Wednesday, April 30, 2014

House of Cards Experience

House of Cards producer Beau Willimon talked at Tribeca about working for Netflix.

Bill Propaganda War

Katy Bachman highlights a new broadcaster front group called TVFreedom that is taking on the pay TV front group called the American Television Alliance, with the former drawing attention to excessive cable charges and the latter pointing the finger at retransmission fees.

Hill Street Legacy

Maureen Ryan collected comments from TV writers and creators about the legacy of Hill Street Blues.

HBO's Profitability

Kyle Stock say's HBO's profit margins show streaming competitors how original programming is done.

Comcast Lobbyists

Alex Rogers reports on Comcast's lobbying force, a 70+ person army of politician wooers.

Project Greenlight to Return

HBO is resurrecting another series, the film development reality series Project Greenlight.

BSkyB Drop

Mark Sweney reports that Britain's BSkyB satellite service is likely to lose subscribers to competitors Netflix and BT.

BBC3 Questions

A member of the BBC Trust says questions still must be answered before BBC3's move online is finalized.

On-Demand Ratings

Anthony Crupi says a new Nielsen deal could bring on-demand ratings into play soon.

Time Warner Plans

Alex Weprin reports on Time Warner's plans to turn around Turner Broadcasting and shift TNT toward younger audiences, as well as funnel profits from the HBO-Amazon deal back into HBO programming.

Social TV in Thailand

Natan Edelsburg talks to the CEO of Thailand-based social app Chatterbox about social TV in Thailand.

OTT Projection

Craig Kuhl reports on new studies projecting over-the-top service growth in the next few years.

Paxman Quitting

Legendary British news presenter Jeremy Paxman is leaving Newsnight. Roy Greensdale says it's been clear that Paxman has lost his enthusiasm for the job.

Merger Impact

Dan Rayburn says the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger would be good for Netflix, thanks to its interconnection deal with Comcast: "Can you think of any other OTT service in the market that wouldn’t like to have their costs and quality locked in for more than the next five years, for 1/3 of their customers?"

Mad Men Style

Tom and Lorenzo analyze "Field Trip."

Shepard Smith Story

Gawker reports that Fox News penalized anchor Shepard Smith with a lesser time slot for asking to publicly come out as gay, but Smith and Fox News claim the report is completely false.


ESPN president John Skipper spoke at NCTA and defended ESPN's high carriage fees, as word comes that the company is now worth over $50 billion.

New Reality

Jeanine Poggi observes that real-time interactivity is the latest trend in reality TV. And Jethro Nededog looks at the gamble Fox is taking with the ambitious and expensive reality series Utopia.

FCC Remarks

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler spoke today at NCTA, and you can read a transcript of his remarks. Janko Roettgers covers the session, in which Wheeler defended the fairness of the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.32 million, NBC: 8.05, ABC: 3.96, Fox: 2.25, CW: 1.90
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.2 rating/6 share, NBC: 2.0/ 6, ABC: 1.3/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.9/3
- Winners: “NCIS” (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS), “Person of Interest” (CBS),  Chicago Fire” (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “Glee” (Fox), “New Girl” (Fox), “Trophy Wife” (ABC), “The Mindy Project” (Fox), “Celebrity Wife Swap” (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Hulu Upfront

Hulu's blog covers what was shared at its upfront presentation today, and Deadline notes that Hulu plans to triple spending on originals. And Jack Marshall highlights Hulu's move into interactive ads. John McDermott analyzes Hulu's presentation.

Chinese Streaming Order

Louise Watt reports that the Chinese government has ordered streaming sites to stop offering The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, The Practice, and The Good Wife, for reasons yet unknown, though it suggests tighter government oversight. Mia Li and Bree Feng report that fans of the shows have responded by posting arguments on social media for why the shows fit with Chinese political principles. Lily Kuo notes the significance that Game of Thrones has not been banned. Angela Doland says this could be about business, not politics.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Deadliest Catch Reality

A star and producer of Deadliest Catch talk about the reality the series captures.

Nashville Relocation

Nashville could move production away from Nashville, as producers seek more favorable tax incentives.

Scandal Dropped

Scandal is currently without a home in the UK, as the digital channel More4 has dropped it after two seasons. Update: SkyLivingHD has picked up Scandal.

Title Sequence Analysis

A linguist has analyzed recent trends in TV title sequences.

Almost Human Cancelled

Kate Aurthur can update her scorecard: Fox has cancelled Almost Human.

Renewal Scorecard

Kate Aurthur lays out what has been renewed, cancelled, and bubbled.

Viewing Modes

Janko Roettgers covers a survey finding spectator preferences for binge viewing. however, another study finds that traditional TV viewing is still strong.

