Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Michael Logan grades the four daytime soaps on their diversity in 2015.
AT&T U-Verse and DirecTV will pick up seven channels owned by Byron Allen following a racial discrimination lawsuit settlement.
Claire Atkinson says a carriage fee standoff between AMC Networks and small cable operators could herald the end of the bundle. An operator in Alaska has already decided to drop AMC's channels and Univision on January 1.
Amanda Marcotte says 2015 was the year women ruled geek culture. June Thomas says 2015 was the year of the queer senior. Tim Stenovec says 2015 was the year of Netflix.
Ben Frederick notes that 2015 was a big year for live sports on TV and Twitter. Next year, Spanish-language audiences will be able to watch the Super Bowl on ESPN Deportes, and MLB.TV subscribers will have the option of selecting a single-team stream. One sports venture that has not been a success yet is the Longhorn Network.
Please stop debating about whetherOR not👁aged well.unfortunately it hurts all3 of my feelings.My BODY hasnt aged as well as I have.Blow us👌🏼— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) December 29, 2015
I'm on episode 5 of "Making a Murderer" and so far my only thought is "...and this is just what they do to WHITE folks"— Mychal Denzel Smith (@mychalsmith) December 30, 2015
I've read a lot of Faulkner but the thing I quote most is the Real Housewives franchise.— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) December 29, 2015
Monday, December 28, 2015
Michael Schneider has a chart of ratings for every ad-supported broadcast and cable network in 2015 ranked by viewer totals and demos.
Eric Deggans discusses 2015 TV trends. Whitney Friedlander reports on the most-pirated series of 2015, with Game of Thrones again atop the list. Stephen Battaglio covers how broadcast and cable news fared in the 2015 ratings, and Jordan Chariton parses out median age data for cable news channels this year.
Angelica Jade Bastién argues that colorblind casting can constitute racial erasure.
Gerry Smith warns that cable bills are going up in 2016 as rising carriage fee costs are passed on to consumers.
Imagine the death toll as Sam Elliot slowly describes an emergency to a 911 dispatcher.— Quinn Sutherland (@ReelQuinn) December 28, 2015
the only TFA spoilers i've seen are that the cast consists of a badass female, an interracial gay couple & a disgruntled hot topic employee— madison (@mtaucoin) December 28, 2015
It's very generous of him but is an Australian actress what they really need right now? pic.twitter.com/S3A69kx4M0— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) December 28, 2015
Sunday, December 27, 2015
DirecTV has added the Sean Combs-co-owned music channel Revolt to its lineup, and Phillip Swann says this and the upcoming addition of two Bryan Allen-owned channels seem related to Allen's lawsuit against DirecTV over its lack of African-American channels.
Ira Madison III highlights a Days of Our Lives actor for his groundbreaking portrayal of a gay Asian-American man.
Rick Kissell looks at 2015 cable ratings and names AMC, Discovery Channel, and Cartoon Network as the standouts.
Patrick Seitz covers a new report claiming that the media is over-reacting to cord cutting figures. Brian Fung says cord cutting concerns are real and that pay TV/broadband companies should also be concerned about the large share of cord cutters who don't have broadband either and are watching their TV via cellular devices.
Most of us will remember 2015 as the Christmas when we spent 10 hours binge-watching the heart- warming #MakingAMurderer.— Dan O'Brien (@danobrienwriter) December 26, 2015
The stages of watching #MakingAMurderer 🙁☹️🤔😒😠😡😫😖😡😧😱😤😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡— Morgan Stradling (@MorganStradling) December 24, 2015
I'm not too keen on the idea of murdering someone BUT I do really want a TV series or podcast about me— pilot (@pilotbacon) December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Norman Weiss names the top 10 TV news stories of 2015.
Presidential candidate and New Jersey governor Chris Christie argues that shows like Jersey Shore and The Sopranos have hindered his image with voters.
Emily Nussbaum prefaced her Best of 2015 TV list with reflections on labels like "prestige TV" and "guilty pleasure," which are often allotted based on gender, race, and genre.
Andy Greenwald interviewed Damon Lindelof in his latest podcast, while KCRW's The Spinoff covers peak TV and social issues in 2015 television.
Oriana Schwindt offers skepticism about Amazon's announcement that The Man in the High Castle set a streaming record for the platform.
Dominic Patten covers the 2015 cable ratings, with ESPN, FOX News, and USA Network at the top. And Jason Lynch notes that multiple outlets can claim 2015 ratings supremacy depending on demographic parsing.
New research finds that pay TV cord cutters aren't necessarily turning to broadband, as 42% of them don't subscribe to home broadband. Other research finds that pay TV subscribers might be more inclined toward SVOD services than non-subscribers. Richmond and Dixon discuss that in their weekly podcast.
Jim McKairnes looks back on a special Betwitched episode that aired 45 years ago & tackles racism based on a story provided by schoolchildren.
