Friday, June 30, 2017


Jonathan Handel updates the state of negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP, as a strike threat looms.

Trump & Gossip

Anne Helen Petersen says Donald Trump is playing by celebrity gossip rules, not political rules. Also commenting on fame culture in the Trump era is Spencer Pratt.

Viacom Upfronts

Jason Lynch covers the results of Viacom's upfronts.

Sports News

Anthony Crupi says NFL upfronts ad sales are softer than expected, leaving a lot of drama for the scatter market. NASCAR ratings on Fox hit new lows this past season. Chris McMullan analyzes big news in Premier League sports packages via NBC and Sky. And Charter will test out a $19.95 skinny bundle with no sports channels.

Hawaii Five-0 Departures

Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have left Hawaii Five-0 due to salary disputes.

Netflix Moves

Netflix has renewed Dear White People for a second season. And Rachael Krishna describes the fan campaign that may have helped bring about a finale for Sense8.

The Carmichael Show Canceled

NBC has canceled The Carmichael Show, which will finish its third and final season in August. Josef Adalian has analysis.

AMC Premiere as Paradigm Shift

Andrew Wallenstein sees AMC's new ad-free on-demand service for Comcast subscribers as a potential paradigm-shifter: "If AMC Premiere catches on, basic cable networks don’t have to just serve as a prerequisite to the additional purchase of premium channels; they can make their own premium channels and keep a good portion of that additional revenue."

TV at Comic-Con

Lesley Goldberg lists the TV-related events at Comic-Con this year, and Damian Holbrook notes that Warner Bros. TV will be particularly active there. Netflix also has big plans for SDCC.

The Classic Sitcom's Utility

Todd VanDerWerff argues that the multi-cam sitcom offers an ideal format for our fragmented political age. In a separate piece, he explains how that essay came together across five years. in another followup, VanDerWerff explains why Sports Night's laugh track was so bad.

Sky Bid Analysis

Yesterday's ruling on Rupert Murdoch's Sky takeover bid is only a temporary obstacle, says Nils Pratley, who thinks it is now likely to be approved. Tom Watson argues that the deal should be blocked.

Upfronts Updates

Brian Steinberg reports on upfronts negotiations and deals for Disney and Turner.

Sense8 Finale

Netflix has announced a two-hour finale special for Sense8, which will air next year.

Van Susteren Ousted

MSNBC has dropped Greta Van Susteren after six months of low ratings.

New FCC Nominee

Brendan Carr has been tapped by President Trump to fill a Republican seat on the FCC. Amy Maclean introduces us to Carr.

Trump & Media

Morning Joe responded to Trump's tweets today, and Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski also penned an op-ed criticizing Trump, in which they claim Trump used the National Enquirer as a threat against them. Jeffrey Toobin explores the Enquirer's embrace of Trump.

Philip Bump highlights a study finding that Fox News fans judge Trump and issues like Russia differently than others. And Jay Rosen says the White House daily briefing is doomed.

Good TVeets

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fox News Signing

As rumored, Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz will become a Fox News contributor when he quits Congress.

Academy Expansion

Ben Travers points out that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences's member expansion includes a lot of TV stars: "these inclusions illustrate a major point of contention between the TV and film worlds: TV offers a more diverse landscape, and the Academy doesn’t want to talk about it."

Scott Feinberg criticizes the new inclusions overall for being misguided in terms of Hollywood's diversity problems, and Jason Bailey calls Feinberg out for his logic.

Jerrod Carmichael's Efforts

Jerrod Carmichael explains why he pushes for his sitcom to cover serious subjects.

Boxing on ESPN

Brian Steinberg covers ESPN's renewed move into boxing.

Well-Made Bad TV

James Poniewozik's review of Gypsy calls out the problem of what he calls well-made bad TV: "With the medium’s cachet rising, money is pouring into productions, movie talent is lined up to jump ship and the product looks luminous on our giant wide-screen sets. Rarely does a bad show announce itself anymore with klutzy performances and cheap production."

Olympics Objectification

Kavitha A. Davidson compares the objectification of men's and women's bodies in Olympics coverage.

Viewing Preferences By Race

Gary Levin presents rankings of top five shows broken down by racial/ethnic groups.

HBO on Hulu

Claire Atkinson reports that HBO is negotiating with Hulu to offer content to the streaming service.

Girls as Action Stars

Sandy Cohen highlights the rise of young girls as film and TV action stars (and includes quotes from my Notre Dame colleague Mary Celeste Kearney!).

Inside Game of Thrones

Daniel D'Addario delves substantially into how Game of Thrones is made.

Ad-Free AMC

Comcast customers can now sign up for an ad-free AMC subscription service.

MTV News Reorganization

MTV News will shift away from longform journalism in favor of online video with a younger audience in mind.

White Women Celebrity Vacuum

Anne Helen Petersen sees an erosion of white women star power in the celebrity gossip industry right now: "the entertainment industry at large is struggling with how to serve those alienated by white womanhood — but also those, on the opposite side of the cultural spectrum, desperate to sustain it."

