Category Archives: Cable Programming

Another Dominant Night as Premium TV Takes Big Emmy Wins

They’ve done it again! Premium TV creators dominated the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, taking home an impressive 73 Emmys, including both Creative Arts and Telecast Emmys. HBO and FX Networks were the big winners with 22 and 18 Emmys, respectively. All told, pay TV creators took 61 percent of all Emmys and 60 percent […]

How Did You Watch the Rio Olympics?

The results are in from the 2016 Summer Olympics, and aside from the remarkable achievements of the many American athletes who dazzled audiences around the world, NBCUniversal also snagged a few victories of its own with its coverage of the competition in Rio. According to Nielsen, 78 percent of U.S. TV homes tuned into NBC […]

How Do Independent Networks Stand Apart in Today’s TV Environment?

During the cable portion of the TV Critics Association tour in Los Angeles last week, TV shows of all kinds – big budget shows with superstars, documentary series on social issues, visually stunning dramas and more – were given a first look by critics. While many people spend hours watching HBO’s grand dramas or sports […]

What TV Criticism says about TV, Culture, and Changing Audiences

With the cable portion now wrapped up at the TV Critics Association tour in Los Angeles, it’s safe to say that the critics never run short of questions throughout their eight-hour days stacked with panels of the best producers and casts found on television. For many, the TCA tour is the time to gain access […]

Emmy Noms Day Another Big One for Cable Programs

The 68th Primetime Emmy nominations were just announced and cable programming is once again sitting pretty, taking over half (41 out of 72) of the nominations in the top 12 categories. The always competitive drama categories were again lead by cable hits, taking five of the seven noms for Best Drama. Cable also has a good number of nods in the […]

Recognizing LGBT Programming Throughout Pride Month and Beyond

It’s been sixteen years since former U.S. president Bill Clinton officially recognized and declared June as Pride Month. That’s also 16 years of some of the best breakthroughs in LGBT programming we’ve seen on television. Cable creators have long been championing gay rights by ensuring more screen time for LGBT characters and incorporating storylines that […]