Sunday, August 31, 2014
Connie Britton has better hair when she wakes up in the middle of the night than any of us will all year. #AHS
— Tara Ariano (@TaraAriano) August 31, 2014
Someday Dalek Dept. of Lessons Learned will conclude that it's best not to scream your operational plans at top volume around enemies.
— Doug Saunders (@DougSaunders) August 31, 2014
Morality is a malfunction to the Daleks? OMG Twitter is a Dalek! #DoctorWho
— Matt Day (@Matthew_N_Day) August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Aaron Paul is the straight man's Connie Britton.
— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) August 29, 2014
My goal in life is basically to make sure everyone watches Slings & Arrows and Party Down, for full TV literacy.
— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) August 29, 2014
Have you ever looked at a real teenager? They are not sexy like on the TV programs.
— catweazle (@tellingbone) August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Harry A. Jessell looks at the move away from publishing and broadcasting cross-ownership.
Adam Flomenbaum features an infographic comparing how Netflix and HBO fund their shows.
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.
I feel like Netflix licensing Blacklist for 2 million per episode is their version of buying bottles in the club.
— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) August 29, 2014
If Joan Rivers can soldier on, so can we all.
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) August 29, 2014
Us Weekly issues statement: "To simply say Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married ignores a larger spiritual question that has no answer."
— Sean O'Neal (@seanoneal) August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Schroedinger's Tony Soprano
— Calm Tomb (@CalmTomb) August 27, 2014
"Naked and Afraid" seems redundant.
— lanyard (@lanyardigan) August 28, 2014
I don't know anyone who doesn't love Phil Hartman and frankly I don't care to
— Mallory Ortberg (@mallelis) August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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.
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.
Officially at the point where if you still hear the Every Simpsons Ever marathon coming from your neighbor's place they're most likely dead.
— Jason Ryan (@JasonRyGuy) August 27, 2014
Most TV: "Do I invest 10 hrs into a period drama about sex/politics or 21 mins into an Iowa couple's new kitchen." 99% of time kitchen wins
— kevinbiegel (@kbiegel) August 27, 2014
Ann Dowd is definitely going to be farting on a CBS pilot next year
— robert kessler (@thebobkessler) August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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 VanDerWerff, Nellie 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.
In lieu of a Beyonce medley, tonight's Emmys will be capped by 16 minutes of Julianna Margulies showing off all her indignant looks.
— Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) August 25, 2014
WHAT A WONDERFUL TIME FOR WOMEN ON TELEVISION yeah lady say it from a rotating platform while the president of the Academy smirks.
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) August 26, 2014
In the deafening silence after I finish live-tweeting an awards show, I understand why Judy took pills.
— Chris Schleicher (@cschleichsrun) August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
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.
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.
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.
Emily Steel reports on opposition to media mergers from the head of Rural Media Group, who argues that such consolidation especially hurts rural America.
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
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.
All I know is Beyoncé cares about other people & other artists. Look at how she let them open up for her at her show & even MTV was there.
— Roblé (@ChefRoble) August 25, 2014
Taylor Swift: "I'm not a feminist." Beyonce: "Not only am I a feminist, but I'm gonna sing about it while Jay-Z holds our baby." <3 #VMAs
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 25, 2014
I would not be surprised if True Blood ended with the whole cast pointing and laughing at me.
— Sean O'Neal (@seanoneal) August 25, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
This is the strangest episode of The Thick of It one has ever seen. #drwho
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) August 23, 2014
TiVo, when you suggest I "may also like" Rules of Engagement, you dance on my soul.
— June Thomas (@junethomas) August 24, 2014
In 1994, really did not expect that the 2014 answer to “What is MC Hammer doing?” would be “reliably informing me about an earthquake.”
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Brian Phillips surveys the landscape of satirical news and notes how thin the line is between real and fake news these days.
This is the age of cord-cutting and an end to passive couch-potato viewing of TV. Now if you'll excuse me, there's a Simpsons marathon on FX
— Jaime J. Weinman (@weinmanj) August 22, 2014
There's no such thing as a "right" sense of humor, except if you hate The Simpsons you will sharpen Satan's horns in Hell for eternity.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 23, 2014
I don't think these Ferguson demonstrators are in sync with whatever episode the Simpsons marathon is on now.
— Eric (@Power_Lloyd) August 23, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
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.
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.
History will rightly say lots of shitty things about our society, but will eventually have to conclude #TheSimpsons justified our existence.
— Les Chappell (@Lesismore9o9) August 22, 2014
I'm so happy right now, guys. I know it's just a tv show, but i love that we all get to do this together #EverySimpsonsEver
— Stefa (@stefapie) August 21, 2014
I spent about ten seconds thinking about who Lenny and Carl should be. If you’d told me they’d be on TV for 25 years I would have been ill.
