Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Passover!

Jewish holidays seems to be overlooked by the television industry, but the Rugrats, my favorite cartoon of all time, tells the story of passover beautifully. I can't seem to find the full episode, but here is the first part.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Brace Yourself! The Real Housewives of New Jersey Trailer is here


As Jersey Native and soon to be a Jersey resident once again after graduation in May, I can't help but watch the Real Housewives of New Jersey. This show is so outragous it makes no sense and I can't help but watch it. If you missed the first season check the recap below.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

ABC Gets Greedy

WABC (ABC's New York broadcasting station) is threatening to pull its signal from Cablevision on March 7th. WABC is demanding  a heightened subscriber fee which is rumored to be a 50 to 60 cent increase or $40 million in new fees for programming from Cablevision and subscribers. Currently WABC's programming is free over-the-air and online and it will likely remain free. So why then should Cablevision and its subscribers for programming that is available for free?

This leads me to ask a larger question about the overall functionality of cable. In the past year there has been a few disputes between networks and cable providers including Cablevision and Scripps Networks Interactive (the parent company of HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Travel Channel, Fine Living Network (FLN) and Great American Country) and Fox Network Television and Time Warner Cable. Much of this problem stems from the decrease in advertising revenue these channels are receiving due to recession and what I think is the biggest factor, the move of television content to the online. Site like and the network's very own websites provide cable television for free at anytime the viewer wishes to watch the program. It is very difficult for Television itself to compete with the internet. 

Traditional television seems to be collapsing. Cable companies are losing subscribers to the internet and networks are losing advertisers to online providers. This whole model needs to be re-worked. Networks should stop giving their content out for free (or virtually free since advertisers pay significantly less or online ads than television ads) and start charging for online views. Time Warner and Comcast's TV Everywhere Initiative (an authentication system that allows cable subscribers to access cable content online, but only if one proves that one has a subscription to a cable/satellite provider click here for more details about the initiative) needs to become to standard.

Comcast's is already putting the TV Everywhere model into action and a few friends of mine are reaping the benefits. College students living away from home can access their parents cable from campus' throughout the country. Premium channels like HBO can be streamed live. It is really cool.

Now back to the WABC/Cablevision Dispute

If the dispute does not get resolved by March 6th, WABC will go dark at 12:01am on March 7. This is greatly upsetting to me as a Cablevision subscriber because the Oscars air live on March 7th. What is ABC thinking? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in conjunction with ABC has worked hard to revamp the show in order to increase the ratings. The number of nominated movies for Best Picture has increased to 10 films and a number of younger actors and directors were admitted into the academy in hopes of increasing viewership. The New York viewing audience will be decreased due to inability of Cablevision subscribers to view the awards show. WABC is only hurting ABC's viewership. It is the best interest of WABC to end this dispute as soon as possible.

That is all I will wax poetic about for now.

Peace and Love,


Monday, March 1, 2010

Fordham's Recent TV Shout Outs

Fordham, the prestigious university that I have the honor of attending was mentioned on the TV recently. Check it out.

Shia LaBeouf on Jimmy Kimmel Live mentions Fordham as being a great business school (too bad I am not in the College of Business Administration). LaBeouf was recently at Fordham filming Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2.

Jennifer Lopez, a Bronx native mentioned Fordham in her opening monolgue for Saturday's new episode of Saturday Night Live. Check it out. Its kinda funny, but not really. What happened to SNL it was once so great.

NBC Ends Olympic Coverage with a Bang

What more could NBC have asked for at the Winter 2010 Olympics. (I would have loved another Tara Lipinski, the best Olympics ever was when she won gold. I collected Campbells Soup labels to get a soup mug with her on it.)

The last event of the Vancouver games turned into one of the biggest (non-N.F.L.) sports events in recent television history. The Canada-U.S.A. gold medal hockey game was seen by a huge audience of 27.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched hockey game on American television since two games in the 1980 games from Lake Placid, headed by the famous U.S. upset over the Soviet Union. (via New York Times Media Decoder Blog read more here)

Just wait Canada, when the games are not on your turf you will be toast. =)

Modern Family's Back on Wednesday

If you aren't watching ABC's Modern Family you should start. My favorite character on the show is Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) he is a father and husband who is thinks he is hilarious and he is actually an idiot. If this character doesn't make you laugh then I don't know what will.

In this video Ty Burrell talks about his real life and life on Modern Family as Phil Dunphy. There are some great clips of classic "Phil" moments.

Phil gets a mustache. "People are gonna see this and say... that guy is high."

Watch Modern Family on Wednesdays at 9pm on ABC.