Monday, February 10, 2014
THE SPIN-OFF: Listen to the February Edition of KCRW's Monthly TV Podcast
For the February edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off, the monthly podcast all about the TV business, Joe Adalian, AJ Marechal and I tackle three hot topics:
Big Changes in Late Night: As Jay Leno leaves The Tonight Show the whole chess board in late night is shifting. Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers will take on new shows, but these days with competition from The Daily Show, The Colbert Report -- not to mention, competition from your DVR -- do the broadcast late night shows matter as much as they once did?
The Olympics and NFL: Once again the Super Bowl did huge ratings numbers. Not surprising as the NFL seems to be the only sure thing on TV these days. Now CBS has lined up a deal to share the broadcast of the NFL Thursday night games with CBS, hoping to get a piece of the live sports pie. This month we'll see if the big dollars NBC spent to get the Olympics will prove worth it.
Bubble Shows: Traditionally, this is the time of years when shows with middling ratings will be considered teetering on the bubble between cancellation and renewal. But these days the definition of the bubble show has changed. It's the era when ratings are influenced by DVR delayed viewing and networks are willing to hold onto shows that may get few viewers but hit a key demo.
We also go around the room to discuss one more hot topic that's on the top of our minds this month. Listen below!