Saturday, December 30, 2017

Good TVeets

Most Demanded & Pirated

Game of Thrones once again topped TorrentFreak's list of the most pirated shows of the year, and it also led Xfinity's list of most-viewed on-demand shows of 2017, while some older shows like The Sopranos also made the top 20.

NFL Viewership

Kalyn Kahler covers the NFL's ratings and viewership challenges in 2017, while Eoin Higgins wonders why the NFL is still beholden to regional market restrictions for game broadcasts, a particular problem for so-called orphan counties.

News Media & Reality

Charlie Warzel says internet platforms and hyperpartisan news media killed off our shared reality in 2017. Jeff Jarvis explains why he's happy to see the "mass media" myth of common ground go away.

2017 Media Stocks

Assessments of media stock performances in 2017 from Cynthia Littleton, Georg Szalai and Paul Bond, and Andrew Wallenstein.

Demise of Funny Highlight Guy

Bryan Curtis says as SportsCenter fades in prominence, the Funny Highlight Guy figure is going with it: "one thing I’ll remember about 2017 is that you could finally see the end of the road for a swaggering figure who stood astride sports TV, if not pop culture, for three decades."

More Drug Ads

Joanne Kaufman explains why there are even more pharmaceutical drug ads appearing on TV lately.

Netflix Raises

Netflix announced salary bumps for its top executives courtesy of the new tax bill, and Michael Hiltzik responds, "what the new policy at Netflix really tells us is that the old “performance-based” executive compensation system always was a sham."

RIP Rose Marie

Showbiz legend and Dick Van Dyke Show star Rose Marie died earlier this week. Matt Fernandez compiled celebrity remembrances of her. A documentary about her was released just last month.

Best TV of 2017

Has it been a year already? Yes, it's been a year. Actually, a long, long year. Anyway, as usual, I am compiling Best of TV lists for 2017 in this post. I can easily miss them, so send them my way if I do. And check out the 2016 version if you'd like to compare.

Also once again, Metacritic is compiling a master list of 2017 critics' lists and tallying shows by mention frequency.

Uproxx Critics' Poll
Alan Sepinwall: 20 Best Shows
Todd VanDerWerff: Best 18 Shows
Caroline Framke & Todd VanDerWerff: 25 Best Episodes
Maureen Ryan: 20 Best Shows
Emily Nussbaum: Best Shows of 2017
AV Club: Best TV
Sonia Saraiya: Best 25 Shows & Favorite TV Things
NYT's Poniewzik/Hale/Lyons: Best TV Shows
Matt Fowler: 20 Best Shows
Daniel Fienberg: 10 Best Shows, Next 10
Tim Goodman: Best TV
Willa Paskin: Top 10
Matt Zoller Seitz: 10 Best Shows
Most Memorable Quotes
Goodman & Fienberg: 10 Favorite Episodes, Favorite Performances, Worst TV
Vox roundtable: Best, Worst, Most Comforting TV
NPR critcs: Favorite Shows

More after the jump...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Good TVeets

Dr. Phil Concerns

David Armstrong reports on allegations that Dr. Phil's TV show exploits people with addiction problems and risks their health.

2018 Thoughts & Questions

Michael O'Connell poses ten questions for the TV industry in 2018, and Alexandra Bruell lists the top ad business questions for the coming year.

Dawn C. Chmielewski and Dade Hayes expect media industry mergers and acquisitions to increase in 2018, and Daniel Frankel expects a big cable merger or even two.

Alex Weprin says we'll see post-cable networks or PCNs rise to greater prominence on OTT platforms. Ben Munson says ATSC 3.0 will be closer to national deployment, while streaming will continue to proliferate with new pushes from ESPN and Verizon. Daniel Frankel foresees cable making major inroads into the wireless market.

Jonathan Easley warns us that Trump's war against the media will intensify next year.

Mad About You Revival

Mad About You is the latest show to get revival chatter.

Fox News Website Changes

Jason Schwartz reports that the Fox News website is beefing up its resources as it adopts a more pro-Trump agenda to match the prime-time TV side.

