Sunday, May 31, 2015

Aquarius Versions

The creator of Aquarius says they shot two versions of the series, one for NBC and a more graphic version for iTunes and Europe.

New Netflix

Netflix is unveiling a new user interface; say goodbye to the carousel look.

Haunted House Reality

Cracked presents a production report from a guy whose house was featured on a haunted house hunters show.

Israeli West Bank Series

Debra Kamin covers the success, among both Israeli and Palestinian audiences, of an Israeli series about military service in the West Bank.

Critics' Choice Awards Utility

Stacey Wilson Hunt interviews the producer of tonight's Critics' Choice Awards about the value of these awards relative to the Emmys.

Quality Diversity

Eric Deggans has concerns that the new crop of shows touted for their diversity will be derivative and bland.

Brian Williams at NBC

Brian Stelter says NBC is trying to determine a new role for Brian Williams at the network outside of the anchor chair, but Andrew Wallenstein says that wouldn't solve anything.

2015-16 DVR Gridlock

Daniel Fienberg outlines 2015-16 scheduling battles on each network night (except poor Saturday, of course): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lip Sync Battle

Sarah Larson looks at what makes Lip Sync Battle work.

Schieffer's Retirement

Eric Deggans covers Bob Schieffer's retirement (his last broadcast is tomorrow) as the end of the era of old-school TV news anchors.

Finke's Fiction

Ravi Somaiya reports on Nikke Finke's new Hollywood fiction website.

Nostalgia & Reboots

Mark Lashley considers the role of nostalgia behind reboots like Fuller House.

Chromecast Sales

Janko Roettgers reports on sales figures for the Chromecast streaming stick.

Fuller Criticizes Rape Scenes

James Hibberd interviews Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller about his critical views on shows resorting to rape scenes.

Point Spreads & Ratings

David Purdum reports on a study finding that point spreads in sports can help spike TV ratings.

Fox News Comedy

Greg Gutfeld is getting a comedic news show on Fox News on Sunday nights.

Good TVeets

Friday, May 29, 2015

Schumer Analysis

Matthew Gilbert praises Inside Amy Schumer's insight into "the social and pop cultural pervasiveness of misshapen gender norms." Anna Silman says Schumer's comedic stylings would make her the perfect host to shake up The Bachelorette, and Chris Plante says Schumer's guest appearance on the reality series threw into relief the show's problems.

Louie & Louis CK

Sean Fitz-Gerald covers Louis C.K. 's journey to comedy supremacy, while the comedian talked about Louie's recent season at a panel.

Kardashian Sadness

In taking Keeping Up With the Kardashians more seriously than most, Matt Thomas finds in the series unrelenting sorrow and calls for empathy.

Mad Men's Value

Amanda Lotz explains AMC's economic strategy for Mad Men, which didn't involve advertising profitability.

Mad Men Plots

Matthew Weiner revealed a wish list of plots and characters he had apparently hoped to address in the final season, with some crossed off as if achieved. More coverage of the panel event at which this info came out.

19 Kids Coverage

Brian Stelter explains why TLC hasn't cancelled 19 Kids and Counting yet, while Hulu has removed episodes of the series, but won't rule out its return. Stephen Silver says TLC itself should be cancelled.

Survivor's Legacy

Survivor is turning 15 years old. Emily Yahr considers what's behind its enduring influence, and Daniel D'Addario says it still dominates the reality TV genre. The Washington Post has a striking graphic illustrating the over 300 reality shows that have followed in Survivor's wake.

Season Rules

Michael Schneider identifies seven rules networks are following in 2015-16.

BIg Bang Theory Scholarship

UCLA will now have a scholarship for STEM students endowed by The Big Bang Theory.

Daytime Talk

Tim Teeman questions why daytime network TV has to be so saturated with talk shows.

Charter Consolidation

Leon Lazaroff warns that cable operator consolidation could lead to cable channel consolidation and more carriage fee standoffs.

Netflix & Regulators

James B. Stewart points out that Netflix's stated positions on issues like net neutrality and the Comcast-TWC merger have hewed closely to what regulators end up deciding.

