Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, June 9th, 2020. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by Dunkin Donuts coffee.
MOORE'S LAW, BUT FOR ENTERTAINMENT
One of the best known maxims in the world of technology is Moore’s Law, which observed that computer processor speeds would basically double every two years. For many years, that informal law turned out to be an accurate tracking of how quickly computer processors improved. And that growth spawned entire new industries that were built around the rapid changes in chipsets. Massive companies rose and fell depending on how deftly they could take advantage of shifts in technology.
The entertainment industry has always seen itself as somewhat resistant to rapid change. Between long-term contracts, media consolidation and legacy companies that resist cutting current revenue in order to build new businesses, Hollywood has evolved. But at a rate much slower than just about any other industry.
I'm going to be fleshing this out in a couple of upcoming pieces for the website, but it's a factor to consider when you are planning long-term strategy or trying to determine which companies to bet on in the future. It's clear that size alone isn't the hedge against change that it used to be. So given that, what are the factors that will matter in 2025? Are your favorite media companies nimble enough to take advantage of the home entertainment changes that are taking place as we continue to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic?
I'm no expert on these things, but as someone who has worked in online entertainment, news and media for twenty years, my estimates are really guided by one informal law: "Change will come faster than you think & in the last direction you expect."
PEACOCK IS OFFERING DISCOUNTS FOR ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
The NBCU streaming service Peacock doesn't launch until July 15th, but the company is already offering a 40% discount on its premium streaming service if you pay for a year. A year of the premium service with ads will cost $29.99 instead of $49.00. The ad-free version runs $79.99 instead of $99.99. Which really isn't 40% off, but math is such a relative concept.
SPEAKING OF PEACOCK...
CALIFORNIA TO LET MOVIE THEATERS OPEN IN MOST COUNTIES
This news might have gotten lost in all of breaking political news. But the state of California announced late Monday that movie theaters will be able to open in all but seven of the state's 58 counties. The change would also allow for the reopening of bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades.
There are a number of restrictions in place for movie theaters. The rules limit number of guests in a movie theater to 25% of theater capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower. An online reservation system is required, as are ushers to assist with seating. Patrons will be asked to wear a mask except when eating or drinking, but they won't be required. Seating will also have to be staggered to keep customers seated at least six feet apart.
It's worth noting that AMC Entertainment will report its earnings after the close of the stock market today and it is expected to be brutal.
'BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC' GETS A RELEASE DATE
The long-awaited third installment of the "Bill & Ted" movie franchise is set for release on August 21st and while I don't usually mention movie releases, I am in this case because this is one movie I absolutely hope I can see in a movie theater, surrounded by a socially distant crowd. Movie co-writer Ed Solomon told me this about the movie earlier today and I think it's worth passing along:
I can say this: No matter what people may expect/think/feel, it was made 100% without cynicism. I have no idea how it will land. But it was at least made for the right reasons.
Here is a rundown of the very sparse number of new shows premiering today....
1) Good Bones Season Premiere (HGTV)
In the premiere episode, Mina and Karen buy their most expensive house to date—a bungalow in the trendy Fountain Square neighborhood that needs serious updates. To retain the home’s original charm yet stick to a strict budget and maximize the resale value, they must expertly fix the foundation issues, replace the plaster walls and restore the original hardwood floors. Throughout the season, the duo incorporates creative design elements in every home to attract younger buyers, such as pet-friendly spaces, custom metal staircase art and refurbished antique chandeliers.
2) Sticks & Stones Series Premiere (BritBox)
The new drama from Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Press) centers on the personal and professional life of Thomas Benson played by Ben Nwosu (Killing Eve, Christopher Robin), who finds himself trying to secure new business while enduring a virulent, backstabbing company culture. When he freezes during a pitch, the fall out is beyond monumental. Despite the negative pressures, Thomas goes to increasingly desperate lengths to remain successful and control his team. Unfortunately, he continues to be undermined, attacked and ultimately spirals out of control. Has he lost his confidence and is just being paranoid? Is his own team, and maybe the wider world, now out to get him?
For a rundown of all the new episodes of television premiering tonight, click here.
TOO MUCH TV REALLY IS A THING
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