Thursday, June 30, 2016
Lionsgate will acquire Starz for $4.4 billion. Oriana Schwindt lists a few winners and losers in the deal.
The writers' room for British politics is full of cocaine and competitive men shouting, "Think that's a twist? This is a fucking twist."— Dorian Lynskey (@Dorianlynskey) June 30, 2016
If you ask me, what's going on in Britain, *over increasingly louder sighs* in Britain right now *over angry shouting* IS LIKE "GAME OF THR— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 30, 2016
*mutes 'House Of Cards'*— Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) June 30, 2016
*mutes 'Thick Of It'*
*mutes 'Game Of Thrones'*
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Matthew Dessem covers the proliferation of darkly lit television dramas today.
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.
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."
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.
“I got a copy of your blood tests.”— Brian Grubb (@briancgrubb) June 29, 2016
“What’d they find?”
“Nothing. You’re perfectly healthy… except your blood.”
God I missed you, Zoo.
VULTURES ARE SEEDING ACID RAIN CLOUDS TO TAINT THE WATER SUPPLY. #ZooCBS is a perfect summer show.— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) June 29, 2016
NBC says it will have record amount of Rio Olympics coverage. So does CDC.— Rob Kutner (@ApocalypseHow) June 28, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Oriana Schwindt question why the FCC wants to regulate cable set-top boxes when they're well on their way to becoming obsolete.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discovery is the favorite channel of cord cutters, according to a recent survey, followed by Comedy Central, AMC, FX, National Geographic, and A&E.
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.
Josef Adalian talked to ABC's top alternative series exec about the network's summer strategies and game show revivals.
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.
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.
Watching #UnREAL is like eating glass, but in a good way?— Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire) June 27, 2016
But also sometimes in a bad way.
Take that for what it’s worth.
I also think Luke keeps kissing her because he has run out of words that he knows. #TheBachelorette— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) June 28, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Had to shut my window. Neighbour's watching Game of Thrones. GoT spoilers are now everywhere, including floating gently on a evening breeze.— Living Marble (@living_marble) June 27, 2016
"Oh, hey! Uh, nothing...just watching these HBO finales...what a lineup..." [Quickly mutes Celebrity Family Feud/$100000 Pyramid/Match Game]— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 26, 2016
y'all.— fooler initiative (@metroadlib) June 27, 2016
imagine lying in bed next to jesse williams at night.......
and having him whisper "diaspora" in your ear before bed.
Friday, June 24, 2016
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.
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.
GEORGE: Welp! They did it! They Brexited!— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) June 24, 2016
JERRY: They Brexited?
GEORGE: THEY BREXITED, JERRY!
JERRY: They Brexited.
this is like eurovision but with a sense of impending doom and no sequins— elliot (@deadnightagain) June 23, 2016
It's okay everybody, this is always when The Doctor shows up.— Kristin Block (@MarsMaven) June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Check out a new set of posts from Critical Studies in Television:
- Reconstructing the Errors From Television History by Marcus Harmes
- It's Not Ghosts...It's History: Sonic Qualities of British Supernatural Television by Mark Fryers
- A Tale of Two Tapings (Full Frontal and Colbert's Late Show) by Liz Giuffre
- Where Do I Point This? (on a new book about remote controls) by Geoff Lealand
Adam B. Vary reports on onerous guidelines handed down by CBS and Paramount in regard to Star Trek fan film productions.
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.
You're the Worst creator Stephen Falk expresses frustration at the limited categorization of comedy at the Emmys.
Marisa Roffman explores the extent to which fan feedback and reaction can impact TV storylines.
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.
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.
person: I love my new fandom!— chira (@lionschmion) June 23, 2016
me, a crusted veteran with an eyepatch, drinking whiskey: Give it time, kid. We all loved something once.
Trump asking Bernie supporters to join his movement is like when AMC asked people who missed Breaking Bad to start watching Low Winter Sun.— Todd Berger (@thetoddberger) June 22, 2016
A group of outspoken folks willing to stay in the House for as long as it takes: "Big Brother" premiere or Congressional sit-in?— Roger Catlin (@rcatlin) June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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.
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.
Pew Research has released a fact sheet on local TV news, which shows recent viewership drops but retrans fee increases.
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.
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's acquisition of Cablevision has been completed. Cecilia Kang talks to the CEO of the European company's US division.
Is there a more American game show than "Family Feud"? Not the correct answers but what a majority of people THINK are the correct answers— (((mike sacks))) (@michaelbsacks) June 21, 2016
I’ve always said, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a Presidential race with the dignity of a Twitter flame war between movie bloggers?"— Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint) June 21, 2016
The three tweet reactions should be fave, retweet, Lansbury face. pic.twitter.com/hUvhkE315s— Emily (@klickitatstreet) June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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.
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.
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.
Wade Henderson points to a crisis due to the dearth of minority-owned stations, with WHUT's auction as tipping point.
Ryan McGee tumblred thoughts about the current state of TV with reference to Penny Dreadful, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, South Park, and Lip Sync Battle.
