Disney’s announcement that it will be replacing cable channel Soapnet with a new preschool channel has generated serious concerns for U.S. soap viewers.
Friday, Gary Coleman passed away after what appeared to be, by most accounts, an incredibly difficult 42 years, many of which were spent in an unsuccessful attempt to stay out of the spotlight and live as normal a life as humanly possible.
What does it mean to have a beloved character’s tastes change in favor of product placement opportunities? Fan backlash to product placement might disrupt the narrative, but it’s probably not a bad thing for the advertiser.
Is the virtual watercooler making timeshifting impossible? Can you have your DVR and Twitter too?
It appears that in season six the world inside The Hills has effectively merged with the world outside The Hills. For this jaded fan, The Hills is once again must-see TV.
How often this season have we seen ‘tween girls, and their forty-something moms, blamed for the sorry state of American Idol?
The themed episodes often bury narrative and character development, but this week saw a powerful blending of Lady Gaga’s music and persona and the storyline. Her promotion of both over-the-top performance and being a “freak” allowed the show to return to one of its favorite themes.
It is not that I harbor ill will toward the television industry—far from it. Rather, I’d hoped that some of the desperation of recent years might be enough to create the momentum needed for some real change. This remains a seriously strange way to allocate billions of dollars.
24 crosses the finish line with a return to form – and further resources to question and negotiate its assumed reactionary politics.
It’s time to let go.
Ten (or more) media industry stories you might have missed recently.
The upfronts may seem like a vestige of a dying regime. However, given that this is also an era of brands – i.e., hot shows, and in theory, hot networks – the upfronts also serve to launch anticipation on multiple fronts. Derek Kompare takes a look at the NBC upfronts in this media context.
What Summit Entertainment fails to see is that by courting male viewers, they are devaluing Twilight’s devoted female fans and missing an incredible opportunity to develop the terms for future female franchises.
I came away from Console-ing Passions with ongoing questions regarding why feminism seems lost at times in contemporary media scholarship and the place of feminism in my own work and life.
Joss Whedon and Neil Patrick Harris come to Glee; the results may not be what you think. Last week the glee club found its voice; this week Glee shows us its own.