Television

How big tech became the new titan of television

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in a scene from Netflix’s The Crown. The show is nominated for an Emmy for outstanding drama series. Photograph: Robert Viglasky/AP In Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, nobody knows anything. But that was before technology companies rolled in sure of one thing: to conquer television you have to spend, spend, spend. The geeks ... Read More »

Fox plans more 6-second ad slots, as digital influences television

Digital advertising hit a huge milestone this year: in the US, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) says that digital ad spend surpassed television ad spend for the first time ever. By most estimates, digital will overtake television on a global basis this year. As the balance of power shifts, the impact of digital is not only reflected in ad spend but in ... Read More »

LGBT representation on television is tokenistic and de-sexualised

Love Island is happy to include a ‘bromance’ but would never show gay men in a sexualised light ITV/Rex/Shutterstock On Thursday, the director of television for ITV Kevin Lygo caused something of a stir at the Edinburgh Festival. There had been some discussion about expanding the incredibly successful ITV programme Love Island to more proactively include LGBT contestants, but Lygo shot down this idea ... Read More »

Trouble in Kapil Sharma Show? Archana Puran Singh confirms replacing Navjot Singh Sidhu

After days of swirling rumours that Kapil Sharma Show is facing yet another rift – this time between Kapil and Navjot Singh Sidhu, the matters have now come to a head. It is inded true that the cricketer-turned-politician is out of the show and has been replaced by Archana Puran Singh. This was confirmed by Singh to IANS on Wednesday. ... Read More »

The Week In Film And Television

It’s tough to keep up with the entertainment industry, especially with the 24/7 reality show known as “The White House” taking up all the headline space. So I compiled this week’s news highlights from the world of film and television, so you don’t have to. Disney breaks up with Netflix The biggest story of the week is the divorce between Disney and ... Read More »

Hywel Bennett, star of television and film, dies aged 73

Bennett began his film and television career in the 1960s Actor Hywel Bennett, known for his roles in Shelley and EastEnders, has died aged 73, his agent has confirmed. The Carmathenshire-born actor’s roles included 1960s films The Family Way, with Hayley and John Mills, and The Virgin Soldiers, with Lynn Redgrave. But it was in the long-running sitcom Shelley that ... Read More »

Wednesday’s best TV: Joanna Lumley’s India; The Windsors

On a charm offensive … Joanna Lumley’s India, ITV. Photograph: ITV Joanna Lumley’s India  9pm, ITV A three-part charm offensive from Joanna Lumley. As ever, it’s the lightly worn personal history (“When I was a model … where my grandfather was a political officer …”) and unforced people skills (“Hello, sweetheart”) that you tune in for as much as the ... Read More »

Phillies television broadcast team receiving high marks

Changes to the Phillies television broadcast are leading to continued success It’s been an incredibly bumpy ride for the Phillies broadcast team since the untimely passing of Harry Kalas in 2009. Comcast Spectacor and the team was clearly not (though understandably) prepared to replace Kalas. Tom McCarthy was getting his reps as the voice in the stands and the occasional play-by-play, ... Read More »

Monte Carlo TV Festival: Helen Mirren on Feminism, Rise of Television

“There is a pressure mounting behind a dam, and I hope that that dam is finally bursting in terms of women directors and women-led dramas,” she says. Oscar winner Helen Mirren built her career on British television before Prime Suspect made her into a household name — and earned her the first four of 10 Emmy nominations. On Tuesday night, she ... Read More »

Veteran critic Alan Sepinwall on how peak TV has changed television criticism

Sepinwall’s Breaking Bad 101, which compiles his recaps and writing on the series, comes out later this year.AMC Over the course of a 20-plus-year career covering television — a career that began with NYPD Blue write-ups in his University of Pennsylvania dorm room and is still going strong — one of the most crucial things Alan Sepinwall has learned is ... Read More »