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Is a Tablet the Only TV You Need?

Is a Tablet the Only TV You Need? | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it

...While planting your face in front of a tiny screen is perfectly acceptable on trans-Atlantic flights, it can be a little odd at home. But if you give yourself over to the tablet, it's actually a pretty awesome experience. I'm not claiming an iPad beats the big screen, but I will say this: Watching shows and movies on a tablet feels closer to what television viewing should be like in the 21st century than what 21st-century TVs actually deliver.  Yes, there are "smart" televisions that come with Wi-Fi and video-streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus baked in, but they feel sluggish compared to tablets. Devices that help bridge the gap between Internet-based content and your living room's television, like Apple TV and the Xbox 360, are pretty excellent, but once you've become accustomed to the speed and intimacy of using something like an iPad to watch your shows and films, it's hard to deal with tech that's not as responsive. Even simple things on a tablet, like briskly flicking through a menu of movies or accurately rewinding with the tip of your finger, can be pleasurable. As the gadgets in our pockets and handbags and briefcases become the most impressive technological objects in our lives, the good ol' TV setups in our homes can feel painfully slow and antiquated.  And what these futuristic slates lack in eye-popping bigness, they make up for in deft portability. Want to watch "Monday Night Football" in your backyard for a more tailgate-like experience? You can do that. Spouse kick you off the big screen to watch "Glee?" Grab the tablet and head to the attic. The tablet can be a marriage saver in one-television households. It's also the best thing to happen to lazy Sunday mornings since breakfast in bed...


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All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need to Know

All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need to Know | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
If there's two things fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series can agree on, it's that 1) author George R.R.

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Starz Renews 'Da Vinci's Demons' After Just One Episode

Production on Season 2 is expected to begin in May 2013 for a 2014 on-air return
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That was fast, Da Vinci's Demons renewed after 1 episode aired:

 

“’Da Vinci’s Demons’ serves up action, adventure and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can,” Starz Chief Executive Officer Chris Albrecht said in a statement. “The first season premiered to strong audience engagement and we are excited to bring the next chapter of Leonardo da Vinci’s adventures to audiences around the world.”

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George Lopez Is Back

George Lopez Is Back | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
There's a new George Lopez show on the way! FX has picked up Lopez's half-hour sitcom "Saint George," which he co-created and will star in.
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George Lopez returns to television:  

 

"FX has picked up Lopez's half-hour sitcom "Saint George," which he co-created and will star in. The new Lopez show marks the comedian's first starring TV role since "George Lopez" ended its six-season run on ABC in May 2007."



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Exclusive: MSN/Xbox Eye Heroes Revival

Exclusive: MSN/Xbox Eye Heroes Revival | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Save the cheerleader, launch a new programming initiative? MSN, which is making a big push into original programming via Xbox, is in talks to revive NBC's superhero drama Heroes, TVLine has learned...
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Is Heroes coming back:  

 

"The Simpsons is welcoming another member of the Mad Man cast to Springfield: Elisabeth Moss will voice a character on Fox's animated classic this fall, Vulture can exclusively report. According to showrunner Al Jean, "She'll play a character stuck in an elevator who gives birth to a baby. She names it Homer, Jr."

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Report: Prospect Park Sues ABC Over AMC and OLTL Licensing, Alleges Sabotage

Report: Prospect Park Sues ABC Over AMC and OLTL Licensing, Alleges Sabotage | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Like any good soap opera, the upcoming online relaunch of All My Children and One Live to Live has encountered an unforeseen twist. Prospect Park, the production company behind the daytime staples'...
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Prospect Park suing ABC alleging ABC sabotaged distrubtion deals that allowed All My Children and One Life to Live to go on after network cancellation:  


"In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Prospect Park alleges that ABC has broken the licensing agreement it entered into two years ago.

This development comes a few weeks before the reconfigured former ABC soaps’ April 29 debut on iTunes and Hulu. It likely stems from problems between the production company and the Alphabet Net regarding some OLTL characters (which belong to Prospect Park) that had taken up residence on General Hospital(which still airs on ABC) but have since been yanked."

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5 Fun Facts About Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage From Playboy

5 Fun Facts About Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage From Playboy | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
I'm getting so much p---y.
Yup, that's what Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage says in the new Playboy — which seems like a totally normal thing to say in a magazine known for its photos of naked women.
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Peter Dinklage reveals his love of gardening and his thoughts on Game of Thrones fight scenes:  

 

"1. Even though his Game of Thrones character Tyrion has shown some deftness with a sword, Dinklage feels anything but badass during the fight scenes. "There's a scene in the show when I chop a man's leg off from behind," he says, explaining that the stunt guy was a 70-year-old amputee. "He had one leg, so basically I just knocked out the fake leg... So to answer your question, no, I don't feel like a badass. The fight scenes are all a big lie."

