It's true that soaps don't make as much money as they used to, but why? Are there culprits to blame beyond network executives needing to cut costs? TVGuide.com points a finger at several other guilty parties in the death of the serial.
Nielsen: 21,000 Nielsen National People Meter homes in the U.S.
"There are 21,000 Nielsen National People Meter (NPM) homes in the United States. The NPM tracks what people around the country are watching at any given time. We make sure that the NPM is weighted so that it can accurately reflect the entire U.S television-viewing population. For example, we make sure the NPM represents an accurate number of men vs. women, or people at various ages and of different ethnicities."
Comcast to invest additional $300 million for NBCUniversal programming
During a conference call with analysts to discuss Comcast's first-quarter earnings, Burke said the company would spend $200 million more this year on prime-time shows to try to give the cellar-dwelling NBC network a lift in the ratings. The Philadelphia-based cable giant also plans to pump in an additional $100 million on programming for the company's profitable cable networks -- including USA, Syfy, E! and Bravo -- to keep the channels at the top of their game.
John Stamos talks about SVU role and GLEE
“It’s really the farthest thing I’ve ever done on TV and movies from who I am,” Stamos said about SVU during a conference call with reporters earlier this week. “It scared the hell out of me -— he’s a reproductive abuser. He’s really unlike any character I’ve seen or read anywhere.”
GLEE Watch: When Times Go Bad, When Times Go Rough
"It's worth noting that 'Rumours' was at least a partial exception to the rule that Glee is best when it is about the adults as little as possible. Will's various romantic dilemmas have never been too compelling, but last night the show made him interesting by focusing on a conflict that makes sense: namely, whether he's given up too much by devoting himself to his kids and the school."
GLEE's concert tour to become a 3D movie
"Glee Live! In Concert!" will be released in August for a two-week engagement.
5 Web TV Series In the Barrel; Advertisers Just Need to Pull the Trigger
ANYONE BUT ME, DOWNSIZED and LENOX AVENUE are included in the list.
BBC America Launches Comedy Block
BBC America's top U.K. comedy imports will air in a block. Branded Ministry of Laughs, the two-hour block will launch June 18 at 10 p.m. ET. Included in it are THE INBETWEENERS, an all-new season of the BAFTA-winning teen comedy, which is being remade by MTV.
WWE: Stylistically Speaking on the Concept of the Action Soap Opera
Trey Styles writes: "With their recent booking and creative choices the 'E' has truly taken two steps forward and three steps back. Their back to square one approach to many current situations shows a very high level of complacency."