Archive for the ‘TV Industry’ Category

The writers’ strike is reaching at the one week point. Since my last post, an 11th hour negotiating session led the writers’ to inexplicably cave on one of their chief demands, doubling the DVD residuals. Ken Levine offers the explanation – the studios had suggested that pulling DVDs from the table would yield a new […]

The Strike


The big news in the world of American television is the upcoming strike of the Writer’s Guild of America, planned to start Monday, November 5. While I’m not an expert on the convoluted world of Hollywood labor policies, I thought I’d blog a bit about what’s going on and offer a bit of analysis from […]

I started this blog for a number of reasons – to share random thoughts about TV, to test drive my scholarly writing, and to network with interesting people among them. One reason I’d never considered was that blogging would lead to getting swag. Not that I’m against swag – I’ll go on-the-record as pro-swag. But […]

Update: The book will be out soon – details on the Television & American Culture website. My major project for this summer is to finish (or come real close!) a draft of my textbook, Television and American Culture. The goal of the book is to introduce television through a topical structure, using six basic facets […]

An appeals court decision on Monday ruled that the FCC’s new “tough on obscenity” policy overreached their purview by issuing harsh fines for “fleeting expletives” on television. While the FCC has traditionally maintained that it has the right to fine broadcasters for airing obscene content, in the post-nipplegate era they have ratcheted up fines for […]

The 2006-07 Nielsen Ratings chart is out. I always love perusing these lists more than the weekly Top 20s, as the deeper recesses of the schedule shows many of the ambiguities and randomness of the television industry and their decisions to renew or cancel a series. While the measurement of ratings itself is pretty questionable […]

I recently argued that we should accept the end of a long-running series like Gilmore Girls instead of holding out for the promise of an infinite run. Well, today I need to reconsider – The CW has decided not to renew Veronica Mars for a fourth season. While the show has certainly declined from its […]

First, go read David Bordwell’s mini-essay on DVDs and cinema storytelling – I’ll wait here. As he frequently does, Bordwell writes engagingly about things that you think you’ve already thought of, but he walks through the issue more clearly and comprehensively than anyone else, and by the end, what you thought you knew has to […]

I guess ABC reads this blog! Just two days after me writing about the benefits of television programs ending, ABC has publicly announced that Lost will run for three more seasons of 16 episodes, ending in 2010. As far as I know, this is a first for American network TV: to stipulate a finite boundedness […]

As summer approaches, I’ll need to shift into more formal writing, as I’m going to try to complete three articles & 1/3 of a book over the next few months (I still feel optimistic!). So to avoid making the blog completely dormant, I’m going to embrace the logic of the television industry itself: repurposing & reruns! […]

One of the bits of television news making the rounds in the last couple of days is that Gilmore Girls will be ending its run this month – not a huge surprise, given that showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino left last year and that the consensus among those still watching (which does not include me) is that […]

… or at least it would be if it were true. From The Onion – : CBS To Release Own Version Of NBC’s The Office starring David Spade: “We’re excited to bring the fresh, groundbreaking comedy of The Office to a completely new channel,” CBS President Leslie Moonves said. “Some people say a show like […]

One of my biggest pet peeves about television terminology is the difference between a network and a channel. Here’s what I write in my in-process television textbook: The difference between cable and satellite channels and networks can be slippery, as the terms are used inconsistently throughout the industry. Although many cable channels call themselves “networks” […]

Very good news for fans of quality comedy: First-year sitcom 30 Rock, which earns rave reviews but low ratings, will get a second chance to prove it can win over viewers. The comedy created by and starring Tina Fey of Saturday Night Live fame has been renewed for the 2007-08 season, NBC announced Wednesday. In […]

So I recently saw a link to a radio show interview that Lost producers Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse did recently on the NPR show On Point. You can listen to the whole show online, where they take call-in questions from viewers and explore some really interesting stuff. But I’m mostly interested in this clip, […]