Wednesday, December 31, 2014

RIP Edward Herrmann

Actor Edward Herrmann has died.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Fienberg.

Sports Ad Glut

Miriam Gottfried notes that a glut of live sports could be driving down ad prices.

Movie Repeats

Joe Flint looks at how reruns of theatrical movies dominate cable programming.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Fienberg.

Best Endings

Joe Ried praises superior endings from 2014 films and TV series.

Cancelled Ratings

Tony Maglio highlights the ratings averages for cancelled shows this year.

Comcast Prices

Swanni reports that Comcast subscriber bills are going up in January.

Blue Bloods & Race

Laura Hudson analyzes Blue Bloods' representation of the relationship between police and African-Americans.

Questions For Colbert

Brian Steinberg poses questions related to Stephen Colbert's move to network late night.

Aereo Growth

Shalini Ramachandran reports on figures showing how rapidly Aereo was growing in its final months of existence.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ratings Moments

Spotted highlights the year's most interesting TV ratings-related stories: 10-6 and 5-1.

Cable Problems

Karl Bode says the Dish-Fox News standoff is another sign of the dying cable industry's dysfunction.

News Ratings

Stephen Battaglio looks at TV news ratings for 2014, from morning to evening and network to cable. Fox News was, for the 13th year running, the most-watched cable channel of the year, while CNN hit some lows.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 29, 2014

Most Torrented Shows

TorrentFreak has posted a top ten list of most-pirated shows of 2014 obtained via BitTorrent.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Fienberg.

Sitcom Formula

Noah Charney proposes the single formula for writing a sitcom episode.

12 Monkeys Lighting

The upcoming TV version of 12 Monkeys will come with a suggested "light track" to synchronize your lighting at home with the mood of the on-screen action.

2015 Hot Seat

David Carr highlights the media companies and execs who should be nervous going into 2015.

New In Media Res

Theme: Pee-Wee Herman

  • Monday, December 29, 2014 - Linda Levitt (Stephen F. Austin University) presents: Worldmaking in the Playhouse 
  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - Kevin Ferguson (Queens College, CUNY) presents: Pee-Wee’s Daddy 
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - Daniel Redmond (Tufts University) presents: Pee-Wee Herman’s Marries a Fruit Salad 
  • Thursday, January 1, 2014 - Adam Cottrel (Georgia State University) presents: Losing My Imagination 
  • Friday, January 2, 2014 - Nedda Ahmed (Georgia State University) presents: Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Innuendo & The Art of the Supercut

Reality Slump

Scott Collins delves into reality TV's ratings decline.

Morning & Late Night

Bill Carter offers a behind-the-scenes look at the network morning shows, while Matthew Gilbert looks back on the late night scene in 2014.

Comeback Finale

Kate Aurthur talked to Lisa Kudrow about The Comeback's comeback and finale.

Good TVeets

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Aereo Auction

Aereo will be allowed to auction its streaming technology assets.

Noir's Influence

Zainab Akande credits film noir as a significant influence on many TV crime dramas today.

Female Sports Talk

Kirsten Fleming profiles We Need to Talk, a sports talk show hosted solely by women that airs on the CBS Sports Network.

The Comeback & Gender

Matt Schimkowitz says The Comeback has pinpointed gender in Hollywood this season.

True Detective's Shot

Chris Ryan looks at True Detective's six-minute tracking shot as a watershed moment for TV.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Teen Mom Effect

Phil Schneider reports on a recent study claiming that MTV's teen mom shows have helped reduce the teen pregnancy rate.

Bowl Game Ratings

This season's college football bowl games aren't drawing many in person, but the ratings have been good.

Fox News v. Dish

Dish Network and Fox News continue their fight.

Good TVeets

Friday, December 26, 2014

Moffat & Women Writers

Steven Moffat insists women just don't want to write for Doctor Who, even though he has "a folder of women" who have been asked.

Diversity Indexes

The X-Cetera tumblr offers charts breaking down various genre series by race and by gender.

LGBT Characters

Ariane Lange notes the disparity between representation of LGBT characters on TV and the demographics of actual LGBT people.

Merger Skepticism

Jeff John Roberts thinks the Comcast-TWC merger isn't as likely to happen as it seemed before.

