Thursday, June 30, 2016

An UnREAL Bachelor Experience

A former Bachelor contestant talks about experiencing cruel manipulations from future UnREAL co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.

12 Monkeys Renewed

Syfy wants a third season of 12 Monkeys.

Upfronts Deals

Upfronts deals continue to close, with Turner and Disney as the latest to wrap up negotiations.

Lionsgate Buying Starz

Lionsgate will acquire Starz for $4.4 billion. Oriana Schwindt lists a few winners and losers in the deal.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TV's Too Dark

Matthew Dessem covers the proliferation of darkly lit television dramas today.

Retrans Projections

A new SNL Kagan report has updated projections for retrans fees, with $7.7 billion expected this year.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the Best

Matt Zoller Seitz says Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is the best regular series on TV.

Auction Pledge

The FCC has pledged $86.4 billion to go to TV station owners in the airwaves auction, but that high figure may concern the wireless bidders who are supposed to supply it.

Nielsen Streaming Ratings

Nielsen has presented select ratings data from streaming services, which purports to show how many are watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix and Seinfeld on Hulu.

Hater Ratings

Will Richmond reports on a new study that correlated viewership with emotions expressed by viewers on Twitter and found that "hate" sentiment correlated with higher viewership of drama and reality shows compared to "love" and "funny."

Preacher Renewed

AMC wants a second season of Preacher.

Game of Thrones Viewership

Sunday's Game of Thrones season finale set a viewership record, and Toni Fitzgerald says the numbers are even more impressive when viewed in a broader context. The ratings in the UK were also strong.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Star Trek Guidelines

Nick Armstrong explains why many are livid about CBS and Paramount's new guidelines for Star Trek fan films.

Set-Top Box Regulation Questioned

Oriana Schwindt question why the FCC wants to regulate cable set-top boxes when they're well on their way to becoming obsolete.

Lorre as Mom Auteur

Michael Schneider says Mom has brought Chuck Lorre creative respect worthy of the auteur label.

NBCU Olympics Programming

Brian Steinberg notes that NBC will go wall-to-wall with Olympics coverage, and Matt Thompson sees the Olympics as a test of Comcast and NBCU's capability to succeed with live programming in a time of on-demand growth.

Bury Your Tropes Video

Video of the ATX Festival "Bury Your Tropes" panel on LGBT representation has been posted on YouTube.

Brexit Impact

Jane Martinson considers how Britain's exit from the EU could affect the British TV and news media, while Oriana Schwindt predicts Brexit would be a plus for Netflix and a minus for TV studios looking to sell international rights.

Best Actor & Actress

Vulture is giving out TV awards; Matt Zoller Seitz says Rami Malek is best actor, and Jen Chaney says Carrie Coon is best actress.

A Different World Praise

Shara D. Taylor explains why A Different World meant so much to her.

Watching UnREAL & The Bachelor

Katherine Myers considers how watching UnREAL has made it harder to watch The Bachelor & Bachelorette.

Daily Show Problems

The Daily Show offered up a heavily derided Twitter joke about yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on abortion, and it prompted Alyssa Rosenberg to reflect on how it might have been best if the show had just ended with Jon Stewart left, along with other examples of shows surviving too long.

European Cable Growth

John Hopewell reports on cable industry growth in Europe in 2015.

Best Commercials in the World

Twenty-four commercials took home prizes from Cannes as the best 2015-16 commercials in the world.

Top Gear USA Cancelled

Top Gear USA won't be back on History after tonight's episode.

Media Consumption Increase

A new Nielsen report says American adults consumed an hour more of media content in Q1 this year compared to last year, with smartphone and tablet use helping that out, though young people are watching less TV. The report also finds SVOD services are now in as many households as DVRs are. John Koblin reports.

Cord Cutters' Favorite

Discovery is the favorite channel of cord cutters, according to a recent survey, followed by Comedy Central, AMC, FX, National Geographic, and A&E.