QVC Streaming

Sami Main highlights QVC's streaming and ecommerce success: "Combining the discovery of shopping with the ease of purchasing items from your own home is what allowed QVC to evolve with technology in order to keep up with consumer demands and behaviors. Developing mobile apps or streaming and smart TV apps allowed the company to stay relevant."

Bachelorette Exploitation

Megan Garber adds to the chorus voices ripping The Bachelorette for exploiting racism for ratings.

Game Show Bonanza

Brian Lowry and Sandra Gonzalez explain why game shows are all over the summer TV lineup.

Sky Takeover Postponed

The British government says it wants further regulatory review on Rupert Murdoch's Sky takeover bid, so resolution likely won't come until fall.

News Coverage of Muslims

Meighan Stone is discussing her study of news media coverage of Muslims and refugee policies, which found that "during a two-year period from 2015-2017, there was not a single month where positive stories about Muslims outnumbered negative stories" across three broadcast network newscasts.

New NBC News Starts

Sarah Ellison wonders if Megyn Kelly can put her bad start at NBC behind her. Over at MSNBC, Jeremy Barr notes that conservative Hugh Hewitt's new show is rolling out quietly. NBC and MSNBC have also now added conservative columnist Bret Stephens as an on-air contributor.

Social Media News

Facebook has hit the 2 billion user mark, which Josh Constine notes comes with a lot of responsibility. Harry McCracken looks at how Facebook got there. And speaking of responsibility, ProPublica criticizes Facebook for algorithms that protect hate speech from white men while censoring minorities. Sara Fischer charts out how Facebook and four other tech giants are swallowing up two-thirds of the global ad market. Meanwhile, Tumblr is struggling and its future is in question.

Trump vs. CNN

The heat on CNN for its Russia retraction has intensified due to the release of secretly-recorded video, which has open the door for Trump to go to town on CNN and on the (non-Fox) media in general. There's also heat now on Jeff Zucker.

Meanwhile, Trump went after MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cosby Juror Talks

A juror on the Bill Cosby trial is talking about his experience.

GLOW Praise

Alyssa Rosenberg says you'll be a smarter person if you watch Netflix's GLOW. Star Alison Brie talked to Jackie Strause about the show's representation of women.

Audition Scam Details

Gary Baum has new details on the pay-for-play audition scam.

Vimeo Retreats

Vimeo won't launch an SVOD service next year, retreating from a plan to compete with Netflix and others.

TV Cinematography

Carrie Witmer talks with Fargo and Legion cinematographer Craig Wrobleski about working in TV.

Virtual MVPD News

YouTube TV will expand to ten new markets, while Colin Dixon reports on data showing that Hulu subscribers are more inclined to try a virtual MVPD service than other SVOD subscribers due to their viewing proclivities.

Carmichael Episode Rescheduled

NBC will air the postponed mass shooting episode of The Carmichael Show Wednesday night.

State of Ad Sales

Jason Lynch talks to Fox Networks Group's new ad sales chief about the state of the TV ad market.

Broadcast's Emmys Chances

Michael Malone says a handful of broadcast network shows might actually have a chance at the Emmys this year.

Noxon Profile

Mary Kaye Schilling profiles writer Marti Noxon.

BoJack Blocked

China won't allow BoJack Horseman on its video streaming service as part of a Netflix licensing agreement.

X-Files Writers

The X-Files writing staff on season 11 will be all men.

TMZ, Trump's Outlet

Judd Legum looks at TMZ's transition into a pro-Trump outlet.

The Bachelorette Exploiting Race

Ira Madison III accuses the Bachelor franchise of exploiting race for ratings, as do Emma Gray and Claire Fallon.

Sprint Acquisition

Sprint is in acquisition talks with Charter and Comcast, but Andrew Wallenstein says the odds don't look likely for it to happen.

Saul Renewed

AMC has ordered a fourth season of Better Call Saul.

EU Fines Google

The EU has handed Google a $2.7 billion fine in an anti-trust case. Ben Thompson offers analysis of the case.

Ratings Races

Jimmy Fallon finally broke Stephen Colbert's total viewers ratings streak, though Colbert pulled ahead in L+3 ratings. And Fox News retained its cable news ratings lead in the last quarter.

Sports TV News

Fox Sports is cutting writing and editing jobs and shifting that money over to online video. Across sports organizations, millennials are increasingly being targeted. At ESPN, a sports reporter says she was fired for being conservative.

Minority Hire Incentives

The state of New York has a new law providing tax incentives for the hiring of women and racial minorities as TV writers and directors.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Celebrity Endorsements

Joanne Kaufman discusses the use of celebrity endorsers to sell things to senior citizens.

The Bachelor & Race

Ira Madison III calls out The Bachelor franchise for exploiting race for ratings.

Facebook's TV Efforts

Joe Flint and Deepa Seetharaman cover Facebook's moves into scripted programming. Will Richmond follows with analysis.

