Saturday, August 31, 2013
Ben Sisario says social media has become key for getting news out of Syria, given restricted access to other means. In the US, Mary McNamara says what she's seen on Al Jazeera America so far doesn't look like anything that will change the woeful state of U.S. cable news.
A number of links that tie in with what consumers get for their TV dollar: Chris Door questions the value pay TV subscribers get in return for the big ESPN carriage fee, Sarah Barry James assesses the value of antennas for those customers affected by the TWC-CBS blackout, Mike Stein expects a CBS-TWC settlement by fall season start due to the revenue at stake, and Wayne Friedman finds double meaning in saying TV's fall is coming, which is why CBS is fighting for every retrans penny.
Ah fall: the leaves falling, the snap in the air, the first frost appearing on @KirkHerbstreit's hair.
— edsbs (@edsbs) August 31, 2013
Tom Rinaldi has a name, sir. RT @Adam_Jacobi: Kirk Herbstreit is talking to a wheel of cheese on my television #saturdays
— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) August 31, 2013
I say, "Hey, Netflix. I want to watch Parks And Rec." Netflix says, "Look at these indicators. You've already--" "SHUT UP PLAY PLAY PLAY!"
— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
Dave Chappelle had a rough return to stand-up comedy last night, leaving audience members uncertain about why it happened. Ebony's Lesli Ann-Lewis attended and is frustrated at how the story will be told: "Chappelle wasn’t having a meltdown. This was a Black artist shrugging the weight of White consumption, deciding when enough was enough." Jesse David Fox talks with a Chappelle chronicler about the situation.
Many enjoyed last night's Big Brother eviction and post-eviction interview, which was apparently legendary, but Andy Dehnart says CBS still deserves scorn for its presentation of this season.
Now I want Julie Chen to host "To Catch A Racist". It's literally all I want right now in life. #BB15
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) August 30, 2013
I watch documentaries to a) feel intensely angry, and b) store information I'll later use on Jeopardy!
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 30, 2013
This season of AHS looks like it was created in a lab founded with the sole purpose of getting me to drink more wine.
— Christina (@Olivececile) August 30, 2013
Warning: Big Brother spoilers at the end.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The ire of Time Warner Cable customers is intensifying as the CBS blackout drags on, and Ben Koo delves into a stalemate between DirecTV and the Pac 12 Network.
Alan Sepinwall talks to a pair of producers behind Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. about the show and Joss Whedon.
The AV Club is launching a new series that approaches film and TV texts from the standpoint of neoformalist analysis. Scott Kaufman starts with a consideration of the role of framing in Hannibal and The Godfather Part II.
tv shows [retweeted 100,000 times]
— Bill Ryan (@faceyouhate) August 29, 2013
If I had to rank TV performances, I'd go 1) Bryan Cranston, 2) Elisabeth Moss, & 8,789) Pete Wentz hosting VH1's "Best Songs of the 2000s".
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) August 29, 2013
WHOOPS!!! @iamrashidajones @tatianamaslany pic.twitter.com/I1Z6qUQC4f
— Aubrey Plaza (@evilhag) August 28, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Andrew Wallenstein defends CNN.com from The Onion's mockery: "It’s difficult to subsist on substantive journalism without some help from more crowd-pleasing content."
Mike Reynolds looks at how ESPN will manage to air over 400 college football games across its platforms, with 46 coming on opening weekend alone.
Representatives of FilmOn, the service formally known as Aereokiller, argued at a hearing for the streaming service's legality. Jonathan Handel says the judge's responses indicate problems ahead for the networks.
Mike Stein addresses the proliferation of TV programming and says a market correction is coming because "[a]t a certain point the audience will be spread too thin to be financially feasible and the creative talent pool will run dry.
Networks and cable outlets will carry live coverage of the anniversary of Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech this afternoon. TVBizWire highlights a CBS roundtable aired the evening of the original speech featuring Sidney Poitier, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, and others discussing the state of race relations.
If students say to me tomorrow, "I didn't get my homework done because Pretty Little Liars wrecked my shit," I will completely understand.
— Doctor K (@doctork100) August 28, 2013
Also, students: you won't be getting your papers back because Pretty Little Liars wrecked my shit.
— Doctor K (@doctork100) August 28, 2013
quick let's start some trends while the nyt is down and then smugly refuse to explain them to the styles section in three months
— Rachel Sanders (@rachelysanders) August 27, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Patrick George digs into the 18,529 indecency complaints filed by NASCAR viewers with the FCC over the past three years: "It turns out that like the viewers who complained about the Super Bowl, they are deeply upset over profanity and portrayals of sexuality in both the NASCAR races themselves and the advertisements aired during those races. "
Josef Adalian highlights who should be happy or sad about this summer's ratings. Toni Fitzgerald considers cable winners and losers. Alan Sepinwall also highlights winners and losers.
