Sunday, June 29, 2014
Joanna Robinson praises Orphan Black for its representations of female power, but laments that that seems so rare in post-Buffy sci-fi/fantasy work.
Swanni considers why Aereo's CEO would say the service is just pausing, not going away. And Emily Steel points out that a number of streaming companies are still working to appeal to cord cutters, while Natan Edelsburg talks to the CEO of Mohu, one of those companies. An anonymous media exec sees the Aereo shutdown as a disaster for TV.
Rob Brunner talks to Comedy Central exec Michele Ganeless about recent changes and successes at the channel.
Scott Roxborough notes that Netflix is expanding in Europe but without being able to offer some of its originals, like House of Cards, as others have international rights, but the service is trying to develop international productions as a result.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Aereo's CEO announced today that the service will be shut down immediately. Meanwhile, the Aereo ruling has reverberated into the Dish Network-Hopper cases, as Fox is hoping to bolster its case against Dish, while NBC's battle with Dish is reportedly easing.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Just figured out what my World Cup is. Turns out it's when celebs get dragged out of theaters in handcuffs because they're ruining Cabaret.
— Raphael Bob-Waksberg (@RaphaelBW) June 27, 2014
I think the USA has a decent shot against Germany today if they can stay away from the vagina sculptures at mid-field. #worldcup
— Jeffrey Sconce (@JeffreySconce) June 26, 2014
I hate spoilers so much I don't even wanna know the name of the show. "Twin Peaks"? Oh great, now I know there are two peaks.
— Sean Thomason (@TheThomason) June 26, 2014
Liz Giuffre digs into what's behind the proliferation of piracy in Australia.
The USA Today offers its editorial board opinion on the Aereo ruling, as does the LA Times. James Poniewozik says TV will lose in the end if it doesn't better respond to customer demands. Ted Johnson proposes five scenarios for what happens next. And Peter Lauria offers a crudely-drawn but insightful chart as to why Aereo is dead.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Xbox Entertainment Studios SVP Creative Lydia Antonini talks about the gaming console's expansion from gaming into entertainment.
The film journal Offscreen has a special TV issue featuring:
- TV Horror: Covering the Televisual Horror Landscape by Donato Totaro
- TV Vampires: From Barnabas Collins to Bill Compton by Stacey Abbott
- Contextual Analysis of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge: Robert Enrico vs. Rod Serling by Donato Totaro
- Revolution & Sex: The Evolution of TV by Tom Stempel
- Robert Towne’s Television Years by Elaine Lennon
Alex Weprin reports on an overhaul at ABC News, where Diane Sawyer is out as evening news anchor and David Muir is in. Brian Lowry says this shows Good Morning America's influence at ABC News. And Brian Steinberg says this illustrates the decline in evening news anchor importance, and Chris Ariens notes that we'll now be back to three white men anchoring the evening news.
The Supreme Court ruled against Aereo today. Reporting from Brian Stelter, Jeff John Roberts, Jeanine Poggi, Joe Mullin, Peter Lauria and Lisa Tozzi. Barry Diller says Aereo is done, but Aereo's CEO says the company will continue to fight. CBS's Les Moonves is celebrating, saying justice was served. Alex Weprin considers what's next, Peter Kafka says TV will continue to drag its feet with change, and Alyssa Rosenberg has advice for the TV industry. Broadcasters' stocks went up in the wake of the ruling. Sarah Laskow says this ruling could be seen as good news for local news. Reynolds Holding says a digital shake-up is coming despite this decision.
No I haven't read any news all week, too busy getting this tattoo of Gary Oldman's face on my back. What, did something happen?
— Sean Thomason (@TheThomason) June 25, 2014
Are we really surprised Robin Thicke is a creepy weirdo after the way Kirk Cameron turned out? Alan Thicke is the worst dad.
— William Carpenter (@Pixel_Kaiser) June 25, 2014
The NAB re Aereo: "Broadcasters embrace innovation every day." HA! Biggest broadcast innovation in 5 years: the spinning chairs on The Voice
— Anthony Crupi (@crupicrupicrupi) June 25, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Daniel Fienberg explains why it matters negatively that Tyrant does not have a Middle Eastern actor playing its lead role.