Interview Piracy

Todd Spangler reports piracy stats for The Interview. Todd VanDerWerff looks at box office figures.

Good TVeets

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Fienberg.

Viewing Trends

Lindsay Rothfield identifies six ways in which TV viewing is changing.

Comcast-Network Affiliate Deal

Comcast has come to a deal with ABC, CBS, and Fox affiliates, wherein they agree to not oppose the Time Warner merger in exchange for Comcast agreeing to not favor NBCU stations in retrans consent deals.


Jeanine Poggi highlights the ten most-watched entertainment shows of 2014.

Facebook NFL Video

Peter Kafka reports that Facebook's deal for NFL video is key for Facebook's online video strategy.

Gregory's Fall

Luke Mullins takes us behind-the-scenes of David Gregory's Meet the Press ouster.

Fox News & Black Viewers

Sergio covers the dearth of black viewership of Fox News.

PTC Interview

EW talked at length with the president of the Parents Television Council about the group's concerns.

TV Tattle Quiet Again

The TV links site TV Tattle is apparently done at HitFix. Jim Romensko is trying to get the story.

DirecTV-Disney Deal

DirecTV and Disney have signed a new deal, which includes TV Everywhere access to Disney content, such as WatchESPN, as well as some over-the-top rights.

Interview Via VOD

It's looking like The Interview will be available for rent via YouTube, as well as on Sony's own site. Jason Lynch says this is a big moment for VOD.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Al Jazeera Closes in Egypt

Al Jazeera has shut down its Egyptian channel.

Netflix Pay Restructure

Netflix is restructuring its executive pay, with salary cuts and stock option boosts.

Viewing Suggestions

Ryan McGee offers five suggestions for your TV viewing in 2015.

White Men + Black Women

Tressie McMillan Cottom analyzes romantic pairings of white men and black women on TV.

Bewkes Interview

Multichannel News talks to Jeff Bewkes about remodeling Time Warner following the thwarted takeover bid and the state of the TV industry.

Working for Rhimes

Lesley Goldberg talks to stars of Shonda Rhimes' shows to find out what it's like working for her.

Remake Doom

Matt Brennan worries that a remake obsession could kill off TV's creative boom.

Korra's Ending

The creators of The Legend of Korra explain what they meant viewers to take away from the finale. Joanna Robinson praises Korra as one of the most powerful and subversive series of 2014.

Zucker Encouragement

Jeff Zucker sent an email to CNN staffers containing encouraging news about the state of the company.

Station Edit & Apology

A Baltimore station misleadingly edited and framed a clip of protesters chanting and has now offered an apology.

More 2014 Reviews

Josef Adalian delves into 2014 ratings analysis, and also identifies four programming strategies that worked during the year. Adam Flomenbaum says Comcast's list of most-viewed shows on VOD for 2014 illustrates the importance of VOD to TV now.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Fienberg.

Dish News

Shalini Ramachandran and Joe Flint highlight Dish Network's rebellion against rising carriage fees. Dish has also expressed its objections to the Comcast-TWC merger, the review of which has been subject to another delay. And Will Richmond says it looks like Dish Network's OTT TV service will also be delayed.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 22, 2014

2014 in Review

Lots of year-end summaries are coming along: Merrill Barr looks back on 2014 as a year of transformation and regression, Toni Fitzgerald grades the broadcast networks, while Jason Lynch makes naughty and nice lists of TV outlets. Lynch also covers the most ridiculous things said by network presidents this year. Robert Lloyd notes that it was a big year for online shorts on TV. Mark Lisanti has year-end power rankings. The Dear TV team discusses the year in TV shows, and Slate's TV Club launches a week of discussion about 2014 TV.

Russia's Indie TV

Russia's one independent TV outlet is being squeezed out.

Sorority Sisters Controversy

Kerisha Harris covers the growing controversy around VH-1's Sorority Sisters, which is being denounced by many in the black community.

Hacking Gossip

Todd VanDerWerff tries to understand why the Sony hackers released so much pointless gossip material before getting around to making their Interview demands.

MacLaren Profile

Matt Zoller Seitz profiles Michelle MacLaren, TV's best director.

