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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Monday, February 8th, 2021

08 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, February 8th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by lemonade and breakfast sausages.

ISN'T IT TIME FOR NETFLIX TO PULL 'CHEER?'
I am generally not someone who believes a network or streaming service should pull a series from distribution the first time one of the cast members is involved in a controversy. I'm able to separate some random misdeed from the show itself and unless the alleged crime is egregious, I am more than willing to let viewers decide for themselves if they feel comfortable continuing to watch the show.

But there exceptions to that rule for me, and I think the Netflix series Cheer might have crossed the line from "uncomfortable" to "this should be pulled."

Cheer is a reality series that focuses on the nearly 40-member Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team from Corsicana, Texas. It premiered in January 2020, and the story of the cheer squad as they prepare for the 2019 National Championships garnered a lot of attention from Netflix subscribers. The show received extensive media coverage and while Netflix doesn't share much about viewing numbers, it seems to have been widely viewed.

But in the year since the series debuted three different men associated with the series have faced allegations of some sort of sexual misconduct. In September, Jeremiah 'Jerry' Harris was accused of child sexual exploitation and abuse, according to a lawsuit filed by two attorneys representing the two alleged victims. The lawsuit claimed Harris "exploited his popularity and position of fame" following the release of Cheer to engage in inappropriate behavior with two 13-year-old males. An attorney for Harris has categorically disputed the charges.

Then last week, two other men who appeared on Cheer faced allegations of their own. On Wednesday, Navarro College cheer team member Mitchell Ryan, 23, was arrested near Dallas on Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Also on Wednesday, Chesterfield County, Virginia Police arrested coach and choreographer Robert Joseph Scianna Jr., 25, based on allegations of indecency with a child and "use of an electronic communication device to solicit sex."

All three men have issued statements proclaiming their innocence. But given that there are now three people involved with Cheer that are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, this feels to me to be the threshold where Netflix should just pull the series until the allegations are resolved. I don't know that I have a hard-and-fast rule for how different allegations of sexual misconduct should warrant removing a series from the public. But right now, three seems like a good number.

THE FLASH IS COMING TO FORTNITE
Keeping any game feeling fresh is a challenge, but one thing Fortnite does very well is continue to add pop-culture skins and characters to the game - generally for a limited amount of time. In the past year, players have been able to play with weapons and characters from Star Wars, the greater MCU Universe as well as many other lesser pieces of IP. Next up for the game are some characters from DC and first up is The Flash.

A Flash Cup will be available for play on February 10th and it will be a two-player game. Here's a look at the character:
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TODAY'S PREMIERES

1) Balthazar (Acorn TV)
This sexy French-language crime drama (with English subtitles) follows the suave, smart, and somewhat strange Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer Sisley, Messiah, We’re the Millers) who can make the dead “speak” like no one else. He helps solve Paris’ most disturbing and complex crimes, but there’s one case that continues to haunt him—the murder of his wife, Lise (Pauline Cheviller, Le Secret d’Elise), over a decade ago.

2) Black Lightning Season Premiere (The CW)
Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is still mourning the death of his long-time friend Detective Henderson. Meanwhile, Gambi (James Remar) is presented with an interesting opportunity. Lastly, Lynn (Christine Adams) and Jefferson are still not able to see eye to eye.

3) Finding Bigfoot: The Search Continues (Discovery+)
The team sets out to examine compelling Squatch evidence in Ohio and West Virginia.|

4) Independent Lens: Women In Blue (PBS)
This documentary shines a spotlight on the police women within the Minneapolis Police Department working to reform it from the inside, as the national conversation around police reform still resonates loudly across the country. Filmed from 2017 to 2020, the documentary focuses on MPD’s first female police chief, Janeé Harteau, and three of the women in her department as they each try to redefine what it means to protect and serve.

5) VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition (VH1)
Love & Hip Hop cast members from New York, Atlanta, Hollywood and Miami gather to celebrate Black joy and discuss important social issues -- and of course, turn up.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Thursday, February 4th, 2021

04 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Thursday, February 4th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by hot tea and Pad Tai.

THE CHALLENGES OF PROMOTING NETWORK TELEVISION
I suspect anyone who even casually follows the broadcast television space realizes that it is an industry with a number of systemic issues. Declining ratings, pressure from advertisers and difficulty launching new programs. It's challenging to get viewers to sample any new TV series, much less one on networks that increasingly seem old-school to viewers in the prime 18-35 age demographic.

CBS has three new shows premiering in the next few weeks and that network has focused much of its promotional firepower on its traditional media outlets. The shows will receive heavy promotional attention on this Sunday's Super Bowl and the debut episodes of Clarice and The Equalizer will be streaming the day after their linear premiere on YouTube and Pluto TV and will also be streaming in front of the paywall in Amazon's Channel section. I'd argue that is a very safe approach, but given the demos of CBS, that might be enough to help both shows.

But then there is NBC, who has a couple of new high-profile comedies premiering soon, as well as the new Sci-Fi tinged drama Debris. And I'd like to focus on the latter show, which has a premise that is right in my sweet spot for network television.

Here is the logline of Debris, as explained by NBC:

When wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft scatters across the Western Hemisphere, it soon becomes apparent the pieces are messing with the laws of physics, changing lives in ways we can’t comprehend. Two agents from different continents, and different mindsets, are tasked to work together to recover the debris, whose mysteries humankind is not quite ready for.

Sounds like an interesting premise, right? It certainly feels like a show that would have an audience among younger viewers, science fiction fans and maybe a comfortable-with-technology audience. And yet as far as a I can tell, NBC hasn't made any real effort to reach out to those audiences or try and get the show in front of people who aren't typically reached by the traditional methods of television promotion.

Running network promos or posting some clips on YouTube is not going to cut it in 2021. Hell, that would been seen as the least possible PR effort in 2011. If you want a show like Debris to find an audience and survive, you need to aggressively fight for promotional bandwidth in a crowded media world. 