Sezin Koehler argues that HBO's full frontal nudity practices on shows like True Blood, Hung, and Game of Thrones contributes to a climate of male entitlement fantasies.
Prachi Gupta looks at how John Oliver has carved out a unique and effective place within the cable news political satire genre.
Jack will not leave London until he has thrown every single citizen from a 5th floor window. That is the remaining 30 mins of this episode.
— TEDDY GOOALSEVELT (@edsbs) June 24, 2014
I’m just sayin’ that if you *have* to commit murder, you could do worse than committing murder for Tyra Collette.
— Daniel Fienberg (@HitFixDaniel) June 24, 2014
The use of “too” is my favorite sequel-title conceit because it’s so honest. “Did you like THINK LIKE A MAN? This is also THINK LIKE A MAN.”
— Noel Murray (@NoelMu) June 23, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
The World Cup is setting ratings records and outpacing ratings for playoffs in American sports (non-football categories). Anthony Crupi notes that out-of-home viewing has been significant.
USA vs Portugal left me with that Prince Oberyn vs. The Mountain feeling. @MenInBlazers
— zlm (@honeyduckroll) June 23, 2014
Kinda wish we could have started Jack Bauer up front for Altidore today.
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) June 22, 2014
The USMNT advances with:
- A win over Germany OR
- Defeat the Minoans AND recover three artifacts OR
- Build a Wonder
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) June 23, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Martin Beck reports on a study from Twitter and a media buying agency finding that "combining Twitter and TV results in strong gains in brand awareness, TV ad recall, engagement with television shows and sales lift."
James Poniewozik introduces his print story, which considers how we measure TV hits in a world where Netflix doesn't report viewership figures.
TVNewsCheck has a three-part series on digital broadcast networks, looking at the top 25 of them (led by Me-TV), the preponderance of classic shows for programming, and subchannel leasing.
Emma Holden reports on results of a study looking at how a Sky viewing panel watched Game of Thrones, in terms of live and time-shifted options.
Joel Keller points a finger at Showtime for letting shows like Nurse Jackie run on too long, while Eric Deggans complains about True Blood going on too long, along with other shows (and also apparently drops a Dexter finale spoiler that greatly angers the commenters).
Peter Kafka considers some possible scenarios by which Rupert Murdoch and Sumner Redstone's corporate interests could come together.
Andrew Wallenstein says Netflix hiring Chelsea Handler is a bold move that opens new questions about the service's direction. James Poniewozik also discusses the Handler deal and where a talk show might fit in a binge context.
Everything in "The Wire" turns out great, btw. Omar opens a deli.
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) June 22, 2014
What if anthology TV but each season is just 2 hours or so and released into theaters?
— Brandon Nowalk (@bnowalk) June 22, 2014
Our ship name was Molvo. #fargo pic.twitter.com/qlMDOAswbu
— Allison Tolman (@Allison_Tolman) June 22, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd is critical of those, like Jeff Bewkes, who don't seem to fret over piracy of shows like Game of Thrones.
AMC has already granted Better Call Saul a second season, while it has pushed the season one premiere into 2015. Aaron Paul says he won't be a part of the series.
Brian Steinberg reports that ABC is close to sealing its upfronts deals, with volume down, and Sam Thielman says the network is putting hopes in the scatter market and diversity.
Friday, June 20, 2014
I played a character on "Game of Thrones" who gets killed off before it's ever filmed.
— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) June 6, 2014
How much do you charge to not talk about Louie?
— Richard Rushfield (@richardrushfield) June 19, 2014
"Think of all the genres / Think of all their crossings." #OITNB #CCTA RT @Zap2itRick: "Best series competing in the comedy category."
— Myles McNutt (@Memles) June 20, 2014
Amos Sharma reports on how the decline in network hits is causing problems for cable channels that rely on syndicated reruns for programming.
Chelsea Handler has signed a deal with Netflix for a talk show and comedy specials. Alex Weprin analyzes her strategy. Joan E. Solsman says this makes Netflix more like a TV network, and Peter Kafka also offers some speculation along those lines. Earlier this week, Netflix's Original Content VP talked about development plans for the service.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Cynthia Littleton notes the rise in comedians distributing their stand-up specials directly over the internet, with Comedy Central offering support.