The Affair Finale

Alan Sepinwall reviews the season finale of The Affair and shares thoughts from the show's co-creator, Sarah Treem. THR also interviews Treem.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Fienberg.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Good TVeets

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Colbert & YouTube

Tim Carmody points to Stephen Colbert's success as a hallmark of the YouTube era.

Dish Blackout

Dish Network subscribers can't watch Fox News this morning due to a carriage fee standoff.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Fienberg.

TVtag Done

Following in the footsteps of its predecessor GetGlue, TVtag is now finished.

Nashville & Feminism

Aya de Leon finds strong feminism in Nashville.

Bundling Primer

Amanda D. Lotz fills us in on the state of pay TV bundling and its possible future.

Best Lines

Maureen Ryan covers her annual Best TV Lines of the Year Twitter fun fest.

End of Ferguson's Show

Craig Ferguson's version of Late Late Show ended last night. Todd VanDerWerff explains why this should make us all very sad.

Good TVeets

Friday, December 19, 2014

FCC Rule Change

The FCC's proposal to let internet TV providers license TV shows just like pay TV providers do is official. A comments period now commences.

NY PBS Moves Doc Shows

Dru Sefton covers the move of Independent Lens and POV off of WNET's main channel to a secondary one, leaving documentary advocates highly dismayed.

Screen Clutter

John Ourand laments how cluttered with graphics sports broadcasts have become. John Teti also takes on this issue and offers suggestions for improvement.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Mom (CBS), Two and a Half Men (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Taste (ABC), People Magazine Awards (NBC),

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

2014 Numbers

Toni Fitzgerald summarizes the year in media numerically.

Love's Last

Dave Itzkoff previews Darlene Love's final Christmas performance on David Letterman tonight.

Simpsons Words

Michael Adams highlights words and catch phrases originating from The Simpsons that have become part of everyday language. And the writer of the Simpsons' premiere episode discusses the script's origins.

Marketing the Worst

Jason Lynch looks back on the marketing campaigns for some of TV's biggest failures.

Sony Responses

George Clooney has shared his thoughts on the Sony Pictures debacle, and the NYT offers an op-ed. Michael Cieply and Boroks Barnes note that the impact of the hack is reverberating beyond Sony.

Colbert Report Ends

Todd VanDerWerff fills you in on what happened on the final episode of The Colbert Report, and James Poniewozik and Brian Steinberg have reviews. PBS has a report on the Report. Vulture collected celebrity farewells to Colbert. Allison Silverman, the show's first head writer, discusses the early days. Jesse David Fox laments the loss of one of TV's great characters. Leslie Savan covers what the show revealed about conservative psychology. Noel Murray analyzes the finale and the show's seriality. Andy Greenwald offers an appreciation of Colbert's genius. Vulture slideshows everyone who was in the finale sing-along.

Good TVeets

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mom Interview

Daniel Fienberg talks to Mom start Sadie Calvano about the serious drama in tonight's episode, thereby highlighting the uniqueness of the multi-cam sitcom.

Social Synch

NBCU has unveiled something called Social Synch, which is a multi-platform social media campaign service for advertisers.

Cuban Media

A CNN journalist in Cuba discusses media coverage of the US-Cuba deal within the country.

Pay TV Bills To Increase

Mike Farrell says rising sports and retrans fees will raise pay TV bill surcharges in 2015.

Hulu-FX Deal

Hulu has picked up a big chunk of FX Networks' programming. Janko Roettgers says this makes Hulu look more like Netflix, rather than just a catchup service.

Diversity in State of Affairs

Merrill Barr appreciates the gender and racial diversity in State of Affairs and other 2014 series.

No Offline Netflix

Hugh Langley reports word from Netflix that offline viewing is not in the cards.

WGNA's Conversion

Kent Gibbons notes that WGN America has started its conversion from superstation to cable channel.

Cable News & Race

Matt Wilstein reports on Nielsen figures detailing cable news channel viewership by race and highlights Fox News' vast white viewership.

