Sunday, August 31, 2014

NFL Saturation

Ken Belson proposes that the NFL is risking market saturation.

New BBC Trust Chair

Businesswoman Rona Fairhead has been appointed the new head of the BBC Trust; Peter Preston offers analysis.

OWN Web Series

Natalie Jarvey looks at how OWN has taken advantage of a production residency program at YouTube to create a new celebrity-focused web series.

Good TVeets

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Clinton's Exit

Amy Chozik reports on Chelsea Clinton's coming departure from NBC News.

Comcast is the Worst

Lynn Stuart Paramore says Comcast is the worst company in the US.

Good TVeets

Friday, August 29, 2014

Publishing & Broadcasting Part

Harry A. Jessell looks at the move away from publishing and broadcasting cross-ownership.

US Open Coverage

Ken Kerschbaumer looks at CBS's technologically innovative coverage of the US Open tennis tournament.

HBO & Netflix Funding

Adam Flomenbaum features an infographic comparing how Netflix and HBO fund their shows.

Showrunner Exits

The showrunner for The Following has stepped down, as has the showrunner for Ray Donovan.

TV Households

Nielsen puts the estimate of TV households for the 2014-15 season at 116.4 million.

Audiences, Not Content

Dave Morgan argues that media fragmentation means audiences will drive the ad world, not content.

Aereo Keeps Trying

Aereo hasn't given up courting the courts.

Vice Stake

Vice is reportedly in talks to sell a 10% stake in the company to A&E Networks, which also means Disney and Hearst. Peter Kafka looks at Vice's bigger intentions. David Carr earlier wrote about Vice's direction toward hard news.

Finke's Latest

Kate Aurthur reports that is nothing more than a note right now, and it could be shut down entirely soon.

Quit Solving TV

In the wake of The Sopranos kerfuffle, Miles Klee says we need to just stop seeking closure and clarity for everything.

BBC Close to CNN

Ishbel Macleod reports that the BBC is on track to overtake CNN as the most-visited news site globally.

Thursday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Thursday, August 28, 2014

MLB Suit

Eriq Gardner updates us on a Major League Baseball lawsuit involving regional broadcast blackouts.

YouTube & MCNs

Felix Gillette delves into YouTube's growth in original web series programming and the multi-channel networks that have sprouted up to make money from it and its stars.

TV Minorities

Driadonna Roland laments a post-Fresh Prince decline in series with African-American leads, while Robert Rorke notes the uptick in racial diversity coming this fall.

ESPN Criticized

ESPN has come under criticism for reporting on NFL player Michael Sam's locker room showering practices.

Netflix Gets Blacklist

Netflix has picked up streaming rerun rights to The Blacklist in what is said to be the biggest SVOD deal for a series ever, $2 million per episode.

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Longmire Cancelled

A&E has cancelled Longmire, but the producers hope to shop it elsewhere.

News Reinvention

Richard Sambrook and Sean McGuire insist that 24-hour channels have to reinvent themselves.

Integrated Newsroom

Will Mumford looks at how an Australian news outlet has become the first to fully integrate their television and print newsroom.

Binge Lament

Anick Jesdanun explains what's not to like about binge-watching TV.

Future Uncertainty

Sharon Waxman highlights the uncertainty facing TV execs looking to the future.

Designing The Knick

Kate Klobe delves into set decoration on The Knick.

New Amazon Pilots

Mike Hale previews the new pilots coming to Amazon today. And Cory Barker considers Amazon's attempts to brand its unique pilot approach. Eric Deggans isn't impressed by the new pilots.

SEC Power

Richard Sandomir looks at how the SEC's football prowess will translate to its own TV channel.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cable Transformation

Imran Shah and Dan Dodson highlight five trends in a transforming cable industry.

SNL Black Cast Members

Wesley Morris delves into the history of black cast members on Saturday Night Live.

Doctor Who Title Sequence

Doctor Who has a new title sequence; the man who designed it talks about the process of making it.

Chase Walks Back

David Chase is now denying that he said whether Tony Soprano is dead or alive, and Matt Zoller Seitz chronicles the fascination with this question. Todd VanDerWerff responds to the response.

CA Tax Credits

California politicians have reached a deal to broaden the state's film and TV production tax credits.

Finke Site

Seth Abramovitch reports on a new website that purports to have pictures of the reclusive Nikke Finke and showcases what it sees as her professional transgressions.