Game of Thrones once again thrived among pirates with its finale, and in Australia, some are pointing fingers at the show's pay TV host. Game of Thrones is also big on YouTube with user-generated content.
The BBC's director of television is defending the quality of British drama in comparison to US drama. Vicky Frost questions the premise of the debate. Michael Moran offers reasons why the UK may be at a disadvantage in this direct comparison.
As we are on the eve of crucial rulings, Swanni considers how Aereo, net neutrality, and mergers all soon stand to change TV. Cecelia Kang considers how the NFL could be affected by an Aereo ruling.
I can't think of a better sponsor for a bowl game than fake money.
— TEDDY GOOALSEVELT (@edsbs) June 18, 2014
UNIVISION: SO MUCH EXCITING STUFF IS HAPPENING. AND ITS ONLY HALFTIME. | bbc: let us wait quietly for death to come.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) June 17, 2014
Louie was a triumph/disaster that proved CK knows what he's doing/is too self-indulgent. I can't wait for next season/Broad City.
— Jaime J. Weinman (@weinmanj) June 17, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Tony Maglio highlights the utility of Snapstream's recording and caption capabilities, which lend crucial help to shows like The Daily Show and The Soup in enabling them to use keyword searches of captions to find material.
Theme: "Kids" Doing Alright in the Queer Modern Family: Speaking to Our Representation
- Monday, June 16, 2014 - Kellen Kaiser (COLAGE) presents: How Queer was/is My Two Dads?
- Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - Danielle Silber (COLAGE) presents: Real Families: Beyond the 20/20 Sound Byte
- Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - Aaron Sachs (St. Mary’s College of California) presents: Who’s Alright?: The Politics of “Queerspawn” Representation in "The Kids Are Alright"
- Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Nick Hetherington (COLAGE) presents: Shameless
- Friday, June 20, 2014 - Annie Van Avery ([AFFILIATION]) presents: TBD
I like Arya Stark more than 99% of real people.
— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) June 16, 2014
The best part of Game of Thrones is thinking about the actors standing at craft services and talking about how their costumes itch
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 16, 2014
Judging by these outraged #GOT tweets, my sense is someone blew open the hatch in the final moments but didn't go down into it. #Lost
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) June 16, 2014
Sunday, June 15, 2014
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) June 14, 2014
"Bring me the tighter jerseys." "Sir, I don't think th-" "AM I THE URUGUAY MANAGER OR ARE YOU?"
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) June 14, 2014
Well... That answers that. pic.twitter.com/2rTT1dTqdl
— ILM Visual Effects (@ILMVFX) June 15, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Haha, whoops. Accidentally addressed my Father's Day card to "Coach Taylor." For the ninth year in a row.
— Aaron Fullerton (@AaronFullerton) June 14, 2014
Y'all like soccer huh. Funny, it's been four years since y'all liked soccer.
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) June 14, 2014
Footballers deserve all that money. They can go 45 mins without checking their phone.
— John Brennan (@ActingAnEejit) June 13, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
James Poniewozik praises Fargo for bringing a new spin to the tired antihero cable drama formula: [O]ver the course of the miniseries, Fargo has managed to do something different. It’s telling a story of actual good people and actual bad people, one in which we have clear rooting interests, without moralizing or dumbing down its worldview."
ESPN saw solid ratings for its first night of World Cup coverage, but Univision drew more viewers. Peter Kafka reports that Google has a partnership deal that will send World Cup searchers ESPN's way. In Britain, ITV's streaming player had overload problems.
John Ellis considers the rise of mega indies in the UK, with financing from US companies, and their potential relationship to public service TV and the BBC.
Vulture has a handy chart illustrating that a preponderance of returning network shows dropped significantly in the ratings in 2013-14 compared to the previous season. The biggest mover in the other direction? Scandal.
If Jon Lovitz started popping up everywhere and messing with people like Bill Murray's been doing he'd be in jail by now.
