everywhere app.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 12.91 million, ABC: 8.85, NBC: 6.18, Fox: 3.50, CW: 1.05
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.2 rating/6 share, NBC: 2.1/ 6, ABC and Fox: 1.5/ 4 each, CW: 0.4/ 1
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- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 
- Losers: Splash (ABC), Ready for Love (NBC), Golden Boy (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

New ESPN Ombudsman

Marc Tracey tells us about ESPN's new ombudsman and what his impact might be.

Soap Suit

Prospect Park is calling shenanigans on ABC and has filed a breach of contract suit charging the network with trying to trying to sabotage their online All My Children and One Life to Live efforts. ABC says the suit is baseless.

Idol Secret Plan

THR reports that there was a secret plan to replace Mariah Carey with Jennifer Lopez halfway through this season of American Idol to jumpstart ratings, but Carey quashed it with threats of litigation. Fox denies the rumors.

GoT Language

Denise Martin introduces us to the linguistics expert who developed the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for Game of Thrones. Incidentally, the same person developed the languages for Defiance (h/t @noelrk).

Driver's Side TV

A Japanse car retailer is offering a kit to install a TV in a car's dashboard.

New Crossfire

CNN's rebooted Crossfire could feature Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter. Alex Pareene says this shows that CNN doesn't get it: "It looks like CNN still believes its best bet is to precisely split the middle, and be dumber and shoutier than MSNBC but more balanced than Fox."

Reality TV Defense

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defends the Real Housewives series and similar docusoap reality TV as offering lessons about our culture: "Real Housewives reigns as the Grand Poobah of reality series. It is a glitzy window into mainstream values, if not mainstream lifestyle. It offers more insight into American consciousness than most TV scripted dramas. We just have to be willing to see ourselves in it." Elsewhere, looks like Barry Friedman would disagree with Kareem.

Good TVeets





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Parks & Rec & Socialism

Matthew Gannon delves into Parks and Recreation's politics and how recent episodes have veered left.

Facebook & Ratings Correlation

Alex Weprin reports on a study finding that a boost in Facebook likes correlates with a boost in TV ratings.

Scripps Programming

Stuart Elliott reports on Scripps Network's plan to boost original programming for its six cable channels. (Also click this link if you'd like to see Vanilla Ice living among the Amish.)

CW on Xbox

Episodes of CW shows are now available on Xbox Live 24 hours after they air on TV. The CW app will also provide exclusive extra content for Thursday's Vampire Diaries episode, which is a backdoor pilot.

Mad Men's 30 Rock Joke

Sean O'Neal points out that Mad Men worked in a 30 Rock reference Sunday.

Big Questions

Ryan McGee sees a trend in programming within what he dubs a Silver Age: "Programs that make up the Silver Age of Television force viewers to grapple with the same question many asked while trying to make sense of the Boston Marathon bombings: Is the pursuit of happiness worth it, or is misery all we can expect?"

(Also, I love this line: "If The Silver Age Of Television was The Stand, you’d have The Walking Dead as Randall Flagg, and Parks and Recreation as Mother Abigail.")

Upfronts Previews

BigTVFan is starting a set of network upfronts predictions with CBS. And NBC. And ABC. And Fox.

Reality Sitcom

Like others, Alan Sepinwall notes that Duck Dynasty is a combo of reality and sitcom tropes, and he wonders where the genre line is with such shows: "Are people watching Duck Dynasty because it's funny, because it's real, and in what proportion? And how many aspects of reality do you have to strip away before the audience stops viewing the show as real — and would they find it entertaining enough in that case?"

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers:
ABC: 12.96 million, NBC: 11.32, Fox: 6.92, CBS: 4.98, CW: 709,000
- Adults 18-49:
NBC: 3.9 rating/11 share, ABC and Fox: 2.1/ 6 eqch, CBS: 1.3/ 4, CW: 0.3/ 1
 -----
- Winners:
The Voice (NBC), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Castle (ABC)
- Honorable Mention:
The Following (Fox)
- Losers:
Oh Sit! (CW), 90210 (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Nashville Roundtable

A group of academics chat about Nashville's recent improvement and its existing challenges.

News Assessments

More reflections on Boston coverage: Todd VanDerWerff says breaking news is broken and likely won't be fixed. John Dickerson says we must expect mistakes if we demand instant news. And Jack Shafer says greater awareness of journalistic errors due to new technologies can help improve news.

Twitter Ad Agency Deal

Twitter has signed a deal with the Starcom ad agency, which will allow for data sharing with advertisers and  the creation of a "social TV lab" to help marketers figure out how to use social media. Susan Krashinsky has more.

