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A Time Machine Built From TV's "The Office"

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Too many things on the Internet get called amazing. I wish I could retract every time I called something amazing, so that I could call this amazing and have it mean something. Joe Sabia has created "The Office Time Machine." Enter any year (all the way back through BC) and you'll get an Office clip that includes a reference to that year. 

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When Your Favorite TV Show Jumped the Shark, In Graph Form

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Internet TV criticism means that we scrutinize each episode more minutely than we ever have before. Here's how to know if we're right.

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No One Outside the NSA Seems Particularly Happy with the 60 Minutes NSA Story

Monday, December 16, 2013

The piece doesn't include any on camera interviews with critics of the NSA, and interviews with NSA employees were overseen by a team of minders.

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Goodbye, Breaking Bad

Monday, September 30, 2013

Breaking Bad ended last night. An estimated 8 million people tuned in to watch the show end, which I bet undercounts all the folks downloading it two hours later from a torrent, or who watched it from a crowded bar or a friend's couch.

Today, on our last post-Breaking Bad Monday, I'm realizing what I'll miss most about the show isn't the show itself, but the way it reigned in and focused our cultural attention. Breaking Bad cross-pollinated every cultural channel I pay attention to.

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THE FUTURE OF STREAMING VIDEO

Friday, August 30, 2013

As eyeballs continue to shift from TV to streaming online video, it remains doubtful that digital ad dollars will ever rival their analog predecessors. Meanwhile, companies like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube continue to experiment with subscription and advertising models. Brooke sits down with Peter Kafka of All Things Digital, to ask him what the future holds for shows like Mad Men, and for YouTube stars like Ryan Higa.

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The Forgotten Network

Friday, August 09, 2013

Television viewers under a certain age think of the big three broadcast networks as having existed since the dawn of time. A misconception, of course - but largely because of what it omits. In TV's earliest days, there was also the DuMont Network, a pioneering enterprise that aired some of its era's most popular programs. Bob talks history with David Weinstein, author of book that chronicles the rise and fall of DuMont.

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The Future of Streaming Video

Friday, May 10, 2013

As eyeballs continue to shift from TV to streaming online video, it remains doubtful that digital ad dollars will ever rival their analog predecessors. Meanwhile, companies like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube continue to experiment with subscription and advertising models. Brooke sits down with Peter Kafka of All Things Digital, to ask him what the future holds for shows like Mad Men, and for YouTube stars like Ryan Higa.

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Why the Olympics Are Still Tape Delayed

Friday, August 03, 2012

Many TV watchers were upset this week with NBC's insistence on showing much of their Olympic coverage on a tape delay. The network didn't help matters by spoiling events they hadn't yet screened. Time Magazine TV Critic James Ponowozik explains why NBC refuses to offer the most anticipated events live.

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New Variety on Network Evening News

Friday, October 28, 2011

One explanation that's been given for the increase in network news viewership is the variety of choices now available among the three major newscasts.  Brooke spoke with Andrew Tyndall, who monitors the nightly newscasts of ABC, NBC and CBS on the Tyndall Report website.  He says the days of the interchangeable newscast are over.

Ludwig van Beethoven - "Symphony No. 9 Mvt. 2, Scherzo"

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Audiences Returning to Network TV News

Friday, October 28, 2011

For years, network television news has seen a steady decline in viewership.  But new Nielsen ratings show an increase in audience numbers for the first time in a decade.  Brooke spoke to NewsLab Executive Director Deborah Potter about the new signs of life for network TV news.

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Lack of Video on American TV News

Friday, October 28, 2011

Today, it is easier than ever to create and consume video, with billions of computers, TVs, and cell phones providing the world with access to the medium.  This should be good news for television news, but according to veteran TV journalist Dave Marash American TV news is actually using less and less video.  Brooke spoke with Marash about why American TV news is capping its lens.

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When Television Characters Graduate

Friday, September 02, 2011

Most television writers don’t like change.  If your formula isn’t broken, why fix it?  But if your show is set in high-school, there is one shark you absolutely must jump: graduation.   Kevin Fallon wrote about this conundrum for The Atlantic’s entertainment blog, where he examined how different shows have tried to keep the formula -- and the cast -- once they leave high school behind. 

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