Saturday, April 11, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 11 April 2015.

Netflix' master plan is global content licensing.
Netflix wants worldwide licensing rights to all of the content on Netflix, in every country. Meanwhile Netflix is slowly creating the ultra high definition future of television.

Jewish group asks Jon Stewart to dump Trevor Noah over his anti-semitic jokes.
The American Jewish Congress is circulating a petition to get Trevor Noah removed as the new host taking over The Daily Show on Comedy Central (DStv 122) after his anti-semitic jokes on Twitter.
Meanwhile Jon Stewart implores viewers to give Trevor Noah a chance. Jon Stewart says Trevor Noah will "earn your trust and respect ... or not".
The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi says Trevor Noah should get off social media altogether. The New York Times reports on Trevor Noah's plagiarism problems and how he has allegedly stolen material from other comedians for years.

Kelly Osbourne calls Giuliana Rancic's actions after the Fashion Police scandal "heartbreaking".
The E! Entertainment (DStv 124) scandal keeps on giving with Kelly Osbourne trashing Giuliana Rancic, says "its heartbreaking to see her behaviour when she did get caught being wrong".

Crimea's last independent TV station has gone off the air.
Russian authorities refused to renew ATR's licence after Russian forces' annexation of Crimea from the Ukraine.

E! Entertainment (DStv 124) renews 3 shows.
#RichKids of Beverly Hills, Total Divas and Christina Milan Turned Up all renewed; WAGS, Stewarts & Hamiltons and Dash Dolls [working title] are planned as 3 new shows.

kykNET (DStv 144) is looking for a new head of programming.
M-Net's Afrikaans language TV channel supplied to MultiChoice's DStv is looking for a TV executive to head up programming.

BET (DStv 129) is doing a Nelson Mandela mini-series.
Madiba will be a 6-part series with Nelson Mandela's grandson Kweku Mandela who will executive produce for Out of Africa, with production set to start later this year in South Africa.

The TV industry has some lessons to learn from Game of Thrones.
No, not to kill your fiercest competitors. Ad Age says massive change (and winter) is coming, that a great story will always attract viewers and that the future belongs to those willing to adapt and evolve.

TV channels targeting black viewers are doing great ...
... in America. Not Orange but apparently BET, TV One, Bounce TV and Oprah Winfrey's OWN are the new black.

Is the character of Fish Mooney getting killed off in Gotham?
After Jada Pinkett Smith said she is leaving the Batman origin show on M-Net (DStv 101), TV Guide is trying to work out if the character will just exit or be killed off.

No wonder I feel overwhelmed. There's 352 scripted TV shows on television now.
And that just American. How about adding the South African shows. You can basically watch a different TV show every day day of the year. But every show has multiple episodes. Impossible to keep up.

Several American drama series are facing actors leaving.
Nina Dobrev gone from The Vampire Diairies is only the beginning of a cast exit across several shows where main actor's multi-year contracts are running out - from Castle, Bones to Criminal Minds, CSI and The Middle.

Fired Jeremy Clarkson hints that he and the former Top Gear team may have a future away from the BBC.
Former BBC Entertainment (DStv 120) star says at a charity event "we could be back somewhere else".

The FOX News Channel (StarSat 261) could be moving to a new home.
The New York Times reports that News Corp., 21st Century Fox could be moving to Manhattan's World Trade Center.