Tuesday, May 30, 2017

China's House of Cards

Javier C. Hern├índez analyzes scenes from a hit Chinese drama being referred to as China's House of Cards: "Despite this focus on bad behavior, In the Name of the People largely glorifies the party’s anticorruption efforts, portraying government investigators as folk heroes up against nefarious forces."

A Netflix Turkish Original

Netflix has ordered a Turkish-language series "in a move likely to help it gain traction in one of the world’s most vibrant TV markets," writes Nick Vivarelli.

Griffin Controversy

Kathy Griffin has apologized for a shocking anti-Trump photo.

BBC Store Closing

The BBC will shutter its digital download service in November due to streaming SVOD supremacy.

Critics & Creator Access

The new Very Good TV podcast discusses how TV critics can be influenced by marketing and access to creators.

Fallon's Viral Fade

Kayleigh Donaldson analyzes YouTube views and finds Jimmy Fallon's numbers declining there too.

Vietnam on TV

Charles Pach revisits television's coverage of the Vietnam War in 1967 and President Johnson's concerns about it.

Upfronts Negotiations

Brian Steinberg covers speculation about the upfronts negotiations to come.

Emmyless Super-Producers

Michael Schneider explores the logic behind the dearth of Emmys for powerful producers like Shonda Rhimes, Greg Berlanti, and Chuck Lorre.

SNL Ratings

As part of a week at Vulture profiling Saturday Night Live's big year, Josef Adalian details its unprecedented ratings.

The Leftovers' Soundtrack

Alan Sepinwall talks with The Leftovers' music supervisor about the show's use of pre-existing music.

SAG-AFTRA Negotiations

The AMPTP will soon be back at the union contract negotiating table, this time with SAG-AFTRA. High-profile actors are chipping in negotiating support.

Binge-Viewing Issues

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine warns that binge-watching TV can lead to sleep problems detrimental to one's health. So maybe we should start watching Master of None and Dear White People, because Charley Locke notes that they're part of a new wave of Netflix comedies that aren't binge-friendly.

News About News

Sean Hannity is getting at least one advertiser back, as USAA has reinstated its advertising on his show and others. Meanwhile, activists on the right are pushing for an advertiser boycott of Rachel Maddow's show. Brian Steinberg talks with president Phil Griffin about MSNBC's possibly Trump-driven surge, while over at the broadcast network, NBCU is seeking massive ad rate hikes for time on Megyn Kelly's upcoming NBC morning show.

New Shondaland Show Starts Slowly

Shondaland's Still Star-Crossed had a rough ratings start last night.

NBC Schedule Changes

NBC has reversed its plan to move This is Us to Thursdays this fall; it will stay put on Tuesdays. Thursdays will now have a two-hour comedy block with Will & Grace at 9pm. The Masked Scheduler offers analysis of the move.

Underground Canceled

WGN America has canceled Underground as part of its Sinclair-driven move out of high-end scripted drama. Underground's studio Sony is trying to shop it elsewhere, but its per-episode price tag might be too high for that.

CBS Exec Changes

Glenn Geller is departing as CBS Entertainment president, and Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman will replace him. Over at Showtime Networks, Johanna Fuentes is taking over the top PR post.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Upcoming TV in Review

Alan Wolk reviews news about Verizon's upcoming virtual MVPD service and Facebook's possible TV offerings.

Sense8's Transcendance

Deborah Shaw praises Sense8 for its creative crossing of national, gender and sexual borders and the queerness embedded in its its structure and characters: "Fans become like the Sense8 characters and connect across space through streaming and social media platforms. In this way, they forge a virtual community that stands against narrow populist nationalism and for a new globalism built on solidarity, empathy and progressive gender and sexual politics."

Threats to Journalism

Hamilton Nolan pinpoints money and ownership concentration as the real threats to good journalism.

Lear Profile

Michael Paterniti has a profile of Norman Lear in GQ (as well as a first line to the article that will make TV historians gag).

New Deal for MSNBC's Griffin

MSNBC president Phil Griffin has extended his deal.

Fox News & Hannity

While advertisers aren't abandoning Sean Hannity in the numbers they did with Bill O'Reilly, even conservative publications like the Weekly Standard and the National Review are denouncing the Seth Rich conspiracy that Hannity has been pushing. Sonia Saraiya analyzes the conflict between objective journalism and Hannity's fevered, opinionated approach at Fox News. Neal Gabler points out that Roger Ailes is responsible for embracing the former at the expense of the latter.

