Hi again. I’ve got some good stuff for you today.
* We start off with an article from Entertainment Weekly. There’s a lot of things you don’t see on NBC’s hit series The Voice, but that’s mostly because they happen during the commercial breaks. Cee-Lo Green has 2 very attractive makeup artists, Aguilera and Levine have a bitter team rivalry that involves T-shirts, the coaches barely talk to each other, and for some reason nobody speaks to Aguilera except for Mark Burnett.
Now, I think this is demonstrative of what happens during the commercial break of any talent-based reality show. It’s interesting, though, because you’d think these 4 would be close-knit, much like that trio on Idol. Apparently, that’s not true.
* Moving on, we have results from The Cable Show 2011, courtesy of Broadcasting and Cable. Our first story involves High School Musical and Glee. Apparently, it’s harder to license the latter internationally because of licensing rights and toning down the subject matter.
I agree with that, and I’ll also tell you why it’s easier to license HSM. It boils down to one thing: original music. High School Musical had 100% original songs, while Glee mostly does cover versions of popular songs. As much as I can’t stand certain songs such as “Breaking Free” and “We’re All in This Together”, it’s far easier to write original songs than it is to get the rights to ones already written, and then translate them effectively. Plus, HSM is just a bit more wholesome and family-friendly than Glee. In the former, you have to worry about getting your part away from a jealous theater major. In the latter, you have to worry about the captain of the football team outing you. Which do you think would be easier for international audiences to understand?
* Our second story deals just a bit more with game shows. The title is “Targeted Networks Defend Pricey Programming”, and that should explain itself. Heads of cable networks claim that “viewer migration to cable platforms is merely additive to linear viewing”. In other words, nobody’s really leaving cable.
I agree with this. Let’s take a look at GSN’s new show Lingo, and perhaps we’ll see what they mean. According to BuzzerBlog, the revival with Bill Engvall had an average of 389,000 viewers in its first week. This includes 446,000 for the much-hyped and well-planned $100,000 win on June 8th. Ratings for this show are sinking fast, mostly because of reviews (which I am inclined to agree with).
Of course, GSN has always had its history of ups and downs in the original series market. This includes Fake-a-Date and Instant Recall. Yet, they have managed to prosper with a web site and, more recently, an “a la carte” subscription game channel on DirecTV. In other words, they’re far from losing money. If that is the case, then why can’t they pick up 200 more episodes of Card Sharks? Why do they insist on investing their money in a Whose Line revival that would do far better on Comedy Central? Why can’t they just have another season of Woolery’s Lingo? I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. If you have any thoughts, then please feel free to share them.
That’s all for today. I’ll see you tomorrow.