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9 of the douchiest TV shows ever made

9 of the douchiest TV shows ever made | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Douchebags can ruin anything, especially when it comes to pop culture. Nowhere is this truer than with television shows.
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Guyism counts down the most "douchiest tv shows ever made."  On the Kardashians:  

 

"It’s one thing to watch this show ironically or because you can’t turn away because the people involved are so awful that you want to see how they manage to pervert humanity next, but if you watch this show and come away thinking that it’s a good idea to emulate the Kardashians in any way then you make a pretty good argument for forced sterilization. And yet, there are millions – literally millions – of douchebags out there who actually look up to these turds. They take picture after picture of themselves making that idiot duckface, they spend 75% of their life tanning and every time they say something it sounds like they’re asking a question. You know the type. We all know the type. And that type just loves them some Kardashians."

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'Kris' Is Coming

'Kris' Is Coming | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES — The studio behind Kris Jenner's new daytime talk show says it will launch the program in July. Twentieth Television said Thursday that the show, titled "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.
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Add Kris Jenner to the pile of new daytime talk show hosts:  

 

Twentieth Television said Thursday that the show, titled "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations. Those will include stations in New York and Los Angeles, with more to be announced later.

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Broadcasters Are Really Starting To Worry About 'Cord-Cutters'

Broadcasters Are Really Starting To Worry About 'Cord-Cutters' | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe.
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Cutting the cord concerns traditional broadcasters:  

 

"A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don't even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. These people are watching shows and movies on the Internet, sometimes via cellphone connections. Last month, the Nielsen Co. started labeling people in this group "Zero TV" households, because they fall outside the traditional definition of a TV home. There are 5 million of these residences in the U.S., up from 2 million in 2007."

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More than Logos: AMC, FX, and Cable Branding | Antenna

More than Logos: AMC, FX, and Cable Branding | Antenna | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Although it is generally accepted that channel brand identities are more important in the post-network era where increased competition pushes networks to k...
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Cory Barker on AMC and FX's new branding move:  


"While AMC’s new slogan cannot cover up its flaws, FX’s extension is a confident, if somewhat dangerous move that reflects the channel’s inventive thinking."

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Let’s save network television!

Let’s save network television! | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Sadly, the solution doesn’t involve being like cable.
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Todd VanDerWerff on the decline of network television:  

 

"Increasingly, network television is about managing its own decline, about deciding whether it wants to put the whole business model in a home, or provide in-house hospice care. Things are falling apart."

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Rejoice, Sci-Fi Fans: 'Defiance' Gets Alien Invasion Right

Rejoice, Sci-Fi Fans: 'Defiance' Gets Alien Invasion Right | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
"Defiance" sets up plenty of interesting possibilities as it stakes out a diverting territory somewhere between the grittiness of "Battlestar Galactica" and "The Walking Dead" and the tidiness of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Revolution."...
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Maureen Ryan gives hearty praise for SYFY's Defiance:  

 

"Defiance (9 p.m. ET Monday, Syfy) is not just a smart, well-crafted TV show with a good cast and an adventurous flavor, it's also indisputably science fiction, which is a relief.

Too many shows in recent years (on Syfy and other networks) have skirted that label, and that waffling has often resulted in watered-down programs that have pleased neither sci-fi fans nor the mainstream audiences that were presented with genre-lite dramas like "FlashForward," "V" and "Terra Nova." Those shows, and dozens more like them in recent years, ultimately failed to take full advantage of the kinds of the social, cultural and personal stories that can be explored best from the center of the genre. The shows' premises raised sci-fi fans' hopes but then the dramas' indecisive executions dashed them, and though we geeky folk are hardy (we have to be), we do have limits.

"Please, not one more mushy, muddled misfire," I prayed as I slipped the "Defiance" DVD into the player. Judging by the show's first four hours, my prayers have been answered."

 

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What's Going to Kill the TV Business?

What's Going to Kill the TV Business? | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it

...What's going to kill the TV business, or at least challenge it, isn't Apple designing the perfect remote or Microsoft designing a superior guide. It's two things.

