Monday, August 31, 2015

Better Boxes

The NYT editorial board calls on pay tv operators to open up choice in set-top boxes for consumers.

Bechdel Test for Disability

David M. Perry proposes adapting the Bechdel-Wallace Test for representations of the disabled.

Ad Blocker Responses

Jeanine Poggi looks at how TV networks are dealing with ad blocker services online.

Recession Impact

Ken Doctor predicts what another recession could do to major media companies.

Univision's Challenge

Emily Steel says Univision faces tough questions about competition and changing viewing habits as it approaches an IPO.

Simon Interview

Liz Shannon Miller talks to David Simon about Show Me a Hero and the sad state of America.

Twitter Negotiations

Scott Collins highlights recent examples of Hollywood talent using Twitter to gain public leverage in salary negotiations.

Sports Ratings Declines

Gerry Smith notes some declines in live sports ratings and considers possible consequences.

TV in 2015

Two more TV in 2015 posts from Linda Holmes, on writing about TV and questions for the future.

Agency Raid

Maer Roshan delves into UTA's raid of CAA and what it says about star bankability today.

New In Media Res

Theme: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

  • Monday, August 31, 2015 - Ethan Thompson (Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi) presents: Colbert and the Talk Show Games 
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - Kelli Marshall (DePaul University) presents: Can Stephen Colbert Uphold David Letterman’s Legacy—and Tone?
  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - Shaun Treat (Independent) presents: The Myth of COLBERT NATION Millenials? 
  • Thursday, September 3, 2015 - Garret Castleberry (Oklahoma City University) presents: The Colbert Report as Millennial Pedagogy 
  • Friday, September 4, 2015 - Brooke Sonenreich (Georgia State University) presents: The Absence Of Women In Late-Night Television And Why It Remains An Issue

Drama Writer Roundtable

THR has an Emmys roundtable with drama writers.

Hindsight Cancelled

VH1 decided to reverse course and cancel Hindsight after previously announcing its renewal.

Apple TV & Originals

Janko Roettgers has details on the next Apple TV iteration, and Andrew Wallenstein reports that we may see original programming coming from Apple.

New Epix Deal

Netflix and Epix are breaking up, and Epix films will now head over to Hulu. Peter Kafka relays that Netflix thinks subscribers will be ok with that and just wait for Netflix's original movies. Todd Spangler says Netflix is being smart here, Caroline Framke says it's according to Netflix's plan, and Will Richmond says Epix is making the right move in sticking with a big SVOD service and not trying to go standalone. Andrew Wallenstein proposes that this could also help Epix land a carriage deal with Comcast.

Hannibal Analysis

Matt Zoller Seitz discusses the revolutionary aspects of Hannibal, and Evan Sawdey calls it a modern classic. Keith Uhlich laments how underwatched the series was. Darren Franich chronicles everything Hannibal wore on the series. In response to post-finale interviews that creator Bryan Fuller gave, Ryan McGee asks critics to stop doing such interviews and let series speak for themselves, and Sam Adams adds his thoughts on the topic.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis from Spotted.

Fear the Walking Dead had a 16% decline in 18-49 last night compared to its premiere.

Good TVeets

Sunday, August 30, 2015

OTT Basketball

Claire Atkinson reports on speculation that the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers could try to offer games via an OTT streaming service.

Creating Black-ish

Robert Ito profiles Kenya Barris, creator of Black-ish.

Colbert's Transparency

Matthew Gilbert covers how Stephen Colbert is transparently handling his transition to CBS.

Intervention's Success

Jethro Nededog highlights the better-than-rehab success rate of A&E's Intervention. Andy Dehnart also reports, noting the show's success rate has declined.

Fox News & Women

Amanda Taub notes that a super-cut of Fox News sexism illustrates the problematic representations the channel perpetuates.

Episodes Change

The BBC has dropped out of co-producing Episodes, leaving Showtime to take over.

Fear the Walking Dead Special

AMC is producing a stand-alone web special that will introduce a character who will then appear on Fear the Walking Dead.

Friday & Saturday Ratings

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.

