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February 11 2014

HLN Seeks the White Whale of TV Viewership — Millennials

HLN's executive vice president Albie Hecht isn't looking to get millennials to put down their mobile phones and watch his channel. He's counting on them tweeting, blogging and broadcasting to help dictate programming.

"When you see such tremendous talent in the social media space… You see that there’s such energy there that you want to tap into and you also see a growing audience," Hecht told Mashable.

HLN announced on Monday that the channel, best known for its aggressive coverage of high-profile court cases, would undergo a reformatting to become "the first TV network for the social media generation." Read more...

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February 10 2014

'Walking Dead' Tops Twitter TV Ratings Thanks to a Can of Pudding

AMC's The Walking Dead ended its mid-season hiatus Sunday, and it returned to significant Twitter buzz. Aside from gory zombie deaths, one moment in particular catapulted the show back to the top of Nielsen's weekly Twitter TV Ratings chart.

Survivor Carl Grimes, the angst-filled son of lead protagonist Rick Grimes, once again wandered off alone into an abandoned home, found himself in a scary zombie attack and barely escaped from being bitten. Luckily, he only lost a shoe in the heart-pounding process.

To celebrate his near-death experience, Carl consumed a 112-ounce can of chocolate pudding; that scene helped the show become the top-performing broadcast on Twitter for the week of Feb. 3 to 9. The episode, entitled "After," garnered 1,240,000 total tweets Read more...

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January 08 2014

Vine Takes on TV as Cinemax Promotes 'Banshee' in 6-Second Loops

The entertainment industry continues to experiment with burgeoning social platforms, and Cinemax is the latest to try something new on Twitter's six-second video service Vine.

To promote season two of action series Banshee, the TV network has created a cohesive Vine series involving the show's characters. Vine users will get an intimate look at the hopes and fears of citizens residing in Banshee, Penn., as opposed to just seeing Vine videos of actors out of character backstage (as other networks have previously done to engage fans of their shows).

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December 23 2013

'Duck Dynasty' Uproar Intensifies, Along With Confusion About the Show

Duck Dynasty, Duck Dynasty, Duck Dynasty? Ask three times, confused social media users, and then maybe Beetlejuice or someone just as mysterious will tell you everything you've been wondering about A&E's most popular-yet-puzzling show

Last week, "What is Duck Dynasty?" became the new "What is twerking?" after the bearded patriarch of the show, which stars the camouflage-clothed Robertson family of Louisiana, attracted swift criticism for homophobic comments he made in a GQ profile. Phil Robertson told the magazine's Drew Magary:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” Read more...

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December 18 2013

Simon Cowell's Dream 'X Factor' Judge Is Miley Cyrus

The X Factor will wrap its third season in the U.S. this week, and despite a drop in ratings, its finalists are dominating the iTunes charts and racking up significant YouTube views.

“I pray at night for iTunes and YouTube,” X Factor judge and mentor Simon Cowell told Mashable. “It’s a record labels’s dream for songs and video clips to take off online. It's expediting everything we do in the industry."

This is a trend that's been emerging in the reality TV singing competition space, partially thanks to iTunes sales counting as votes for contestants X Factor and The Voice. So though some TV viewers are tuning out, many others are advocating for (or discovering) performers via Twitter and YouTube as well as emptying their digital wallets to buy songs iTunes Read more...

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December 13 2013

'House of Cards' Season 2 Trailer Foreshadows Intense Pain

House of Cards returns Feb. 14, and Netflix is teasing its season two premiere with a dramatic trailer that foretells no mercy-level pain for many characters

Netflix describes the new season as such:

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has masterfully maneuvered his way into the vice presidency, but his ascension faces threats on all fronts. Investigative reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) is inching closer to the truth about Frank and Peter Russo (Corey Stoll) and will stop at nothing to break the story. And Frank's wife Claire (Robin Wright), the newly appointed Second Lady, must deal with the bright glare of the spotlight and how the intense scrutiny eats away at their once private existence. Read more...

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December 11 2013

'Teen Wolf' GIF Puzzle Lets Fans Unlock 2-Minute Trailer

MTV is challenging fans of supernatural drama Teen Wolf to unlock a trailer for part two of season three by completing a GIF puzzle. The network, which is aware that Teen Wolf has an active, engaging fan base on Tumblr, launched the challenge Wednesday.

Fans must go to TeenWolfTrailer.com and log in using Facebook to complete the puzzle, which consists of a series of GIFs that they must piece together in chronological order to view the trailer. GIFs will be released every hour within a four-hour span, starting at 3 p.m. ET

Teen Wolf took a mid-season hiatus after episode 12 aired on Aug. 19. Season three returns Jan. 6. The trailer will also show up on TV and online Wednesday night, but this challenge allows fans to access it in advance. This is the first time MTV is releasing a trailer via a GIF challenge, and it likely won't be the last. Read more...

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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: 5 Things to Watch For at Showtime

The Victoria's Secret angels won't be the only people spreading their wings during the lingerie brand's annual televised fashion show Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

The event's director, producers and digital teams are also showcasing their skills to give the pre-taped Victoria's Secret Fashion Show a few firsts, evolving the spectacle as technology continues to improve and social media continues to ignite online buzz

"On one level, the appeal of the show is quite obvious, but if you delved below the surface, all of these levels open up — you'd be surprised." director Hamish Hamilton, who has helmed the show 10 times, told Mashable. "We constantly seek to outdo ourselves. When we started the journey 11 years ago, we really wanted to change the aesthetic and narrative of the show, and give the viewers a 360-degree experience onstage and backstage." Read more...

