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Gary Holmes

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  • I Don't Understand Facebook's Advertising Model in Television News Daily on 08/08/2018

    Facebook controls a huge amount of the country's online ad inventory, but when it wanted to apologize to a large audience, it ran a TELEVISION ad.

  • How Does Sacha Baron Cohen Get Away With It? in Television News Daily on 07/23/2018

    My purpose is not to critique Baron Cohen's new Showtime series "Who Is America?," but to wonder how people still fall for his tricks.

  • We Could All Use Some Mister Rogers Right Now in Television News Daily on 07/10/2018

    The surprising popularity of the recent documentary about Mister Rogers -- "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" -- shouldn't really be a surprise, given the state of the world. After all, we could all use a hug from a kind uncle in a cardigan sweater right about now.

  • When TV Stars Die in Television News Daily on 06/26/2018

    Three well-known writers have died over the past six weeks All received big send-offs on the front page of the New York Times and respectful appreciations in The New Yorkerand other high-end publications. But only one was rewarded on social media with an outpouring of grief - largely because this writer also hosted a TV show.

  • Watching Movies On TV in Television News Daily on 06/12/2018

    The enormous popularity of superhero, "Star Wars," and other franchise movies has pushed more and more adults to abandon the cinema altogether and watch movies on television instead. I'm a little sad about that. There's something special about going into a dark theater and watching a story unfold on the big screen - but many people have gotten out of the habit because of the expense, inconvenience, and lack of good adult movies.

  • The Social Politics Of The Laugh Track in Television News Daily on 05/29/2018

    Television may be the most democratic art form in world history, but it still has its snobs. And one of the biggest signs of a TV elitist is that he or she can't stand the laugh track.

  • Who Wants To Watch A Documentary? in Television News Daily on 05/15/2018

    When I was growing up, the idea of voluntarily watching a documentary -- the TV equivalent of eating your vegetables -- was laughable, about as probable as me doing extra homework. And yet here we are in 2018, and I find myself distracted from scripted television because I'm drawn instead to such TV documentaries as "Andre the Giant" on HBO and Netflix's "Wild Wild Country" about the 1980s Bhagwan Rajneesh cult.

  • Addicted To Trump in Television News Daily on 05/02/2018

    All those who live in nonstop outrage, either pro- or anti-Trump, claim they're fighting for the good of the country - but they seem addicted to the same adrenaline rush that afflicts gamblers and bungee jumpers. Can we make it stop?

  • 'Roseanne' In Trumpland in Television News Daily on 04/17/2018

    Now that we are almost halfway through the new nine-episode season of "Roseanne," can we do a quick check-in to see if it's living up to its early promise as a reflection of white working-class America in the age of Trump?

  • Play Ball: It's Over-The-Top Season in Television News Daily on 04/04/2018

    Last week was the beginning of the baseball season, but in our house it's really the beginning of the over-the-top (OTT) season.

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  • We Could All Use Some Mister Rogers Right Now by Gary Holmes (Television News Daily on 07/10/2018)

    Hi Jo, thanks for the comment.  I didn't know about the Ding Dong School but it really does sound like a proto-Mr. Rogers show.  Hope all is well with you. 

  • The Violent World Of Prestige TV by Gary Holmes (Television News Daily on 07/03/2017)

    Thanks Joe, I can understand occasionally resorting to violence to magnify emotion but when it's done all the time it seems unoriginal.  Unfortunately, as you point out, we become desensitized with exposure to any sensation, including violence, so that just ratchets up the stakes.  And the prestige shows aren't the worst offenders.  Hannibal and American Horror Story are hardly prestige (and are not behind a pay cable wall either).  From my perspective, the real problem with combining violence and prestige TV is that I can't stand to watch it.  I bailed out on Breaking Bad after just a few episodes and never even watched The Sopranos.  

  • A Feminist Icon? To Millions Of Us, She Was Just Our Mary by Adam Buckman (TVBlog on 01/26/2017)

    Completely agree Adam.  It's become exhausting to view every aspect of culture through a political lens.  The show was funny because it was depicted the universal expeirence of a character who happened to be a single woman. For all the talk about Mary as a feminist leader, let's remember than in the mid-70s, Gloria Steinem and others criticized the show because Mary Richards still called her boss "Mr. Grant." 

  • You Watch More Ads Than You Think by Gary Holmes (MediaDailyNews on 12/06/2016)

    To clarify how commercials are measured: the C3 rating is a measure of how much times during each program is spent watching commercials, either live or during playback, at the end of three days after the original broadcast.  All the commercial time for each show, including ads, PSA, promos, etc, are set aside and measured separately.  The ratings are like regular TV ratings.  If you watch ten seconds of commercial time the time period gets credited with ten seconds of commercial viewing.  In the end, all the seconds and minutes of commercial viewing are added up and divided by the number of people in the panel to get a rating. Please note: Commercials are not rated separately. The C3 rating is an aggregate of all the commercial time in a show. This metric was supposed to be the first step to true commercial ratings but the industry seems to have decided this is close enough. In any event, the point is that the ratings show that people watch a ton of commercials.

  • Out-Of-Touch News Media Was Totally Clueless by Adam Buckman (TVBlog on 11/09/2016)

    Great column Adam.  Coiuldn't agree more.

  • How (Not) To Cover A Massacre by Joe Mandese (TV Watch on 06/14/2016)

    Great commentary Joe!

  • Trying To Avoid Commercials by Gary Holmes (MediaDailyNews on 12/07/2015)

    Thanks guys, appreciate the additional insight.  I don't doubt that newspaper inserts serve their purpose; I used to be a coupon clipper myself until I realized it wasn't a very effective use of my time.  My point is that ad avoidance crosses all media and that the anxiety about ad avoidance on TV is largely displaced.  One thing I don't get is the rush to Intrnet adverising.  I can see the benefit of those 15 second ads on YouTube as a way to complement TV ad campaigns, but pop-ups and banner ads seem really dubious.

  • The Letterman/'Saturday Night Live' Axis Of Comedy by Gary Holmes (MediaDailyNews on 06/08/2015)

    I have to stand corrected.  Lorne Michaels did in fact appear on the old Letterman Show on February 14, 1983.  But only after Dr. Ruth Westheimer!  Thanks to @JaredTaco for finding that.  

  • Spoil-Sport by Gary Holmes (TV Board on 02/19/2013)

    Jonathan, I was chagrined by the grammatical goof, especially since in my personal life I'd been complaining about the common mistakes of others. It's good to be taken down a peg. Also, I wish I had mentioned the issue of East vs. West Coast. With the rise of DVR, blogging and tweeting we all live under the challenges that West Coast viewers have long put up with.

  • How Modern Is Modern Family? by Gary Holmes (TV Board on 11/27/2012)

    Chad, thanks for reminding me about CA. My cousin was married there when it was legal and I forgot about Prop 8. Duh.

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