Twitter's Fine

Twitter's CEO is defending the service's relationship with TV in the wake of negative comments from NBC's research chief. Alex Weprin covers the Twitter-TV relationship.

Ad Spending

Wil Richmond reports on a study comparing digital video ad spending to TV ad spending.

Defending Betty

Anne Helen Petersen offers a defense of Mad Men's Betty Draper.

Weiner Interview

Semi Chellas talks to Matthew Weiner about screenwriting.

Breaking Bad Thesis

Eric Thurm has posted his philosophy thesis on Breaking Bad: “Whole thing felt kinda shady, you know, like morality-wise?" Breaking Bad, Love's Knowledge, and Ethically Aware Viewing

AOL Using Nielsen

Robert Andrews reports that AOL will use Nielsen metrics for online video ratings.

Mayor Pressure

LA's mayor is calling on Time Warner Cable to fix its SportsNetLA carriage problem.

Cable's Better

L.A. Ross reports from NCTA that cable chiefs from ESPN, A&E Networks, and TBS touted cable's superiority over streaming outlets like Netflix and Amazon. But Todd Spangler notes that they also said cable has to work on improving delivery of content. NCTA CEO Michael Powell also defends cable. Wall Street analysts are expressing optimism about cable.

FWBL Problems

Joel Keller says the flaws in Friends With Better Lives illustrate why it's hard for Friends-style sitcoms to succeed.

BBC News Possibility

Ian Burrell says concerns are growing that The BBC News Channel could be shifted to online-only.

Yahoo & TV Overload

Ben Travers says Yahoo's move into original content strains an already crowded field.

YouTube Animation

Max Konblauch looks at why animators are flocking to YouTube rather than TV.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 13.44 million, NBC: 11.24, CBS: 6.13, Fox: 4.38, CW: 888,000
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.9 rating/8 share, ABC: 2.2/ 6, CBS: 1.6/ 5, Fox: 1.2/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Lackluster Second Season Ender: The Following (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Star-Crossed (CW), The Tomorrow People (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted. and Fienberg.

Spurlock AP Deal

Morgan Spurlock has a deal with the Associated Press to tap its news story library for new film, TV, and digital projects.

iPlayer Record Use

March was the busiest month ever for the BBC's iPlayer.

Aereo Lessons

Orly Lobel offers four lessons from the Aereo dispute, including "It ain’t illegal just because it threatens your business model."

Online Video Ad Spending

As a tie-in with the NewFronts, Toni Fitzgerald offers a collection of stats related to online video ad buying.

Make-Goods Challenges

Anthony Crupi looks at how unpredictable ratings performances are affecting network make-goods strategies.

Netflix P2P

Jon Brodkin reports on Netflix researching peer-to-peer technology as a possible distribution option.

Pirated Shows

Andrew Wallenstein highlights a chart of the most-pirated US TV outlets and shows, which is mostly filled with broadcast network shows.

Good TVeets

Monday, April 28, 2014

Comeback Coming Back

Lisa Kudrow's series The Comeback has reportedly been picked up anew by HBO.

The Dead Girl Show

Alice Bolin deconstructs the "Dead Girl" show as a genre, launched with Twin Peaks and exploited even more today.

Sports Profits

Will Leitch wonders what might happen if cord cutting and unbundling burst the sports rights profit bubble.

Ratings High & Low

Game of Thrones hit another ratings high, while ABC won Sunday night in the demo among the networks with series that hit lows. Also, The Simpsons fell to a series low, while John Oliver started well on HBO.

Red Road Renewed

The Sundance drama series The Red Road has been renewed for a second season.

Univision Concerns

Peter Lauria relates concerns from Univision's CEO that the Comcast-TWC merger will be bad for Hispanic consumers. But Comcast disagrees.

Yahoo's NewFronts

Andrew Wallenstein covers Yahoo's NewFronts presentation, which included news of two new comedy series.

Ferguson Leaving

Craig Ferguson has announced that he is leaving his CBS late night show at the end of this year. Ferguson talked to Cynthia Littleton about the decision. James Poniewozik questions if Ferguson should even be replaced.

Netflix-Verizon Deal

Netflix has signed a peering deal with Verizon similar to the one it signed previously with Comcast.

Al Jazeera Compensation

Al Jazeera is demanding significant financial compensation from Egypt for damage to its media business.

24 Revolution

Todd VanDerWerff looks back on 24 and its revolutionary aspects.

CBS + CW Ad Sales

Brian Steinberg reports on an expanding ad sales relationship between CBS and The CW.

