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With Eyes on Latin America, Telescope Partners With ScopeBrasil

scopebrasilTelescope, the company that powers participation TV solutions for ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and ‘The Voice,’ among others, announced today that it is expanding into Brazil and other Latin American markets via a partnership with ScopeBrasil.

ScopeBrasil was founded earlier this year as a corss-platform audience engagement solution for media companies in Brazil. In partnering with Telescope, ScopeBrasil will be able to use its signature participation TV solution – Connect Live – to engage audiences.

An early iteration of the partnership produced #ArmsWideOpen, a World Cup social campaign that allowed fans to “power” in real-time which colors would appear on the Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio. Read more

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Mediabistro Presents: ReelReporting Create Your ReelA good TV reporter won't go far without a standout Demo Reel! Starting November 13, MediabistroEDU and Reel Reporting offer a three-day series for students interested in hosting and news reporting. In this Los Angeles based course, students will learn from and work side-by-side TV agents and On-Air talent to better understand the hiring process and  shoot their best reel yet. Register now! 
 

Social Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 29

Last night, “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and the CW’s “Arrow” were the top two talked about shows on Twitter. “Modern Family” and “blackish” were spots three and five. In fourth place was “The Colbert Report,” who had Anita Sarkeesian, a central figure of GamerGate, on last night and he did an entire segment devoted to it.

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Clickhole Reports ‘Modern Family’ Cancelled, Internet Users “Totally Stopped Breathing”

modern familyThis morning, Clickhole published a post cancelling “Modern Family,” writing that ABC “just cancelled [it] in order to teach people that something you love can be taken from you with no warning whatsoever.”

Take a deep breath, skim readers, Clickhole is The Onion‘s viral content offshoot. But we know how this goes. It is a good example though of how different communities on different social platforms read news. In the expansive Twitter-sphere, you can hardly control the news. On Facebook, people get the joke (because they liked the parody site because it’s a parody site in the first place).

Of note, the news spread around Twitter, with many people retweeting the post and openly expressing their heartbreak with various emoji combinations. Facebook users berate each other for falling for it. On both platforms, like on most of the internet, it all devolves pretty quickly into homophobic rants. In any case, don’t worry. “Modern Family” will live on. For  now.

Social Scoreboard: Tuesday, October 28

Last night, NBC’s “The Voice,” and ESPN’s “30 for 30″ took the top two spots, respectively, in Nielsen’s Twitter Ratings. “Sons of Anarchy” took the number three spot, but we bet that starts to change as things get even weirder approaching the series finale. The CW’s “Supernatural,” and ABC’s “Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” rounded out the evening.

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Tracking John Oliver’s #ShowUsYourPeanuts Campaign

johnoliver_lastweektonightJohn Oliver struck again this week, this time tackling the food industry and how much hidden sugar they put in our food. In his end-of-show takedown rant — he’s previously targeted militarized police forces, internet service providers, and Scotland — he asked viewers to tweet at food companies and ask them to #ShowUsYourPeanuts.

You can watch the full clip here to get the play on words, but basically he wants manufacturers to declare hidden sugars on their food labels. A noble cause, if nothing else. We asked the team at Amobee to track the hashtag for us to see how it’s been performing against Oliver’s other calls to action. Here’s what they found:

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MTV Promotes ‘Scream’ With Mysterious Emoji Tweets

screamMTV has picked up “Scream,” a horror series based on the Wes Craven film franchise. And then they promoted it with emojis. Targeting media outlets and TV people in general, they sent a slew of tweets with scary movie inspired emojis, a phone number, and a hashtag.

According to various people on Twitter, that phone number picks up and asks you “Do you like scary movies?” in homage to the classic line in the original. But being a neurotic New Yorker, there was no way I was calling a random California area code to verify that for this blog post. Plus, it’s sort of creepy.

