Friday, April 29, 2016

Charter-TWC Upside

Jon Healey argues that there could be positives for consumers in the Charter-TWC-Bright House merger.

Rovi Buys TiVo

Rovi has acquired TiVo in a billion dollar deal, adopting TiVo as the merged company's brand name.

5-Second Ads

Pepsi has a slew of 5-second ads ready to be unleashed this summer on TV and online.

Viacom-Roku Ad Deal

Viacom has tried to revitalize its ad business via a targeted advertising deal with Roku.

Comcast's Moves

Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast covers Comcast's success with the X1 set-top box, while Shalini Ramachandran and Ben Fritz analyze Comcast's acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. The NYT speculates on what's next for DWA's Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tackling Abortion

Maureen Ryan notes that TV shows are more willing to tackle abortion as a topic than they used to be.

Classless TV

Wesley Morris laments the dearth of shows that address class.

TV at Festivals

Liz Shannon Miller sees problems with screening television episodes at film festivals.

Auction Primer

Colin Lecher explains how the upcoming spectrum auction will operate and what it may mean for TV and wireless service.

TCM Fan Club

TCM has launched an online fan club for classic movie super fans.

Showrunning in the Social Media Age

Rick Ellis talked to Hart Hanson about challenges for showrunners in the age of social media and empowered fans.

More Peabody Winners

Peabody Awards for the documentary and education category have been announced.

Missing Black Shows

Alyssa Rosenberg notes that many significant Black-cast TV shows aren't available via streaming services.

Renewal/Cancellation Decisions

Michael Schneider explains what factors come into play for networks making renewal and cancellation decisions.

New Flow Issue

Check out new Flow essays:

Lear Visits Black-ish

Maureen Ryan covers a visit to the Black-ish writers' room a few months ago by Norman Lear.

Good TVeets

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Underground's Success

Joe Otterson notes that Underground has brought a big ratings boost to WGN America.

Program Analysis

Noel Murray looks at what went so right and then wrong for The Good Wife as a legal drama. Myles McNutt discusses Limitless's balance of procedural and serial elements and the concepts of sustainability and scalability across its first season. And Liz Shannon Miller says the move to Hulu made The Mindy Project a better show.

Elaborate Opening Titles

Daniel Victor highlights a number of shows that make this an era of elaborate opening titles.

Netflix's Content Obligations

The cost of Netflix's content obligations has risen to $12 billion due to global expansion.

TV Deaths

Sadaf Ahsan questions why so many women characters have died on TV lately, and Mary McNamara questions TV being touted as more diverse than film when so many minority characters are killed off. And frustration with LGBTQ character deaths has led to the creation of The Lexa Pledge, a push for more positive LGBTQ representations.

The Simpsons & Political Satire

John Hugar explores The Simpsons' mastery of neutral political satire.

Leftovers Moving to Australia

The final season of The Leftovers will be shot and set in Australia.

The Netflix Bump

Oriana Schwindt reports on new figures from Symphony affirming a "Netflix bump" from viewership of past seasons going into new ones.

Streaming & Connected Viewing

Dan Schechter surveys changing TV consumption habits and finds streaming and OTT options significantly on the rise. Also on the rise are connected TVsstreaming devices, and SVOD services.

Cord Cutting Figures

Wayne Friedman reports on figures showing cord-cutting and -shaving acceleration, while Comcast yesterday reported major subscriber growth. Phillip Swann highlights subscriber growth across a number of pay TV services.

Ratings News

Tony Maglio covers the turmoil in the TV measurement business and pressure on Nielsen. The Raycom station group is switching from Nielsen to ComScore in some markets. And the Video Advertising Bureau used average audience data to determine where Facebook, YouTube and other websites would fall among ad-supported TV ratings.

Pilot Screenings

The Masked Scheduler describes the pilot screening process.

ESPN Exits

With the new exits of Mike Tirico and Skip Bayless, Paul Farhi considers why so many prominent people are leaving ESPN.