Megyn Kelly's Ratings

Megyn Kelly's Sunday night show fell to another low in the ratings.

The State of ESPN

John Ourand assesses in detail the state of ESPN and its future.

Rick & Morty Update

Dan Harmon has tried to explain why Rick & Marty's third season is taking so long.

Best Shows

Jen Chaney and Matt Zoller Seitz name the best shows of the year so far. Rob Sheffield also names twelve best shows.

Weird TV

Karen Gomez notes the rise of strange and eccentric television shows, with Twin Peaks and American Gods leading the charge.

CNN's Russia Coverage

CNN will move forward with stricter rules on its coverage of Russia following a retracted online story. Three staffers have resigned following the retraction.

Guild News

SAG-AFTRA expects to send out a strike authorization vote to its members over its AMPTP contract that expires Friday. Separately, SAG-AFTRA released a report with the results of an investigation finding union executives innocent of financial misdeed accusations. Over at the DGA, Thomas Schlamme will take over as president.

Silicon Valley Interviews

Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller gave an interview to THR about his departure from the show that has many talking. Separately, showrunner Mike Judge talked about the situation and the show's fourth season finale.

Girlboss Canceled

Netflix has ended another show after only one season: Girlboss.

Good TVeets

Friday, June 23, 2017

New CST Posts

Check out recent Critical Studies in Television blog posts:

Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar

You can visit a Game of Thrones-themed bar in DC through August.

The Look of The Handmaid's Tale

Chris O'Falt talked with a director and cinematographer on The Handmaid's Tale about achieving the look of the series.

Apple's Strategies

Nathan McAlone covers Apple's new TV strategies, and Will Richmond and Colin Dixon's podcast talks Apple originals plus the effect of streaming quality on viewer responses.

Roseanne & the Alt-Right

Amy Zimmerman explores Roseanne Barr's embrace of the alt-right movement.

Long Breaks

Hillary Busis looks at the growing trend of long breaks between seasons.

The Music Supervisor

John Jurgensen highlights the job of music supervisors, who are eligible for an Emmy for the first time.

White House Media

Dylan Byers covers how poor relations now are between the White House and the media. Today, CNN sent a sketch artist to a press briefing where cameras were banned. Carlos Maza explains why Trump's undermining of the media is a threat to democracy.

Netflix's Streaming Technology

Brady Dale details how Netflix's streaming technology works.

In a related story, Klint Finley explains why net neutrality matters and companies like Netflix and Amazon are lobbying to save it.

NFL Streaming

The owner of the New England Patriots says the NFL's future is in OTT and live-streaming deals. Right now, Amazon is asking a lot for ads during the games it will stream this fall.

Best Shows

Maureen Ryan picks the best shows that have aired thus far in 2017.

Making a Murderer Ruling

In a followup to Making a Murderer, a federal appeals court ruling could result in Brendan Dassey going free.

Al Jazeera Turmoil

Saudi Arabia is demanding the closure of Al Jazeera. Amanda Erickson explains why the outlet angers Saudi Arabia and other countries so much. A Guardian op-ed calls the closure demand wrong and ridiculous.

ABC Decisions

ABC's Downward Dog will end with its one summer season, while Shondaland's Still Star-Crossed gets moved to Saturday night.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Playing House & Breast Cancer

Playing House star Jessica St. Clair explains why she wanted her breast cancer experience written into the series.

AT&T-Time Warner Opposition

Democratic senators expressed their opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger in a letter to the attorney general.

UFC Rights

Marisa Guthrie discusses the pressure on new owner WME-IMG as UFC rights go up for grabs.

Reality TV Therapy

Ann-Derrick Gaillot questions the ethics and results of reality TV therapy shows.

Frustration With Facebook

Sarah Frier and Gerry Smith report on news outlet frustration with Facebook's video demands.

Latinx Representation

Matt Brennan talked with Latino/a actors about changes, and the lack of them, in Latino/a roles on TV over time.

Women Journalists in Muslim Countries

Yeganeh Rezaian discusses the importance of and challenge for women journalists reporting from Muslim countries.

Sci-Fi Fun

Adam Rodgers praises Syfy's fun science fiction shows compared to more serious prestige fare.

Queen Sugar's Directing Crew

Meredith Blake introduces us to Queen Sugar's all-women directing crew.

The N Word

Maria Elena Fernandez considers why "the n-word" is appearing on numerous shows lately, while Jerrod Carmichael talked with Michael Schneider about his show's timely topics.

Fox-Sky Deal

We will learn on June 29 whether or not 21st Century Fox will be allowed to own all of Sky or not.

Most Powerful People

THR has released its annual list of the 100 most powerful people in entertainment, with Bob Iger, Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos, and Steve Burke at the top.

Netflix Strategies

Janko Roettgers identifies five insights in Netflix's corporate culture manifesto, while Matt Given highlights four pivot points that have helped Netflix surpass cable in subscribers. In programming news, Netflix has launched choose-your-own-adventure style content for kids.