Aereo Arguments

Richard Greenfield offers annotated coverage of Aereo's Supreme Court arguments.

Microsoft Programming

Victor Luckerson reports on Microsoft's forays into original and interactive programming via the Xbox, but Dawn Chmielewski says Microsoft has only struggled so far.

CNN Criticism

Elon Green is critical of how CNN chooses to operate.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.20 million, ABC: 6.44, NBC: 4.53, Fox: 3.08
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.7 rating/5 share, Fox: 1.5/ 5, CBS: 1.5/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3
- Winners: 60 Minutes (CBS), Family Guy (Fox)
- Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Time (ABC), The Amazing Race (CBS), Resurrection (ABC) 
- Lackluster: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): American Dream Builders (NBC), Bob’s Burgers (Fox), Revenge (ABC), Crisis (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Digital Ad Metrics

Christopher Heine looks at challenges facing those hoping to accurately gauge digital ad viewing.

NewFronts Optimism

Jeanine Poggi reports that ad buyers are taking the digital NewFronts more seriously this year. Also, Sam Thielman reports that Hulu's CEO is fighting to get online video more respect.

The Fraying Bundle

David Carr looks at the potential for cable bundles to be untangled: "Clearly, much is at stake in the current bundling arrangement, which has some powerful backers, but a future where consumers will be able to assemble an à la carte menu of entertainment suddenly seems much closer."

Net Neutrality Guide

Alexis C. Madrigal and Adrienne LaFrance offer up a guide to informative writing on net neutrality.

Social TV Questioned

David Pidgeon reports on skepticism that Twitter and Facebook have a real impact on TV viewing.

Bristol Bubble

Matt Yoder covers how recent talk of the Knicks on ESPN illustrates how the outlet in Bristol is disconnected from the wider sports world and operates on a self-fulfilling cycle.

Good Wife Character

Lauren Duca talks to Carrie Preston about the brilliant creation that is The Good Wife's Elsbeth Tascioni.

Maslany Stand-In

Jarrett Wieselman profiles the actress who plays Orphan Black's clones when Tatiana Maslany isn't playing them.

MST3K Oral History

Wired has an oral history of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

New In Media Res

Theme: FX Women of a Certain Age

  • Monday, April 28, 2014 - Jorie Lagerway (University College Dublin) presents: FX Brand Feminism and Justified’s Older Women 
  • Tuesday, April 29 2, 2014 - Elizabeth Alsop (Western Kentucky University) presents: Grandmother as Godfather: Justified’s Mags Bennett 
  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Isabelle Hendricks (Northeastern University) presents: Witches Suck: Jessica Lange’s Hexy-Sexy Glamor 
  • Thursday, May 1, 2014 - Ryan Castillo (University of Denver) presents: Just Another One of the Bros: How Jenny Condemns Masculine Femininity and Reaffirms Hegemonic Masculinity on FX’s The League
  • Friday, May 2, 2014 - Sonya Brown (Florida Atlantic University) presents: Over 40, Under Sheets: FX’s gift to women of a certain age is…Anger Management

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Handler & Netflix

Claire Atkinson reports that Chelsea Handler is in talks with Netflix for a show, format as yet unannounced.

Comcast-Charter Deal

Comcast has reportedly agreed with Charter on an exchange of subscribers that would help grease the wheels of the TWC merger and make Charter the second-largest cable operator.

Good TVeets

Sunday, April 27, 2014

State of SNL

Matthew Gilbert assesses the current state of Saturday Night Live.

Compelling TV Specs

Daniel Barna tries to deconstruct the components of TV shows that develop intense followings.

Live & Recorded Viewing

MarketingCharts analyzes the volume of live TV viewing compared to time-shifting options.

Streaming Economics

Neil Irwin looks at how Netflix and Amazon are ushering in new economic strategies for TV.

Pakistani Journalism

Journalists in Pakistan are rising up against government pressures in the wake of the shooting of an acclaimed newscaster.

Good TVeets

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.19 million, ABC: 6.00, NBC: 4.69, Fox: 2.99, CW: 1.27
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.4 rating/5 share, CBS: 1.2/ 4, NBC and Fox: 1.1/ 4 each, CW: 0.4/ 2
- Winners: Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Hart of Dixie (CW), Hannibal (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Quiz Shows

Matthew Norman looks at the boom in quiz shows on UK TV.

Maryland Tax Credit

Jenna Johnson reports that House of Cards will keep production in Maryland now that a tax incentive deal has been reached.

Netflix Speeds

The Washington Post has a chart showing how dramatically Netflix streaming speeds increased in the wake of the interconnection deal with Comcast. Also, Janko Roettgers makes note of the fact that Netflix is hiring a peer-to-peer engineer (perhaps in line with BitTorrent's suggestion?).