Match Game Reboot

Alec Baldwin will host a revival of Match Game at ABC this summer as part of a game show block of programming.

NBCU Acquires DreamWorks

DreamWorks Animation is now an NBC Universal company. Brain Steinberg considers how DWA's kids content could help Comcast compete. Brian Stelter reports.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HBO's Doom

Tim Goodman addresses HBO's prestige scripted TV drought that seems to be coming.

Production in New York

Patrick McGeehan looks at the rise in TV production in New York City, with Quantico as an example.

Watching By City

Josef Adalian has lists of the ten most-watched Comcast VOD shows in particular U.S. cities, where HBO figures prominently.

The Carmichael Show

Pilot Viruet talked to Jerrod Carmichael about The Carmichael Show's episode on depression, and Maria Elena Fernandez went behind-the-scenes to see how that episode made it from script to screen.

Kelly to Interview Trump

Megyn Kelly will have an interview special with Donald Trump on Fox News in mid-May.

Long Episodes

James Poniewozik notes a problem with episode running times running on too long.

Dreyfus & CK on WTF

The new episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast features Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Louis CK.

New CST Essays

Check out a new set of Critical Studies in Television Online posts:

SNL & Ads

Next season's Saturday Night Live will have 30% fewer commercials but more branded content. Brian Steinberg considers what the new SNL will look like under this new ad plan.

Charter-TWC & the Internet

Klint Finley notes that the upcoming Charter-Time Warner Cable-Bright House merger will create an internet giant, and Georg Szalai highlights some of the merger conditions particularly related to online video.

New Streaming Services

Fullscreen has launched a new ad-free subscription VOD streaming service targeting teens and young adults. And this fall, Turner will debut a TCM-managed service called FilmStruck, which will feature Criterion catalogue movies and arthouse films. That means Hulu will lose Criterion films in November

Ripa's Return

Coverage of Kelly Ripa's return to Live this morning from Brian Stelter, Sonia Saraiya, and Hilary Lewis.

Game of Thrones Ratings

Michael O'Connell reports that Game of Thrones' return ratings were high, both on TV and online. Records were also set for the series in the UK and Australia.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Kissell.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Charter-TWC Merger Approved

Government regulators have approved the merger of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, with only the full FCC vote left to clear it. Peter Kakfa reports that the new company won't be allowed to impose data caps on internet plans.

Twin Peaks Cast List

A massive list of cast members apparently participating in the new Twin Peaks series has been released.

Gender Pay Gap

David Robb notes the gender pay gap evident in a chart of top 2015 Hollywood union executive salaries.

Peabody Praise

Adam Epstein says the diverse list of Peabody Award winners should make other entertainment awards ashamed, and Jessica Goldstein praises the Peabodys for awarding shows the Emmys overlook.

New In Media Res

Theme: After Shows

  • Monday, April 25, 2016 - Jennifer Clark (Fordham University) presents: What Happens When We Watch What Happens Live?, or The Aftershow as Critical Mediation 
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - Moya Luckett (NYU Gallatin]) presents:When Aftershows Fail: The Case of Bachelor Live 
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Sabrian Pasztor & Jenny Korn (USC / UIC) presents: Second Screen and Social Media Audience Interactivity on AMC’s Talking Dead 
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Kate Ranachan (University of Minnesota) presents: After Shows…They’re just like us: Embracing the ordinary with the cast of Vanderpump Rules 
  • Friday, April 29, 2016 - Jacquelyn Arcy (Saint Xavier University) presents: After the Show it’s the After Show: Fan Engagement and Convergent Television

Ripa To Return

Marisa Guthrie notes that Kelly Ripa's return to her show Tuesday brings high stakes for everyone involved.

Univision + The Onion

Tim Baysinger talks to a Univision Digital exec about The Onion's role in Univision's English-language strategy.

Underground Renewed

WGA America has renewed Underground and has launched an Emmy campaign for the series.

Making Web TV

Kevin Roose offers lessons learned from making a web series for Fusion.