Broadchurch Tweets

ITV's Broadchurch became the most tweeted-about UK drama ever last night.

New BBC Director of TV

The BBC has a new director of television, who oversaw recent successes like Call the Midwife.

The Bible Movie

Mark Burnett is working on a 3-hour cut of The Bible to release in movie theaters.

Nielsen Stats

David Goetzl reports some new Nielsen stats on DVR penetration and annual TV ad spending.

Netflix Unbundling

Peter Kafka says the logic behind Netflix letting a Viacom contract expire is that Netflix wants to pay for programming a la carte, not bundled.

Aereo in Boston

Aereo will launch in Boston next month. And CBS is poised to sue.

CBS Investment

CBS has invested in a streaming provider called Syncback, which Edmund Lee says offers a way to challenge Aereo.

Hulu Questioned

Kevin Kelleher saya Hulu is uncertain about its future direction, meaning its failing to make the bold moves competitors like Netflix are benefiting from.

New A&E Chief

Nancy Dubuc has been named CEO of A&E Networks after overseeing major recent successes, like The Bible and Duck Dynasty.

Good TVeets





Monday, April 22, 2013

Stupid Cops

Eric Deggans notes a trend in TV shows relying on police stupidity to progress storylines.

YouTube Revenue Challenge

Anita Hamilton reports on YouTube's struggles with an ad rate drop, which means creators are getting less revenue.

Revenge Showrunner Departs

Revenge will have a new showrunner next year. There's reportedly tension on the set from the pressure to meet the full episode order. Jaime Weinman addresses the episode order issue.

Twitter Loves TV

Mathew Ingram says two new deals show that Twitter loves TV.

Netflix News

There's been a flood of Netflix news, with the release of an earnings report and shareholder letter; Peter Kafka summarizes it all. Todd Spangler reports on the House of Cards impact, which looks to be relatively minor. Andrew Wallenstein reports that Netflix now has more US subscribers than HBO. Netflix is letting a Viacom deal expire. Reed Hastings isn't worried about password sharing. And Netflix is adding a 4-stream family plan, and Roberto Baldwin sees this as about trying to accommodate sharing. Mike Stein wonders if Netflix will end up regretting the structure of its original production deals. Hemlock Grove was viewed more in its first available weekend than House of Cards. Will Richmond analyzes Netflix's ambitions. Derek Thompson says Netflix's growth is great for the future of TV. PJ Rodriguez questions if Netflix's originals expenditures are worth it. Matthew Fleischer says Netflix furthering its push into originals could lower revenue for Hollywood.

Manhunt Ratings

Alyssa Rosenberg frames the huge TV ratings on Friday night, during the manhunt for the remaining Boston bomber: "National tragedies, particularly crime stories, are perhaps the last form of television that has a truly mass audience." The Boston ratings were huge.

Broadchurch Praise

Jace Lacob says Broadchurch is the latest British drama that American audiences should look for.

Amazon's Pilot Process

Michael Schneider talked with Amazon Studios' director about Amazon's online pilots strategy. June Thomas  wonders if this can change TV.

Chinese Splash Death

A celebrity's assistant on China's version of Splash has died, and the American version has seen a few injuries.

Futurama Cancelled

Futurama will end this summer. Sam Thielman traces its journey.

Tallying Violence

Margaret Lyons tallies up TV dramas that have "on at least one occasion, depicted or described in detail a rape or murder." Alyssa Rosenberg looks at how the shows that aren't about rape and murder drive their drama. Amanda Keeler says she's at a tipping point with the depiction of rape.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 9.62 million, ABC: 6.61, NBC: 4.11, Fox: 3.20
-Adults 18-49: CBS: 1.8 rating/5 share, ABC: 1.5/ 4, Fox: 1.4/ 4, NBC: 1.2/ 3
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-Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), The Amazing Race (CBS)
-Losers: The Cleveland Show (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

New In Media Res

Theme: The Environment in the Media

  • Monday, April 22, 2013 - Sara J. Grossman (Rutgers University-Newark) presents: Wind Map: Visualizing Environmental Mobility 
  •  Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - Allison Page (University of Minnesota) presents: It’s Easy to Be Green 
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - Mél Hogan (University of Colorado - Boulder) presents: The Node Pole as the Archive’s Underbelly?
  •  Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Rachel Silverman (Embry Riddle University) presents: God Made a Farmer 
  •  Friday, April 26, 2013 - Garrett Broad (University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication) presents: Dodge Ram Made a Farmer

Fleeting Expletive Okayed

A tweet from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski indicates there won't be any Commission action in regard to Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz's f-word. Matthew Fleischer explains why it's probably a moot point anyway.

Time Warner + CBS?