Good TVeets

Friday, April 25, 2014

Twitter Amplify

Brad Stone looks at how Twitter is using Amplify to connect TV and ads more thoroughly.

The Wire Today

David Simon speculates that if The Wire was coming along today, HBO would pass on it

Modern Family's Impact

Ziyad Saadi notes that Modern Family isn't having the impact it once did.

The Real World Renewed

MTV isn't done with The Real World yet.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.94 million, ABC: 5.66, Fox: 5.29, NBC: 2.54, CW: 1.59
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 2.4 rating/8 share, Fox: 1.5/ 5, ABC: 1.4/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Parks and Recreation (NBC), Saturday Night Live: SNL Shorts (NBC), Surviving Jack (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Transgender Representation

Neda Ulaby looks at the rise of transgender characters on TV.

BET's Millennial Push

Jeanine Poggi looks at BET's attempts to target younger audiences.

Episode Judgment

Ben Travers tackles The Good Wife's argument that the quality of longer-run network dramas should be judged differently than with shorter-run prestige cable drama.

Oliver Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks to John Oliver about his Daily Show work and his new HBO show.

Ad Break Engagement

Brian Steinberg reports on MTV's new efforts to include short topical video segments in commercial breaks to keep audiences engaged and advertisers pleased.

Netflix on Set-Tops

Netflix will be added as an app to three cable operator set-top boxes (RCN, Grande Communications and Atlantic Broadband).

24 Products

Brian Steinberg describes how Sprint and Chrysler are on board for sponsoring the new series of 24.

Netflix v. Comcast

Netflix is critical of Comcast in the interconnection scheme, while Comcast is pointing fingers back at Netflix. BitTorrent suggests Netflix try a peer-to-peer approach for a solution to this.

Parks & Rec Finale

Alan Sepinwall talks to showrunner Mike Schur on last night's Parks and Recreation season finale, which Alyssa Rosenberg found to be a feminist leap forward for the show. James Poniewozik has a review.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

FCC Net Plan

The FCC this afternoon tried to clarify its plans in regard to net neutrality, but it apparently mainly left more questions. Ryan Singel analyzes the plan. Chris Welch checks out reactions to the plan. Barbara van Schewick digs into the details of the plan.

Aereo Service

Farhad Manjoo would like to see Aereo win the Supreme Court case but believes that consumers deserve a better service than Aereo is offering. And R. L. Brody explains why she gave up on Aereo.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 8.87 million, CBS: 7.56, ABC: 5.64, NBC: 4.14, CW: 2.06
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 2.1 rating/6 share, ABC: 1.7/ 5, CBS: 1.5/ 5, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2
- Winners: Survivor (CBS), Modern Family (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Mixology (ABC), Nashville (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

European SVOD

Hannah Goodwin and John Vanderhoef look at the regulatory and economic state of the European SVOD market, as Netflix tries to expand further into it.

Time 100 TV

James Poniewozik highlights the TV people in the Time 100 list.

C7 Possibilities

Anthony Crupi considers the extra ad revenue C7 ratings could bring in. But Media Life readers say they don't expect ad buyers to get on board with this just yet.

HBO Go Ads

HBO has a funny series of ads for HBO Go about the awkwardness of kids watching HBO content with their parents. Chuck Tryon has analysis.

Yahoo's TV Push

Todd Spangler questions Yahoo's new TV development plans.

P&R & Sitcom Motherhood

Libby Hill puts Parks and Recreation's new pregnancy storyline in the context of problematic limited historical trends for sitcom women: "There is nothing wrong with Leslie Knope settling down and having (several) children...What is troubling, however, is how pervasive this trend has become with modern sitcom heroines."

TVD Author Fan Fiction

Alexandra Alter reports that the writer of the original Vampire Diaries books, who was fired from the series by the publisher, is now continuing the stories via fan fiction on Amazon, part of a movement at Amazon to offer fan fic of popular properties via acquired licenses.

Fan TV Box

Time Warner Cable subscribers will now have access to the Fan TV streaming box. Ryan Waniata looks at what's impressive about Fan TV. Adam Flomenbaum considers why TWC is offering this.

Transmedia Primer

Gianluca Fiorelli offers an informative guide to transmedia storytelling.

Digital and Online Competition

Brian Steinberg says networks will likely experience a soft upfronts, as online competitors weaken their position. In fact, a new survey finds that we spend more time with digital media now than with TV, with mobile usage especially coming on strong.