Saturday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Fuller Interviews

If you'd like to see what Bryan Fuller has to say about the Hannibal finale, you have numerous options, as he talked to Alan Sepinwall, Todd VanDerWerff, Laura Prudom, E. Alex Jung, Amber Dowling, Michael Slezak, Adam Bryant, Eric Goldman, and Eric Thurm.

Good TVeets

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Directing Transparent

C. Molly Smith looks at Silas Howard's directing efforts on Transparent, as the show's first transgender director.

Too Much TV Crisis

Pilot Viruet explains her personal "too much TV" anxiety crisis.

Netflix Building

Netflix has leased a huge building in Los Angeles, more than doubling its current office footprint in the area.

Shooting Aftermath

Toni Fitzgerald profiles WDBJ, the local Virginia station whose two employees were killed in a shooting. Brian Stelter reports on how the shooting has rattled other local news outlets.

Network Execs Can Help

Todd VanDerWerff highlights examples of network executive notes improving a TV show.

Breaking Bad Piracy

Netflix's Ultra HD copy of Breaking Bad has been hacked, and the pilot is appearing on piracy websites.

Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced

An Egyptian court has sentenced three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in prison. The court ruled they were aiding terrorists; they claim they were reporting.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Korean TV Fandom

Dodai Stewart explains why she's just one among many non-Koreans who love Korean TV, and it particularly has a strong black female following.

Comcast Loss

The failed Time Warner Cable acquisition reportedly cost Comcast $400 million, though that's only 1% of what the merger would have cost.

Sarandos Interview

Michael Schneider talks to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos about the service's expansion and future.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Creative Freedom in Peak TV Era

Maureen Ryan questions how much freedom from executive control is really helping to create good TV in this saturated era.

Daily Show Social Expansion

The Daily Show has hired Baratunde Thurston to lead its social and digital expansion initiative.

Facebook Video Infringement Efforts

Janko Roettgers reports on Facebook's plans to crack down on unauthorized distribution of videos, "freebooting," on its service.

Mr. Robot on USA

Josef Adalian how USA ended up with an off-brand series like Mr. Robot.

Discovery Virtual Reality

Discovery Communications has launched a virtual reality platform, Discovery VR.

IFC Postpones Episode

Like USA with Mr. Robot, IFC has postponed an episode of Documentary Now! due to Virginia shooting similarities.

American Dad! Renewed

TBS wants two more seasons of American Dad!, with encore episodes appearing on Adult Swim.

Russian TV Propaganda

Dmitry Sidorov offers four accounts from Russian TV employees about working in Russia's TV propaganda industry.

BBC Mobile News

Jasper Jackson reports that the BBC is considering replacing its linear news channel with a mobile streaming service.

Review Reviewing

Critic Emily Nussbaum assesses what Review says about reviewing.

YouTube Stardom

Ryan Bradley delves into the challenging chase for YouTube stardom.

Declining Millennial Viewership

Bill Cromwell reports on new figures showing continuing TV viewership declines among millennials.

Evergreen Show Concepts

In another TV in 2015 post, Linda Holmes identifies five TV program concepts that will seemingly never die.

Hannibal's Male Subversiveness

Aja Romano explores how the Hannibal-Will relationship in Hannibal subverts normative representations of male relationships.

Hannibal's Uniqueness

In part one of a series on Hannibal's unique contributions to TV, Allison McCracken and Brain Faucette look at the show's development, branding, and fandom. Part two is up, focusing on Hannibal as fanfiction. In the final part, Allison McCracken analyzes Hannibal's portrayal of Abigail Hobbs.

Katrina Depictions

Eric Deggans talks on NPR about TV's relatively rare depictions of Hurricane Katrina in the wake of the initial coverage.

Iannuci on the BBC

Producer Armando Iannuci offered a passionate defense of the BBC and argues that the production sector needs to speak up.

Gaumont Interview

Linda Ge interviews Gaumont International Television president Katie O'Connell about Hannibal, Narcos, and the industry.

Trump & the Media

Jeff Jarvis says the press is complicit in fostering Donald Trump's demagoguery.

Streaming Obstacles

Cory Barker explores the obstacles to online distribution in asking why The O.C. isn't available to legally stream.

Cynical Sincerity

Zack Handlen explains how BoJack Horseman and Rick & Morty effectively embody the art of cynical sincerity.

