I just wanted to take a few words to remind anyone who looks at this blog that I do other TV-related work for the Indiana Daily Student. You can find the links to my podcast on the top of the right sidebar, and then further down you'll notice links to my recaps of various programming and other writing.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
In the last week, a couple of stories have been written about the growing use of Twitter during live television events and the interactive culture created by it.
So obviously, people have taken to Twitter to talking about, which allowed me to find the articles.
Friday, February 26, 2010
As we've all seen over the past month, the end of Lost has sparked a slew of different conversations about the future of television, formats, serialization, etc. One move that Lost proponents always cite as the turning point in the series was the agreement to end it all back in 2007.
And now, that idea gets thrown around for nearly every series with any extended mythology. But should it?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
There have been a few interesting developments in streaming video this week, all of which should have long-term implications for the television industry. I'm hoping to write about all three over the next day or so. Click here to see my thoughts on Hulu to the iPad and HBO's GO.
Though this news item isn't quite "streaming video" specifically, it's still important to discuss. Rumors are swirling that CBS might start selling episodes of its television series on iTunes for only 99 cents.
There have been a few interesting developments in streaming video this week, all of which should have long-term implications for the television industry. I'm hoping to write about all three over the next day or so. Click here to see my thoughts on Hulu to the iPad.
You know how it sucks that it takes HBO programming forever to hit iTunes, DVD sheleves and Netflix? The cable giant has debuted a new online streaming service that might make that frustration go away.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
There have been a few interesting developments in streaming video this week, all of which should have long-term implications for the television industry. I'm hoping to write about all three over the next day or so.
First up: Rumors are swirling that Hulu could come to the iPad. But will we have to pay?
Monday, February 15, 2010
I've talked a lot about serialized television lately, and it seems like a lot of TV critics and scholars have the same thing on their mind with Lost coming to an end.
In the past few weeks, a slew of articles and columns have hit the web about the topic, with some writing the serials eulogy.
Simply put: Those people are wrong.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
FACT: NBC series Chuck has a ridiculously active fanbase.
For anyone who doesn't know, the fans -- which included critics like Alan Sepinwall and Mo Ryan -- of the series helped organize a slew of "Save Chuck" campaigns last spring, including pilgrimages to Subway, a sponsor of the show, and a number of social media-related outputs. For more info on the efforts of Chuck fans see here, here and here.
FACT: The fans feel as if they had a big part in the series coming back for a third season this year on NBC and thus have some "ownership" over it.
FACT: The Chuck fans are using this "ownership" to overreact to the most recent episode, "Chuck versus the Mask."
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Not to call out Professor Anderson, but recently in class, he noted that nothing would ever top the ratings of the M*A*S*H series finale, which reached 105.97 million viewers in 1983.
And why wouldn't he say that? Nothing has come that close ever since, and with the slew of cable, pay-cable, OnDemand, online and other channels, the audience is fragmented beyond belief.
Well, never count out the appeal of a city coming back from disaster and Peyton Manning.
Friday, February 5, 2010
I hate to keep writing about Lost, but over the past few weeks, its return has been the best story that is being covered from all angles.
Last time I discussed the end of Lost meaning the end of well-respected serialization on broadcast network television. Today, let's look at another reason why serialization, especially heavy serialization, might not work so well for audiences in the future.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Last week, I discussed why I personally thought we'd never see another television series like Lost.
Well, the Lost creative brass kind of feels the same way that I do.