HBO on Prime

HBO has struck a deal with Amazon to have many TV library titles available to Prime subscribers. Swanni says this could be a game-changer. Peter Kafka has some dollar figure estimates from the deal. Josef Adalian considers what this means for Netflix and other issues related to the deal. Myles McNutt considers what this means for the DVD and syndication business. Rich Greenfield says this shows HBO sees Netflix as more of its competitor than Amazon.

TWC Money

Time Warner Cable profits are up, though the company has also spent a lot of money in preparation for the Comcast merger.

More Net Neutrality Reaction

Stacey Higginbotham questions what the FCC is doing with net neutrality, and Tim Wu says the FCC's plan could be called net discrimination. The FCC says analysts are getting their plan wrong. Meanwhile, Brazil looks to be headed toward net neutrality.

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler explains the new rules in a blog post.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Showrunners Doc

A clip is now available of an upcoming documentary on showrunners.

FCC Net Proposal

The FCC is reportedly working on new net neutrality rules that would undermine the very concept of net neutrality. T.C. Sottek is angry with the FCC for this. But the FCC chairman says people are getting the new rules all wrong, we'll learn more tomorrow.

FX Time-Shifted

According to TiVo data, three of the top ten most time-shifted cable shows for the last week in March were on FX (The Americans, Justified, and Archer)

Pakistan News

Declan Walsh and Salman Masood report on a Pakistani news channel that is rankling the government and military forces.

Future Possibilities

BBC iPlayer co-creator Anthony Rose shared his thoughts about the future of TV, and Vivek Thaker has some future ideas for Netflix related to the idea of streaming sharing.

BBC Mumbling

A number of viewers of the BBC drama Jamaica Inn have officially complained about sound problems on the broadcast, characterizing the actors as mumbling, but whether the problem is the actors or the sound recording is in dispute. And this is apparently not a new issue.

Dish's Internet TV

Bloomberg reports that a Dish Network internet TV service is planned for summer launch, and content providers are being courted. Janko Roettgers looks at the conditions making this possible, including the possible Comcast-TWC merger.

Netflix Signs Hurwitz

Netflix is officially back in business with Mitch Hurwitz for the creation of new series.

AOL + Miramax

AOL has made a movie streaming deal with Miramax.

Social Media Actors

Anita Busch highlights the most successful film and TV actors in terms of their social media presence.

Editors Strike

Editors for Last Comic Standing are on strike in an unionization attempt. Update: The editors are back to work, and a new agreement has been reached.

Tumblr's Social Activity

Tumblr is touting that it has more social TV activity than Twitter.

Sports Pricing

Brian Lowry says Time Warner Cable's hardball negotiations for distribution rights to the channel that carries Dodgers baseball illustrate sports TV out of control.

FX + MillerCoors

Joe Flint reports that FX Networks has signed a sponsorship deal with MillerCoors beer.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 9.41 million, NBC: 7.26, ABC: 3.76, Fox: 2.14, CW: 1.80
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 1.8 rating/5 share, CBS: 1.2/ 4, ABC: 1.1/ 3, Fox: 0.9/ 3, CW: 0.8/ 2
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), NCIS R (CBS), NCIS: Los Angeles R (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Glee (Fox), The Mindy Project (Fox), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paparazzi Profile

Stephen Rodrick takes us to the streets of LA where the paparazzi roam.

Racial Politics

Linda Holmes looks at Mad Men's recent address of race, while Alyssa Rosenberg discusses the racial politics of Mad Men and Veep.

Aereo Hearing

Peter Kafka and Amy Schatz summarize what they heard at the Supreme Court Aereo hearing. John Eggerton also reports, as do Brian Stelter (also a video report), Jeff John Roberts, Dominic Patten, Circa, Reuters, Adam Liptak, Tim Molloy, Adrianne Jeffiries, David Carr. A transcript of the arguments is available, and Peter Kafka highlights key questions. We learned that Justice Scalia doesn't seem to know that HBO is not over-the-air. Chris Ariens looks at how the evening network newscasts covered the story.

GoT Controversy

A scene in last night's Game of Thrones is generating a lot of debate today; analysis from Sonia Saraiya, Alyssa Rosenberg and Rosenberg again, Myles McNutt, Scott Meslow, Amanda Marcotte, Margaret Lyons, Sam Adams. The episode's director addresses questions about the scene. Laura Hudson reacts. More reactions from EW, Roxane Gay, Hillary Kelly and Kelly again, Madeline Davies. George RR Martin has responded in a Livejournal post. One of the writers also has a comment. Maureen Ryan offers twelve reasons why the scene matters. The Mary Sue presents a discussion of the scene.

