This Is Why Amazon Prime Video Is Really Rolling Out Ads

Written by 25 September, 2023
When Amazon announced last week that its Prime Video subscription service would begin running limited advertisements beginning in 2024, my email inbox was filled with an endless number of hot takes. Especially since Amazon has decided to make the ad-supported version of Prime Video the default for subscribers. Viewers who want to enjoy an ad-free Prime Video will have to pay an additional $2.99 per month once the advertising rolls out across the service.Streaming video industry commentary tends to default towards the narrative of "when you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail." So the majority of the takes written…

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Monday, September 25th, 2023

Written by 25 September, 2023
Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, September 25th, 2023. A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS ABOUT THE TENTATIVE WGA AGREEMENTI've been hearing some comments from both sides about what might be in the tentative WGA/AMPTP agreement. But given my overall skepticism about sources and their willingness to spin, I'm reserving my judgment until the WGA sends out details and their recommendations to guild members tomorrow. But I did want to pass along a couple of observations. As a reporter, I have learned a couple of things during the WGA strike. The studio side has some…
Last modified on Monday, 25 September 2023 19:37

This Week's TV & Streaming Premieres: 09/24-09/30/2023

Written by 24 September, 2023
Here is a rundown of all of this week's premieres, finales and specials on TV and streaming video: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2023:Krapopolis Series Premiere (Fox)Murder At The Country Club (Lifetime)Outrageous Pumpkins (Food)Yum And Yummer Season Premiere (Cooking)MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2023:Below Deck Mediterranean Season Eight Premiere (Bravo)Futurama Season Finale (Hulu)Halloween Cooking Challenge (Food)Kids Baking Championship: Bloodcurdling Bakes (Food)Kitchen Nightmares Season Premiere (Fox)Little Baby Bum: Music Time Series Premiere (Netflix) - [first look video]Special Forces: World's Toughest Test Season Premiere (Fox)The Irrational Series Premiere (NBC) - [photo gallery: 10/02/2023]The Voice Season Premiere (NBC)TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2023:Chappelle’s Home Team - Luenell: Town Business …

WGA & AMPTP Reach Tentative Agreement

Written by 24 September, 2023
The WGA just sent out this letter to its members, announcing a tentative agreement to the strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)Here is the complete text of the letter:Dear Members, We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA, which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. What we have won in this contract—most particularly, everything we have gained since May 2nd—is due to the willingness of this membership to exercise its power, to demonstrate its solidarity, to walk side-by-side, to endure the…

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Written by 21 September, 2023
Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Thursday, September 21st, 2023. PROGRAMMING NOTEUnless there is some massive breaking news, there won't be a newsletter tomorrow. I am having some minor surgery done in the morning and in theory should rest through the weekend. But if the news gods do not cooperate, I'll be dictating a newsletter to my wife in order to get something out. I should back to normal on Monday.In a related point, since there won't be a Friday newsletter, I'm expanding the listings at the bottom of today's newsletter to include the…
Last modified on Friday, 22 September 2023 01:41

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Wednesday, September 20th, 2023

Written by 20 September, 2023
Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Wednesday, September 20th, 2023. THIS IS HOW THE HOLLYWOOD TRADES COVERED TODAY'S WGA/AMPTP TALKS..AND HOW YOU'RE BEING SPUNAs the WGA strike has progressed, one refrain you commonly hear from the guild side is the refrain that some move is "right out of the AMPTP playbook." The observation usually centers around some moves the studio side had previously executed during previous strikes and while sometimes the connections can seem tenuous, it's important to note that more often than not, both sides do tend to make the moves they believe…
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