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The Walking Dead Ate the Face Off Everything on Broadcast This Season So Far

An 8.7 in the demo, and it's still hungry

The Walking Dead is back, and with it, viewers in the dollar demo. Broadcast watchers have stayed away in droves this season. But with the dead resurrected yet again, everyone…

Nielsen Mistake Means Ratings Are Even Lower Than We Thought

Gaffe at season’s start couldn’t have come at a worse time

Given that it premiered Sunday night, it seems like the right time to ask: Is The Walking Dead the only thing young people watch? This past season, the AMC show ranked…

Constantine, Rick and Morty and a New Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon at NYCC

Beats waiting for Hall H

Where do people in sexy stormtrooper regalia go to hear an improvised table read by the cast of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty? That's correct, the New York City Comic…

We Interviewed the Guy Who Made the Creepy Credits Sequence for American Horror Story: Freak Show

Everything you wanted to know about scary clown toys

Who loves clowns? Anyone? Anyone? Well, the guys at American Horror Story: Freak Show, which premiered last night, are super into them, as evidenced by the amazing mostly stop-motion opening…

AT&T Has to Pay $105 Million for Overcharging Customers

A settlement, not a fine

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler held a press conference alongside colleagues from the Federal Trade Commission and the states attorneys general today to publicly reprimand AT&T for "cramming"—adding fees…

For New Promos, Disney XD Turns to Street Artists and Art Toy Designers

Tristan Eaton, The Brothers McLeod among creators tapped

Disney's ad-supported kids' network, Disney XD, is doing something particularly interesting this fall: putting up promos designed by some fairly cutting-edge artists from several different walks of life, including Tristan…

5 Other Times Twin Peaks Came Back

Showtime brings back the iconic mystery series in 2016

Your Monday afternoon comes with some good news ... and some damn good cherry pie. David Lynch's seminal television series Twin Peaks is returning to television in early 2016 on…

How Will the FCC’s Tom Wheeler Get Past His Image Problem?

His detractors think he’s conflict of interest incarnate

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has an image problem. The New Yorker’s article about him on the occasion of his confirmation last year was called “Obama’s Bad Pick.” In the piece,…

Prime-time Broadcast Ratings Tumble, Even During Premiere Week

But one network gets a rare bump in viewers

Broadcast networks should start putting up a sign: "Watch for falling ratings." Fragmentation—the process of viewers diffusing across cable channels that cater to specific interests, as opposed to being forced to…

The 5 Artiest Simpsons Couch Gags

Banksy, Don Hertzfeldt and more

All hail the dark lord of the twin moons! How quickly we forget what an art school nerd Matt Groening is. Every so often, producers of The Simpsons get one of…

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