The Interview Halted

You've surely read about this elsewhere, but just to cover it: Sony won't release The Interview anywhere and (for now) any time. Todd VanDerWerff says Sony is making the wrong move. Bryan Bishop argues the film should be released online. (Though I've seen mentioned elsewhere that any release of any sort will negate full insurance coverage.) There's also reportedly a plan to drop DVDs of it over North Korea. Russell Brandom offers a primer on all the hacking events. Speculation about who really is behind the hack is still ongoing. Alyssa Rosenberg offers cultural analysis.

Colbert Numbers

Dave Itzkoff numerically breaks down The Colbert Report. Also, Colbert jumped the shark last night.

5 Changes

Sam Thielman highlights five big changes to TV in 2014.

HBO Goes L+7 Only

Cynthia Littleton reports that HBO will no longer report overnight ratings, only Live + 7 figures.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: NCIS (CBS), NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS), The Voice (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Nothing…’tis the season for only good things!

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.


Peter Kafka looks at Vessel, a new YouTube competitor from ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar. Janko Roettgers also reports. Eric Blattberg considers Vessel's chances.

Pay TV & Broadband

Albert Lai considers how pay TV and broadband services are tied together, which means OTT services won't be as disruptive to pay TV companies as they could be.

UK Drama

Jon Creamer surveys the state of British drama, which is strong.

Streaming Horror

AMC and DramaFever are teaming up to launch a streaming site featuring horror content. This will be their second such site; the other features documentaries.

TV Resolutions

Jason Lynch offers New Year's resolution advice for TV's key players and revisits his 2014 suggestions.

Directing Doctor Who

Alyssa at Whovian Feminism talks to Doctor Who director Rachel Talalay about directing, gender, and fandom.

Network Grades

Toni Fitzgerald hands out 2014 network grades.

Colbert's End

Bill Carter considers the end of The Colbert Report, and Will Leitch offers a requiem.

Netflix on Dish

Dish Network is adding Netflix to its Hopper set-top boxes.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Comic Book TV

Alan Sepinwall surveys the year in comic book TV.

OTT Impact

Mike Farrell says distributors and programmers have conflicting thoughts about how OTT services will impact the TV industry.

TV Torture

Catherine Rampell argues that television bears responsibility for acceptance of torture techniques described in the recent CIA torture report. Eric Deggans also covers this issue, as does Brian Lowry. Alyssa Rosenberg also jumps into this topic.

Movies & TV

Peter Allen argues that the new "golden age of TV" has helped cinema, while Mark Harris says Hollywood's toxic addiction to franchise blockbusters has let TV usurp film quality. David Poland disagrees with a number of Harris's claims.

No-Comedy Thursday

Henry Hanks that NBC will no longer have any comedies on Thursday nights at midseason.

NBC Live Stream

Joe Flint reports that NBC is launching a TV Everywhere live stream, but it will require pay TV authentication. Kwame Opam also reports.

Sony Hack Reactions

More Sony hack reactions: Hollywood insiders react, Michael Hiltzik says the press must report this info, Ted Johnson highlights the legal ramifications of publishing the revealed emails. Colin McEnroe is highly critical of Aaron Sorkin's take on the situation.

Most-Tweeted Shows

The Walking Dead was the most-tweeted show in the US, while Sherlock topped a list of most-tweeted TV moments in the UK. In the U.S., the most-tweeted moment was on The Voice.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Coke Drops Idol

Brian Steinberg reports that Coca-Cola will end its American Idol sponsorship. Sam Thielman says this shows how Idol's future is in doubt.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 15, 2014

TV Schedule

Karen Fratti reports on a study finding that a majority of viewers today like to have a guide of TV listings to consult, despite all the time shifting going on.

DVR Winning

Toni Fitzgerald looks at the big boost many network shows are getting from DVR ratings. She writes, "We have finally reached the point where just as many people are time-shifting a broadcast show as watching it live. Actually, make that several shows."

Gracepoint Done

Fox does not want Gracepoint back.

Sony Demands & Ethics

Sony has delivered a letter to news organizations demanding that outlets not use any of the materials unearthed in the hack, but Jeff John Roberts says there's not legal credibility behind their threats. Aaron Sorkin has chimed in and says it is unethical for journalists to use the stolen information. James Poniewozik says stolen news is still news.

Sony's TV Set Business

Eric Pfanner and Takashi Mochizuki assess the state of Sony's TV set unit, which is trying to recover from a slump.