The OINTB Hack

The people who run the small studio that was hacked and had its Orange is the New Black files leaked are telling their story.

Designing SNL's Sets

Constance Grady interviews Saturday Night Live's longtime set designer.

Apple's TV Moves

Josef Adalian assesses Apple's further moves into TV programming with its hiring of Sony execs. Natalie Jarvey and Lesley Goldberg say many in Hollywood are excited by Apple's new appetite for programming, and Tim Goodman sees a big impact coming. Sean Allen explains why Apple wants original content. Meanwhile, back over at Sony, Goldberg notes that a tough task lies ahead to replace what Apple lured away.

Rating Gender Stereotypes

Susan Chira describes an attempt by Common Sense Media to rate movies and TV shows based on gender stereotypes.

CBS Daytime Renewals

CBS renewed its entire daytime lineup through next year, while The Young and the Restless got a three-year renewal.

Upfronts & Ad Buys

CBS and The CW have reportedly finished their upfronts sales, with The CW seeing 3-5% gains and overall gains at CBS. Brian Steinberg sees a Trump effect on upfronts, as news and late-night are a key focus of negotiations. Amanda Lotz's podcast covers stacking rights and how they can affect upfronts negotiations.

Jason Lynch reports on the TV ad market for May, which saw cable up and broadcast down. Anthony Crupi also reports.

Twin Peaks Ratings

Kate Aurthur analyzes ratings for Twin Peaks and says they're an example of TV viewing in flux.

Save Seeso

John Hugar explains why Seeso, which has been hit with layoffs, is worth sustaining.

John Oliver Sued

John Oliver and Last Week Tonight writers are being sued by a coal baron for character assassination.

ABC News Trial

Eriq Gardner covers the latest developments in the ABC News "pink slime" defamation trial.

News About Cable News

Michael Wolff looks at the battle between CNN and NBC News to garner Trump-related ratings. MSNBC apparently thinks a conservative radio host is a good way to go, as it's giving Hugh Hewitt a Saturday morning show. Meanwhile, CNN is making a big investment in a social video startup called Great Big Story.

Trump & the Media

Brian Stelter explains why it's problematic that the White House is rolling back on-camera press briefings. Reporters were even warned not to report on the reporting restrictions. Trump is finding a lot of love, however, at Fox & Friends and on Sinclair-owned TV stations. On CNBC's Squawk Box, Trump's army of climate change deniers has a platform. Andy Dehnart reports on Trump being sued over the UK Apprentice and the emoluments clause.

Critics on Critics

Hanh Nguyen gathered comments from TV critics about how they use social media for their work. Over at Vox, Todd VanDerWerff and Alan Sepinwall chat on a podcast about TV criticism in the Peak TV era. And Laura Prudom notes the importance of the TCA awards, as women and people of color have been richly rewarded by critics with nominations this year.

Fox Fall Schedule

Fox has announced its fall premiere dates. In other Fox news, you can expect to see six-second ads on its streaming services soon and eventually on its linear channels.

Charter + Cox?

Claire Atkinson reports that Charter Communications wants to acquire Cox Communications.

Third Season Finales

Better Call Saul finished its third season on Monday. Daniel Fienberg has an interview with the show's co-creators, Alan Sepinwall chats with the episode's writer, and Sonia Saraiya talks to Peter Gould about the final scene. Sean T. Collins explains how Better Call Saul got so good. Sepinwall talked to Bob Odenkirk about playing Jimmy and Saul.

Wednesday brought us the Fargo season finale. Fienberg talked to showrunner Noah Hawley about the season, as did Daniel Holloway. Christian Long identifies all of the third season Coen homages.

Bachelor in Paradise Resumes

ABC says Bachelor in Paradise will resume filming, as the network claims no misconduct was found, yet the investigation will continue, with one of the contestant's attorney's pledging to keep investigating. Another contestant says race is an issue here. Ashley Collins considers how this case could reshape reality TV, while Jackson McHenry has a leaked Bachelor in Paradise contract that illustrates producer power. Jason Damata explains why brands have been happy with Bachelor in Paradise. Meanwhile, over at The Bachelorette, the most recent episode addressed issues of race.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good TVeets

Monday, June 19, 2017

Time Warner-Snap Deal

Time Warner has signed a big deal with Snap to create original shows for Snapchat.

Veep & Trump

Ian Crouch analyzes this season of Veep in light of Donald Trump. The current episode of KCRW's The Business also focuses on Veep with an interview of showrunner David Mandel.

Transforming YouTube

Harry McCracken looks at how CEO Susan Wojcicki is trying to transform YouTube and best TV.

More on Cosby

Wesley Morris reflects on the meaning of Bill Cosy and The Cosby Show today, while Jeannie Suk Gersen covers the legal principles behind Cosby's mistrial. Morris and Jenna Wortham consider what exactly was on trial during Cosby's case.

Carrie Coon's Big Year

Joanna Robinson profiles Carrie Coon, stealing the show in both Fargo and The Leftovers this year.