SNL Critique

Todd VanDerWerff argues that Saturday Night Live was overpraised this year, and it was in fact the emptiest show of 2017: "there’s no better way to talk about that emptiness than to consider just how poorly SNL handles the current occupant of the White House, even as it clearly wants to say something daring."

TNF Up For Grabs

The NFL is taking bids for linear and streaming rights to Thursday Night Football and is reportedly open to making major changes.

2017 Recaps

Some pieces looking back on 2017: Eric Deggans says 2017 was a good year for women in TV, and Caroline Framke notes it was an especially good year for stories of queer women coming out.

John Hugar looks back on the year in late-night comedy. Dawn C. Chmielewski identifies the most in-demand showrunners of the year. And Robert Channick says 2017 is the year cord-cutting and streaming went mainstream. 2017 also set another new record for volume of scripted content.

Slate's TV Club discussed the year across numerous posts.

Net Neutrality News

Minnesota's Attorney General has announced that her state will join a multi-state lawsuit against the FCC over its net neutrality repeal, while New York is among a handful of states considering its own net neutrality law despite FCC provisions banning such provisions. Meanwhile, Susan Crawford uncovers how the Koch brothers are trying to prevent development of municipal fiber broadband networks.

Deal Updates

AT&T and Time Warner have extended the deadline for their merger deal to accommodate the Justice Department's lawsuit timeline. There's talk that the DoJ could turn its attention to Comcast/NBCU next, as that merger's probationary period is soon to end. And there are still many questions to be answered about Disney-Fox, including what will happen with Fox content on Netflix and where Ryan Murphy will end up once his Fox deal ends in mid-2018.

2017 Ratings

Michael Schneider ranks 136 television outlets by their 2017 ratings, from highest (CBS) to lowest (Comedy.TV) Fox News finished as the most-watched cable channel, while MSNBC had its best year ever. Joe Otterson identifies cable winners and losers for 2017. Cynopsis has end-of-year viewing stats for broadcast, cable, and syndication.

A.J. Katz lists cable news ad rates for 2017, and Wayne Friedman notes that NFL TV ad dollars rose 16% this year.

Rick Porter has the top 100 highest-rated TV programs of 2017; 60% of the list is sports. Anthony Crupi also highlights how sports, especially the NFL, dominated 2017 ratings.

Spotted explicates his top 10 ratings moments of 2017.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The GOP & Net Neutrality

In the wake of net neutrality's repeal, Karl Bode has concerns about long-term plans for deregulation of broadband providers. And a GOP Congressperson has introduced a bill that would ban throttling but allow fast lanes and bar Title II classification.

Password-Sharing Concerns

Pay TV companies like Charter are vowing to crack down on password sharing.

Fox's Future

Joe Flint speculates on what's ahead for the Fox network in the wake of Disney's acquisition of other 21st Century Fox assets, and Steven Perlberg sees Rupert Murdoch ready to fight the competition, i.e. Sinclair, in the right-wing media sphere.

Sesame Street Wins Grant

Sesame Street's Sesame Workshop will receive a MacArthur Foundation Grant to create programming for Syrian refugee children.

Royals Creator Fired

The creator and showrunner of E!'s The Royals has been fired by producing studio Lionsgate over sexual harassment allegations.

TV Academy Expands Membership

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has expanded its membership eligibility rules to enable greater diversity in job categories.

Amazon Tube

Philip Swann considers the possibility that Amazon has a YouTube competitor in the works.

Streaming's Big Year

Josef Adalian looks back on 2017 as a major leap forward for streaming services, as Netflix reportedly now has about the same number of users as pay TV has subscribers.

Ajit Pai & Apu

Meenasarani Linde Murugan addresses Ajit Pai's South Asian identity in light of the recent documentary The Problem With Apu.

Hollywood & International TV

Scott Roxborough reports on Hollywood film dominance of European TV schedules, while he and Georg Szalai look at Hollywood firms buying up international channels.

Sadler Leaves E! Over Gender Pay Gap

Brian Stelter reports longtime E! host Catt Sandler has left the outlet after learning of a substantial gap in her pay compared to a male co-host.

