TVS October-in-Review: Big stories that held my interest this month

Because I love lists and various compiled features, I figured one thing I could start doing here at TVS is looking back at the end of every month. This new feature will include the once-dead, now-alive-in-a-new-form broadcast network power rankings, series power rankings (I can’t not, I just want to do them so badly) and…… Continue reading TVS October-in-Review: Big stories that held my interest this month

TVS October-in-Review: Broadcast network power rankings

Because I love lists and various compiled features, I figured one thing I could start doing here at TVS is looking back at the end of every month. This new feature will include the once-dead, now-alive-in-a-new-form broadcast network power rankings, series power rankings (I can’t not, I just want to do them so badly) and…… Continue reading TVS October-in-Review: Broadcast network power rankings

25,000 people are good enough: The hegemonic impacts of the nielsen television ratings system

The [Nielsen] overnight numbers widely reported by the media—and Hollywood’s general barometer of a show’s health—can account for as little as 25 percent of the eventual audience for, say, an FX comedy. – Josef Adalian, New York Magazine[1] Imagine you watch every new episode of your favorite television series (for this example, NBC’s comedy Community)…… Continue reading 25,000 people are good enough: The hegemonic impacts of the nielsen television ratings system

Upfronts: Musings on the CW’s schedule

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 the CW’s schedule

FlashForward is no more — What can we learn?

In a move that should shock no one, ABC has canceled FlashForward. After coming into the season with an impressive looking pilot and the most buzz for a new drama series, it all fell apart for ABC and the series pretty quickly. So yet another Lost clone has fallen. What, if anything, did we learn…… Continue reading FlashForward is no more — What can we learn?

DirecTV to save ‘Damages?’

Rumors abound that Sony, producers of Damages, is looking to DirecTV for help in paying for a fourth season. Not to be a contrarian here, but is this really necessary? Sure, Damages is a critically acclaimed, narratively complex drama that gives FX and Sony a lot of cultural cache. Glenn Close is fantastic in every…… Continue reading DirecTV to save ‘Damages?’

‘M*A*S*H*’ knocked-off: Is that good for advertising?

Not to call out Professor Anderson, but recently in class, he noted that nothing would ever top the ratings of the M*A*S*H series finale, which reached 105.97 million viewers in 1983. And why wouldn’t he say that? Nothing has come that close ever since, and with the slew of cable, pay-cable, OnDemand, online and other…… Continue reading ‘M*A*S*H*’ knocked-off: Is that good for advertising?

‘Lost’ signifies the end of an era

Today, the publication that I edit WEEKEND ran a Lost-centric issue, most of which I penned. You can check out everything here, but I wanted to re-post the piece I thought was most important to a discussion about television formats and genres moving forward. Here it is. With Lost at the beginning of the end,…… Continue reading ‘Lost’ signifies the end of an era