The New York Times’ original review of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ which came out 75 years ago today
Beating out all the broadcast nets and making it the most viewed entertainment programming on cable of the year.
Meanwhile ‘The Walking Dead’ had a 6.6 rating, so zombies still rule.
If you weren’t already excited enough for Sunday.
What. Didn’t see this coming.
The premiere of the cable network’s mini-series Hatfields & McCoys drew a staggering 13.9 million total viewers, 4.8 million adults 18-48 and 5.8 million adults 25-54 from 9-11 PM to become the the No.1 non-sports telecast in ad supported cable television history.
The Show Must Go On and On and On: Long-Running Broadway Musicals
/Relevant to my interests.
Yesterday morning, a Twitterbot tweeted at me that Sunday marked my five-year anniversary on Twitter. Seems I signed up for the service on February 25, 2007.
Why did I sign up for Twitter on that day? So I could “live-Tweet” the occasion for Defamer, Gawker Media’s Hollywood blog, edited at that time by the genius who invented the Oscars liveblog, Mark Lisanti (now of Grantland). As obvious as it all sounds now, it was completely nonobvious then—so nonobvious, in fact, that the Twitter founders had to reach out to us and hold our hands to make it happen.
The First 10 Minutes of MTV (via dalekenbuck on YouTube)
In honor of today being the cable pioneer’s 30th Anniversary here are their baby steps. Starting off with some public domain shuttle launch footage and fittingly The Buggle’s “Video Killed The Radio Star”, MTV ushered in not only a new era of TV consumption but a cultural revolution in itself.
This initial broadcast only went out to a few thousand people in Northern New Jersey.
[In before “why don’t they don’t play music videos anymore” comments.]
For example, did you know that it’s been around since 1987?!
Shark Week is older than most Tumblr users.
you know what I haven’t seen mentioned anywhere? this man, Geoffrey Fletcher, is the first African-American to win an Oscar for Screenwriting. he’s also only one in 6 to ever be nominated in either writing category and the first to be nominated in nearly 20 years.
I had no clue. Thanks for sharing that, Marya.
Bigelow gets all the glory.
The U.S. Media Industry is as lousy as a dirty whore.
Urkel is and always will be the shit. Familiarity along with keeping it simple is what enables sitcoms like Family Matters to stay on the air for so long. But for every lame sitcom a better show runs for a long time (Scrubs?).
Also 53 is pretty good for Arrested Development, the way everyone talks about it you’d think they only aired 5 amazing episodes and then cancelled it.