Comcast vs. Starz

Comcast won't allow its pay TV subscribers to access the new Starz app due to objections over its OTT capabilities. Karl Bode argues that Comcast's explanation is flimsy.

Sunday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Good TVeets

Friday, April 22, 2016

Guide to Networks & Studios

Alan Wolk offers a primer on network and studio roles.

Prince's Super Bowl Performance

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib remembers Prince's amazing Super Bowl halftime show.

Lifetime's Rebrand

Lacey Rose covers Lifetime's new focus on female empowerment.

Letterboxing Movies

Ernie Smith takes us through the history of letterboxing movies for television.

MTV Reinvention

Jason Lynch covers MTV's reinvention, which will bring back a focus on music.

Lawsuits Reveal Losses

A lawsuit over Bones reveals what that show has cost, earned, and lost in its lifespan. And an Al Jazeera America bias lawsuit details the channel's financial losses.

HBO Renewals

Game of Thrones, Veep, and Silicon Valley have all been renewed for additional seasons.

Set-Top Box Rules Objections

Cable groups are readying lawsuits if the FCC"s new set-top box rules are enacted. Michael Powell objects to the White House's endorsement of the rules. And Comcast may be working around the rules with a new Roku- and smart TV-based lineup offering.

Most Trusted TV

Myles McNutt collected responses to his query about which shows people most trust in terms of storytelling.

Crackle's Upfront

Tim Baysinger covers Crackle's upfront presentation, its new ad model, and its targeting of Hulu.

Verizon's Digital Delivery

Alan Wolk explains the importance of Verizon converting all its Fios TV subscribers to digital delivery systems. Janko Roettgers says this will roll out later in the year.

Turner Initiatives

Jason Lynch offers more details on Turner's upcoming advertising strategies.

AMC & British Imports

An AMC exec explains why British imports like The Night Manager are now preferable to American remakes of British originals.

Netflix Downloads

Janko Roettgers sees Netflix's possible offering of downloads for offline viewing as having global expansion logic.

TV in 2006

Maureen Ryan looks back on the wealth of great TV that aired in 2006.

Amazon's SVOD Efforts

Amazon's Streaming Partners Program, which bundles SVOD streaming services, could soon be seen as a legitimate pay TV rival. Will Richmond and Colin Dixon discuss that in their weekly podcast. Amazon is also targeting Netflix by expanding its Prime content.

Ratings Coverage

Toni Fitzgerald names winners and losers for the 2015-16 network season, and she notes that some cable shows are getting huge ratings gains from DVR viewing. But Rick Porter notes that even taking DVR ratings into account, shows rank about where they would in same-day viewing too. Brian Lowry notes that ratings spin can obfuscate what is and isn't a hit. And Jeanine Poggi sees the push for C7 guarantees fading as non-Nielsen-based guarantees rise.

HitFix Acquired

The entertainment news-and-reviews site HitFix has been acquired by a "youth-skewing media company" called Woven Digital, which also owns Uproxx.

Canada's Skinny Bundles

Etan Vlessing reports that not many Canadian pay TV subscribers have signed up for new skinny bundle packages, but the regulatory body that pushed for the plans insists change will take time.

Thursday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Dish-Viacom Deal

Dish Network and Viacom avoided a blackout and came to a carriage deal, with includes a Sling TV component.

Univison News

Univision is now the sole owner of Fusion, as Disney/ABC has sold its share. Ricardo Bolton has more details on the Disney-Fusion breakup. Univision is now looking toward its IPO later in the year.

Peabody Awards

Peabody Awards winners have been announced in the Entertainment and Children's Programming category, as well as news, radio/podcast, web and public service.

ABC's Ripa Problem

John Koblin covers the rancor at ABC as Kelly Ripa has skipped out on her show this week reportedly due to feeling blindsided by the Michael Strahan move to Good Morning America. Maureen Ryan highlights the disrespect being shown to Ripa in this situation.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Empire's Impact

Sandra Gonzalez highlights the various ripple effects of Empire's success.

