Posts Tagged ‘television’

TV Guide Network Relaunches as Pop, With Original Shows and No Annoying Scroll

January 13, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

On Wednesday, free of scrolling listings, the TV Guide Network is relaunching as Pop, a network catering to "enthusiastic fandom" in pop culture. Pop is targeting a 35-45 audience that grew up in the late '80s and early '90s, a group that network president Brad Schwartz is calling the "modern grown-up" (Pop has copyrighted the term, which is the network's version of Bravo's "Affluencer" and Syfy's " Igniter ."). Instead of emulating E! or Bravo, Schwartz said the channel is patterning itself more after the pop culture-worshipping sensibilities of Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres. As Pop launches, all of TVGN's license agreements with its distributors remain intact, since the network—which will debut in more than 80 million homes—is still considered a general entertainment channel. "We're putting a different logo on it and a new energy and new programming, but we're still certainly exactly what we're defined to be," says Schwartz (who oversaw the rebranding of Fuse, as well). "We couldn't have turned this thing into a military channel or a sports channel or a kids channel, but what we're doing is exactly what our definitions are." Pop's "great channel position" also hasn't been affected by the rebranding, aside from the "more analog distributors, where TV Guide was still channel 5," who have relocated next to channels like E! Even better, all market agreements for TVGN's much-maligned TV listing scroll—which had been the network's initial reason for existing—finally lapsed six months ago

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Workaholics Star Adam Devine’s Bedtime Routine Includes Instagram Stalking

January 12, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Adam Devine Age 31 Claim to fame Star of Comedy Central's Workaholics (Season 5 debuts Jan. 14) and Adam Devine's House Party; voices Pizza Steve in Cartoon Network's Uncle Grandpa; plays Bumper in Pitch Perfect and the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 Base Los Angeles Twitter @ADAMDEVINE What's the first information you consume in the morning? I just Google myself , see if there's any news out there, get on Twitter and look around. It's weird, that's where I get my news now. Like when [ESPN anchor] Stuart Scott died, I actually found that out through LeBron James' Twitter. We had an earthquake here in L.A. a few months back, which woke me up from my sleep, so I hopped online and looked at Twitter, and it was just, "Earthquake, earthquake, earthquake … Yep, that's it." Who do you follow? Other comedians like Chris D'Elia, Rick Glassman, but also a lot of people that aren't in my industry. I'm a huge L.A. Clippers fan, so I follow Blake Griffin. It's pretty rad how you're able to connect with your fans through Twitter, but also, all of a sudden, my idols are hitting me up too. Like during Comic-Con a couple of years ago, Blake Griffin messaged me on Twitter, and I almost shat my pants. I just kept yelling, "Blake Griffin is my homeboy!" all night. How are your Workaholics fans different from your Pitch Perfect fans on Twitter? With the Workaholics fans, they'll tweet me like, "If you ever come through Boston, man, we're smoking weed!" The Pitch Perfect fans are more like, "Oh, you look so cute in that shirt!" I'm like, how do you even know what I'm wearing right now?

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From Stage to Superhero: The Flash’s Grant Gustin Has Always Been on the Fast Track

January 12, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

It's the biggest show on the CW and on track to become the network's most-watched series ever. The Flash, it appears, really can outrun everything. As with any prime-time property, especially one on the vanguard of a comics-driven movement reshaping the television landscape, it is essential to get the right guy to play the lead. The network found an unlikely—but ideal—superhero in Grant Gustin, whose most recent major role had him playing a conniving villain, the backstabbing Sebastian Smythe, on Fox's Glee. In The Flash, the six-foot-plus, 24-year-old theater veteran plays a crime-fighter who hasn't quite grown into his mask yet. It agrees with him. You started out dancing before you played a superhero who runs, right? Yeah, kind of from an early age I just did what I loved to do, which, at 8 years old, became tap dancing. Why was that? Because of Gene Kelly and Singin' in the Rain, specifically, and Donald O'Connor

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College Football Playoff Quickly Becomes a TV and Social Media Power Player

January 11, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

College football, which culminates Monday night with its first playoff championship game, is either in the process of building its own version of the Super Bowl or is setting the stage for a much bigger version of March Madness. The NCAA's inaugural football playoff —which consisted of a pair of semifinal games on Jan. 1—drew more than 28 million households on ESPN, making the contests the two most-viewed cable TV programs of all time. Those numbers easily bested last year's college basketball Final Four (18 million households) and are roughly equal with the 2014 Grammys. Ads for ESPN's playoff games cost between $800,000 to $1 million for a 30-second spot, up 25 percent from last year's record shattering rates. (Advertisers for the title game include mobile gaming company Supercell, AT&T and General Motors, according to an exec with knowledge of the deals.) Only the Super Bowl, the NFL playoffs and the Oscars will likely tower above college football in the TV ratings game for the remainder of the year.

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‘Mad Men': Strong Emotions, Big Laughs During Final TCA Session

January 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The “Mad Men” troupe didn’t shade their emotions about the ending of the show during the final love-fest Q&A session on Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena. The camaraderie among the core six cast members — Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, John Slattery, Elisabeth Moss and Vincent Kartheiser — and... Read more

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TV One Launches Monthly Original Movie Showcase With Timely Look at Racism

January 10, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The African-American cabler TV One is adding a monthly original movie showcase to its schedule, newly appointed prexy Brad Siegel said Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. The original film platform will kick off Feb. 7 with “White Water,” a drama that has a timely theme of exploring segregation and racism during the... Read more

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Can Dead People Resurrect A&E’s Ratings?

January 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Things unraveled quickly for A&E in 2014: Its top-rated show, Duck Dynasty, plummeted to a 1.0 18-49 rating in November, and it canceled its second-most popular show, Longmire, which skewed too old for its advertisers. ( Netflix picked it up for Season 4. ) As A&E tries to right the ship in 2015, the network is focusing on its loyal audience for Bates Motel (which averaged 4.1 million viewers each week during Season 2) with its new drama, The Returned. At the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Friday, A&E revealed that The Returned

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Discovery Is Fast-Tracking Its Own Spin on Serial

January 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With the runaway success of WBEZ Chicago's true crime podcast Serial,

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Discovery Is Fast-Tracking Its Own Spin on Serial

January 9, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

With the runaway success of WBEZ Chicago's true crime podcast Serial,

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Five Shows Premiering This Winter That You Need to See

January 8, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Another new year, another bumper crop of slots on your DVR waiting to be filled with shows that haven't been canceled or started to smell funny after a few episodes. But where to look? We figured we'd look everywhere, so below, please check out our best bets for the first part of 2015 (yes, we cheated slightly—that new Amazon show premiered last month, but it's on demand and it's really good). Of course, you'd be unwise to count out broadcast entirely—there's a new cop show from no less than Vince Gilligan, and we liked the pilot a lot. And iZombie (which, oddly, still doesn't have a premiere date) is one of the best shows we've seen all season.

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