So what would I do if NBC asked? I would be relentlessly promoting the series on Peacock. Highlighting the show on the opening splash screen. First with Peacock-only trailers and then in the week before the linear premiere, with a ten-minute sneak preview. I'd make sure that to remind subscribers to add it to their watchlist. I'd find members of the show who are gamers (and believe me, there are some) and organize a Twitch stream for where they can play games and riff about the show. Reach out to niche web sites that have audiences that are a great with the show's premise and offer them exclusive interviews, video and photos. Set up interviews with influential media newsletters discussing the promotional efforts for the show. Create fake clips for TikTok that feature cast members "discovering" the debris and interacting with it. A bunch of this stuff will fail and some of it might be mocked on social media. But that's fine. The goal is to cut through the promotional clutter and get people to tune in. If not live, then before the next episode premieres. Debris is a show that has episodes you have to watch in order. And history suggests that if an audience gets too far behind, they won't stick around. Create ads that ask people to sign up for a once-a-week Debris texts. Which they'll get the morning the new episode premieres, along with a link to a clip from the episode. All of these ideas are marginal on the face of it. But in a world where a .07 share is considered a ratings win, it doesn't take much to substantially move the ratings needle.

And while NBC executives would never go for the idea, I love the idea of creating a promo for the show that features one of the network executives sitting in their office and telling viewers: "Look, I know you've burned in the past by shows that go off the air right after you fall in love with them. I can't promise Debris will run for seven years. But I promise Debris will get a complete first season. And if we don't pick it up for season two, we'll do a special that explains all of the mysteries we didn't have time to reveal." Lean into the transient nature of moist rookie shows. Have some fun with it & get some free media coverage from the various news outlets that will be fascinated by the move.


TODAY'S PREMIERES

1) A Nightmare Awakes (Shudder)
While composing her famous novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley descends into an opium-fueled fever dream while carrying on a torrid love affair with Percy Shelley. As she writes, the characters of her novel come to life and begin to plague her relationship with Percy. Before long, she must choose between true love and her literary masterpiece.

2) Esme & Roy (HBO Max)
Esme and Roy are best friends – and the best monstersitters in Monsterdale! From Sesame Workshop, this animated series brings viewers into a colorful world where even the littlest monsters can overcome big challenges together. Esme & Roy follows a clever young girl (Esme) and her meatball-loving monster friend (Roy) – two pals who share an impressive skill: they’re great at taking care of monsters. Each relatable adventure is packed with playful learning and musical fun, showing that even monster-sized problems can be solved through mindfulness and play. While Esme and Roy keep their precious charges safe and sound, their warm, infectious humor will have little ones learning through laughter!

3) Fast Foodies Series Premiere (truTV)
The one thing Joel McHale misses the most from his Midwestern childhood stomping grounds is the Chicago-style wiener. Nuclear-neon green relish, poppy seeded bun and all. But today is Joel's lucky day as our three chefs tackle the recreation of the dog of all dogs - the Chicago red hot! Once they conquer the copycat wiener mountain, it's off to the remix round where they'll put a haute cuisine spin on the hot dog classic. Only one chef will walk away with the Chompionship trophy, and Joel's love and approval. The wiener heat is on!

4) Impractical Jokers Season Nine Premiere (truTV)
Four longtime friends compete to embarrass each other with a series of hilarious dares. If they refuse, they lose. At the end, the big loser must endure an epic punishment.

5) Married At First Sight: Australia Season Premiere (Lifetime)
Married at First Sight: Australia details the matching of each couple by experts John Aiken, Mel Schiling and Dr. Trisha Stafford, leading to their weddings and honeymoons, and follows as they settle into their domestic lives together. At the end of the social experiment, each couple must decide if it’s happily ever after for them, or if it’s time to get a divorce and go their separate ways.

6) Married At First Sight: Couples Cam Season Premiere (Lifetime)
Following the couples ongoing stories in real time, in the completely raw and self-shot show, the couples invite viewers into their homes via mounted cameras, diary cams and virtual group chats. The series will also feature never-before-seen footage captured by couples, revealing deeply intimate access to their lives, including births of their MAFS babies, and other personal highlights of their lives, since their time on their seasons. The show will also bring the couples together virtually as they discuss their own hopes, dreams and futures.

7) Mary McCartney Serves It Up Series Premiere (Discovery+)
It’s the most delicious and delectable invite as home cook Mary McCartney invites us into her London kitchen to serve up family favorites and fabulous vegetarian food her friends adore. In each episode, she’ll be joined by a famous friend, including Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie, Dave Grohl, Kate Hudson, Gayle King, Mark Ronson and Liv Tyler.

8) The Murders Series Premiere (Sundance Now)
The series revolves around Kate Jameson (Jessica Lucas, Gotham, Melrose Place), a rookie homicide detective in Vancouver whose negligence resulted in a fellow officer’s death. Now, she’s seeking redemption in her investigations alongside Detective Nolan Wells (Dylan Bruce, Orphan Black).

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

02 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by black coffee and lots of random leftovers.

PARAMOUNT+ LAUNCH CAMPAIGN IS.....PERPLEXING
I think even the biggest supporter of ViacomCBS will admit that the upcoming rebranding/relaunch of CBS All-Access into Paramount+ is going to be challenging. The general interest streaming world is extremely competitive and even though CBSAA has carved out a small place in the mindspace of consumers, it's also a streaming service that puts forward a lot of mixed messages. It's partly a home for next-day CBS programs, although because some of the network's biggest shows are produced by other studios, CBSAA doesn't have stacking rights for all of their hit shows. And because ViacomCBS executives are big believers in maximizing their revenue stream by licensing everything that isn't nailed down, a number of their biggest titles are also available on competing streamers. 

Paramount+ is being touted as the home for the entire universe of ViacomCBS programs, but with so many of the titles also available elsewhere, it remains a tough sell for me. I don't doubt that there is an audience for the service. I'm just not convinced that the upside for a streaming service that's mission statement is "we're the home for a lot of familiar stuff you can always stream elsewhere" is all that substantial.

