BBC America’s campaign to earn the Orphan Black actress a nomination comes at a time when the Academy’s traditional logics are being challenged by new spaces for Emmy campaigning.
Grandpa Peacock may be floundering, but the kids—MSNBC and NBC Sports Network—are holding their own.
While winners and losers may speak most directly to television’s hierarchies, the Emmy telecast itself offers a space in which broadcast networks can reshape prevailing discourses of quality within the television industry.
While this media surge contributed to this season’s premiere becoming Mad Men’s highest rated episode ever, ratings are not really the point. Mad Men sustains AMC’s brand, providing a specific and prestigious visibility that extends beyond those who actually watch. Mad Men also offers viewers the opportunity to feel simultaneously nostalgic for and superior to a version of an earlier era, achieving a “sophisticated weekly get together of the people we dig and who dig us.”
Basic cable might turn out to be the best thing to ever happen to Conan O’Brien.
This summer’s crop of original cable series leaves me wondering if we’ve entered a new era, as I increasingly find less innovation and distinction among many of cable’s originals.
It’s official: Comcast has purchased a majority share of NBC-Universal from parent conglom GE, owning 51% to GE’s 49%. Today’s New York Times reports that the papers have been signed and the deal has been made, though the purchase still needs to be approved by regulatory bodies–a process that could take up to 18 months.