Apple's Video Potential

Will Richmond says Apple's TV plans are still murky despite its big hire of two execs.

ESPN Shakeup

James Andrew Miller covers the executive shakeup happening at ESPN, which John Ourand's podcast also addresses.

Emmy Campaigns

John Koblin and Brooks Barnes highlight how Emmy campaign season has gotten increasingly lavish. Tzipora Baitch points out particularly creative campaigns.

Univision News's Purpose

Jim Rutenberg profiles Univision News, "one of the most striking examples I’ve seen all year of a news organization that is meeting the moment."

Facebook Live's Violence

Alex Kantrowitz says Facebook Live has a major violence problem.

White House Frustrations

White House reporters are angry over off-camera briefings dictated by Sean Spicer, while Spicer may soon have a new role.

O'Reilly's Plans

Bill O'Reilly says we can soon expect more news about his firing, as he indicates a left-wing conspiracy is at fault. He also says he'll launch a new project soon.

Critics & Awards

Television Critics Association Awards nominations are out, while two THR critics declare who should and shouldn't win Emmys.

Cherniss Departs WGNA

In a move expected following Sinclair's takeover, president Matt Cherniss is leaving WGN America.

Last Man Standing Rejected By CMT

Last Man Standing won't be revived at CMT due to the show's price tag.

Fall Schedule News

NBC has announced its fall premieres schedule, while CBS has given us its Star Trek: Discovery rollout plan.

The Kelly-Jones Interview

Megyn Kelly's interview of Alex Jones drew mediocre ratings, and big-name advertisers were scant. There were some favorable reviews, though. Reviewers variably called the interview contentious, unobjectionable, pointlessa waste of time, not a worst-case scenario, less controversial than expected, problematic, not worth it, a B+ for Kelly, and credible. Erik Oster considers what brands can learn from the fallout.

 Danielle Tcholakian considers the role media criticism played in Kelly's Jones segment. Sonia Saraiya says NBC has a Megyn Kelly problem. And John Doyle sees the interview as the next level of anti-truth on TV.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Kelly's Putin Failure

Yashar Ali points to the unedited cut of Megyn Kelly's interview of Vladimir Putin to illustrate her shortcomings as an interviewer.

ESPN's Strategy

Ty Duffy says ESPN has become more left-leaning, but it's just smart business strategy: "If there are now two Americas, ESPN (and sports leagues) will move with the one advertisers want to reach: young people, people with disposable income, and growing minority populations."

Presidential Twitter Library

Jamie Righetti takes us into the Daily Show's Presidential Twitter Library in New York City. You can see it for yourself online.

Sense8 Needs a Finale

Liz Shannon Miller lobbies Netflix to produce a Sense8 feature-length series finale.

Apple Hires

Apple has poached a pair of top Sony TV executives to develop original video programming. Alan Wolk says it's a smart move.

GBBO Value

Genevieve Valentine explains how the Great British Bake Off has ridden low stakes to great success.

Picking Emmy Episodes

Showtime's David Nevins discusses the strategy of selecting particular episodes for Emmy consideration.

Ad Problems

Tyler Pietz sees trouble ahead for ad-supported video-on-demand services, while Claire Atkinson says TV is seeing a global drop in ad sales revenue. She also says upfronts deals are moving slowly and seeing only small gains, which analysts are affirming.

Wage Challenges

Jonathan Handel explains how SAG-AFTRA contract talks with the AMPTP could be complicated by wage deals made in the DGA and WGA negotiations.

Netflix & Net Neutrality

Jacob Kastrenakes analyzes a tweet from Netflix claiming it will fight for net neutrality rules, seemingly a course change from previous statements. Hanh Nguyen also reports.

Seeso Layoffs

Nellie Andreeva reports on layoffs at NBCU's comedy SVOD service Seeso.

Trump & Murdoch

Lucia Graves delves into the evolution of the tight relationship between Rupert Murdoch and Donald Trump.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Celebrity Pregnancy

Anne Helen Petersen uses Kim Kardashian's pregnancy as a gateway to analyzing how celebrities perform pregnancy in public, today and in the past.

SVOD Subscribing & Viewing

Sami Main reports on a new survey finding that over 60% of OTT streaming service subscribers also still have a pay TV subscription, and millennials are more likely than other demographics to subscribe to the three major streamers. The survey also covered preferences for content discovery.

Another report analyzed audience data on Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon viewership. (Could that Hulu gender breakdown be right?)

Carmichael Show Mistake

John Hugar believes NBC made a mistake in pulling the mass shooter episode of The Carmichael Show.

Netflix Becoming HBO

Angela Watercutter traces out how Netflix has built its originals business to compete with the HBOs of the world.

UHF Discount & Sinclair

An appeals court declined to bar the FCC from reinstating the UHF discount, which clears the way for Sinclair's takeover of Tribune Media. David Oxenford offers legal analysis.