That's why I was happy to see Ad Week's Kelsey Sutton do a deep dive on the media launch for Paramount+, which is set to kick off in earnest during Sunday's Super Bowl:

As part of a major promotional push for Paramount+—a rebranded and expanded version of the existing streaming service CBS All Access, slated for a March 4 debut in the U.S., Canada and Latin America—ViacomCBS is planning to pull out all the stops for Super Bowl Sunday.

Paramount+ will be featured prominently in promos during CBS’ Super Bowl 55 telecast (including pregame and postgame coverage), coupled with digital and social support, talent participation, paid efforts and even some in-game stunts and content teases to introduce its big subscription effort.

"We’re going to wrap the Super Bowl in surround sound," said Domenic DiMeglio, ViacomCBS Digital’s CMO. "We really want to make this a moment for Paramount+."

The campaign will culminate during the CBS broadcast of The Grammys and will include a series of spots that I just find perplexing. I know being able to feature the well-known names from the various ViacomCBS shows is fun. But is it really the kind of thing that will drive large numbers of new subscribers?:

The campaign’s first phase, featuring the mountain-climbing expedition, will make use of CBS’ promotional inventory throughout the Super Bowl broadcast to tell a sequential story of characters climbing to the peak of Mount Paramount—“the ultimate metaphor” that makes use of the iconic mountain that has opened Paramount movies for decades, said Josh Line, ViacomCBS’ chief brand officer.

The existing spots that have already run highlight the tone that the service is trying to strike: fun, lighthearted and a little silly. (“I’m too hungover for this,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation declares while trudging up a mountain in one spot.)

“There’s a real self-awareness and accessibility to the tone that we just love,” Line said. “It feels very modern.”

I'm not sure that I would describe an ad that features Jersey Shore's Snooki as "very modern."

AN INTERESTING USE OF 'EXCLUSIVE' BY DISCOVERY+
While Discovery+'s limited rollout of a "channels" feature sparked lots of hot takes over the weekend, that's not a feature that is likely to have an impact on subscriber numbers in the U.S. in the near future. What is more important is how the service is quietly using its massive catalog of recent episodes from their linear networks as a way to drive subscriber interest. I recently noticed that several shows such as Property Brothers: Forever Home were being billed on Discovery+ as "exclusives. And what that means is that episodes from the show's current season are only available on Discovery+. Not on-demand and not in the various authenticated network apps. It's not something that is being widely promoted - I suspect because Discovery is purposely not wanting to annoy their linear partners. But as I've said before, it's clear that Discovery+ is positioning itself as the best place to find next-day programming from all of its networks.


TODAY'S PREMIERES

1) Awake Series Premiere (MHz Choice)
Dana Nasr wakes up from an 11-year coma with a pesky alter ego who helps her face the challenge of rejoining the world.

2) A Rodeo Film (HBO)
A black bull rider in rural California must choose between his brother and a woman he loves.

3) A Storybook Ending (HBO)
When a black man accidentally kills a white cop in self-defense, the cover-up sets off a chain reaction of deceit, blackmail, and murder.

4) Black Boy Joy (HBO)
Black Boy Joy is about two generations of black men struggling to juggle the demands of raising a young son with Autism while adapting to their new normal after the death of a loved one.

5) Dolapo Is Fine (HBO)
A story about a young black girl's relationship with her hair and name, and how it helps her understand who she really is.

6) Fake Famous (HBO)
First-time director and veteran journalist Nick Bilton, explores the industry of social media influencers through an innovative social experiment. The film’s journey into this world is driven by the casting of three people in Los Angeles who all have relatively small social followings and the attempt to grow them into famous influencers. By purchasing fake followers and an army of bots to “engage” with their social media, the newly made “influencers” discover both the wonders and costs of this unlikely, immersive lifestyle.

7) Just Like Home (MHz Choice)
A French and Turkish family’s cohabitation agreement goes on longer than either family had anticipated.

8) The Cipher (HBO)
With his reputation and record deal on the line, Khalil confronts his opponent Young Reap and defends his secret during a freestyle rap competition in Philadelphia.

9) Tiffany Hadish Presents: They Ready Season Two Premiere (Netflix)
Once again, Tiffany Haddish will introduce six of her favorite comedians to Netflix members around the world with a second season of the Emmy-nominated stand-up comedy series They Ready. Each comedian, all of whom were again personally chosen by Haddish, will perform a 15-20 minute set.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Monday, February 1st, 2021

01 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, February 1st, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by iced coffee and orange bread.

IT'S CLEAR HOLLYWOOD SUPPORT STAFF DESERVE MORE MONEY
I spend a lot of time talking about the big picture issues of television. It's easy to forget that whether it's traditional broadcast television or the streaming industry, all of this wouldn't be possible without all of the support staff who make it all possible. The smartest producer or most talented actor won't get very far without the work of the people who do all of the work that no one outside the industry sees. Even before the pandemic hit, pay for support staff was embarrassingly low. And even those low salaries were under pressure from studios and streamers who saw support staff pay as an "easy" place to cut when they wanted to rein in budgets. Shorter seasons means less money and more time spent trying to find your next job. And then the pandemic shutdown hit Hollywood's support staff especially hard, since they often did have the financial support to weather a prolonged period without a paycheck.

#PayUpHollywood today released its second annual survey of the challenges faced by entertainment industry support staff, and the results are pretty grim. A total of of 1,014 participants took the survey, and they included current or former assistants at studios, talent agencies, production/development companies, and in-house production and post-production departments.  Here are some of the highlights, but you should really read the entire survey:







I don't usually devote an entire newsletter to one topic. But as an industry, we can't afford to have so many of our support staff living at the poverty level. We talk a lot about representation and expanding the pool of people who get a chance to make television. But if we make the lower rungs of the industry so difficult to survive that only the well-connected or well-to-do can afford to take those jobs, we will never get the diversity we all say we want.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Thursday, January 28th, 2021

28 January, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Thursday, January 28th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by black coffee and tomato soup.