Viewing on TV

A new Nielsen study finds that adults are still watching the vast majority of television on TV sets.

Legacy Ad Deal Problems

Jeanine Poggi highlights a conflict for networks around legacy ad deals.

China Deal for Doctor Who

Doctor Who will have expanded availability across China thanks to a new deal between BBC Worldwide and Shanghai Media Group.

Video Game Panic

Michael Z. Newman takes us back to the moral panic around video games in the 1980s: "Somehow, a generation of teenagers from the 1980s managed to grow up despite the dangers, real or imagined, from video games. The new technology could not have been as powerful as its detractors or its champions imagined."

ATX TV Festival

Sandra Gonzalez profiles the ATX Television Festival and showcases how it has expanded in recent years.

Montana Station Apology

The local Montana station that declined to air the Gianforte/Jacobs audio has apologized, calling it an unintentional mistake.

First-Time Showrunners

Scott Porch profiles a set of first-time showrunners thriving in comedy productions.

Twin Peaks Ratings

Michael O'Connell follows up on the Twin Peaks premiere ratings, which got a streaming boost.

2016-17 Ratings Results

Rick Porter has the final 2016-17 ratings figures for same-day viewer averages and same-day adults 18-49. Michael Schneider lists the 100 most-watched shows of the season. Joe Otterson has analysis of the season's ratings, and Michael O'Connell offers four takeaways. Anthony Crupi has analysis.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Content or Distribution as King

Richard Greenfield has posted a video presentation entitled “Has Content Been Dethroned by Distribution?"

The FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal

Gigi Sohn breaks down the FCC's proposal to repeal net neutrality rules.

Silicon Valley News

HBO renewed Silicon Valley for a fifth season but also announced that cast member T.J. Miller won't be back.

ESPN & Disney

The Economist covers ESPN's subscriber losses but notes that it's still a cornerstone for the Disney empire and its profits.

iFlix's Growth

Lloyd Dixon looks at iFlix's success in the Middle East and North Africa, where Netflix has struggled.

Covering Terrorism

Zeynep Tufekci delves into the news media's struggle to figure out how to cover ISIS terrorism without giving the group exactly what it seeks.

Fox News Issues

Andrew Tyndall argues that Fox News's ratings slump is tied to its avoidance of covering Donald Trump's problems. But Kelefa Sanneh thinks the outlet will carry on Roger Ailes' legacy of satisfying its conservative audience.

Brian Steinberg explains why Fox News wants to keep Sean Hannity despite the Sean Rich controversy, as more advertisers pull out of his show.

Netflix Stock Rises

Netflix's stock is soaring based on high international expectations, reports Todd Spangler.

Station Bias Concern

A Montana TV station has declined to air the Gianforte-Jacobs audio, raising concerns of bias, which are amplified by the fact that the station is part of Sinclair's Tribune acquisition.

Idol Floundering

Richard Rushfield is reporting that ABC is having trouble with the American Idol reboot, and Ryan Secreast might drop out. Andy Dehnart adds thoughts.

Morning Local News

James Warren reports on the popularity of local news in the morning.

Casual's Indie Women Director

Ben Travers highlights the role of women indie filmmakers in directing episodes of Hulu's Casual.

Star Trek & Diversity

The new Star Trek series Discovery will have a racially diverse cast, and some white people aren't happy about that. Charles Pulliam-Moore says those folks don't seem to know what the Star Trek franchise is all about. Manu Saadia also covers this topic.

Top 50 Shows

EW has a ranking of the top 50 TV shows of 2016-17 network season in total viewers.

Colbert & Fallon Ratings

Stephen Colbert's Late Show just edged out Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show in total viewers for the season, while Fallon still dominated in the 18-49 demo.

Landgraf Interview

Lacey Rose interviewed FX chief John Landgraf, Hollywood Reporter's Executive of the Year, about the state of TV.

SNL Departures

David Sims assesses Saturday Night Live's recent cast departures.

WGA Contract Ratified

WGA members near-unanimously approved the union's new contract with the AMPTP.

Hannity Problems

A handful of advertisers have pulled out of Sean Hannity's show, and while Hannity is now on a brief vacation for Memorial Day weekend, Fox News insists he will be back.

The Get Down Cancelled

The Get Down is done after only one season, a rare early cancellation for Netflix.

