Adweek.com’s Top 10 Television Stories of 2011

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Here are the 10 most-read television stories published on Adweek.com in 2011:

 

  1. Facebook Pitches Social TV

    Creating program guides based on what friends watch

    By D.M. Levine

    Facebook has a message for the television world: social TV is coming. Andy Mitchell, SVP of Strategic Partner Development at Facebook, pitched a crowd of media and branding honchos at the PromaxBDA conference on Wednesday on the various ways in which he thinks his company can help the broadcast media embrace the social world. An obvious starting point was program filtering. "If you look at the program guide [as it stands now], you're trying to figure out what to watch among five hundred channels. It's really hard," Mitchell said. "But think about a program guide where you see what your friends are watching, that changes the experience. "

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  2. DirecTV Gets Retrans Blowback

    Will the satellite service cave?

    By Anthony Crupi

    It may have seemed like a good PR move, but DirecTV's decision to set up a website to take its case in its carriage dispute with Fox Networks directly to the people has blown up in its face.

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  3. NFL Network in Carriage Talks With Time Warner Cable

    Goodell says league wants deal by opening kickoff

    By Anthony Crupi

    After a five-year stalemate that has kept the NFL Network out of millions of Time Warner Cable households, the two combatants are said to be actively pursuing a long-term carriage deal.

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  4. Fox Fires Back at Gawker

    Dismisses, but doesn't deny, story about Bill O'Reilly, his wife, and Nassau County cops

    By D.M. Levine

    Fox News is firing back at Gawker for its Bill O'Reilly story. Earlier today, Gawker posted what it billed as a major exclusive—a story by John Cook claiming that prime-time host Bill O'Reilly had attempted to coax the internal affairs unit of his hometown police department into investigating one of its officers, because O'Reilly believed an officer was having an extra-marital affair with his wife.

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  5. 27 New Shows, But is There Anything Worth Watching?

    Comedy makes a comeback with 11 new tries

    By Marc Berman

    By the numbers, there are 27 new series on the five broadcast networks overall – four more than last year. And two of those shows – dramas A Gifted Man on CBS and Grimm on NBC – happen to be positioned on Friday, so the networks are still trying to program the troubled evening. New dramas continue to outnumber new comedies (14 to 11), but 11 upcoming chucklers is the most we have seen in the category on a fall line-up in five years. So what was once considered "dead" is attempting a comeback, with ABC and NBC, in particular, are expanding to a second night of comedies.

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  6. Most Likely to Succeed

    Our picks for the most promising new shows on networks this fall

    By Marc Berman

    In the unlikely case you haven't heard, it's upfront week. But sometimes lost in the talk of dollars is the fact five broadcasters will unveil their fall prime-time lineups. NBC spills the goods first, followed by Fox, ABC, CBS, and The CW. Expect hyperbole to come in heaps.

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  7. Crash and Burn: ABC's 'Pan Am' Is Another Downer

    Three weeks into the new season, dramas are flailing

    By Anthony Crupi

    Heading into the third week of the 2011-12 TV season, the new crop of broadcast dramas appears to be dying on the vine.