Thursday, July 30, 2015

Last Summer Hiatus

I've got one last summer trip that will take me away from the blog, but I'll be back early next week. You can follow #TCA15 on Twitter to keep up with all of that news in the meantime.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Digital Siphoning From TV

Anthony Crupi reports on how much digital media is siphoning ad dollars away from network TV.

Measuring TV Everywhere's Growth

TV Everywhere use is growing, but Nielsen measurement and viewing challenges remain.

The Game's Legacy

Emily Yahr takes note of the impending series finale of The Game and considers its impact.

Netflix Costs

Cory Barker considers the consequences of Netflix's spending spree on content rights and original programming.

Only Black Writer

Gene Demby addresses the Wyatt Cynac/Jon Stewart story by exploring the idea of being the only black person in the writers' room.

FX Emojis

FX Networks has released an app full of emojis that represent many of its series.

Scream Renewed

MTV wants a second season of Scream.

New Daily Show

Trevor Noah took the stage at TCA today. Noah says the Daily Show will change in his tenure, though, Alex Weprin notes that the senior staff and correspondents will carry over from Stewart's reign.

Audiences & Advertisers

Gavin Douglas says the next evolution of television will be powered by better data about audiences for advertisers.

HBO's Push

Matt Brennan looks at how HBO is making a push to dominate in all areas of television programming.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Network Questions

Michael O'Connell proposes tough questions that should be fired at broadcast network chiefs this TCA.

Daily Show Ad Rates

Viacom is asking big money for a 30-second spot during Jon Stewart's final Daily Show.

Live TV Declines

Tim Stenovec says the importance of live television will only continue to decline as content availability expands.

ESPN's Competitors

Bill Cromwell looks at how Fox Sports 1 and NBC Sports Network are trying to encroach on ESPN's sports rights turf.

DVRed Dramas

Toni Fitzgerald notes that network summer dramas are doing well in DVR viewership compared to live viewing.

Amazon Picks Up Sneaky Pete

Amazon has picked up Sneaky Pete, a pilot that CBS passed on for fall.

Cait's Ratings

I Am Cait performed solidly in the ratings, and Josef Adalian notes that the show's premiere brought new viewers over to E!.

Noah Performance

Incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah performed stand-up for TV critics yesterday.

Banshee Ending

The creators of Banshee say they decided to end the series at season 4 because the story naturally ends there, not because Cinemax cancelled it.

Netflix Storytelling

Todd VanDerWerff says the Netflix model for original series is creating a new form of storytelling.

Netflix at TCA

TCA began with Netflix yesterday: Ted Sarandos talked about some upcoming series, like more Arrested DevelopmentBoJack Horseman has been renewed; there were panels on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Orange in the New Black, Longmire, Wet Hot American Summer, Sense 8, Aziz Ansari's Master of None, and Bloodline; Chelsea Handler talked about her upcoming series; and documentarians talked about why they love Netflix.

Liz Shannon Miller says a lesson of the day is that Netflix is doing things right.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Harrison Criticizes UnREAL

The Bachelor franchise host Chris Harrison unloaded on UnREAL, calling it "really terrible."

ESPN'S Future Online

Colin Dixon responds to Disney saying ESPN won't be OTT anytime soon by pointing out that sports leagues have already gotten there and might not be dependent on ESPN in the future online world.

Live-Streaming Super Bowl Ads

Brian Steinberg reports that CBS will live-stream all of the Super Bowl ads during the game's online airing.

Verizon Adds HBO Now

Verizon will now offer HBO Now to broadband subscribers and will add it to the Go90 mobile service.

Public Broadcasting Under Threat

Rebecca Kesby looks at the pressures pushing down public service broadcasting in Britain and around the globe.

Weather Channel CEO Confident

Weather Channel's CEO thinks the future is bright despite ratings declines, subscriber losses, and a Comcast snub.

Broadcast's Platform

Harry A. Jessell says despite viewer erosion and fragmentation, the broadcast networks still offer the best video advertising platform. But John Gruber points out the impending game-changer of kids not watching TV.