IS IT CALLED "MAKING A MURDERER" BECAUSE IT'S SO FUCKING INFURIATING THAT IT MAKES YOU WANT TO KILL SOMEONE OUT OF SHEER FRUSTRATION OR NAH?— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) December 23, 2015
Can the new process of law just be innocent until proven guilty by a prestigious television network?— Morgan Evans (@totallymorgan) December 23, 2015
"What's your name, son?" "Uhhhh..." [looks at cop's shirt pocket] pic.twitter.com/zhgzInhIAT— ruined christmas (@ruinedpicnic) December 22, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Oriana Schwindt warns of rising pay TV costs in 2016, as Dish, TWC, and DirecTV are raising rates. TWC tried to explain its rising rates.
Maria Elena Fernandez notes 2015 as the year of full frontal male nudity.
/bent's Peter Knegt and Matthew Hammett Knott discuss why 2015 was the best year ever for LGBT television.
Colin Dixon reports on Nielsen figures showing that as live TV viewing declines, connected video platform use grows.
CBS had five of the top 10 shows in Nielsen ratings this year, and The Young and the Restless won the soap opera ratings crown for the 27th consecutive year. ESPN and Fox News were 1-2 in live+same day viewing on entertainment channels. THR has a list of the top 10 shows in social media ratings, with The Voice and Grey's Anatomy on top.
Monday, December 21, 2015
We're laughing, but Steve Harvey's gonna make millions off a book called "Ladies, Don't Assume That Crown is Permanent."— Gordon Gartrelle (@mrgartrelle) December 21, 2015
"Sorry, I meant to say that the winner of the beauty pageant was misogyny and oppressive cultural norms."— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) December 21, 2015
Say what you will about Donald Trump, but he made sure Miss Universe objectified the CORRECT instantly forgettable woman every year.— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Michael Arceneaux has an overview of the representation of gay black men on TV. And Out has an oral history of transgender representation on scripted TV.
Julie Kliegman says 2015 has been a transformative year for the representation of mental illness on TV. Eric Thurm also covers this topic and cites Broad City as 2015's best depiction of depression on TV.
Bill Carter returns to the late-night beat in covering Jimmy Fallon's dominance.
Cory Barker considers how streaming platforms are revolutionizing TV comedy, far overshadowing drama efforts.
Nellie Andreeva delves into how Mike & Molly came to its cancellation. Ken Levine reflects on CBS's treatment of the series.
New blog posts from Critical Studies in Television:
- What Do Actors Do: Adam Driver in Girls by Gary Cassidy and Simone Knox
- BBC Christmas Specials, Doctor Who and Sherlock: Self-Exoticism #2 by Kenneth Longden
- Crossing All of Time, Space and Soundscapes -- The Doctor Breaks the Diegetic Sound Barrier by Liz Giuffre
Netflix is the greatest thing to happen to any of us, including our own births and the births of everyone we love.— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) December 19, 2015
"What would you do about unsolvable problems?" "More than the asshole next to me." --Every debate. Every question. Every answer.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 20, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Someday I want to be old and wise enough to understand what just happened on #SurvivorFinale.— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) December 17, 2015
NBA teams choosing mascots Chicago Bulls owner: A bull Atlanta Hawks owner: A hawk Phoenix Suns owner (who is high): A GORILLA MAN WHO DUNKS— Rob Fee (@robfee) December 16, 2015
I don't understand how to be alive right now pic.twitter.com/EcCTvkuoUb— Paul Ford (@ftrain) December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
AMC Networks is battling with the National Cable Television Cooperative, which represents small cable operators, over licensing fees as a response to skinny bundles. A blackout could result.
Ben Travers says Netflix's ratings secrecy could be bad for the people working on their original series.
Creator Noah Hawley talked to Daniel Fienberg about this season of Fargo. He also revealed season 3 won't appear until 2017. Todd VanDerWerff details the ways in which Fargo is similar to Breaking Bad.
Jennifer L. Pozner says she won't miss the bigotry and fake empowerment of America's Next Top Model.
Alan Sepinwall talked to creator Jill Solloway about Transparent and the "new art form" of streaming series. Zack Sharf offers quotes from cast members about their appreciation for the freedom Solloway gives them. And Sonia Saraiya praises the series for incorporating the female gaze.
James Poniewozik considers streaming TV as a genre with its own conventions and aesthetics.
FX Research released figures today affirming what we all suspected: there's a lot of TV; specifically, 409 scripted series aired this year, which is a 94% increase since 2009. Jason Lynch has analysis and a cool FX chart.
Pilot Viruet praises You're the Worst for depicting depression that looks like her own, and Todd VanDerWerff praises the series for depicting depression in a marriage that looks like his own.