The Handmaid's Tale & Hulu

Josef Adalian looks at how The Handmaid's Tale has become a game-changer for Hulu: "As the show wraps its first season this week, the streaming stalwart seems to have found its paradigm-shifting success. Its challenge: making sure Handmaid’s early blessings resonate well beyond Emmy nominations and critics’ year-end lists."

Fox & Hulu

Fox's end-around of affiliates at Hulu's live TV service sets a disturbing precedent, says Harry A. Jessell.

Bachelor in Paradise Assessments

Kathryn VanArendonk considers if the Bachelor in Paradise controversy could blow back on the Bachelor/ette franchise. Bachelor in Paradise star Evan Bass offers a plea to ABC to protect the show and defends its existence. Reality TV producer James Callenberger explains how sex is usually orchestrated on shows like this, while attorney Lisa Bloom is calling for new rules for consent on reality shows.

Kelly-Jones Updates

A Connecticut NBC affiliate won't air Megyn Kelly's interview of Alex Jones, and Maureen Ryan argues NBC shouldn't air it in the first place. Sandy Hook families are threatening legal action. NBC News insists the show will go on despite the controversy, though there's word that the segment has been overhauled in light of the backlash.

For his part, Jones has scooped Kelly by releasing pre-interview audio of Kelly courting him for the interview. Charlie Warzel says this is another case of the mainstream media not being able to navigate the new troll order.

Multiple writers are saying this debacle also shows the mistakes NBC News has made with Kelly -- Michael Schneider, Dylan Byers, and Grynbaum and Koblin -- while Jason Damata says no one should be surprised by what's playing out.

Cosby Trial

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has ended in a mistrial. THR gathers comments from legal experts about what happened and what could happen next. Lili Loofborouw speculates on why Cosby is going free. Laura McGann we should definitely believe Bill Cosby when he has admitted to drugging women. Greg Braxton covers Cosby's contentious relationship with the African-American community, and Gene Demby covers his past and future legacy within Black America. Rebecca Traister says the mistrial offers a lesson in power in America circa 2017.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale & Race

Angelica Jade BastiƩn is critical of The Handmaid's Tale for its handling of race.

Fire-Worthy Comedy

John Hugar grapples with the question of what should get a comedian fired in 2017.

Game of Thrones Aftershow

The Game of Thrones aftershow is moving to Twitter and Periscope.

Women Over 40

Inkoo Kang laments television's dysfunctional representations of women over 40.

China Censors Celebrity News

Amy Qin reports on Chinese censors going after celebrity gossip blogs.

Anti-Piracy Coalition

A big group of entertainment companies has formed a worldwide anti-piracy coalition called the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment.

Carmichael Show Rescheduling

NBC pulled a Carmichael Show episode about a mass shooting, and Jerrod Carmichael is not happy about it.

Trump-era Roseanne

The Roseanne revival will reportedly tackle Trump-relevant issues.

SNL's Big Year

Greg Evans talks to a handful of cast members about this season of Saturday Night Live.

Upfronts News

Brian Steinberg covers early moves in the upfronts market at NBC, Fox, and ABC.  Meanwhile, Anthony Crupi says upfronts numbers are meaningless until real orders are locked in and the checks actually clear.

Eurovision & Politics

William Lee Adams looks at how politics has encroached on Eurovision.

Adaptation & Fan Fiction

Liz Shannon Miller assesses literary adaptations like The Handmaid's Tale and American Gods as modes of fan fiction.

The Walking Dead in VR

Virtual reality games tied to The Walking Dead are in the works.

Multi-Cam Reluctance

The Masked Scheduler speculates on why networks aren't more embracing of multi-cam sitcoms.

Blind Viewership

Kelsey McKinney covers how blind people consume television shows with the assistance of audio description.

Local Ratings Battle

Harry A. Jessell highlights the growing battle in local ratings between Nielsen and upstart comScore.

Facebook Reality Show

Facebook has picked up a reality competition series, Last State Standing.

Most Social Shows of 2016-17

Sami Main relays Nielsen's top 10 performers in Social Content Ratings for 2016-17.

Netflix News

Ian Morris reports that Netflix now has more subscribers in the US than major cable providers do. But Paul Bond questions Wall Street's love for Netflix given its content costs. John Koblin notes that Netflix was a big focus at the ATX Festival's executive panel. Rich Greenfield proposes that Bob Iger regrets Disney's content deal with Netflix. And Ben Travers points out that Netflix is submitting individual episodes from Black Mirror and Easy in the TV Movie or Limited Series categories to better their chances at the Emmys.

Comedy Actress Roundtable

THR has posted its latest roundtable with TV comedy actresses.

Bachelor in Paradise Controversy

One of the participants in the Bachelor in Paradise controversy is speaking out and defending himself. Jackie Strause and Lesley Goldberg consider if the show can be saved from cancellation.