BBC Store

The BBC will launch a paid online video download service, available only to UK users.

Daily Show News

Politico reports that Jon Stewart made secret visits to the White House during his Daily Show run. Scott Timberg says this looks bad for Stewart's integrity and independence. Meanwhile, all of the current Daily Show correspondents will stay around when Trevor Noah takes over.

BoJack Season 2

Margaret Lyons talks to BoJack Horseman's creator on the show's second season.

Netflix's Original Rise

Josef Adalian highlights Netflix's rapid rise in original programming output, as it now outpaces its cable competition.

Anti-Google Campaign

Mike Masnick reports on MPAA emails that reveal plans for "a coordinated propaganda campaign of bogus anti-Google stories."

Writing & Development Hell

TV writer Mere Smith tweeted about the challenges of sustaining a TV writing career through development hell.

Muslim-American Actors

Jon Ronson profiles seven Muslim-American actors who struggle against typecasting as terrorists.

Complex Awards Landscape

Brian Steinberg says nominations for TV awards like the Emmys are inevitably complicated due to the proliferation of candidates.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: The Bachelorette (ABC), American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Honorable Mention: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (CW)
- Losers (excluding repeats) Cedric’s Barber Battles (CW)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

TCA Stakes

Tony Maglio considers who has the most at stake at this summer's TCA press tour, and Daniel Fienberg outlines the knowns and unknowns in regard to pilots going into TCA. Rob Owen reminds publicists why critics don't clap at press tour.

Good TVeets

Monday, July 27, 2015

True Detective & Auteur TV

Scott TImberg argues that True Detective illustrates the pitfalls of putting too much in the hands of a single showrunner auteur.

Sports Media Pregnancy

Richard Deitsch covers how women have handled being pregnant while working in sports media.

YouTube Success

Cecilia Kang looks at how strategic corporate planning has resulted in lucrative lives for some YouTube stars. And Lisa Richwine notes that TV networks showed up to VidCon to try to reach audiences they're losing to YouTube, but Richard Greenfield isn't optimistic about their chances. Will Richmond considers the pay TV perspective.

TCA Press Tour

TCA's summer press tour begins tonight; check out the schedule of events. Jason Lynch explains what it's all about.

Roker on Meerkat

Brian Steinberg reports that Al Roker will debut three cooking shows on Meerkat this week.

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), Big Brother 17 (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Welcome to Sweden (NBC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

ESPN & Disney Future

Disney CEO Bob Iger says ESPN could eventually unbundle but not within the next five years, and he's also excited about what Disney can do in China.

New GH Head Writers

General Hospital is replacing its head writer with a pair of veteran soap writers.

Death of Satire

Ted Gioia laments the declining state of satire, which "mostly subsists as fake news stories served up as clickbait on social networks."

Stewart Tributes

TV Insider has a series of tributes to Jon Stewart from friends and colleagues and speculation about who might dominate late night in his wake.

Netflix's DVD Business

Emily Steel looks at the state of Netflix's DVD operations, as it now turns most of its attention to streaming.

RIP Peg Lynch

Writer and sitcom pioneer Peg Lynch has died. Rick Ellis has more on Lynch's work.

Comcast-Discovery Carriage Deal

Comcast and Discovery Communications have renewed their carriage agreement.

Cosby Assault Stories

New York magazine talked with 35 women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them. (The site was previously down for unrelated reasons; you can read the article here if it goes offline again, or, of course, find it on your nearest newsstand.)

Good TVeets

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Smosh Profile

Anne Helen Petersen profiles the Smosh comedy duo and their digital empire.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Hannibal's Music

Libby Hill takes us behind the scenes of how music is composed for Hannibal.

Key & Peele to End

Key and Peele have announced that this will be the final season of their Comedy Central series.

Good TVeets

Saturday, July 25, 2015

WWE Drops Hogan

Hulk Hogan has been fired from WWE for racist remarks; Jen Yamato puts this in context of WWE's racist past.