Enlightened's Prescience

Rachel Syme encourages us to rewatch Enlightened in light of the #MeToo movement.

New HBO Doc Execs

With Sheila Nevins having departed, HBO has appointed a pair of women to head up HBO's Documentary and Family Programming division.

The Crown Ratings

Nielsen recently released ratings data on Netflix's The Crown.

TruTV's Ad Loads

Jason Lynch reports on TruTV's move toward smaller ad loads, labeled as the limited commercial interruption (LCI) format.

Amazon Rejects Comedies

Lesley Goldberg reports on Amazon's changing pilot season model, as it decided not to pick up three comedies it had floated out for viewer feedback.

NFL News

Despite all the controversies and ratings declines surrounding the NFL, ad revenue is up so far this season, says Jason Lynch. In other news, the NFL lost a court case via which it aimed to prevent Canadian TV from airing Super Bowl ads during the big game. And in news that may or may not be NFL-related, Papa John's John Schnatter is being bounced out of his CEO position.

Fox News Ratings & Suits

Fox News is once again the cable news ratings winner for the year, though MSNBC experienced notable gains. In sexual harassment news, Fox News settled another Ailes-related lawsuit, while two women have filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News and Bill O'Reilly.

Tax Bill Impact

Paul Bond covers media industry reaction to the new GOP tax bill. AT&T and Comcast have announced employee bonuses in the wake of the bill's passage. Comcast also promises major infrastructure spending due to the tax bill and net neutrality repeal. On the other hand, Jonathan Handel points out that working actors and below-the-line employees are now facing draconian changes to their tax situations.

Pay TV Rates Going Up

DSL Reports' Karl Bode warns us that multiple pay TV providers are hiking subscriber bills in 2018.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sinclair News

Elliot Nelson raises concerns about Sinclair Media's dominance of local news in Flint, Michigan, which could really use strong investigative journalism right now. And the FCC has levied a fine against Sinclair for not properly disclosing paid programming.

Fox News, Trump, and Mueller

Brian Stelter identifies an anti-Robert Mueller feedback loop operating between President Trump and Fox News, and on Reliable Sources, he aired a compilation of Mueller attacks aired on Fox News. Greg Sargent notes how Trump is benefiting from a conservative media alliance.

Sexual Harassment News

Former Silicon Valley star TJ Miller has been accused of sexual assault, and he has released a denial of the claims. Maureen Ryan reports on sexual harassment allegations against NCIS: New Orleans' showrunner. Rupert Murdoch offered comments that seemed dismissive of sexual misconduct at Fox News, prompting anger from women at the outlet, and 21st Century Fox has responded with a clarification. A Matt Lauer accuser is critical of NBC's actions, while Tavis Smiley is criticizing PBS for dropping him following allegations, but PBS says his claims are contradictory. Katherine Goldstein reports on women who left journalism following sexual harassment experiences.

A new anti-sexual harassment commission is launching in Hollywood, chaired by Anita Hill.

Hallmark Christmas Movies

Jason Lynch highlights the ad revenue success of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, and Todd VanDerWerff delves into their business success, production, and formula. Cassie Belek defends the pleasure of watching Hallmark Christmas movies, while Soraya Roberts laments their whiteness.

Ratings Drops

Earlier this month, Tony Maglio detailed the ratings drops at each network this season.

Shows Ending and Beginning

Netflix will end Love at its third season, and BBC America has canceled Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

The Roseanne revival will air beginning in March, and there's word that NBC wants to revive The Office.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Nevins Leaving HBO

HBO's documentary guru Sheila Nevins is moving on.

Skipper Steps Down

ESPN president John Skipper is stepping down, saying he needs to deal with a substance abuse addiction. Joe Flint notes that this is coming at a critical time for Disney, and Richard Deitsch says this is a shock to the sports media world.