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December 10 2013

Vote for Your Favorite TV Show of 2013

In many ways, the debate over which television show stole the year is the toughest of the end-of-year debates

Do you recognize the bittersweet ending of a beloved classic like NBC's 30 Rock, or do you give credit to shows currently hitting their full stride of hilarity, like FOX's New Girl? Do you prefer being able to binge-watch entire seasons of Netflix releases like Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards, or do you crave the suspense that comes from waiting a week for each new episode of such dramas as AMC's Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead?

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December 09 2013

Will Social Snark for 'Sound of Music' Stifle the Future of Live TV?

Though criticism and snark ran high on social media for NBC's costly The Sound of Music Live!, the network's three-hour musical-theater spectacle attracted a lofty 18.5 million viewers

Thursday night's ratings have viewers and television-industry professionals wondering whether NBC or other networks can and will try to replicate this live approach with other musicals and entertainment programming, especially in the face of strong competition for viewers from hotshot online-streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon

"What social media has proven is that live TV is stronger than ever ..These one-off events will absolutely continue and social media will be its best friend," Natan Edelsburg, senior vice-president of social tech startup Sawhorse Media and Lost Remote social TV writer, told Mashable. "I wouldn't say the negative social sentiment was a serious problem; I'd instead say they need to up their game in producing good-quality live entertainment." Read more...

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'Sherlock' Returns From the Dead in Thrilling Season 3 Trailer

Unlike Sherlock fans who have been desperately trying to decipher the secrets of Sherlock Holmes' fake death, the crime sleuth's best friend John Watson doesn't really care how Holmes orchestrated the feat — he only wants to know why

The crime series returns for season three on BBC One on Jan. 1 in the UK and on PBS Jan. 19 in the United States, and the above trailer teases the drama that will unfold

An interactive version of the trailer, with exclusive content, is available on Wirewax.com.

Without a new episode since the season two finale aired almost two years ago, Sherlock devotees have been awaiting the fate of Britain's most famous detective (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) and soulmate Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman). Read more...

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December 04 2013

The Great Potential of Topsy, Apple's Newest Purchase

This week, Apple acquired Topsy, a social media analytics company that focuses on tracking Twitter data. The acquisition is interesting, not only because of its purported price (a hefty $200 million), but also for what role it might might play in the Cupertino giant's future plans.

Immediately after the acquisition was confirmed, analysts and pundits started to speculate as to why Apple would acquire Topsy. If this were any other company, the promise of "leveraging big data" and "mining social conversations" for real-time data and "sentiment impact" and other buzzword-laden drivel might be enough. But this is Apple Read more...

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November 20 2013

Twitter Mobile App Update Highlights Trending TV Shows

Twitter updated its iOS and Android apps Tuesday with new search filters and an enhanced focus on conversations around TV.

Under the "Discover" tab, Twitter now collates trending television shows based on a user's area, in addition to trending topics and hashtags. To access trending TV shows, users can simply browse through the list to pull up trends related to TV shows and local content.

The trending television shows are organized by popularity and/or when the show will air next. On Tuesday night, for example, The Voice was the top trending show until it stopped airing at 10 p.m. local time. Meanwhile, late-night shows such as The Daily Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon showed up closer to their respective air times. Read more...

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November 06 2013

Mass Relevance Taps Former USA Exec to Lead Second-Screen Innovation

Mass Relevance — a company that focuses on creating social experiences for brands, agencies and media companies — has tapped Jesse Redniss for its newly created position of Chief Strategy Officer.

Redniss comes to Mass Relevance from USA Network, where he worked as the senior vice president of digital for the network. At USA, Redniss played an integral role in the network's second screen and social TV integrations, most notably with the Emmy-nominated HashTag Killer social and transmedia integration for the hit show, Psych.

In social TV and second screen circles, Redniss has been known as one of the network suits that "gets" digital and social. His approach to digital and social at USA was unique in that he didn't just tack on digital or social at the end, as part of a marketing campaign removed from the creators and cast members of a show, but instead brought social into the conversation and storytelling process as early as possible, Read more...

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TV Discovery Company i.TV Acquires GetGlue

TV guide and discovery company i.TV has acquired second-screen and entertainment check-in service GetGlue. The goal is to create a more powerful, leading-edge second screen and social TV platform for both consumers and end-users.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but GetGlue will retain its office in New York City and continue to operate its own app

"For GetGlue users, it will be business as usual," i.TV CEO Brad Pelo said

This is the second time GetGlue has been approached for acquisition. In November 2012, social startup Viggle announced its intention to acquire GetGlue for a mix of stock and cash. Two months later, the deal fell through with GetGlue moving forward as an independent company. Read more...

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October 26 2013

Is It Too Early For a 'Charmed' Remake? Alyssa Milano Thinks So

CBS is reportedly working on a remake of supernatural TV series Charmed, one of the most-binged shows on such streaming services as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

Fans of the "Charmed Ones," who used their witchcraft for good to thwart evil in the WB series that aired from 1998 to 2006, may see the sisterhood return on CBS thanks to CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Company, according to Vulture and EW

The original series starred Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs as the three witches. Rose McGowan was brought on as a long-lost half sister in season four — spoiler alert — after Doherty's character died. Read more...

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