Mr. Robot's Aesthetic

Todd VanDerWerff details the distinctive visual aesthetics of Mr. Robot.

TV & YouTube

In another TV in 2015 essay, Linda Holmes considers TV's relationship to YouTube.

Live-Streamed Violence

Alyssa Rosenberg says yesterday's shooting in Virginia indicates a new era of live-streamed violence.

Nevins on Diversity

Showtime president David Nevins wants his channel to do more to foster diversity on-screen and off.

Nightly Show Down

Ratings for Larry Wilmore's Nightly Show are down in the wake of Jon Stewart's Daily Show departure.

Connected TV Growth

Wayne Friedman shares figures detailing the growth in sales of connected TV sets.

Programmatic Primer

An SVP for programmatic television offers info on what programmatic advertising is.

Binge Challenge

Matt Singer wonders why recent Netflix series seem be structured as less conducive to binge viewing.

Fox News Court Victory

Eriq Gardner covers Fox News' legal victory over TVEyes, a TV clips service.

Netflix Ratings

Joe Flint and Ben Fritz report on Nielsen's tracking of Netflix ratings, with the data thus far being shared only with the big studios (Google news link). Elsewhere, Peter Kafka has a Netflix originals ratings chart based on subscriber surveys.

TV at Film Festivals

Justin Change and Peter Debruge discuss the rise of television being incorporated into film festivals.

Summer Ratings Race

Toni Fitzgerald says the summer network ratings crown is coming down to a race between NBC and ABC.

Sharpton Moved

MSNBC is moving Al Sharpton to Sunday mornings.

Amazon in Japan

Todd Spangler reports that Amazon will offer its Prime Instant Video service in Japan, following just after Netflix's arrival there.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sutter Profile

Lacey Rose profiles Kurt Sutter and his dark side. There's also news of a Sons of Anarchy spinoff in development.

Dish-Sinclair Blackout

Dish Network's blackout of Sinclair is the biggest ever, as 129 local stations have gone dark on the satellite service. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is calling for an emergency meeting.

Update: The blackout is over, as Dish and Sinclair have come to an agreement. Sinclair says the FCC had nothing to do with it.

Cablevision Offering CBS All Access

Brian Steinberg reports that Cablevision will offer CBS's subscription video service All Access.

Programmatic Ads on Hulu

Hulu will start making some of its ad inventory available for programmatic buying.

Summer's Cable Winners & Losers

Toni Fitzgerld lists which cable shows and trends had a good summer and which didn't.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Mr. Robot Finale Postponed

Due to a scene with similarities to the shootings in Virginia today, USA will move tonight's Mr. Robot season finale to next week.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sinclair vs. Dish

Dish Network and Sinclair Broadcasting have reached an impasse in their retrans negotiations, so Sinclair has pulled its signal from Dish.

Trump's Reality TV Campaign

Matthew Gilbert says Donald Trumps campaign antics are straight out of the reality TV playbook.

Trump v. Univision

Donald Trump has alienated another TV outlet by kicking a Univision reporter out of a campaign event. Univision has responded by calling on Trump to sit down for an interview with the reporter.

Female & Minority Directors

The latest DGA report on female and minority employment is out. FX and HBO had the most least diverse shows.

Highest-Paid Actors

Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid TV actors is out.

Trump v. Fox News

Donald Trump has mouthed off about Megyn Kelly again, and Roger Ailes thinks he should apologize.

Exec Interviews

David Lieberman talked to AMC Networks' CEO Josh Sapan, while Scott Roxborough talked to Discovery Channel president Rich Ross.

Sling TV Glitches

Daniel Frankel reports on glitches that Sling TV users had to deal with during Fear the Walking Dead.

Following Fallon's Mishaps

Brian Steinberg says it's a sign of the social media times that we know so much about Jimmy Fallon's recent accidents.

Creating El Rey

Liz Shannon Miller talk's to Robert Rodriguez about why he started the El Rey channel.

FTWD's Global Release

Scott Roxborough covers AMC's global release plan for Fear the Walking Dead, which is part of AMC's broader global expansion plans.

Scatter Rally

Anthony Crupi reports on the improving scatter market.