Net Neutrality Repeal

Also while I was away, the FCC scrapped the net neutrality rules, with FCC chairman Ajit Pai gleefully pushing this through over vociferous objection from Democratic commissioners. Niley Patel sees political problems ahead on this for Republicans. Cecilia Kang considers what's next, as does the ACLU's Jay Stanley. Tim Wu, who coined the phrase net neutrality, details the history behind the net neutrality rules. Some states are now gearing up to sue, and Congress could also get involved. Michael J. Socolow puts this decision in historical context and says Ajit Pai is ignoring the potential for FCC regulation to ensure fair competition. Activists are concerned that the net neutrality repeal will further marginalize LGBT voices.

Disney-Fox Deal

Rupert Murdoch is selling a big chunk of 21st Century Fox to Disney, with billions in assets changing hands. Todd VanDerWerff says we should be afraid, very afraid.

Niley Patel sees the deal as a stunning retreat for Murdoch. Michael Wolff details the Murdoch family dynamics in play, as does Ken Auletta, and the Guardian calls for a full accounting of Murdoch ethics. Speaking of ethics *cough*, the White House confirmed that Donald Trump chatted with Murdoch about the deal. Democrats want hearings before this goes through, and questioning comparisons to AT&T-Time Warner are being raised.

Josef Adalian sees doom ahead for the Fox broadcast network, while the company's TV station portfolio could still grow. Where key Fox execs will land is anyone's guess. Steven Zeitchik highlights concerns about the future of FX.

On the "plus" side, this will be great for audience targeting and high-tech advertising, so woohoo and yay for that. Josh Spiegel says Disney fans should be concerned, and Bob Scherman says it's a bad deal for consumers.

Cory Barker assesses what the deal means for your TV experience, though the streaming landscape is the real key here: a war with Netflix is coming, and Hulu's place in that battle is now in question, though maybe this is a blessing for Hulu. Hulu is a key in this deal, as analysts speculate on the streaming service's future. There are also questions about how this will affect European telecom firms.

Back to Blogging (Fingers Crossed)

I'm back from my travels abroad and (sort of) ready to get back to the blog. Anything happen while I was away? Haha, only the entire media industry landscape potentially changing fundamentally, amirite?

I'll see what catch up I can do in the coming days, and I do hope to get the blog running back up to normal speed by the start of the spring semester. Thanks so much to Ethan Tussey and his media industries class for keeping things afloat here the last few months!

Thanks for sticking around despite the lack of posts here lately. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Measuring Consumer Action

Brian Steinberg reports on the trial of a new advertising metric aiming to measure "actual customer action, like visiting a marketer’s web site or taking a test drive of a new car."

Masterson Fired From The Ranch

Netflix has dropped Danny Masterson from production of The Ranch due to multiple rape allegations.

Media Trust

Erik Wemple reports on the 2017 Poynter Media Trust Survey, which reveals widespread belief that the media fabricates news stories about Donald Trump.

Commandments of Television

The Masked Scheduler has completed his Twelve Commandments of Television.

Google vs. Amazon

Google and Amazon are having trouble getting along, and Google is responding by pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV (link fixed)

Disney + Fox Next Week?

CNBC's David Faber says an announcement of Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox's film and TV production assets could come next week in what would be a $60 billion deal.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Comcast brings games to their set-top box

Comcast returns to game development. The idea of offering games on their set top boxes had been tried before with partner Electronic Arts, but the plug was pulled. This time, the partnership with TransGaming will provide first a mobile device game enticement that will extend to the set top using the GameFreeTV platform.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Good TVeets

Popular Chinese drama hits Netflix

Day and Night, a Chinese detective drama, will be available worldwide thanks to a deal between Netflix and Youku Tudou, China's video streaming service.

Starz' American Gods loses showrunners

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green leave their positions as American Gods showrunners due to creative differences with its producer Fremantle Media. The two were pushing for a larger budget and specific creative measures that weren’t made available and chose to invest more time to their other projects.

HBO Asia expanding production

HBO is increasing original content in Asia, content which is potentially getting global distribution.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide Merger

BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide merge into single operation to better compete with the integrated models of the British entertainment industry. The move will integrate production, sales, and distribution.

ESPN makes room for a new era

A Wednesday morning memo from ESPN President, John Skipper, explains the company's decision to cut 150 technical network employees.

