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Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 9:32PM EST
40 million watched President Trump's primetime Oval Office speech
According to Nielsen figures, CBS was the highest-rated channel for Trump's speech on the border with 8.09 million viewers.
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 1:57PM EST
President Trump's border wall speech had fewer viewers than the Democratic response
Trump's speech at 9 p.m. ET drew a 28.1 rating in metered markets. The speech from House speaker Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer at about 9:15 p.m. ET drew a 29.3 rating.
Posted Wednesday 1/09/19 at 6:49AM EST
President Trump's first Oval Office address didn't make for compelling TV
Source: The New York Times
Trump's first live address from the Oval Office, addressing the controversy over the U.S.-Mexico border, fell flat. "What there was not, after two days of media drama, was a convincing argument for why this needed to be a prime-time event at all," says James Poniewozik. "There was no news. There was no new argument. There was just a wall of sound, and the American viewing audience paid for it. Nor was there much compelling television, unless you’re an avid maker of internet memes. This was not a friendly setting for either party. The Oval Office, which can confer gravitas on a typical president, simply saps this atypical one. Mr. Trump comes alive playing off a crowd, like the ones he drove wild with promises that Mexico would pay for the wall. Plopped behind a desk, sniffling, reading sleepily from a TelePrompTer, he was a comedian playing an empty room."
- Networks interrupted their schedules "for a rerun of one of the longest-running programs on national television: Trump’s immigration talking points"
- Broadcast networks ended their coverage of Trump's speech by 9:30 p.m. ET
- None of the networks attempted to fact check Trump in real time
- Even Fox News had a fact check of the president, from Shepard Smith
- Stephen Colbert gives Trump's wall speech an alternate ending
- Jimmy Kimmel blasts Trump's speech: "Rarely does a president of the United States interrupt primetime television to warn us about a completely made-up thing"
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 7:27PM EST
Why network TV should stop airing all presidential speeches -- no matter who is living in the White House
"Broadcast networks should get out of the business of covering almost all presidential addresses and press conferences, no matter who’s living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Josef Adalian says in response to President Trump's immigration speech tonight. "This might sound like an early effort to secure a spot in the 2019 Hot Take Hall of Fame, but there’s simply zero need for broadcasters to blow up their regular schedules because a politician — any politician — is giving a preplanned speech. ABC, CBS, and NBC only do so because their respective news divisions whine loudly any time their West Coast counterparts in entertainment so much as suggest that maybe there’s no need to go live for (not really breaking) news. According to multiple Los Angeles–based suits I’ve spoken with this week and over the years, the argument always seems to boil down to competition: If Network X doesn’t cover this speech or that news conference, while the other nets do, Network X will look less committed to being seen as a primary news source and its brand will suffer. This theory is not without logic, and yet it also ignores the reality that national broadcast networks are not where most Americans turn for news these days."
- Networks will try fact-checking Trump on-air tonight, but some of the fact-checking will be done on their websites
- Broadcast networks are granting an even greater pulpit to a man who hardly needs the help
- Ted Koppel: "When the president of the United States asks for time to make an address to the American public, I don’t think you can say no"
- Fox News forced to fact check itself after claiming broadcast networks never denied a president a primetime platform
- Stormy Daniels to counterprogram Trump by folding laundry in her underwear on Instagram Live
- 10 things to watch on TV tonight instead of Trump
Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 1:59PM EST
TV networks will air Democratic response to President Trump's border wall address
NBC, Fox, ABC, PBS and CBS said they will offer time to the Democrats after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested time. ALSO: Trump runs apocalyptic border wall ads in advance of tonight's speech.
Posted Monday 1/07/19 at 1:57PM EST
President Trump wants to interrupt primetime on Tuesday to talk about the border, but at least two networks are reluctant
The New York Times' Michael M. Grynbaum reports that "at least TWO major networks still deliberating – skepticism about handing over airwaves for political statement." President Trump is scheduled to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday. UPDATE: Trump tweets he'll address the nation at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, but no word on if networks will carry the address. Meanwhile, an anonymous TV executive tells CNN's Brian Stelter of the debate over giving Trump airtime: "He calls us fake news all the time, but needs access to airwaves… If we give him the time, he'll deliver a fact-free screed without rebuttal. And if we don't give him the time, he'll call every network partisan. So we are damned if we do and damned if we don't."