Gregory Ellwood talked with showrunners about the challenge of having their shows stand out in an era of programming saturation.
Remember: we all must vote in November. A vote is a tweet that does something.— Chris Kelly (@imchriskelly) June 14, 2016
Real talk: producers on #TheBachelorette are using tabloids to whip up drama, bc if they didn't the guys would just do sit-ups all day long.— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) June 21, 2016
I swear that tabloid was in a lockbox behind the producer booth. When Chad left, an AD solemnly walked over with the keys. #TheBachelorette— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) June 21, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Todd VanDerWerff speculates on why Inside Amy Schumer's latest season generated so little buzz.
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.
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.
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.
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.
hope Cleveland enjoys these precious few minutes before Trump tweets “our convention is in Cleveland because were [sic] winners too! happy!"— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 20, 2016
Tonight’s #GoT is the biggest-budget episode yet. Either there’s an epic battle, or Jon and Ramsay sit quietly and listen to Beatles songs.— Nick Rheinwald-Jones (@rheinwaldjones) June 19, 2016
A weird thing I didn't expect to happen this year is that all my favorite television shows have been about O.J. Simpson.— Sean Burns (@SeanMBurns) June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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.
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
Matt Zoller Seitz says comedy has now usurped drama as the great genre of our current age.
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.
Richard Greenfield points to the Tribune-Dish dispute as a sign of the need for retrans consent reform.
Peter Csathy explains what's behind the decline of the multi-channel network, or MCN, business model.
Jason Lynch reports on Nielsen Twitter ratings data for 2015-16, with The Walking Dead, Fuller House, and football scoring well.
Cara Lisa Berg Powers is troubled by the implications of HBO's involvement in Sesame Street.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Geoff Berkshire notes that as spinoffs proliferate, pressure grows to protect franchise brands.
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.
The fifth annual ATX TV festival offered a plethora of great events this past weekend: a West Wing reunion, a Friday Night Lights reunion, a reunion of writers for The Shield, a reunion of writers for The O.C., an Ugly Betty reunion, a Rescue Me reunion, an UnREAL panel, a #BuryYourGays-themed writers' panel, a Peak TV discussion with execs, and Norman Lear and Aaron Sorkin featured prominently.
The Tonys are the world's largest collection of people whose feelings would be best expressed in a monologue.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) June 13, 2016
Live EVERY DAY so that Lin-Manuel Miranda might look at you the way he looks at the cast of Hamilton.— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) June 13, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Michael Lev-Ram delves into how Netflix has changed how Hollywood works, whether for the better or worse for networks and studios.
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.
Yvonne Villarreal covers Hulu's challenge of carrying enough ads to finance its offerings without alienating viewers.
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.
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, June 9, 2016
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.
Cathy Whitlock talked to a set of costume designers about how they dress dominant women characters.
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.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Netflix has released info that purports to reveal binge-viewing habits for the service's original series. Daniel Holloway reports, with cool chart included.
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.
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.
Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.
Tuesday network numbers from TV By the Numbers. Final ratings. Cable ratings.
Analysis from Spotted and O'Connell.
VEEP is basically Twitter's idealized vision of politics because it's about the idea that you can persuade people by swearing at them— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 7, 2016
I'll vote for the candidate that promises to turn Freeform back into ABC Family— The Frenemy Online (@The_Frenemy) June 8, 2016
There's a crazy man outside yelling "WHY AREN'T YOU WATCHING UNREAL?" But tbh he's making a lot of sense.— Richie (@RichieOnTV) June 8, 2016
It's me. Not sorry.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Chad is the Donald Trump of #TheBachelorette— Dana Weiss (@Possessionista) June 7, 2016
Chad will not change self to please other bros! Chad will be Chad! Chad will keep on Chadding! #TheBachelorette— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) June 7, 2016
"My life is my business," says the man with 5 cameras pointed at him. #TheBachelorette— Ben Flajnik's Hair (@BachelorBenHair) June 7, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
Check out new posts from Critical Studies in Television:
- The Importance of Being Horace and Pete by Martha Nochimson
- A Tale of Two Posters: Negotiating Paratextuality and Affect in 'Official' and 'Unofficial' Publicity for the New Twin Peaks by Ross Garner
- Absolutely Fabulous? Popular TV and its Transition to the Big Screen by Kennth Longden
- Hulu's 11.22.63: Better Time-Traveling Through Television by Douglas L. Howard
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.
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.
If nobody in Game of Thrones can find happiness even when actual dragons are flying around, what hope can there be for the rest of us— Bridger Winegar (@bridger_w) June 6, 2016
.@netflix Is there a plan where you'll stop suggesting anything to do with Adam Sandler or Chelsea Handler, and if so, how much is it?— J. J. Wright (@JJWrong) May 31, 2016
just saw a lil teen in a Dillon Panthers tshirt, the kids are alright— Sophie (@insopherable) June 3, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Andy Dehnart lists 2015-16's highest-rated reality TV shows in the 18-49 demo.
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.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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.
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.