Today the Supreme Court finally ruled on the Aereo case. 6-3 vote, the court handed a victory to the four major TV broadcasters. Reading the ruling, clearly the judges don’t have a firm grasp of the technology. If cable companies want subscribers then they shouldn’t create a monopoly (Time Warner in Manhattan) and raise prices. Hate to break it to you cable networks but you’re operating under an old model. Viewers are not willing to be tied down to your ways (Read this Guardian article). If they were smart they would have bought out Aereo much like major tech companies (i.e. Google, Facebook, Twitter) do. If you can’t create it yourself, then buy someone who does.
Piracy is on the rise. Consumers have shown they are willing to pay on a per episode basis (a la Amazon or iTunes) or wait until the content becomes available on say Hulu. OR what most “kids” my age are doing is pirating. Game of Thrones set records! Anyone with an HBO Go, Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription is sharing it with their friends (i.e. beating the system). If cable companies want to avoid this then they shouldn’t go after technology that makes their programs more available to viewers but rather use technology to their advantage.
As my former NYU professor put it:
And as Aereo’s CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement, it is “a massive setback for the American consumer.” Not sure when cable companies will learn but hopefully tech companies will continue to challenge them for the benefit of consumers like myself who love television but don’t have deep pockets.
He started the show with a ‘Thank You’ note to Jimmy Fallon which was a tribute to Jimmy who would do thank you notes every Friday. I wasn’t a big fan of the set. Looked like a game show and unfinished. He opened with a monologue during which he acknowledge his first bomb lol. Afterwards he sat down to tell a story, which gave a very ‘Weekend Update’ vibe. I’m so excited for Fred Armisen!
Amy Poehler was great. She tried to help him prepare for the not so fun guests. As all Parks & Rec fans feel, it was great to see Lesley Knope and Joe Biden together! Biden wasn’t as loose as I had hoped. He was pretty focused on politics.
It was smart of Seth to have his SNL castmates there to help ease the stress. As for all new hosts, it will take him some time to find his groove. Jimmy Fallon is certainly getting better than his first episode. Seth is bringing his own style to the show.
Today’s #ThrowbackThursday is centered around the Tonight Show debacle. It was originally published November 2010. I thought it was relevant since Jimmy Fallon will be taking over the Tonight Show gig starting Monday. There are many questions on whether he can capture the regular Tonight Show audience (which is much different than the Late Night audience), which proved to be a challenge for Fallon’s Late Night predecessor Conan.
Last night the 10-month long wait for Conan O’Brien’s return to TV ended. I have to admit that my expectations were low after his 24-hour live webcam stunt on TeamCoco.com. I watched a large portion of the broadcast and found myself confused, disheartened and not laughing. It was an interesting social experiment but it generated more head scratching than laughs.
However, Conan blew me away in the opening segment where he finally was able to mock the NBC executives by having them dressed as secret agent types in dark shades and suits. After exclaiming “Move my show to 12:05, go to hell!” Conan slammed down the phone, drove out of a parking lot in his ’92 Taurus and was greeted by gunfire by the executive guys (implied NBC employees). He then went through his unemployment phase where he was self-loathing and a wife-beater wearing father of 12.
During his time off television, Conan became an avid Twitter user. He generated a heavy support from young people and used Twitter to his advantage. He tweeted he wanted to figure out a way to include Jon Hamm, a.k.a Don Draper of the hit show “Mad Men,” on his new show. Well he did! Conan interviewed with Don Draper but was denied because he had no marketing experience and it was 1965. Conan gave several shout-outs to his Twitter followers (smart move) quipping with one line saying many would be asking “Hey, isn’t that the guy from Twitter?”
He definitely wants to hold onto the young audience who supported him and who wouldn’t? His first guests were Seth Rogen and Lea Michele. Lea Michele is the star of “Glee” the monster show on FOX. Smart move there Team Coco. The show concluded with a tieless Conan jamming with Jack White. He was letting loose and having a good time, which he deserves after what he had been through. He should enjoy his new show!
One of my favorite lines of the night was, “People asked me why I named the show ‘Conan’…because it would be harder to replace me.” Humor is always a great way to deal with stressful or heartbreaking situations. I say heartbreaking because the “Tonight Show” was something he always dreamed of hosting. Not only was he fired but also he was replaced by one of his idols, Jay Leno, who shook his hand and “graciously” gave him the new job. I would never want my idol to shake my hand “I’m passing my job onto you, you’re going to do great” and then 7 months later “Oh yeah I’m taking my job back, you’re fired.” I will definitely be tuning in for more laughs from a tall, pale, red-haired man. Team Coco!
A lot of good television has returned this month. So much so that I’m having a difficult time keeping up! Many shows returned the night of the Golden Globes so I’ve been catching up. Here are my thoughts on the shows that have premiered or returned thus far:
HBO’s Girls – It opens up pretty much picking up where last season ended: Adam is taking care of Hannah, Marnie is sleeping on her mom’s couch trying to figure out life after Charlie, Jessa is in rehab but apparently only because she made a deal with her grandmother and Shosh is sleeping with random college dudes. Not much happened, it just kind of caught us up on their lives. I enjoy the show because it causes a lot of great conversation. I’m interested in seeing how the Hannah/Adam relationship continues.
HBO’s True Detective – Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughy play two detectives in Louisiana revisiting a 15 year old cold case. You see them play themselves in the past and present. Each battles their own demons and we find out they haven’t spoken in 10 years so something went awry during this case. I wrote about how New Orleans was having a moment in the spotlight and Louisiana definitely plays a character in the show. The final moment when McConaughy “Start asking the right fucking questions” is pretty mind blowing. Can’t wait for next week’s episode!
Showtime’s Shameless – The Gallaghers are back! Last season Frank left the hospital. He has returned but is unable to drink any alcohol or he will die. It will be interesting to see how the Gallaghers will handle Frank in such a grave state. I wondered if the show would ever kill him off. The younger Gallaghers: Liam, Deb and Carl are all pretty grown up. Scares me! Deb is 13 and wanting to impress boys. Fi wanted parental guardianship so now she’s going to have to experience a teenage girl. Hope Fi talks to Deb before Deb does anything stupid. And Kevin and V are still my favorite couple lol.
NBC’s The Blacklist – This quickly became one my favorite shows last year and it’s all because of James Spader. The Blacklist returned this week and I remembered why I don’t watch it as its usual time – very graphic. The first part of the series, Red has been helping the FBI but not necessarily committing crimes. This episode was all about Red getting vengeance on those who betrayed him. It was interesting to see the killer side and it was good that the writers reminded viewers that this man was one of FBI’s Most Wanted before he turned himself in. There are a lot of knock-off shows coming around this season so I hope NBC doesn’t feel pressure to up the ante to keep viewers.
What shows are you enjoying this month?