FROM Diane Gordon
Cord Cobblers and What TV Can Learn from 'Making a Murderer' The Spin-off crew steps away from the 2016 Television Critics Association gathering to talk about prevailing themes at this year's TCA and look ahead to what the TV landscape may look like in the coming months.
Summer 2015 TCA's: Streaming Media Boom & Networks as Brands The Spin-off crew steps away from the Beverly Hilton, the home of the summer TCA gathering, to report back on this year's press tour. The story of the season seems to be the explosion in content streaming media outlets. Other noteworthy presentations focused on the current TV glut and the potential that the bubble could burst, as well as the increasing importance of brand identity for networks.
TV Roundup: Pilot Season Begins The most popular television shows this year have been big on drama and big on crime, but not so big on laughs. Now the networks are kicking off their new pilot season, looking for the next runaway hit, and this year’s success stories could have a big influence on their decision-making. Does that mean another gritty lineup for the small screen? We discuss that and more in our weekly television news roundup.
TV Turkeys, OTT Options Expand, Exercising Patience It’s almost Thanksgiving, so we’ll take a moment to reflect on some of TV’s biggest turkeys this year -- shows that bombed or failed to live up to expectations. And Sony jumps on the web TV bandwagon with Playstation Vue, but are viewers really rushing to drop their cable subscriptions? Finally, how long is too long when waiting for a show to find an audience?
TCA Press Tour, Emmy Categories and New Leaders at Fox Another summer’s TCA press tour wraps up, and Emmy nominations are out with no major surprises, but are certain shows gaming the system by switching up categories? Fox Broadcasting announced a new leadership plan, and it’s something of a return to form.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.