WHEN IT COMES TO THIS MOVE, I ADMIT THAT I AM STUMPED
I like Discovery+ a lot. The price is point is good and if you are someone who watches any of Discovery Communications networks on a regular basis (and my household does), Discovery+'s mix of tens of thousands of episodes of your favorite shows, along with new linear programs and originals makes it a must-have. Still, I have to admit Discovery is making some choices I find perplexing.

You can browse for content several different ways in the app and one method is via individual networks tabs that include every program on the service from that network. There is a tab for nearly every Discovery Comm. network, along with ones for A&E, History and Lifetime. But the service has added five more network tabs to the already lengthy mix - digital networks The Dodo, Popsugar, Now This, Seeker and Thrillist. The odd thing is that at least in the Roku app, while those five digital networks show up in the tabs that are listed on the home page, they don't show up if you click "browse" and search that network list.

But a bigger mystery is why these networks are there in the first place. While some of their content is fine, there isn't much there that falls into the category of "must have." And given how much content Discovery+ also contains, the additions seem pointless. I'm assuming it's all part of a marketing deal, but including those widely distributed networks as part of the Discovery+ programming mix makes everything seem less exclusive and special.

ABC NEWS HEAD STEPPING DOWN
In a memo sent to ABC News employees earlier today, ABC News President James Goldston said he is stepping down. His last day is on March 31st. This isn't an unexpected decision, Goldston has been rumored to be leaving for months and according to some previous reporting, Disney executive Peter Rice has said to sources in the past that he did not think Goldston was the right fit for ABC News.

There are a bunch of names being privately floated for his replacement, but there doesn't seem to be a clear favorite as of yet.

THERE ARE BAD NUMBERS AND THEN THERE ARE BAD NUMBERS
You are seeing a lot of streaming service subscriber numbers being thrown around in press coverage this week and most of them are just one step above smoke and mirrors. HBO Max touted its increase in "activations," which isn't the same as subscribers. The number apparently includes people who downloaded the app. Which is the streaming media world's version of describing me as a Mustang owner because I drive one in Grand Theft Auto.

And then there is Peacock, where NBCU head Jeff Shell bragged on Thursday that viewing of The Office on Peacock is ahead of what the "pace" was when it was on Netflix. And no, that's a vague metric that even a psychic couldn't define. He also said that the new streaming service is off to a "promising" start and is "exceeding internal projections." So why would an executive offer up such a mushy bunch of data points? Well, one reason is that entertainment industry trades like Deadline will just spit his comments back out, giving the service some positive press coverage.

All of these subscriber numbers being thrown around drive me a little nuts, because they don't give any sense of how well the service is actually doing at getting people to pay for their product. Premium Peacock is free to millions of Comcast customers and through other partnerships. There are a number of people (like myself) who pre-purchased a year of Peacock at a discount. And it's the same situation with HBO Max. It's not just the people who qualify for an upgrade to HBO Max because they were already an HBO subscriber. There are all sorts of bundles and partnerships that make it nearly impossible to determine how many people are actually paying somewhat close to full price for the service.

And I have mentioned that we still don't have an official breakdown of how many people subscribe to CBS All-Access? I'm sure that will all be cleared up when everything transitions to Paramount Plus in a few weeks.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Tuesday, January 26, 2021

26 January, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, January 26th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by iced coffee and a full night of sleep.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE IS AN IMDb APP FOR ROKU. THE BAD NEWS IS.....
I spend entirely too much of my time in this newsletter complaining about the UI of Amazon's Prime Instant Video app. But that's because it is so frustratingly, unbelievably bad. It's challenging to find programming, the search function is not especially accurate and because Amazon is trying to cram so many different categories of content into one app, the result is something that doesn't please anyone.

One of the things that has been rolled into the Amazon video app is its free, ad-supported streaming service IMDb TV. And as you might expect, the interface is clunky and trying to find programming is such an awkward exercise that I generally end up searching for shows or movies on Amazon's web interface and adding them as favorites so I can find them inside the app.

The good news is that Amazon has launched the first IMDb TV app for Roku, which means that viewers no longer have to go through the Amazon video app to watch IMDb TV programming. The bad news is.....well, pretty much everything else.

The app has a clean, straight-forward interface that looks a lot like the Roku Channel app. But it also has some of the same limitations as that app. 

There is no search function. No, really.

There are horizontal content bars, labeled "Continue Watching," "Popular Movies & TV," Popular TV," "Popular Movies," "Sci-Fi Movies," "Action & Adventure Movies," "Documentary Movies"  and "Comedy TV." From what I can tell, the titles in the categories are primarily a mix of random titles & in my case, titles I may have previously looked at and/or favorited.

Did I mention there isn't a search function?

There aren't many times when I find myself absolutely stumped by someone's decision-making. But this app just leaves me speechless. In theory, any AVOD would want to encourage as much engagement as possible. Because the more people watch, the more ads run and the more revenue that is generated. Launching an app that doesn't allow for content discovery just seems crazy.

A+E NETWORKS LEAN INTO LINEAR
Multichannel News has a good interview with A+E Networks group president Paul Buccieri, who said that while there is money to be made in the streaming business, A+E continues to focus on its relationship with its linear television partners:

Why do you feel that the A+E Networks commitment to linear gives the company an advantage in reaching viewers?

I do think we distinguish ourselves as a portfolio because of our commitment to linear.  We have an incredible depth and breadth of upcoming stuff that is premiering on linear brands and have one of the most robust offerings of original content. We have 1,400 hours planned of original content between our brands that’s going to be premiering on linear, which is really something we take a lot of pride in.


Does it concern you that your networks' competitors are potentially reaching new viewers and cord cutters on the digital front with their respective SVOD services

Clearly we're in a moment of disruption. For us, we really value our linear ecosystem -- that’s where a huge portion of our bread is buttered. We are really pleased with our linear audiences and our brands. As to what our competitors are doing in the streaming world, I do think there is obviously a shifting landscape, and clearly we have done library deals with some [streaming] companies. It really shows the strength of our content that it is so desired by a lot of our direct competitors and that they want to be in business with us in that way.