Aquarius Viewing

Andrew Wallenstein says NBC's posting of Aquarius online will be a test case for binge viewing outside of streaming services, though Josef Adalian reports that we may not ever know how many viewers watch Aquarius online rather than on NBC. The show's TV ratings started out modest.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Empire Panel

Peter Kafka has posted video of a panel on Empire featuring its producers.

Daily Show Dates

With Jon Stewart departing in early August, Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show on September 28.

Halt & Catch Fire's Reboot

Andy Greenwald praises Halt and Catch Fire for its narrative overhaul between seasons.

Military Money in the NFL

Charles P. Pierce is critical of the money the U.S. military has pumped into the NFL for marketing purposes.

Tough Time Slots

Jason Lynch identifies fall shows that seem doomed to fail by virtue of their time slots.

Dwindling Audiences For More TV

Gerry Smith notes that expanding television programming is spreading the audiences to watch it all thin.

TV Apps Development

Don Clark and Alistair Barr look at how Silicon Valley is striving to develop the next generation of TV apps. (the google link)

Program Ownership Impact

Joe Flint highlights how the networks prefer to pick up shows their sister studios own (the google link).

Internet Stats

A new study projects that in five years, 80% of the global internet will consist of video. Right now, nearly 37% of US bandwidth during prime time hours is taken up by Netflix alone.

CBS on Apple TV

Les Moonves says CBS will probably be available on Apple's upcoming online TV service.

Comedy Roundtable

Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Gina Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kate McKinnon talk about comedy in a THR roundtable.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

The Briefcase

Critics explore the ethical problems with CBS's The Briefcase: Andy Dehnart, Margaret Lyons, Todd VanDerWerff.

TLC & The Duggars

Advertisers are distancing themselves from 19 Kids and Counting, and Jason Lynch questions the show's future as a result. Anna Silman adds 19 Kids and Counting to her account of TLC's litany of controversies. Joanna Arcieri argues that the problems here go well beyond one show and one channel.

Season Reflections

Toni Fitzgerald identifies the best and worst of TV across the 2014-15 season. Michael O'Connell highlights striking ratings stats from the season. Rick Porter says new shows did pretty well this season, except on NBC. Todd VanDerWerff looks at the conflicted state of network broadcasting. Wayne Friedman reports that 18-49 C3 ratings declined this season.

Charter Coverage

Klint Finley says Charter will try to sell its Time Warner Cable merger to regulators as a check on Comcast's dominance. Matt Krantz puts cable industry consolidation in pie chart form. Joshua Brustein says this may bring more competition to the wireless telecom industry. Charisse Jones notes that John Malone is very pleased. Leila Abboud says Altice is still primed to make a US acquisition despite losing out on TWC. Brian Steinberg reports that Charter will soon start carrying SportsNetLA, finally bring LA Dodgers games to more subscribers. Charter insists it will uphold net neutrality.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: America’s Got Talent (NBC)
- Respectable Sampling: I Can Do That (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Fox), Extreme Weight Loss (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Seinfeld Online

Dave Itzkoff looks at how Jerry Seinfeld has made his comedic mark on the internet.

TiVo Challenges

Colin Dixon expects challenges to increase for TiVo as OTT growth and pay TV consolidation continue.

Charter Pessimism

Hilary Stout says Charter subscribers aren't expecting improved service in the wake of a Time Warner Cable merger.

Connected TV Figures

Will Richmond reports on figures finding that just over half of US homes now have at least one internet-connected TV set.

Binge Backlash

Natalie Jarvey proposes that there's a backlash against binge viewing brewing.

C7 Deals

Diego Vasquez says C7 ad deals are on the rise, but won't surpass C3 arrangements.

Summer & Live Efforts

Jason Lynch notes that the broadcast networks are trying more tactics than ever before with summer programming, and Mark Perigard highlights the live events the networks are turning toward to boost ratings.

Netflix User Ratings

Daredevil tops the list of Netflix originals in a user ratings metric, while Bojack Horseman falls just under Arrested Development in last place.


A new site called TV[R]EV has started up "to help everyone navigate the TV [R]evolution that’s upon us." It launched with an upfronts/NewFronts infographic.

TLC Criticism

In the wake of the Duggar family situation, Tim Goodman calls TLC "the most socially irresponsible channel on the planet — and growing!"

