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From Streaming to Late-Night, 6 Things We Learned About TV’s Future at TCA Winter Press Tour

After 16 long days and well over 100 panels, the Television Critics Association's winter press tour has finally wrapped. During the past two-and-a-half weeks, more than 50 broadcast, cable and streaming outlets shared their TV plans for midseason and beyond. (You can find Adweek's full TCA coverage here.) In the thick of Peak TV--and with...
Tags: Advertising, Adweek, Television Critics Association, Tca, TCA Press Tour


Amazon Prime Video Sees Itself as a ‘Global Network,’ and Says It’s Not Focused on Netflix

It's been exactly one year since Jennifer Salke accepted the job as head of Amazon Studios, and she gave reporters a state of the union at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. One of her big initiatives when she arrived at Amazon from NBC, Salke said, was getting her hands around...
Tags: Amazon, Advertising, Netflix, Television Critics Association, Pasadena Calif, Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, Salke, TCA Press Tour


Comedy Central Takes Another 11:30 P.M. Swing With a New David Spade Late-Night Show

Ever since Stephen Colbert left for CBS in 2014, Comedy Central has struggled to find a suitable lead-out program to The Daily Show. After two short-lived efforts, the network is hoping the third time is the charm, signing David Spade to star in a new 11:30 p.m. late-night series. In the new show, Spade will...
Tags: Stephen Colbert, Advertising, Cbs, David Spade, Spade, TCA Press Tour


AT&T’s Upcoming Streaming Service Doesn’t ‘Need to Beat Netflix’ or Disney

One of the biggest TV industry face-offs will occur at the end of the year, when both Disney and AT&T roll out their new streaming services shaking up the OTT industry. But AT&T doesn't see the direct-to-consumer space as a winner-takes-all, Turner chief Kevin Reilly said today at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour...
Tags: Advertising, Disney, Netflix, Turner, Television Critics Association, Kevin Reilly, Streaming & OTT, TCA Press Tour


Hulu Focuses on Its Audience’s ‘Total Engagement’ Because ‘For Us, Demos Are Dead’

Hulu is one of many outlets that will be affected by the upcoming close of the Disney-Fox deal, which will give Disney a majority stake in the streaming service. But Hulu said it's more focused on keeping its subscribers happy than thinking about life under Disney. The streaming service added 8 million subscribers last year...
Tags: Advertising, Disney, Hulu, Disney Fox, TCA Press Tour


Viewers No Longer Need a Cable Subscription to Stream Epix

Epix had been one of the only remaining premium cable networks that was not available to stream without a cable subscription--until today. The MGM-owned network has rolled out a direct-to-consumer offering, called Epix Now, that will allow viewers to stream Epix content for $5.99 a month. "Epix is set up for its biggest year yet,"...
Tags: Advertising, MGM, Epix, Streaming & OTT, TCA Press Tour


Killing Eve, Last Year’s Best New Show, Has Become Too Big For Just One Network

Killing Eve was one of last year's biggest surprises. The BBC America drama--Adweek's best new TV show of 2018--built on its 18-49 and 25-54 demo audience each week during Season 1, which the network said was the first new scripted series to do so since Nielsen's live-plus-3 measurement began more than a decade ago. Now,...
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Why Big Little Lies, Originally a Miniseries, Is Coming Back to HBO for Season 2 This June

Two years ago at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., the cast and producers of HBO's Big Little Lies insisted their show was a miniseries and that the story would not continue. Cut to two years later, and the original cast--Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley,...
Tags: Hbo, Advertising, Television Critics Association, Pasadena Calif, TCA Press Tour


Veep’s Showrunner Often Feels Like the Trump Administration Is ‘Stealing From Us’

It's been more than a year and a half since Veep has been off the air, but the critically acclaimed HBO comedy will be returning with a bang for its seventh and final season, which premieres on March 31 and will focus on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Selina Meyer as she runs for president. "She's as true...
Tags: Hbo, Advertising, Veep, Trump Administration, Julia Louis Dreyfus Selina Meyer, TCA Press Tour


Oscar-Nominated Documentary Free Solo Will Air March 3, Ad-Free, on National Geographic

Free Solo--National Geographic's hit Oscar-nominated climbing documentary--will finally make its way to the network. National Geographic will air the film on March 3, commercial-free, which is a bit later than the original plan. The documentary, which has been nominated for an Academy Award, follows free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his...
Tags: Advertising, Oscar, National Geographic, Alex Honnold, TCA Press Tour


How The Masked Singer Became Broadcast’s Biggest Midseason Hit

The Masked Singer, Fox's bonkers new reality show in which celebrities dressed head-to-toe in outlandish costumes sing anonymously and one contestant is unmasked each week, has become 2019's first midseason hit--and is currently the season's No. 1 entertainment show among adults 18-49. The show's panelists and producers reflected on how the series became a hit...
Tags: Advertising, Fox, TCA Press Tour


