Category Archives: TV Features
Plenty of people are outside the prime demo of 18-49 and they not only watch a lot of television and see a lot of movies, they also spend a fair amount of money. But apparently, that money is of no interest to networks and advertisers.
The 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?
There’s a “TVShoWhite” problem when it comes to depictions and representations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the small screen, according to a new academic study.
“We never set out like, ‘oh how many episodes should we keep them apart?’ That was never in our minds, because like the fans, we want to see them reunite as soon as possible,” executive producer Maril Davis told Tracking Board.
“I don’t think they’re destined to be a great romance,” FXX showrunner Stephen Falk tells Tracking Board.
With 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.
“We’re in ‘Rachel and Ross take a break.’ We’re in the troubled part,” showrunner Stephen Falk tells Tracking Board of the upcoming season.
Now that another season of Game of Thrones has come to an end, who came out on top in the longest episode to date? Who made the smart moves? Who doomed themselves? And are they all just screwed anyway?
With the entertainment news cycle and box office taking their typical late summer slow down, Neil Turitz takes a look into his crystal ball to see what the big television topics will be in the coming months.
The Season 7 finale of Game of Thrones promises to be the biggest episode yet – and that’s just in the runtime. Here’s everything we know so far to prepare you for Sunday.
“While the scripted versions of the behind-the-scenes world of entertainment can be insightful, it now feels like these kinds of projects are everywhere, to the point where even those of us who enjoy this kind of self-examination are throwing up our hands and wondering if it has all become overkill,” writes Neil Turitz.
Is Game of Thrones betraying the empowering storylines of Daenerys Targaryen and Sansa Stark so they can further the storylines of the male characters?
This week’s The Glass Castle is Naomi Watts’ fourth movie of 2017, but did you see any of them, and has she been using her considerable talents to pick the best roles that show off said talents?
“There haven’t been any reports that Leah Remini has reached out to Hayes, nor has Remini offered any public sympathy for Hayes’ situation. Should she? As an actor, I understand that this is a business, but I think it would be the right thing to do,” writes John Steven Rocha.
“I’m not saying that Confederate doesn’t have a right to exist as a TV show, because it does. I just think HBO blew a genuine opportunity to explore race relations in our country on a tougher, grittier and ultimately more dangerous scale, as the network’s current approach seems a little too easy right now,” writes John Steven Rocha.
On the heels of YouTube Red’s announcement to revive The Karate Kid as a new series with the original film’s stars, Neil Turitz gives a few ideas of where streaming networks should look to find their next reboot hit.
“My first thought is we’re all going to die,” said Christine Nangle, Head Writer on Comedy Central’s The President Show. She was not alone in her sentiment at the Late Night Writers Panel at the TCAs as they discussed what it is like to wake up every morning to the tweets of the president.
Season 1, Episodes 5-7 – The more ingrained the Byrde family becomes in the Lake of the Ozarks community, the more trouble they kick up on Ozark. No matter what Marty does, he always steps on someone’s toes, and now the Snells take aim at Marty when all he wants to do is keep his family safe from Del and the Mexican Cartel.
Season 3, Episode 11 – Fire and Electricity play a huge part in the mythos of Twin Peaks, and we are close to learning the similarities and significance of the two. Becky’s father is revealed after she goes off of the deep end, and a cherry pie saves Cooper’s life.
Right now, William Shakespeare is as in vogue as he’s been in quite some time. There are two current TV shows about him, a plethora of stage productions (garnering attention for a variety of reasons), and several film adaptations in the works. Want a quality IP? Look no further than this dead English guy.
Game of Thrones has finally returned to our TV screens, and the Season 7 premiere wasted no time in setting up all our major players for the all-out war about to come.
Another season of Game of Thrones is upon us, which means it’s time to remind yourself of where we left off with all the complicated alliances and rivalries in Westeros. Don’t worry, we got you covered with this rundown of exactly where the battle lines have been drawn.
There’s a big difference between the Emmys and every other major awards show. Besides the TV half of the Golden Globes, only the Emmys allow for repeat nominees and winners, because every year, new content is being created for the same shows. Herein lies the issue. Emmy voters are lazy, and the question has to be asked whether or not the majority of them are even watching the shows for which they’re voting.
As it turned out, all the depth and complexities seen in Lafayette Reynolds in HBO’s True Blood were reflections of the man playing him, the late Nelsan Ellis.
Between WGN canceling Underground and turning away from scripted TV overall as well as Netflix canceling a plethora of shows, the bubble is in the process of bursting, as it had to do. After all, there’s no such thing as permanent growth. But this isn’t the end of quality TV, simply the end of the boom.
While ABC, NBC, and CBS delivered trailers depicting heartfelt stories with executives talking brand safety online, CW instead focused their upfront presentation on the heartfelt message that has been winning viewers for years.
CW had a pretty interesting pilot season this year. They ultimately decided to cast a wide net, picking up: a comic book show, a prime-time soap reboot, a military drama, and an hour-long comedy. Given the network’s inherent difficulties in drawing eyeballs, you have to wonder if such a broad approach is smart.
I’ll give this to CBS: they are completely unapologetic. People say their shows are too white, don’t have enough female leads, that their dramas are too procedural, that their comedies are hacky. If you go purely by Nielsen ratings, I guess they’ve done OK with that strategy to date.
Like their network rivals NBC, CBS brought the star power to their upfront presentation as chairman and CEO Les Moonves and company presented their wares for fall to their advertiser audience. CBS performers Stephen Colbert, Young Sheldon‘s Iain Armitage, James Corden, David Boreanaz, Shemar Moore, and more took the stage.
Cabler TNT is hoping to make big waves in the next year as it made clear at the Turner upfronts presentation, where they unveiled a slate that refocuses the network’s brand on high-end drama series and unscripted projects that are documentary-centric. Meanwhile, TBS is continuing to evolve its brand of comedy with talk show host Conan O’Brien showing the network’s ability to grow.