Saturday, October 31, 2015
Bitch Flicks has a theme week on violent women that covers The Walking Dead, The Americans, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Once Upon a Time, and The 100.
Andrew Wallenstein offers his take on YouTube Red and the new Apple TV. Will Richmond and Colin Dixon talk YouTube Red on their podcast.
Laurence Barber argues that television is beating out film in presenting meaningful portrayals of LGBTIQ characters.
Brian Steinberg looks at how CBS This Morning has finally come to matter in the morning show wars.
Alan Wolk explains how sports rights holders can take advantage of livestream apps like Periscope and Meerkat rather than just view them as a threat.
John Ourand says TV execs on the whole don't seem too concerned about pay TV password-sharing, though they're still taking steps to combat it.
A former Starz exec is suing the outlet and CEO Chris Albrecht over claims of illegal business dealings in regard to revenue and subscriber numbers and over diversity complaints.
Margaret Lyons declares this another age of the prime-time soap, one that's bigger and better than ever before.
Josef Adalian analyzes the state of fall TV this season and finds the networks settling for less.
Friday, October 30, 2015
WKRP In Cincinnati opening theme in the streets. WKRP In Cincinnati closing theme in the sheets.— Tig Notaro (@TigNotaro) October 30, 2015
If Olivia doesn't marry Fitz, what is this all for?! You tearing apart the country just to Netflix and chill? C'mon now girl! #Scandal— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) October 30, 2015
I still hate Fitz. I don't care if he had Aretha herself on the balcony with a bra on singing.— Patti LaHelle (@_maleficentt) October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Mike Shields reports on comments from Hulu's CEO that social media user complaints about ads on Hulu led to the introduction of an ad-free option.
The Weather Channel is selling off its digital and data assets to IBM, leaving the TV channel to stand alone. Tim Baysinger says this makes it tough to predict The Weather Channel's future.
Mark S. Luckie explains how A Different World help inspire him to attend a historically-black college, where he found that the show's representations were accurate.
Emily Steel reports that Charter and Time Warner Cable don't expect their merger to close until next year. Todd Spangler notes both companies reported better-than-expected third quarter profits, meaning maybe cord cutting fears right now are overblown.
ABC tops the broadcast networks in upscale ratings this fall.
Sara Stewart is unsatisfied with the narrow representation of sexual intercourse on TV, even in supposedly graphic shows like The Affair.
Jethro Nededog explains why channels are choosing to announce season renewals so early in shows' runs today, while Lauren Piester explains why networks are announcing shortened episode orders for freshmen series rather than just calling them cancelled.
Matthew Futterman says NBCU's big payout for Premier League rights is looking like a great deal, as the matches are rating well. (Google News link)
James Poniewozik declares CNBC the loser of last night's GOP debate. Sonia Saraiya criticizes the channel's moderators for poor debate prep. The ratings for the debate are in, and Jason Lynch loks at figures showing a significant decline in viewer attention as the debate went on.
In regard to The Walking Dead's apparent major character death on Sunday, Todd VanDerWerff explains why having that character not actually be dead would break the show. And Rowan Kaiser says shows rarely effectively kill off major characters.
Who won the debate? Our ranks: Mario Rubadoo The Oblivious One Hair Man Sad Dog Domald Crumpet Carla Computer Some Raccoons Who Live Here— Here Are The News (@HereAreTheNews) October 29, 2015
This is one step up from having the infomercial guy who wears a suit with $'s all over it asking questions #CNBCGOPDebate— Patrick Tucker (@senecadoane) October 29, 2015
At least the American people now have plenty of information to decide who will be toughest on debate moderators— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sonia Saraiya covers how the presidential election campaign is playing out on late-night talk shows.
What is happening??? pic.twitter.com/OeNHhz1D4r— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 28, 2015
Just signed on to produce a @30for30 "The Day The Series Stopped A Couple Of Times For Like A Few Minutes" #WorldSeries— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) October 28, 2015
JOE BUCK: Welcome to the top of the 47th [Sun rises] [Sun keeps getting bigger] BUCK: yes [World engulfed by flames] BUCK: oh god yes— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) October 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Bill Cromwell reports on stats from a study of TV viewership finding that TV viewing time is stable, but we're watching in a wider variety of ways.
Matt Brennan points to Undateable and Best Time Ever as examples of live TV's revival. R. Thomas Umstead notes that cable channels are also getting into the live TV game with specials and stunts.
The indie-film Gotham Awards now have categories for serialized content that include TV. The first nominees are Jane the Virgin, Mr. Robot, Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and UnREAL.
Karen Brill relays comments from a showrunners panel on their jobs, episode orders, showrunning for cable versus network, diversity and gender equity, and peak TV.