AT&T-DirecTV Analysis

Vikas Bajaj says the conditions placed on the AT&T-DirecTV merger are good, but don't address the key problem of lack of competition among broadband and pay TV services. Edward C. Baig talks to the AT&T executive now in charge of DirecTV.

Comcast Customer Service

Jon Brodkin reports on the changes Comcast is making in customer service, such as preventing employees from changing customer names to insults.

Catastrophe Praise

Lizzie Plaugic calls Catastrophe a revolutionary rom com, and Sara Stewart praises the show's gynecological realism and character depth. 

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Writing Arrested Development

Brian Stelter reports on the plans for writing new episodes of Arrested Development, with the number of episodes dependent on the volume of ideas generated in the writers' room.

Stewart-Cenac Dispute

Dave Itzkoff reports on the Wyatt Cenac-Jon Stewart dispute with reaction from Daily Show producers.

Good TVeets

Friday, July 24, 2015

YouTube Video Subscriptions

Todd Spangler predicts that YouTube will have difficulty selling subscriptions for its video service.

Happyish Cancelled

Showtime is done with Happyish.

Verizon's Video Service

Janko Roettgers has details on Verizon's upcoming mobile video service, which will be called Go90.

AT&T-DirecTV Approved

The AT&T-DirecTV merger has been approved and will create the biggest pay TV company in the U.S. Brian Stelter has analysis.

Wayward Pines' Qualified Success

Louisa Ada Seltzer says Wayward Pines' ratings weren't great, but ad buyers appreciated having something different to offer clients during summer.

Subtitling Sherlock

Jamie Fullerton takes us inside the world of devoted volunteers in China who subtitle Sherlock and its paratexts for unofficial outlets.

OTT Retrans

Paul Sweeting says regulation regarding OTT retransmission of broadcast outlets is the next net neutrality-esque battle.


New Critical Studies in Television blogs:

The Problem of Wayward Pines' Twist

Ben Travers sees doom for broadcast TV in comparison to cable with the finale of Wayward Pines.

Broadcast Network Sports

Dave Warner says broadcast networks are in a position to reclaim live sports given the state of the pay TV landscape.

Netflix's War Chest

Benny Evangelista looks at how the money Netflix is spending on original series is paying off and challenging HBO. (Note: This article is behind a paywall.)

Comcast's X1

Colin Dixon's podcast discusses the possibility that Comcast's X1 set-top box is responsible for its successful Q2, and Jeff Baumgartner reports that Comcast is revving up the rollout of more X1s.

Fuller on Hannibal 3 & 4

Bryan Fuller talks about knowing season 3 would be the end for Hannibal on NBC and about what he'd want for season 4.

Cenac & Stewart

Wyatt Cenac revealed a problematic racial confrontation he had with Jon Stewart while working on The Daily Show.

Finding New Sports TV Stars

John Ourand says outlets like ESPN are scouring non-traditional sources like Twitter to find new on-air talent for sports coverage.

Producing Cait

John Koblin reports that the producers of I Am Cait tried to avoid reality TV excesses with the series.

Berlin Production

Ed Meza reports that production of shows like Homeland are boosting revenue in Berlin, leading the local government to boost production subsidies.

Comcast's New Media Talks

The WSJ reports that Comcast is in talks with new media outlets like BuzzFeed and Vice for potential deals (google news link) Brian Stelter has analysis.

The Duplasses

Jason Tanz profiles the Duplass brothers and their dominance in indie cinema and online.

Naked Billboard

A billboard for VH-1's Dating Naked has grabbed attention with a striptease element facilitated by passers-by.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Big Brother 17 (CBS), The Big Bang Theory (CBS) (R), Mom (CBS) (R)
- Honorable Mention: Dateline (NBC)
- Losers: Food Fighters (NBC), Boom! (Fox), Mistresses (ABC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Dates (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Uncanny TV

Lance Richardson notes the rise of bizarre and surreal elements in numerous TV shows today, with Hannibal as a prime example. And Jethro Nededog explores why horror is a big genre on TV right now.

