Hey all. It’s been too long. I’ve been really busy this fall and writing elsewhere (hopefully you’re following me over at This Was Television and TV.com). But frequent contributor Wesley Ambrecht decided to exchange some emails about the state of the broadcast networks with sweeps upon us. We tackled Fox last week, and up now … Continue reading Fall check-in: NBC
Happy Monday, y'all! Although Upfronts came to a close last week, we're not done talking about it. Hopefully you saw my posts on NBC, FOX, ABC and CBS (sorry, I just couldn't get to the C-Dub), but today we offer you an extended look at all five networks' big scheduling-related decisions. My buddies Les Chappell … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 26 — Upfronts 2012
This week is basically like Christmas for television nerds like myself. Frankly, it is better. Of course, I am talking about Upfronts, the time of the year where the networks bring new fall schedules (and sometimes winter/spring schedules that do not end up sticking) to advertisers. Thanks to the glorious nature of the internet and … Continue reading Upfront Week 2012: NBC’s Fall Schedule and Analysis
Note: This post is a longer (but barely) and hopefully more coherent version of my tweet explosion from Friday night. With the annual winter Television Critics Association Press Tour coming to an end and many of the season’s mid-season premieres here or right around the corner, I wanted to take a little time and talk … Continue reading “We’ve had a really bad fall” (and decade): On the fatal flaw of NBC’s development strategy and defeatist thinking
In this episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, I'm joined by Wesley Ambrecht for an expansive, massive, two-part, four-hour podcast covering the successes, failures, schedules and developments of all five of the broadcast networks. Because this conversation went so long, we split it into two parts, both of which cross or come close to crossing … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 18, Parts 1 and 2 — Broadcast Network Analysis Extravaganza!
NBC released its midseason schedule today while I was in class, which in the age of Twitter is a major disappointment. Missing a big event like this means not getting able to revel in the jokes, jabs and gags on Twitter, and when the event involves NBC, the material is so much better to work … Continue reading Why not: Three reasons why NBC’s midseason schedule isn’t so bad
All five of the major networks have announced fall schedules and there are obviously a number of intriguing timeslot battles that will influence fans and the networks alike. I thought I'd take stock of the three most interesting match-ups folks will be talking about throughout the fall.Mondays at 9 p.m., Lonestar vs. The Event vs. Gossip … Continue reading Upfronts: The most interesting timeslot match-ups
This week is one of the most exciting and hectic times for the television industry and those of us who like to pontificate about it -- upfronts! All week the broadcast networks will be announcing their fall schedules for advertisers, which means all sorts of stories about pick-ups, cancellations and armchair quarterbacking from people like … Continue reading Upfronts: Musings on NBC’s schedule
Well, here we are. After nearly two months, I'm finally getting around to the conclusion section of my broadcast innovations research, at least for now. So now I'm left wondering, did we learn anything from all this?Obviously, I'm not so naive that I think any research I've done is reinventing even the smallest of wheels, … Continue reading Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — Conclusions
Curious as to what this all means? Read my introduction to this multi-post series. Again, this whole "project" has gone on too long, but with classes finally wrapping up, I should be able to bash out the final post here in a few days. But first: America's favorite network, NBC! Did things really go as … Continue reading Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — NBC
Though I have been using it for more, this blog was primarily constituted for a course about the changes in what we refer to as "television." Along with this blog, I am also working on a presentation/paper about the content and format innovations from "traditional" (read: broadcast) networks in this dynamic time. Over the past … Continue reading Innovations, er, “Innovations” from broadcast networks — An introduction
Last week, rumblings were that 24 would finish out its eight-year run this May on FOX. Now, Ausiello is reporting that 20th Century Fox (the studio) is pitching the series to NBC, who obviously need space-fillers on its schedule. One question for NBC: why? Let's break this down a little bit. What are the primary … Continue reading Should NBC pause the ticking clock on ’24?’
Tonight -- well, I guess this week since Leno's Tonight Show started yesterday -- is the makeshift reboot of NBC's schedule, as it's newest hope for ratings success, positive critical response and good buzz, Parenthood debuts at 10 PM. In the last year, NBC's undergone a slew of changes that more or less led to … Continue reading NBC reboot has begun: Where to now?
Tonight is the premiere/re-start of Jay Leno's Tonight Show! I'll wait a few moments while you contain your happiness. Okay. So, will you be watching? Now I know most anyone who reads this probably doesn't consider themselves a fan of Jay Leno, especially after the whole mess that occurred about a month ago. You know, … Continue reading Jay’s back! Who’s pumped?!