Month: May 2010

Losing SOAPnet

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.

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Being Gary Coleman

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.

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Egregious Product Placement: Sex & the City & HP

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.

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Some Thoughts on the Upfronts

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.

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