Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Post-Olympic Observations From the Passing Parade

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Post-Olympic Observations From the Passing Parade

***There's considerable furor at the people with oversight of this fall's Presidential Debates over the absence of moderators of color. Various diversity-minded organizations from the NAACP to Univision spearhead the furor-raising – and they have a good point. Given we're on the road to a multicultural majority in this ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Pre-Olympic Box Score

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Pre-Olympic Box Score

Less than a month before NBC's latest multichannel Summer Olympics exercise from London, it remains anyone's guess how these games, with thousands of coverage hours spread across more NBC Universal-owned channels, will turn out in viewership. What you can conclude at this point, and we'll do so in parlance of scoring a ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Give More Airtime to Broadway

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Give More Airtime to Broadway

Just six million people caught The Tony Awards earlier this month on CBS, continuing the downward rating funk of this jewel on the entertainment awards scene. Of the big four annual network TV award ceremonies – the other three being the Academy, Emmy and Grammy Awards – the Tonys, year-in and year-out, land on the ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Miniseires/Made-For Madness

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Miniseires/Made-For Madness

History Channel scored a blockbuster bullseye last week with its Hatfields & McCoys miniseries. The six-hour epic corralled 13.9 million viewers for part one, 13.1 million viewers 24 hours later with part two, and completed the following night with 14.3 million viewers on board for part three. Even more remarkable was ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Double New Power Play

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Double New Power Play

Many among The Cable Show's 12,000-plus attendees in Boston last week may, in the years ahead, tell anyone they like about witnessing the birth of not one, but two landmark TV developments. We'll see...and maybe you'll see. Let's explain what went down first. This pair of developments came from Comcast, cable operator ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Google TV Enters the Hackathon Zone

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Google TV Enters the Hackathon Zone

Something that's a potential watershed in the generation of interactive TV takes place next weekend. Something not on anyone's radar screen just two years ago, now quite commonplace in the digital frontier--the hackathon. What's a hackathon?  Groups of people coming together in one place over a weekend, firing up their ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Tide Turning on VC, Incubators for TV?

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Tide Turning on VC, Incubators for TV?

For about a decade, I've advocated that venture capitalists and angel investors doing a brilliant job making investments in Web and mobile start-ups do likewise for the next generation of TV content and technology. Think of how far a billion or two a year, from a community spending upwards of $30 billion annually on many ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Observations From The Passing Parade… “So” Edition

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Observations From The Passing Parade… “So” Edition

***So unfortunate (and understandable) HBO pulled the plug on Luck, three episodes into filming of its second season, due to the furor over three horses injured (two first season, one two weeks ago) and euthanized. Wanted this drama to succeed so bad, because it showcased the world of horse racing in a unique way, and for ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Bring on the Money and the Mob

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Bring on the Money and the Mob

Remember the game show 1 vs. 100, where one contestant played against 100 people for a cash jackpot? As the lone contestant built up his/her end of the jackpot (through incredibly inane multiple-choice questions) host Bob Saget (later Carrie Ann Inaba) would call for a decision to play on with this question: Do you want the ...

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Time to Cut the Space Waste

Tomorrow Will Be Televised: Time to Cut the Space Waste

There's a lot of people out there out to create the next generation of television, a fair chunk of them through new TV networks. Witness the more than 100 channel proposals Comcast worked through to come up with four, all independently-owned and operated by people or organizations of color, going on their cable systems ...