Summer's Scripted Strategies

Anthony Crupi notes that the networks have scaled back the volume of summer scripted  series as viewers don't seem to be there for them.

ABC's Summer Lineup

Josef Adalian talked to ABC's top alternative series exec about the network's summer strategies and game show revivals.

Vue News

Playstation Vue has passed the 100,000 subscriber mark in its 15 months of life, and it is now available on Roku.

NBC Comedy Brand

Joanne Ostrow relays comments from NBC Entertainment's president about the work to be done on NBC's comedy brand.

Murdoch Sons Maneuvers

James Rainey and Brent Lang look at how James and Lachlan Murdoch are taking command at 21st Century Fox with exec overhauls.

Bee Interview

Josef Adalian interviewed Samantha Bee about working on Full Frontal.

Person of Interest Reflections

Matt Fowler and Eric Goldman talked to Person of Interest executive producers about the show's five-season run. And Katharine Trendacosta says the series became essential science fiction.

Going Independent

Michael Schneider explains why big producers like Jerry Bruckheimer are choosing independence over overall deals.

Hap & Leonard

SundanceTV wants a second season of Hap and Leonard.

CBS Upfronts

Brian Steinberg reports on CBS nearing the end of closing upfronts deals. Jason Lynch points out CBS is getting the double-digit increases that Les Moonves promised. NBCU is also reportedly close to the finish line.

ABC's Fall Premieres

ABC has released its schedule of fall premieres.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and Kate Stanhope.

Good TVeets

Monday, June 27, 2016

Good TVeets

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thrones & OITNB Ratings

Gary Levin reports that Game of Thrones ratings are high for the current season,  illustrating that streaming options are expanding viewership, not cannibalizing it. And Tony Maglio reports Symphony data on Orange is the New Black ratings that shows strong viewership, although well short of Fuller House ratings.

YouTube Red Drama

YouTube Red has a Step Up TV series in development.

Netflix Downloads

Mari Silbey reports that Netflix is working on a download options for some shows.

Brexit's TV Impact

People in British film and TV have concerns about the future financial state of the industry following the vote to exit the EU, with the chairman of the Independent Film & Television Alliance calling it likely devastating for the UK creative sector. You can read speculations on what this vote might mean moving forward from Radio Times, Oriana Schwindt, and Leo Barraclough.

Thursday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Michael O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New CST Posts

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

Star Trek Fan Film Guidelines

Adam B. Vary reports on onerous guidelines handed down by CBS and Paramount in regard to Star Trek fan film productions.

Pay TV Bill Padding

A Senate report accuses pay TV companies of overcharging subscribers via unnecessary extra fees.

Sports Rights Deals

Anthony Crupi notes that when the Big Ten rights deal is finalized, rights to all major sports will be locked up into the start of the next decade.

Colbert Live During Conventions

Stephen Colbert will broadcast his CBS show live while the presidential nomination conventions are ongoing.

Comedy Categorization

You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk expresses frustration at the limited categorization of comedy at the Emmys.

Moonves on OTT

Claire Atkinson relays Les Moonves' comments that CBS's future lies in over-the-top streaming.

Fan Impact on Storylines

Marisa Roffman explores the extent to which fan feedback and reaction can impact TV storylines.

Most Powerful People in Entertainment

THR has released its latest list of the 100 most powerful people in entertainment.

Summer Game Shows

Stephen Battaglio explores why the ever-enduring game show genre is getting a summer boost.

CNN Hires Lewandowski

CNN has hired Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a political commentator. Erik Wemple has some questions for CNN.

The State of HBO

Maureen Ryan notes that Vinyl's cancellation is part of a larger cycle of churn at HBO as it tries to compete in TV's changing landscape, while Oriana Schwindt says reports of HBO's demise are premature.

Casual Renewed

Hulu wants a third season of Casual.