AT&T Pushes for Merger Trial

As the government seeks to push the AT&T and Time Warner merger trial to May 2018, AT&T requests a February deadline.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Murdoch Sale Explained

Faced by content threats in the new media sector, Murdoch sale spurs talks about the changing media environment.

She's Gotta Have It Review

She's Gotta Have It earning praise for timely subject matter.

Hulu partners with StudioCanal

Hulu partners with StudioCanal for U.S. streaming rights of popular European shows.

Netflix Goes Bollywood

Netflix has announced a 2018 collaboration with RSVP banner to produce Love Per Square Foot, a Bollywood style romantic comedy that marks the beginning of a new era for the streaming platform.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Net Neutrality Repeal

Cecilia Kang reports on the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality, with a proposal coming later today. Chairman Ajit Pai has an op-ed in the WSJ announcing his intentions.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Late Night Bits

David Bianculli laments how much late-night shows are now oriented around bite-size content in hopes of going viral.

NFL Regionalization

Kevin Draper explains the byzantine logic behind how network affiliates decide which NFL games they'll get to show on Sunday afternoons.

Canada's Cord Cutting

Etan Vlessing covers the tough time Canada is having with stemming cord cutting.

Conspiracy Theories

Rolling Stone's Amanda Robb breaks down how the Pizzagate conspiracy theory spread across social media outlets and Trump-friendly sites, and Alvin Chang notes that Sean Hannity has become the most prominent conspiracy theorist in the media.

Fewer Scripted Shows at Viacom Channels

Lesley Goldberg reports on a new strategy at Viacom: fewer scripted series.

Amazon-AMC International Deal

Amazon has forged a deal with AMC Studios for international distribution of its series.

The Good Doctor's a Hit

John Koblin explains how ABC managed to find a rare network hit this season with The Good Doctor.

More Sexual Harassment News

Jeffrey Tambor says he'll exit Transparent over the sexual harassment allegations against him and the "politicized atmosphere" they have caused. Andrew Wallenstein considers how the show could go on.

A One Tree Hill writer describes the harassment she experienced as the only female writer in the room. Producers Damon Lindelof and Mike Schur talked about Hollywood harassment at a panel, and THR critics also discussed the topic. Todd VanDerWerff outlines why the film and TV industries are structurally set up to breed abuse.

Charlie Rose Suspended

In response to sexual harassment allegations, CBS and PBS have both suspended Charlie Rose.

DOJ Suing

The Department of Justice will sue to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger. Will Richmond questions the suit.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

AT&T-Time Warner

Peter Holley says the Justice Department's antitrust division head has signaled opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger, and James B. Stewart sees an epic antitrust court case looming.

Fox Talks

David Faber reports Comcast now talking with 21st Century Fox about acquiring entertainment and distribution assets, a similar deal discussed with Disney.

More Harassment Problems

New testimonies on experiences of sexual harassment and bullying in the British TV industry are being compiled by a group called Women in Film and Television. Doyle Green points to the A&E show Storage Wars as evident sexism on screen.

Trump TV News

Andrew Kirell looks at how Fox Business Network has ridden the Trump Train to ratings success, while Alexander Nazaryan covers Fox News' embrace of Trump.

The Problem With Apu

Robert Ito covers a documentary about the Simpsons character Apu, which airs tomorrow on truTV.

FCC Moves

Next week will bring the unveiling of the FCC's plan to end net neutrality. Gigi Sohn is critical of what the FCC has otherwise been up to over the last month with deregulation.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Good TVeets

Writing & Directing Diversity

A new DGA study finds "some progress overall" in the hiring of women and minority directors for TV, but some outlets, like Netflix, have much more progress to be made. Liz Shannon Miller points out that increased episode volumes have brought more opportunities.

In terms of TV writing, Tracy Jan reports on a new study finding that white writers are still telling the vast majority of our small-screen stories.

LOTR's Cost

Lesley Goldberg proposes that Amazon's Lord of the Rings could end up as the most expensive TV series of all time.