First is the rising cost of entertainment, which is happening right now. The sitcoms and great dramas you love cost more to produce every year because they're labor intensive. Sports rights are seeing even worse inflation. ESPN recently signed a deal with the NFL to pay 73% more each year for Monday Night Football. So Comcast and its ilk are stuck between rising programming costs and flat-lining middle class wages. That's a problem, and eventually something has to give. But in the short term, providers can merge and channels can be cut and costs can be saved. Expensive shows and sports rights shouldn't destroy the TV business on their own.

Combined with a second trend -- the accelerating exodus of attention away from television -- the TV business might really be in trouble. But this second trend is still more of a projection than a reality. One hundred million households still pay for a bundle of networks. That number isn't really going down. With the pace of household formation tripling in the last year, it could even go up. The number of cord-cutters -- households that have replaced the bundle with over-the-Internet video like Netflix -- is in the low single-digit millions. TV-providers have even found a hedge against cord cutting. They've become Internet-providers and expanded overseas to make up the revenue they're not making here. Cord-cutting is a marginal trend that could sneakily turn mainstream, creating an innovator's dilemma for TV and cable. But not yet.


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Unaired Episodes of 'Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23' to Stream Online

Unaired Episodes of 'Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23' to Stream Online | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
The eight unaired episodes of cancelled ABC comedy Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 will be available online starting May 17
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Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 to air unaired online: 

 

The eight unaired episodes of cancelled ABC comedy Don't Trust The B in Apartment 23 will be available online starting May 17 on Hulu, ABC.com and iTunes.The star of the series, Krysten Ritter, tweeted the news saying, "Exciting news for all you Don't Trust The B---- in @apt23 fans! On May 17th the remaining episodes will be available on Abc.com, itunes, and hulu! 8 episodes of genus B---- hilarity! Can't wait for you all to see them. I love you."

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Diddy's 'Revolt' Coming Soon To A TV New You

Diddy's 'Revolt' Coming Soon To A TV New You | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Following last year’s announcement of his music-themed cable network, Revolt TV, Sean “Diddy” Combs has officially chosen July for its launch.
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Diddy is coming to take over TV with Revolt TV:  

 

Following last year’s announcement of his music-themed cable network, Revolt TV, Sean “Diddy” Combs has officially chosen July for its launch.



The network will be “the first channel created entirely from the ground up in this new era of social media," Combs said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "We’re building this platform for artists to reach an extraordinary number of people in a completely different way. Revolt will be live, like all great moments in television history.”

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The TV station will be recorded live for people to capture the great and on the spot moment of the artist and the industry. It will motivate people to want to know whats going on in the industry

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Golden Globes Set Date

Golden Globes Set Date | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES — With the Golden Globes ceremony scheduled for next January, Hollywood's 2014 awards season is set. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that the Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan.
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Golden Globes will return in January:  

 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Thursday that the Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Jan. 12.

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Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss Will Guest-Star on The Simpsons Next Fall

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss Will Guest-Star on The Simpsons Next Fall | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
She joins cast mates Jon Hamm and John Slattery in paying a visit to Springfield.
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Elizabeth Moss to voice a character on The Simpsons:  

 

"The Simpsons is welcoming another member of the Mad Man cast to Springfield: Elisabeth Moss will voice a character on Fox's animated classic this fall, Vulture can exclusively report. According to showrunner Al Jean, "She'll play a character stuck in an elevator who gives birth to a baby. She names it Homer, Jr.""

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Wanda Sykes Inks First-Look Deal at NBC's Alternative Studio

Wanda Sykes Inks First-Look Deal at NBC's Alternative Studio | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
NBC is entering into the Wanda Sykes business.
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Wanda Skyes and Page Hurwitz, "Last Comic Standing" EP on their new deal with NBC:  

 

In a bid to beef up its content options, Universal TV's alternative studio has inked a first-look deal with Sykes andPage Hurwitz's Push It Productions. "We are very excited to be working with NBCUniversal. We have partnered with a terrific team, and we're looking forward to getting started," Hurwitz noted of the deal, with Sykes quipping: "Wait, I thought we were gettingThe Tonight Show."

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Bravo Orders Real Housewives Spin-Off Starring NeNeLeakes

Bravo Orders Real Housewives Spin-Off Starring NeNeLeakes | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Here comes another Real Housewives spin-off.
I Dream of Nene: The Wedding will capture the nuptials of former spouses Gregg and NeNe Leakes (Glee, The New Normal), who...
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The Real Housewives, New Normal and Glee regular finally gets her own spin-off: 

 

It’s one thing to watch this show ironically or because you can’t turn away because the people involved are so awful that you want to see how they manage to pervert humanity next, but if you watch this show and come away thinking that it’s a good idea to emulate the Kardashians in any way then you make a pretty good argument for forced sterilization. And yet, there are millions – literally millions – of douchebags out there who actually look up to these turds. They take picture after picture of themselves making that idiot duckface, they spend 75% of their life tanning and every time they say something it sounds like they’re asking a question. You know the type. We all know the type. And that type just loves them some Kardashians.