Live & Non-Live Tweets

Nielsen offers a chart on volume of program tweets sent while a show is airing compared to later.

Spot Forecast

The spot TV ad forecast for 2015 is tepid. But Wayne Friedman says the scatter market currently strong.

Homeland's Reality

Daily Beast talked to CIA agents about the authenticity of Homeland.

4K Coming

David Katzmeier says 2015 will be a big year for 4K TV sets.

UK Retrans Fees

A retrans fee system could be coming to UK TV.

New In Media Res

Theme: Sidekicks

  • Monday, December 15, 2014 - Eleanor Huntington (University of Southern California) presents: High School for Superheroes and Sidekicks 
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Jeff Casey (University of Wisconsin—Madison) presents: Can the Sidekick Protest? The Dissonant Sidekick and the Limits of Representing Difference in Contemporary Media 
  • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Lisa Glebatis Perks (Nazareth College) presents: Heroes, Sidekicks, and Powerful Love 
  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 - Natasha Patterson (Simon Fraser University) presents: Joan Watson Deserves Better: Audience Reception and the Gender Politics of TV Sidekickdom 
  • Friday, December 19, 2014 - Sammi Dittloff (University of Wisconsin—Milawaukee) presents: A Certain Bromance

TV Advertising

Alan Wolk says the TV industry has to figure out soon how to deal with people avoiding TV ads.

Williams Renews at NBC

Brian Williams has extended his NBC News contract.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Sunday Night Football (The Dallas Cowboys at the Philadelphia Eagles), 60 Minutes (CBS), Undercover Boss (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Backstage With Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years (ABC), CSI (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Racial Stereotypes

Film Courage has posted a lengthy video featuring actors of color discussing racial stereotyping in Hollywood.

MSNBC Portal

Brian Steinberg reports that MSNBC is launching a streaming video portal.

Australian TV

Jazz Twemlow summarizes how 2014 went for Australian TV.

Walking Dead v. NFL

Richard Deitsch looks at how The Walking Dead has bested Sunday Night Football in the ratings this season.

Rhimes' Year

Matt Zoller Seitz profiles Shonda Rhimes and the incredible year she has had.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Mean Tweets

Mike Hogan takes us behind the scenes of Jimmy Kimmel's "celebrities read mean tweets" bit.

Sony Hack Implications

Dawn Chmielewski considers the long-term impact of the Hollywood secrets revealed in the Sony hack. Meg James and Ryan Faughnder also consider possible implications. And Fusion offers a primer on the hack.

Pirate Bay Shutdown

The Pirate Bay was pulled offline last week, but Todd Spangler reports that piracy volume remains unchanged. Plus, another site has popped up to enable access to Pirate Bay's archives.

Reliable Sources

Evan McMurry offers praise for Brian Stelter's Reliable Sources.

Good TVeets

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sony Hack

Emily Yoshida explains why The Verge is reporting on info obtained from the Sony hack, despite the ethical issues with privacy, which Anne Helen Petersen also covers. Recent findings among the documents include Hollywood studios gearing up for battle against Google and Sony losing out in the CBS/NFL Thursday Night Football deal due to Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune pre-emptions, which also involved CBS trickery.

Cho TLC Show

Margaret Cho will host a late-night talk show on TLC that focuses on sex.

NBC Scheduling Moves

Alan Sepinwall reports on NBC's midseaosn schedule, which includes some shows shifted over from summer.

Criminal Minds Spinoff

CBS is hoping to make a Criminal Minds spinoff work.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Dateline (NBC0, Shark Tank (ABC), Blue Bloods (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Cristela (ABC), Constantine (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Remastering Buffy

Todd VanDerWerff reports that Fox is remastering, and thereby ruining, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thriller Popularity

Erin Kelly, author of the novel Broadchurch, explores why thriller dramas are so popular on British TV right now.

Good TVeets

Friday, December 12, 2014

Community at 100

Eric Goldman covers Community's production of its 100th episode.

Rhimes Honored

Shonda Rhimes was honored at a Women in Entertainment event hosted by Hollywood Reporter in conjunction with their list of 100 powerful women in entertainment.