Ripa Protest

Kelly Ripa is reportedly very angry at ABC for shifting Michael Strahan to Good Morning Americaa move to help boost GMA's ratings, and she didn't show up today.

Ad-Free Aquarius

NBC will premiere season two of Aquarius in a two-hour commercial-free block.

Viacom vs. Dish

Viacom and Dish Network are locked in a carriage fee dispute that could lead to a blackout tonight.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Kissell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

YouTube Initiatives

Wil Richmond covers some new YouTube initiatives like 360-degree live-streaming and more of a push for YouTube Red. Dominic Mills sees a flaw in YouTube's lack of an audience strategy.

Representational Issues

Maureen Ryan notes the spate of women dying on TV shows this spring, and Constance Grady and Javier Zarracina lament that many of the most competent women in movies and TV shows are sidekicks to male heroes. Laurence Barber says a number of TV comedies are at least getting representations of gay men right, while two transgender women who star in I Am Cait discuss that show's representations and its featured star.

Tech Companies in Hollywood

Nicole LaPorte looks at how tech companies Apple, Google, Facebook, and Alibaba are encroaching on the Hollywood entertainment world.

Directing Night Manager

Anne Thompson profiles the Danish filmmaker who turned to TV and directed every episode of The Night Manager.

UKS & Identity Comedy

Sonia Saraiya analyzes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's identity-comedy provocations. Alex Abad-Santos and Caroline Framke discuss the shortcomings of the show in this area.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Crackle on Xfinity

Sony's Crackle will be available starting tomorrow on Comcast's Xfinity on Demand.

Pressure on HBO

Brian Lowry notes that HBO is under extra pressure to develop new hits as Game of Thrones heads toward the home stretch and Vinyl has stalled.

Ad Agency Youth

Sydney Ember looks at the wave of youth hiring at ad agencies as they try to adjust to a changing media landscape.

BuzzFeed Programming

Natalie Jarvey looks at BuzzFeed's motion picture production production arm.

Ratings Declines

Anthony Crupi covers the major network Nielsen ratings declines evident in the 2015-16 season and wonders what happens next with network strategies and ratings measurement.

CW's Season Two Problem

Sam Adams proposes that The CW has a problem with the second season storytelling on its distinctive shows.

ABC Strategies

Chris Ariens covers Ben Sherwood's comments on ABC's inclusivity and diversity. Sherwood also announced yesterday a new affiliate initiative for multi-platform distribution of local content.

L+7 Ratings

Media Life covers the latest L+7 network ratings, where The Big Bang Theory and Empire topped the list.

Netflix News

Netflix reported a disappointing subscriber growth forecast yesterday, and its shares dropped as a result, but Richard Greenfield said legacy media should fear Netflix's position in the digital world. Phillip Swann covers what else we learned from yesterday's investors' call. Downloads might be in Netflix's future. Netflix is starting to crack down on VPN users, with New Zealanders feeling the impact. Benjamin Svetky looks at Netflix's strategy with Chelsea Handler.

Colbert Changes

Brian Steinberg details the first changes viewers saw last night under Stephen Colbert's new Late Show showrunner.

Strahan Moving to GMA

Michael Strahan is exiting Live with Kelly and Michael and heading over to Good Morning America. Brian Stelter reports.

Comedy Profiles

Willa Paskin profiles Sharon Horgan and her show Catastrophe. Emily Nussbaum profiles Kenya Barris and how he's reshaping the family sitcom with Black-ish. And Jason Lynch profiles Samantha Bee and her instant late-night success.

Scheduling Prime-Time

Jason Lynch profiles the five broadcast network schedulers and the decisions they have to make as upfronts loom.

Upfronts Coverage

Media Life surveys the Spanish-language network upfronts. Jason Lynch notes that many networks are scaling down their upfronts presentations this year. Lynch also covers the programming and ad innovations Turner will be touting at its upfront.