Let’s be honest, Carly. We can’t vet our “Daily Show” hosts fully on social media before they’re selected, much less find terrorists.— Daniel Fienberg (@d_fienberg) December 16, 2015
How do we keep ISIS off the internet? Sign them up for my Comcast plan, obvi. #GOPDebate— Brenna Williams (@brennawilliams) December 16, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
How to improve the GOP debate: bring on the cast of "Hamilton," have the candidates stay home, and also it's not a debate, just "Hamilton."— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) December 14, 2015
look, a good Top Ten List should be 20% Objective, 30% Gut, 50% Brave Stands on Hills You've Chosen To Die On— no (@JeremyMonjo) December 15, 2015
"Woah. Breaking Bad." "Woah. Game of Thrones." "Woah. Star Wars." -your ex-boyfriend's most popular Facebook statuses of '13. '14, and '15.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) December 15, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
John Ourand says the new midnight SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt has flat ratings, but streaming and digital boosts. Also, SportsCenter finished as the top show in November in social engagement, followed by The Walking Dead and Pretty Little Liars.
Bill Cromwell updates us on the upcoming spectrum auction with a look at who stands to gain and lose the most in the process. Also, there's word that Howard University may sell off its spectrum space, which is currently transmitting the only black-owned public TV station in the country.
Sarah Mirk highlights new research that analyzes how abortion has been represented on TV in the past decade. Alyssa Rosenberg has analysis. Susan Rinkunas also reports.
'90s TV Compliment: Your show is my favorite! '00s TV Compliment: I love your show! '10s TV Compliment: I have seen one episode of your show— Matt Selman (@mattselman) December 13, 2015
There, there, Quantico. It's harder to be Grey's Anatomy than people think.— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) December 14, 2015
Netflix: Are you still watch- Me: DID I WATCH ALL THE EPISODES YET Netflix: No but- Me: THEN I'M NOT DONE WATCHING— Erin Fa la la la la (@erinscafe) December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Check out new Critical Studies in Television posts:
Mashable has an infographic detailing a timeline of transgender representations on U.S. TV since the 1970s.
David Zurawik says television bears some responsibility for virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the U.S. with its narrow representations of Muslims and Arabs.
Gerry Smith says the growth of skinnier pay TV bundles is likely lead to more media company consolidation, particularly among smaller companies.
Anthony Crupi reports that Disney/Lucasfilm has spent over $66 million on TV spots for the upcoming Star Wars movie.
John Koblin looks at the network love for holiday programming in December.
Thursday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.
Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted
Analysis from Spotted and Rick Kissell.
Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted
Britain is so radicalised one of its favourite actors is Syrian McKellen. #TrumpFacts— Alexander J. Martin (@lexanderjmartin) December 8, 2015
Willard Scott is retiring so now all those people turning 100 will have just wasted all that effort.— John Moe (@johnmoe) December 11, 2015
I'd ask why UnReal is considered a guilty pleasure and not prestige TV but the answer is just too frustrating and obvious.— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) December 10, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Syfy will premiere a new series, The Magician, next week without commercial breaks, sponsored by T-Mobile. Syfy is also promoting a new miniseries, Children's End, via YouTube skippable ads.
Apple is reportedly suspending its live TV service efforts for now. Will Richmond says it sounds like Verizon is giving up on trying to develop a traditional pay TV service. And Yahoo has dropped plans to spin off Alibaba, though it reportedly will still spin off other parts of its core internet business.
Anthony Crupi reports that network ratings continue to fall, with only three returning shows -- Sunday Night Football, Empire, and The Middle -- showing year-over-year time slot increases. New Nielsen figures show drops in live viewing, as SVOD grows. And another report shows drops in pay TV, as cord cutting is on the rise.
Brian Steinberg covers the late-night ratings battle, which Jimmy Fallon leads. Late-night hosts are also doing well in YouTube popularity rankings. Justin Peters fears coming to The Late Show has thrown Stephen Colbert off his interviewing game.
Daniel Holloway argues that Netflix exploiting hype in place of ratings metrics has worsened the ratings measurement crisis. And Nico Lang fears that Netflix's original series expansion is about quantity, not quality.
You're the Worst wrapped up its daring second season last night. Creator Stephen Falk explains why he decided to address mental illness in the season. Falk also talked to Alan Sepinwall about the season. Star Aya Cash talked to the Daily Beast. Libby Hill praises the series for making depression comprehensible.
Bloomberg News is skeptical of the benefits of Amazon's new streaming service partnerships, while Will Richmond says Amazon could disrupt the whole SVOD industry with this they do it right. Alan Wolk doesn't see Amazon becoming competitive with MVPDs with this. Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast also questions Amazon's readiness for this.
Showtime wants more of both Homeland and The Affair, and Fox wants a second season of Wayward Pines, though a new showrunner will be on board. Also, Nathan Fielder has tweeted that Nathan For You has been renewed.