Emmy Possibilities

Michael O'Connell garners opinions on some big Emmy nominations questions, while Andy Dehnart highlights reality shows he thinks deserve nominations.

Grace & Frankie Renewed

Netflix wants a second season of Grace and Frankie.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Supergirl & The Superheroine Problem

Alyssa Rosenberg considers where Supergirl might fit in terms of the rarity of female superhero stories.

Digital Tools For Historiography

Elana Levine discusses how she has used digital tools for television historiography research.

Hollywood's Gender Imbalance

Jonathan Handel covers the difficult legal challenges to Hollywood's gender imbalance problems.

Future of TV

Jason Hirschhorn lays out seven changes coming to TV that Hollywood needs to adapt to.

Stewart's Veteran Program

Dave Phillips tells us about a program developed by Jon Stewart and The Daily Show to help foster media industry employment for military veterans.

Well-Paid Media CEOs

Six of the ten highest-paid CEOs in the US head up media companies.

Shows Revisited

Noel Murray revisits the M*A*S*H spinoff AfterMASH, while Brian Faucette tells us why the 1960s Batman TV show was smarter than we think.

Netflix Documentaries

Julia Greenberg says Netflix is striving to become a dominant home for documentaries.

ATX Festival

Yvonne Villarreal covers the rise of the ATX Television Festival, which takes place in June in Austin, TX (and which I've been to twice and is great fun).

YouTube Celebrity

Derrik J. Lang looks at how YouTube has changed the world of celebrity.

TVEyes Lawsuit

Eriq Gardner reports media companies are coming together around Fox News' copyright lawsuit against TVEyes, a media monitoring and clip service.

Twin Peaks Info

We now know Twin Peaks will get an 18-episode season and all-new music from Angelo Badalamenti.

ITV Drops Weinstein Buy

ITV has reportedly backed away from a deal for the Weinstein Co.'s TV division.

Cancellation Reasons

Todd VanDerWerff explains the catalysts that are typically behind program cancellation.

Collier Interview

Tim Baysinger talks to AMC Networks president Charlie Collier about AMC's post-Mad Men strategies.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Nothing…CBS, Fox and The CW were in all repeats.

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Charter Buying TWC

It's official: Charter plans to buy Time Warner Cable and is confident regulators will approve the deal, insisting that it's a much smaller marriage than Comcast-TWC. Guatham Nagesh and Joe Flint agree that regulatory approval is likely. Time Warner Cable's stock soared in response to the news. Alan Wolk says set-top boxes are a loser in the deal. Zachary Seward explains the merger through charts and maps.

Good TVeets

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers: A.D.: The Bible Continues (NBC), Battle Creek (CBS), American Odyssey (NBC)

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

RIP Anne Meara

Actress and comedian Anne Meara has died.

Charter + TWC

Ed Hammond reports that Charter is on the verge of a deal to buy Time Warner Cable.

Apple TV Failing

Alan Wolk notes that Roku is dominating over Apple TV, which keeps falling further behind.

Debate Criteria

Eli Stokols says the GOP presidential candidates must use TV to build national name recognition if they hope to be invited to the early debates.

Supergirl Leak Questioned

Merrill Barr weighs the possibility that Supergirl was leaked purposely as a marketing ploy.

Scheduling Discussion

The latest episode of The Spinoff podcast features the execs in charge of scheduling at ABC and CBS discussing their jobs and the state of their networks.

New In Media Res

Theme: Fan Labor and Feminism

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 - Karen Hellekson (Independent) presents: Making Use Of: Online Fan Fiction Spaces 
  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Abigail De Kosnik and Miyoko Conley (University of California, Berkeley) presents: Fifty Shades of Fan Trailers: Feminist Creation From Fan Archives 
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - Mel Stanfill (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) presents: Spinning Yarn with Borrowed Cotton 
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Alexis Lothian (University of Southern California) presents: A Different Kind of Love Song 
  • Friday, May 29, 2015 - Suzanne Scott (University of Texas—Austin) presents: WoMEN’s Work: Representing Fan Labor on Heroes of Cosplay

Netflix Redesign

Josh Lowensohn explains Netflix's latest interface redesign, rolling out to everyone soon.

