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Read My Five MediaPost TV Blogs From 4/27-5/1

May 3, 2015
Bringing you the constant variety of television ... Bruce Jenner, "Full House," "Mr. Robot" on USA Network, Brian Williams, "Mad Men" vs. "Happyish: All in five days on MediaPost.com.

Bringing you the constant variety of television … Bruce Jenner, “Full House,” “Mr. Robot” on USA Network, Brian Williams, “Mad Men” vs. “Happyish”: All in just five days, only on MediaPost.com.

NEW YORK, May 3, 2015 — In case you missed ’em, here are all five of my MediaPost.com TV blogs from last week:

Monday, April 27: What We Learned From The Bruce Jenner Interview

Tuesday, April 28: Suddenly, The World Can’t Get Enough Of ‘Full House’

Wednesday, April 29: USA Network Goes ‘Edgy’ With F-Word Ads For Upcoming Show

Thursday, April 30: NBC’s Brian Williams Mess Gets Even Messier

Friday, May 1: From ‘Mad Men’ To ‘Happyish,’ TV Portrays The Evolution Of Advertising

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

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TV Howl’s Weekly MediaPost Roundup: 4/13-4/17

April 20, 2015
From 1949 to the present, my columns last week on MediaPost covered the TV industry from its origins to the present day.

From 1949 to the present, my columns last week on MediaPost covered the TV industry from its origins to the present day.

NEW YORK, April 20, 2015 — From “The Lone Ranger” to Halle Berry, catch up with all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from last week (April 13-17) with these links:

Monday, April 13: Make Room For Vintage TV: Old Shows Enjoying Unprecedented Revival

Tuesday, April 14: Is This The Most Trusted Man In TV News? In Our House He Is

Wednesday, April 15: Nature’ Takes You Where You Cannot Go: Inside ‘Animal Homes’

Thursday, April 16: Moone Boy’ Just Might Be The Best Sitcom In The Entire World

Friday, April 17: Networks Embrace Sci-Fi For Summer Series

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

This Week on MediaPost: Five Blogs 4/6-4/10

April 10, 2015
The constant variety of television: This week's topics ranged from ad men ("Mad Men") to transgender women ("New Girls on the Block").

The constant variety of television: This week’s topics ranged from ad men (“Mad Men”) to transgender women (“New Girls on the Block”).

NEW YORK, April 10, 2015 — Catch up with all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from this past week (April 6-10) with these links:

Monday, April 6: ‘Mad Men’ Poses Existential Question: Is that All There Is? My ‘Mad Men’ recap

Tuesday, April 7: ‘Game’ On! Epic Battle of ‘Thrones’ Resumes Sunday on HBO

Wednesday, April 8: Addicted to ‘Nurse Jackie’: Beloved Edie Falco Series Starts Final Season

Thursday, April 9: End of the News Anchor Era? Say It Ain’t So!

Friday, April 10: Transgender Show ‘New Girls’ Is a Walk on the Mild Side

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

Ebola news coverage is hot topic on ‘Cavuto’

October 22, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2014 — TVHowl’s Adam Buckman appeared Monday (10/20/14) with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News to assess the news media’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak.  Click on the pic to watch the segment:

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Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

‘News’ about Twitter is news we can’t use

March 19, 2014
Attention, TV news types: Stories about Twitter and Facebook are not news.

Attention, TV news types: Stories about Twitter and Facebook are not news.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, March 19, 2014 — You call this news?

That’s the way I’ve been reacting lately whenever I encounter a “news” story on a TV newscast about Twitter, YouTube, Facebook or any other smartphone- or “new media”-related topic.

Though some might disagree (particularly the news producers and their anchors who are reporting this “news”), my own answer to the question is a resounding no.  Then, my inner dialogue advances to this thought: I eagerly await the day when Twitter reactions and videos going viral are no longer considered “news.”

These so-called “stories” are much too prevalent.  You know the type — the “story” about some topic (usually an instance of celebrity misbehavior) “lighting up” Twitter.  “OMG!” a breathless, grinning anchorperson will exclaim, followed by his or her “report” that “[insert topic] is lighting up Twitter!”  Then will come the inevitable “examples” of these reactions that are “lighting up” the “Twitterverse!”

And this is where these “stories” really lose me.  The highlighted tweets are usually so banal (not to mention bordering on illiterate and lacking in real insight) that you wonder why or how this subject became a “story” worth wasting valuable airtime on.  “OMG,” a Twitterer will exclaim in a typical example, “I cant b leave she [or he] did that! WAJ! [what a jerk]”

I get the same feeling that I’m being had whenever a story is introduced with words to this effect: “It’s the video that going viral today — watch these kittens who seem like they’re dancing the macarena!”

Or, a video-of-the-day may be a clip culled from security-camera footage of a hold-up at a convenience store, or footage from a trooper’s dashboard cam of a particularly difficult arrest in the shoulder of a highway.  Often, these are promoted in such a way on the local newscasts here in New York City that you think the clips were derived locally.  Then, after waiting for almost the entire newscast to see them, you learn they’re from some other state or, worse, some other country.

In New York, the greatest offender of this resort to stories about, and found on, the Internet is the Fox-owned station, Ch. 5.  The station’s 10 o’clock news is so devoted to (and reliant on) stories and tie-ins to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube that the show ought to be renamed “The 10 O’Clock News about Twitter and Facebook.”

Suffice it to say that clips found on the Internet from other locales — be they clips of kittens or crimes — have no business being categorized as news and then clogging up TV newscasts.

Or, to put it another way: Why have the reactions of ordinary people on social media — people with no involvement whatsoever in the stories themselves — become such a vital part of everyone’s reporting these days?  I can’t wait until this particular fad is over.

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com


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