Good TVeets

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Univision's Upfronts

Juan Ayala covers the impression and information Univision gave at its upfronts presentation.

AGT Lawsuit

America's Got Talent and Tyra Banks have been hit with a lawsuit alleging emotional distress and battery.

Preserving TV

Bryan Gardiner profiles a man digitizing hundreds of hours of old broadcast tapes.

ESPN Schadenfreude

Bryan Curtis considers why many are finding joy in ESPN's struggles.

Snapchat, Twitter, Mobile

Andrew Wallenstein covers the growth of Snapchat as a mobile platform for shows, as James Corden announced a coming Late Late Show Snapchat series, while Kerry Flynn looks at technology being developed to put Snaps on bigger screens. Meanwhile, Marissa Lang says Twitter's push into video could push out some users, and AT&T's CEO foresees 20 minute-episodes of Game of Thrones made for watching on phones.

Film Festivals & TV

Liz Shannon Miller offers a proposal to film festivals for better celebrating television.

Cancellation & Renewal

NBC has cancelled Chicago Justice, while Comedy Central wants more episodes of The President Show.

Amazon vs. Netflix

In a bid to better compete with Netflix and Sky, Amazon has added 40 new channels to its UK service, including some live sports. In the stock market race, Netflix is pulling ahead.

The Bachelorette & Race

The Bachelorette premiered with its first African-American lead last night and started out solid in the ratings. Ali Barthwell says the show felt different, but Jackie Strause and Kathryn VanArendonk each observe that race wasn't addressed in the episode.

Love for Mr. Rogers

Twitter was captivated today by a lovely story that Anthony Breznican told about a meetup he once had with Mr. Rogers. Phillip Maciak explains why heading to Twitch to watch some Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood episodes right now would be a good idea.

Stewart's HBO Project Cancelled

John Koblin reports that HBO and Jon Stewart have cancelled their animation project deal.

Fox News & Hannity Controversy

Fox News has retracted its report claiming that the murder of Seth Rich was DNC-related on the same day that Rich's parents pleaded with the press to stop politicizing their son's death. Sean Hannity insisted earlier today that he wouldn't let the story go, but on tonight's show he said he won't discuss the case "at this time" out of respect for the family. Will Oremus proposes reasons why Hannity is sticking with it, and Margaret Sullivan sees this as part of a larger corrosion of truth that should concern all Americans.

MSNBC Ratings Victory

MSNBC achieved an unprecedented victory in the weekly prime-time ratings last week.

Colbert Cleared

The FCC has declared that Stephen Colbert did not violate any actionable rules with his recent vulgar Trump insults.

Twin Peaks Ratings

Ratings analysts are calling the Twin Peaks premiere ratings "soft," but Josef Adalian notes that Nielsen ratings don't carry as much weight anymore.

Season News

NBC will win the 18-49 demo ratings race for the season, while CBS will keep its total viewers streak going. In a season of few ratings success stories, Kate Aurthur highlights five of them. Alison Herman summarizes the state of television as the networks exit upfronts.

Monday, May 22, 2017

TV Shows Praised

Ryan McGee explains why Jane the Virgin is a singularly great work of television, while Lorraine Berry recommends that we watch Call the Midwife for its representation of working-class feminism.

Trial & Error Renewed

NBC wants a second season of Trial & Error.

SNL Exits

Add Sasheer Zamata to the list of those departing from Saturday Night Live.

Conservative TV

Jim Rutenberg covers possible routes for a Bill O'Reilly comeback. Margaret Sullivan notes that one of those routes, via Sinclair's Tribune acquisition, is only FCC approval away.

Huckabee Sanders Profile

Hunter Walker profiles Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a rising star in speaking on behalf of the White House.

Seth Meyers & Trump News

Alan Sepinwall talked with Seth Meyers about how he manages to incorporate late-breaking Trump news into his late night show.

Megyn Kelly's Debut

Mark June 4 on your calendars as the debut of Megyn Kelly's NBC news magazine show.

New Fox News Suits

Three new lawsuits have been filed against Fox News for employee discrimination.

Moonves Extends Contract

Les Moonves's contract at CBS has been extended into 2021.

More on Upfronts

A few more upfronts pieces: Lesley Goldberg collects responses from studio chiefs about the week, Jason Lynch pinpoints five defining trends, Ed Martin offers reviews of each network, and Robert Bianco sees a lot of the same stuff coming this fall. Jeanine Poggi and Nathan Skid video-chat about 2017 as the year of the reboot. Matthew Gilbert previews fall TV.