Golden Globe nominations are out, and shows from streaming services were plentiful among the categories. Mikle Hale identifies snubs and surprises. Michael O'Connell has analysis. Inkoo Kang points out that actresses of color did well in the TV nominations, but were shut out in film. More analysis from Cynthia Littleton, Tim Goodman, and Mary McNamara.
SAG Award nominations are also out.
SAG Award nominations are also out.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The NAACP has announced nominees for its film and TV awards.
What Trump said is vile and un-American, so... [checks ratings] LET'S MAKE SURE TO INVITE HIM ON TEE-VEE!!!!!— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 7, 2015
US: Let's register all Muslims. No, wait, let's ban them! Canada: So there's this show called Little Mosque on the Prairie...— Barbara Haynes (@barbhaynes) December 7, 2015
journalists be like "...we'll just leave this photo here, fam." pic.twitter.com/bQFCmPnDCB— AJ Marechal (@ajmarechal) December 8, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Nathan McAlone profiles New Form Digital, which is thriving at selling original content to streaming services like Go90.
Rowan Kaiser marks 2015 as the end of a discernible era of a generation of TV programming.
Karra Shimabukuro analyzes Jessica Jones through the lens of Netflix series storytelling.
Brian Stelter and Ken Olshanky detail just how much Donald Trump dominates political news coverage. Elsewhere, Univision demands dismissal of Trump's lawsuit against the company.
Dave Maney warns that the big sports rights bubble is about to burst, changing ESPN, bundles, and pay TV forever.
Theme: Survival Media
- Monday, December 7, 2015 - Liz Elcessor and Ethan Tussey (Indiana University/Georgia State University) presents: Producing and Consuming Survival: Naked and Afraid through The Right Reasons
- Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - Lindsie Teter (Independent) presents: Naked and Afraid: Survivalist Reality Television Goes Full Frontal
- Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - Alexandra Kokoli & Aaron Winter (Middlesex University / University of East London) presents: What Bear Grylls Can’t Do: Survivalist Mediascapes in Austerity Britain
- Thursday, December 10, 2015 - Linday Steenberg (Oxford Brookes University) presents: Two Men Enter One Man Leaves: Men, Survival and Gladiatorial Television
- Friday, December 11, 2015 - Amy McKeon (University College of Dublin) presents: Dystopian Simulation and the Neoliberalist Legacy in Bear Gryll’s Running Wild
Ted Sarandos spoke at a conference today and said studios need to see Netflix as equal to any content buyer, Netflix's shows are among the most-watched compared to cable, Netflix will double its originals output next year, and global licensing is a challenge. Elsewhere, new data shows that streaming video makes up 70% of web traffic coming into homes, with Netflix accounting for just over half of that. And Phillip Swann explains how Microsoft helped pave the way for Netflix's streaming success.
Maureen Ryan talked to Damon Lindelof about the Leftovers' finale and its future, and Lindelof also spoke with Alan Sepinwall and Todd VanDerWerff. Spencer Kornhaber talked with actor Justin Theroux.
Who told me this British baking show was relaxing, I have never been more fucking keyed up in my life— Julieanne Smolinski (@BoobsRadley) December 7, 2015
Y'know how you add "in bed" to fortune cookies? I feel like Jeffery Dean Morgan mentally does that with each line he has in the Good Wife— Molly Eichel (@mollyeichel) December 3, 2015
Well this is awkward. pic.twitter.com/sAXyN9KIHp— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) December 7, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Catherine Johnson sees both linear and non-linear television continuing to play an integrated role in the internet age.
Nielsen has a new report on platform and content consumption, showing mobile and internet consumption chipping away at TV set viewing. And a separate survey shows OTT options eating into pay TV.
Check out a new set of Critical Studies in Television posts:
- Problems With Quality by Elke Weissmann
- Revisiting Absolutely Fabulous: Rude, Crude, and Totally Spot On by Stefania Marghitu
- Self-Exoticism, Television, and the Transnational by Kenneth Long
- ITV 60 Viewing Notes by Billy Smary
Tressie McMillan Cottom analyzes network romantic pairings of White men with Black women. And Princess Weekes is frustrated with how leading women of color are written on TV.
The FCC is defending its net neutrality rules in court; Brian Fung tells us how it's going. And Zach Epstein says Comcast's Stream TV service is very bad for net neutrality, while Susan Crawford points to usage-based billing as a disastrous scheme.
Oriana Schwindt reports on a survey of what channels people want most; the broadcast networks did well, while ESPN did not.
Dion Lefler highlights the proliferation of digital broadcast channels reaching niche audiences with reruns and old movies.
Karen Brill praises the empathetic approach taken by recent comedies like Master of None and Please Like Me. Caroline Framke also appreciates Master of None, Fresh Off the Boat, and other recent shows for their in-depth immigrant narratives.