The first day of TCA winter press tour is in the books, and I rounded up the highlights from Netflix, ESPN and National Geographic Channel for this Adweek story.
Among the highlights: Tina Fey talked about why her new NBC sitcom, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, ended up on Netflix instead:
Given the grim fate of this season’s new broadcast sitcoms (RIP, Manhattan Love Story, Selfie, A to Z and Bad Judge), Fey couldn’t be happier about her show’s unlikely new home. “All of the networks have had a little trouble launching their comedies this season,” said Fey. “I think more people will find us like this.” For ambitious comedies like Community (which migrated to Yahoo Screen after NBC canceled it last May) or Kimmy Schmidt, “it just makes more sense than broadcast.”
The sad truth: Even NBCUniversal realized that its own network wasn’t the ideal place to nurture Fey’s new sitcom. “The show is made by NBC; it’s in NBC’s best interests for the show to have its best home,” said Fey. “And rather than trying to stick it on NBC between a multicam and a drama, they agreed that this would be the right place for it.”
There’s also lots of detail on Netflix’s grand ambitions to be “something for everyone” and ESPN adding short films to SportsCenter.
Shortly after I left People, my friend Mitra Kalita reached out to me about contributing to Quartz, Atlantic Media’s global business site, where she works as Ideas Editor. After 16 years at People, it took me a some time to wrap my brain around how to write about TV for Quartz’s readers. But today I made my Quartz debut, with this take on last night’s Emmys, and how Netflix was one of the night’s biggest winners, even though it didn’t take home many trophies:
No, the political drama didn’t receive best drama or best actor for star Kevin Spacey, as many had predicted. But the awards it did win—best director for David Fincher, and two other technical awards (for casting and cinematography) at last week’s Creative Arts Emmy ceremony—legitimized the streaming video service in the same way that early Emmy wins once did for then-interlopers HBO, AMC and FX.
I really enjoyed the challenge of thinking about TV — and an event covered by hundreds of outlets and watched by millions — in a unique way, and I look forward to doing a lot of this kind of writing for Quartz in the days and weeks to come!