Netflix Targeting Teens

Emily Steel highlights Netflix's efforts to target teens with new programming.

Show Hashtags

Jason Lynch gleans tips from network execs on creating perfect TV show hashtags. And Hannibal is hoping to get a special hashtag to trend for its final episode Saturday.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Monday, August 24, 2015

FTWD Ratings

Fear the Walking Dead set a cable series premiere ratings record.

Sunday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Social TV Moments

Nielsen reports on what factors lend to generating big social TV moments on Twitter.

MLB-Fox Streaming Talks

John Ourand and Eric Fisher report movement in talks between Major League Baseball and Fox over live local streaming rights.

Kids Time-Shifting

Diego Vasquez reports on new Nielsen figures finding that kids are increasingly time-shifting their TV viewing.

Drama Actor Roundtable

Video of THR's Drama Actor Emmy Roundtable is up.

New In Media Res

Theme: Middle East/Arab/Muslim Representations and Media Culture

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 - Shohini Chaudhuri (University of Essex) presents: Gaza and the Trope of Encirclement 
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - Sara Saljoughi (University of Toronto) presents: Nostalgic Returns 
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Michelle Broody (University of Minnesota) presents: "A River Runs Through It": Visualizing Fluency 
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 - Aisha Jamal (Sheridan College) presents: The ‘Afghan girl" Sherbat Gula’s popularity with Afghans 
  • Friday, August 28, 2015 -Negar Mottahedeh (Duke University) presents: A revolutionary meme

Season Length

Margaret Lyons delves into the issue of judging the right number of episodes for a TV series season.

Oliver's IRS Stunt

John Oliver's stunt to bring attention to televangelists exploiting tax-free status is generating a significant response.

TV Will Kill You

New research says if you sit and watch loads of telly, even if you exercise some, you're likely to die prematurely.

Good Wife Criticism

Brian C. Poole is critical of how The Good Wife's showrunners have dealt with the Kalinda/Panjabi-Alicia/Margulies issue.

Fall Ad Ploys

Brian Steinberg highlights the most interesting advertising ploys to follow this fall, like Empire airing with limited commercial interruption and Telemundo trying out second screen gimmicks during telenovelas.

Judging TV

In her latest TV in 2015 post, Linda Holmes assesses how cultural judgments about TV have changed.

FTWD & Franchise Building

Merrill Barr looks at Fear the Walking Dead in terms of TV's franchise-building model.

Trump Coverage

Brian Stelter and Lee Alexander report on Donald Trump getting twice the nightly news coverage of his presidential candidate rivals.

Good TVeets

Sunday, August 23, 2015

BoJack Horseman Interview

Todd VanDerWerff talks to BoJack Horseman's creator about the show's characters and their journeys.

Soap Opera Complexity

Noah Berlatsky started watching General Hospital and is struck by the serial complexity and sophistication of soaps.

BBC's Budget Squeeze

Henry Mance details the consequences of the budget cuts the BBC has been handed.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Good TVeets

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Preserving VHS

David Gary explains why Yale University Library is preserving a huge set of horror and exploitation films on VHS tape and provides a nice history of the films on that format along the way.

Sesame Street & Privatization

Siva Vaidhyanathan puts the Sesame Street move to HBO in the context of increasing privatization of the arts and education.

Kids & Adult TV

Matt Debenham explains why he lets his tween/teen kids watch shows considered to be for adults, like Transparent and Broad City.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Good TVeets

Friday, August 21, 2015

TV Threat

Harry A. Jessell takes issue with the take that traditional TV is crumbling due to digital competition: "Old-fashioned television is more than holding its own against digital and the endless stream of low-cost or no-cost videos they circulate. The threat to traditional TV companies is mostly other traditional TV companies."

Failed Game Show Pilots

If you'd like to see a set of failed game show pilots, check out the multicast network Buzzr in September.

Cable Debates

Susan Crawford raises the public interest problem of having presidential debates available only on pay TV.

Summer Streaming

Todd Spangler reports on a survey finding that TV streaming has pulled people away from reading and sun-bathing this summer.

Universal Search Limits

Andrew Wallenstein laments the lack of universal search capabilities given the range of platforms shows are now on.