As Buccieri notes later in the interview, A+E Networks do operate several smaller niche streamers that seem to be doing well: History Vault, Lifetime Movie Club and Crime Central. But the reality is that A+E doesn't have the depth of content to successfully launch its own direct-to-consumer general interest streaming service. 

But it's worth mentioning that one future move might be to integrate closer with the newly launched Discovery+. There is already some older titles available on that service and in fact, Discovery+ has them broken out into individual channel tabs. So it would be easy to add more A&E Network content in the future, especially given the audience crossover between A&E and Discovery Communications programming.

Go Dog Go | Netflix Official Site
WHAT'S ON TODAY:
Here is a rundown of the paltry number of new television programs premiering today:

1) Go Dog Go (Netflix)
Handy and inventive pup Tag chases adventure with her best pal, Scootch, solving problems and helping the citizens of Pawston along the way.

2) Love In.....Series Premiere (MHz Choice)
Set against the backdrops of six of the world’s most beautiful and exotic, locations, (Jaipur, Andalusia, Bora Bora, Lapland, St. Petersburg and Vienna, The Love in… Collection explores the ups and downs of being in love in modern relationships.

3) mixed-ish Season Premiere (ABC)
After finding out Johan has been pretending to be a different race, Rainbow gets mad, and Alicia and Paul try to find a way to encourage Johan to be proud of being Black.

4) The Misery Index Season Premiere (TBS)
Teams compete against each other by attempting to determine the ranking of hilarious and miserable real-life events - from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather - on a scale of 1-100.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Monday, January 25, 2021

25 January, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, January 25th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by hot tea and pasta salad.

WWE NETWORK MOVING TO PEACOCK IN NEW DEAL
Operating a stand-alone streaming sports service - even with a committed viewership - is challenging. And while the WWE Network currently has 1.1 million subscribers, it's battled a flurry of challenges, ranging from high churn rates and slumping viewership for its flagship talk shows to an industry trying to work around the limitations of doing live events in the midst of a pandemic. There have been rumors that the WWE has been looking for an exit from the direct-to-consumer streaming business and this morning, it was announced the WWE Network will close in March and it's content would become part of the NBCU streaming service Peacock:

In mid-March, WWE Network‘s approximately 1.1 million existing U.S. subscribers will be migrated to Peacock Premium, where they’ll continue to get access to WWE Network but will have the option to pay 50% less — $4.99/month vs. $9.99/month — and get full access to the Peacock Premium tier with ads. WWE Network also will be available on the no-ads Peacock Premium Plus plan ($9.99/month).

The terms of the deal haven't been announced publicly, although The Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint reports his sources place the cost as in the neighborhood for $1 billion for a five-year deal.

Although it's tough to judge the financial implications of the deal from outside, on the face of it, this seems like a smart deal for both sides. It allows the WWE to still monetize its digital assets while not having to deal with all of the marketing and technical challenges that come with operating a standalone streaming service. And it gives Peacock 17,000+ hours of sports-ish content, as well as access to upcoming events. 

Some of the takes I've seen so far about this deal have wondered why the WWE didn't cut a deal with either Netflix or Amazon. Netflix has been pretty consistent about not being in any particular rush to add sports programming in this fashion. And given that this deal is just for U.S. streaming rights, it's not the scope of deal Netflix is interested in pursuing right now. As for Amazon...well, just imagine the company trying to wedge WWE's catalog into the hellhole of streaming that is the Amazon Prime Video app.

WGN AMERICA IS CHANGING ITS NAME TO NEWSNATION
Longtime "superstation" WGN America is changing its name and its programming. The channel will be rebranded as "Newsnation," which is being touted as the "unbiased competitor to the cable news giants."

It's not a terrible idea. WGN America has never quite found a programming mix that worked. It tried original programming, syndicated drama blocks and movies but the national audience has remained stubbornly small. And given the perceived partisan stances of the big three cable news networks, a new centrish news network makes sense. But there are lot of hurdles to overcome. While news programming is often cheaper than syndicated scripted programming, a viable news network needs to be live as many hours as possible.

But the real challenge is whether viewers will see Newsnation as an important (and unbiased) news source and are willing to give it a try. The recent shift of conservative viewers from Fox News to newer rivals such as News Max shows that viewers can change their habits. But will they in this case?

COMCAST LAUNCHING 
Comcast is launching 29 Wi-Fi connected "Lift Zones" in the Washington D.C. area to help connect low income families to the internet so they can do things such as homework:

Working with its network of nonprofit partners, Comcast Lift Zones will provide robust, free WiFi inside partner community centers to help thousands of low-income students and families to successfully participate in distance learning, search for employment or access other essential services.

While this move is helpful, it also costs Comcast almost nothing. If the company was serious about making it easier for low-income families to have internet access, they would ease the restrictions on their "Internet Essentials" program. That program offers a basic broadband service to households who qualify for programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others for a cost of $9.95 a month.

It's a great program, but it's only available to households who haven't had Comcast service in the past 90 days. So if you live in a low-income household and had to cancel your service recently or had it disconnected, then you are out of luck.

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER DUMB TAKE ON NETFLIX
I could do an entire newsletter that is nothing but highlights of bad takes on Netflix. Even otherwise smart journalists seem to just lose their common sense when confronted with the prospect of writing a Netflix hot take.

This weekend's bad Netflix take came from Scott Mendelson at Forbes, who noted that the 2013 theatrical release Homefront (starring Jason Statham) was currently the most-watched film on the streaming service. So if that's the case, then why is Netflix pouring all of that money into creating original movies?:

As far as its momentary popularity on Netflix, it’s their most-watched movie at the moment, it’s another example of the streaming platform being just as popular (if not more so) for old-school grindhouse action flicks as prestige TV and network binge favorites. I’ve written my share of posts about films like Jennifer Garner’s Peppermint and Zoe Saldana’s Colombiana being momentarily popular, and Liam Neeson’s Unknown had a run near the top just before Honest Thief opened theatrically last week. Meanwhile, in a skewed irony, Anthony Mackie’s Outside The Wire (a Netflix original) is now sitting below the Open Road/Millennium studio programmer. Why spend a fortune on Netflix actioners when studio discards pull in solid viewership for potentially a fraction of the price?

Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos reportedly remarked in 2019 that spending $115 million on JC Candor’s Triple Frontier, a muscular actioner starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund may have been a mistake. To be fair, since then, Netflix has paid up for the Dwayne Johnson/Gal Gadot/Ryan Reynolds action comedy Red Notice and is allegedly giving $200 million to the Russo Bros. for the Chris Evans/Ryan Gosling actioner The Grey Man, while the Russo-produced Extraction (starring Chris Hemsworth) is allegedly Netflix’s most-watched original movie ever. Nonetheless, the continuing popularity of third-party star-driven actioners like Unknown, Homefront and Jessica Chastain’s Ava implies that “new to you” action flicks may be good enough for the Netflix consumer base.

I could spend a lot of time carefully dissecting this idea and explaining why it's so ill-conceived. But honestly, I don't think even Mendelson is really being serious. He knows the business well enough to know that it doesn't have to be a zero-sum game. In fact, it can't be, because no streaming service can produce 100 of its own content. And no service can remain viable if they rely strictly on licensed content. It's not just the cost of that content. It's that there isn't enough new-ish content available and there is guarantee about the quality. And quality does matter, no matter how effective your marketing might be.

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WHAT'S ON TODAY:
Here is a rundown of the paltry number of new television programs premiering today:

1) ATL Homicide Season Premiere (TV One)
On September 13th, 2010, Vince & Quinn  respond to a shooting at a gas station where 19-year-old Ladeddrick Love was gunned down while his pregnant wife and toddler were both in the car.

2) Lucille Ball: Life, Death & Money (Reelz)
Legendary star Lucille Ball is known as one of the greatest comedians of all time. On the air for six seasons she cemented her iconic status in I Love Lucy where she and first husband Desi Arnaz pulled in astronomical ratings. It's also here that Ball forged her way to becoming a leading lady off screen as executive producer later launching mega movie and TV franchises including Star Trek and Mission Impossible. When she passes away in 1989 her sizable estate of $40 million is split among her two children and second husband Gary Morton. Unlike many celebrities Ball left behind a will and testament but even with one so clearly written her estate becomes entangled and bitter. 

3) My Feet Are Killing Me Season Premiere (TLC)
Dr. Ebonie's skills are tested as she attempts to diagnose a patient with feet that are covered in huge, wart-like masses.

4) Reunions Series Premiere (Acorn TV)
This contemporary French-language series (with English subtitles) centers on two half-brothers of different races and economic backgrounds who meet each other for the first time after the death of their father and inherit a failing hotel on the paradise island of Réunion. The two long-lost siblings and their families must make huge sacrifices and band together to save the resort.

5) Snowpiercer Season Two Premiere (TNT)
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a 1001 car, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the critically acclaimed movie and graphic novel series of the same name.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Friday, January 22nd, 2021

22 January, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Friday, January 22nd, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by coffee and ravioli.

This week has been a difficult one for me on the newsletter front. I ended up not sending one yesterday due to some medical issues (luckily, nothing super serious). But hopefully, next week will find me back on track.

BUT FIRST, THIS PERSONAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Today is my 21st wedding anniversary and while I don't usually talk about my personal life in this newsletter, this seems like a good reason to make an exception.

I came close to getting married a couple of times earlier in my life. But in the same way a river eventually flows to the sea, I was always meant to end up where I am today. Marrying someone whose primary skill is journalism probably isn't the wisest choice. I'm glad Stephanie was brave enough to take the leap 21 years ago. And it's a reflection of my love that I am sharing a photo that isn't exactly flattering to me. But I love to see her love laugh. All my love, my dear.

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THE FINE LINE BETWEEN JOURNALISM AND FANDOM
Every segment of journalism has its own ethical and bias issues. National political reporters can become too intertwined with the politicians and political establishment they cover. Tech reporters can become too intimidated or concerned with access to ask the tough questions that might get them booted from the best events. But I think it's fair to say that entertainment and media journalists are often guilty of the most ethically problematic behavior. And while this might sound like inside baseball, it matters whether you're working at a media company looking for fair coverage or are a reader hoping for the clearest industry takes. 

This piece in The Hollywood Reporter (which was originally published in the print version of the THR is horrifying on so many levels. It's meant to be a story about how network television PR is having to work around the pandemic and figure out ways to create a COVID-safe press event for the upcoming Peacock reboot of Punky Brewster:

To promote the Peacock revival, stars Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson sat between cardboard cutouts of reporters and answered questions that had been submitted in advance.

Just ponder the many problems with that sentence and then look at the photo below, which was included in the story. This is the very definition of blurring the line between journalism and fandom.

Punky Brewster Cast and Chris Gardner Cardboard Cutout

Chris Gardner is a good reporter and I don't want to single him out, because a number of entertainment reporters from the big outlets participated in this event. Holding this way certainly served the PR purposes of the show and the various PR people got some nice mentions in the piece:

Pulling off the creative experiment was a team effort. Reps for the show credited UCP vp production Kelly Kiernan, line producer Chris Robinson and production supervisor Nikki Wood with working the “set visits” into the production schedule as it took three days to complete all the interviews. Following a photoshoot, the cutouts remained on the sofa as executive producer Jim Armogida took on the role of outlet producer by interviewing his two actors using questions that were submitted by the respective journalists in advance. After all was said and done, Frye and Johnson autographed the cutouts and the PR teams placed the cherry on top with an “I Visited the Set of Punky Brewster” sticker on each before they were mailed to press as a keepsake.

But the only purpose of creating the "keepsakes" for the press was to play to the egos of the reporters participating in the event. With the cast answering pre-screened questions, the quotes that came out of it might as well have just been sent in an email. And it's not as if the event was happening to raise awareness for the show. A Punky Brewster reboot is going to inherently receive tons of press coverage. Events such as this one happen to fluff the egos of the reporters who already battle the natural human inclination to want to be "friends" with the people they cover.