Cops Staffer Killed

A member of the Cops crew was shot while recording an armed robbery. Update: The man shot was an audio technician, and he has died from his injuries. Brian Stelter reports.

Finding Shows

Larissa Faw reports on a new survey into how viewers find out about new shows to watch.

Google Maps Sets

Google has a post highlighting a few TV set locations visible on Google maps.

Canadian Netflix Competitor

A pair of Canadian cable providers have teamed up to launch shomi, a streaming service intended to compete with Netflix.

Gunn's Impact

Alyssa Rosenberg argues that Anna Gunn's portrayal of Breaking Bad's Skyler White was a game-changer for TV.

Thanks, Movies

Noah Gittell says TV has movies to thank for its current golden age.

.TV Domain

Noam Cohen looks at the rise of the .TV domain suffix, which has been economically beneficial to a Polynesian island country called Tuvalu.

Israeli Inspiration

Andrea Morabito notes that Israeli TV is providing a lot of inspiration for US TV.

TWC Secrets

A person who claims to be a Time Warner Cable technician is spilling secrets on Reddit.

TiVo's Aereo

Mike Masnick notes that TiVo has released a product that works a lot like Aereo, but with a key (yet seemingly silly) distinction that might keep it legal.

Chelsea's Impact

Chelsea Handler's show on E! ended last night, and Carla Meyer considers the show's impact.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Netflix & Emmys

Emily Yahr considers why Netflix isn't winning Emmys. But Timothy Stenovic argues that Netflix won at the Emmys anyway.

Sopranos Ending

Martha Nochimson finally got David Chase to give an answer to the ultimate question about Tony Soprano's fate. Alan Sepinwall offers analysis, as do Alyssa Rosenberg and Sam Adams. Update: Aaaand, never mind.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fart Suit

A stuffed animal manufacturer has sued CBS over its sale of NCIS Bert the Farting Hippos via its website.

Merger Responses

Netflix has filed a petition with the FCC opposing the Comcast-TWC merger, while Comcast keeps insisting the merger will be pro-consumer.

Monday Ratings

Preliminary network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Cable News Ratings

Rick Kissell reports that Fox News had a good ratings week, while MSNBC did not.

Turner Buyouts

Brian Stelter reports on the buyouts starting to hit Tuner employees. And Jeanine Poggi reports that more cuts are coming.

New Reruns

Brooks Barnes reports on a new residuals agreement that will enable the distribution of thousands of hours of TV reruns from shows old and new.

Emmys Coverage

Emmy awards were handed out last night. Deadline has lists of winners by show and by channel. And there's analysis of the broadcast from Erik Adams, Linda Holmes, Alan Sepinwall, Myles McNutt, Kate Aurthur, Todd VanDerWerffNellie Andreeva, Matt Brennan, Hitfix, Brian Stelter, Mario Anzuoni, Hank Stuever, Sarah Larson, Brian Lowry. Plus there are many more links at TV Tattle. Sofia Vergara defended her pedestal routine (which you'll find didn't go over very well with the Good TVeeters), and Ben Travers defends HBO for putting True Detective in Best Drama, where it lost. Travers also says Netflix getting shut out is a negative for TV. Katie Kilkenny points to Billy Eichner's Emmys bit as an insightful sendup of the Emmys. Amanda Cuda proposes reasons for why people are mad Modern Family keeps winning but happy about other repeat winners. Scott Feinberg says the voting process is broken.

Good TVeets

Monday, August 25, 2014

Naked Series

T.L. Stanley looks at the rise of reality shows where nudity comes into play.

CBS Affiliates

Gray Television has renewed its affiliate deal with CBS, while WISH in Indiana has to figure what to do without CBS affiliation next year, as the network dropped it over a reverse compensation dispute.

No-Cable Devices

TiVo is offering a new DVR made for a pay TV-free household, while a San Francisco startup company has a tablet featuring over-the-air television.

Hulu Marketing

Sam Thielman talks to Hulu's new head of marketing.

Mayors Like Merger

52 US mayors have signed a letter in favor of Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable.

Amazon + Twitch

Rather than Google as expected, Amazon will purchase Twitch, a video game streaming company. Richard Taylor considers what Amazon could be looking for here, and Will Richmond says that Twitch could become for Amazon what YouTube is for Google. Emir Afrati investigates why Google didn't make the deal.

Dunham's Book

Jacob Clifton writes about the contention that surrounds Lena Dunham as an autobiography author.