Broadband Choice

The New York Times editorial board calls for more competition and options in broadband, as TV options increasingly rely on it.

Race is in a Name

Actor Amir Talai questions the practice of giving racially neutral (i.e. white-American) names to characters played by ethnic (i.e. non-white) actors, with Rami Malek in Mr. Robot as his primary example.

MasterChef Jr + One Ad

For a limited time, Fox is offering MasterChef Junior on-demand with an option to watch only one 60-second ad before the show continues uninterrupted.

Julie Chen's Success

Jarett Wieselman covers the evolution of Julie Chen's career.

Execs Answer

THR offers its latest round of TV execs answering a variety of short questions about the industry.

Summer's Surprise

Joanna Robinson and Richard Lawson look back on the summer of 2015 in TV programming.

UnREAL Roundtable

A group of scholars (including me!) discuss the first season of UnREAL, starting with discovery of the series and takes on its female anti-heroes. Part 2 is now up, and it covers the romantic relationships in the series and its pedagogical possibilities. The final part is now up, and it covers the show's viewership on Lifetime and the representation of race.

Diversity in 2015

Linda Holmes continues her "state of TV" series by tackling the lack of genuine change in diversity in front of and behind the camera.

Casting Awards

The Casting Society of America has released awards nominations, including for TV pilots, series, animation, and movies.

Stock Volatility

Media stocks continue to struggle, and Netflix, Facebook, and Apple also took hits today.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Thursday, August 20, 2015

RedZone = No Ad Zone

Anthony Crupi highlights one of NFL RedZone's best features -- no ads -- but notes its subscriber base is small.

Six Feet Under Oral History

Rolling Stone has an oral history of Six Feet Under.

Colbert Staffers

Stephen Colbert is staffing the Late Show mostly with his Colbert Report crew.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Too Much TV Debates

Michael Schneider summarizes the "too much TV" debate. John Koblin adds more.

Stocks Slide Again

Brian Stelter reports that media stocks are sliding again today, led by Disney.

Emmy Snubs

Geoff Berkshire puts the Emmys snub of The Americans in larger context.

Review's Satire

Sean T. Collins covers Review's satirical targets, from reality TV to prestige drama anti-heroes.

Set-Top Box Penetration

New research details the penetration of internet set-top boxes like the Roku in US households.

Carriage Fees Impact

Wayne Friedman explores what rising cord cutting and declining cable ratings could mean for carriage fees.

State of Late Night

In her latest "TV in 2015" post, Linda Holmes looks at the lack of format innovation in late night comedy/talk.

Finale Judgment

A Reddit user compiled a ranked chart of IMDb ratings for series finales compared to the shows' average episode ratings.

The Future Schedule

Rex Sorgatz mocks up a funny future scheduling grid representing a TV takeover by internet properties like BuzzFeed and Vice.

RIP Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig, the actress who played TV's Batgirl in the 1960s, has died.

Sesame Street & Niche VOD

Will Richmond thinks the Sesame Street-HBO deal indicates the difficulty of making the niche VOD model work.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Video Views

Colin Dixon offers alternate views of typical readings of four recent video market news headlines, including the report I just posted about DVDs.

Discs Still Selling

A new report finds consumers still purchasing movie and TV DVDs in sizable numbers.

Weather Channel Sale

Bloomberg reports that the Weather Channel is looking into selling off its valuable digital businesses.

Streaming Comedy

Todd Spangler considers the impact streaming services have had on quality judgments about comedy with their originals.

Upfronts Results

Brian Steinberg says upfronts figures indicate continuing declines in ad commitments to the broadcast networks.

Streaming Originals War

Jamieson Cox outlines the competition among Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu to develop original content with a handy interactive chart.

NBCU Going Younger

Ken Doctor says NBCU's investments in Vox Media and BuzzFeed are bout reaching youth audiences, much like other big media companies are trying in partnering with digital outlets.

Development Trends

Nelli Andreeva pinpoints trends in the current development slate, including high-concept comedies and remakes.

Stand-In Labor

Amy Poehler's stand-in on Parks and Recreation describes what her job was like.

Trump Interview

THR's Janice Min sits down with Donald Trump to talk politics and TV. David Denby identifies three primary Trump public facial expressions.