New Ad Formats

Brian Steinberg reports on new ad formats coming from Hulu, while Todd Shields and Gerry Smith say TV ads could soon be like targeted Facebook ads. Ann Marlowe notes that Cambridge Analytica (the company owned by conservative politics mega-donors the Mercers) is getting involved in targeted advertising.

Fullscreen Shutting Down

The SVOD service Fullscreen will close down in January 2018.

Vietnam War Ratings

Lisa de Moraes reports on the ratings for PBS's Vietnam War series from Ken Burns.

Conservative News & Trump

Jason Schwartz covers how Fox News has embraced Trump, and Michael M. Grynbaum observes that big ratings have followed. Meanwhile, Shepard Smith angered some of the faithful by debunking the Clinton uranium scandal on his show. Richard Cohen argues that Rupert Murdoch has managed to destroy the Republican party. Two ex-Fox Newsers will speak to the British Parliament over 21st Century Fox's Sky takeover bid.

In other conservative outlet news, David Zurawik calls out Sinclair for yet more biased broadcasting, this time in connection with Roy Moore. Meanwhile, House Democrats want to question FCC chairman Ajit Pai over the Sinclair-Tribune merger.

Michael Wolff says AT&T has misplayed its hand in regard to the Trump White House. Richard Greenfield covers the AT&T/Department of Justice battle. Brian Stelter and Jackie Wattles profile Makan Delrahim, who heads up the anti-trust division at the DoJ.

You're the Worst Renewed & Ending

FXX is giving a fifth but final season to You're the Worst.

More on Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment claims have now been leveled against One Tree Hill showrunner Mark Schwahn, and he has now been suspended from The Royals by E!, and Arrow and Supergirl producer Andrew Kreisberg has been suspended by Warner Bros. over voluminous harassment allegations.

Read more analysis of Louis C.K., harassment in the comedy world, art and the artist, and/or dicks from Eliza Skinner, Guy Branum, Sonia Saraiya, Scaachi Koul, Kathryn VanArendonk, Ben Travers, Amanda Hess, Drew MagaryTodd VanDerWerff, and Ira Madison III.

Transparent reportedly could carry on without Jeffrey Tambor pending investigation of a sexual harassment claim against him.

A 20th Century Fox VP is departing the studio to launch a startup that will field sexual assault and bias reports.

Amazon stops pursuing Skinny Bundles

Amazon drops negotiations for cable skinny bundles, stating the profit margin was too small for the investment.

People watch Netflix at Work and on the Commute

According to survey data, more than 67% of viewers watch Netflix in public. The most popular places are during the commute and at work.

Difficult People Cancelled

Difficult People cancelled at Hulu after three seasons as Hulu changes course with its comedy lineup.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Digital Measurement Finds Stranger Things

The Netflix original Stranger Things was reportedly the most popular show last week in the United States. Additionally, the method for measuring the most viewed show developed by Parrot Analytics marks a new era in television viewing analytics.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hannity Advertiser Backlash

At least five advertisers cut ties with Fox News “Hannity” after he asked viewers to give Senate candidate Roy Moore the benefit of the doubt in a sexual allegations case involving several minors. This has prompted social media backlash against Keurig, in particular, from conservative viewership.

SportsCenter on Snapchat

ESPN launches SportsCenter on Snapchat that will offer familiar highlights in a casual, five minute or less segment.

Agatha Christie adaptaion on hold

Agatha Christie adaptation on hold with Ed Westwick accused of sexual assault.

HBO Go available in parts of Europe

HBO Go direct streaming services are now available in four new European countries.

Good TVeets

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

ESPN Layoffs

Richard Deitsch reports that another wave of layoffs is in the works at ESPN.

Star Power in Development at Apple

Apple has a two-season series in development starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

Fox News & Impartiality

UK media regulator Ofcom has censured Fox News for breaches of "due impartiality" by Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson. Wonder what Ofcom would say about new Fox News hire Sebastian Gorka. Jason Schwartz notes that Fox News seems to be clinging ever tighter to Trump. Meanwhile, a billionaire who paid to place a Trump impeachment ad onto Fox News is protesting the ad contract's cancellation.

