This week we’re talking about the best shows of the decade, the fate of HBO’s “Watchmen” and Facebook’s foray into the Super Bowl ad mix.
The decade’s best shows. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter’s chief TV critic, selected his favorites with episodes airing between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2019. On the list: Pamela Adlon’s FX drama “Better Things,” the story of a single mom trying to make it as an actor. Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” a drama/comedy with a touch of surreal. AMC hits “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” made the top five. See the rest of the list on THR.
Who’s watching “Watchmen”? Will the show get a second season? The show’s creator, Damon Lindelof, hinted that if there is another season, he might pass the director spot to someone else. The season finale, which aired Tuesday, got nearly a million viewers at 9 p.m. and 1.6 million across platforms, according to Nielsen and HBO ratings data. It was the most-watched first season of an original show since “Big Little Lies.” (Vulture)
TV execs’ top priorities for 2020. Adweek spoke with 18 TV industry execs about their biggest priorities next year, plus the obstacles that could prevent them from their goals. (Adweek)
Facebook has a Super Bowl ad in the works. And it will feature Sylvester Stallone running up the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art steps in a reprise of his “Rocky” role. It’s a Wieden & Kennedy spot, directed by Megaforce, the French collective behind famous work including Nike’s “Nothing Beats a Londoner.” Read more about the ad and see an on-set moment shared by Stallone himself at Ad Age.
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