Nielsen Viewer Insights

Oriana Schwindt interviews a Millennial woman who just completed a two-year stint as a Nielsen household.

C-SPAN's Big Night

Brian Stelter reports on last night's C-SPAN coverage of the Democratic sit-in at the House of Representatives, which came via Periscope and Facebook Live due to House video cameras being turned off. James Warren covers how it came about, James Poniewozik reflects on the drama and the streaming technology that relayed it, and Will Richmond notes that this illustrated the power of live streaming.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Michael O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Convention Ad Rates

Gerry Smith reports that cable news outlets are jacking up ad rates for spots during presidential nomination convention coverage.

Set-Top Proposal in Trouble

Ben Munson reports that Tom Wheeler's set-top box rules proposal is losing support and might be doomed.

The Seriality Gap

Jason Mittell argues that binge-viewing of serial TV is not truly a serialized experience because of the lack of essential gaps and shared conversations.

Big Media & Digital

Amol Sharma tells legacy media companies that they need to embrace the digital shift and develop new business and programming models to attract new audiences.

Facebook Live

Facebook Live is expanding with more corporate and celebrity deals, and Will Richmond offers reasons why Facebook's spending on Live is so smart.

Dish vs. Tribune

The Dish Network-Tribune Broadcasting standoff continues, as Dish is now suing Tribune over its "Dump Dish" marketing campaign.

Stars From Web to TV

Todd Spangler looks at digital stars like Miranda Sings who are starting to carve out TV careers.

Local TV News Facts

Pew Research has released a fact sheet on local TV news, which shows recent viewership drops but retrans fee increases.

TV's Impending Ad Fall

Matthew Ball says despite a strong 2016 upfronts, a major TV ad spend decline is coming, and Ben Thompson offers a similar warning.

No More Vinyl

HBO has decided it doesn't want a second season of Vinyl after all.

BitTorrent News

Janko Roettgers reports that BitTorrent intends to launch an online live-streaming news network.

Judith Butler Profile

Molly Fischer profiles the gender-queer pop culture celebrity of scholar Judith Butler.

TV Critics

The Ringer podcast talks to TV critics and Damon Lindelof about the rise of the television critic.

Viacom & Dauman

Philipe Dauman is defending his accomplishments at Viacom, but Richard Morgan says critics aren't buying it. On Twitter, Matthew Ball explained why Viacom is failing, complete with cool charts.

Streaming Traffic Volumes

A new study on internet traffic finds Netflix representing 35% of North American traffic, while Amazon Video has doubled its traffic in a year to 4.26%, outpacing iTunes and Hulu.

Altice Owns Cablevision

Altice's acquisition of Cablevision has been completed. Cecilia Kang talks to the CEO of the European company's US division.

TCA Nominations

Nominations for the Television Critics Association Awards have been announced. Andy Dehnart highlights the reality TV nominees.

Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Michael O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Archer Renewed

FX has renewed Archer for three additional seasons.

Game Show Love

Matt Roush explores the ongoing popularity of game shows.

Carpool Karaoke Integration

Jason Lynch reports on CBS teaming up with Coke and McDonald's for product placement in Carpool Karaoke segments and in-store promotions.

Prime-Time Viewing

Michael Malone reports on a new TiVo study into live and time-shifted viewing of prime-time programming, which finds NBC viewers watching the most live and CW viewers time-shifting the most among networks and ESPN and TBS at the top of the live list among cable channels.

CBS All Access Appointment

Josef Adalian tells us why CBS's appointment of Julia McNamara as executive vice president of original content for CBS All Access is of great significance.

CBS Fall Premieres

CBS has released its fall premieres schedule.

X1 & The Olympics

Gerry Smith covers Comcast's plans for its X1 set-top box to showcase the Olympics and wow subscribers, thereby keeping them from cutting the cord.

Call the Midwife's Radicalism

Emily Nussbaum explains what makes Call the Midwife a sneakily radical show.

