Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NEWS: Michelle Stafford Best Dressed at ACMs, Broadcasters Worry About Zero TV, Fox Threatens To Become Cable Channel

Y&R's Michelle Stafford makes ACM Awards Best Dressed List
TooFab writes: "No lies -- this lady required a Google search of her own, and it's because she's apparently on the THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, a show that ... well, a show that some people (ahem) are just not all that familiar with. But she's relevant to the ACMs because she was the Social Media Ambassador for the evening, and who knows -- maybe that just means that she's the Brandi Glanville of Daytime Television, and isn't that a prize in itself?"

Broadcasters worry about 'Zero TV' homes
Some people have had it with TV. They've had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don't like timing their lives around network show schedules. They're tired of $100-plus monthly bills.

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.

Winning back the Zero TV crowd will be one of the many issues broadcasters discuss at their national meeting, called the NAB Show, taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Pilot Panic: Streaming Deals Boost Chances Of CW Bubble Series; Will They All Return?
While its TV ratings alone would’ve likely pushed the series toward cancellation, THE CARRIE DIARIES' very strong online play including on Hulu is making the renewal a possibility. What’s more, besides the three shows the CW already cancelled this season — veteran 90210 and freshmen EMILY OWENS MD and CULT — there is a chance that the CW returns all of its other series including HART OF DIXIE, NIKITA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and CARRIE DIARIES in some shape or form, including limited runs.

More than other networks’ series, the online performance of CW shows, most of which are serialized, plays an important part in the net’s renewal decisions. After all, episode streaming provides a key revenue stream for the CW.

Fox executive threatens to make network a subscription channel
A top executive with the owner of the Fox broadcast network threatened Monday to convert the network to a subscription channel on cable or satellite TV if Internet startup Aereo Inc. continues to “steal” Fox’s over-the-air signal and sell it to consumers without paying for rights.

Although anyone with an antenna can pick up a station’s signals for free, cable and satellite companies typically pay stations and networks for the right to distribute their programming to subscribers. Industrywide, those retransmission fees add up to billions of dollars every year. Aereo says it’s not subject to those fees.

News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said that not being paid by Aereo jeopardizes the economics of broadcast TV, which benefits from both retransmission fees and advertising.

CORONATION STREET's Helen Worth ties the knot
Worth, who plays Gail Platt in the popular television soap opera, married Trevor Dawson at St James Church.

MAD MEN Season 6 Premiere Unpacked: From Koss Headphones To Electric Love to ONE LIFE TO LIVE?
Gothamist revisited what was happening in the world in 1968, and what NYC looked like during that year (which is the current year on the show).

SCANDAL Day at Dodger Stadium
The Scandal cast took over the Dodgers game on April 7. Kerry Washington announced the lineup, Bellamy Young sang the national anthem, Guillermo Diaz threw out the first pitch, and Katie Lowes sang "God Bless America" ...and the Dodgers won.

SCANDAL DAY at Dodger Stadium 4.7.13 from Adam Shapiro on Vimeo.

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