June Thomas analyzes the latest "Where We Are on TV" GLAAD report on LGBT characters. Matt Webb Mitovich also highlights key facts and figures from the report. Richard Lawson reports.
Todd VanDerWerff makes the case that Hulu has surpassed Netflix as the best streaming service. Update: VanDerWerff has addressed accusations that he is shilling for Hulu because of NBCU's financial ties to both Hulu and Vox.
I'm probably going as a Game of Thrones character for Halloween so I have a reason to wear warm clothes.— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) October 27, 2015
Just saw 5 minutes of TMZ's TV show and would like to congratulate everyone involved on being overestimated by Paddy Chayefsky.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 26, 2015
After a 4-year project to bolster our outrage infrastructure, we have sufficient capacity for Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globes again.— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 26, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Jeanine Poggi looks at how decisions over when to cancel or renew a show are getting more complex these days.
Check out a new issue of Flow featuring;
- Losing Cosby by Bambi Haggins
- Teen TV's Post-Closet and Postracial Fictions by Wendy Peters
- Fandom in Transition: Long Live the Landslide by Louisa Ellen Stein
- Seasonal TV, Hammer Horror's Cult History, and TCM's Tele-binging Convergence Model by Garret Castleberry
- Nuestra Belleza Latina and Why Pageants are Still a Thing Among Latino Audiences by Manuel G. Aviles-Santiago
- Mapping Media Retail in the Global Midwest: Dearborn, MI by Dan Herbert
Theme: The Internet of Things
- Monday, October 26, 2015 - Philip N. Howard (University of Washington) presents: Engineering Propaganda about the Intenet of Things
- Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - Sanjay Sarma (MIT) presents: Low-cost, pervasive sensing leveraging existing wireless infrastructure
- Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Vincent Mosco (Queen’s University) presents: The Internet of Things in the Next Internet
- Thursday, October 29, 2015 - Christopher M. Cox (Georgia State University) presents: Get Smart: Television and Programmatic Advertising in the Internet of Things
- Friday, October 30, 2015 - Remy Yi Siang Low (University of Sydney) presents: The Internet of Things: Having, being, or being had?
A major character died on The Walking Dead last night but maybe not really. Showrunner Scott Gimple is talking about it but maybe not really, and fellow exec producers Greg Nicotero and David Alpert are also offering insights but maybe not really. Either way, Lenika Cruz sees it as a botched cliffhanger, James Poniewozik wonders if character deaths are losing their power to stun and convince, and Sam Adams wants shows to knock it off with the fake-out deaths. Tim Goodman and Daniel Fienberg talk it out. Alan Sepinwall says the show is now in a no-win position.
Yahoo and the NFL report that 15 million viewers at least sampled yesterday's football livestream, and Brian Stelter estimates an average viewership of 2.3 million. Mark Fisher looks at the game's streaming quality data.
You know that, wherever she is, Leslie Knope has long since memorized the entire cast recording of @HamiltonMusical.— Lady Mothghost (@AlannaBennett) October 25, 2015
Adults like to think they're too grown for imaginary friends but let one of their favorite TV characters die. 😢😣😩😪 #lol— Honest Toddler (@HonestToddler) October 26, 2015
*decides for at least the 20th time to never watch the Walking Dead again*— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) October 26, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Cynthia Littleton notes how Effie Brown has helped spawn discussion about diversity beyond Project Greenlight.
There will be more coverage of Yahoo's NFL livestream tomorrow, but a few things tonight: The stream worked well for some, not for others. Peter Kafka was impressed by Yahoo's strategy of getting anyone who visited its home page to see at least part of the game. But Phillip Swann thinks Yahoo wasn't a good choice for this first test.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Chris Ariens says NBC Universo has picked up Spanish-dubbed episodes of The Walking Dead and Prison Break after focus group testing on 18-49 year-old Hispanics.
Be a pity if the entire SNL cast just Nora Dunned the shit out of Trump.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 24, 2015
I'd like to know more about the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's navy stint.— Emily Toffelmire (@klickitatstreet) October 24, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Wayne Friedman says figures show syndicated rerun TV rates better with Millennials than other linear TV formats.
Harry A. Jessell reports on a new study predicting tough times ahead for the major broadcast networks, as increasing retrans revenue won't offset falling ad revenue.
A new set of Critical Studies in Television posts:
- Penny Thoughts, Dreadful Desires: Queer Monstrosity in Showtime's Penny Deadful by Jordan Phillips
- Sherlock, Agency, and Algorithm Culture by Kenneth A Longden
- Catfishing For Love by Jamila Baluch
- The Doctor and the Professor by Marcus Harmes
Alistair Barr looks at how MLB Advanced Media is trying to find new ways to distribute sports over the internet to viewers (Google News link). And Tom Verducci looks back on how a home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series changed baseball on TV.