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday's network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday's network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Fusion's Struggles

Ravi Somaiya and Brooks Barnes detail the struggles that Fusion has had distinguishing itself to its Millennial target audience.

Good TVeets

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Good TVeets

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Facebook Potential

Jen Kavanagh says Facebook's reach and data give it the potential to change how entertainment content is made.

Snapchat Matters

Mathew Ingram insists media companies should take Snapchat seriously.

Pay TV & OTT Attitudes

Adam Flomenbaum reports on new research on customer attitudes toward pay TV and OTT services.

BBC Three Online

Elizabeth Evans looks at debates about the future of TV and public service broadcasting spawned from the plan to move BBC Three online-only.

2014-15 Summaries

Anthony Crupi says the 2014-15 ratings show a network war of attrition. And EW lists the 50 most-watched network shows of the season.

19 Kids and Counting Takes

James Poniewozik says TLC should cancel 19 Kids and Counting, but Hank Stuever says there's something there to be reclaimed.

EW Paywall

Non-subscribers of Entertainment Weekly will start hitting a metered paywall, unless they arrive via social media.

TWC Talks

Bloomberg reports that we should know next week who will be buying Time Warner Cable, unless the talks fall apart.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Eurovision Stars

Amar Toor goes backstage at Eurovision to consider the future for its featured musical acts.

TV Acronyms

An NBCU video from the upfronts features the leads of Playing House explaining industry acronyms like TVE and ODCR.

A La Carte Costs

Adam Levy covers a survey on what respondents would be willing to pay for channels under an a la carte system.

Viewing the Environment

AJ Dellinger asks users and companies to consider how online streaming and surfing can affect the environment in terms of energy consumption.

Netflix & TV Sets

Josh Lowensohn takes us into the lab where Netflix tests out TV sets designed to work best with the streaming service.

Understanding Kim Kardashian

Art critic Jerry Saltz and David Wallace-Wells chat about what to make of Kim Kardashian and her celebrity.

Rebel Wilson's Fabrications

Anne Helen Petersen says Rebel Wilson's lie about her age is part of the longtime Hollywood practice of star fabrication.

Redstone's Health

Brian Steinberg says concerns about Sumner Redstone's health are raising questions for Viacom and CBS.

Apple TV & Local Channels

Peter Kafka says the goal to include local channels in Apple TV's video service is likely to delay it. Colin Dixon questions Apple's plans.

Media Industries Journal

A new issue of the journal Media Industries is out, featuring:

  • Reconsidering Media Economics: From Orthodoxies to Heterodoxies by Stuart Cunningham and Terry Flew
  • Hollywood Creative Accounting: The Success Rate of Major Motion Pictures by Sergio Sparviero
  • Sponsored Data and Net Neutrality: Exemption and Discrimination in the Mobile Broadband Industry by Danny Kimball
  • Mobile Production: Spatialized Labor, Location Professionals, and the Expanding Geography of Television Production by Myles McNutt
  • Cartoon Wasteland: Remediating and Recommodifying Archival Media in Disney’s Epic Mickey by Colleen Montgomery

Network Ratings

Todd VanDerWerff analyzes charts that show network TV's ratings decline.

Live Streaming Apps

CNBC covers concern in the sports world about live streaming apps like Periscope, while Jon Erlichman notes the possibility for new global stars to arise via these apps. VH1 is trying to use Periscope to raise its profile.

TLC Controversy

TLC has an issue on its hands with the molestation news about Josh Duggar. The channel has thus far stayed quiet, but curiously ran a 19 Kids and Counting marathon yesterday. Former TLC star Mama June is threatening to sue the channel over the fact that her show got booted off the air for lesser allegations. Update: TLC has confirmed that it pulled the series from the schedule.

Supergirl Leak

The pilot for CBS's Supergirl has leaked to piracy sites, just about as early as a leak gets.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grace and Frankie and Comedy

Ben Travers says Grace and Frankie illustrates the problem with the Emmys distinguishing comedy from drama based on running time.

AJAM's Mess

Erin Gloria Ryan delves into the troubled state of Al Jazeera America.

