Monday, August 31, 2015
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
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.
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.
Kanye grant me the serenity to accept Miley as host, the courage to resist Taylor Swift's squad, and the wisdom to know Nicki is right #VMAs— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 31, 2015
when you're trying to explain the #VMAs to anyone not on twitter tomorrow pic.twitter.com/etGgzrCfv8— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 31, 2015
Insufferable Cord-Cutters are the new I Don't Even Own a TV people RT @mccanner: Who are all you people who pay for cable?— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) August 31, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
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.
Fun Fact! This ep of #Hannibal breaks the record for amount of blood in a scene of TV, originally held by a very strange episode of Frasier.— Aaron Abrams (@MrAaronAbrams) August 30, 2015
“Hey, Jack. You know how every plan we’ve ever had has gone disastrously, horrifically wrong?” … “I have an idea” #Hannibal— Matt Fowler (@TheMattFowler) August 30, 2015
I HAVE BEEN WAITING TO SEE THIS SIDE-BY-SIDE MY ENTIRE LIFE. pic.twitter.com/eMDwgcXJTO— Gabe Gonzalez (@gaybonez) August 30, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
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.
Michael Schneider talks to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos about the service's expansion and future.
Fox changed the title of their new series "The Frankenstein Code" to "Lookinglass" after worries the show would not be canceled fast enough— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) August 28, 2015
actually, it's called Lookingglass's Monster— hapless dupe (@JeremyMonjo) August 28, 2015
god I hate that my ex works at Netflix pic.twitter.com/e18lix8QdN— sadvil (@crylenol) August 22, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Maureen Ryan questions how much freedom from executive control is really helping to create good TV in this saturated era.
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.
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.
They are seriously lecturing Jorge Ramos right now on FOX NEWS about the distinction between journalist and advocate— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 27, 2015
OMG Taylor Swift just invited the cast of FIREFLY on stage, where they performed three full episodes!— Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr) August 27, 2015
An ad for The Bachelor in the corner on this show where a woman is stranded in floodwaters. Nature's poetry. pic.twitter.com/OYxoVvcVqS— Laurence Barber (@bortlb) August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
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.
Update: The blackout is over, as Dish and Sinclair have come to an agreement. Sinclair says the FCC had nothing to do with it.
Toni Fitzgerld lists which cable shows and trends had a good summer and which didn't.
"This is your pilot speaking. Just FYI I am bad and also I feel derivative and not in a good way. Probably don't finish me."— Aly Monroe (@monroealy) August 26, 2015
There is a show called NCIS set in New Orleans and no one on it is sweating. Never trust Hollywood.— Tressie Mc (@tressiemcphd) August 26, 2015
Can you imagine the poor foreign political advisers having to brief their leaders on Trump? "Who is Rosie O'Donnell then? Go over it again."— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
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.
David Lieberman talked to AMC Networks' CEO Josh Sapan, while Scott Roxborough talked to Discovery Channel president Rich Ross.
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.
“When you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.” Your daily #BoJackHorseman Affirmation.— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) August 25, 2015
I somehow have brought up Shonda Rhimes on every first date I've ever been on.— KKU (@KaylaKumari) August 25, 2015
Joe loves Samantha, and he's not above threatening and blackmailing her into marriage to prove it. #BachelorInParadise— Dana Weiss (@Possessionista) August 25, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
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
Margaret Lyons delves into the issue of judging the right number of episodes for a TV series season.
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.
"The Jon Stewart heel-turn and its significance for the 2016 Elections" will be the subject of essays in both The New Yorker and Salon.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 24, 2015
Ok whatever I liked Fear the Walking Dead because Rick is not here and KIM DICKENS IS.— mulder, it's me (@katetocci) August 24, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
The best way to win an argument with me is to start it one minute before my favorite show is on tv. You win! Now shhhh— Erica (@SCbchbum) August 22, 2015
The set layout for the Tanner house is all wrong in #UnauthorizedFullHouse. [**stops playback, deletes from DVR**]— Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) August 23, 2015
little known fact: by law, every male comedy duo must include one member who looks really good in drag pic.twitter.com/1rkVZzxiaf— merritt death kill (@merrittkopas) August 22, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
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.
Siva Vaidhyanathan puts the Sesame Street move to HBO in the context of increasing privatization of the arts and education.
Matt Debenham explains why he lets his tween/teen kids watch shows considered to be for adults, like Transparent and Broad City.
