Author Archives: Neil Turitz

If You Want to Break Into Hollywood These Days, Start a Podcast

Neil Podcast Column“Podcasts are sort of perfect for TV adaptations, since they have set story structures, they’re often serialized, and they come with a built-in audience, which is exactly what IP-hungry networks are looking for,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Showtime Needs a “Homeland”-Level Hit, and It Needs One Soon (Network Series)

Showtime LogoIt’s unclear how much money the network spent on its Twin Peaks sequel, but whatever the figure was, it doesn’t appear to have been a great investment. The 18-part series was hardly watched at all, averaging less than 300,000 viewers per episode.

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Rian Johnson Represents the Future of “Star Wars,” and a Brand New Model for Hollywood Franchises

Rian Johnson“I really like the idea of giving a single, skilled filmmaker the opportunity to oversee a story of this scale. It almost feels like a television-inspired take on things, but on the big screen it’s downright revolutionary, and it gives me hope that this could become an industry-wide trend,” writes Neil Turitz.

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It’s Too Early to Say R.I.P. Dark Universe, But Changes Are Necessary for Universal to Move Forward

Dark Universe“Universal needs to do whatever it takes to keep Bill Condon onboard to direct Bride of Frankenstein and take the time to get the script right before moving forward with someone like Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson or Emma Stone in the title role,” writes Neil Turitz.

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As Competition Grows, HBO’s Throne Is Vulnerable, But It’s Still the Model for Success on the Small Screen (Network Series)

HBO logoWith both Veep and Game of Thrones, coming to a close, there are a few projects that could potentially fill the void — chief among them, the third season of True Detective starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.

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Hulu Is On Top Thanks to “Handmaid’s Tale,” But for How Long? (Network Series)

“What to say about Hulu? Seriously, I’m asking, because it’s not entirely clear that the streaming service itself knows what it wants to be,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Amazon Television is Still Playing Catch Up (Network Series)

When it comes to Amazon Studios, it really is a tale of two cities. On the film side, things are pretty good, but with TV, Amazon has been trying like hell to establish itself and somehow seems to keep slipping.

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Netflix is Raising Prices, But Will It Cover the Cost of Business? (Network Series)

Netflix has over 100 million subscribers now and, in spite of the billions of dollars it brings in through subscriptions, it continues to borrow billions more to keep churning out that content. How long can the business model hold?

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The CW Redefines What It Means to Be a Success (Network Series)

The CW has created a business model unlike any of the major networks with a combination of actioners from Greg Berlanti, genre YA series, and a few light-hearted dramas for its long-time viewers.

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Fox Appears to Have a Dark Year Ahead of Them (Network Series)

empire excerptFox may be drawing younger demographics but the network is still struggling to find a new hit.

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It’s the Best of Times and the Worst of Times at ABC (Network Series)

abc excerptWhile ABC came in a close second to NBC last season in the prime demo rankings, without any sports programming to speak of, they also finished a distant third place in total viewers, with 6.2 million per show, losing nine percent of their audience from the year before.

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NBC Is the Reigning Network, But Can “This is Us” and “Will & Grace” Keep Them There? (Network Series)

nbc excerptThe Peacock Network, which used to be known for its Must See TV Thursday night lineup of sitcoms, has mostly eschewed them of late to focus on hour long dramas, and found great success in the process. But can This is Us and the NFL keep the network on top?

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CBS Is Still Your Number One Broadcast Network, But Not by Much (Network Series)

cbs-excerptWith Labor Day now in our rearview mirror and the new TV season about to knock on our door, it’s time once again to turn from the big screen to the small. Considering that CBS has won the crown for most viewers for nine straight seasons, and 14 of the last 15, it’s hard to imagine that it was ever a punchline, but it was. A big one.

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