News Links

Brian Steinberg and Cynthia Littleton delve into the cable news ratings battle as Trump draws more viewers to them: "The competitive fervor among the Big Three to turn these added eyeballs into regular viewers is further stoked by the fact that the longtime market leader — Fox News — is vulnerable after a year of turmoil on both sides of the camera." In regard to the network new ratings battle, Chris Ariens follows up on the story of NBC Nightly News retitling the broadcast likely to maintain a Nielsen season lead.

Rolling Stone interviews Rachel Maddow about hosting a news show in the Trump era. Over at Fox News, the Ailes-era slogan "fair and balanced" has been retired. Ileane Rudolph covers concerns that TV news has gotten too graphically violent.

Last Man Standing to Return?

CMT is reportedly in talks to pick up ABC's canceled Last Man Standing.

Kelly-Jones Interview

Advertiser withdrawal from Megyn Kelly's interview of Alex Jones on Sunday continues to build. Lorraine Ali says this illustrate the perils that come with "big get" interviews, Jim Rutenberg highlights the line between news and promotion. Margaret Sullivan doesn't think a one-on-one interview with Kelly is the way to expose Jones, and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan offers suggestions for how to interview a liar without getting played. Andrew Tyndall notes that the stakes are very high for Kelly. Kelly was interviewed TV Guide about talking with Jones. Jeff Zucker thinks the marketing of the interview is problematic.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Fox Live on Hulu

Shalini Ramachandran reports that the Fox network is making a live feed available on Hulu's new live-streaming service in markets where affiliates haven't established carriage deals with Hulu yet.

Facebook News

Facebook plans to revive a canceled MTV series, Loosely Exactly Nicole, and the platform is touting to advertisers that users turn to Facebook during TV ad breaks.

Dish & the Law

Bob Scherman covers Dish Network's recent and ongoing legal problems. (link fixed)

Reality TV Roundtable

THR has posted a reality TV roundtable.

Netflix Strategies

Jan Dawson covers Netflix's huge growth in spending on original content. Scott Porch says the Brad Pitt film War Machine turning out to be only a minor hit is fine for Netflix.

The Americans' Emmy Campaign

Cynthia Littleton covers FX's creatively covert Emmys campaign for The Americans: "FX is clearly looking to generate some buzz for the show with its unusual FYC promotional efforts, which may well cause a stir with TV news viewers who are unaware of the show."

Fervor Fades

Matt Zoller Seitz says there doesn't seem to be the fervor for series finales that there used to be, while Todd VanDerWerff observes that major character deaths now pass by without much attention, with Fear the Walking Dead (so, spoilers) as an example.

Bachelor in Paradise Production Suspended

Production on ABC's Bachelor in Paradise has been halted due to "allegations of misconduct," and one report claims the issue is a nonconsensual sexual encounter that occurred during filming.

Cosby Trial Update

The jury has begun deliberations in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby.

Kelly-Jones Controversy

Megyn Kelly is under fire for an upcoming interview with InfoWars host Alex Jones. and one advertiser has pulled its local and digital ads from all NBC News programming until it airs next Sunday. Brian Steinberg notes that advertisers are having to deal with a lot of cases like this as public controversies stoke anger. For his part, Alex Jones has called for Kelly to drop the interview because of misrepresentation of his views.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Skinny Bundle Tide

Victor Luckerson pinpoints winners and losers in the rise of TV skinny bundles.

OZ's Legacy

Joe Bish delves into the legacy of HBO's OZ, twenty years after its premiere: "Without the risks OZ took, and they way in which it took them, television would not be the same as it is now."

Banff TV Festival

Another TV Festival! Etan Vlessing tells us about the World Media Festival in Banff, taking place this week.

Transformative TV Apps

David Bloom highlights two TV viewing apps that could transform the second-screen experience.

Netflix News

Netflix says Sense8 is definitely canceled. Gregg Kilday covers comments from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos about that, as well as the Cannes controversy. The topic of Netflix cancellations came up at the ATX festival during an exec panel.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

News Imbalance

Mohammed Hanif finds the differences between news coverage of terror attacks in the UK and the Middle East problematic.

Producing American Grit

Andy Dehnart takes us behind the scenes of the American Grit reality TV series.

Upfronts Sales Begin

Brian Steinberg reports that upfronts deals are starting to happen, and "early-stage haggle suggests advertisers may have more leverage this year than in 2016."

CNN Fires Aslan

CNN has cut Believer host Reza Aslan loose following his anti-Trump comments. Liz Shannon Miller finds this move troubling.

Deal Updates

Alanna Petroff explains how last Thursday's UK election could affect Rupert Murdoch's attempt to take complete control of Sky. Mathew Ingram details why Sinclair is willingly paying billions (link fixed) to take over Tribune Media. And Corinne Grinapol reports on Yahoo shareholder approval of Verizon's takeover and the job losses that will result.

Maddow's Power

Mark Joyella highlights Rachel Maddow's rise to cable news ratings supremacy.