NBC News Problems

Michael Wolff delves into what's going wrong at NBC News.

P&R's Last Day

Liz Shannon Miller showcases Michael Schur's Twitter feed from today, the final day of production on Parks and Recreation. Marah Eakin also includes tweets from other crew and cast.

Gracepoint Interview

Daniel Fienberg discussed the Gracepoint finale with the show's co-showrunner.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), “Mom” (CBS), “Two and a Half Men” (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “The Taste” (ABC), “The Biggest Loser” (NBC), “Bad Judge” (NBC), “A To Z” (NBC), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Reign” (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Visualizing Episodes

Ben Schmidt has broken down television shows into charts based on plot and dialogue patterns.

Showrunners on Twitter

Ben Nuckols looks at showrunners who turn to Twitter to gauge fan reaction.

Good TVeets

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ending Problems

Todd VanDerWerff explains how their endings kept Fargo and True Detective off his best of the year list.

Marco Polo's Prospects

Janko Roettgers wonders how Netflix's Marco Polo will fare in the wake of bad reviews.

Moonves Extended

Les Moonves has signed a contract extension with CBS.

OTT Risk

Charter's CEO warns that content providers who start over-the-top ventures could damage their overall bottom lines.

Ad Success

Richard Greenfield says advertisers are failing at their jobs if they don't expand to digital platforms.

Dish's Package

Shalini Ramachandran and Joe Flint report that Dish Network intends to leave the broadcast networks out of the basic package it offers via its online TV service.

Sling Targets TV Everywhere

David Lieberman highlights a Sling Media ad that mocks the deficiencies of TV Everywhere.

Quitting Shows

Sam Adams praises the liberation of giving up on a show.

Survivor Tweeting

Andy Dehnart explains why Survivor's ban on cast tweeting is misguided.

Public Broadcasting Funding

Peter Hamilton compares the level of government funding for public broadcasting across numerous Western countries.

Netflix + Pay TV

Janko Roettgers looks at how Netflix is buddying up with pay TV operators to get on set-top boxes.

Colbert Analysis

Steve Almond analyzes the love for Stephen Colbert's work on The Colbert Report.

Awards Diversity

Jethro Nededog says the SAG nominations highlight Hollywood's diversity problem.

Twitter's Influence

Twitter's media blog highlights a study on Twitter's influence on TV viewing. Research also shows that Twitter users are more likely to have pay TV subscriptions and watch linear TV.

SoA Ratings

Sons of Anarchy finished with a series-best 18-49 rating.

Hate-Watching Primer

Brandon Ambrosino tries to explain what hate-watching is all about.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Golden Globes Noms

Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning. Analysis of the chosen and unchosen from James Poniewozik, Alan Sepinwall, Kyle Buchanan & Margaret Lyons, Jethro NededogRick Porter, Ryan Schwartz, Nellie Andreeva. Jason Lynch highlights the notable circumstance of Netflix and Amazon nominations.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TV's Future

A range of posts all dealing with TV's future changes: Alena Smith says TV writers are facing a crisis in the next era of TV that theater writers have already experienced. James Murdoch thinks cable TV is still worth hanging on to as the internet encroaches. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes sees revolutionary potential in video-on-demand, while Viacom's CEO says they need to get TV Everywhere working to appeal to younger audiences. And in policy news, the FCC has reportedly approved a redefinition of some OTT services as MVPDs, which could pave the way for cable-like offerings online and could even save Aereo.

ESPN Ad Sales

Mike Shields and Jack Marshall report that ESPN will test out programmatic ad sales for ads that will air during SportsCenter via a video wall on the new set.

Starz Sale

CEO Chris Albrecht is responding to rumors about Starz having trouble selling itself.

Sony Profits

Sony at least has this to be happy about: the company generated record profits last month, partly thanks to TV set sales.

Adult Swim Renewals

Adult Swim wants more of Black Jesus and Mike Tyson Mysteries.

Letterman's Last Show

David Letterman will finish his version of Late Show on May 20. Bill Carter reports.

DreamWorks Asia

Marc Graser reports on DreamWorks Animation's plan to launch a cable channel in Asia.