Bloomberg speculates about a possible Time Warner-CBS merger.

New Old Mars Writer

Rob Thomas has hired former Veronica Mars writer Diane Ruggiero to help him finish the movie script.

Intel Exec Departs

Janko Roettgers reports that a key Intel TV project exec has departed.

Global Ad Spend

Spending on TV ads constituted almost 63% of the total global ad spend in 2012.

SAG-AFTRA Layoffs & Ad Contract

SAG-AFTRA has finalized a new commercials contract and also moved to layoff about sixty people.

4K Impact

David S. Cohen says the arrival of 4K Ultra HD TV sets will challenge theatrical cinema.

Good TVeets




Warning: Game of Thrones and Mad Men spoilers in here.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Casualty Praise

Eva Wiseman praises the BBC medical soap Casualty for boldly taking on a culturally sensitive plotline about female genital mutilation

Heroes in Doctor Who & BSG

Devan Joneson analyzes Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica in terms of the representation of mythical hero figures.

Downton Thomas

Richard Kramer analyzes Downton Abbey's Thomas in terms of gay representation.

Twitter Comedy Festival

Comedy Central and Twitter are partnering on a comedy festival unfolding mostly on Twitter next week.

Why Seinfeld

Warren Littlefield explains why NBC took a chance on Jerry Seinfeld and his sitcom.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Women Writing Comedy

Jason Zinoman takes us inside the production of comedian Amy Schumer's new Comedy Central show, which is notable for having a writing staff helmed by women.

Shooting Louis CK's Special

David Heuring looks at how Louis CK's HBO comedy special was shot.

Messy Reporting

Brian Lowry says the Boston manhunt has illustrated "the messiness of real-time reporting." Willa Paskin offers similar ideas. Farhad Manjoo says breaking news is broken. Local Boston news is getting some praise. Mark Perigard looks at the local coverage. Tim Goodman says criticism of the news coverage won't change anything. Jeff Zucker told his crew they're doing great. James Poniewozik covers today's news drama. David Zuwarik analyzes the news coverage. Brian Stelter looks at how the media became part of the story. Gideon Lichfeld says media's battle for attention led to four major failures. Felix Salmon says news editors have to beware of relying on social media. Simon Dumenco judges outlets. David Carr says CNN is tarnished. Jeff Jarvis outlines some journalistic lessons.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Louis CK Shorts

Open Culture highlights a set of short films made by Louis CK in the 1990s.

Matt Smith's Reactions

Mac Rogers praises Matt Smith for his ability to nail an essential element of playing the Doctor: selling his reaction shots.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Google TV & NBC

Janko Roettgers reports that Google TV may have an NBC app coming soon.

Fellowes on DA

Julian Fellowes explains why he thinks Downton Abbey has been so popular.

Influential Programs

To tie in with the MIP TV trade show, a Swiss ratings company has compiled a list of the most influential TV programs in history from around the globe, organized by year and going back to 1963. However, because the BBC wouldn't allow clips of its shows to be hosted by the company, there are no BBC shows on the list. The Telegraph has proposed its own list.

Buckwild Blocked

MTV is preventing the producers of Buckwild from shopping the cancelled show to other outlets.

Rectify Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks with the creator of the new Sundance series Rectify.

Female Leads

Mary McNamara sees numerous female leads in recent shows breaking representational ground: "Although lacking in demographic diversity — they are all white and mostly middle class — these characters are the fruits of both the feminist revolution and television's increasing ascendancy."

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Indie Revolution

Equity firm chairman Jeff Sagansky says we could be on the verge of a golden age for independent TV.

Cord Cutting Math

Andrew Dodson says he's done the math and is ready to cut the cord.

TV Violence

Jaime Weinman notes that we're in a cycle where TV violence isn't being blamed for things right now.

How to Beat Aereo

Dorothy Pomerantz offers networks an idea to stave off Aereo's challenge: "the cable companies could put Aereo out of business quickly by working harder to make TV everywhere a reality." Meanwhile, Jeff Bercovici says Fox could make plenty of money by switching to cable.

Parks & Rec's Consistency

Andy Greenwald says the consistent quality of Parks and Recreation makes it harder for the show to gain attention.

Ready for Love Ends

NBC is dropping Ready for Love and putting Grimm on Tuesdays at 10.

Glee Renewed

Fox wants not one but two more seasons of Glee.

Upscale Streaming

A new Nielsen study finds streaming and SVOD more prevalent in affluent homes. Will Richmond has analysis.