Ninja Warrior Info

Andy Dehnart shares info about the production of American Ninja Warrior's qualifying rounds.

Chinese Format Limits

Patrick Brzeski reports that China is imposing limits on the number adaptations of international formats to encourage more originality.

Station Ownership Diversity Crisis

Wade Henderson points to a crisis due to the dearth of minority-owned stations, with WHUT's auction as tipping point.

Tumblr Live Video

Starting today, Tumblr will have a live video feature.

MTV Reality Departure

MTV is losing its longtime head of reality TV.

Preacher's Tulip

Eric Thurm praises Tulip on Preacher for the richness of her characterization compared to other women in prestige dramas.

WWE Programming Rivalry

Brian Steinberg reports the WWE is setting up a programming competition between live USA shows Raw and Smackdown.

State of TV

Ryan McGee tumblred thoughts about the current state of TV with reference to Penny DreadfulOrange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, South Park, and Lip Sync Battle.

Peak Standouts

Gregory Ellwood talked with showrunners about the challenge of having their shows stand out in an era of programming saturation.

The Package of the Future

Alan Wolk offers predictions about the future of pay TV packages and VOD services.

Comedy Actress Roundtable

THR has a roundtable with TV comedy actresses.

Star Trek's Fandom

 Adam B. Vary traces the evolution of Star Trek fandom.

Monday Ratings

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

Analysis from O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Monday, June 20, 2016

Network Emmy Chances

Scott Feinberg wonders if the broadcast networks can get any Emmys love in the drama and comedy categories this year.

Inside Amy Schumer's Fade

Todd VanDerWerff speculates on why Inside Amy Schumer's latest season generated so little buzz.

Al-Jazeera Death Sentences

Six Al-Jazeera employees have been sentenced to death in Egypt based on claims of national security violations.

Big 10 Rights

ESPN has ponied up to keep half of the media rights for Big Ten football, which it will share with Fox Sports. Ken Fang covers what will and won't change from what Big Ten viewers are used to.

NBCU-Dish Settle

NBCU and Dish Network have settled an ad-skipping lawsuit and come to a new carriage deal.

Netflix News

Cynthia Littleton reports Netflix is nearing a deal with The CW to stream current episodes just after their seasons end. Todd Spangler reports on a study into the possible impact of Netflix's subscriber fee increases. Eriq Gardner informs us of Netflix "juicers," people paid to watch Netflix and some of whom are suing for better benefits. Finally, Joe Nocera delves into Netflix's positioning within a new world of TV it helped create.

Upfronts Deals

Brian Steinberg reports that network upfronts deals are looking strong, though complex dynamics are at play and networks are seeking to break up some old practices. Meanwhile, Viacom has wrapped its channels' upfronts deals reportedly with solid CPM increases.

Time-Shifting Milestone

Two 2015-16 network shows, Quantico and The Blacklist, drew in as many viewers watching on DVR within a week as live viewers.

Fall Premiere Dates

Two networks have announced their fall premiere schedules: NBC and The CW.

Streaming & Directing Game of Thrones

HBO Now had trouble streaming Game of Thrones last night due to heavy usage. And James Hibberd talked to the director of last night's episode about shooting the epic battle scene.

Penny Dreadful Done

Showtime has decided not to renew Penny Dreadful (warning: spoilers for the final episode).

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Last night's NBA Finals Game 7 garnered huge ratings.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

American Crime Relocating

American Crime will shift production from Austin to Los Angeles for a season set in North Carolina, as its part of a number of projects receiving tax credits from California's revamped program.

The GOP Campaign

Sam Stein talked to the campaign managers for Rubio, Cruz, and Bush about their losing battle with Trump in the GOP presidential campaign.

Roots on Hulu

Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home of Roots starting in the fall.