BBC3 Online

Details on the plan to shift BBC3, the BBC's youth-targeted channel, to online only have been announced. The Guardian tracked Twitter reaction. Raymond Snoddy looks at potential downsides.

SAG Awards

SAG Award nominees have been announced. Alan Sepinwall has analysis.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” R (CBS), “The Voice” (NBC), “The Flash” (CW), “NCIS” R (CBS), “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): “Marry Me” (NBC), “New Girl” (Fox), “About a Boy” (NBC), “The Mindy Project” (Fox), NBC News: “Angelina Jolie: Unbroken” (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

2014 Diversity

Joshua Alston offers a take on TV's diversity in 2014.

Clarissa Changed It All

Louis Peitzman talks with the creator of Clarissa Explains It All about how the series changed kids' TV.

Moonves Confident

Les Moonves is optimistic about CBS's readiness for the future of TV.

Rock on Race

Chris Rock describes the Hollywood industry's racial problems.

Nashville Benefit

A top Nashville economic development official insists Nashville has put more into the local economy than its tax incentives have taken out of it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Netflix News

Janko Roettgers covers Netflix's global expansion plans. Todd Spangler reports on a survey trying to determining how many pay TV subscribers also subscribe to Netflix. And Ted Sarandos says he wants Netflix to release more original series.

Discovery + Hulu

Discovery has signed a distribution deal with Hulu.

AutoHop's Future

Sam Thielman questions the future for Dish's AutoHop, after CBS negotiated to have it disabled for seven days after its programming first airs.


Erin Griffith reports on HBO's new over-the-top plans, which will involve outsourcing the technology and which in turn prompted the company's Chief Technology Officer to resign. Will Richmond notes that this is a sign of challenges ahead.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Voice (NBC), The Great Christmas Night Flight (ABC), Scorpion (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): The Originals (CW), Jane the Virgin (CW), State of Affairs (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

End of SoA

Sons of Anarchy ends tonight, and Alan Sepinwall looks back on how it went off the rails. Ellen Gray explains why she's still on board at the end.

Adapting Jane the Virgin

AV Club talked to Jane the Virgin's showrunner about adapting the series from a telenovela.

Walking Dead Petition

Walking Dead fans have created a petition to have a dead character return.

Gendered Toys

In an essay on the gendering of toys, Elizabeth Sweet says 1980s deregulation that allowed toy companies to create tie-in TV shows caused toys to become even more heavily gendered.

Streaming Impact

Emily Steel reports the general consensus at a media exec conference that Netflix and other streaming services are upending the TV business. At the same event, Netflix's Ted Sarandos says TV has a creative problem in being beholden to ratings. Claire Atkinson says TV is also facing an advertising problem with increased streaming competition.

Playing House Renewed

USA wants a second season of Playing House, plus viewers will be able to watch each episode early via VOD. Alan Sepinwall comments on the latter circumstance.

Good TVeets

Monday, December 8, 2014

SNL Ferguson Sketch

Saturday Night Live cut a sketch about a morning news show in St. Louis.

Newsroom Reactions

Tonight's episode of The Newsroom, or more specifically one plotline on tonight's Newsroom, has TV critics very stirred up. Read reviews from Libby Hill, Emily NussbaumJames Poniewozik, Tara Ariano, Ariane Lange, Eric Thurm, Todd VanDerWerff, David Sims, Sam Adams, Emily Yoshida, Sonia Saraiya, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. And a female member of the writing staff has tweeted about her experience on the episode, which involved getting yelled out of the room. Kate Aurthur has more from the writer.

Update: Aaron Sorkin has responded to the criticism.

BYUtv Show

Paul Greeley highlights an original 1960s-period drama produced by Brigham Young University's television outlet, which is garnering national acclaim.

CBS's Defense

Brian Steinberg reports on a presentation from CBS's Chief Research Officer, who defended the advertising value of network television at a time when digital options are luring ad dollars away. He also said broadcasters shouldn't fear Netflix, which could be seen as a partner more than a competitor.

UK TV Homes Fall

The total number of UK TV households has fallen, as internet-connected devices replace TVs. Vicky Frost says this is about new ways of consuming TV.

Sony Hacking Info

The Verge has aggregated their coverage of the Sony Pictures hacking.