If a dude invites you over to watch Hulu and chill, don't go. Only serial killers would pay for a service that still has commercials.— Travon Free (@Travon) August 21, 2015
"What do we want?!" "That show off the air because it made us mad" "When do we want it?!" "We're already mad about something else!"— Michael T Kennedy (@MichaelTKennedy) August 22, 2015
If you can't handle me at my Disneyland Ben Affleck, then you don't deserve me at my Disneyland Matt Damon pic.twitter.com/Ggo3GeF8Rh— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) August 21, 2015
Friday, August 21, 2015
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."
The New York Times editorial board calls for more competition and options in broadband, as TV options increasingly rely on it.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Holmes continues her "state of TV" series by tackling the lack of genuine change in diversity in front of and behind the camera.
Attention Family Value Guys,Fallen Father Figures,Failed Pitchmen: Thank you for your ideas, #SVU has enough story ideas at this time.— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) August 20, 2015
I'm looking forward to the sitcom where Franzen adopts a robot but he's the one who learns what it means to be human.— Anne Ursu (@anneursu) August 21, 2015
fuck no to anchor babies. babies giving me the news? did they even go to journalism school? go be amazed at some jingling keys, babies— raandy (@randygdub) August 20, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
In her latest "TV in 2015" post, Linda Holmes looks at the lack of format innovation in late night comedy/talk.
A Reddit user compiled a ranked chart of IMDb ratings for series finales compared to the shows' average episode ratings.
Rex Sorgatz mocks up a funny future scheduling grid representing a TV takeover by internet properties like BuzzFeed and Vice.
Saying Deez Nuts on TV with a straight face is one thing. Saying it with the correct intonation and tonal inflection is quite another.— Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) August 20, 2015
I started Mr. Robot last night. Please contact me if you are or resemble Rami Malek and enjoy making out then eating ice cream.— itsonlyzach (@itsonlyzach) August 20, 2015
After "Fear the Walking Dead", I look forward to "Seriously, Don't Underestimate the Potential Bodily Harm Caused by the Walking Dead".— Brian Stack (@BrianStack153) August 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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.
THR's Janice Min sits down with Donald Trump to talk politics and TV. David Denby identifies three primary Trump public facial expressions.
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.
"Any publicity is good publicity." - Not Subway— Tim Siedell (@badbanana) August 19, 2015
Did you know TV shows first air on specialized monitors made just for preprogrammed live streaming before they go online?— Mat Johnson (@mat_johnson) August 19, 2015
"Pardon my reach."-internet celebrities— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Alyssa Rosenberg covers the struggle to bring racial and gender equality and diversity to TV.
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.
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.
Stephen Battaglio covers the state of late-night talk shows and their ad revenue on the eve of new entrants.
Mike Farrell looks at the shrinking cable universe, as MVPDs consolidate.
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.
All I ask is for the next Republican debate to be settled by a round of #LipSyncBattle— Bitter Script Reader (@BittrScrptReadr) August 18, 2015
getting too into TV is fine when i’m like ‘maybe i should be a doctor’ but bad when i’m like ‘i should totally try to break out of prison'— pilot (@pilotbacon) August 18, 2015
Honestly if you are a human woman and have not been onstage yet with Taylor Swift you are a disgrace and maybe not even real.— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 17, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
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.
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.
Shalini Ramachandran notes that Comcast's Watchable video service will give content partners a bigger split of ad revenue than YouTube or Facebook do.
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
The Teen Choice Awards has to be the most legit award show because teens always make the best choices.— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) August 17, 2015
Do I have time to binge watch the last 25 years of Sesame Street before the new season starts? #HBO— Lamont Price (@LPizzle) August 17, 2015
But Leslie Knope could have pushed the housing project through #ShowMeAHero— Christian (@christiancasale) August 17, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
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)
Just once I wish we could put down our phones and engage in the Netflix in front of us.— Alex Wyse (@alexwyse) August 15, 2015
Only 13% of Britons have blinked since David Tennant told them not to.— Stats Britain (@StatsBritain) August 15, 2015
I hope every ride at the Toy Story theme park begins with laughs and ends with a pang of existential dread.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) August 16, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Susan Young looks at how supporting actors on ensemble series like Game of Thrones and Modern Family stand out sufficiently to earn Emmy nominations.
Meg James ponders the viability of "skinny bundles" as consumers want to pay less for TV.
Two takes on last week's media stock meltdown and its implications, from Richard Greenfield and from Amol Sharma and Shalini Ramachandran.
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.
More on the implications of Sesame Street heading to HBO from Jeff Jacoby, Jonathan 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.