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Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Report: YouTube to hold spending for original TV programming
Bloomberg News reports that YouTube Red "is holding spending at current levels for its YouTube Red streaming service for the next two years," which is apparently leading some Hollywood producers to question the company's strategy.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Have you and your significant other experienced a "TV divorce"?
Sometimes couples with differing tastes in television watch their shows on separate TV sets.
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
Study: Binge-watching TV could double the risk of a fatal blood clot
A University of Minnesota study of 15,000 adults found that those who "very often" sit down in front of the TV screen face a 1.7 times higher risk of VTE, or venous thromboembolism.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
Robert Rodriguez announces a virtual reality TV series starring Michelle Rodriguez
The Sin City director and the former Lost star are teaming up on The Limit, a first-person point of view action series that follows Rodriguez as she plays “a genetically enhanced weapon of mass destruction hellbent on destroying the covert agency that created her.” The Limit will be part of STX’s upcoming pay-per-experience VR channel “Surreal."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Is TV's geographic bias to blame for America's polarization?
The Brookings Institute's Jenny Schuetz has done research to find out whether television has contributed to the divide between rural and urban America. "Why is the geography of TV so poorly aligned with where people live?" she writes. "(As well as unreflective of gender, race, and physical appearance, of course.) Entertainment is a business, and the producers of TV shows presumably want to maximize their potential audience. The results of this analysis raise several questions for further thought. Why do writers and producers invent fictional locations for small towns, when they use real metro areas for urban and suburban shows? Are they not acquainted with small towns, are the real ones not telegenic enough, or are there privacy concerns with small places? Why is the South so underrepresented among scripted shows? The region is home to 37 percent of nation’s people, most of whom don’t live in the Baltimore-DC corridor, yet barely registers among scripted shows. Reality TV has embraced all corners of the South, indicating demand for shows set in these locations."
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
Child’s Play might become a TV series
Original Child’s Play writer Chris Mancini says he’s working on bringing Chucky the killer doll to the small screen.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
Don’t feel guilty about binging on old shows in our Too-Much TV era
Despite contending with more than 500 shows as a TV critic, Alan Sepinwall has been binging on ER now that it’s on Hulu.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Amour director Michael Haneke is working on an English-language TV series
The Austrian director's 2012 film Amour, about an aging couple, won the Oscar for best foreign language film and the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Now, Haneke is planning to turn his attention to Kelvin’s Book, a 10-part English-language series set in a dystopian future about a group of young people whose plane makes an engergency landing. FremantleMedia is behind the project, which doesn’t yet have an American network.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Are revivals and reboots more likely to be renewed?
How about spinoffs and adaptations? Does the “pre-sold” nature of these shows give them an advantage when it’s time to decide whether to pick up a new season?
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
It’s time to drop the second screen
“Staring at your phone, tablet, or computer while a program plays on another screen is adding nothing to your viewing experience,” says Lea Palmieri. She adds: "There’s a reason we were all so obsessed with theorizing about Lost, or listening in on Tony Soprano’s therapy sessions: we largely watched these shows without the presence of a smart phone or tablet (The Sopranos premiered in 1999, and Lost in 2004). We weren’t browsing the IMDb pages of every actor or scrolling through their recent tweets. We let ourselves fall into those worlds, no matter how foreign a mysterious deserted island or suburban New Jersey seemed at the time. We weren’t aimlessly picking up cases of fomo from our 'friends' on Instagram or developing hives from seeing a news headline in our feeds: for that hour we belonged to those characters only.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Should TV critics stop reviewing bad shows in the Peak TV era?
Why should critics devote their limited time to obviously bad or mediocre television when there are so many good TV shows out there to review?
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 3:55PM EST
HBO is competing with Netflix for talent by saying: “More is not better. Only better is better”
HBO is wooing talent by saying that despite not having as much money as Netflix, the pay cable network will take better care of them.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Conan O’Brien on Peak TV: “Let’s be honest: a lot of stuff that isn’t worth your time”
“TV has changed seismically 35 separate times since I got involved in it, in the last two dramatically with the Netflix Factor and how much more content there is now,” Conan said while promoting his new TBS animated show Final Space at the TV press tour. He added: “The bottom line is that the good is always going to be rare.”
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
Hulu cancels Hugh Laurie's Chance after two seasons
Hulu gave the psychological thriller a two-season order after a multi-network bidding war. But Chance ended up becoming an “emblematic victim of the Peak TV era,” as it got lost among all the other prestige TV shows.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
487 scripted TV shows aired in 2017
FX Networks CEO John Landgraf’s annual unveiling of the total number of TV series in this “peak TV” era once again showed an increase in the number of scripted TV series. The 487 series last year are up from 455 series in 2016. Of the 487 series 153 came from broadcast and 175 were from cable. Netflix last year presented 117 scripted series. The number of scripted series has more than doubled from 2010, when there were only 216 scripted series.