Check out the new Flow featuring Aymar Jean Christian with The Black TV Crisis and the Next Generation, Li Cornfeld with Shamefaced: Reframing the Dove Real Beauty Sketches, Jessalynn Keller with Tavi Gevinson and the Possibilities of Girls’ Popular Feminism, and Adolfo R. Mora with Reactions toward disliked in-group media figures: The role of ethnicity on perceived social appearance.
Rich Greenfield challenges the current logic driving up retransmission fees: "We side with broadcasters in the belief that their content is valuable; however, local broadcast retransmission consent legislation was never intended to fund NFL rights acquisition and prime-time network programming — Congress wanted to ensure funding of “local” television." Robin Flynn also considers the state of retrans and what's at stake.
Dear Black Woman adds to the discussion of racial stereotyping in Orange is the New Black, and Recorded Future speculates about the show's ratings by on comparing online references with other shows.
The NYT concludes its look at ESPN's power by analyzing how it fights to maintain its dominance. Elsewhere, Dean Starkman highlights ESPN's journalism problem and conflicts of interest, and Kelly McBride considers the investigative reporting angle. And Blair Kerkhoff and Mark Davis look at how Fox is trying to challenge ESPN.
BREAKING: Miley Cyrus Wins #VMA For "Best Performance of Subtext of Entire Entertainment Industry"
— Rob Kutner (@ApocalypseHow) August 27, 2013
Lady at work said she cares about Syria, not Miley Cyrus. Um, I don't remember anyone named Syria at the VMAs. Were they on the pre-show?
— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) August 26, 2013
Everyone take a second to organize your thoughts on Miley Cyrus and put it on paper. Now tear up the paper and throw it away no one cares.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 27, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Spencer Kornhaber says MTV's Music Video Awards presentation last night was culturally tired and safe, despite what some GIFs might lead you to believe. Jon Caramanica was also unimpressed. It was also noted that Daft Punk didn't perform, which is notable in the wake of the Stephen Colbert incident. Jody Rosen discusses Miley Cyrus's minstrelsy, NinjaCate follows up on race, as does Tressie McMillan Cottom, Alyssa Rosenberg raises bisexuality, and Soroya Chemaly raises the gender double-standard. Anne Helen Petersen considers the impact (or lack thereof) this will have on Cyrus. Sean O'Neal tells it like it is. The Onion tells CNN.com what it is. The Parents Television Council is outraged. Fred Graver and Simon Rogers cover the official Twitter angle.
ABC is now available live on mobile devices to pay TV subscribers in Houston. This service was previously launched in a few other major cities, with Fresno coming next.
The writer of last night's episode talked about it with Denise Martin and with Aaron Couch. Leigh Kolb earlier this week wrote about Skyler, Lydia and Marie and women taking control. Willa Paskin chimes in on the Skyler talk, as do Andy Greenwald and James Poniewozik. Also, Indiewire features a four-hour interview with Vince Gilligan from 2011.
Writers for nonfiction shows on NBC and USA are objecting to NBCU's handling of a union election, as the parent company is trying to nullify election results that would give writers for nonfiction shows union rights. And a production company owned by NBCU is criticizing the union.
Kevin Spacey gave a lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival in which he called for TV execs to embrace new modes of viewing and give viewers more control. The Guardian garnered some responses from UK execs, who defended traditional modes. Analyst Raymond Snoddy also responds.
Caleb Denison says Apple's attempts to create an iTV set and an internet pay TV service will only be successful if it can attract ESPN and live sports to the table.
The Guardian reports on a new study finding that conservative news outlets like Fox News breed mistrust in science and are a major force behind the belief that climate change is not a significant problem caused by humans
Alex Ben Block says when CBS and Time Warner Cable settle, that will set the new retrans standard, with the other networks subsequently asking for historic increases.
Travis M. Andrews discusses the growth in TV characters taking on a life beyond their shows by tweeting, writing books, and creating playlists.
ESPN's ombudsman has chimed in on the Frontline/concussion story. He says it appears to be about branding, with ESPN president not liking what he saw in a trailer. In other ESPN news, James Andrew Miller covers Keith Olbermann's return, and the next installment of the NYT's look at ESPN's power over college football looks at how the outlet helped resurrect University of Louisville athletics.
Twitter is just two old puppets in a balcony.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) August 26, 2013
20 minutes into LOW WINTER SUN, AMC will reveal the precise moment of your death and the name/location of your one true soulmate.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) August 26, 2013
Final scene of Breaking Bad: J Walter Weatherman staring into the camera and shouting, “And THAT’S why you don’t COOK METH.”
— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) August 26, 2013
Watched the MTV VMAs and I just feel like everything is terrible and people are horrible and sex is gross and even Christmas is dead.