Cable Rates

Todd Shields reports on legislation the FCC is working on that would leave cable operators free to raise rates without any local government oversight.

Media Challenges

Richard Greenfield outlines the challenges to traditional advertising- and subscription-based media today.

Today Show Falling

NBC's Today show is flirting with falling into third place in morning show ratings.

NBC's Strategy

Jason Lynch tells NBC what they need to do to keep their 18-49 demo ratings crown next season.

Letterman Ratings

David Letterman reached a two decades-old ratings high last night.

Sports TV Discussion

The Paley Center has posted video of a panel discussion on sports TV featuring the heads of sports at CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC. David Beck has coverage of what was talked about.

Spotify Video

Spotify now offers video from ESPN, Comedy Central, and other outlets, which Jon Erlichman says shows the lure of video over audio today. Tom Risen says cable should be worried about this new competition.

Altice Moves

The French telecom group Altice has acquired Suddenlink Communications, and Time Warner Cable could be next.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Survivor (CBS)
- Well Below Average: Modern Family (ABC), black-ish (ABC)
- Losers: MasterChef (Fox), Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

AMC Sets Up Writers' Rooms

Nellie Andreeva says AMC has set up three writers' rooms for dramas it hopes to send straight-to-series.


Matthew Belloni covers UTA's fiery response to CAA's lawsuit over its agent defections.

2014-15 Network Performance

Gary Levin identifies the bright spots and weaknesses of 2014-15 for each network.

Weiner on Mad Men

Matthew Weiner spoke about the Mad Men finale tonight, including the very ending.

Letterman Links

A few David Letterman pieces as we await his final show: Bradley Schauer will miss Letterman's style, which is now at odds with the viral nature of late night today; David Miner praises Letterman for his fringe style of comedy; Charles Passy swims against the tide and criticizes Letterman's style for its meanness; and Lucas Shaw points out that Letterman's company is now sitting on a lot of valuable archival footage. Steve Johnson says Letterman forever changed comedy. Josef Adalian looks at how Letterman disrupted TV.

Mad Men Style

With the Mad Men finale comes Tom and Lorenzo's final Mad Men analysis.

Comcast's Lost Bid

Michal Lev-Ram delves into how a coalition against Comcast built as it pursued Time Warner Cable.

Verizon's Live OTT

Erik Gruenwedel reports that Verizon's upcoming OTT service will focus on live programming.

FS1 v. AT&T

Alex Kaufman says a live sports-value dispute between Fox Sports 1 and AT&T could go on for a long time.

Screen Time Questions

Diana Graber says questions of appropriate screen time for kids need to extend beyond "how much" and also address "what" and "when." Amy Fleming looks at what screen time rules tech leaders set for their kids.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Dancing With the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), The Flash (CW)
- Losers: Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

CBS Comedy Departure

CBS will need to find a new head of comedy for the first time in 25 years, as Wendi Trilling will depart the post.

Cable Regulation

Richard Greenfield considers how regulator fears of broadband monopolies could affect cable industry consolidation possibilities.

The Pilot Experience

Writer Danny Chun discusses the pilot process and the joy and pain of having one pilot picked up and another killed.

AMC's Future

Adam Epstein considers what AMC's future programming lineup looks like as Mad Men exits.

Charter-Bright House Merger

The Charter and Bright House Networks merger is back on.

Breaking Bad Bar

A pop-up cocktail bar in London this summer will be Breaking Bad-themed.

Supergirl's Virality

Jason Lynch highlights the substantial global response to CBS's trailer for Supergirl.

NBC Wins 18-49

NBC won the season ratings race in the 18-49 demo; CBS again won handily in total viewers.

Ending Obsession

Arthur Chu says with Mad Men, Letterman, and other things, we need to stop obsessing over endings.

Game of Thrones Controversy

The writer of Sunday's Game of Thrones episode discusses the controversial plotline that took place, as does the actress who plays Sansa. Alyssa Rosenberg questions the negative response, and Laura Bradley thinks critics are missing the point.

Letterman Links

I was going to post some links to Letterman articles, but TVTattle has already done all the work on that.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Mad Men Preview Supercut

Vulture offers a supercut of all the cryptic "Next week on Mad Men" previews.