ESPN Gets NFL Playoff Game

ESPN has received the rights to air an NFL Wild Card playoff game, while NBC will get three playoff games next season, including the Super Bowl. Sports Business Daily reports on the deal.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: ABC: 12.22 million, NBC: 11.07, CBS: 5.93, Fox: 5.19, CW: 1.14
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.9 rating/8 share, ABC: 2.0/ 6, CBS: 1.6/ 5, Fox: 1.4/ 4, CW: 0.3/ 1
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC)
- Fading Fast: The Following (Fox) 
- Losers (excluding repeats): Friends With Better Lives (CBS), Star-Crossed (CW), The Tomorrow People (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Goodbye, Scandal

A blogger named the Honorable Judge Whitey offers an extensive, informative explanation for why he is done with Scandal.

AT&T Video Venture

AT&T is joining with the Chernin Group to form an over-the-top video service.

Live & Non-Linear

Michael Newman delves into the TV and video past to make a point about the present, that live and non-linear viewing are likely to keep co-existing in tension.

Italian Lit on TV

Raffaella Silvestri says Italian TV is seeing a rise in literary tie-ins.

TV & Digital Ad Spending

Joe Mandese notes that TV still dominates in first quarter ad spending, though digital spending continues to rise.

TV Financing Indie-Style

Scott Roxborough looks at how Hollywood agencies are adapting an indie film financing model to TV by circumventing the major studios and supporting shows via foreign pre-sales, leaving networks with a reduced licensing fee.

Netflix Hike

Netflix will raise its subscriber fees this spring, though only for new customers for now. Brian Fung says this is a shrewd move. Netflix also announced it is beating analyst estimates and is closing in on international profitability. In its report, Netflix also came out officially against the Comcast-TWC merger, which displeases Comcast.  Also, Netflix is hoping to come to cable boxes. Swanni considers why this is happening now.

Social Analytics & Promos

Susan Kuchinskas looks at how BET's marketing team is adjusting Being Mary Jane promos based on social media data.

NBCU Profits

Thanks in part to actual profits from the Sochi Olympics, NBCU revenue is up. Also, Comcast overall is up, with growth in subscribers.

Comcast Deal

Netflix has announced its opposition to the Comcast-TWC merger, but Larry Downes thinks the opposition case is falling apart.

Aereo Links

The Supreme Court hearings on Aereo start in an hour. If the justices need some last-minute catchup, they should check out Jeff John Roberts' guide to what we need to know, Joanthan Handel on the Aereo case backstory, Peter Kafka on the Aereo perspective, Gerry Smith on possible outcomes, Jordan Crook interviewing Aereo's CEO. Issie Lapowsky says Netflix would be the real winner if Aereo is ruled legal.

Good TVeets

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fanfic Arrests

Several women in China have reportedly been arrested for writing slash fan fiction.

Sorkin on The Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin talked about The Newsroom at a Tribeca Film Festival event and explained what he's tried to do with it as he's learned how to write for it.

Real Housewives Complaint

A civil rights group is expressing concern over depictions of fighting in The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Cord Cutting Rises

We've got new cord-cutting figures from Experian that find sharp growth in the practice.

Richard Boone Show

Stephen Bowie explores what made 1964's  short-lived The Richard Boone Show so intriguing.

Ratings Starts

Ratings are out for WGA America's Salem and for BBC America's Orphan Black.

Streaming Problems

Franklin Morris digs into the technology behind HBO Go and Netflix streaming problems. And Stacey Higginbotham reports that Netflix is aiming to get AT&T to now sign a peering agreement.

Joss Whedon Film

Joss Whedon has snuck a film onto the internet, and you can see it online for $5.

HBO Renewals

HBO wants more Veep and Silicon Valley.

Aereo Links

David Carr says the future of TV is at stake in the Aereo case, and Katy Bachman also lays out the situation. Jonathan Handel notes that the government is Team Networks and will be allowed to argue in the case., which Swanni says is very significant. Ted Johnson looks back at predecessors in the live TV on-the-go arena. Joshua Brustein says the ruling won't end TV as we know it. John K. Hane says what Aereo is doing is piracy. Joan E. Solsman says the case is too close to call.

Deadliest Catch Push

Adam Flomenbaum checks out Discovery's social media push for Deadliest Catch's return.

McDonald's Ads

Gene Demby analyzes McDonald's print and TV ads from previous decades that target African-Americans and lose the Gs at the end of gerunds as they try to get down with black people.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 8.52 million, ABC: 4.63, NBC: 3.70, Fox: 1.97
- Adults 18-49: CBS: 1.4 rating/4 share, ABC: 1.1/ 4, Fox: 1.0/ 3, NBC: 0.9/ 3
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers (excluding repeats): American Dream Builders (NBC), Bob’s Burgers (Fox), Dateline (NBC), Crisis (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Women Who Create TV Panels

Henry Jenkins has posted videos of panels from a conference titled Women Who Make Television, whose guests included Felicia Henderson, Julie Plec, and Winnie Holzman.

