Posts by Joal Ryan
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV2 days ago
On TV, it was a good year to be a bearded duck hunter. It was not the greatest year to be a leotard-clad bunhead.
Here's a rundown of 2013's ratings winners and losers:
1. "The Blacklist": In recent seasons, a solid success like Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" (averaging 10.1 million total viewers this fall, per the latest Nielsen stats) would be the freshman standout. But this NBC crime drama starring James Spader has been out-of-the-box big, building on its "Voice" lead-in, dominating DVR playlists, and amassing a Top 5-sized weekly audience of nearly 17 million.
2. "Scandal": One year ago at this time, this Kerry Washington ABC series was a good-sized guilty pleasure, averaging 8.4 million viewers. Now it's a full-blown hit, with 12.2 million viewers each week, not including those who intend to binge on its Shonda Rhimes plot twists at a later streaming date.
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Rewatching Maria? 14 Tips for the Rebroadcast of 'Sound of Music Live!'Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV6 days ago
Will Carrie Underwood pray for you this time?
Yes, "The Sound of Music Live!" is back.
NBC is scheduled to rebroadcast the live musical telecast on Saturday. Since its top-rated Dec. 5 unveiling, "The Sound of Music Live!," mainly has lived on in snarky tweets and posts, most of which were directed at Underwood. The show itself only just began streaming on NBC.com, and won't be issued on DVD until next week.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV28 days ago
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy changed everything — or so those who've grown up in the wake of the events of Nov. 22, 1963 have long been told. But did it change everything for the characters of "Mad Men"? With the 50th anniversary of the assassination being marked Friday, we looked back at where the Sterling Cooper crew were on that historic day and where they’ve gone since.
Coincidentally, or possibly not, given series creator Matthew Weiner's eye for both detail and duality, this past season's finale, "In Care Of," is set around Thanksgiving 1968 — almost precisely five years after the history-marked goings-on in Season 3's assassination episode, "The Grown-Ups."
And coincidentally, or possibly not, Weiner's characters keep living out the same drama.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo TV1 mth ago
The TV world is in the midst of a shake-up these days. A newly revamped version of the Neilsen ratings system has begun to release numbers taking into account everyone who watches a show not just live during its first showing, but for the entire month that follows on DVR. The new numbers have produced a bevy of unexpected winners and losers.
Here are surprising winners (plus a couple of not-quite winners) of the 2013-2014 fall TV season:
1. "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW): According to its network, the veteran bloodsucker series, averages a sparse (but huge in The CW terms) 2 million so-called live-TV viewers, but is currently the biggest scripted broadcast series on social media, outdoing even the Twitter favorite "Scandal."
- Joal Ryan at Fall TV2 mths ago
Broadcast network TV's premiere week is in the history books. And since it was not unlike past premiere weeks — some shows got off to fast starts (see: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), some shows didn't (you didn't see: "Lucky 7" and "Betrayal") — here's what we learned, or rather relearned:
1. When you're in the moment, you're in the moment.
"The Voice" won the reality-competition Emmy on Sunday and won huge on Monday night. It was significantly up over last fall's opener and was one of only two nonfootball shows that cracked a 5.0 rating among the 18-to-49-year-old-viewer demographic. "The Big Bang Theory," which likewise came up with big Emmy wins for Jim Parsons and Bob Newhart, was the other show in the 5.0-and-above stratosphere.
- Joal Ryan at Fall TV2 mths ago
You saw one (or more) of the "Iron Man" movies because of Robert Downey Jr. You saw "The Avengers" because, well, everyone did. You think you are ready for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the new Marvel-spawned fall TV series premiering Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC. You are wrong. You are so not ready. Yet.
Here's what you need to know to watch "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.":
The show, in brief: In the wake of "The Avengers," aka the "Battle of New York," buttoned-down Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) leads a crackerjack crew of specialists in the worldwide fight against comic-book-y crime for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division, or S.H.I.E.L.D. for short.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo! TV Emmys Blog3 mths ago
If timing is everything, then "NCIS" has nothing. At least where the Primetime Emmys are concerned.
No, TV's most-watched show was not nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, nor has it ever been nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, nor perhaps will it ever be nominated.
"I just couldn't see it happening," says Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, author of "TV Cops: The Contemporary American Television Police Drama."
Maybe we should rephrase: Bad timing is everything.
The beginning of the end was in the beginning. In 2004, the first year that "NCIS" was eligible for an Emmy, "The Sopranos" became the first cable show to claim the top drama prize.
[Related: Presenting the Final Emmy Presenters List]
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo! TV Emmys Blog3 mths ago
If you think about it, this year's Primetime Emmy Outstanding Comedy Series nominees, from the silly to the bleak, all share a single red-haired gene: "I Love Lucy."
"30 Rock" is centered on show business. "Louie," also tangentially about show business, stars Louis C.K. as a fictionalized version of himself. "Modern Family" gets more than a few miles out of Sofia Vergara's accented English. "The Big Bang Theory" is a multicamera show that hinges on the antics of its family of neighbors. The main characters of "Girls" and "Veep," as with "30 Rock," are women.
In other words, three words: "I Love Lucy," which won its first series Emmy and just maybe the most important Emmy in the history of the awards 60 years ago.
"'I Love Lucy' has got to be one of those cross-defining television programs that helps everyone understand what the medium was, and what it can be," says Walter J. Podrazik, curator of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago and co-author of "Watching TV: Six Decades of American Television."
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo! TV3 mths ago
We don't know for sure what the title of the upcoming Batman-, Superman- and Ben Affleck-populated "Man of Steel" sequel will be. But we're pretty sure what it won't be. It won't be "Super Friends."
"Super Friends," for those having a senior-geek moment, was the name of the Saturday morning cartoon series which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday. The show drew on the then-biggest names in the DC Comics universe, and, also, yes, introducing "bumbling idiots" Wendy, Marvin, and Wonder Dog, and later the equally reviled Zan, Jayna, and Gleek. It was lesson-dispensing, teamwork-praising, and, for a time, the only superhero game in town for impressionable Generation X-era viewers.
But for the generation that would go on to create today's darker, grittier mammoth super-hero productions, "Super Friends" was both the initial spark and the cautionary tale from which they fled.
- Joal Ryan at Yahoo! TV Emmys Blog5 mths ago
No, this is not the house that "House" helped build.
Fox was absent from most of the glamour categories as nominations were announced Thursday for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The network, which led the charge on TV convention in the 1980s, and scored big wins in the 2000s with "24" and "Arrested Development," saw its mojo depleted, if not usurped by Netflix, which planted its flag for online streaming with 14 nominations, including a history-making nine for "House of Cards."
Fox, meanwhile, made do with 19 overall nods, the least among its broadcast brethren, including PBS. The number was a step down from last year's 26 nominations, and a long way from the 51 the network scored as recently as 2010.
Freshman buzz shows "The Following" and "The Mindy Project" failed to break through; sophomore comedy "New Girl" slumped; and, "Glee," which led Fox's 2010 drive with 19 nominations, continued to cool off.
[ Related: Snubs and surprises from 2013 Emmy nominations ]