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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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Can Broadcast Networks Compete In A World Of Binge-Worthy TV?

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ExcerptNow 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.

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Here’s What I Learned After Ditching My Cable For The Month Of July

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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?

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The Inevitable and Obligatory Emmy Roundup That’s Actually Different From All the Others

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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.

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Launch Pad Alum David Hoffman Joins Writers Room Of Upcoming Shawn Ryan Series “Timeless” (Exclusive)


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.

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The Runway – The CW Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

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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.

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THE CATCH Review: “The Happy Couple” / “The Wedding”

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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.

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Your Fall Television Schedule

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Now that the major five networks have released their new orders and schedules, it is time to begin planning our viewing calendars!

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The Runway – CBS Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

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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.

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CW Spreads Their DC Universe Across Four Nights This Fall

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CW excitedly pointed out during their upfront presentation that they have a clear audience and are aware of what that audience wants to watch.

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Issues Of Diversity Hang Over CBS Upfront Presentation

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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.

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The Runway – ABC Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

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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.

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The Runway – FOX Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

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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.

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ABC Breaks Up The Shondaland Primetime Party On Thursday Nights

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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.

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ABC Reveals Full Trailers For Their New Lineup At Upfronts

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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.

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Amazon, Hulu & Netflix Load Up On Original Content

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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.

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