It's not as if holding these events is a major crime against humanity. But I do think that as much as possible, any reporters decisions on what events to cover should center around one question: "does this help the reader?" If the answer is no, then why are you doing other than to feel special?

SPEAKING OF COVERAGE
I write a fair bit about PR in this newsletter, because in a world where there is so many entertainment choices, PR is increasingly important. But it has to be the right type of outreach and sometimes the smallest things matter.

An animated series has a new season premiering today on one of the streamers and for whatever reason, the publicist just doesn't to deal with me. I write a strong review of the first season, I'm friendly with the showrunner. And yet, I can't get the publicist to respond to an email.

Which is fine. It's her call and the reason I am being so vague is that it doesn't matter to me in the long run. But I mention it because it doesn't hurt me, it hurts the show. There are probably six other shows premiering today worth covering and that's what I did. I have reviews of a couple, an interview with some of the cast and crew for another. I will eventually get a chance this weekend to watch the new episodes of this animated series, because I enjoyed season one. And maybe I'll have to write about it. But in the end, her decision means that I didn't cover the show, which hurt their PR efforts. 

Honestly, if someone wants to write something positive about your show, you should encourage them to do so.

IS THE NFL NETWORK COSTING THE NFL MORE THAN IT'S WORTH?
There are layers upon layers of context when it comes to the subject of negotiating sports rights with the major sports leagues. If you're confused about what might be happening with the NFL's Thursday Night Sports package, this piece in SportsTVRatings.com really lays out the various possible contract permutations in a clear-cut way:

Personally, I don’t think it adds up to Amazon getting the Thursday night package, but some in the media are leaning that way. Why?

Just speculation on my part, but it’s mostly because some in the media have bought what they are being told by their sources at the TV networks in totality. Not me. The caveat I mentioned earlier is that I think some not tiny part is just the networks posturing/negotiating in public.

To be clear, I totally believe the non-exclusive thing is a problem, and a big one — one that should actually be a bigger story in sports media. But I’ve mostly translated “we’re not interested” into “we’re actually willing to pay quite a lot for a non-exclusive but not THAT much.”

I think the path from “the non-exclusive is a problem” leads more directly to “is the NFL Network costing the NFL more than it’s worth?” than to “Finally, an NFL package goes more digital!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND
This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

19 January, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by coffee and a teriyaki bowl.

TUBI AND THE STATE OF STREAMING 2021
Today Tubi announced findings from its audience report, The Stream: 2021 Actionable Audience Insights for Brands. This is a link to the complete report, but here are some worthwhile takeaways:

* Tubi has 33 million monthly active users with 2.5 billion hours streamed in 2020.

* 18 percent of Tubi streamers don't subscribe to cable.

* On average, Tubi streamers are 20+ years younger than linear television customers.

* 80 percent of Tubi streamers can't be reached across the Top 25 cable TV channels. 

* More than 3 out of 5 Tubi streamers also have a Netflix subscription.

NETFLIX AND YOUTUBE
If you pay any attention to Netflix's Top Ten lists, you've likely seen the animated kids series Cocomelon quite a bit. If you've wondered why, this piece by Emily Horgan does a really nice job of laying out how Netflix has become a force on YouTube in the kids genre and has used partnerships with content creators to build out their children's content ion Netflix's streaming service:

The most noteworthy entrant has been Cocomelon. This animated, nursery rhyme property is the most viewed English language channel on YouTube.  It recently became the third channel to hit 1 billion subscribers.  Shortly after being acquired by Moonbug Entertainment over the Summer, they launched on Netflix.  Success thus far climaxed with a record-breaking streak in the top 10 charts, and strong US results recorded by Nielsen.  Moonbug CEO, René Rechtman, claimed in October that it was the platform’s 3rd most-watched show in the US.

The format embraced by Cocomelon on Netflix is worth looking at.  It follows the strategy of fellow Moonbug properties Morphle and Little Baby Bum. The short form ~3-minute duration native to YouTube is consolidated into episode lengths of around an hour.  This negates parental guilt associated with “play next” decisions and cuts out the instant interest blip of credits. Another batch is scheduled for imminent release.

How much incremental audience is watching Cocomelon on Netflix that isn’t watching on YouTube? Does that even matter? The unquestionable upside is that a truly walled garden will give parents the confidence to let their pre-schoolers consume more freely.  As Netflix embraced becoming an entertainment company, YouTube attempted to bury its head in a tech ethos that shirked the responsibility of young audiences. This culminated in significant fines levied by the FTC last year and associated platform changes that followed.

This is an IP approach that often flies under the radar of many Netflix watchers. Yes, Netflix doesn't own CocomelonMighty Little Bheem or Little Baby Bum. But by partnering with companies producing content that is already popular on YouTube, Netflix is optimizing the cost/effectiveness equation that is a challenge for any media company.


WHAT'S ON TODAY:

Here is a rundown of the paltry number of new television programs premiering today:

1) Brother And Sister (MHz Choice)
A 50-something lawyer’s solitary life is upended when he discovers he has a 15-year-old half sister.

2) FBI: Most Wanted Season Premiere (CBS)
The team searches for a young woman who is heading down a deadly path of vengeance, using ties to an online radical conspiracy organization to further her cause. Also, Barnes must make a life-changing decision, finding it hard to not let the dark side of her job affect her.

3) Finding Your Roots Season Premiere (PBS)
Actress Glenn Close and filmmaker John Waters discover their privileged lineages.

4) Hello Ninja Season Four Premiere (Netflix)
BFFs Wesley and Georgie and their silly cat sidekick Pretzel transform into ninjas and enter a magic world, where they solve problems and save the day.

7) The Night Caller (Sundance Now)
In the early 1960s, Perth was a peaceful city, until it was suddenly devastated by a spate of disparate, seemingly senseless killings. The residents became convinced that there was a serial killer on the loose, and the press fanned the flames by nicknaming him ‘The Night Caller.’ However, the local police failed to connect and attribute the murders to one man until it was far too late. With unprecedented access to the killer’s wife and the two men wrongly convicted of his crimes, creator and director Thomas Meadmore explores the devastating aftermath of a serial murderer. Throughout the series, he uncovers how the community and those affected have come together through grief to pursue closure, redemption and finally hold the police accountable.

