Monday, November 30, 2015
Matt Zoller Seitz points shows like The Leftovers and Fargo as examples of how a good second season can bring into focus the potential of a series.
Lavanya Ramanathan explores the assumption that TV has gotten more racially diverse, while Evette Brown explains that Fresh Off the Boat's rich representations of Asian-Americans illustrate the importance of moving beyond single characters representing whole races.
Jon Lafayette details seven things to know about the new ratings system Nielsen is ushering in starting in January. Diego Vasquez talks to a media research exec about how the new system might work. And Vulture has launched a series this week on ratings, starting with Josef Adalian on how changes in ratings values will likely change cancellation and renewal standards. Also, New Girl creator Liz Meriwether explains what it's like to check ratings like (because) your job depends on it.
Shalini Ramachandran outlines the negotiations and battles taking place around licensing streaming TV rights (Google News link)
Chris Ariens talked to Roger Ailes about the success of Fox News. Brendan James profiles MSNBC's Chris Hayes. And Brian Stelter looks at Matt Lauer and Today's rebounding success.
Which reality TV star do you want as Trump's running mate? I say Long Island Medium. The psychic thing would come in handy against ISIS.— Dave Schilling (@dave_schilling) November 28, 2015
white ppl gonna be baffled when they realize the soul train awards was an encrypted live black ppl's monthly meeting— Desus Nice (@desusnice) November 30, 2015
THERE IS NO MICHAELS, ONLY ZUUL pic.twitter.com/5U7rC2sAzV— Adam Weinstein (@AdamWeinstein) November 30, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
With truth and facts no longer seeming to matter in politics today, Matt Taibbi says we're seeing the consequences of decades of treating news as a consumer business.
It's now official that BBC Three will be taken off the air and exist online only next year. Jono Read says this move has ignored public opinion and fails to serve young people.
Disney is seeing steep subscriber losses at many of its cable channels, with ESPN in particular dropping precipitously.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
you can tell a lot about a person by how quickly they go for the tv remote in another person's home— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) November 26, 2015
I wish there was a Twitter float in the Thanksgiving Day parade where the people on it just laughed at and made jokes about the other floats— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 26, 2015
here's where the anti-Macy's Parade think pieces are composed pic.twitter.com/Aj38cUs3Dc— Harry Shuldman (@HarryShuldman) November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
An executive producer of Bones has filed suit against Fox and 21st Century Fox alleging he's been cheated out of millions in revenue due to shady studio accounting practices.
Michael Schneider talks to HBO execs Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo about 2015 as a game-changing year for the outlet.
Check out a new Flow featuring:
- Hybridity, Extratextuality & the Docudrama: Re-evaluating ‘Spoilers’ in The Jinx by Laura Minor
- Miss Representations: No Room For Blackness or Feminism on Mad Men's Sets by Whitten OverbyM
- Textual Object (Disneyland as text) by Nicholas Sammond
- "Smart is the New Cool:" Branding Project MC2's S.T.E.M. Lifestyle by Avi Santo
- Wicked Games, Part 1: Twenty-Sided Demons by Matthew Payne and Peter Alilunas
- Girl as Sign: Epistemology of Shōjo by Coco Zhou
Amazon has pulled Nazi-insignia advertising for The Man in the High Castle from NYC subways. Update/correction: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reportedly demanded the ads be removed, meaning it may not have been Amazon's decision. And Tim Stenovec now reports it was Mayor Andrew Cuomo who demanded that Amazon remove the ads or the MTA would.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Jon Lafayette reports on a new Nielsen study of Twitter activity and impressions: "One way Twitter seems to be like television is that the bulk of tweets about TV shows are seen when a show is live."
Tim Baysinger notes that unscripted programming is driving what cable ratings growth there is.
Alan Sepinwall is concerned that the value of the individual episode is being sacrificed in favor of serialization.
Yvonne Villarreal highlights the big revenue generated for cable channels by holiday-themed TV movies. Drew Harwell notes that holiday-themed ads are moving from TV to the internet.