Kim Masters talks to top female executives about the dearth of women in Hollywood's corporate boardrooms. In a related piece, Rebecca Sun highlights the women who are on media company boards.
Rick Kissell reports that Jimmy Fallon is beating Stephen Colbert in total viewers, but Colbert is boosting CBS in younger demos. Colbert also helped CBS set a record for online video viewers.
Tim Baysinger tells us what we need to know about YouTube's new subscription service, YouTube Red. Alan Wolk measures up the service. Will Richmond thinks it will be a challenge to sell people on the value of an ad-free experience on YouTube. Davey Alba notes that YouTube is relying heavily on its stars in pitching that value. Leon Lazaroff says Red will be a winner for YouTube even if it doesn't subscribe most YouTube users. ESPN videos have gone dark on YouTube due to Red rights issues.
Joe Flint and Douglas MacMillan highlight what's at stake for Yahoo as it prepares for a first-ever online-only livestream of an NFL game Sunday. All the ad space for the game has been sold, but only after Yahoo dropped rates.
The Benghazi hearings proved there could be a TV event this year longer, with more monologues and less payoff than TRUE DETECTIVE 2.— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) October 23, 2015
It's time for another hour of "How To Get Away With An Overabundance Of Flashbacks & Confusing Shit Because We Have Viola Davis." #DatMurda— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) October 23, 2015
I just wish *one* “Heroes Reborn” actor hadn’t been given “act constipated” as their only direction on how to pretend to have powers.— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Andy Greenwald looks at the proliferation of TV franchises, especially of the superhero variety.
Jason Lynch continues his look at Nielsen's Total Audience Measurement by considering the programmatic boost it will offer to ad buyers.
The Chicago Cubs losing on the one day IN HUMAN HISTORY they were expected to win a baseball game is the most Cubs thing ever.— Daniel Feit (@feitclub) October 22, 2015
i got included on a group text about hiking and got so offended someone thought i would hike when there’s like, TV to be watched— doctor pilot (@pilotbacon) October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Melissa Silverstein says this season of Project Greenlight is highlighting male privilege in the movie industry.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler criticized Comcast and other pay TV operators for not capitalizing better on HBO Now.
Brian Stelter says big media companies are braced for bad stock news in the coming months as pay TV subscriptions continue to decline.
Jason Lynch looks at how Nielsen is pitching its Total Audience Measurement tool to ad buyers.
Liz Shannon Miller analyzed a cast and showrunner gender breakdown of 46 network series and offers observations and disappointments.
Toni Fitzgerald lists the biggest surprises of the fall season so far, which includes the Friday ratings success of Dr. Ken, which just got a full-season order.
Jada F. Smith profiles Being Mary Jane showrunner Mara Brock Akil and her legacy of representing black women.
On October 21st, 2015, Marty McFly stepped out of the DeLorean to discover dozens of identical blog posts about Back to the Future II.— Brian Barrett (@brbarrett) October 20, 2015
"Marty! You've gotta come back with me!" "Why, what's wrong?" "It's the Cubs, Marty. Something's gotta be done about the Cubs!"— Andy Whisp-Daars (@AndrewDaar) October 21, 2015
Was getting annoyed at people on my feed getting legitimately mad about sports but I guess I'm doing the same about ryan murphy lol— Sophie (@insopherable) October 21, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Sophie Gilbert reports on a new study that investigated the impact of procedural representations of rape; Law & Order: SVU was determined to be providing a positive educational impact, while CSI was not.
Chris Ariens lists which shows are getting the biggest DVR lifts in ratings this fall.
Diana Martinez praises Jane the Virgin for subverting telenovela format and integrating Latino culture into the series.
Sonia Saraiya explains the revolutionary significance of a rape scene depicted on The Leftovers. Alan Sepinwall talks to Damon Lindelof about the scene.
Karl Bode questions the logic that Millennials will become more likely to subscribe to pay TV as they get older. Liam Boluk says focusing just on cord cutting misses a much wider story of youth disengagement with pay and linear TV. Aaron Barr points to TV Everywhere as a key pay TV offering to attract Millennials. Toni Fitzgerald reports on figures showing Millennials prefer online video to linear TV.
Jason Lynch reports on what 30-second spots during late-night shows are going for.
Jason Lynch has details on Nielsen's upcoming Total Audience Measurement tool and how it could change the TV industry.