Praise for Oliver

David Uberti highlights four topics that John Oliver has covered better than TV news.

Sunday Ticket Deal

John Ourand and Daniel Kaplan report that the NFL and DirecTV are close to a new Sunday Ticket deal.

Online Premieres

Jason Lynch discusses the rise of fall TV series premiering online early.

Actor Earnings

Forbes' 2014 list of highest-paid actors is out.

Who Ratings

Doctor Who set a Saturday night ratings record for BBC America.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

CNN Cuts

Jeff Zucker is reportedly telling CNN employees to brace for job and budget cuts.

Merger Objections

Emily Steel reports on opposition to media mergers from the head of Rural Media Group, who argues that such consolidation especially hurts rural America.

Music Supervisors

Steve Chagollan profiles a set of music supervisors, some of whom work in TV.

New In Media Res

Theme: African-American Media

  • Monday, August 25, 2014 - Miriam J. Petty (Northwestern University) presents: Names and Claims: "Shabooya, Roll Call!"
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Mark D. Cunningham (Austin Community College) presents: No Apologies Necessary: Determining What Is "Good" in Black Popular Culture 
  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Allyson Nadia Field (UCLA) presents: Dad’s Hollywood Secret 
  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Nina Cartier (Northwestern University) presents: Swinging the Pendulum of Black Pop Culture Feminism 
  • Friday, August 29, 2014 - Terri Francis (Indiana University) presents: Josephine Baker’s French African American Films

SNL Thoughts

Carrie Battan asked up-and-coming comedians about for opinions on Saturday Night Live.

Emmy Links

The Emmys are on tonight, and Todd VanDerWerff offers an explanation for why we're getting the broadcast on a Monday, as does Josef Adalian. Brian Lowry looks at how awards prestige matters in today's era of TV, and Emily Steel also considers the value of winning an Emmy as the competition for one grows. Stuart Elliott notes that the live broadcast is attractive to advertisers. Olivia Goldhill considers why British TV does so well at the Emmys.

Good TVeets

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Notable Scenes

Adam Epstein highlights six TV scenes that display impressive directing.

Simpsons Aspect Ratio

Robert Sorokanich notes the frustration many are having with FXX's Simpsons marathon airing in a 16:9 aspect ratio, which results in image loss.

Good TVeets

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sunday Talk

Brian Steinberg garners opinions about the state of Sunday news talk shows.

Fake News

Brian Phillips surveys the landscape of satirical news and notes how thin the line is between real and fake news these days.

Colbert & Stewart Diversity

Chloe Angyal laments the lack of diversity among guests of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Murdoch's Trolling

Peter Lauria notes that Rupert Murdoch has become an expert troll on Twitter.

Enlisted Done

Yahoo has decided against picking up Enlisted, so its battle is over.

Simpsons Ratings

As Good TVeets indicates, The Simpsons marathon is doing well FXX.

Good TVeets

Friday, August 22, 2014

Diversity Lessons

Monika Bartyzel proposes five lessons movies can take away from TV's recent successes with diversity.

People Suit

A former editor for People is suing the magazine for racial discrimination.

Thursday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Measuring Audiences

Matt Smith shares thoughts about measuring audiences in the TV Everywhere era.

Kid Viewing Habits

John Ourand writes of how a vacation spent with kids opened his eyes about kids and TV today.

Shark Week Social Media

Allan Ripp laments what social media has done to Shark Week.

Top Chef Harassment

Deadline reports that Teamsters aggressively harassed Top Chef crew members in anger over not being offered contracts by the show.

Aereo Rejected Again

Aereo has lost another federal court case, which hinders its attempt to reorient as a cable company.

Finke's Site

Kate Aurthur says it's possible that Nikki Finke has abandoned her new website.

Rectify Interview

Alan Sepinwall talks to Rectify's creator about the series' second season and finale.

Indie Consolidation

Claire Atkinson notes the trend of indie TV studios being snatched up by bigger companies. And the chief exec of Channel 4 warns that British indies being bought by US companies will prove detrimental to the British TV industry.

HBO Potential

Peter Lauria reports on a new Barclays study finding that HBO could earn $100 million more from subscribers if its cable contracts were different. And Peter Kafka reports on what the study has to say about the potential economic advantage of offering HBO over-the-top.