8) The War Is Over Series Premiere (MHz Choice)
The War is Over is based on the heart-wrenching true story of the “Children of Selvino” – 800 child Holocaust survivors cared for by former soldiers in a little northern Italian town. In real life, they ended up living in a school formerly used by Fascist elites. In the drama, they find refuge on a seemingly abandoned estate owned by a marchioness with her own tragic connections to the war.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Monday, January 18th, 2021

18 January, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, January 18th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by Ginger Ale & peppermint peanut butter cups.

My apologies for the lateness of today's newsletter. This morning was a flurry of interviews and telephone calls. 

BEING AWARE OF YOUR BLIND SPOTS
I don't really make New Year's resolutions, but if I did it would be to work on the blind spots in my media industry analysis. All of us have our blind spots - companies we don't believe in, executives whose judgement we don't trust. And one of the biggest challenges for any journalist or media industry analyst is to be aware of those blind spots. We're human, so you can never take the emotion of our judgements. But if you're honest about your blind spots, it reminds you to doublecheck your theories when they touch on those blind spots. 

I was reminded of that this morning when I read an in-depth rundown of the streaming sector from an analyst that is super smart. His breakdown of each services positives and negatives feels spot on. Except for his take on one streamer, which he continues to underestimate. Unless that service is my blind spot, and in that case, ignore all of this. But my overall point is to just be mindful of your own biases.

NETFLIX'S GLOBAL AMBITIONS, PART 345
I'm a bit late seeing this, but Allocine has a very enlightening interview with Damien Couvreur, director of French original series at Netflix. The interview is here, although you'll have to use Google Translate to read it. He talks about the success of Lupin and Netflix's approach to production in France:

In fact, we will continue to strengthen our investments in France, following on from the opening of our Paris offices last year with the desire to work hand in hand with the French creative community. This year, we will be offering around ten series including 5 new original series. An assumed variety: from Lupine to  Robbers , including our first "Christmas special" or the expected return of series such as Mortel , Family Business or Plan Coeur… Even if volume is not at the heart of our concerns, this testifies to a real acceleration since our installation in Paris a year ago.

Couveur also confirmed the drama La Revolution will not be returning for a second season. Which is too bad, since I really enjoyed the series. 

A GREAT USE OF NEWS ARCHIVES
I've been very critical of the way that the large media companies have used (or to be more specific, not used) their extensive content holdings and news archives. While minor TV shows from the 90s and news specials assembled from old news footage might not be glamorous, there is a niche audience for it. And given that the productions costs are relatively low, this is another item that seems to fall into the low-hanging fruit category.

CBS-owned diginet Decades has been doing some interesting things with footage from the CBS News Archives, although to be honest, the presentation is as dry as the Sahara Desert after climate change. But on Wednesday, Decades is presenting every presidential inauguration that appeared on television in an eight-hour block beginning at 5:00 am ET. Here is the entire schedule. This seems like it would have been an easy thing for Peacock to put together to beef up their news tab as well as something they could have used in a special "channel." It iis also perplexing that while CBS is doing this on Decades, it doesn't appear to be planning to do a similar presentation as a special live channel on CBS All-Access. Although in the case of CBSAA, my understanding is that they don't have a process in place to easily add temporary live channels and that any change in that section would require a series of approvals and at least two weeks to implement. Which seems....clunky?

ODDS AND SODS
WarnerMedia has announced the integration of all its sports assets and content under a single brand identity and editorial line for Latin America: TNT Sports. More about the move here.

HBO Max has given an eight-episode first season order to Juliabased on the life of world-renowned chef Julia Child. The series from Lionsgate Television and 3 Arts Entertainment stars Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) and David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), 


WHAT'S ON TODAY:

Here is a rundown of the paltry number of new television programs premiering today:

1) All-American Season Premiere (The CW)
Spencer (Daniel Ezra) finds himself on the defense after an interview he gave comes out, upsetting his old teammates and emotions get the best of them. Coop (Bre-Z) and Layla (Greta Onieogou) return from tour, but while Coop tries to figure out what happened with Patience (Chelsea Tavares), she tries to learn why Tyrone’s sister is back. Billy (Taye Diggs) is excited for a fresh start at South Crenshaw High, but he must confront something from his past first that could be a roadblock to his success. Meanwhile, Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) and Simone (guest star GeffriMaya) struggle with saying goodbye to someone they love.

2) American Greed Season Premiere (CNBC)
Tonight's episode chronicles the rise and fall of the flashy litigator who burst onto the scene in 2018, representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her dispute with President Donald Trump. What Avenatti’s fans at the time don’t know is that he has legal troubles of his own brewing – with allegations of crimes ranging from fraud to tax evasion. Still, he continues to dominate the airwaves and build support on social media –until a brazen scheme to extort sportswear giant Nike brings his publicity tour to an abrupt end.

3) 9-1-1 Season Premiere (Fox)
Bobby and the 118 adjust to life as first responders during the pandemic and when the Hollywood Reservoir dam breaks, the team races into action.

4) 9-1-1: Lone Star Season Premiere (Fox)
The 126 crew responds to a military tank on the loose in downtown Austin and a human pile-up at the roller derby. Meanwhile, new paramedic captain, Tommy Vega (new series regular Gina Torres), joins the team and Owen is reunited with his ex-wife and T.K.’s mother, Gwyneth (guest star Lisa Edelstein), and receives an update on his cancer.

5) The Clown And The Candyman (Investigation Discovery)
This four-part special takes viewers down the rabbit hole to a murky world of predators in the ‘70s. Centered around the evil of John Wayne Gacy and Dean Corll, the special offers a deep dive into their crimes, how they were discovered, and the race to identify their remaining nameless victims. The special also investigates their connections to John David Norman, the key operator of a nationwide pedophile ring, while never-before-heard tapes of Gacy offers viewers a glimpse into the disturbed man and his hideous actions.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.