Rizzoli & Isles Renewed

Rizzoli and Isles is getting a 13-episode season next summer.

Good TVeets

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cord Cutting Myth

A panel of cable execs said they think cord cutting is largely a myth perpetuated by the media. But Colin Dixon says this ignores the erosion of traditional TV pillars, especially youth audience declines.

Comcast Swagger

Brian Stelter reports that Comcast feels very positive about its last quarterly financial results.

MSNBC Changes

Dylan Byers considers what changes could be coming at MSNBC.


FX is done with The Comedians, and Netflix is done with Lilyhammer.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Sharknado 3's ratings were down from last year, though it beat out most other shows on the night, and there was a lot of tweeting about it.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

VidCon Stars

Nick Bilton looks at how VidCon, a conference for online video makers, has become a huge fan showcase for celebrities that mostly only teenagers have heard of.

LeBron's WB Deal

NBA star LeBron James has signed a content creation deal with Warner Bros., and it could mean he'll star in Space Jam 2.

Understanding The Wire

Paul Achter laments how many white fans don't seem to understand The Wire's lessons about systemic racism.

Crackle Viewing Figures

Crackle has released viewing figures for Joe Dirt 2, a move which Jason Lynch highlights as unique among big streaming services.

The Brink

HBO wants a second season of The Brink.

Murdoch, Ailes, Trump

Gabriel Sherman reports that Rupert Murdoch asked Roger Ailes to cut down on Fox News' coverage and defenses of Donald Trump, but Ailes has refused. Update: Ailes dismisses these reports.

AT&T-DirecTV Approval

The FCC and Justice Dept have both announced their support for the AT&T-DirecTV merger, though the FCC has a few conditions.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: America’s Got Talent (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): So You Think You Can Dance Special (Fox), Extreme Weight Loss (ABC), Knock Knock Live (Fox)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Simmons to HBO

Bill Simmons has signed a multi-platform deal with HBO and will have a weekly talk show on the channel next year. Will Leitch says it's a perfect pairing.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Spectrum Auction Date

Mark March 29 on your 2016 calendar as the start date for the FCC's broadcast spectrum auction.

Defending the BBC

British comedian Stewart Lee offers a defense of the BBC from reformer attacks, and Simon Brew explains why the BBC's model is worth fighting to defend.

Orlando Jones & Supernatural Fandom

Bertha Chin has posted a conference paper on the relationship between fans and actor Orlando Jones in regard to Supernatural.

Media Buyers Predict C3

Brian Steinberg reports on a Variety survey of top media buyers that reveals what programs advertisers think will fare best in C3 ratings next season. Football and Empire lead the way.

Trevor Noah Profile

GQ has a feature profile on upcoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who acknowledges his early missteps.

ESPN Will Be Fine

Matt Yoder says ESPN will survive the loss of key personalities just fine.

Sports Stadium Funding

Michael Z. Newman argues that we need to view public funding for sports stadiums as cultural policy.

Netflix in Japan

Colin Dixon expects Netflix to have a tough road ahead as it launches in Japan.

Duck Dynasty House

Kelli Marshall points out that a house identified by Duck Dynasty captions as a Robertson house is not where they live.

UnREAL Profile

Kate Aurthur talks to UnREAL's co-creator and star about the show's dramatic first season.

YouTube Service's TV Challenge

Bloomberg says it looks like YouTube's upcoming paid video service will lack TV network options.

Amazon India Launch

Nyay Bhushan reports on Amazon looking to expand its video service in India ahead of Netflix.

Sharknado's Made for TV

Joshua Alston argues Sharknado proves that schlock cinema belongs on TV, not in movie theaters.

Video-Related Fees

The FCC wants to know more about "video-related fees" listed on MVPD bills.

Cost of Cord Cutting

Oriana Schwindt has updated her post on what alternatives to pay TV can add up to.

