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?
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Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri on Oscar-shortlisted 'The Insult' In 2012, director Ziad Doueiri broke Lebanese law by shooting a movie in Israel. His latest film,‘The Insult,’ has nothing to do with Israel, but Doueiri still has enemies in the Middle East who tried to stop the release of this movie. They failed, and now 'The Insult' is shortlisted for Oscar in the foreign language category and a box-office hit in Lebanon.
Revisiting Bryan Fogel and his real-life thriller ‘Icarus’ Now that Russia has been banned from the upcoming Winter Olympics, we thought it would be a good time to revisit our interview with ‘Icarus’ director Bryan Fogel. We talk about his crazy journey of meeting, befriending, and then very likely saving the life of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the architect of Russia’s state-run Olympic doping program. Plus, an all-new Banter about the effort to keep the #MeToo momentum going.
Ridley Scott on the race to reshoot much of 'All the Money in the World' Sir Ridley Scott just pulled off a one-of-a-kind filmmaking feat--cutting Kevin Spacey out of his new film and reshooting with Christopher Plummer in the role--all in just six weeks. Scott tells us about his mad dash to refilm 22 scenes of the Getty family kidnapping drama All the Money in the World.
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