Fallon's Ratings

Toni Fitzgerald reports on Jimmy Fallon's strong ratings six months into his Tonight Show tenure.

Good TVeets

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sinclair Programming

The station group owner Sinclair has launched an original programming division, which initially will develop shows for its MyNetworkTV and CW affiliates.

Xfinity on Campus

Comcast has created a new video service tailored to college students.

Social Media View

The View is undergoing changes, including ushering in real-time social media interactions.

Ferguson Media

Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold look at how the media have become part of the story in Ferguson and the blurring of the line between reporting and opinion.

Roku TV

Joshua Brustein looks at Roku's move from box to TV.

Wednesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Dodgers Impasse Impact

Todd Shields and David McLaughlin consider how Time Warner Cable's Dodgers blackout could end up undermining its merger with Comcast.

Nathan For You Followup

Molly Lambert visited business featured on Nathan For You to assess the impact of being on the show.

Infidelity on TV

Ann Oldenburg notes the trend of marriage infidelity plots on TV.

Women on TV

Joanna Robinson slideshows gifs of the 48 women nominated for acting Emmys to illustrate the greatness of women on TV right now. Zan Romanoff highlights the rise of female investigator characters. And Sarah Siobhan looks at Orphan Black as mainstreaming feminism.

OITNB Piracy

Janko Roettgers looks at piracy figures for Orange is the New Black

Cosmos + Pot

Joal Ryan looks into the popularity of the Cosmos series among pot smokers.

EPL Ratings

Matt Yoder reports that English Premier League soccer is setting ratings records in its opening week.

Survivor Deal

Survivor editors have reportedly reached a benefits deal with Mark Burnett's production company.

State of AMC & FX

Kim Masters looks at the tough spot AMC finds itself in, at a crossroads with signature hits leaving and few new shows looking like ample replacements. In contrast, FX continues to make strides, and Mary Milliken looks at how its formula is working. Assessing Halt and Catch Fire's renewal, Josef Adalian says its a sign of channel patience today.

SNL Assessments

James Andrew Miller assesses the current state of Saturday Night Live. The Dissolve assesses SNL spinoff movies. And Lorne Michaels assesses Don Pardo's legacy.


Bill Cromwell offers a media buyer primer on the Emmys broadcast. Matthew Gilbert laments that Emmy categories haven't kept up with TV's complexity. Pete Hammond warns that traffic will be a nightmare Monday night.

Summer Scorecard

Andy Greenwald lists summer TV winners and losers. Wayne Friedman reports that ABC and NBC are neck-and-neck for the summer ratings win.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Doctor Who's Meaning

Elizabeth Minkel explores what the global exportation of Doctor Who might be telling the world about British culture.

The Wire & Ferguson

Christopher Lockett considers how The Wire pointed toward developments in police militarization, as seen currently in Ferguson, Missouri.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Showtime Renewals

Showtime wants third seasons of Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.

Halt & Catch Fire Renewed

AMC has ordered a second season of Halt and Catch Fire. Alan Sepinwall reports.

Fall Ratings Forecast

Wayne Friedman reports on a fall ratings forecast which predicts a decline in network ratings and eyes CBS's performance as key indicator for overall results.

SNL Politics

THR has an excerpt from a new update to a Saturday Night Live oral history book focusing on the show's political satire from the late aughts.

State of AJAM

Dean Starkman outlines Al Jazeera America's problems, including a disconnect between its TV and web operations. Alex Weprin talked with the channel's president about its first year and future plans.

Cable Business

Paul Bond notes that while cable is having ratings challenges, channel revenue keeps going up.

Solid Summers

Toni Fitzgerald highlights summer programs that have gone under the radar but have performed admirably in the ratings.

Ad Market Explanations

Sam Thielman summarizes how media execs spun ad market declines to investors in second quarter earnings calls.

Gore vs. Al Jazeera

Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America for money owed from the sale of Current, but Al Jazeera says the suit has no basis in fact.

Video Monetization Report

A new report is out detailing video monetization for the second quarter of 2014, and it shows live streaming records set and mobile and OTT growth.

Halftime Pay

Hannah Carp reports that the NFL is asking potential Super Bowl halftime performers to make a financial contribution in exchange for the privilege.

Mad Men Awards

Daniel D'Addario proposes reasons for why Mad Men actors don't win Emmys.

Cable News Ratings

Michael O'Connell looks at cable news ratings tied to Ferguson coverage.