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Michael C. Hall reacts to ‘Dexter’ final season decision — EXCLUSIVE | EW.com

Michael C. Hall reacts to ‘Dexter’ final season decision — EXCLUSIVE | EW.com | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Michael C. Hall is pleased with Showtime’s decision to bring Dexter to a conclusion this summer. Showtime just confirmed season 8 will be the show’s...
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Michael C. Hall on the end of Dexter: 

 

“I’ve been an advocate for having a dialog with the writers and getting a sense of how to best bring this story home — not wrap everything up with a tidy bow, but find some sort of conclusion,” Hall told EW earlier this month on the Dexter set. “There has to be an end game. Once Deb found out, it felt like we were moving toward a place where the world as Dexter knew it would end.”

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Poll: Gay television characters a boon for marriage equality

Poll: Gay television characters a boon for marriage equality | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Researchers found that support for equal rights was positively influenced by fictional gay characters
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Do Gay TV Characters have an impact on the perception of Gay Marriage:

 

"A new survey by Ipsos MediaCT found that 18 percent of television viewers aged 13-64 reported that watching the tube had positively impacted their opinion of same-sex marriage, while just 10 percent of respondents said that television made them less likely to support marriage equality. Around 44 percent of the respondents favored gay marriage to begin with and reported that watching “Modern Family” had nothing to do with it. Likewise, 28 percent of respondents said that viewing gay characters on television did not change a thing about their opposition to equal rights."

 
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Emmys 2013: Will 'House of Cards' and 'Arrested Development' Pioneer Digitally Released Nominees?

Emmys 2013: Will 'House of Cards' and 'Arrested Development' Pioneer Digitally Released Nominees? | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
With the 2012-13 official television season winding down, Indiewire has put up the early incarnation of our Emmy Award prediction charts.
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On whether House of Cards will pick up nominations:  

 

"The Emmys have historically been slow adapters to trends in television. It took them a good decade to start significantly rewarding cable television after it clearly had become a force to be reckoned with. "The Sopranos" was the first non-network series to win the top dramatic category in 2004 (for its fifth season). Since then, all but two winners in that category ("24" and "Lost") came from outside broadcast television.

 

This year's Emmys have an eligibility period of June 1, 2012-May 31, 2013. Netflix has already premiered "House of Cards," and will release all of "Arrested Development" on May 26th -- just five days before the eligibility period ends. Both have a lot going for them in terms of making the cut. "Cards" received stellar reviews and mass interest, and has the kind of big names involved that the Emmys tend to gravitate toward (David Fincher, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright). Nominations for Spacey's performance and Fincher's direction of the pilot seem like pretty safe bets, though it should be much more difficult for it to slip into the packed best dramatic series category (where "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Homeland" and "Downton Abbey" are all but guaranteed slots)."

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Twitter Said to Seek Deals With Viacom, NBC to Feature TV

Twitter Said to Seek Deals With Viacom, NBC to Feature TV | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Twitter Inc. is close to reaching partnerships with television networks that would bring more high-quality video content and advertising to the social site, according to people familiar with the matter.
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TV on twitter?  Seems like it is a possibility: 

 

Twitter Inc. is close to reaching partnerships with television networks that would bring more high-quality video content and advertising to the social site, according to people familiar with the matter.

 

The San Francisco-based company has held talks with Viacom Inc. (VIAB) about hosting TV clips on its site and selling ads alongside them, said two of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions were private. Twitter has also discussed a content partnership with Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBCUniversal, said two of the people.

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She Loves The 'Housewives' Too

She Loves The 'Housewives' Too | TVFiends Daily | Scoop.it
Elisabeth Moss is on one of TV's most high-brow shows, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have some guilty pleasures.
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Elizabeth Moss reveals her Housewives obession:  

 

"In an interview with Arrive, Amtrak's magazine, the "Mad Men" star revealed her TV favorites and they include critical darlings and reality TV.

"I love 'Parenthood,' 'Nashville,' 'The Voice' and 'Project Runway' and watch all of the 'Real Housewives,' every single one," Moss said."

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