— Penny Wise (@jon_vitti) August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The station group owner Sinclair has launched an original programming division, which initially will develop shows for its MyNetworkTV and CW affiliates.
Todd Shields and David McLaughlin consider how Time Warner Cable's Dodgers blackout could end up undermining its merger with Comcast.
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.
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.
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.
Andy Greenwald lists summer TV winners and losers. Wayne Friedman reports that ABC and NBC are neck-and-neck for the summer ratings win.
America is the worst cable show antihero
— Molly Lambert (@mollylambert) August 19, 2014
If we nominate Hank and Britt from Terriers to do that ice bucket challenge does that mean FX has to make another season
— M.A.T.T. (@digifreak642) August 20, 2014
Day 2 of FXX’s Simpsons marathon — “Bart’s Dog Gets an F” to “Last Exit to Springfield” — will be the best consecutive 24 hours of TV ever.
— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) August 21, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Elizabeth Minkel explores what the global exportation of Doctor Who might be telling the world about British culture.
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.
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.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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.
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.
Chris Hayes is putting on a gas mask, in America.
— emokidsloveme (@emokidsloveme) August 19, 2014
OMG the look on this guy's face when the white lady suggested using water cannons on the #Ferguson protesters: pic.twitter.com/cV1KMkcZZp
— NickBaumann (@NickBaumann) August 19, 2014
Are we absolutely sure the Ice Bucket Challenge isn't a Nathan For You bit?
— kevinbiegel (@kbiegel) August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Emily Steel looks at how Amazon's programming development has shifted from a data-driven approach to a more creatively-minded one. (link fixed)
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.
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
Juan Ramos discusses the Latin American remake of Breaking Bad and the growth in Spanish-language translations of US series.
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.
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.
Everyone who was livid when a bigot got suspended from a duck show, this is what it actually looks like when the 1st amendment is violated.
— Justin Megahan (@justinrmegahan) August 18, 2014
"These are all class issues. And when you look at it that way, season two really is the best season of The Wire." pic.twitter.com/KSonappYDl
— Jeb Lund (@Mobute) August 18, 2014
I would buy #TheLeftovers action figures. "Weeping Dog Shooting” Kevin. “DROP Conference” Nora (also “Bullet Proof” Nora), Jill + Fridge Set
— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) August 13, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A cop in SWAT gear braying YOUR RIGHT TO ASSEMBLE IS NOT BEING VIOLATED from atop a tank is ludicrous in a way Terry Gilliam couldn't touch.
— Bo Bolander (@BBolander) August 14, 2014
MSNBC: Police are tear gassing protesters. FOX: Police are taking action against an unruly crowd. CNN: Seriously, where is that plane?
— Danger Guerrero (@DangerGuerrero) August 14, 2014
A small percentage of people on a microblogging service are watching! A small percentage of people on a microblogging service are watching!
— Andrew Famiglietti (@afamiglietti) August 14, 2014
— Calvin (@aurosan) August 14, 2014
PHOTOS: Police fire tear gas near Al Jazeera crew, then disassemble the gear after they flee. #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/It5FOxVWhB
— Cassidy Moody (@CassFM) August 14, 2014
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
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.
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.
"Hi, Sean Bean here for Lipton Iced Tea. On a hot day there's nothing quite like a -- " [KILLED]
— Bill Corbett (@BillCorbett) August 13, 2014
I would play volleyball just so Mrs. Coach could yell at me in an affirming manner. #FridayNightLights
— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) August 13, 2014
No wonder celebrities, our modern gods, are leaving this world—look what we’ve done to it.
— Mαtt Thomαs (@mattthomas) August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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.
I'm going to tweet shallow things about TV now because that's my coping mechanism. Sorry.
— Melissa Mann (@PhantomRat) August 12, 2014
Don't worry guys if you are looking for news about #Ferguson, CNN is interviewing Hal Sparks.
— Julie Klausner (@julieklausner) August 12, 2014
Everything wrong with modern media in one screenshot: pic.twitter.com/IipUQeVPzv
— Digitally Downloaded (@DigitallyDownld) August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
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.
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
If the Teen Choice Awards were accurate every envelope would read "whatever, I don't even care".
— Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) August 11, 2014
Some people would use a time machine to kill Hitler. I'd use one to stop HBO from giving #TrueBlood a green light.
— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) August 11, 2014
I hope the Riggins brothers are doing okay, wherever they are.
— Gloria (@balancinglovely) August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
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.
I don't need fenisimi because women are well represented on tv and in movies there is thin and white, thin and more white, thin and whitest
— WomanAgainstFeminism (@NoToFeminism) August 9, 2014
Kind of intrigued by this Steven Soderbergh TV series, "The Old-Timey Doctors Who Sucked At Everything."
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 10, 2014
I think my mom watches THE BIG BANG THEORY to provoke me.
— Amanda Ann Klein (@AmandaAnnKlein) August 10, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
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."