Netflix-TWC Deal

Stacey Higginbotham reports on Netflix signing a paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, as Netflix now has deals with the top four ISPs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scottish Independence Impact

John Birt says it would be a big blow to the BBC if Scotland opts for independence from the United Kingdom.

Finding Carter Renewed

MTV wants more Finding Carter.

Fox Sports 1 at 1

Jeanine Poggi reports on Fox Sports 1's progress as it reaches the first anniversary of its launch, as ratings haven't yet to meet expectations.

Turner Layoffs

Alex Weprin reports on a memo from Turner's CEO warning that layoffs are coming in the next few months across its many channels.

Ferguson Coverage

Brian Stelter reports on six journalists being arrested last night in Ferguson, MO, and Phil Kurz notes that the police seemed to target TV reporters. Diana Marszalek looks at how local stations have handled coverage.

The Knick's Music

Anne Helen Petersen talks to the composer of music for The Knick.

The Strain Renewed

FX wants a second season of The Strain.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Auction Suit

The NAB has filed suit over objections to the FCC's spectrum auction rules.

Comcast's Dominance

Adrianne Jeffries looks at Comcast's intention to grow bigger and the possible consequences.

PBS Digital Studios

Myles McNutt has an interview with people involved in the web series Frankenstein M.D., a PBS Digital Studios web series: Part one, Part two.

Thursday Night Football

Brian Steinberg reports that CBS is asking over $500,000 for 30-second ads during its Thursday NFL broadcasts. Stuart Elliott also looks at CBS's big hopes and big marketing for the games.

Rectify Renewed

Sundance Channel wants a third season of Rectify.

RIP Don Pardo

SNL announcer Don Pardo has died.

Good TVeets

Monday, August 18, 2014

Comcast Interview

Joan E. Solsman talks to a Comcast consumer services exec about the state and future of the company.

Amazon Strategy

Emily Steel looks at how Amazon's programming development has shifted from a data-driven approach to a more creatively-minded one. (link fixed)

Broadcasters vs. Aereo

Wendy Davis updates the latest move by broadcasters to finish off Aereo.

Cable Broadband Boom

Will Richmond reports on the growth in subscribers getting their broadband service from cable providers.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Fienberg.

Shopping Xbox Studios

Michael McWhertor reports that Microsoft is trying to keep Xbox Entertainment Studios alive by finding a buyer.

Broadcast Money

Rich Greenfield offers a visual depiction of the flow of money in broadcast television.

Food Network's Problems

Allen Salkin defends Guy Fieri and insists that Food Network's decline owes more to a decline in inventiveness.

Minority Pledge

BSkyB has pledged to reach a 20% hiring target of ethnic minorities among stars and writers by the end of next year.

Lindelof & Forgiveness

As we're on the verge of the tenth anniversary of the start of Lost (which, wow), Ryan McGee encourages the Lost fans who hounded Damon Lindelof to forgive him and to forgive themselves for their treatment of him.

TV Dads

As part of NPR's Men in America series, Eric Deggans discusses the troubled fathers on prestige dramas.

NBC + Rentrak

Three of NBC's O&Os have signed with Rentrak for audience measurement.

New In Media Res

Theme: Sketch Comedy 

  • Monday, August 18, 2014 - Raechel Tiffe (Merrimack College) presents: Post-Feminism & the Dehumanization of Sex Workers in SNL’s Moet & Chandon Sketch 
  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Myra Washington (University of New Mexico) presents: “Mixed-Wieners” and mixed-race humour: Laughing at “Key & Peele”
  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Diana DePasquale (Bowling Green State University) presents: Just enough feminism? Or not feminist enough? 
  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Nick Marx (Colorado State University) presents: Nathan for You and Cable’s Contested Masculinities 
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 - Katharine Zakos (Georgia State University) presents: SNL, Sketch Comedy, and Representation

Breaking Bad Remake

Juan Ramos discusses the Latin American remake of Breaking Bad and the growth in Spanish-language translations of US series.

Live TV Decline

Claire Atkinson highlights declines in live TV viewership.

Building Cinemax

Adam Epstein looks at how HBO has tried to build its sibling Cinemax into a legitimate premium channel competitor.

Host News

Craig Ferguson is reportedly in talks for a syndicated talk show that would air in the early evening, while Adam Fairholm laments what Seth Meyers has done to the legacy of Late Night. And Chuck Todd is taking over Meet the Press on Sundays, and Jay Rosen explains where David Gregory and the show have gone wrong.