Deal Analysis

Paul Bond and Georg Szalai try to make sense of what's going on with both Disney-21st Century Fox and AT&T-Time Warner. Graham Ruddick wonders if there's a war on within the Murdoch family.

Ben Fritz sees Netflix as the specter behind Disney's dalliance with buying 21st's entertainment assets.

Sexual Assault Allegations

A New York Times report puts on the "fit to print" record what has been rumored about for years in regard to sexual misconduct by Louis C.K. Emily Nussbaum shares her reaction, and David Sims considers how the industry will grapple with this. Producer Mike Royce, who has worked with Louis C.K., says he never saw the alleged behavior but stands in support of the women sharing their experiences. HBO has cut ties with C.K., while FX says the matter is under review. Scaachi Koul says the C.K. revelations feel like a personal betrayal given his self-aware comedy routines. Willa Paskin looks back on Louie in light of the recent news.

There's also been a sexual harassment allegation leveled against Matthew Weiner by Mad Men writer Kater Gordon. Meanwhile, Terry Crews has dropped WME as his representation in the wake of his sexual assault allegation against an agent there.

People choose On-Demand for Favorite Show

A new research report finds that those who watch their favorite show from an online source now just surpass those who do so from a traditional TV set.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Good TVeets

AT&T-Time Warner Update

The NYT reports on word that the Justice Department will demand AT&T sell off either Turner Broadcasting, which includes Trump's nemesis CNN, or DirecTV for the merger to win approval. Brian Steinberg doesn't see an easy way for this to happen. Brian Stelter notes how this has all become public.

Conan O'Brien Feature

According to Jason Zinoman, Conan O'Brien is the most likely of the late night hosts to take artistic risks in his comedy.

Colombia's Ilia Calderon will Co-Host Noticiero Univision

The extremely popular Spanish-language evening news show has hired its first Afro-Latina anchor, who will take her post as co-host (alongside Jorge Ramos) sometime near mid-December.

Potential Disney and Fox Merger

As Disney prepares for the launch of a streaming platform to compete with Netflix, the purchase of 21st Century Fox's Entertainment divisions could give Disney more competitive content.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Warm Bath TV?

IndieWire's Michael Schneider discusses the rise of "Warm Bath TV" with The Good Doctor creator David Shore, in light of the  success of his show and This Is Us.

Lord of the Rings Series on Amazon

Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios are in talks for adapting a new Lord of the Ring series.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Big Budget Advertising Appears to Work

Real-time TV advertisement measurements for smart TVs show that big budget commercials help with audience attention.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Good TVeets

Bachelor Harassment

A former producer of The Bachelor has filed a sexual harassment suit.

Disney Channel's Gay Storyline

A Disney Channel show has featured a gay storyline for the first time ever. (Link fixed)

Watching Fox News

Justin Peters shares observations garnered after watching Fox News for three weeks.

ESPN's NFL Future

James Andrew Miller proposes that ESPN could dump the NFL after its rights deal expires in 2021, and Ty Duffy weighs the argument.

Minority Labor & Representation

A new study finds that black people make up only 4.8% of TV writers, and another study finds that immigrants are equally likely to be represented on TV as criminals as not.

AT&T-TW Deal Update

The WSJ reports that the Dept of Justice might file a lawsuit challenging the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

First Cancellation

The fall season's first cancelled show is CBS's Me, Myself, & I.

TV Ad Prices

Brian Steinberg has posted his annual estimate of TV ad prices.

Netflix Ratings

Nielsen has announced a Netflix ratings initiative, which reports big numbers for Stranger Things.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Piracy costing Television

New research shows that traditional TV services could be losing up to 4.2 billion dollars a year to pirating.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

BBC Loses Money to Streaming Platforms

Tony Hall, Chief of BBC, predicts a $661 million spending drop within the next decade due to services like Netflix and Amazon.

Great British Bake Off Finale

This season’s Great British Bake Off finale still brought in a live audience of 7.3 million viewers after a judge mistakenly revealed the winner before it aired.