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BEYOND Review: “The Hour of the Wolf”

beyond excerptSeason 1, Episode 7 – Beyond brings its best episode yet with an hour of TV that brings both crucial and exciting plot developments as well as explorations of characters and relationships.

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All This Great Television Content Is Creating a Bubble, and It’s Bound to Burst

stranger-things-excerptThe television landscape is not as pie in the sky as you might think. This bubble of peak TV is going to burst. It’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when, and how we’re going to adapt to the new reality when it does.

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With Mary Tyler Moore, Love Really Was All Around

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Mary Tyler Moore personified two eras of television. She paved the way for women in comedy. An Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy award winner, Mary Tyler Moore left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and she will be missed.

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They’re Bringing Back “Will & Grace” — Why Stop There?

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If the networks are going to insist on rebooting or creating sequels to long dormant programs, here are some suggestions that, in fact, could be sort of interesting for network execs to consider pursuing as we head full bore into the 2017 TV season and beyond.

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The Golden Globes 2017: Who Will Win & Who Should Win

moonlightWe’ve picked a few of the best and brightest categories that will be honored this Sunday, January 8 at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards to give our take on who we think is going to win… and who we think should win in the world of film and television.

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THE OA Review: Episodes 1-4

the oa excerpt Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – Either Prairie Johnson on The OA is one of the greatest storytellers in the world, and her life is full of magic, mystery, and suspense, or she’s completely delusional. How does a blind woman disappear for seven years and return with the power of her sight restored? And why won’t she tell anyone but a select group of misfits what happened to her?

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The Tracking Board’s Best Of Everything 2016

Lin Manuel Miranda Excerpt2016 has been a year that’s been all over the place but one thing we can agree on is that it’s also been a year of some pretty spectacular media and pop culture. That’s why this year, we’re listing our favorite things in movies, music, television, books, podcasts, and more. Plus, find out what made our Overall Favorite Thing of 2016!

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Disney’s Cable Networks May Be Bigger Than Most, but They Have a Lot of the Same Problems (Network Series)

neil excerpt With the final entry in our Network Series, Neil Turitz is here to talk about the Walt Disney Company owned network and how they fall into the everchanging landscape of television.

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The Tracking Board’s Best And Worst Television of 2016

Insecure ExcerptAll this week we’re going to be looking at our best and works picks of the year in entertainment. Today we’re starting with our five best and five worst television shows from 2016, ranging from HBO’s Insecure to Netflix’s Stranger Things.

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THE WALKING DEAD Review: “Hearts Still Beating”

maxresdefaultSeason 7, Episode 8 – The Walking Dead heads into winter break with a devastating episode where Daryl attempts to escape sanctuary, Rick and Aaron row across Walker Lake to a floating stash, and Rosita takes a courageous shot at Negan.

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Different Companies, Different Networks, but Similar Problems (Network Series)

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Even small victories for cable networks come amidst turmoil, frustration, and shedding of viewership. Today let’s take a deep dive into FX and FXX, Time Warner’s TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim and TruTV, and AMC Networks’ AMC, IFC, BBC-America, WeTV and SundanceTV.

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This Is What Netflix’s Big Decision Means For the Rest of Us

netflix excerpt Netflix decided to allow users to download some of its programming for offline viewing. This is good for those on the go, stuck without wifi, or just plain bored, but how will it affect how we consume media and interact with others?

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NBCUniversal Has a Lot Going For It, but Is That Enough To Save Its Cable Business? (Network Series)

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Only one of NBCUniversal’s 15 cable properties gained viewership from 2014-2015. The networks saw a boost in ratings from NBCUniversal’s monopolistic coverage of the Rio Olympics, but now that the games are gone the question remains: will people stay to watch?

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Viacom Sees Firsthand Now Is Not Really a Great Time to Be In the Cable TV Business (Network Series)

Shari Redstone ExcerptIt’s tough to target just how Viacom can turn things around, but even if there was a concrete method to do so, it’s not going to be easy, simply because of the nature of the cable business. It has to hope that Shari Redstone and her new board of directors can make changes that will help matters, and that both MTV and Nickelodeon can once again draw the viewership numbers it used to.

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The Late Night Television Conundrum

David Letterman ExcerptDoes late night television matter anymore? There is now the fact that nothing on late night is “must-see.” If something is must-see, it can be caught online the next day. There’s nothing that sets it apart from anything else we can find and in that regard, it is almost always lost in the morass of all the other stuff being pushed at us.

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Hulu Is the Third Biggest Streaming Service, and That Probably Won’t Change Soon (Network Series)

hulu excerptAs we discussed last week, it’s tough for anyone to compete with Netflix at the moment, but it becomes even tougher when the operation interested in doing so, Hulu, can’t really decide what it wants to be or how it wants to become it. However, Hulu’s upcoming fare sounds like it’s all smarter, more upscale forms of entertainment, which could be a good thing.