New In Media Res

Theme: The Craft of Comedy 

  • Monday, June 13, 2016 - Benjamin Kole Aspray (Northwestern University) presents: On the Meticulousness of Lowbrow Comedy 
  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - Kathleen Collins (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY) presents: Brian Regan: "Poking a stick at the world" 
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - Lisa Perks (Merrimack College) presents: Amy Schumer’s Mirrors 
  • Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Stephanie Brown (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne) presents: That’s Not Funny!: Cultural Capital and Comedic Critique 
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 - Aaron Dickinson Sachs (St. Mary’s College of California) presents: The Question Concerning Technological Humor

TV's Class Myths

Silpa Kovvali discusses six ludicrous myths about class perpetuated by U.S. TV.

Age of Comedy

Matt Zoller Seitz says comedy has now usurped drama as the great genre of our current age.

Sling on Apple

Sling TV is now available through Apple TV.

Creating UnREAL

D.T. Max delves into the production of UnREAL with co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.

Carmichael Interview

The new episode of KCRW's The Business has an interview with Jerrod Carmichael, in which he discusses feeling disrespected by NBC over the Carmichael Show renewal negotiations.

Net Neutrality Upheld

An appeals court has upheld the FCC's rules on net neutrality that define the internet as a utility.

Retrans Consent Problems

Richard Greenfield points to the Tribune-Dish dispute as a sign of the need for retrans consent reform.

MGM's Resurgence

Peter Bart highlights MGM's resurgence as an active film and TV studio and considers what might lie ahead for the studio.

The MCN Fade

Peter Csathy explains what's behind the decline of the multi-channel network, or MCN, business model.

Ghost Hunters Done

Ghost Hunters will end on Syfy after its upcoming 11th season.

Top Shows on Twitter

Jason Lynch reports on Nielsen Twitter ratings data for 2015-16, with The Walking Dead, Fuller House, and football scoring well.

Sesame Street Concerns

Cara Lisa Berg Powers is troubled by the implications of HBO's involvement in Sesame Street.

Bruckheimer Going Independent

Jerry Bruckheimer Television's deal with Warner Bros. Television will end this year, and the production company will go independent after that.

Curb to Return

Curb Your Enthusiasm will return to HBO for a ninth season at an unnamed future date.

Monday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Spinoff Variations

Geoff Berkshire notes that as spinoffs proliferate, pressure grows to protect franchise brands.

Emmy Nomination Ballots

The Emmy Awards nominating ballots are now publicly available. Voters will have two weeks to file their selections; nominations will be announced on July 14.

Tribune vs. Dish

Tribune-owned TV stations and WGN America have gone dark on Dish Network due to a fees dispute. David Lieberman wonders how long the stalemate could last.

ATX Events

The fifth annual ATX TV festival offered a plethora of great events this past weekend: a West Wing reunion, a Friday Night Lights reuniona reunion of writers for The Shield, a reunion of writers for The Ugly Betty reunion, a Rescue Me reunionan UnREAL panel, a #BuryYourGays-themed writers' panel, a Peak TV discussion with execs, and Norman Lear and Aaron Sorkin featured prominently.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Cable ratings.

Analysis Spotted.

The Tony Awards broadcast took a Hamilton-sized ratings jump.

Good TVeets

Friday, June 10, 2016

O.J. Streaming

ESPN will have all episodes of O.J.: Made in America online starting the day the second one airs in order to accommodate binge viewing preferences.

Silicon Valley's Portrayal

Andrew Marantz compares Silicon Valley's portrayals to Silicon Valley.

Pay TV Hearing

A Senate panel will investigate pay TV billing and customer service issues later this month.

Netflix's Impact

Michael Lev-Ram delves into how Netflix has changed how Hollywood works, whether for the better or worse for networks and studios.

UnREAL & Television

Soraya Nadia McDonald praises UnREAL for the insights it offers into the dark side of TV production.