Hannibal Episode Pulled

Creator Bryan Fuller requested that NBC pull the next episode of Hannibal in light of current events. NBC will make clips from the pulled episode available online, and the subsequent episode will air in its place. Alan Sepinwall has analysis.

iPlayer on Tablets

BBC iPlayer viewing on tablets has exceeded mobile viewing.

VOD Spike

Figures from Rentrak show a big rise in video-on-demand viewing in 2012. Wayne Friedman has analysis. The CEO of AMC says video-on-demand helps good shows.

Amazon Pilots

Amazon will make available 14 pilots that viewers can give input on. Andrew Wallenstein has analysis. The pilots are now posted.

ESPN's Reporting Guidelines

Matt Yoder analyzes ESPN's new guidelines for reporting and crediting sources, which he sees as a step in the right direction.

YouTube Beats Viacom

YouTube won another court victory against Viacom in an ongoing dispute over the hosting of copyright-infringing clips.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: CBS: 9.25 million, Fox: 9.14, ABC: 4.03, NBC: 3.18, CW: 1.87
 -Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.5 rating/7 share, CBS: 2.3/ 7, NBC: 1.4/ 4, ABC: 1.2/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
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 -Winners: The Big Bang Theory R (CBS)
 -Fading Fast: American Idol (Fox)
 -Losers: Community (NBC), Parks and Recreation (NBC), Hannibal (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Pete Williams Stands Out

Dylan Byers says NBC News' Pete Williams has distinguished himself with accurate and well measured reporting of Boston events, and he sees Williams' success as a threat to CNN in particular.

Emmys Reversal

The plan to combine leading and supporting actor Emmy nominations in the miniseries/movie category has been scrapped. Nellie Andreeva has analysis.

Twitter & BBC America Deal

Twitter has signed a deal with BBC America to carry "in-tweet branded video synced to entertainment TV series." More from Cory Bergman.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

TV Tattle Ends

A great site that I've relied on every day, TV Tattle, is shutting down because the man behind it can't find the ad dollars to support it anymore.

Indecency Reponses

The FCC has been flooded with responses to its proposal to dial back indecency investigations and focus only on the most egregious cases. Apparently the PTC has mobilized its followers to lobby for keeping the indecency rules rigorous.

Da Vinci's Demons Renewed

Starz has renewed Da Vinci's Demons for a second season. (And before I'd even heard of it. Can't keep up!)

New Black Channel

Tambay A. Obenson looks at a new African-American-targeted cable channel launching in May called Soul of the South Network and wonders what content it will feature: "Are the owners of these networks planning to make aggressive moves in acquiring strong original content - maybe looking to some of the black web series as potential pickups, or even signing up the producers of those series to create content for TV? Recycling old TV shows and movies just isn't enough."

"Fix You" Revisited

Willa Paskin says the much criticized episode of The Newsroom entitled "I'll Try to Fix You" still resonates, especially in light of recent events.

Influential TV People

Time has released its 100 influential people list; James Poniewozik highlights the TV-related honorees.

Al Jazeera America Starting Slowly

Claire Atkinson reports that Al Jazeera America is taking longer than some hoped in putting the new channel together.

Dexter Coming to End

The next season of Dexter will be its last.

Apt 23 Online

If you want to catch up with unaired episodes of the late Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, they'll apparently be available online next month.

Aereo's Threat

Cynthia Meyers lays out the Aereo threat to broadcast networks and criticizes the networks' hypocrisy in regard to the notion that Aereo is threatening "free TV." Greg Sandoval covers how Aereo continues to makes it case and considers how network news is covering this.

NBC Renews ND

NBC has renewed its contract with Notre Dame football through 2025.

Cable News Gun Coverage

Brian Stelter discusses the controversy over Fox News not airing President Obama's speech following the failed Senate vote on gun control measures and assesses how Fox News and MSNBC have handled gun control as a political issue.

Lopez FX Deal

FX has given George Lopez a 10/90 deal: if the first ten episodes of his new sitcom Saint George do well, ninety more will be ordered.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Total Viewers: Fox: 12.45 million, CBS: 7.75, ABC: 4.84, NBC: 4.41, CW: 1.60
 -Adults 18-49: Fox: 3.3 rating/9 share, CBS: 1.8/ 5, ABC: 1.5/ 4, NBC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.5/ 1
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 -Winners: American Idol (Fox), Survivor: Caramoan (CBS)
 -Honorable Mention: How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Their Life) (ABC)
 -Losers: Dateline (NBC)


Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Hitfix.

Praising Romano

Comedian Justin Gray admires Ray Romano and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Youth Watching Online

Wayne Friedman offers stats on online viewing: "More than 60% of young TV viewers watch some programming online, with 22% of U.S. online adults watching at least some of their video entertainment on Netflix, and 17% from TV networks’ own Web sites."