TV Everywhere Campaign

Cable operators and channels are uniting on a summer marketing campaign to raise awareness of TV Everywhere options. Colin Dixon says this campaign could backfire.

China Loves Korean TV

Amy Qin details China's love for South Korean television.

iPlayer Viewership

New research claims more than 60 million people watch the BBC's iPlayer from outside the UK via VPNs and proxy servers, offering a potential future revenue source. Colin Dixon questions some of the assumptions of analysis of this research.

TV Shows ≠ Novels

Sam Adams points out the flaws in claims that TV dramas are like novels.

Celebrity Family Feud's Success

Jason Lynch explains how Celebrity Family Feud became a rare summer hit.

TV's Alzheimer's Risk

A new study suggests watching more than four hours of TV per day raises one's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

The Very Special Episode

Tyler Moss looks back on the evolution of "very special episode" to its near-obsolescence today in the age of complex TV.

Xena Reboot

Do you miss Xena: Princess Warrior? It could be coming back in some new form at NBC.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sunday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Losers (Excluding Repeats): Welcome to Sweden (NBC), Golan the Insatiable (Fox), Save My Life: Boston Trauma (ABC)

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

State of Public Broadcasting

With the BBC's system under attack, the Guardian looks at how public service broadcasters in a handful other countries are faring.

Over-35 Actresses

Zeba Blay says it's important to note that 15 of the 18 women nominated for lead actress Emmys are over 35-years-old.

ESPN Strategy

Kavitha A. Davidson says ESPN seems to be shifting away from personalities and toward live sports.

Virtual MVPD Regulation Objection

Colin Dixon covers the objections that Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai has to Tom Wheeler's plan to classify online video providers as MVPDs.

National Streaming Services

Japanese TV networks will launch a joint streaming service, while an attempt to create one in France to compete with Netflix has been dropped.

Fall Predictions

Toni Fitzgerald summarizes what ad buyers are predicting for how the broadcast networks will perform this fall. Without the Super Bowl, NBC is expected to drop.

Targeting Bilingual Millennials

Yvonne Villarreal says Spanish-language outlets are trying to court bilingual millennials, or "billennials," as Univision dubs them.

Sling TV Ads

Peter Kafka analyzes new ads for Sling TV and tries to pin down who they're targeting with what message. Alan Wolk also has analysis.

Good TVeets

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Online Comedy Venture

Brian Steinberg reports on a new Lorne Michaels endeavor, an online comedy outlet called Above Average.

Game of Thrones Sets

Variety has a video showcasing set design on Game of Thrones.

New Tech Stars

Natalie Jarvey highlights how the next generation of online stars are coming via Periscope, Vine, Snapchat and other new outlets.

PBS Wooing Sponsors

Dru Sefton looks at PBS's campaign to attract new sponsors and underwriters.

Hannibal's Craziness

Todd VanDerWerff lists crazy things that happened on Hannibal last night that make it TV's most messed-up show.

RIP Marlene Sanders

Katherine Rosman profiles the late Marlene Sanders, a pioneering female television reporter.


New posts at Critical Studies in Television:

Rick & Morty's Return

John Jurgensen profiles Rick and Morty as it's on the verge of returning for a second season.

Finding An Agent

Priyanka Mattoo offers advice on how an aspiring TV writer can get an agent in Hollywood.

MTV's Reinvention

Robert Levine highlights how MTV is trying to reinvent itself yet again in response to declining ratings and teen viewing.

Gupta Fault

CNN has acknowledged misreporting in a prominent Sanjay Gupta story.

GoT's Impact on Belfast

Dana Kennedy looks at how Game of Thrones has transformed Belfast's economy and tourism due to the show shooting in Northern Ireland.

FilmOn Ruling Analysis

Harry A. Jessell says the FilmOn ruling isn't the shocker many think and won't have an immediate impact. Fox will fight the ruling.

End The View

Daniel D'addario says the time has come to end The View.

Showtime's Changes

Brian Stelter talks to Showtime President David Nevins about the new OTT service and other changes happening at the outlet.