The future rights to Thursday Night Football are up for grabs, and the NFL is seeking huge money. Toni Fitzgerald weighs the odds of who could end up with it, with the finalists including NBC, CBS, Fox, and Turner.
A THR poll of late-night preferences finds Jimmy Fallon is a favorite among many, while Republicans don't much like Stephen Colbert, who won't win them back with Thursday's slam on the GOP for objecting to Syrian refugees coming to the US.
News networks have conferred about how to deal with restrictions from Donald Trump's camp at campaign events, but it's not apparent any action will come of it. Meanwhile, a few of Trump's rivals are getting their equal time from a few NBC affiliates.
James Hibberd covers reaction to Scandal's abortion and Planned Parenthood storylines, as it has garnered both praise and objection. Clover Hope has analysis of the abortion scene, and Kevin Fallon covers the episode. Lenika Cruz appreciated the episode's audacity, and Elizabeth Skoski argues that TV needs more episodes like it. Matt Webb Mitovich takes us inside the table read of the episode.
The CW has announced midseason scheduling additions and changes. The network has also ordered more episodes of iZombie and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
The Walking Dead revealed a character's fate on Sunday, and it didn't go over well with critics like Alan Sepinwall. Brian Lowry was also critical of Talking Dead's role.
The flagrant racism and fear sweeping America right now is a bold marketing strategy by Amazon Prime! #maninthehighcastle— shelby fero (@shelbyfero) November 22, 2015
I've been watching the news since the 1980s, but under this showrunner it's got too grim. Maybe it needs a hiatus or more female writers.— Ian Farrington (@ianfarrington) November 24, 2015
BBC news, the finest news service in the world pic.twitter.com/AwjyyDCvlH— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) November 24, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Andrew Tonner considers Playstation Vue's competitive chances now that it has added ESPN.
Sports streaming services are doing well in OTT usage rankings, while MLB has reached a new streaming plan with some regional channels that requires authentication.
That's a nice crush you have on David Tennant there. It'd be a shame if...something...happened to it... #JessicaJones— Bojill Horseman (@jvfriedman) November 21, 2015
CNN is like All The Reasons I Never Visit Facebook, turned into a TV channel.— Adam Sternbergh (@sternbergh) November 21, 2015
10 minutes into Netflix and chilldiddly he turns and gives you this lookerino pic.twitter.com/aeiVT2229A— bigdaddy cool diesel (@faithwithanf) November 20, 2015
A new survey finds just over half of Americans have used Netflix in the last year. Another study measured "demand expressions" for series online, and HBO and Netflix shows dominate whatever this category is. Todd VanDerWerff notes the significance of Netflix and Amazon going head-to-head today with the releases of Jessica Jones and The Man in the High Castle.
CNN suspended for two weeks a correspondent who tweeted opposition to a House of Representatives vote on Syrian refugees. Mathew Ingram argues that this was the wrong move for CNN to make.
Usage of Comcast's new Stream TV service won't count against subscribers' internet data caps, which is raising eyebrows, as this could constitute a net neutrality loophole. Meanwhile, Tom Wheeler doesn't think T-Mobile's Binge On plan is a net neutrality violation.
Friday, November 20, 2015
A new study finds that Millennials are watching only 30% of their TV as linearly scheduled, with high live+7 and OTT viewing. Hulu in particular is doing well among Millennials. Due to such figures, Cox Communications is launching a Millennial-targeted OTT service called Flare MeTV.
Anushay Hossain talks to ABC executive Keli Lee about casting diverse talent for the network.
Maureen Dowd has a feature story on pervasive sexism in the Hollywood film industry. The Hollywood Reporter has drawn criticism for a cover featuring only white actresses in contention for an Oscar.
Fox has announced it will no longer report Live Plus Same-Day ratings to the press. Tony Maglio has analysis of the decision. TV By the Numbers explains why it's sticking to L+SD ratings reporting.