Posted Friday 1/04/19 at 6:29PM EST
Discovery Channel yanks Border Live after disappointing viewership
Discovery Channel's attempt at a U.S.-Mexico border spin on A&E's hit Live P.D. format failed to catch on, despite the border being in the news thanks to the Trump presidency. Discovery originally announced the Bill Weir-hosted Border Live as a six-part limited series. But Border Live, featuring Weir in a New York City studio with live reports from the border, has been dropped after just three airings, the last of which was on Dec. 19 -- three days before the government was shut down over President Trump's demand for federal funding to build a new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Border Live attracted just 433,000 viewers and a 0.1 ratings in the key 18-49 demo with its last episode.
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Geraldo Rivera's presence on Fox News is a mixture of Mike Wallace, Jerry Springer and Paul Lynde
Source: The New Yorker
Rivera created a "tizzy" when he spoke out against the border patrol tear-gassing Central American migrants on Monday's edition of The Five, departing from Fox News "orthodoxy," says Troy Patterson. "Not precisely a blowhard, not merely a camera hog, not entirely a slouch, Geraldo is a caricature of a late-twentieth-century news celebrity," says Patterson. "He exemplifies the safari-jacketed glamour and showboating hubris of a breed of TV-news star that is now on the verge of extinction. Perhaps he is too grand to be contained by a regular show. Rather, he strides along like a mutant beast of the infotainment age. Turning chemical weapons on impoverished children is wrong, all wrong, he insists, speaking the obvious to power like a showman with a kernel of Cronkite in his heart."
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:23PM EST
Fox developing an animated comedy about "immigrant refugee" birds
Buffalo Wings revolves around two Canadian brother birds who do not fly south with the rest of their flock. Per The Wrap, "when their hypothesis proves wrong and they almost freeze to death, they must take refuge in Buffalo, New York, where they begin to live life as immigrant refugees. The series explores what it is to be a refugee and to fall in love with this country while pursuing the 'American Dream' from every possible angle."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Discovery Channel announces Border Live focusing on events at the U.S.-Mexico border
The six-part series, premiering on Dec. 15 with a two-hour episode, will broadcast live from New York City as journalist Bill Weir tracks the action and stories as they unfold live from the U.S.-Mexico border. Experts will be on hand, with crews embedded at the border to give insight into events as they occur. “The US-Mexico border has been the focus of our national dialogue over the last several years,” says Nancy Daniels, chief brand officer for Discovery & Factual. “Our goal with this project is to shine a light on epic stories through immersive experiences, and we will turn that lens on one of the biggest and most important stories of our time.”
Posted Tuesday 10/30/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Mindy Kaling denounces President Trump's intention to end birthright citizenship
Trump floated his plan in a preview of the upcoming four-part HBO documentary series Axios on HBO, saying he intends to sign a n executive order ending birthright citizenship -- even though birthright citizenship is a key part of the U.S. constitution. "Wait," Kaling tweeted in response to the news. "I was born in the United States to two Indian professionals who later became proud citizens of this country. So... now I would be a citizen of India? My contributions to this country would be as a foreigner with no rights?"
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 7:07PM EDT
Gael García Bernal to star in Showtime's undocumented immigrants drama pilot
The Mozart In the Jungle is re-teaming with Jonás Cuarón, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's son, on an untitled drama pilot about a Mexican-American family man living undocumented in the United States. When his wife is detained by ICE, Bernal's character assumes the identity of an immigration officer to rescue her. Jonás Cuarón, who co-wrote Gravity with his father, previously directed Bernal in the 2015 feature thriller Desierto.
Posted Wednesday 10/17/18 at 9:37PM EDT
Study: Immigrant TV characters are more likely to be portrayed as less educated and more prone to criminality
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Immigrant rights group Define American teamed with The Hollywood Reporter and The Norman Lear Center to study how TV portrays immigrants. "With immigrants, everything seems to fall into two categories: the criminal hustling the system, or the high-achieving, pristinely perfect 'good' immigrant," says Noelle S. Lindsay Stewart of Define American. "That doesn't allow for the complexity or humanity that real people have. We believe that by humanizing people on television, you cause audiences to be emotionally invested in characters, and then take that emotional investment and project them onto the people in their lives." ALSO: Study also found that Asian immigrant stories are especially underrepresented on TV.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Murphy Brown adds Adan Rocha to help tackle Trump's controversial immigration policies
Rocha, who previously recurred on Brockmire, is joining the cast as a series regular. Starting with the second episode, he'll play a Mexican dreamer named Miguel, a college student who came to the United States at age 1.
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Hulu's Safe Harbour is an engrossing story about refugees, privilege and regret
The four-part Australian drama, now available on Hulu, is "a mystery unfolding in four acts, where the importance of the final answer gives way to better understanding of how guilt and forgiveness can be powerful forces when set in opposition," says Steve Greene.