Tomorrow Will Be Televised: The Superstation That Can Finally Be Super

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: The Superstation That Can Finally Be Super

When superstations were created in the late 1970s, a trio of then-independent broadcasters let outside entities use cable operators and satellite transmission to build a national viewing constituency. Atlanta-based WTBS-TV was first out of the gate and, under Ted Turner, became the leader of this pack. WOR-TV was the New ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Observations From the Social Media Week Passing Parade

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Observations From the Social Media Week Passing Parade

Thousands of people in New York, Miami and nine other cities worldwide came together for Social Media Week last week. A few personal takeaways from the NY portion follow: ***Count New York Times media columnist David Carr in the growing camp of smart TV believers. At one of the opening events last Tuesday, Carr (joined ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: House of Smart

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: House of Smart

Some time from now, we may remember February 1, 2013 as opening day of a new TV era – and not for the reason immediately coming to mind right now. For some, Netflix's premiere of House Of Cards last Friday is memorable as the first major scripted TV series commissioned by a Web site to gain superlative reviews, even ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Be On the Lookout For New

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Be On the Lookout For New

This is the week where in TV land, 2013 gets into high gear. The annual International CES happens in Las Vegas, with more than 150,000 people expected, while TV critics across the country travel to Los Angeles for their annual winter meet with programmers. As this pair of events gets underway, here's a collection of ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: The Kudos of 2012

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: The Kudos of 2012

What made this year of television notable, one way or another, notable for me? Let's count a few of the ways... Best ongoing broadcast TV series: Modern Family (ABC) Everything about this comedy gets smarter, more inventive and truer to life season after season. The comedy standard-setter and breaker for this still ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: What I Learned From 2012:The Nutshell

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: What I Learned From 2012:The Nutshell

We could fill many columns with extensive analysis on the assortment of memorable developments from the TV scene this year, but let’s boil it down to just one over what you should take away from 2012. The takeaways below, for sure, come from one vantage point, and you're welcome to accept them, or create your own. Feel ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: No Solidarity for Sandy

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: No Solidarity for Sandy

When a crisis of such scope as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina or the Haiti earthquake impacts us, all the major broadcast networks come together and pitch us to do likewise for fellow human beings through hour-long, commercial-free fundraising specials. They raise millions of dollars for charities able to do the most good at the ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Latino TV: Let’s Get Busy

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Latino TV: Let’s Get Busy

Three decades ago, only one Spanish-language network was on the air (Univision, then known as Spanish International Network), and it was a huge deal for them to land a national advertiser like McDonald's or Kraft, because the majority of national advertisers didn't see the point of representation among the population of ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Premiere Week Observations From the Passing Parade

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Premiere Week Observations From the Passing Parade

A new TV season starts this week, so here's some initial thoughts about it: ****On the broadcast side, look for CBS to break one, maybe two series out of the gate to maintain its top dog status. Those series: Elementary for drama and Partners for comedy. If you’ll remember last year, CBS had three rookie series, ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Some Money in the Crowd

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Some Money in the Crowd

Will the next generation of TV get off the ground if venture capitalists, angel investors and the growing incubator/accelerator crowd continue their sideline posture over funding any venture with a TV set attached? The outlook may appear not. However, a cavalry out to save this generation's day may show up from another ...