Category Archives: TV Features
As 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.
So 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.
With 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?
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?
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?
You 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.
The 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.
It’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.
There’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.
Since 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.
All 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.
Not 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.
Baz 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.
This 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.
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.
Now that viewers have been able to get themselves a taste of such privileges like binge-watching and having access to older episodes of TV shows, they’re demanding it across the board, and the networks are scrambling to find ways to cost-effectively deliver.
I experimented with cord cutting for the month of July, shutting down my cable account for 30 days so as to see what all the fuss is about and what I could both lose and gain by staying away. Both sides had their pros and cons, the question was, which choice was more worth doing?
Doing anything in Hollywood is like steering an aircraft carrier. It ain’t turning on a dime, but will, ideally, slowly but surely move into a different direction. This year’s Emmys show that the ATAS voting members are at least starting to evolve.
2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition winner David Hoffman has joined the writers’ room on the upcoming Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke series Timeless premiering this fall on NBC.
In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Thursday, The CW delivered the last of the network upfront presentations, celebrating the arrival of Supergirl as well as a few new series to the fall schedule.
Much like a parmigiana dish at Buca de Beppo, quantity does not always make up for lack of quality, and that was the problem with the finale of The Catch. The theme of this week’s episode is family: privilege’s own prison.
Now that the major five networks have released their new orders and schedules, it is time to begin planning our viewing calendars!
In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Wednesday, it was The Eye’s turn to present their upcoming schedule to Madison Avenue and present the latest trailers for the new series.
CW excitedly pointed out during their upfront presentation that they have a clear audience and are aware of what that audience wants to watch.
ABC may have gotten some backlash over their cancellations, but CBS is taking serious heat for their pilot orders on the newly announced schedule – a lineup filled with male-led comedies and procedurals.
In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Tuesday, ABC revealed a few sneak peaks of some of the shows that will hit the Alphabet in the fall.
In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Monday, Fox followed up NBC with its upfront presentation, unveiling nearly a dozen new shows that will be joining the network’s schedule.
Jimmy Kimmel made a splash this morning with an opening monologue at ABC’s upfront presentation that may have been closer to a roast. With performances, light-hearted moments, and videos of new series all on full display.
After getting people excited a few days ago with the “first look” teasers for ABC’s new series, today at their upfront presentation they revealed full trailers for all the series.
Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix have forged their own paths to creating content in the digital subscription space and while the major networks show off their choices on Madison Ave. we wanted to look at what these three big online channels have in the works.