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Saturday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Good TVeets

Friday, July 17, 2015

ESPN's Losses

Brian Steinberg considers how the loss of three key personalities could affect ESPN.

HBO's Online Services

Ben Popper has an interview with Bernadette Aulestia, who oversees HBO Now and HBO Go.

Emmy Nominations

Emmy nominations are out, including an info sheet with handy summaries. Alan Sepinwall offers early predictions on winners. Scott Collins says the nominations indicate an era of diversity. Todd VanDerWerff considers the role played by new rules, and Brian Stelter considers the impact of streaming services. Andy Dehnart is frustrated once again by the same old reality TV noms. Brian Lowry identifies 10 things the Academy got right. James Poniewozik offers a glass half-full view. Tim Goodman says the Academy did pretty well. Matt Zoller Seitz takes stock of the nominations. Reactions from Daniel Fienberg, K.M. McFarland, and Eric Thurm. ToddVanDerWerff identifies snubs and surprises. Cynthia Littleton notes the dearth of women among the writing and directing nominees.

More analysis from Eric Deggans and Gregory Ellwood and Richard Rushfield, Ileane Rudolph is frustrated by the ill-timed recognition for nominees like Tatiana Maslany,  Emma Fraser covers the costuming nominations, Willa Paskin says there shouldn't be complaining this year, but David Wiegand sees a mixed bag, John Doyle says the noms are almost legit. Tim Goodmand has suggestions for fixing the Emmy nominations.

Local News Growth

Katerina Eva Matsa reports that viewership for local TV news broadcasts in non-traditional time slots, such as 4:30am and 7pm, is driving local news growth.

Vessel Interview

Natalie Jarvey talks to Jason Kilar about Vessel and his hopes for the future viability of short online videos.

FCC Divisiveness

One of the Republican commissioners on the FCC complains that the commission leadership is unwilling to seek consensus on issues.

Comcast's Trojan Horse

Alan Wolk tries to get at what Comcast's Xfinity Stream might really be about.

MundoFox Sold

Brian Steinberg reports that 21st Century Fox has sold off the Spanish-language MundoFox outlet.

UnREAL Analysis

Phillip Maciak deconstructs what UnREAL says about reality TV production and spectatorship.

CBS All Access Expansion

CBS's All Access streaming service now reaches 75% of the U.S. across 124 markets, while the live service reaches 59 markets.

Gilligan Podcast

Sorry, not a podcast about Gilligan's Island; just Vince Gilligan on WTF with Marc Maron.

Netflix News

Will Richmond's podcast discusses Netflix's disruptive potential and Colin Dixon's podcast also reflects on what Netflix's Q2 results say about the state of OTT services, while a new study finds Netflix is the favorite programming outlet for viewers aged 13-49.

FilmOn Ruling

Eriq Gardner reports on a ruling in favor of FilmOn that "could mean that CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC have to license their programming to a digital outlet at below-market rates."

Ad-Free Hulu

Mike Shields and Shalini Ramachandran report that Hulu is mulling over adding an ad-free tier to its subscription service (the google news link). Jason Lynch has analysis.

Thursday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: Big Brother (CBS)
- Losers: Food Fighters (NBC), Boom! (Fox), Mistresses (ABC), Beauty and the Beast (CW), Dates (CW)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Reviewing Shows

Alyssa Rosenberg explains why TV shows don't have to be reviewed in the way books are.

ESPN Analysis

Allen Kenney takes issue with the claim that ESPN is suffering from cord cutting's impact. John Ourand talks to ESPN's EVP of affiliate sales and marketing about how ESPN is handling a new era of competition.

THR's Turnaround

Cable Neuhaus says Janice Min has successfully transformed The Hollywood Reporter.

Password Sharing Impact

Todd Spangler reports on the possible impact of password-sharing for services like HBO Now and Netflix.