Peabody Awards Ceremony

Jackie Strause covers the Peabody Awards presentations, which took place on Saturday and will air on TV June 2.

Good TVeets

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Good TVeets

Fox News Trump Coverage

Carlos Maza offers a video detailing how Fox News spins, deflects, and suppresses negative news about Donald Trump.

Netflix & Amazon Emmy Campaigns

Glenn Whipp highlights the elaborate Emmy marketing campaigns Amazon and Netflix are undertaking.

FCC Reporter Manhandled

FCC security guards roughly treated a reporter trying to ask questions of commissioners on Thursday. An FCC spokesperson has issued an apology.

East Los High Ending

Hulu's East Los High will end in the fall with an hour-long special.

Black-ish Spinoff

Black-ish is getting a college spinoff that will air on Freeform.

Friday, May 19, 2017

GH Pharmaceutical Controversy

Two doctors are calling out ABC's General Hospital for promoting a drug treatment in a plotline developed in partnership with the only pharmaceutical company allowed to sell the medication.

The Five Firing

Fox News has dismissed Bob Beckel, a co-host on The Five, for "making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee."

Riverdale Fandom

Kaitlyn Tiffany highlights how Riverdale's active fandom was conceived and fostered from the start by the show's writers and considers the larger implications: "We’re approaching an era where more and more creative properties are viewed as open-source, where deriding something as 'not canon' barely even registers as an insult, and where fans who are given a backchannel to interact with stars, creatives, and each other will use it constantly and aggressively."

Also, catching back up with an article I missed when the blog was on hiatus, Michael Z. Newman covered Riverdale's self-awareness of the greatness of teen drama and the genre's narrative tropes.

NFL's Ad Strategies

Daniel Holloway reports on the NFL's plan to combat ratings declines with reductions in the length and frequency of ad breaks during games.

Facebook News

Facebook will host live MLB games on Fridays, while Twitter will shift them to Tuesdays. Mike Shields reports that Facebook's strategy to move in on the TV advertising market faces challenges. And Sam Levin says Facebook's attempts to combat fake news aren't working.

Mom's Donation

The producers and stars of CBS's Mom will donate their Emmy campaign money to Planned Parenthood.

Post-Peak TV: Reality TV?

Reid Nakamura and Ryan Gajewski propose that reality TV could rise again as scripted TV declines from Peak TV highs. AdAge also covers the scripted decline.

Cancellation Reaction

American Crime writer Steve Harper shares what it feels like when you learn your show has been cancelled.

Walking Dead Ratings

AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan professes to be unconcerned about The Walking Dead's ratings declines.

Dead Shows Returning

Speaking of Twin Peaks, Ellen Gray questions the voluminous resurrection of dead shows.

The Twin Peaks Revival

Twin Peaks returns to TV on Sunday, so here are some links to get you prepared: The NYT has a bunch of coverage, including a visual glossary, a guide to catching up, a look at how the show came back, and both a look back at and a critics' discussion of its start. Elsewhere, Michael Ausiello talks with David Lynch about the revival, and academic Ross Garner covers the expectations raised by the show's return. Matt Zoller Seitz, also concerned about those expectations, details seven things viewers should keep in mind before watching the new version. Todd VanDerWerff and Caroline Framke answer Twin Peaks questions.

Upfronts Overviews

Upfronts presentations ended yesterday, so overviews are coming in: Eric Deggans offers a summary, and Lesley Goldberg has fully updated the upfronts scorecard of pickups, cancellations, and renewals. Goldberg notes new series orders hit a five-year low, and she features companies and showrunners with the most material on the air. Goldberg and Michael O'Connnell pinpoint the five biggest narratives coming out of upfronts. Jason Lynch names the ten most memorable moments.

Brian Lowry doesn't see much innovation in network schedules. Kate Stanhope highlights time slot battles. Andy Dehnart outlines the network reality TV scene for next year. Peter Kafka and Rani Molla note that network viewers are draining away but advertisers are still sticking around, while Meg James and Stephen Battaglio cover how the networks are trying to respond to ad-skippers and social media competitors. Daniel Holloway observes that the new 2017-18 shows are heavily white and heavily male. John Koblin sees a lot of musicals, murder, and the military coming.