AMC News

AMC wants a third season of Fear the Walking Dead. And Jason Lynch looks at AMC Networks' position heading into upfronts.

Castle Exit

Castle's lead actress is leaving the show; Lesley Goldberg looks into why.

Nussbaum Wins Pulitzer

New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum has won a Pulitzer Prize. Alyssa Rosenberg explains why this is a big deal.

Lifetime For Women

Laura Goode explains how Lifetime has become a genuinely feminist place for women.

Ads on NBC Uniforms

The NBA will launch a three-year trial of placing advertisements on player jerseys.

RIP Doris Roberts

Actress Doris Roberts has died.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and Kissell.

Monthly Prime

Amazon has announced a monthly subscription version of Amazon Prime. Andrew Wallenstein doesn't think Netflix should be worried by this.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Good TVeets

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Marriage & Identity in The Americans & Others

Phillip Maciak appreciates the representations of marriage in The Americans and Billions, while Emma Fraser is intrigued by how The Americans and Orphan Black explore the blurring of identity.

Horace & Pete is Over

Louis CK has confirmed that there won't be more episodes of Horace and Pete, and the whole series is now for sale.

Netflix & The Others

Colin Dixon and Will Richmond's podcast addresses the SVOD dominance of Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, and Jeff Baumgartner reports on a study finding Netflix has the lowest churn rate among SVOD services.

The Genius of Childrens Hospital

Brandon Nowalk pinpoints ten episodes that showcase the comedy genius of Childrens Hospital.

New Transmission Standard

Harry A. Jessell urges FCC chairman Tom Wheeler to authorize a new broadcast transmission standard, which he says "will insure the availability of free, universal over-the-air television for years to come."

Netflix Expanding Audio Descriptions

Netfix is expanding an initiative to enhance streaming access and services for blind subscribers.

Cable Box Proposal

President Obama has endorsed the FCC's new cable set-top box proposal, but Larry Downes finds devils in the plan's details.

Editing Saul

Bill Desowitz talked to Kelley Dixon about the editing montages on Better Call Saul.

Chase & Simon

Deadline has an interview with David Chase, while Marc Maron features David Simon in his latest WTF podcast.

The Scheduler's Role

The Masked Scheduler reflects back on his role as a scheduler come upfronts time.

Underground's Diversity

Todd VanDerWerff praises the representational diversity of WGN America's Underground. Elizabeth Logan also finds the show unique for its dramatic representation of slavery.

New CST Issue

Check out a new set of Critical Studies in Television Online posts featuring:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Good TVeets

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tribune Resurrects TWoP

Television Without Pity has resurfaced, as Tribune Media Company has purchased and relaunched it.

Piracy Concerns

Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd argues that the FCC's proposed set-top box rules would dramatically worsen piracy if implemented.

Network-Fan Contention

Kayti Burt says the recent fan backlashes against deaths on The 100, Sleepy Hollow, and series illustrate that networks don't understand the fan cultures they're trying to feed with these shows. And Angela Watercutter calls for the hiring of more LGBT/POC writers to better respect what fans want from these shows.

Directing Mr. Robot

Sam Esmail discusses what it's like to direct each Mr. Robot episode.

Pilots Buzz

Nellie Andreeva identifies which network pilots are garnering early buzz.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Terriers' Perfect Season

Phil McCausland chronicles the one-season beauty that was Terriers.

Designing Women's Clarence Thomas Episode

Inkoo Kang takes us back to the Designing Women episode that dealt with the Clarence Thomas hearings.

Heartwarming, Entertaining TV

Ryan McGee appreciates the entertainment and uplift that Jane the Virgin offers. And Dustin Rawles fears that the end of Togetherness marks the end of heartwarming television.

Adult Swim History

YouTuber kaptainkristian has posted a video detailing the history of Adult Swim.

NBCU Guarantees

Jeanine Poggi reports NBCU will join other network groups in using data other than Nielsen ratings to offer guarantees for certain advertisers.

Peru on Netflix

Niamh Thornton compares representations of Peru in two Netflix documentary series, Cooked and Chelsea Doess.

