tumstead's blog

What History Wants You To Know About `Roots’

History on Memorial Day is launching its eight-hour Roots miniseries based on Alex Haley’s classic novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. History general manager Jana Bennett says the network’s four-night Roots miniseries is more of a revision than a remake of ABC’s groundbreaking 1977 Roots miniseries that will feature a more definitive historical retelling of African Warrior Kunta Kinte and his family’s struggle over many generations to survive slavery and eventually regain freedom.

Warriors Outpace Kobe For Viewers

NBA fans are still arguing over which of last night's season-ending NBA games was more thrilling: the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors’ record setting 73rd regular season win over the Memphis Grizzlies, or Kobe Bryant’s spectacular 60-point performance in his final NBA game.


Twitter Scores With NFL Streaming Rights Deal

Live sports content continues to help revolutionize the television/entertainment marketplace as the National Football League Tuesday said it will stream 10 Thursday Night Football games via social media service Twitter.


Depressing News for Binge Viewers

Most industry observers concede that binge-viewing is a phenomenon that’s becoming more the norm than a trend, even as studies say it’s a physically and emotionally bad habit for most people.


A recent University of Toledo study found that 35% of more than 400 participants who consider themselves binge-watchers — those who watched two hours or more TV without any break on an average day the past week — reported higher levels of anxiety and depression than non-bingers.


Urban Millennials Not Dropping Cable Like It's Hot

Young multicultural viewers are still subscribing to and watching traditional television as both broadcast and cable networks have offered shows like Black-ish, Empire and Fresh Off the Boat that reflect their images and experiences.

TV Must Tackle Diversity, Too

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nervously awaits the reaction to Sunday’s Academy Awards show amid the simmering controversy over the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations, the television community is slowly moving toward recognizing the quality and value of diverse content.


Viewers Tune Into FX's O.J. Simpson Saga

Most people over 35 years of age remembers where they were the day the O.J. Simpson verdict was handed down. Nielsen today confirmed that more than 5 million viewers tuned into FX last night to see the beginning of the spectacle that became one of the most viewed and controversial trial in U.S. history during the network's premiere of the network’s People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.


Viewers Elect to Watch Cable News Nets for Political Coverage

With all due respect to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the biggest winners at Monday night’s Iowa caucus were the cable news networks.


With viewer interest in this year’s presidential political campaign at unprecedented levels, its not surprising that Fox News, CNN and MSNBC drew big numbers for their coverage of the political primary season’s first voting night.


Cord Cutters Strike Out in Fox-MLB Streaming Deal

At first blush, MLB’s recent agreement allowing Fox regional sports networks to stream live baseball games within their respective markets may look like a score for sports fans looking to cut the cord on the traditional cable package.


A+E Shines a Light on Race

A+E Networks tonight (Nov. 20) will simulcast its `Shining A Light: A Concert For Progress On Race In America' across several networks including A&E, Lifetime and History. The fundraising concert -- created to bring awareness to recent incidents of racism such as the June Charleston S.C. church massacre as well as to raise funds for the victims of such incidents -- features performances from Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Pink, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson and Sting.