Big Data at the Upfronts

Bill Cromwell says the touting of data-based services was a big focus on the upfronts.

UK Decency Concerns

Jasper Jackson reports on a new Ofcom study into British viewer concerns about sex, violence, and swearing on TV.

Girl Meets World Praise

Merrill Barr says Girl Meets World is a legitimately great comedy and important to TV.

Content Ownership is King

Cynthia Littleton says original content ownership has become imperative in the current TV landscape.

Apple's TV Set

Daisuke Wakabayashi reports that Apple dropped plans to produce a TV set over a year ago, though one could still be on the way next year. (Google News link) Colin Dixon offers five reasons why there will never be an Apple TV set.

Dearth of Family Programming

Jan Dawson laments TV's lack of family-friendly programming.

Yahoo's Video Plans

Erin Griffith talks to Yahoo's new head of video about where the company is headed in that area.

Best & Worst Trailers

Todd VanDerWerff passes judgment on the new show trailers.

Good Wife Defense

June Thomas doesn't think viewers should be angry about being duped by The Good Wife in regard to Margulies-Panjabi: "The Good Wife team deserves praise for keeping a lid on its personnel issues."

Global Women's Rights Event

A number of TV figures spoke up for feminism at the Global Women's Rights Awards last night, including Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan.

Martin Response

George RR Martin has posted a response to criticism of Game of Thrones' latest episode.

Mad Men Ratings

Nielsen says 3.3 million watched Mad Men live + SD, its third-best draw ever. It reached a series high in the 25-54 demo.

More Letterman Posts

Brian Steinberg looks at how David Letterman revolutionized the 11:30pm time slot. Dave Itzkoff talks to Paul Schaffer about the end of his Letterman gig and with other staffers about leaving. Mike Sacks interviewed Merrill Markoe, Late Night's original head writer.

Good TVeets

Monday, May 18, 2015

Female Directors

Lynn Elber says TV seems to hold greater potential for female directors right now than movies.

Shared OTT Accounts

Wayne Friedman reports on a new survey into how many OTT accounts are used via sharing situations, where a user accessed an account paid for by someone else.

Univision Branding Campaign

Chris Ariens reports that Univision has launched a new branding campaign called "Todo Es Posible" (everything is possible).

Bewitched's Queer Appeal

Taylor Cole Miller reflects on the classic sitcom Bewitched's appeal to queer communities.

Game of Thrones Dismissal

The Mary Sue blog has announced they will no longer cover or promote Game of Thrones after what happened in last night's episode.

Berlanti, Super Producer

Debra Birnbaum profiles Greg Berlanti, who will produce six shows across three networks next season.

Letterman Posts

Noel Murray looks at how Late Night With David Letterman became an institution. Hank Stuever considers what we're losing as Letterman depart. Daniel Kellison talks about working as a talent coordinator for Letterman. David Bauder commemorates the special Letterman-Bill Murray relationship.

Fox News & Republicans

James Fallows insists that Fox News actually hinders Republicans.

New Ad Bureau

Jason Lynch reports on the formation of the Video Advertising Bureau, a broadcast-cable-MVPD consortium dedicated to promoting the power of video advertising, which is actually a replacement of the previous Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.

New Nikke Finke Site

Nikki Finke is launching a site to host short fiction about Hollywood.

Producing Naked & Afraid

Andy Dehnart gets the behind-the-scenes story of how Naked and Afraid is produced.

OTT Surge

Sarah Perez reports on research that foresees a big surge in OTT subscriptions by 2019.

Multicultural Surge

Janet Stilson highlights the rise in mainstream success of diverse actors and shows.

ESPN's Dominance

Jim Weber explores why numerous competitors have failed to lessen ESPN's dominance over sports TV.

Nielsen Ratings

Nielsen shared an infographic with AdWeek laying out program viewing and time-shifting stats from the month of February. And Keach Hagey talked with Nielsen Global President Steve Hasker about adapting ratings as online video expands. Nielsen also posted analysis today about social TV performance.