The Big Three

New data shows how much Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu dominate the OTT streaming service scene.

Netflix's Challenges

Lucas Shaw looks at what challenges lie ahead for Netflix, as U.S. subscriber growth slows. Richard Greenfield says Netflix's global subscriber growth is rising more quickly than expected.

My Mad Fat Diary Praise

Pilot Viruet explains why teens need to watch My Mat Fat Diary.

The Carmichael Show's Uniqueness

Aisha Harris appreciates the Carmichael Show's mix of multi-cam aesthetics with nuanced humor.

Ad Wages to Rise

SAG-AFTRA has a new deal in place to raise wages for acting in commercials.

NFL Won't Stream London Games

The NFL won't stream its London games next season and will instead just focus on streaming its Thursday night games.

New Afghan Muppet

The Afghan version of Sesame Street has introduced a new Muppet as a role model for girls.

The Heart of Freaks and Geeks

Vikram Murthi points to a single 90-second scene of Freaks and Geeks as capturing the show's humanist heart.

Fox Sports 1 Opinions

Joe Flint covers Fox Sports 1's expansion of opinion shows to try to draw in more viewers.

Bounce TV Upfront

Media Life covers Bounce TV's upfront announcements.

Streaming Hall H

Comic-Con has announced that it will stream Hall H panels this year, though not live.

The Negan Fantasy

Kelli Marshall describes the sadomasochistic fantasy possibly behind the excitement over The Walking Dead's Negan.

Social Media Live

Simon Chandler says recent moves indicate Facebook and Twitter are the future of TV, and Shan Wang says Facebook Live in particular should offer great value for news coverage.

Game of Thrones News

Game of Thrones may end with a pair of shortened seasons after the upcoming one. And Michael Calia and Mike Ayers highlight Game of Thrones' success with going viral.

Producing The Americans

Caroline Framke closely tracked the production process of a single episode of The Americans from page to screen.

USA Revamp

Cynthia Littleton reports on USA Network's brand revamp, with the new slogan being "We the Bold."

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

On cable, Megyn Kelly and Kobe Bryant drew big viewership.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Kelly Gets Fox Special

Megyn Kelly is getting an hour-long interview-and-discussion special on Fox. Also, Kelly reportedly met with Donald Trump today.

Child-Actor Roundtable

Vulture has a roundtable with the child stars of ABC's family sitcoms.

Questioning TV Deaths

Bethonie Butler covers skeptical reaction from people of color over Sleepy Hollow's recent character death, and Maureen Ryan eyes the volume of non-white-straight-male characters killed off recently with suspicion.

Pilot Season Less Frantic

Cynthia Littleton explains why this pilot season is less frantic than most.

Lowry to CNN

Variety columnist Brian Lowry is moving over to CNN to be part of Brian Stelter's media coverage team.

OTT Options

Sling TV has launched a new streaming package that includes a number of Fox channels and the option for simultaneous streams, but no Disney channels. Phillip Swann says it's a shrewd move for Sling TV. In other OTT news, Oriana Schwindt reports on a new survey finding that cord cutters aren't inclined to pay for standalone premium channels. Colin Dixon points to fuboTV as leading the way toward targeted bundles for virtual MVPDs.

HBO's Drama Problem

Josef Adalian puts Vinyl's struggles in the context of HBO's larger recent problems with generating new drama hits.

Help for Colbert

Brian Steinberg describes changes happening at Stephen Colbert's Late Show as CBS tries to bolster the show and lighten Colbert's workload. One of those moves is a CBS This Morning executive taking over as showrunner.

Girlfriends' Guide Renewed

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce was renewed for not one, not two, but three seasons. Lori Acken explains Bravo's move.