— Dave Horwitz (@Dave_Horwitz) June 12, 2014
The I WANNA MARRY HARRY cancellation makes me want to erect an Iwo Jima-like statue w a TV watcher pointing a remote to change the channel
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 12, 2014
Can't be unseen. pic.twitter.com/xuyTiiGxrO
— Meredith Frost (@MeredithFrost) June 12, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Lisa de Moraes highlights the highest-indexed shows in upscale households; apparently rich people like The Bachelor more than one might assume.
John Ourand says distributors are gaining more leverage against sports franchise seeking huge rights fees.
Aymar Jean Christian discusses the challenge of visibility for low-budget indie web series and highlights the quality of one called F to 7th.
With recent renewals of some underwatched shows, Ben Travers says Starz needs to take better advantage of streaming services in order to cultivate larger audiences.
Debra Birnbaum compares the typical US writer's room method to the UK solo writer method.
The TV ad market is projected to still notably outpace the digital video market in the next few years, while Mike Shields says Honda's new YouTube channel should worry cable channels in terms of possibly losing ad dollars to the internet.
Sameer Pandya looks at the National Spelling Bee through a racial lens: "Watching the bee, I suspect, allows many Americans to simultaneously celebrate the American Dream and ease their anxieties about the success of one particular race."
Roundtable season continues, as the LA Times presents a drama actor roundtable with Jon Hamm, Liev Schreiber, Vera Farmiga, Lizzy Caplan, and Norman Reedus.
I truly enjoy reading tweets about #Catfish - a show I've never watched and probably never will. But it sounds wonderful/awful. Wondawful.
— Tara Rose (@RareOats) June 12, 2014
In conclusion, "Catfish" is the bwerst. #catfish
— Tara Ariano (@TaraAriano) June 12, 2014
Live every season like it's THR Roundtable season
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) June 11, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Brent Lang reports on a study projecting that revenue generated from digital media will exceed that of physical media in the next few years.
Elizabeth Wendorf discusses what the ATX Television Festival experience is all about: "it’s Twitter in the world, it’s TV camp, it’s maybe the safest real world space I’ve ever found to be a voracious, unapologetic fan of television." Libby Hill also discusses the festival.
Anne Helen Petersen takes us back through Entertainment Weekly's history: "EW's rise, scattered identity, brilliant heyday and slow, gradual decline mirrors the same journey of Time Warner's conglomerate hopes and dreams. The leading magazine company weds a film and television giant? It all looked so great on paper. But here we are with the EW of today, and it's clear: Just because it looks pretty in a business plan doesn't mean it's a good idea at all." Jeff Jarvis has a response, which includes early EW documents.
Let's see if Hulu picks up Eric Cantor.
— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) June 11, 2014
Just reminding all you Emmy voters that there's nothing funnier than when a cancelled show wins something #Enlisted
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) June 9, 2014
Netflix should invent a feature where your wife never goes out of town and makes you wait to watch the shows.
— Alex Blagg (@alexblagg) June 9, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Theme: Golden Girls
- Monday, June 9, 2014 - Deborah A. Macey (Saint Louis University) presents: Archetypal Characters and their Narrative Function: Iron Maiden, the Consciousness Raising Character
- Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - Bridget Kies (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) presents: "Blanche, Will You Marry Me?": The Golden Girls and Marriage Equality
- Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Jessica Lee & Rosanne Carlo (University of Houston / University of Arizona) presents: “Shady Pines, Ma”: Mother-daughter role reversal in the Golden Girls
- Thursday, June 12, 2014 - Thomas J. West III (Syracuse University) presents: Of Condoms and Cheesecakes: Female Discourse and Sexual Agency in "The Golden Girls"
- Friday, June 13, 2014 - Emily Kofoed (Georgia State University) presents: Rose’s St. Olaf: The Midwest Exotic
Rick Porter reports on the list of shows that were most-watched via DVRs in 2013-14.
The deputy chief creative officer for Britain's Channel 4 describes how digital technologies are enhancing documentary and interactive storytelling possibilities.
Tim Peterson says Viacom is the latest to invest in a YouTube-related company, buying a stake in Defy Media, while Time Warner is reportedly eyeing a stake in Vice Media, which could also see HLN handed over to Vice. AdAge considers the issue of targeting millennials in the latter situation, and Alex Weprin has more on the potential deal.