Roger Ailes Dead

Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes has died. Erin McClam and Brian Stelter at CNN have an obituary. Ahiza Garcia looks at how Fox News covered the news when it broke. Julian Zelizer discusses how Ailes changed the media and the country. Christina Cauterucci says Ailes's legacy lives on in Trump.

Critical reflections are offered by Isaac Chotiner ("He made our country nastier, stupider, cruder, and more bigoted"), Matt Gertz ("the legacy he leaves behind is a propaganda machine he created in his own image that has done incalculable damage to the country, slanting facts and information -- and sometimes completely inventing them -- in service of a vicious, right-wing agenda"), and Matt Taibbi ("He is on the short list of people most responsible for modern America's vicious and bloodthirsty character."). Alyssa Rosenberg looks back on Ailes's work for Richard Nixon as a foundation for Fox News.

Jim Rutenberg looks at how Ailes took advantage of divisions among Americans. Chris O'Falt highlights Ailes's visual storytelling influence, and Nicole Hemmer traces out his Fox News legacy. Emily Steel looks back on Ailes's Fox News exit. Don Kaplan covers Ailes's belief in his own innocence. Jonah Engel Bromwich has cataloged reactions from the right and left, including this from the director of the Peabody Awards, Jeffrey Jones: “no single individual has done more harm to American democracy in the last generation.” Bill O'Reilly blames hatred of Ailes for killing him. Ashley Cullins looks at how Ailes's death could affect the legal issues surrounding his Fox News tenure. Michael Wolff covers the complex Ailes-Murdoch relationship. Andrew Ferguson profiles Ailes. Jeff Greenfield discusses the bubble that Ailes created with Fox News, and Jon Klein describes Ailes's Fox News strategy. Bret Stephens insists Ailes was ultimately bad for conservatism. Biographer Gabriel Sherman looks back on his contentious relationship with Ailes. Oliver Darcy looks back on Ailes's creation of the conservative media celebrity. Monica Lewinsky describes how Ailes helped to make her life a nightmare.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Spec Script Fatigue

Bryn Elise Sandberg reports that agencies are combatting a deluge of TV spec scripts.

Last Man Standing Being Shopped

20th Century Fox TV is shopping Last Man Standing following its ABC cancellation.

In the Writers' Room

The LA Times has a video roundtable with showrunners Aziz Ansari, Peter Gould, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Bruce Miller and David Mandel.

FCC Moves

The FCC voted to move forward today on considering the dismantling of net neutrality rules. Democrats hope to spark a backlash to prevent it. The FCC will also review all existing media regulations, such as the "main studio" rule. The FCC will also have to deal with Sinclair's Tribune Media deal.

The CW's Upfronts

The CW released its fall schedule today. Michael O'Connell has analysis. Jason Lynch sees big changes, but Alyssa Fikse notes DC comics properties are still the cornerstone of the lineup. Spotted answers his CW questions. Oriana Schwindt make the case for why The CW sucks. Daniel Fienberg assesses the The CW's new show trailers. Masked Scheduler offers his CW judgment.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Syney Ember and Brooks Barnes discuss ESPN's hope that big personalities will help pull them through challenging times. Brian Steinberg highlights another plan: ad deals based on new metrics for live viewers across screens. SportsCenter's chief talked with Yahoo's Daniel Roberts about accusations that ESPN has gotten too liberal.

Transforming Hollywood Conference

Videos of panels at UCLA's latest Transforming Hollywood conference have been posted. The conference was subtitled The Work of Art in the Age of Algorithmic Culture, and panel topics included snackable content, fake news, music streaming, and streaming web TV.

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Streaming

Twitch is hosting a free streaming marathon of every episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood as part of a fundraiser for PBS.

Hulu's New COO

Hulu has lured the president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV over to be the service's Chief Content Officer.

Branded TV Content on Facebook

Todd Spangler reports on television's strong push toward placing branded content on Facebook.

Moynihan Exiting SNL

Bobby Moynihan will move on from Saturday Night Live after its season ends this weekend.

Arrested Development A Go

Arrested Development will get a fifth season on Netflix.

Fallon Interview

Dave Itzkoff interviewed Jimmy Fallon about hosting The Tonight Show in the Trump era.