— David Krumholtz (@DaveKrumholtz) August 26, 2013
If you missed the MTV awards you can see it again by throwing yourself down a flight of stairs while chewing a light bulb.
— Aaron Blitzstein (@BlitznBeans) August 26, 2013
Watching the VMAs instead of Breaking Bad is like going to a steak house & saying “No thanks, I brought my own food.” then eating a shoe.
— Rob Fee (@robfee) August 26, 2013
Because there were so many tweets, it was easier to enter them in reverse chronological order, so if you want to relive the night as it unfolded, you have to start at the bottom.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday night and we are partying, right?? In bed watching "The Man With The 132 Pound Scrotum" is partying, correct?
— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) August 25, 2013
These fools ain't doin' it right. U gots 2B nekked when lying on a bed of cash. It's not worth it w/o the fear of paper cuts. #BreakingBad
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) August 25, 2013
To see tonight's episode of Breaking Bad, please send a recording of yourself watching Low Winter Sun to AMC Networks, Inc., 11 Penn Plaza,Warning: Breaking Bad spoilers at the end via Retta tweets
— Brandon Nowalk (@bnowalk) August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
James C. McKinley Jr. looks at what MTV is doing with the Video Music Awards this year. And Joan E. Solsman says MTV is working harder on making the social media aspect more valuable.
If I was Ben Affleck I would totally scream "I DIDN'T WANT TO BE BATMAN ANYWAY" then rup up to my room & stay there until everyone felt bad
— Josh Hara (@yoyoha) August 23, 2013
Cool, thanks. Hadn't heard. RT @HuffPostEnt ICYMI: Ben Affleck is playing Batman
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 24, 2013
The lawsuit against Paula Deen was dismissed, said the judge with some suspicious cream cheese frosting and bacon grease on his robes.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) August 23, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Marco Santana points to a court case regarding mobile television as key to the future of viewing options, including prospects for Aereo.
ESPN has pulled out of its collaboration with PBS on a Frontline documentary investigation into NFL head injuries, leaving significant questions behind. Marc Tracy reports on the situation.
Update: James Andrew Miller reports that NFL pressure influenced ESPN's decision. ESPN is denying such reports. But ESPN looks bad.
Update: James Andrew Miller reports that NFL pressure influenced ESPN's decision. ESPN is denying such reports. But ESPN looks bad.
You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) August 23, 2013
I'm now totally confident I'll eventually play Iron Man.
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) August 23, 2013
1: Think of a Ben Affleck/Batman joke. 2: Check TL to see if it's been done. 3: It has. 3Xs already. Step 4: Drink when you see "Clooney"
— Amanda Bower (@heyprofbow) August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Brian Steinberg says networks are diving more deeply into second screen efforts this fall.
Roxane Gay says the praise for Orange is the New Black's diversity just shows that we're setting the bar for it too low. Myles McNutt sees a problem with this piece and others like it. Anthony Oliviera wants to specifically talk Taystee.
Disney has launched preliminary talks into making the suite of ESPN channels available to an online pay TV service like Google, Sony, and others are planning. Jeff Bercovici says this would be a huge deal for over-the-top viability.
CBS has secured a new retrans deal with Verizon's FiOS service, and Les Moonves wonders why Time Warner Cable won't take the same deal. TWC is now passing out free antennas. Sam Thielman looks at what's taking so long.
Tim Nudd goes behind the scenes of the Jason Sudeikis promos for NBC Sports football (er, soccer). Jonathan Salem Baskin wonders if the Premier League can become popular on US TV.
Mike Shields looks at how the NFL is forging ahead alone with its digital efforts rather than partnering with outlets like Twitter and YouTube. Joshua Brustein is frustrated by the NFL's streaming policies (or lack thereof).
Michael Copps calls out CBS for blocking access to CBS.com for Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers, and Verizon is also decrying this as a net neutrality issue. Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable will let WCBS air political debates on its service in New York.
Hey girl are you #BreakingBad, because you're amazing and in six weeks I'll never hear from you again.
— Chris Serico (@ChrisSerico) August 22, 2013
America hasn't crowned a new greatest singer in weeks! What if we're attacked?!
— Mike Scully (@scullymike) August 22, 2013
Survivor Blood v Water: it’s time to send Martin Sheen into the jungle to terminate the Executive Producer’s command with extreme prejudice.
— Max Dawson (@fymaxwell) August 21, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Rick Kissell notes that both Breaking Bad and Duck Dynasty started slow in the ratings but have surged in recent seasons, with Netflix and social media apparently assisting.
Brian Lewis is saying only nice things about Fox News and Roger Ailes in the wake of his firing, which is reportedly tied to a book about Ailes, and Fox News personalities are standing up for Ailes.
