Few industries would routinely pay millions per unit of an item, sight unseen, with minimal (and sometimes no) market research. So how can the TV business afford to operate this way? To understand the economics of scripted television, we need to examine the idiosyncratic journey of a show from concept, to pitch, to script, to screen. And we’ll see why, in a business where only a few hits stand out any given year, lavish spending is the cost of staying relevant. -- The Economics of a Hit TV Show
Anthony Bourdain is "fighting mad" at the Travel Channel for editing him into a commercial without his permission.
He expressed his rage on twitter first,
and then in a long post on his tumblr blog
: "All of us on the show would have preferred to go out on a high note—and we tried to do that as best we could, turning in a strong, final season that we are very proud of. We wanted to go leaving a lot of great shows—and nothing but good memories and good will behind...But things just didn’t turn out that way
." [more inside]
Global British Columbia Sports Anchor Barry Deley wins lotto home draw, live on his own TV channel
. But it turns out he's got an even more personal connection to the lottery.
Ten years after it was canceled, cult teen drama TV show The Opposite Sex is on youtube
in its entirety. [more inside]
American Dream, American Nightmare. The 70s looks back at itself
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