Netflix Numbers

Netflix beat the latest subscriber estimates and now has over 65 million subscribers worldwide. Will Richmond points out the importance of the US subscriber numbers. Wall Street was pleased by this news. But Reed Hastings did indicate that higher-priced subscription plans are coming.

19 Kids & Counting Cancelled

TLC is officially done with 19 Kids and Counting.

The BBC's Fate

The future of the BBC is in question, as the corporation is being put under government review.  The Guardian has a bullet-point list of what's under review. The license fee funding structure is up for consideration, and BBC Worldwide could end up being privatized and sold off. Prominent names are speaking out in favor of the BBC, while Rupert Murdoch's newspapers are not. THR reports on what the cuts already scheduled could mean, and the NYT looks at how the Conservative government is targeting the BBC.

Turn Renewed

AMC wants a third season of Turn.

Wednesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: 2015 ESPY Awards (ABC), Big Brother (CBS)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Bullseye (Fox), Extant (CBS)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

The ESPY Awards tripled its viewership in the move to ABC.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Comcast Streaming Service

Howard Homonoff has four questions about Comcast's Xfinity Stream, the new streaming service that Brian Barrett says sounds pointless. Jeff Baumgartner notes that Stream won't technically be an OTT service.

Prison Break Return

Fox is reportedly in talks to resurrect Prison Break.

Miss USA Results

Daniel Holloway reports that Reelz did end up losing money on carrying the Miss USA pageant, but it did strong ratings compared to the usual for Reelz.

Holt Thriving

Brian Stelter reports that Lester Holt is on a ratings roll since taking over NBC's evening newscast.

Shark Week Record

Discovery's Shark Week excelled in key demographic ratings.

Summer Problems

Toni Fitzgerald reports that scripted summer shows are faltering in the network ratings, and Bill Cromwell offers five fixes for the networks to fix their summer woes.

Tuesday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
- Winners: MLB All-Star Game (Fox), America’s Got Talent (NBC)
- Losers (excluding repeats): Extreme Weight Loss (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Apple TV Deals

Claire Atkinson reports that Apple is making progress on securing deals with networks for its streaming TV service. Jeff John Roberts has analysis.

Update: New word is that negotiations are bogging down and the service won't be a possibility til at least next year.

Netflix Supports Charter-TWC

Alex Sherman reports that Netflix will support the Charter-Time Warner Cable merger due to Charter's pledge that it won't charge subscribers for faster streaming access.

DirecTV Lawsuits

DirecTV's Sunday Ticket deal is under legal attack from a class-action lawsuit focusing on anti-trust issues. DirecTV is also dealing with a racial discrimination lawsuit.

NBCU Upfronts Done

NBCU has completed its upfronts deals, with NBC seeing flat volume for prime time.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trump's Losses & Gains

Charles Gasparino notes that Donald Trump has cost himself significant revenue yet gained invaluable publicity lately.

Millennial Viewing Time

Will Richmond reports on a study finding that Millennials spend only 18% of their viewing time with traditional TV.

Seinfeld's Evolution

Sam Adams analyzes dialogue and scene data from Seinfeld and traces its comedic and character evolution.

ESPN Problems

Clay Travis details ESPN's finances and warns that its bundle bubble may soon burst. M.G. Siegler also sees doom coming for ESPN and proposes that the company might start think about unbundling.

Cable Ratings, Earnings & Subscriptions

As cable ratings continue to decline, earnings are likely to follow, Anthony Crupi reports. Also, an analysts foresees faster subscription declines coming.

Starz' Strategy

Josef Adalian looks at how Starz has forged premium channel success by following a different model of programming than HBO.

Gilmore Girls Fandon

Haley Mlotek delves into the sustaining fandom of Gilmore Girls.

Cost of Sets & Cable

Kathleen Madigan notes that the cost of TV set goods is declining significantly just as bills pay TV services are rising.

Hannibal & Aquarius Moved

NBC is shunting Hannibal and Aquarius off to Saturdays, while insisting it's still happy with Aquarius.