Netflix & Branding

Linda Holmes points out that while TV channels are tied to relatively singular brands of programming, Netflix's brand is a range of choices, offering it more flexibility in what it can pick up.

RIP Bud Yorkin

Legendary director-producer Bud Yorkin has died.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Comcast's Priorities

Will Richmond thinks Comcast is making a mistake in prioritizing Watchable over integrating OTT services on its set-top boxes.

Lifetime's Unauthorized Franchise

Kathryn Shattuck covers Lifetime's series of "unauthorized" behind-the-scenes movies about TV shows.

Power's Women

Shannon M. Houston says Power deserves prestige drama status, but takes issue with its female characters.

Cable Subscriber Declines

Myles Udland highlights a chart that should scare cable operators of plunging subscriber numbers.

TV Needs Trump

Jeanine Poggi says TV news and comedy shows alike benefit from having Donald Trump in the presidential race.

TV Diversity

Alyssa Rosenberg covers the struggle to bring racial and gender equality and diversity to TV.

Kings on Kalinda-Alicia

The Good Wife's showrunners talked to Michael Ausiello about the Kalinda-Alicia storyline and relationship while remaining evasive on what really went on behind-the-scenes.


Bill Cromwell offers fixes for MSNBC suggested by ad buyers.

Still No Apple TV Service

Richard Greenfield explores why we still don't have a TV service from Apple, despite years of rumored beginnings.

TV in 2015

Linda Holmes has a post-TCA series of essays on the state of television in 2015. I previously linked to her entry in the "too much TV" debate. She also highlights 25 different ways we can watch TV today and discusses the distribution models of releasing all episodes at once or weekly.

Late-Night Talk Attention

Stephen Battaglio covers the state of late-night talk shows and their ad revenue on the eve of new entrants.

Personality in Politics

Jarret Ruminski points to Donald Trump as more evidence that personality trumps policy in American politics.

Fox News & GOP Centrism

Brian Lowry says Fox News and Roger Ailes are butting up against GOP extremism that the channel helped breed.

Jump the Shark Episode

Noel Murray analyzes the infamous "jump the shark" episode of Happy Days.

Big Bang Lawsuit

An assistant director let go by The Big Bang Theory has filed an age discrimination suit.

BBC's Negotiations

A new book reveals the drastic cuts the BBC was facing until working out a different deal with the government.

Netflix Rates

European subscribers to Netflix have to hand over an extra euro per month now.

Xfinity Off Xbox 360

Comcast's Xfinity app will no longer be available on the Xbox 360.

Consolidation Trend

Mike Farrell looks at the shrinking cable universe, as MVPDs consolidate.

Too Much TV

Alan Sepinwall offers his take on the "too much TV" debate.

Colbert Profile

GQ has a profile of Stephen Colbert that's garnering much praise.

Wrestling's Feminist Fans

Kate Spalla showcases feminist fans of WWE wrestling. (link fixed)

Vice vs. CNN

Jeff Beer details the battle to come between Vice and CNN in winning the future of the news business.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

NBCU + BuzzFeed

It's now official that NBCU has invested in BuzzFeed. Alex Weprin explains why BuzzFeed, Vice, and Vox Media want to hook up with TV, and Chris Nolter explains what NBCU's interests are. Jeanine Poggi considers what this Vox and BuzzFeed deals could mean for advertising.

Good TVeets

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fat Monica

Mathilda Gregory explains why the Fat Monica flashback character from Friends was an important role model for her.

Pay TV & Virtual Reality

Janko Roettgers says cable operators are starting to eye virtual reality as a future revenue stream. Phillip Swann pointed out a few weeks ago that DirecTV is also looking into this.

Judging Data Platforms

Jason Lynch shares media buyer takes on which outlet gathers data for them the best, with NBCU, Turner, and Viacom coming out best, while ABC, CBS, A&E, and Discovery didn't fare well.

Watchable Ad Cut

Shalini Ramachandran notes that Comcast's Watchable video service will give content partners a bigger split of ad revenue than YouTube or Facebook do.

