Thursday, September 10, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 10 September 2015

Ellen says being a judge on American Idol was "one of the worst decisions of my life".
Admits she hated American Idol. "I'm like everybody else at home. So I thought. I'm gonna represent those people at home that have opinions. But then I just thought, I can't break this person's heart. Let somebody else do that."

David Gregory speaks publicly for the first time about getting fired from Meet the Press.
David Gregory who was fired as moderator of Meet the Press Sundays at 20:00 on CNBC Africa (DStv 410) talks about his abrupt departure and the animosity behind the scenes.
"Things happen in television news. It's a tough business. It was handled in a way that was unnecessary." And: "Rather than get into the nastiness of it, I just tried to internalise what I take away from it, what I could have done a little better in terms of how I treated people so that people might have been rooting for me a little more."

"People are starting to realise there's too much TV."
Steve Burke, NBCUniversal CEO says the explosion of scripted TV across Netflix and pay-TV channels have become too much. "People are starting to realise there's too much here."

The new TV season's most likely hits - and failures.
Marketing research predicts that Scream Queens on FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131) is going to be a hit - the same with Code Black coming to M-Net (DStv 101) and Quantico coming to VUZU AMP (DStv 114).
Blindspot starting next month on M-Net is going to struggle - and so is Minority Report coming to FOX in South Africa.

The New York Times introduces Jamie Poniewozik as its new TV critic.
He replaces the often contentious Alessandra Stanley after 12 years and writes his first review of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Meanwhile this TV critic says sorry for his initial review of You're the Worst.

How American soap The Young and the Restless on manages to survive.
While the soap genre is slowly dying.

Yusuf Stevens talks about 2nd season of She's the One.
Executive producer of the advertiser-funded production for Edgars talks about the new season of the show which is jumping from SABC3 to