Creative Arts Emmys

Creative Arts Emmys were handed out Saturday night, and Daniel Fienberg highlights notable wins.

Ferguson Coverage

Part of the story in Ferguson, Missouri, has been media coverage: James Poniewozik wrote about the presence of cameras in the city a few days ago, and last night was especially potentially dangerous for reporters. David Carr notes the key role Twitter has played in sharing news and first-hand reports. As Matt Zoller Seitz discusses, some have taken to watching online livestreams over cable news, and Rick Ellis's experience with this raised a TV Everywhere issue. John Oliver covered Ferguson on his show last night.

Good TVeets

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last Summer Hiatus

I'm taking my last trip of summer before school reality sets in again, so things will be sporadic around here through the weekend. But then it's back to business.

Good TVeets

Note: This edition is all Ferguson-coverage tweets. Good TVeets is normally a delightful escape from the serious, but this really was the story of TV and Twitter last night, at least in my little corner of Twitter, so it seemed like the most relevant thing to capture. I hope, pray, and intend that we will get back to escapist TV love and snark very soon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Social TV & Millennials

Colin Dixon reports on new research from nScreenMedia about millennial audiences' use of social media in conjunction with TV.

+7 Ratings

Eric Chemi charts out drama ratings improvement by channel when looking at L+7 ratings (link fixed).

Dish's Virtual Plan

Brian Stelter looks at Dish Network's plans to pitch a virtual MVPD service to millennials.

TV Everywhere Knowledge

P.J. Bednarski reports on a survey into what people do and don't know about TV Everywhere services.

Survivor Editors Strike

Deadline reports that Survivor editors have walked off the show in a bid a union contract. Update: The strike has ended to give way to more talks.

OITNB Casting

Emily Orley talks to Orange is the New Black's casting director about selecting the actors for the series.

Shark Week Criticism

Simon Dumenco notes the preponderance of articles criticizing Discovery for airing fake documentaries during Shark Week, with allegations including lying to scientists to get their participation.


The Leftovers is getting a second season from HBO, and Switched at Birth is getting a fourth season from ABC Family.

Writing Diversity

Amanda Marcotte highlights attempts at diversity in late-night writers' rooms at Seth Meyers' and John Oliver's shows.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

State Torrenting

A real estate site has charted out the most torrented TV shows and movies by state and which states do the most and least torrenting.

Soderbergh's Authorship

R. Colin Tait discusses authorial appreciation for Steven Soderbergh's directorial work on The Knick.

Retrans Contentions

Al Tompkins reports that CBS is playing hardball with affiliates over retrans money, and Rich Greenfield notes that those with the content have all the leverage in retrans negotiations.

Ferguson Coverage

Brian Stelter looks at the role of social media compared to professional news in coverage of the events in Ferguson, MO.

Ratings News

Shark week is up, awards shows are up, network summer is down, morning news is a battle.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Watching Netflix

Rich Greenfield considers how Netflix viewing practices are encroaching on traditional TV.

Outlander's Appeal

Matt Webb Mitovich highlights the solid ratings for the new Starz series Outlander, especially the gender balance.

Amazon's Efforts

Jason Lynch talks to Roy Price about building Amazon Studios into a Netflix competitor.

Football Advertising

Sam Thielman looks at the backlash against excessive advertising graphics during a recent NFL telecast.

Aereo News

Wendy Davis reports that Aereo is still looking to stay operational, and Brian Fung says the senate plan for "Local Choice" (see four posts below) could inadvertently help Aereo out.

Another Comcast Call

Comcast has again been embarrassed by someone recording poor customer service.

Robin Williams on TV

Alan Sepinwall offers a remembrance of Robin Williams' TV work. James Poniewozik has an appreciation. Ben Travers collects Williams TV highlights. Todd VanDerWerff considers his comedy legacy. TV Tattle has many more links. Jim Norton discuss the sadness often within comedians. David Simon discusses working with Williams on Homicide.

Good TVeets

Monday, August 11, 2014

Political News

Kate Tummerallo reports that Republicans are demanding more transparency from the FCC, and Brian Fung reports on a new senate proposal titled "Local Choice" calling for pay TV operators to let subscribers select (and pay for) which individual broadcast channels they want, and a broadcast advocacy group has slammed the plan.

Upfronts Mystery

With upfronts declines, Sam Thielman wonders where last year's dollars are going this year.