New In Media Res

Theme: Found Footage Art

  • Monday, August 17, 2015 - Shane Denson (Duke University) presents: VHS Found Footage and the Material Horrors of Post-Cinematic Images
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - Laura Wilson (University of Manchester) presents: Affective Horror of the Found Footage Anthology 
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Anthony C. Bleach (Kutztown University) presents: Video Aesthetics and Nostalgia Deployed in Better Call Saul 
  • Thursday, August 20, 2015 - Rebecca Jackson (Johnston Community College) presents: JOLT! And The Glitch Aesthetic 
  • Friday, August 21, 2015 - Leo Goldsmith (New York University) presents: The All-Consuming: Scratch Video’s Ambivalent Bodies

Covering Too Much TV

Ryan McGee covers the critic's challenge of dealing with the proliferation of TV programming.

Summer Cable Ratings Down

Joe Flint reports on declining ratings for cable shows this summer. (google news link)

Sunday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Good TVeets

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Key & Peele's End

Dave Itzkoff laments the impending loss of Key & Peele's comedic insight into race relations.

Big Media v. Netflix

Miriam Gotfried points to Netflix as a cause of the media stock slide and says companies have to get tougher with the streaming service. (google news link)

Too Much TV?

Linda Holmes dives into the "too much TV" debate.

Saturday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Good TVeets

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Streaming Data

Alan Wolk notes that data mining is key to streaming video app success.

Supporting Actor Efforts

Susan Young looks at how supporting actors on ensemble series like Game of Thrones and Modern Family stand out sufficiently to earn Emmy nominations.

Leaked Pilots

Cory Barker considers the cause and effect of leaked fall pilots.

Friday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Skinny Bundles

Meg James ponders the viability of "skinny bundles" as consumers want to pay less for TV.

Modern Noir

Angelica Jade BastiƩn laments the decline of the modern noir, with True Detective as only one example.

Showtime at Notre Dame

Richard Sandomir has more on the Showtime documentary series that will focus on Notre Dame football.

Assessing the Meltdown

Two takes on last week's media stock meltdown and its implications, from Richard Greenfield and from Amol Sharma and Shalini Ramachandran.

New Spin-Off

I always forget to post about new episodes of the TV-centric podcast The Spin-Off, so I'll try to remember going forward, starting now: There's a new episode in which hosts Josef Adalian, Michael Schneider, and Diane Gorden discuss takeaways from the TCA press tour.

Sesame Street Deal

More on the implications of Sesame Street heading to HBO from Jeff JacobyJonathan Gray, Mathew Ingram, and Tom Scocca. Lance Ulanoff has details on how and why the deal was forged. Jana Kasperkevic considers the role of streaming, and Joshua Brustein notes how the streaming services are all targeting kids now.

Dish Dispute

Dish Network is in a retrans consent standoff with Sinclair Broadcasting, and a blackout could result.

Trump v. Kelly Anew

Brian Stelter reports that Fox News and Donald Trump are fighting over Megyn Kelly again.

Poniewozik's Goodbye

As he departs for the NYT, James Poniewozik looks back on how TV changed across his 16 years at Time.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

Comcast's YouTube Competitor

Comcast will launch a digital video platform intended to compete with YouTube. It will be available online and on set-top boxes.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Writing Big Bang Theory

Rob Moynihan takes us into the Big Bang Theory writers' room.

Production Company Logos

Louisa Mellor brings us the stories behind some notable production company logos that appear at the end of episodes.

OTT Migration

Alan Wolk says were not nearly yet to the point where most networks will go over-the-top.

The Binge Dilemma

Lacey Rose notes that streaming outlets are having to grapple with whether to post all episodes of original series at once or parcel them out weekly, as Hulu is opting to do. David Beck and Alan Wolk like Hulu's decision.

Golden Age Legitimacy

Noah Berlatsky discusses how certain programming gets marginalized in the rush to valorize "Golden Age" prestige drama.

Sunday Ticket Litigation

DirecTV is dealing with another Sunday Ticket lawsuit.

Trump's Performance

Todd VanDerWerff says Donald Trump's reality TV performance skills are serving him well in politics.

Nothing's Cancelled

Elizabeth Wagmeister says we're in a golden age of rebirth, as so many cancelled shows get resurrected at other outlets.

Meyers' Changes

David Sims looks at the changes Seth Meyers is bringing to late night.