There's an special adult content warning on tonight's #Scandal, which is odd because it's usually so perfect for young children.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 20, 2015
These lawyers tweeting how unrealistic #HTGAWM is. And yet it totally nails professors. I have pods of students murdering every 6mos or so.— Amanda Bower (@heyprofbow) November 20, 2015
Reasons I won't date a supervillain: -Unpredictable work hours -Has 2 explain EVERYTHING -Won't let anyone touch his stuff -So much Spandex— ShesARealGenius (@ShesARealGenius) November 19, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Colin Dixon says figures show that password sharing for streaming services is common, but not so much "cheating" by borrowing passwords.
The academic journal Media Industries has a new issue with the following open access essays:
- PR and Politics at Hollywood’s Biggest Night: The Academy Awards and Unionization (1929-1939) by Monica Roxanne Sandler
- The impact of working conditions and personality traits on the job satisfaction of media professionals by M. Bjørn von Rimscha
- The Sony Hack: Data and Decision in the Contemporary Studio by J.D. Connor
- Hacking Radio History’s Data: Station Call Signs, Digitized Magazines, and Scaled Entity Search by Kit Hughes, Eric Hoyt, Derek Long, Kevin Ponto, Tony Tran
- Cultural Diversity as Brand Management in Cable Television by Melanie Kohnen
- TV Got Better: Netflix’s Original Programming Strategies and the On-Demand Television Transition by Chuck Tryon
Check out new Critical Studies in Television posts:
- Not Every Girl Wants To Be A Princess: Remembering Xena by Lorna Jowett
- Setting the Television Set Scene by Sarah Arnold
- TV & Social Media: Inside/Outside Television Production by James Bennett
- Unveiling 'A': Critical Fan Responses to a Transgender Villainess by W. Patrick Bingham
Joe Flint reports on growing demands by networks to have their logos visible on their programming carried by Netflix.
Cynthia Littleton reports on a Q&A with 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, covering such issues as the Pepsi-Empire deal, the need for innovation in advertising, and the challenges of content distribution.
Kevah Waddell looks at your smartphone and TV can link up so advertisers can learn even more about you, and Julia Angwin tells us how a new Vizio smart TV can track viewing behavior to provide data to advertisers.
HBO is thriving right now, which prompts James Surowiecki to propose that Time Warner should spin it off. Richard Greenfield assesses the logic behind the possibility off spinning of HBO.
Molly Fitzpatrick sees the appearance of Filipino family on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as a landmark moment for TV.
Andrew Sheehy explains the transformation coming to pay TV as OTT services continue to grow. Oriana Schwindt is concerned that replacing cable bundles with OTT services will result in paying more for less. And Alan Wolk says rather than cord cutting, many will just turn to alternate packages from MVPD broadband providers.
NBC has launched a beta version of its streaming comedy service called SeeSo. Univision has also launched an OTT streaming service called Univision Now.
October was a successful ad revenue month for the broadcast networks, as TV woos back some advertisers who left for digital options. Alan Wolk says this is part of a good week of news for TV's stability, and Cynthia Littleton says TV business Q3 results were better than expected. However, Wayne Friedman notes that C3 ratings were down in October, and Toni Fitzgerald points out the year-to-year ratings declines on the networks.
Anthony Crupi highlights time slots that the networks just can't find success in. And Oriana Schwindt looks specifically at ABC's Tuesday 10pm curse.
DraftKings and FanDuel are facing legal challenges that are causing some ad payment delays. Peter Kafka notes that TV outlets are nervous not just about the potential lost revenue from those ads but the fact that the prolific purchasing of those ads has been helping to drive up ad rates overall.
Brian Steinberg details a new step forward for advertising as Pepsi becomes part of an Empire storyline. Joe Flint interviews Empire co-creator Lee Daniels about incorporating Pepsi into the drama. Bloomberg has more details.
Tuesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.
Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.
Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.
Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.
Wednesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.
Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.
Just checking--we're going with the theory that in S2 Leftovers, Kevin Garvey = suffering showrunner, Patti Levin=Internet commenter, right?— Mo Ryan (@moryan) November 19, 2015
How the hell is it that a comedy on FXX has me more nervous about how its season ends than any other drama on air right now? #YoureTheWorst— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) November 19, 2015
Whoa, was really nervous Jamal wasn’t going to get that Pepsi contract. #spoilers— Michael O'Connell (@mikeylikestv) November 19, 2015
Warning: Survivor spoilers at the end.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Todd VanDerWerff argues that the experience of streaming video comes up short in comparison to the old days of home video.
