Monday, 8 January 2018

Fox Chairmen Gary Newman & Dana Walden Discuss Disney Acquisition

Disney's acquisition of Fox's assets is one of the biggest surprises this season. As we head into the 2018 pilot season, the 2018-19 season and beyond, it will be interesting to see how Newman and Walden tackle the new deal.

Sunday, 24 December 2017

What Will Happen to Fox?

Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox is a major deal for the entertainment industry. Much of the content produced by Fox for television will now be owned by Disney, meaning, the Fox branded content airing on Fox will no longer be owned by the network. What does this mean for the shows produced by 21st Century Fox currently airing on Fox?

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets

The Walt Disney Co. has made a $52.4 billion deal to acquire all of 21st Century Fox Assets. The historic deal between two of Hollywood's most powerful media heavyweights marks a bid by Disney to increase its presence in both television and film against an ever increasing onslaught of new competitors and content on various platforms. 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Riverdale Came Back with a Bang!

Nobody saw this coming! Riverdale returned to a series high 0.8 rating on The CW, beating its series debut by .3 of a tenth. The show has become somewhat of an online phenomenon and has accumulated a legion of fans who have rooted for the show since it debut earlier this year. Riverdale also has a lucrative worldwide streaming deal with Netflix and, while Netflix does not officially post its number, due to the heavy promotion the show has received and The CW's continued support, the show must be doing well and despite its low linear ratings, must be turning a profit for Warner Bros.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

HTGAWM Is Back... Where The Hell Were You?

How To Get Away With Murder's fourth season returned after its mediocre third season. The premiere episode was surprisingly good, mostly because of the stellar performances from Viola Davis and Cicely Tyson (any episode guest starring Tyson automatically becomes a favourite of mine). However, the shows ratings declined sharply from its season premiere a year ago (1.0 vs. 1.4) despite having Grey's Anatomy as its lead in. Basically, this is terrible and suggests a large majority of the show's fans have jumped ship! And for a heavily serialised show like HTGAWM, it is almost impossible to win fans back after they've left.

NBC! NBC! Good for you! The peacock had a great Thursday night with the return of its 2 hour comedy block (not named Must See TV this time though :/) Will & Grace heavily promoted return posted a 3.0 rating (I predicted 3.5, but this is still fantastic!) The Good Place scored a 1.4, up a tenth from its double-episode premiere last week, and Superstore remained relatively steady. The only real loser on NBC on Thursday night was Great News, which, blessed with Tina Fey's presence and having Will & Grace as a lead in, only managed to pull a 1.3, which, despite being up a tenth from its season 1 premiere, is less than half of the audience who tuned in for Will & Grace... I wonder how long it will take for NBC to swap The Good Place and Great News?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

What Happened to Empire?

Empire was once a gigantic hit and a major pop culture phenomenon but now, in its fourth season which premiered yesterday (27 September 2017), the show scored a 2.4 18-49 rating down from the 4.2 rating it scored last September. Where have all the viewers gone? Why have so many people given up on Empire? The news wasn't all bad for Lee Daniels and Fox, Star returned up with a 1.8 rating, its highest rating since its premiere (2.2) in which it also had Empire as a lead in.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

This Is Us Makes A Triumphant Return

Last season's breakout hit This Is Us posted a series high 3.9 18-49 rating and over 12 million viewers, making the season 2 premiere a series high! Audiences and critics clearly love the show and the increase from last season shows they are in it for the long run (hopefully). I thought the season 2's premiere was cute - the cast were all on point, the writing was as soppy and melodramatic as it usually is, and the writers managed to set up the mystery of how Jack died perfectly (HTGAWM is shook).