New Symphony Netflix Ratings

Michael Schneider reports on the latest figures from Symphony Advanced Media that purport to give us Netflix ratings; according to them, Fuller House was huge.

The Future of TV

Chuck Klosterman offers speculation on the future of TV.

Local News on Facebook

Maria Sciullo looks at how local news stations are using Facebook to air live video.

Hulu's Ad Quandry

Yvonne Villarreal covers Hulu's challenge of carrying enough ads to finance its offerings without alienating viewers.

Marseille Renewed

The French Netflix series Marseille is getting a second season.

Royal Pains & USA

Kate Stanhope looks back on how Royal Pains developed into such a success for USA Network, and Noel Murray marks the show's 100th episode with reflection on how it represents an earlier era at USA.

Editing Deadliest Catch

Carolyn Giardina covers how The Deadliest Catch is edited together.

Key & Peele Archive

Every single sketch created for Key & Peele is now available on the show's Comedy Central website.

Reality TV's Cheapness

Jethro Nededog explains how reality TV shows can pay so many participants so little.

Fandom Series

Vox has run a series of posts this week on fandom and fan culture.

Viacom Updates

Phillipe Dauman insists Viacom will sell Paramount, but Sumner Redstone's National Amusements may block that possibility. And Emily Steel reports National Amusements will restock Viacom's board to help oust Dauman, and a possible re-merger with CBS could be ahead.

Thursday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted.

Nashville Renewed at CMT

CMT has picked up the fifth season of Nashville, and Hulu will get stacking rights. Jason Lynch says CMT is an ideal home for the show.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Foreign Buyer Preferences

Bryn Elise Sandberg explains why overseas buyers are happy with the reboot trend and are hoping for more broad shows rather than ones lauded for their diversity.

MCN Evolution

Sahil Patel looks at the pressure on YouTube MCNs to diversify or die.

New Video Subscription Service

Janko Roettgers reports that Peter Chernin and AT&T are launching a niche video subscription service.

Costuming Powerful Women

Cathy Whitlock talked to a set of costume designers about how they dress dominant women characters.

Hiding Pregnancy

June Thomas covers how writers deal with the circumstance of having pregnant actresses on their shows.

Skinny Bundle Problems

Dan Schechter details why smaller cable channels fear the skinny bundle, and Janko Roettgers relays comments from an AT&T exec who questions the skinny bundle logic.

Netflix's Emmys Mailer

Netflix has delivered massive boxes of original series screeners to TV Academy members in hopes of scoring Emmy nominations.

ESPN Ratings

Ken Fang reports on a glimmer of good news for ESPN, which is seeing strong ratings in valuable demos this year.

Drama Actor Roundtable

THR has a roundtable with prominent TV drama actors.

Wednesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


The Walking Dead generated the highest average of TV series tweets for the 2015-16 season, followed by Empire.

Netflix Binge Stats

Netflix has released info that purports to reveal binge-viewing habits for the service's original series. Daniel Holloway reports, with cool chart included.

Thursday's Decline

Anthony Crupi tracks how network ad dollars have shifted out of the previously-attractive Thursday night.

Diversity Problem

Variety finds 2016-17 fall shows overwhelmingly led by white men, and Maureen Ryan tries to pinpoint the hiring problem at the root of the diversity issue.

Nashville on CMT?

Nashville could live again at CMT.

Cable Ratings

Roots had a strong premiere week, while UnREAL had a slow start. Spotted has a table of recent cable ratings.

Monday & Tuesday Ratings

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

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

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Good TVeets

Monday, June 6, 2016

New CST Posts

Check out new posts from Critical Studies in Television:

TiVo's Hardware Future

Mari Silbey reports that Rovi-owned TiVo may exit the set-top box hardware business.

Least & Most Promising Shows

Toni Fitzgerald shares ad buyer thoughts on which five network shows are perceived as next season's least promising and which are next season's most promising.