A study finds that streaming service penetration in US households is now on par with cable TV penetration. A separate study finds growing penetration of connected TV usage in households.
James Poniewzoik covers network decisions to pull episodes in the wake of real-life tragedies. And Dave Itzkoff looks at the ways in which late-night comedians have addressed the Paris attacks.
Three Republican presidential candidates have requested equal time on some NBC stations in the wake of Donald Trump's Saturday Night Live appearance. And Emily Steel looks at the financial boon and influence enjoyed by Iowa TV stations due to the political season.
Into the Badlands launched with strong ratings on Sunday, and Frazier Tharpe notes that AMC is distinguishing itself within the programming glut with shows based on graphic novels.
I liked this whole "Southern governors pretending they can barricade their sad little fiefdoms" plotline better on Walking Dead.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) November 16, 2015
"Next time you have something snarky to say, say it to your Twitter feed." #BloodAndOil is on to us, y'all.— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) November 13, 2015
anyway there are way too many tv shows nowadays so I've decided to just watch none of them (except for these 40)— Omar (@1Lcampesino) November 17, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
CBS has pulled episodes of NCIS: LA and Supergirl that were supposed to air tonight but contain bombing plotlines that could be considered inappropriate in light of the Paris terror attacks. Quantico and Homeland last night included pre-episode advisories.
Todd Vanderwerff insists Homeland's Carrie Mathison is the most significant and influential TV character of the 2010s. And Alan Sepinwall believes Scandal's Olivia Pope is now TV's best anti-hero character since Walter White.
The WSJ reported on Thursday that Time Warner is interested in buying a stake in Hulu. (google news link) Peter Kafka's sources say the talks haven't gone far, but Kafka says Hulu would change substantially if it happens.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
I'm off to a conference that will have me holed up in the Peabody Archives from morning til night all weekend, so there won't be activity around here til next week. I'll try to bookmark important articles I see, but let me know if you see anything I miss that you'd like me to archive here.
It's so funny to me when TV shows continue existing after I quit watching. What are you trying to prove, "The Bastard Executioner"?— Tara Ariano (@TaraAriano) November 12, 2015
I bet having an intelligent discussion with Donald Trump is as easy as explaining memes to your grandparents— Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) November 12, 2015
"Joe, taking one alone" is also the name of a tab permanently open on Probst's browser. #Survivor— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) November 12, 2015
Warning: Survivor spoilers at the end.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Maureen Ryan presents a set of substantial pieces investigating the lack of diversity among television directors.
Andrew Wallenstein shares NBC data illustrating how much viewership is unaccounted for by traditional ratings.
Daniel B. Klein says Netflix's push to develop more original series will help sustain it if content providers like Time Warner start holding back shows.
Miriam Gottfried says the latest pay TV subscriber figures will just open more debate about what they indicate about cord cutting trends.
Bim Adewunmi says Aziz Ansari's Master of None offers a master class in representing race. Vikram Murthi appreciates the show's ability to represent race without anxieties. The Vulture TV podcast also covers this topic. And Ansari himself has penned a piece for the NYT on acting and race.
Jim Puzzananghera wonders if the FCC is really going to challenge the set-top box market. Bernie Sanders is pushing for exactly that.
Joycve Eng talks to a writer and producer about the production of ER's "Hell or High Water" episode, which drew 48 million viewers (!). And Noel Murray covers the episode that followed Ellen's landmark "Puppy" episode, talking with the series showrunner and the episode's writer, Jane Espenson.
Stations that carried Donald Trump's Saturday Night Live episode now have to accommodate requests from rival presidential candidates for 12 minutes of free airtime.
Bill Cormwell noes that it's tough for advertisers to get a handle on Millennial media consumption habits, while Jason Lynch finds high ratings for syndicated reruns in Millennial demos.