Late Night Diversity

In a NPR piece, Eric Deggans looks at the lack of diversity in late night. Bobby Rivers adds thoughts.

Time-Shifted Losses

Will Richmond checks out TiVo data highlighting estimates of ad revenue that could be gained if ad rates were determined based on C7 standards, rather than  just C3.

Exec Salaries

The Wrap presents this year's media executive compensation survey (which also offers a lot of pictures of white men).

Digital Survey

Deloitte presents results of a survey into digital consumption habits.

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Spoiler Analysis

Dustin Rowles tries to understand why some internet users feel compelled to spoil. (But not me: Game of Thrones spoiler alert)

On Orphan Black

Orphan Black's co-creator offers insight into the season 2 premiere.

Comcast's Man

Michael Sokolove profiles David Cohen, "a supremely well-connected political player" working on behalf of Comcast.

Hammer's Plan

Sam Thielman profiles NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer and what she's putting in place for USA, Syfy, and other cable channels.

Exclusive Serial TV

Leo Kelion looks at how Amazon, Netflix, and Sky are trying to distinguish their services via serial-based original programming.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sitcom Homes

Joe Berkowitz analyzes real estate figures and salaries of various sitcom characters to determine who could and couldn't afford the homes they're depicted in.

Battle of the Network Stars

Dave Holmes looks back on the amazingness that was Battle of the Network Stars.

Sorkin's Sitcom

In a 1998 longread that will remain free for only the next 23 hours, Tad Friend delves into Aaron Sorkin's development of Sports Night.

Canadian Showrunners

Speaking of Orphan Black, Tony Wong looks at the rise of the Canadian showrunner.

Orphan Black Primer

If you need a recap of Orphan Black's narrative before its second season return tonight, Darwyn Carson has a primer. Emily Yahr has a more detailed summary.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 7.33 million, ABC: 6.43, NBC: 4.95, Fox: 2.72, CW: 1.07
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 1.5 rating/5 share, NBC and Fox: 1.0/ 4 each, CBS: 0.8/ 3, CW: 0.3/ 1
- Winners: Shark Tank (ABC), 20/20 (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Kitchen Nightmares (Fox), Hart of Dixie (CW), Hannibal (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Smart Shows

Kristen Iversen questions if shows like True Detective that appreciated for their complex meanings really are all that smart.

Tina Belcher: Hero

Jon Christian explains why Tina Belcher on Bob's Burgers is a feminist folk hero for young people.

Networks & the Internet

Jeff Giles considers how the broadcast networks can better take advantage of the internet.

Mad Men DVR Boost

A number of wealthy people waited a few days to watch Mad Men.

Retrans Study

A new SNL Kagan study finds retrans fees on the rise, though they're still a relatively small percentage of overall fees distributors pay to content providers.

Vodaphone + Netflix

Bloomberg reports that Vodaphone is talking with Netflix about carrying the streaming service.

Comcast News

Comcast and TWC are talking with Charter about selling subscribers to the latter in hopes of staving off regulatory objections. The Washington Post editorial board is in favor of the merger, but Tim Cushing highlights major flaws in their argument. The WSJ questions if Comcast's moves make sense.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Chinese Web Stardom

David Barboza looks at the emergence of stars within live interactive web entertainment in China.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 7.39 million, ABC: 7.32, Fox: 5.46, NBC: 3.27, CW: 1.53
- Adults 18-49: ABC: 2.2 rating/7 share, CBS and Fox: 1.6/ 5 each, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.6/ 2
- Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” R (CBS), “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), “Scandal” (ABC)
- Fastest Fading Show in Primetime: “American Idol” (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “Community” (NBC), “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), “The Crazy Ones” (CBS), “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC), “Surviving Jack” (Fox), “Parenthood” (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Aereo News

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has unrecused himself from the Aereo case, so the possibility of a tie vote is off the table. Barry Diller makes Aereo's case in a WSJ editorial. And Aereo has launched a website called Protect My Antenna to make its case to the public. David Lieberman has launched an Aereo primer series. Jeff John Roberts talks to Aereo's CEO about the future of TV.


A new issue of Critical Studies in Television features:

Eurovision & Social Liveness

Lucy Bennett offers analysis of the live social media experience of fan watching Eurovision.

ESPN's Success

ESPN is bragging about maintaining its profit supremacy despite rising sports rights fees and new competition from Fox Sports 1.