Horace & Pete & the TV Business

Scott Timberg says Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete debt shows the pitfalls of the entrepreneurial a la carte approach and David Sims says it shows how the indie TV model still has a ways to go, while Myles McNutt and Josef Adalian point out that deficit financing is simply how TV is made.  Jason Zinoman argues that network exec intervention might have helped make the series better.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ratings News

At a breakfast event this morning, FX claimed that The People vs. OJ Simpson finished its series run as the most-watched new cable show of the year. FX's researchers also dismissed BuzzFeed's bragging about high viewership of a watermelon exploding on Facebook live compared to TV ratings, and Oriana Schwindt explains why BuzzFeed's comparative ratings logic is flawed. At the same event, a few of execs said they expect Netflix will eventually release ratings. Rick Kissell looks at how The Voice has helped other NBC programming as a ratings lead-in.

Episodes To End

Episodes' upcoming fifth season will be its last.

Killing Off Women

Daniel Fienberg tries to understand why a preponderance of women characters were killed off of TV shows last week.

NCAA Deal Extended

CBS and Turner have extended their NCAA basketball tourney rights deal for over a billion per year.

Gilmore Girls Lawsuit

Producer Gavin Polone is suing Warner Bros. over the new Gilmore Girls series on Netflix claiming profits owed.

Old Media Bankrolling New Media

A few days ago, Natalie Jarvey wrote about how old media companies are increasingly investing in new media outlets, and then today came another example, as Scripps has announced the purchase of Peter Kafka also reports.

Louis CK's Debt

Louis C.K. says Horace & Pete has put him millions in debt due to low sales, though he hopes to sell it to another platform after its run on his website is over.

AJAM Ends Today

Al Jazeera America ends tonight with a three-hour retrospective of its 32-month existence as a US cable channel. The NYT looks back on that short life, and Brian Stelter explains why the channel mattered. Stelter also has exit interviews.

Peabody Awards Finalists

A new method for naming Peabody Award winners has started with a list of finalists.

New Girl Renewed

Fox has renewed New Girl for another season.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Monday, April 11, 2016

NBCU Presents JLo

Brian Steinberg looks at how NBCU is using a Jennifer Lopez concert at upfronts to entertain advertisers and maybe tweak Fox.

MadTV Revivial

The CW is reviving the old Fox-aired MadTV sketch series.

Full Frontal's Diverse Writers' Room

Madeleine Davies reports on the gender and racial diversity of the writers' room for Samantha Bee's Full Frontal.

Cable Live+3

Rick Porter has Live+3 cable ratings for the week of March 28-April 3.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Disney Should Buy Netflix

Lucinda Shen explains why Richard Greenfield thinks Disney would be wise to buy Netflix.

"Prestige Porn" For Women

Sonia Saraiya highlights the empowered eroticism of dramas like Outlander and The Girlfriend Experience with sex scenes targeted at women. Jennifer Vineyard also appreciates Outlander's sex scenes.

Soderbergh on TV

Todd VanDerWerff talked at length with Steven Soderbergh about TV he's made and admires.

Carteris Elected

Gabrielle Carteris has been elected president of SAG-AFTRA, replacing the late Ken Howard.

Vintage TV Materials

TV exec Ted Linhart has launched a Tumblr featuring photos of historical TV documents and memorabilia, like Lee Majors' first contract for Six Million Dollar Man.

Layer3's Ambitions

Jessi Hempel fills us in on Layer3's plan to reinvent cable TV and take on Comcast.

Sleepy Hollow Anger

As Good TVeets shows, Sleepy Hollow fans are not happy with a character departure. Nichole Perkins explains why fans have lost faith in the show, and Ceilidh offers her take on where it has gone wrong.

Good TVeets

Warning: Sleepy Hollow spoiler (and anger) in here.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Fan Study

Carly Lane is cautiously awaiting a study of fandom being conducted with funding from major broadcasters and led by a cultural anthropologist.

Retrans Questions

Harry A. Jessell says the future of retransmission consent rules is up in the air and so are billions of dollars.

European Netflix Rival

Nick Kostov reports that Vivendi has acquired an Italian pay TV business and intends to build a European rival to Netflix.