Eric Deggans draws positive attention to what he calls Working Stiff TV, shows like Longmire that aren't prestigious but get the drama job done: "they have all the best elements of great TV shows — strong characters, surprising stories, well-crafted episodes and cool plot arcs. But they aren't quite competing with the big-ticket TV shows out there, so critics like me don't spend a lot of time talking about them."
Gina McIntyre talked to Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall about shooting Sunday's episode, and Jesus Diaz offers a clip of a striking 360-degree shot from the episode.
Comedy Central has renewed Review and Inside Amy Schumer. Alan Sepinwall talked to Andy Daly about the first season of Review and what could be next.
Christy Grosz highlights the recent influx of British actors on American television.
Michael Schneider highlights the list of the top 50 most-watched series of 2013-14. And in cable news ratings, Megyn Kelly has surpassed Bill O'Reilly in 25-54 ratings for the first time.
Peter Kafka reports on Netflix's response to Verizon's cease-and-desist order in regard to Netflix blaming Verizon for streaming slowdowns. Netflix says it will stop sending messages about the issue to subscribers, but it's not backing down from the complaint. Also, full video is now available of a recent Reed Hastings talk, in which he's added FX to the list of who Netflix sees as a competitor.
Monday, June 9, 2014
#TonyAwards are over, but now I will continue to support live theater by seeing the movies that are made from the shows.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) June 9, 2014
The Tonys is a showcase of the most talented people on Earth who would kill for a supporting role on an ABC Family sitcom.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) June 9, 2014
When you're cast on "Game of Thrones" you immediately start receiving pre-unemployment checks.
— Ben Siemon (@BenjaminJS) June 9, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Robert X. Cringely doesn't think net neutrality will come to pass, but he also argues that it doesn't matter in the end, while Stacey Higginbotham explores the peering issue.
Y'all know that when teen wolf grows up he is just gonna be a regular asshole wolf right??
— James Deen (@JamesDeen) June 8, 2014
There should be a ceremonial first pitch of horse racing where a white guy puts on a hat and sets a bunch of money on fire.
— Alison Forns (@alisonforns) June 7, 2014
California Chrome owner is bitter and says "It's not fair to these horses." The horses say "This is the least of our problems"
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) June 7, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Ron Nixon reports that the US State Department is backing a new satellite channel in Nigeria intended to counter radical terrorist groups: "The goal of the channel is to provide original content, including comedies and children’s programs that will be created, developed and produced by Nigerians. State Department officials said they hoped to provide an alternative to the violent propaganda and recruitment efforts of Boko Haram."
Corey Atad is disappointed that Netflix's original series aren't more formally unconventional, considering what its distribution context could accommodate.
Can't wait to hear Neil deGrasse Tyson rip apart the science in The Fault In Our Stars.
— Andy Bobrow (@abobrow) June 6, 2014
Spoiler Alert: the fault in Starz is that they cancelled Party Down
— Jon Wiener (@CrayonWayans) June 6, 2014
Someone joined the CIA thinking they'd be all Jason Bourne but instead are trawling thru 1000s of tweets saying something like "suck my ass"
— Metal Beard Solid (@JackalopeGuy) June 7, 2014
Brian Stelter covers Netflix head Ted Sarandos' faith in the streaming service's all-at-once release strategy for its original series.
The WSJ reports that AT&T has floated the possibility of offering the NFL Sunday Ticket to its wireless customers as part of its DirecTV purchase.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Peter Kafka analyzes a list of cable channels that Dish Network could theoretically offer via a virtual MVPD package.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Verizon is now threatening Netflix with legal action over the latter spreading the word that Verizon is responsible for its streaming slowdowns. Janko Roettgers also reports.
Ken Wong considers the risks and possible rewards for Asian-Americans tied to the upcoming series Fresh Off the Boat. And Randall Park shares what it means to him to be starring on "the first Asian American family sitcom to air on network television in 20 years."
With its upcoming season, Big Brother will be the final regularly schedule primetime network show to convert to HD.
Samantha Bookman tries to determine what Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix are spending on original content.