Beck's Challenge

Brian Stelter looks at Glenn Beck's attempts to get TV carriage for TheBlaze. (Annoyance alert: An auto-play ad that appears to refuse to pause starts playing at the link.)

Fieri's Fault

Farsh Askari blames Guy Fieri for ruining Food Network.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Daniel Fienberg.

Comcast's Service Problems

Adrianne Jeffries continues The Verge's series on Comcast's customer service with a look at organizational structure problems.

New In Media Res

Theme: Magicians (Yes! Magicians!)

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 - Joe Culpepper (University of Toronto) presents: Maraş dondurmasi: Secrets of a Magical Ice Cream Commodity
  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Charlie Ecenbarger II (Ball State Univeristy) presents: Forgiving Through Connecting: Neil Patrick Harris and Barney Stinson
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - Christopher Lirette (Emory University) presents: Magic to Not Be who I Am: Grant Morrison, Chaos Magick, and Western Mystery Traditions 
  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 - Laurel Ahnert (Georgia State University) presents: DMC: Magic for Change 
  • Friday, August 15, 2014 - Jason Derby (Georgia State University) presents: Sleight of Hand: A Model of secrecy in public

Wrestling's Legacy

Dan O'Sullivan delves into pro wrestling's history and money-making legacy.

Pratt's Stardom

Alan Sepinwall talked to the creators of Chris Pratt's TV shows to find expectations of his future stardom.

Good TVeets

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Online Video Pilots

Nuno Bernardo says that YouTube has become a testing ground for TV.

Attractive Indies

Mark Sweney explains why independent British TV producers have become attractive targets for foreign companies.

Documentary Data

Lene Sillesen notes how Netflix's refusal to release viewer data to anyone can be especially problematic for documentary filmmakers whose films are streamed on the service.

The Killing Cinematography

The Go Creative Show podcast talks with The Killing director of photography Gregory Middleton.

Good TVeets

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Retrans Reform

John Eggerton reports on a new retrans reform proposal brought forth in the Senate Commerce Committee, which "would essentially end retrans negotiations between cable/satellite and broadcasters for local station carriage, with cable operators essentially acting as collecting agents for the TV station payments made by subs to broadcasters."

NFL Blackout Rule

Jon Brodkin looks at how the NFL is fighting to save its blackout rule.

Kid Viewing Habits

Mathew Ingram discusses his daughters' media consumption habits to showcase how TV viewing is changing.

Viacom vs. Cablevision

David Lieberman reports on a courtroom battle between Viacom and Cablevision over a carriage deal.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Black Jesus Ratings

Adult Swim's Black Jesus has drawn controversy and now good ratings.

Twitter & Fan Culture

Aaron Sagers says Twitter unites comic fan communities like a year-round Comic-Con.

Shark Week Sensation

Ann Oldenburg looks at the big ritual that Shark Week has become.

ER's Birth

Former agent Tony Krantz last month wrote about how the medical drama ER was packaged and sold to NBC.

The Knick Online

Cinemax has posted the first episode of The Knick on YouTube. Also, Cinemax is apparently having a free weekend.

Netflix in Germany

Janko Roettgers says Netflix should find a receptive audience when it launches in Germany next month, as many in the country are already habitual streamers.

TV Microaudiences

Robert Lloyd looks at how small, devoted audiences are changing TV.

Quality Saturation

Jason Lynch says ratings for The Knick and Outlander will help indicate if we are over-saturated with quality TV. Esther Zuckerman notes that both shows will also help establish the drama credentials of Starz and Cinemax going forward.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Wonder Years Oral History

Paste offers an oral history of The Wonder Years.

Big Brother Israel

Nina Strochlic chronicles the case of Big Brother Israel continuing to air, and even thrive in viewership, during the current crisis in the region

New In Media Res

Theme: HIV/AIDS and Television

Thursday Ratings

Daniel Fienberg says there isn't much to take from last night's network ratings given preemptions and delays all over the place. Cable ratings.

Shark Week Fiction

Andy Dehnart is critical of Discovery airing fake documentaries during Shark Week.


Peter Kafka reports on Les Moonves floating the idea that CBS's TV studio could start producing original shows for streaming outlets. Adam Epstein reports on Jeff Bewkes comments that HBO Go could become more like Netflix. And Kafka also reports on Netflix stopping another company from measuring its viewership.

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