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Amazon Isn’t Yet a Competitor to Netflix, but Stand By (Network Series)

Amazon Studios ExcerptSo far, Netflix remains the dominating streaming service for original content in the television sphere, but Amazon isn’t far behind them. With Amazon’s endless well of resources and how many projects they’re developing, they could soon be a much bigger player.

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Netflix Has Become Enormous, But Is It Too Big To Fail? (Network Series)

netflix excerptWith hundreds and hundreds of hours of original content produced each year, Netlix has grown into a giant of the television industry and it isn’t even on television. Is the bubble going to burst on Netflix or will their unprecedented growth continue?

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For One Pay Cable Network, It’s Good That People Are Seeing STARZ (Network Series)

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Starz is now the second most subscribed pay cable network but still has yet to find it’s buzzy award winning show. With interesting new projects, current sleeper hits, and a partnership with Lionsgate can the network make the jump into the pantheon of prestige television?

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For This Popular Pay Cable Network, Iiiiiiit’s Showtime (Network Series)

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The 40 year old Showtime is one of the oldest pay cable network there is, but a lack of buzz worthy shows has caused the formerly second most popular network to decline in viewership. Can an interesting array of new projects help bolster viewership and bring Showtime back into the upper echelon of cable television?

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It’s HBO, Which Means It’s Definitely TV (Network Series)

casey hbo excerptYou all know the slogan, as it’s one of the best known of any in the world of television. “It’s not TV, it’s HBO.” Home Box Office started out as a second-run movie network, and slowly became the most respected broadcaster of original content on television. While it has some challenges, it’s hard to argue that it doesn’t continue to hold that spot.

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The CW Shows That Being a Fifth Place Network Isn’t Always a Bad Thing (Network Series)

supergirl excerptThe main job a television network has is to draw viewers and achieve good ratings. It has always been this way, as long as there has been television and the networks that appear on it. Except, of course, when it’s not. Take, for instance, The CW.

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Don’t Look Now, but There Might Actually Be Hope for a Strong New TV Season

Designated Survivor ExcerptIt’s tough to get too excited about a TV show, much less a season, after just a couple weeks, but this one feels different. This one feels like there are some real and genuine keepers in our midst.

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Things Are Flat at Fox, but Their Innovation Keeps Them Going (Network Series)

Dana Walden Gary Newman ExcerptThere’s no real easy way to climb the ladder, other than to keep trying to innovate. Yes, there is plenty of the familiar on the horizon, but one of the things that Fox has always been willing to do more than its competitors is take the big swing.

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It’s Been a While Since the Alphabet Network Came First, and It’ll Be a While Still (Network Series)

Channing Dungey ExcerptSince the start of the century, ABC has been the top-rated network only once (all the way back in the 2000-01 season) and since then, they’ve been losing millions of viewers as their shows and ratings have stagnated or dropped. Channing Dungey and her team have their work cut out for them, and a fairly difficult road to maneuver to get back on top.

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It Might Not Be Number One, But NBC Can Still Strut Like a Peacock (Network Series)

Robert Greenblatt ExcerptAll in all, things are pretty good at NBC. They could certainly be worse, and in fact were, quite recently. Under Greenblatt’s guidance, the network has steadily climbed the ladder over the past few years, the question is, can it overcome the strength of CBS? For that to happen, a lot has to go right, and that’s sort of a risky place to be.

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For CBS and Les Moonves, It’s Good To Be the King (Network Series)

moonves 2 excerptNot so long ago, CBS was a last place network. A bad joke that was hemorrhaging viewers, and giving the impression that those it kept were all senior citizens. But two things occurred that changed things. The first was the rise of Les Moonves, and the second was achieving an understanding of what its viewers really wanted.

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“Wild Style” To “The Get Down”: The Hip-Hop-ization Of Hollywood

get-down-hip-hop-excerptBaz Luhrmann should be applauded for creating the first form of scripted entertainment that follows the origin story of hip-hop, a culture that has always been present in Hollywood, but within the past two decades, has become a dominant force in the industry. From movies dedicated to breakdancing to biopics on rap legends, the genre, which was once seen as a trend, is a hot commodity in Hollywood.

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TCA Makes The Case For Genderless Awards

sarah-paulson-rebel-in-the-ryeThis week has been filled with news coming out of the Television Critics Association panels but the most interesting thing to happen wasn’t “news” — it was watching the nominees at the awards show last weekend. Unlike the other major awards events throughout the year, the TCA’s acting categories don’t separate gender, continuing a growing conversation of how the industry deals with gender and sexuality.

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Getting High On The New TV Trends

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It’s been four years since Weeds left the air, three since the end of Breaking Bad, which means there has definitely been a dearth of television shows dealing with controlled substances. Good thing, then, that there are so many on the horizon.

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