In this December 2013 edition of The Spin-off, the TV podcast from KCRW's The Business, we discuss big event programming, violence on television and some of the top stories of 2013.
FROM THIS EPISODE
The Sound of Music Live and, to a lesser extent, Bonnie & Clyde are examples of how TV networks are using special programming to combat the DVR. But in the era of "hate watching on social media," was a percentage of those 18.6 million viewers who tuned in to Carrie Underwood as Maria haters on Twitter? With the success of these shows the networks now exhaust audience's taste for these shows by making too much "event programming" in 2014?
How effective is the system networks use to self-rate their shows for adult content? When viewers see MA, D, FV, V do they know what those letters mean? Is there too much regulation by the FCC over language and sex and not enough over violence? Do some producers use violence as a "crutch" when they don't have interesting stories to tell?
1) Netflix as disrupter: With its slate of original programs and its influence over how viewers consume shows, the streaming service sent huge shock waves through the TV industry.
2) This was the year that good TV could come from anywhere -- BBC America, Hulu and Netflix. It's a good time to be a creator and a good time to be a viewer.
3) "The Killing effect:" In today's TV ecosystem shows once considered canceled can find themselves revived on other platforms. Do fans have more power to bring back their beloved programs?
More From The Business
Pamela Adlon on 'Better Things' and collaborator Louis C.K. Better Things co-creator Pamela Adlon tells us about learning to stop second guessing herself and embracing many roles -- writer, director, producer and actor. And yes, we ask her about Louis C.K. We spoke to Adlon just days before the New York Times published a story alleging that C.K., her long-time collaborator, had a history of sexual misconduct.
Director Ruben Östlund on his Swedish satire 'The Square' Hollywood chased after Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund following his well-received 2014 film Force Majeure. But Östlund isn't so sure he wants to be caught. He tells KCRW's Matt Holzman about staying in Scandinavia and his new movie The Square, a satirical dramedy that is his second film selected as Sweden's foreign language submission to the Oscars.
Krista Vernoff and Janis Hirsch on sexual harassment in Hollywood Two women who have carved out great careers in Hollywood share their stories of sexual harassment. Comedy writer Janis Hirsch and Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff talk about what they've had to put up with and their hope that the culture will finally change.
'Breathe' director Andy Serkis & producer Jonathan Cavendish Actor Andy Serkis is best known for his pioneering motion capture work. Now Serkis has stepped behind the camera to direct the new movie Breathe. The film is a very personal one for producer Jonathan Cavendish; it tells the true story of his remarkable parents. Serkis and Cavendish tell us why they wanted to make an old-fashioned love story like Breathe, give a Jungle Book update and talk about some of the new projects in the works at their performance capture studio Imaginarium.
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