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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