Alan Wolk offers an assessment of Nielsen's upcoming Total Audience Measurement system.
Just found out next week's SNL is being hosted by SeaWorld.— Alex Baze (@bazecraze) November 7, 2015
Exciting news: they've just hired JJ Abrams to reboot your life. Unfortunately they have decided to go in a different direction for the lead— David McGee (@davidjmcgee) November 3, 2015
"chick flicks are banal and unwatchable"-- someone who gets 96% of movies catered towards them— Sophia Benoit (@1followernodad) November 9, 2015
Monday, November 9, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
As most expected, Trump on Saturday Night Live made for big ratings but bad entertainment. Reviews of the show from Dennis Perkins, Daniel Fienberg, Maureen Ryan, Todd VanDerWerff, James Poniewozik, Will Leitch, Ryan McGee, and Sonia Saraiya. The only heckling of Trump was provided by Larry David in a staged bit; David will reportedly be offered the $5000 bounty for it. Brian Steinberg determined that Trump was on camera for only 12 minutes in the show.
LIVE FROM NEW YORK... pic.twitter.com/SgZaYfMsSj— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) November 8, 2015
I"m just glad Sia didn't have to see that. #SNL— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) November 8, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Check out a new set of Critical Studies in Television posts:
- A Very Special Relationship: Mapping the Transatlanticism of Contemporary Golden Age Quality Comedy by Erica Horton
- Disaffected Does Not Equal Depressed: A Response to Lena Dunham's Daria Diagnosis by Jennifer O'Meara
- The Return of the Surgeon? Social Pathology and Medical Nostalgia in The Knick by David Levente Palatinus
- What is a PhD and What is it For? by John Ellis
Les Moonves says CBS would consider making CBS All Access ad-free in the future. Colin Dixon and Will Richmond talk about CBS All Access and the future of VOD on their latest podcast.
Eric Thurm talks with a set of directors of photography about their work on The Americans, Key & Peele, Show Me a Hero, Daredevil, and Hannibal.
Frank Pallotta says the stakes are high tonight for both Donald Trump and Saturday Night Live. Also, a Latino/a group is offering a payout to any audience member who be heard calling out Trump's racism during the broadcast.
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes says the company's shows based on DC Comics may be delayed from appearing on OTT streaming services in favor of pay TV on-demand. Jude Terror sees this as thinking rooted in the past. But Harry A. Jessell says the big media companies need to treat Netflix more as a competitor at this point. AMC Networks' CEO says his company is comfortable staying with a one-year wait for SVOD streaming.
Tim Goodman says broadcast networks need to concede now that their traditional business model is dying or risk obsolescence soon: "in very practical, simplistic terms, this much is clear: If networks don't want to scale back their physical operations to look more like cable channels — if they still want to program multiple hours of television over what amounts to six nights each week — they need to first make most of that programming cheaper and then they need to make more of it. It's the only way to survive with the ratings their shows are now delivering."
Friday, November 6, 2015
Finally caught Sunday’s Good Wife. My god, Jeffrey Dean Morgan. That might be an FCC indecency violation for sexy right there.— Chris Becker (@crsbecker) November 6, 2015
the actual current state of 2016 MEDIA: we don't think you stabbed a guy CANDIDATE: I DID! I DID YOU SONS OF BITCHES! I STABBED A PERSON— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) November 6, 2015
I'm starting to look like Garry Shandling. I didn't see that coming.— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) November 6, 2015
Thursday, November 5, 2015
TBS will air a 25-hour looped marathon of the first season of its new sitcom Angie Tribeca, and then ten additional episodes, which a press release cheekily called a 10-season renewal, will subsequently air weekly.
Lesley Goldberg talks to You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk about the show's depression storyline. Matt Brennan appreciates how the storyline has played out.
Drew Harwell delves into the motivation for and logistics of rebooting cult series.
Daniel Frankel gauges the latest moves into OTT services by major media companies. Jeff Baumgartner reports that gaming consoles are still the top way consumers access online video content. Seth Shapiro says YouTube Red should take lessons from NBC's Must See TV era to be a success.