Shales Touts HBO, CBS as He Looks at TV’s Future

Jan 6, 2009  •  Post A Comment

The Washington Post’s Tom Shales tells TVNewsday that HBO is producing the best programming on TV today, as is CBS among the broadcast networks. The critic-columnist discusses NBC’s decision to strip Jay Leno weeknights at 10 p.m., something he originally suggested in a TVWeek blog post, the site says. Shales adds, however, “NBC changing its model doesn’t mean that it’s all coming apart and that everybody’s going to follow suit”—broadcast TV has “managed to survive,” according to TVNewsday. Asked about the coming year in TV, Shales said current FCC chairman Kevin Martin “can’t leave too soon. I think the whole notion of the FCC as some sort of reawakened guardian of the public morals will die.”
—Sergio Ibarra

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  1. Shales on ITunes/Hulu/Web:
    I’m really not fluent enough to go searching for it, but people will send me a link and say “Look at this.” Then I’ll look and see it’s a bunch of dogs in Hungary decorating a Christmas tree. Those are the hot things and they’re delightful and cute, but I don’t see that it’s a huge threat to television.
    I hate this argument. It’s a similar one that Ben Silverman makes and both don’t seem to understand the capabilities of the internet and don’t realize how younger viewers are watching original programming nowadays. There are some obvious examples of non-Youtube programming that’s worked. One example: Dr. Horrible

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