News About News

CNN and MSNBC are making ratings strides over Fox News. Lawrence O'Donnell's show is on a ratings roll right now, which raises questions about why MSNBC is rumored to be letting him go. Meanwhile, Andy Lack is optimistic about Megyn Kelly's future at NBC News. Over at Fox News, they're rearranging the newsroom chairs.

Turner News

Turner had its upfronts presentation today. TBS announced news of a renewed deal for Conan O'Brien and an upcoming comedic anthology starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson, among other comedies. Chris Ariens covers the rebuilding of TBS and TNT. TNT is pitching reduced ad loads.

Bringing Idol Back

Jason Lynch covers the network battle that preceded ABC's announcement of the American Idol revival. At upfronts, Channing Dungey talked about the move.

Good TVeets

Even Good TVeets is back! Sort of. I've favorited a handful of things over the last month, so this is a quick journey through some things that really did happen.

CBS's Upfronts

Michael O'Connell cover's CBS's new schedule, and Josef Adalian has analysis, noting that the schedule is pretty similar to the old one. Jason Lynch covers CBS's strategies, which Les Moonves talked about at CBS's presentation. Moonves also defended the fact that CBS has few women leads in its new shows. Todd VanDerWerff found CBS oddly defensive at upfronts. Spotted answers his CBS questions. Daniel Fienberg assesses CBS's new show trailers. The trailer for Star Trek: Discovery is now out. Oriana Schwindt makes the argument for why CBS sucks. Colbert skewered Trump in an upfronts presentation.

The Masked Schedulers offers his CBS assessment.

ABC's Upfronts

Josef Adalian has analysis of ABC's fall schedule, as does Todd VanDerWerff. The Masked Scheduler sees comedy strengths and drama problems. Spotted answers his ABC questions. Daniel Fienberg assesses ABC's new show trailers. Oriana Schwindt makes the argument for why ABC sucks. THR covers ABC's upfronts presentation.

ABC has come under fire from conservatives for cancelling Last Man Standing. Lesley Goldberg and Todd VanDerWerff each explain the likely reasons for the cancellation. In other ABC show news, Scandal will end next season, Quantico will have an abbreviated third season and new showrunner, and Grey's Anatomy is getting a spinoff,

Fox's Upfronts

Josef Adalian analyzes Fox's fall schedule. The Masked Scheduler isn't excited about what Fox has planned, and Todd VanDerWerff sees Fox's schedule as copying NBC. Three NYT reporters chat about Fox's upfronts presentation. Daniel Fienberg assesses Fox's new show trailers. Spotted answers his Fox questions. Oriana Schwindt makes the argument for why Fox sucks.

NBC's Upfronts

Michael O'Connell covers NBC's fall schedule, and Lesley Goldberg notes a theme of stability. Spotted answers questions he had about NBC's options. John Koblin highlights NBC's attempt to revive Thursdays as "must see" again with the move of This Is Us to the night. The Masked Scheduler offers praise for NBC's strategies. Daniel Fienberg assesses NBC's new show trailers. Jason Lynch looks back on how Robert Greenblatt helped to resurrect NBC's fortunes. Sapna Maheshwari profiles NBCU's head of ad sales. Oriana Schwindt makes the argument for why NBC sucks.

Upfronts Time

Todd VanDerWerff explains what upfronts is and why it's still important. Anthony Crupi assessed the state of the four major broadcast networks going into upfronts. Spotted has a snapshot of the fall scheduling grid matchups (with just The CW yet to come). And Lesley Goldberg gives us a studio scorecard, which shows heavy reliance on in-house production and a squeeze-out of independent studios. THR also has an overall picked up/renewed/cancelled scorecard.

The State of Things

Vulture has a set of charts detailing ratings declines at the networks during the 2016-17 season, but Josef Adalian follows up by detailing the catalysts beyond ratings that factor into renewal and cancellation decisions these days. Todd VanDerWerff offers seven likely reasons for show cancellations these days. John Koblin identifies a shrinking gap between ratings that make a show a hit and those that make a flop, and he and Sapna Maheshwari look at how advertisers are still holding on the the networks despite viewer declines.

I'm Back! (I Hope)

Huzzah, the semester is finally over! I should finally have time to keep the N4TVM blog going again. Though I will note that I also stopped because I was burnt out, so hopefully the hiatus has refreshed by blogging brain. Maybe not the best timing to start up again in the midst of upfronts then, but we'll see how it goes. If you're still sticking around and following, thanks for your patience!