Upfronts Coverage

More upfronts summary: Networks wait to hear how advertisers will respond to their wares, Alex Weprin notes that TV execs had to fight against the allure of digital media throughout the upfronts & Richard Greenfield looks at how they repudiated digital and mobile advertising during the upfronts, Bill Cromwell summarizes the upfronts in numbers, Toni Fitzgerald identifies fall trends, as does David Bauder, and Jason Lynch highlights fall time slot battles.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: 2015 Billboard Music Awards (ABC)
- Fading: The Simpsons (Fox), Family Guy (Fox) -Losers: Battle Creek (CBS), A.D.: The Bible Continues (NBC), American Odyssey (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Good TVeets

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mad Men Writers

Laura Lorenzetti talks with the five women among eleven Mad Men writers.

YouTube's Design Overhaul

John Paul Titlow delves into how YouTube overhauled its platform infrastructure to better direct site traffic and compete with Netflix.

Periscope & Sports

Stephanie Myles considers Periscope's possible impact on sports broadcasting.

The Fast TV Model

Matt Zoller Seitz highlights how "Empire’s narrative profligacy has become the preferred model of scripted TV."

Comedy's Marginalization

Scott Collins notes the decline of comedy on network prime-time schedules next season.

X-Files Fandom

Media studies scholar Bethan Jones explains how The X-Files changed her life. And that could have gotten her in a file at Scotland Yard, as Elizabeth Roberts reports that Scotland Yard secretly compiled dossiers on fans of Star Trek, X-Files, and other sci-fi shows as the turn of the millennium loomed out of fear of cult activities and cyber attacks.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Louis CK Monologue

As you'll note in the Good TVeets, Louis CK created a stir with his SNL monologue last night.

Good TVeets

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Animated Voices

Robert Lloyd looks back on how animated shows have dealt with key voice actors moving on.

Oprah's Neoliberalism

Nicole Aschoff says Oprah Winfrey's neoliberal representation of the American Dream is essential to her popularity.

Streaming Service Limitations

Chris Morran looks at why we don't have a streaming service with live TV & sports, DVR functionality, and on-demand options all-in-one.

Streaming Australian Originals

Steve Dow wonders when Australia's streaming services, including Netflix, will produce an original Australian series.

Union Commercials Campaign

Dave McNary reports on a SAG-AFTRA campaign to push for more union work on commercials.

NewFronts & Upfronts

Alan Wolk describes how the NewFronts are starting to blend into the upfronts.

Amtrak & Spectrum Space

David Goldman explains why the FCC and spectrum space are relevant to the recent Amtrak accident.

Showrunner Thoughts

Lacey Rose got answers to a handful of fun questions from 23 showrunners, including how they'd end Mad Men and what they think of live-tweeting TV.

College Basketball Changes

The NCAA is adopting new timeout rules for basketball that may improve the viewing experience, plus the shot clock will be reduced.

Friday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Nothing
- Losers (excluding repeats): AMC Presents: Superstar Duets (CBS), The Messengers (CW), Dateline (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

Some Mad Men Posts

I can't post all 8 million Mad Men posts that are out there, but here are a few that caught my eye: Lindsay Weber explains why it's a pipe dream to expect a perfect ending for a TV series, Alyssa Rosenberg says we should resist trying to guess at serial endings as if the shows are a mystery to be solved, Robert Bianco insists we should accept ceding control to the creators, and Brian Lowry believes the ending doesn't matter. Libby Hill gives us seven series motifs to look for in the finale. Libby Nelson offers a visualization of character change across the series, and James Poniewozik looks back on Mad Men's journey. Alan Sepinwall will miss his late nights reviewing the series. Dave Itzkoff talked with Matthew Weiner.

Good TVeets

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Survivor Experience

Charlie Jenkins talks in-depth with Max Dawson about the experience of being on Survivor as a reality TV expert. Part two of the interview is up.

NBCU Upfront

Chris Ariens says NBCU Cable Entertainment's upfront was quite a spectacle, and Adam Buckman notes NBCU's reach and scale were touted.

Upfronts Analysis

More upfronts wrapups: THR gets upfronts reactions from seven studio chiefs, Jethro Nededog learned five things this week, and K.M. McFarland assesses all the new shows. Twitter tells us which pilots were the buzziest on Twitter.

Good Wife Scene Fakery

Michael Ausiello confirms that Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi did not appear together in their characters' final Good Wife scene.