Twitter Affects Survivor

Andy Dehnart looks at how a Twitter response apparently altered one of Jeff Probst's Survivor plans.

4k Review

Geoffrey A. Fowler checks out a new Ultra HD TV set and considers if the added visual quality is worth the investment.

California Credits

Michael Cieply discusses Hollywood's attempts to convince California to bolster local production tax incentives.

TV Stars

In an NPR piece, Eric Deggans questions the viability of building TV shows around stars.

Fox Animation

Michael O'Connell summarizes Fox's new animation plans.

Scandal & Social Media

David Bloom analyzes how Scandal viewing has been bolstered by social media.

TV Conference Videos

Henry Jenkins has posted videos of panels from the Transforming Hollywood conference: Part 1, which has panels on new business models, programming in the cord-cutting era, and connected viewing and crowd-funding, and Part 2, which has a panel on creators and fans and an interview with actor Orlando Jones. Karen Petruska has summary coverage of the conference.

Live Viewing

The website MarketingCharts highlights recent studies finding that a preponderance of TV viewing is still geared toward watching programs at their scheduled times, and Comcast says they're seeing a correlation between binge viewing and subsequently increased live ratings.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Butch Lesbians

June Thomas questions the absence of butch lesbians on TV.

Comedy Development

NBC is working on developing a variety sketch show, while Twitter is the place where Seth Meyers is finding new writers for his show, such as Brayan Donaldson (aka @TheNardvark).

News Snacks

Andrew Wallenstein finds new NBCU 15- and 30-second news videos to be vapid yet gives the company credit for trying something new.

Scandal Music

Mike Ayers delves into the use of music on Scandal.

FNL Finale

Dalton Ross talks to showrunner Jason Katims about the Friday Night Lights series finale.

RIP Hal Cooper

Legendary TV comedy director Hal Cooper has died.

Open Source TV

Janko Roettgers reports on LG's new open source connected TV: "Think of it as Chromecast, but for a wide variety of devices."

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: Fox: 8.38 million, CBS: 7.67, NBC: 4.69, ABC: 3.81, CW: 2.19
- Adults 18-49: Fox: 1.9 rating/6 share, CBS: 1.6/ 5, NBC: 1.2/ 4, ABC: 1.1/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: Survivor (CBS)
- Fading Fast: American Idol (Fox)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Mixology (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Stewart & Stars

Jason Zinoman looks at Jon Stewart's success in grooming comedy stars via The Daily Show.

Hulu Questions

Tom Dotan saya Hollywood is now questioning Hulu's viability.

Sponsored Programming

Myles McNutt analyses a set of brand-produced programs, including Subway's The 4 to 9ers and Chipotle's Farmed and Dangerous, and considers how creative goals and commercial imperatives intermingle.

Colbert Analysis

Mike Vago argues that Stephen Colbert's move to CBS is a step down for him.

OITNB Trailer

A season 2 trailer for Orange is the New Black has dropped.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Channel 5 Sale

Discovery and BSkyB have reportedly purchased Britain's Channel 5. ... Or maybe not. Discovery is now said to be out of the running.

WWE Links

Libby Hill offers an insightful comparisons between WWE's Monday Night Raw and RuPaul's Drag Race based on notions of gender and performance. And an apparently genuine script for Monday's episode of Raw has leaked.

Blue Mountain State Kickstarter

The former Spike series Blue Mountain State is seeking Kickstarter funding for a movie version. Myles McNutt offers analysis of this move.

80s Allure

Amy Merrick explore why the 1980s has become a key decade for advertisers to mine.

FX Late Night

Nellie Andreeva notes that FX has apparently abandoned the plan for late night programming.

Good Wife Emmys Campaign

The Good Wife's Emmys campaign involves highlighting how many more episodes the show has to crank out compared to prestige cable dramas.

Netflix in Germany

Janko Roettgers reports that Netflix will launch in Germany in September.

Torrent News

Javier Espinoza reports on BitTorrent's attempts to go legit, while Game of Thrones has set a torrent record.

The Americans Renewed

FX wants a third season of The Americans.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Total Viewers: CBS: 14.02 million, NBC: 8.42, ABC: 3.83, Fox: 2.26, CW: 1.55
- Adults 18-49: NBC: 2.1 rating/6 share, CBS: 2.0/ 6, ABC: 1.3/ 4, NBC: 1.0/ 3, CW: 0.7/ 2
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), The Voice (NBC), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS)
- Honorable Mention: Chicago Fire (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Glee (Fox), New Girl (Fox), The Mindy Project (Fox), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Fargo started out ok.