The Comey Show

James Comey's Senate testimony drew high ratings across TV. James Poniewozik covers the testimony in light of televised hearings past, and Alyssa Rosenberg said Comey deserves an Oscar for his performance

RIP Adam West

Batman actor Adam West has died. Robert Lloyd offers an appreciation. Matt Zoller Seitz assesses West's legacy: "West made peace with the fact that the Caped Crusader defined him, perhaps because he realized the extent to which his performance in the role defined Batman, for all time." Glen Weldon offers a personal reflection.

Friday, June 9, 2017

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Emmys & Gender Binaries

Matthew Gilbert addresses the complication a non-binary actor like Asia Kate Dillon poses for the Emmys.

Adults Playing Teens

Vanessa Golembewski explores the problems that result from adult actors playing teen characters.

Amazon's Penetration

Rani Molla reports on Amazon Prime's household penetration and the room it has to grow among lower-income consumers.

Revenue Plateau Coming

Todd Spangler reports on a new PricewaterhouseCoopers forecast predicting anemic revenue growth in the coming years in the entertainment and media sectors.

Dowd & Martindale Chat

Gazelle Emami interviewed actresses Ann Dowd and Margo Martindale together.

Netflix's Brand Recognition

Colin Dixon reports on Netflix's brand recognition, which is twice that of ABC, CBS, and NBC.

Saving Television

Alan Wolk looks at the challenge the linear TV industry has in a growing non-linear world from viewership to measurement.

Casting Scam Plea Deal

One of the people accused of running pay-to-play casting workshop schemes has taken a plea deal.

Reality TV Trade Merger

A pair of nonfiction TV trade organizations has become one, called NPACT.

Long Episodes

Bryn Elise Sandberg delves into why TV episode running times have gotten so long.

comScore Expansion

Sinclair has told advertisers all of its stations will exclusively use comScore to measure ratings starting next year. Charter Communications will also expand its use of comScore to measure set-top box information.

Claws on TNT & Twitter

TNT's new drama Claws will also stream on Twitter, the first such instance for a basic cable drama.

OWN Won't Pick Up Underground

Oprah Winfrey says Underground is too expensive for OWN to pick up.

Comedy's Eclecticism

Michael O'Connell looks at the eclecticism with the comedy category for Emmys consideration.

Cancellation Worries

Alyssa Rosenberg addresses the recent raft of high-profile cancellations and notes "it’s increasingly hard to know what makes a show successful anymore — and what might save it if it’s lagging."

Comey Chryons

Kevin Schaul and Samuel Granados charted out the different chryons CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News used during James Comey's Senate hearing today.

CW Premieres

The CW has announced its fall premiere week.

Trump's Impact

THR has a set of articles on Donald Trump's potential impact on the Emmys, the fate of military dramas overseas, and fatigue among late-night show writers and hosts. Also, Marisa Guthrie reports on an ESPN study claiming that a perceived political bias is not affecting viewership.

Al-Jazeera in Crisis

Diplomatic crisis for Qatar has resulted in crisis for Al-Jazeera, whose future is now in jeopardy. Wadah Kanfar sees this as part of an older fight to suppress independent information in the Middle East. Today, Al Jazeera is having to contend with a hacker cyberattack of its media platforms.

ATX Festival Lessons

The ATX Television Festival begins today. Ethan Alter talked to the festival organizers about lessons they've learned from its previous years. Elizabeth Wagmeister profiles the festival.

LA Production

The good news for Los Angeles is TV production is soaring there. The bad news: it's harder to get access to soundstages as a result.

More Roundtables

THR has posted two more roundtables: drama actresses and comedy showrunners.

Broadcast News Issues

David Bauder notes the network evening newscasts aren't getting the ratings boosts that cable news outlets are enjoying lately. And Marisa Guthrie sees CBS's Scott Pelley shakeup as part of larger problems for nightly network news.

Aging Sports Audiences

John Lombardo & David Broughton report on analysis of Nielsen figures finding the average age of sports TV viewers rising quickly. Matt Yoder notes NASCAR and golf audiences skewing oldest, while MLS and NBA fanbases are staying young.

Best Queer Shows & Characters

IndieWire asked TV critics to name the best queer shows on TV now, while Decider has ranked the 50 most important LGBTQ characters in television history.

24's Future

24: Legacy has been canceled, but the 24 franchise may continue in anthology form.

Cosby Trial

Bill Cosby's trial enters its fourth day today. Catch up on the week's previous events at the NYT: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. Ellis Cashmore explores how "the Bill Cosby trial is about celebrity, race, black men and the American way."

BuzzFeed & TV

Gerry Smith delves into BuzzFeed's video content production operations and prospects for getting into traditional TV.

Mobile Competition

Claire Atkinson reports on a study finding people increasingly turning to their phones for entertainment rather than TV, with ratings declines for season finales this year as evidence. Derek Thompson sees Facebook and Google as big beneficiaries of Netflix and mobile disruption of TV.

New Apple Series

Maureen Ryan reviews Apple's first TV series -- "It’s not terrible, but essentially, it’s a bland, tepid, barely competent knock-off of Shark Tank" -- and Natalie Jarvey covers Apple's larger TV programming aspirations.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017