TV Junkie: 'Dead Set' Zombies Walk at Midnight
The zombie battle begins tonight with the premiere of IFC's "Dead Set" at Midnight and will be running all week. This is an American airing of a series that has the classic combination of horror and humor and puts it on the set of "Big Brother UK". Where would the safest place on earth be during an onslaught of zombies other than the closed, locked-down set of a reality TV show? The effects are the best we've seen from the UK and it's very gory. Later this week we'll go into more detail as to whether or not it's "better" than AMC's upcoming "The Walking Dead" - they're two very different animals in some respects. Check out the promo clips at the end of this post.Speaking of "The Walking Dead", AMC is planning to have zombies walk in 26 cities across the world tomorrow, including Los Angeles, in anticipation of the Halloween premiere of the show. We heard that they would be most active in the morning so keep your eyes open on the way to work.
TV News That Affects You: You know about Cablevision turning off Fox shows a week or so ago in New York and that Dish will probably do the same in Los Angeles as early as next week over fee disputes. It's becoming clearer that one of the methods to mend the relationships between networks and carriers will be the networks pulling shows off the internet. Cablevision subscribers who thought they could still watch Fox shows online were dismayed to see the shows blocked. You can bet that Fox will try to figure out how to block Los Angeles residents from seeing their shows online as their dispute with the Dish network comes to a head next week.
The Wall Street Journal ran a story today about the decline of Thursday night TV viewers. Thursday nights used to be the biggest night of TV of the week - a night where networks could charge a premium for advertisers who needed to promote new movies and restaurant chains in anticipation of the weekend. Overall viewership is down 1% with the much-lauded 18-49 demographic experiencing a 4.3% drop. Was some/most of this due to more people watching the same programming online? Will pulling shows off the web correct this drop? It seems to make sense that this would help a bit but with more entertainment options, as well as efforts to increase viewership on other nights of the week, it seems certain that Thursday nights can not reign supreme forever.