UnREAL Coverage

James Poniewozik previews the return of UnREAL tonight. UnREAL's co-creator talks about what's ahead, and stars Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby offer their thoughts. Kathryn VanArendonk argues that watching UnREAL enhances the experience of watching The Bachelor franchise. Public Books has a virtual roundtable on UnREAL.

Sunday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.

Good TVeets

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Disgust & The Walking Dead

Angela Ndalianis discusses the affect of disgust in The Walking Dead.

Fear of Fanfiction

Constance Grady responds to Faraci's "fandom is broken" article with a discussion of why fan fiction is judged negatively.

Reality TV Preferences By State analyzed Google data to generate a map of reality show interest by state.

Ad Industry & Race

Ken Wheaton says the ad industry workforce has a racial diversity problem.

Podcast on Pre-Production

There's a new Children of Tendu episode about the role of the writer during pre-production.

International Interest

Leo Barraclough and Nick Vivarelli talked with international buyers about what new shows are looking good.

Fees Trajectory

Jan Dawson assesses the possible future trajectory for retransmission and carriage fees.

Tough Upfronts

Brian Steinberg reports that upfronts negotiations are moving more slowly than expected as ad buyers resist high pricing demands.

New Warner Bros. Digital Division

Warner Bros. has created a new division for its digital video and OTT content services called Warner Bros. Digital Networks.

Reality Show Ratings

Andy Dehnart lists 2015-16's highest-rated reality TV shows in the 18-49 demo.

Cable News Strategies

Alex Weprin looks at the latest reinvention of 24-hour cable news channels, while Paul Farhi focuses on the pundit industrial complex on cable news.

Sony Turmoil

Lesley Goldberg and Matthew Belloni chronicle the infighting at Sony that led to the departure of the television division's chief.

Emmys Fixes

THR talked to top TV executives about how they'd improve the Emmy awards.

UnREAL Renewed

UnREAL, which starts its second season tomorrow, will get a third season.

20 Years of Covering TV

Alan Sepinwall marked his 20th year as a TV critic by reflecting on what TV was like in 1996.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ISIS: Destroy TVs

ISIS is calling on Muslims to destroy TV sets and satellite dishes.

Social Alternatives

Debra Aho Williamson says TV should start worrying about ad budgets shifting to social media platforms, and Alan Wolk assesses Facebook's challenge to TV.

Megyn Kelly's Next Move

Stephen Battaglio assesses how Megyn Kelly could leverage her star power as her Fox News contract expires next July.

Defending Studio 60

Catriona Wightman laments the lost potential of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

Variety Doubt

Jen Chaney says maybe the variety show shouldn't come back.

Queerness in Girls

Kyle Turner analyzes authenticity, identity, and queerness in Girls.

Internet Trends

You'll find cool charts galore in Mary Meekers 2016 global internet trends report.

Comedy Actor Roundtable

THR has a roundtable with comedy actors.

Outlander Renewed

Starz has given Outlander a two-season renewal.


UTA and CAA are battling it out in court papers right now, as the latter is suing the former over client poaching.

Exec Departures

Universal Television's president is out, as is Sony TV's chairman.

State of MSNBC

Hadas Gold assesses where MSNBC stands one year into a restructuring and reorientation.

Showtime Scheduling

Showtime today announced its future scheduling plans, with one new season coming along each month. Homeland and Twin Peaks will appear in 2017.

Emmys Race

Debra Birnbaum talks to Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenbaum about the Emmys race in the peak TV era, while Maureen Ryan makes her pitch for underdog nominations.

TV Deaths

Todd VanDerWerff laments the excessive killing-off of TV characters and talks to showrunners about the topic.

Ad Metrics

Michael O'Connell covers changes coming to Nielsen ratings measurement reporting to better account for time-shifting. And Jason Lynch says C7 is expected to be a dominant metric for upfronts deals this year.

Tuesday Ratings

Network numbers from TV By the Numbers.

Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.