Twin Peaks Back On

And just like that, David Lynch is back on board and Twin Peaks is back on. Lynch will even direct every episode.

Mindy Project Picked Up

As rumored, Hulu has picked up a new season of The Mindy Project, though it's one 26-episode season and not two 13-episodes seasons as the initial rumor went.

Letter to Eddie Huang

Arthur Chu pens an open letter to Fresh Off the Boat creator Eddie Huang taking him to task for arrogance and misogyny. (Link fixed)

Dobrev's Exit

Jarett Wieselman talks to Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec about writing Elena out of the series due to star Nina Dobrev's exit. Emily Yahr explains why Dobrev's exit is a big deal.

Mad Men Style

Tom and Lorenzo analyze "The Milk and Honey Route."

Letterman's Pricey Neighborhood

Corey Kilgannon notes that David Letterman's success priced many out of his show's neighborhood.

Verizon-AOL Podcast

Will Richmond's podcast today focuses on the AOL-Verizon deal.

Netflix News

Netflix is reportedly talking with a Chinese media company about a possible Chinese partnership. Meanwhile, Ted Sarandos is at Cannes talking about upending the film distribution model, which has brought him some European hecklers.

Allen on Amazon

In an interview with Deadline, Woody Allen claims he didn't know what Amazon was before he started making a series for the platform and says he now regrets agreeing to it. Matt Brennan thinks this could be a good thing.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), The Big Bang Theory R (CBS), Scandal (ABC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Bones (Fox), The Vampire Diaries (CW), Wayward Pines (Fox), Reign (CW), American Crime (ABC), Elementary (CBS), Dateline (NBC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Thursday, May 14, 2015

iPlayer Decline

Henry Mance reports that the BBC's iPlayer streaming service declined in usage for the first time, leading some to question its approach. And the BBC's Global iPlayer will shut down next month.

Marvel Movies on TV

Noel Murray looks at how Marvel's distribution of its movies on cable has expanded its pop culture domination.

AT&T To Offer Hulu

AT&T will offer Hulu access to mobile and web customers starting later this year, and Phillip Swann considers the potential DirecTV implications.

Apple's TV Disruption

David Gewirtz says Apple is poised to disrupt the TV business.

Hollywood's White-Maleness

Alyssa Rosenberg explores how the dominance of white men in Hollywood has persisted for a century. Todd VanDerWerff adds thoughts.

NBC Comedy

James Hibberd talked to NBC's entertainment president to learn why the network will have so few comedies next fall.

TV Show Reach

An infographic presented by Viacom stresses how social media and fan communities can give a TV show life beyond the TV set.

Netflix's Future

Via a Slideshare presentation, Gil Simon predicts impending global dominance for Netflix. And Peter Kafka notes live sports won't be part of Netflix's offerings any time soon.

Stephanopoulos Controversy

George Stephanopoulos is under fire for not earlier disclosing donations to the Clinton Foundation. Jack Shafer calls it a failure of both journalism and politics. Stephanopoulos has since said he will recuse himself from hosting a GOP primary debate. Lloyd Grove is critical of Stepanopoulos's apology attempt.

FX's Strain Class

Eric Thurm highlights a college science course on The Strain that FX is involved with.

Showrunner Explanations

Matthew Gilbert isn't thrilled with the trend of showrunners explaining their creative decisions to the press.

Amazon Dropping Viacom Reality

Lucas Shaw reports that Amazon will drop a set of Viacom-owned reality shows from Prime due to declining viewer interest.

CSI's End

Todd VanDerWerff explains why we should mourn CSI, and Michael Hogan notes its legacy is everywhere.

The CW Upfront

The CW had a celebratory upfront presentation today. The network introduced Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, an hour-long show that was originally made as a half-hour for Showtime; said the Arrow-Flash crossover will happen annually; and released trailers for its new series. Todd VanDerWerff says The CW may be close to convincing advertisers its audience is mature enough to bother with.

Fall TV Grid

EW lays out the fall 2015 network schedule across the week. Dominic Patten highlights intriguing schedule matchups.

New Series Trailers

Jethro Nededog has collected all the new 2015-16 series trailers in one place.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Fienberg.

American Idol hit a finale low.