Fans, who have been waiting for this pick-up announcement since filming was announced in April, have started using Instagram to spread the number and Vine to record their screams. Here’s Perez Hilton:

According to Variety:

This show stars newcomers Willa Fitzgerald (“Alpha House,” “Royal Pains”), Amy Forsyth (“Torment,” “Reign”), John Karna (“Premature,” “The Neighbors”), Carlson Young (“Key and Peele,” “The Kroll Show”) and Amadeus Serafini. “Faking It’s” Jamie Travis directed the pilot. Exec producer Jill Blotevogel (“Harper’s Island,” “Ravenswood”) wrote the script originally penned by Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (“Criminal Minds,” “The Event,” and “Revenge”)…Under the Dimension TV production umbrella, Harvey and Bob Weinstein will executive produce. Additional executive producers include Wes Craven, Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley, Marianne Maddalena and Cathy Konrad. Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are producers.

It has not been confirmed yet if Ghostface will return for the series.

With Video on Demand, ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Success Stretches Beyond Sunday Nights

downloadAs we wrote about last week, Video on Demand is changing how people watch TV and Comcast’s ‘Xfinity on Demand’ is one of the main catalysts. The platform includes more than 55,000 choices, which results in more than 400 million views each month.

With the way that networks and advertisers are demanding that post-linear viewing be included in ratings, and the way in which Nielsen is responding, the popularity of top series viewed after-the-fact on Video on Demand (especially within three to seven days) must be taken seriously.

Below are the top 20 TV series on Xfinity On Demand for the week of Oct. 12 – 18. The only new Fall comedy that continues to appear been lasting on this list is ABC’s ‘Black-ish’ (Noticeably absent? The just-canceled ‘Manhattan Love Story’) – we are also noting the strong position of The Flash in its second week on this list. CW’s ‘The Flash’ premiered at #7 last week and has held strong at #8 this week. Read more

Social Scoreboard: Monday, October 28

Even though it wasn’t all positive, “Drumline 2: A New Beat” ranked number one on Nielsen’s Twitter ratings last night, bumping “WWE Raw” down to number two. “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice” rounded out the night.

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Everyone is a Critic: VH1′s ‘Drumline 2: A New Beat’ Flops With Fans

If this is another golden age of television, it’s also a golden age of social criticism. Social media means networks can market new shows and pump up the crowd in the hope that everyone will live-tweet it and draw more advertising eyeballs. But it also means that when something flops, it flops hard.

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Let’s all pour one out for everyone over at VH1 this morning. “Drumline 2: A New Beat,” a spinoff of the super successful 2002 film “Drumline,” premiered last night. Yesterday, when #DrumlineANewBeat was circling around social media, fans could hardly contain themselves waiting for showtime. And then the movie started. It wasn’t just that stars Nick Cannon and Alexandra Ship weren’t living up to the beloved movie’s status. Fans were eager to give advice and complain about the technical stuff:

Actually, the idea of a “Drumline” series sounds like a much better idea than a big event-style, made for tv sequel. #Drumlin2 is still trending this morning, and the social response is not getting any nicer though:

Ouch. While the miniseries and TV movies are having their moment, it’s worth noting when the trend hits a saturation point. Some things might be better left alone.

Leave Frommer’s at Home: Crowdsourcing Travel on Esquire Network’s ‘Weekend Fix’

weekend-fix-about-the-showWe live in an age where advanced travel planning is at once easy and unnecessary. Don’t have a hotel for the weekend? You can use Hotel Tonight for same-day deals. Have no idea where to eat? You can turn to Foursquare and TripAdvisor.

On the new series ‘Weekend Fix’ , which premieres tomorrow night at 10pm ET on Esquire Network, actor Omar Miller (CSI Miami) and Five Four Club founder Andres Izquieta travel America, crowdsourcing their weekends with only smartphone apps and recommendations from locals and friends. “We hope to inspire others on their journey to discover their own Weekend Fix,” Izquieta tells LostRemote.

In a recent episode, in which Miller and Izquieta visit Brooklyn – featuring stops at sneaker-maker Greats and at Brooklyn Bowl – they employ Google, Instagram, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Google Maps, Tumblr, Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary, FourSquare, Where to Wee, Yelp, Vimeo, and YouTube to get their Weekend Fix.

Social recommendations drive each episode and the show does a fantastic job displaying the apps on-air. We spoke with the charismatic stars of ‘Weekend Fix’ to learn more about travel planning (or lack thereof), their surprising recommendations, and app integration. Read more

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