Hitfix is launching a new feature called "What If...?" with speculation on what might have happened if HBO had picked up a Winnie Holzman series rather than The Sopranos.
Al Jazeera America is locked in a carriage fee dispute with AT&T already, with AJAM claiming AT&T illegally broke an agreement. This is part of many challenges the channel is likely to face.
Dear parents that I meet, I know that sigh, and before you even say it, I'm very very sorry that your child won't stop doing Cups.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) August 20, 2013
The coolest thing on twitter here in L.A. is Sunday nights while Breaking Bad plays through three time zones and[stabs own eye with a pen]
— Ray™ (@Raymzzzz) August 19, 2013
.@DrPhil This has to be quick. I'm at an intersection, and there's a drunk girl crossing the street. Do I run her over? YES or NO.
— itsonlyzach (@itsonlyzach) August 21, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
TV writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach offers a theory for why TV is as good as it is in this era and gives a lot of credit to storytelling technology. Grillo-Marxuach also appeared on the Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, which is getting praise for its informative glimpse at TV production.
Al Jazeera America has just launched, but not on AT&T U-Verse. Alex Howard says AJAM is betting that Americans want serious journalism from their cable news. And it also seems willing to court cord cutters, though it's not online yet.
Allison Samuels explains why she won't watch Orange is the New Black: "I’m simply not entertained by shows that feature large numbers of black people exiting, entering, or already in prison."
Jennifer Jones analyzes a pair of episodes from the early sitcom The Goldbergs that focus on dieting and "demonstrate how ambivalent approaches to corpulence have long coexisted in American culture."
Ken Auletta puts the Time Warner Cable-CBS fight in larger industry context: "What we’re witnessing are not the deliberate, calculated moves of two skilled chess players but, rather, two aging players who fear that their game is being disrupted." Peter Lauria figures fall, not football, will end the blackout.
TV Guide highlights the highest-paid TV stars, a list that Jon Stewart now tops in the late-night category, while Judge Judy Sheindlin is tops overall.
David Bauder delves into how the evening network newscasts are doing, particularly ABC and CBS. Emma Green reports on the decline of TV as a news source for young people. And Justin D. Mann says Al Jazeera needs an ombudsman to help its credibility. David Zurawik questions some of the journalistic coverage of Al Jazeera America's launch.
I'm loving Breaking Bad -- they've got flash forwards, lottery numbers and people yelling, "Walt!!".
— Carlton Cuse (@CarltonCuse) August 19, 2013
My superpower is watching five hours of TV I'm not interested in because I can't reach the remote.
— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) August 20, 2013
Twitter is good for letting me know who has died, and if I should be sad or make fun of them.
— Brent Piaskoski (@BrentPiaskoski) August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Theme: Animal Webcams
- Monday, August 19, 2013 - Randy Malamud (Georgia State University) presents: Looking at People, Looking at Animals
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - Carolyn Kane (Hunter College, CUNY) presents: Henri le Chat: à la Mode Retro
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - Susan Nance (University of Guelph) presents: Ape Cam: Zoo Pets and Surveillance Culture
- Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Lauren Sodano (National Museum of Play at The Strong) presents: Sealed with a Kitten: Turn-of-the-Century Cat Postcards
- Friday, August 23, 2013 - Sarah O’Brien (University of Toronto) presents: Animals on the Loose, in the News!
Denise Martin interviews Betsy Brandt on her character's big moments last night. Brian Lowry thinks there's too much focus being put on how the show will end. Forbes has some money numbers from the series. Patrick Ryan highlights recent parodies.
"I say unto you, it's ok if someone doesn't like exactly the same TV shows as you, or likes them with less intensity." - Jesus
— Steve Hely (@helytimes) August 18, 2013
Look for scenes from next week's Breaking Bad playing on a TV in the background of a scene on Low Winter Sun! Next.
— Bob Powers (@bobpowers1) August 19, 2013
aaron sorkin, all your sick romney burns are not nearly as sick as the sick burns reality gave romney back in 2012. #TheNewsroom
— Jeremy Mongeau (@JeremyMonjo) August 19, 2013
Warning: Mild spoilers for True Blood and Breaking Bad at the end.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Agence France-Presse says Al Jazeera America plans to report on stories ignored by the mainstream media, and Brian Stelter says they plan a more sober approach. Sam Thielman says some advertisers are wary of the channel.
Nothing worse than Trebek ending your interview with "Good for you."
— Josh Patten (@thejoshpatten) August 16, 2013
As controversy swirls around FOX's "Dads," let me stress: It's just as offensive to people who enjoy laughing as it is to any racial group.
— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) August 17, 2013
Breaking Bad finale: "I'm Chris Hardwick! We've rounded up your Twitter ideas - when we return, the ending you all texted in to vote for!"
— Andy Daglas (@AndyDaglas) August 17, 2013