New Show Performance

Toni Fitzgerald notes that the 2015-16 season's new shows are faring better than an average year in terms of renewals.

Horace & Pete & Indie TV

Todd VanDerWerff points to Louis CK's Horace & Pete as a possible watershed for independent TV.

Lucifer & Rosewood Renewed

Fox has renewed Lucifer and Rosewood, while Sleepy Hollow and others sit on the bubble.

Happy Endings Oral History

Complex offers an oral history of Happy Endings.

Netflix's Black Mirror Deal

Alex Ritman and Scott Roxborough mark Netflix's Black Mirror deal as a turning point for the streaming service, because it snatched a show away from an established broadcaster that still wanted the series.

English-Language Shows Popular With Hispanics

Media Life charts which English-language network and cable shows are most popular among Hispanic audiences.

MMFD on Hulu

Myles McNutt explains why it took so long for UK drama My Mad Fat Diary to find a US outlet and why its episodes on Hulu aren't the same as its Channel 4 episodes.

Hardwick's Empire

Lorne Manly profiles Chris Hardwick and the expansion of his Nerdist media empire and brand.

Hulu on Cablevision

Cablevision has made Hulu available to its pay TV subscribers through its set-top boxes.

TiVo vs. Networks

Phillip Swann notes that TiVo is back at war with the networks thanks to a new DVR with ad-skipping capabilities.

Live-Stream Battles

Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast this week focuses on the battle for live-streamed content. CNBC's Michelle Castillo explains why the NFL chose Facebook over Twitter for its Thursday night live-stream deal, while Todd Spangler doesn't think the deal will boost Twitter much.

Freeform Upfronts

Freeform held its upfronts presentation Thursday, and along with its rebrand, the channel is experimenting with new content, including late-night and short-form content.

American Idol Coverage

Reactions to American Idol's finale from Brian Stelter, James Poniewozik, and Daniel Fienberg.

Winter Exits Vinyl

Terence Winter is being replaced as showrunner of Vinyl.

Recent Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted.

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

Analysis from Spotted.

American Idol went out strong.

Friday network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Good TVeets

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Cable Gender/Age Skews

Spotted has updated his charts of the gender and age skew of a number of scripted cable shows.

TV Show + Video Game

Jacob Bryant covers a new hybrid TV show and Microsoft video game called Quantum Break

Spanish TV News

Variety covers news from Mip of Spanish TV animation, TV dramas, and an original Netflix series being produced in Spain.

New 100 Controversy

An actor whose character was killed off of The 100 (a different one than the other one) is claiming the showrunner bullied him off the show.

WGN America's Rise

Josef Adalian talked to WGN America's chairman about the rise of impressive scripted dramas at the channel.

Glitchy Live Streams

Jared Newman says money and a lack of sophistication are behind the ongoing glitchiness of live streams rather than technological constraints.

Mip News

Televisual summarizes key international deals that have gone down at MipTV, and the Mip blog charts the top 10 genres on European TV.

Auction Money

Tom Wheeler has indicated that the spectrum auction may stretch into 2017 if the FCC doesn't get more funding.

Money For Club Appearances

Carrie Battan details how celebrities like the Kardashians can make substantial money just for making club appearances.

Yahoo's Struggles

Sarah Ellison covers Yahoo's media struggles.

Idol Past & Future

The Masked Scheduler shares memories of the start and evolution of American Idol, and Matt Donnelly reveals behind-the-scenes details of the show's past. THR interviewed creator Simon Fuller about Idol's past, ending, and possible future.

VOD Age Demos

Nielsen has released stats on VOD viewing across different generations.

Verizon + Awesomeness

Verizon has bought a 24.5% stake in AwesomenessTV, and together they'll create a premium short-form mobile video service.

Facebook Live Video

Facebook is boosting its live video efforts by pushing many new features, luring more celebrities, and paying big media companies to make content for them.

Netflix's International Traction

Nathan McAlone relays info from a UBS report tracking Netflix app traction in various countries, with Netflix's app thriving in India and plunging in Russia.