When Fox Broadcasting Is Spun Off After the Disney Deal Closes, It Will Be ‘a Startup Company’

Fox Broadcasting is preparing for a new start in the TV industry. After the Disney deal to acquire 21st Century Fox closes in the next few months, the network will be spun off into a new company called Fox, alongside Fox News, Fox Sports and Fox Business Network. The network will enter this next chapter...
Tags: Advertising, Disney, Fox, 21st Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, Fox Business Network, Startup Company, Fox News Fox Sports, TCA Press Tour


Fox Renews The Simpsons for 2 More Years, Locking It in Through Season 32 in 2021

Fox Broadcasting will lose several top execs and the television studio that supplies many of its biggest hits when Disney finalizes its $71.3 billion purchase of most of 21st Century Fox's assets during the next few months--but the network has locked in one of its most valuable properties for two more seasons. The Simpsons, which...
Tags: Advertising, Disney, Fox, Fox Broadcasting, TCA Press Tour


Modern Family Will End Its Run in 2020 After 11 Seasons on ABC

Karey Burke, who has only been ABC Entertainment president since November, found a way to make some noise during her first executive session at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif.: she has renewed the network's hit sitcom Modern Family, now in Season 10, for an 11th--and final--season. So the family comedy,...
Tags: Abc, Advertising, Television Critics Association, Pasadena Calif, ABC Entertainment, Karey Burke, TCA Press Tour


The New York Times Is Making a New FX Docuseries to Prove It’s Not ‘Fake News’

The New York Times has been branching out into other platforms over the past few years, including digital and podcasts. Now the media company is preparing to take one of its biggest swings yet, with the new FX series The Weekly, which debuts in June. Each half-hour episode of The Weekly will focus on a...
Tags: Advertising, New York Times, TCA Press Tour


FX CEO John Landgraf Takes Aim at Netflix’s ‘Not Remotely Accurate’ Ratings Data

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf has never been shy about publicly taking shots at Netflix, but he took things to a new level today at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif. Landgraf lambasted the streaming service for the selective--and he says, misleading--ratings data that Netflix shared last month. In a letter...
Tags: Advertising, Netflix, Television Critics Association, John Landgraf, Pasadena Calif, Landgraf, TCA Press Tour


Desus and Mero Aren’t Nervous About Moving Their Late-Night Show From Viceland to Showtime

Moving from a tiny network to a much bigger one would be daunting for a lot of people, but not TV and podcast hosts Desus Nice (Daniel Baker) and The Kid Mero (Joel Martinez), who departed Viceland last year for a new weekly late-night show on Showtime. "I feel like we're playing with the house's...
Tags: Advertising, Showtime, Daniel Baker, Viceland, Programming & Performance, Mero Joel Martinez, TCA Press Tour


CBS All Access Expands With The Twilight Zone Revival and a New Version of Stephen King’s The Stand

The next year will see the debut of several new streaming services from big media companies like Disney, AT&T and NBCUniversal. And while they all have Netflix in their sights, those OTT services will also have to compete with offerings like CBS All Access, which has had a three-year head start in building up a...
Tags: Stephen King, Advertising, Netflix, Cbs, Streaming & OTT, Disney AT T, TCA Press Tour


CBS All Access Expands With The Twilight Zone Spinoffs and a New Version of Stephen King’s The Stand

The next year will see the debut of several new streaming services from big media companies like Disney, AT&T and NBCUniversal. And while they all have Netflix in their sights, those OTT services will also have to compete with offerings like CBS All Access, which has had a three-year head start in building up a...
Tags: Stephen King, Advertising, Netflix, Cbs, Streaming & OTT, Disney AT T, TCA Press Tour


CBS Says The World’s Best, Debuting After the Super Bowl, Isn’t Just Another Competition Show

Airing after the Super Bowl is one of the best time slots on TV: whichever show gets the coveted position is guaranteed to draw one of the largest entertainment audiences of the year. This year, CBS is using Super Bowl LIII to premiere The World's Best, its new reality competition series hosted by James Corden...
Tags: Advertising, Cbs, The Big Game, Programming & Performance, TCA Press Tour, CBS Says The World


These Are the TV Industry’s Biggest Questions Going Into the 2019 TCA Winter Press Tour

The Television Critics Association's winter press tour is starting a few weeks later than usual this year--in order to distance itself from other January TV events like CES and the Golden Globes--but the semiannual event finally kicks off today at the Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. More than 200 television journalists and critics are gathering...
Tags: Advertising, Television Critics Association, Tca, Pasadena Calif, Programming & Performance, Langham Huntington, TCA Press Tour



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