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Screengrab is a new KCRW commentary segment hosted by veteran TV journalists Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian. Each week, they'll have a lively discussion about the evolving world of television and that screens -- be they tablets, phones or TV sets -- increasingly dominate our lives.

Screengrab is a new KCRW commentary segment hosted by veteran TV journalists Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian. Each week, they'll have a lively discussion about the evolving world of television and that screens -- be they tablets, phones or TV sets -- increasingly dominate our lives.
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KCRW

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Screengrab is a new KCRW commentary segment hosted by veteran TV journalists Michael Schneider and Joe Adalian. Each week, they'll have a lively discussion about the evolving world of television and that screens -- be they tablets, phones or TV sets -- increasingly dominate our lives.

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English


Episodes

Are longer episodes better episodes?

4/24/2018
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'Westworld' is back on HBO and the drama has even more puzzles to solve and timelines to unravel...which may explain why the season two premiere was more than an hour long. 'Westworld' is not alone in this trend of dramas creeping above the 60-minute mark, but do longer episodes really make for better viewing?

Duration:00:05:16

Down from its former glory, but 'The Walking Dead' is still a hit

4/17/2018
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The 8th season of the AMC zombie drama wrapped up over the weekend. The show's had a decline in viewership the past two years, but it's still one of the most-watched shows on television.

Duration:00:05:02

Broadcast TV's roadmap to survival

4/10/2018
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There's been lots of talk about broadcast television recently, and for once it's not all doom and gloom. Some recent ratings hits demonstrate that broadcast TV can have a future, even in a landscape dominated by streaming.

Duration:00:05:01

Why were dozens of local news anchors all reading the same script?

4/3/2018
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You may have seen the video zipping around the internet that shows news anchors from stations across the country reading a scripted statement about the scourge of "fake news." The one thing all the stations have in common? They're owned by the right-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group, a giant media company that will soon own even more stations.

Duration:00:04:59

Knee-deep in midseason and drowning in premieres

3/27/2018
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In years past, we'd have already seen all the new shows for this TV season, but now, the broadcast networks still have a lot of shows to push out, and a lot more outlets to compete with. ABC is debuting 3 new series this week alone.

Duration:00:04:59

Trial begins over proposed AT&T and Time Warner merger

3/20/2018
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When the AT&T and Time Warner merger was announced in the fall of 2016, it seemed like it would go ahead with no issues. But now, the Justice Department is suing to block the $85 billion merger.

Duration:00:04:34

The case of the disappearing 'Black-ish' episode

3/13/2018
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'Black-ish' is known for taking on tough topics like racial slurs and police brutality, but one episode may have proved too political for ABC. Variety learned the episode was shelved in February, after it had already been filmed. There's no word yet on if it will ever air.

Duration:00:05:01

American Idol' is back! But wait. Didn't we just say goodbye?

3/6/2018
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If you watched the Oscars on ABC, you saw plenty of ads for the 'American Idol' revival that starts this coming weekend. But it was barely 2 years ago the series ended at Fox. Was anyone really asking for the show to come back?

Duration:00:05:05

Lots to love about these Olympics, but no gold medal for TV ratings

2/27/2018
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There were inspiring stories about diverse athletes, and a historic win for the U.S. Women's hockey team, but TV ratings for the Olympic games in Pyeongchang were down compared to years past.

Duration:00:05:10

What the F? Saltier language creeps into basic cable.

2/20/2018
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If you watch shows on basic cable networks like USA, Lifetime, SyFy or FX, you may have heard some words you're not used to hearing on TV before. Old standards are breaking down as shows and advertisers strive for younger viewers, and more and more, that means letting the occasional F-bomb fly.

Duration:00:04:09

NBC's Jennifer Salke will run Amazon Studios

2/13/2018
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Salke will fill the vacancy left by the ousted Roy Price. She'll oversee both television and film as the studio attempts to do a reset.

Duration:00:04:38

This year, post-Super Bowl viewing came with a twist

2/6/2018
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The show that airs right after the Super Bowl has always been a coveted spot. This year, for anyone who didn't want to watch 'This Is Us' on NBC there was another option: a surprise movie on Netflix.

Duration:00:04:33

Riding the wave of Gen X reboots and revivals

1/30/2018
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Another week, another round of reboots announced. On CBS, a revival of 'Murphy Brown' received a 13-episode series order, while 'Cagney & Lacey' and 'Magnum P.I.' both got pilot orders, though in the case of the latter two, none of the original cast members would be involved.

Duration:00:04:32

So long to some of streaming's quirkiest comedies

1/23/2018
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There's been a rash of recent cancellations of comedies on steaming networks that were critical favorites, but clearly lacking mass appeal. As Netflix, Hulu and Amazon continue to evolve, in some ways, they're starting to act more like traditional television.

Duration:00:04:35

At winter press tour, lots of Disney/Fox questions, but few answers

1/9/2018
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TV critics and reporters are gathered in Pasadena for several days of presentations from cable and broadcast networks. Everyone wants to know what the Fox broadcast network will look like following its purchase by Disney, but at the moment, execs don't have the answers.

Duration:00:04:41

Looking ahead to the year in television

1/2/2018
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The motto for 2018 in TV may well be "combine or die."

Duration:00:04:41

Why 2017 was a hugely important year for streaming television

12/26/2017
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It's been all streaming all the time for the past couple of years, but 2017 really took things to the next level.

Duration:00:04:58

What Disney's acquisition of most of Fox means for TV

12/19/2017
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The $52.4 billion deal was announced last week and has huge implications in the film world, but also in television as well. The move is largely seen as a way for Disney to get more content directly to consumers, and part of that means bulking up a forthcoming streaming service.

Duration:00:05:17

As women in TV speak out, people at the top remain white men

12/12/2017
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Big names in television continue to step down in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. This week was celebrity chef Mario Batali, co-host of The Chew. But if this is a moment to put more female leaders at the top, the TV world is not seizing it.

Duration:00:05:05

Changes afoot in the television landscape

11/28/2017
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Mike and Joe take a look at some of the deals in the works...or not, as in the case of the AT&T and Time Warner merger. Also, what would the end of net neutrality mean for streaming services and their consumers?

Duration:00:04:44

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