Shalini Ramachandran and Suzanne Vranica reports that Comcast is in talks to license to networks and measurement firms data obtained from its set-top boxes. (Google News link)
James Poniewozik laments that Netflix's Gilmore Girls won't really be the old Gilmore Girls. Alan Sepinwall considers the logic of bringing the show back. Sharan Shetty is thrilled at the prospect of its return.
It’s like Netflix never even read Pet Semetary.— emily nussboo (@emilynussbaum) October 19, 2015
"Star Wars is for nerds," said the 45 year old man in a football jersey looking down to check his fantasy stats.— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) October 20, 2015
-the tickets already sold out -the trailer already leaked -the film already opened -you already saw it 12 times & concluded it was "okay."— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Gerrick D. Kennedy says Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood is breaking new ground by featuring a black gay couple. Kelley L. Carter also has analysis of this representation.
Colin Dixon considers if seasonality can affect SVOD viewing in ways similar to how the linear schedule is affected by seasonal viewing cycles.
Mark A. Perigard notes that fall hasn't produced a breakout hit yet. Spotted updates us on ratings for cable's hits, like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. And Bill Cromwell highlights third quarter cable ratings winners and losers.
Theme: Classic Saturday Morning Cartoons
- Monday, October 19, 2015 - Jacqueline Ristola (York University) presents: The Campy Fun of Jem
- Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - Ian Peters (University of North Georgia) presents: Super Friends, Trans-Thematic Media Branding, and the 1970s/80s Team-Based Superhero
- Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - Matthew Smith (Georgia State University) presents: Adapting the Addamses: Hanna-Barbera & TV Formats
- Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Tom Speelman (Independent) presents: Production history of 1967 Fantastic Four
- Friday, October 23, 2015 - Laurel Ahnert (Georgia State University) presents: Classic Saturday Morning Cartoons
Mark Scott and Elian Peltier look at the global competition Netflix faces as it tries to expand internationally.
I challenge you to find a single Jason Mann line to which it wouldn’t make sense to do the jerkoff motion. #ProjectGreenlight— Tara Ariano (@TaraAriano) October 19, 2015
Even the ding dongs on Big Brother figured out the twin twist by the third week. Cmon #Quantico trainees!— Melissa (@melgotserved) October 19, 2015
And I never want to be on the receiving end of this look pic.twitter.com/NUQAjpre6b— Emma F (@frazbelina) October 19, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
I'm not really a 'Netflix & Chill' kinda guy. I'm more into 'BBC IPlayer and Concentrate'...— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) October 18, 2015
Whoa. Season 2 looks WAY different. pic.twitter.com/EJZVar29Mb— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) October 18, 2015
THIS. SHOW. pic.twitter.com/ps2fshP5Gj— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Todd VanDerWerff notes that a lot of contention between critics and viewers over judging shows comes down to structure versus content.
Shalini Ramachandran and Mike Shields report on YouTube's progress toward courting media companies to provide content for its subscription service. Peter Kafka also reports on the new YouTube service.
Reinhardt Krause looks at Apple's and Comcast's efforts to come up with skinny bundles that subscribers respond to.
Andrew Wallenstein says the traditional press should be concerned about stars like Lena Dunham parlaying their fame into self-publishing and e-commerce opportunities.
Friday, October 16, 2015
New entries in Critical Studies in Television:
- The Writers' Room on Twitter: Dismantling TV Auteurism? by Leora Hadas
- Why Now For 'The Splat': Nickelodeon, Nostalgia, and Branding by Ross Garner
- Samsung: A Korean Wave -- of Misconduct? by Toby Miller
- Caitlyn Jenner, Gender Transitioning and Selective Storytelling by Natalie Haygarth
The WGA East received NLRB approval to unionize the East Coast's largest of reality TV production company, Leftfield Entertainment. But Leftfield does not sound ready to cooperate.
Phillip Swann insists that cable operators shouldn't fear for their future with Millennials, who will subscribe to pay TV when they start having kids.
Michael Wolff surveys the ratings measurement scene and sees the Wild West, with Nielsen facing a new challenger. And Diego Vasquez interviews a former Nielsen VP of data science about ratings measurement in the digital age.
On the heels of the previous post: Cable companies are expected to have the highest entertainment industry profit margins this year.
Liz Shannon Miller argues that television is the perfect platform for adapting comic books, as opposed to film.
Ted Sarandos doesn't think "too much TV" is a problem right now. Theater owners think Netflix releasing a movie today both in theaters and on Netflix is a problem. Credit card experts are calling BS on Netflix's claim that the switchover to chip-based cards has contributed to the Netflix's poor revenue growth. Colin Dixon reports that Netflix is impressing in international growth but disappointing in US growth. Dixon and Will Richmond talk Netflix in their latest podcast.