TV & Class

Zaid Jilani traces a historical trajectory in the representation of class in U.S. sitcoms.

New HBO Era

Ben Travers explains how 7 Days in Hell could represent a new era of programming at HBO thanks to HBO Now.

Monday Ratings

Marc Berman's summary:
-Winners: The Bachelorette (ABC), American Ninja Warrior (NBC) -Losers: Cedric’s Barber Battles (CW), The Whispers (ABC)

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Monday, July 13, 2015

Streaming TV in China

The Big Bang Theory will be the first US show to appear legally on online video platforms in China under new regulations.

Comic-Con Coverage

Nick Statt analyzes this year's Comic-Con as an epicenter of pop culture fandom. Brian Lowry says Conan O'Brien's special Comic-Con episodes were a success. TV panels and info releases at Comic-Con included Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,  Warner Bros. TV and DC, a new Arrow costumeGame of Throneswomen who kick ass, Hannibal, Orphan Black, Joss Whedon, Doctor Who and Sherlock, and Supernatural.


Chris Ciaccia notes that ESPN is struggling to decide about over-the-top possibilities, while Shalini Ramachandran and Joe Flint highlight how ESPN is having to trim costs as pay TV subscribers look to reduce their bills.

Moffat's Heroes

Joanne Robinson looks at how Steven Moffat is shaping the main characters in Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Women's World Cup Revenue

Jason Lynch reports on the millions in ad revenue Fox hauled in from the successful Women's World Cup this year.

Renewal News

Ballers and Teen Wolf are both getting new seasons. Hannibal could come back as a movie. Person of Interest will be back next season but only for 13 episodes.

Ratings Down, Advertising Up

Bill Cromwell looks at why TV advertising reportedly continues to grow despite ratings declines.

Comcast Streaming TV Service

Comcast is launching an OTT TV service called Xfinity Stream, which requires that you have broadband service from Xfinity too. Todd Spangler says this is targeted at cord-nevers. The service offers the broadcast networks plus HBO, but no other cable channels right now. Will Richmond sees a parallel to Aereo in the reliance on broadcast networks. Richard Greenfield considers how HBO Now might factor into this.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Thursday, July 9, 2015

OTT Winners & Losers

The Eric Jackson Podcast welcomes Richard Greenfield on to discuss over-the-top winners and losers.

Fall Casting

Scott Collins says summer in the TV industry is a busy time for recasting fall shows in cases where pilot actors didn't quite work out.

The Strain Set Visit

Alex McCown takes us on a press visit to the set of The Strain.

Summer Viewing

This summer's network programming features fewer reruns than previous years, while Spanish-language programming is soaring as usual this time of year.

Poor TV Apps

Trevor Doerksen laments how poorly most OTT TV apps perform.

Sitcom Representation

LaToya Ferguson assesses claims of stereotyping in Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat.

Bottle Episodes

Vulture's Secret History of TV video series tackles bottle episodes.

Survivor Cheating

Richard Hatch claims that Survivor producers fed favored contestants across the show's first season.

Rise of Transgender TV

Gregory E. Miller chronicles the past year in TV shows with transgender characters.

Facebook & Video Piracy

Will Oremus says pirated YouTube videos could be fueling Facebook's online video success.

America's Got Talent Auditions

Cody C. Delistrary describes his audition for America's Got Talent and the sad sights he saw along the way.

Rectify's Radical Storytelling

Matt Zoller Seitz analyzes the radical storytelling displayed by Rectify.

Pay TV Stability

Jeff Baumgartner reports on a new study finding pay TV subscriptions steady even as Netflix use among pay TV subscribers rises.

TV Underwear

Emma Fraser talks with costume designers at Masters of Sex, The Americans, and You're the Worst about designing undergarments for their characters.

The Ethics of Reruns

James Poniewozik analyzes the ethical and cultural issues raised when reruns like Cosby Show or Dukes of Hazzard become problematic

Prestigious Darkness

Elizabeth Alsop argues that genre series like True Detective are using bleakness to reach for prestige.