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‘Veep’ Renewed for Fourth Season; Show Prompts Fans to Call Fake Campaign Number

HBO’s hit political comedy “Veep,” which has a knack for weaving social media references about Twitter and Instagram into the show, announced that it’s been renewed for a fourth season today.

And what did fans get when calling the number written in that tweet? Well, in trademark Vice President Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) fashion, “voters” received an unintended earful.

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HBO and BuzzFeed Team Up for ‘Awkward Family Viewing’

HBO Awkward MomentsIf your a millennial or younger person who’s ever experienced the awkwardness of watching risque premium TV with your parents, HBO and Buzzfeed have got the videos for you.

“Awkward family viewing,” a seven-video series being distributed this week on HBO and BuzzFeed’s custom YouTube and Twitter pages, depicts uncomfortable millennials watching HBO shows like “Girls,” “Game of Thrones,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “True Detective,” and “True Blood” with their out-of-touch parents.

“See hunny…you have the right to speak up, it’s your body,” a father tells his clearly uncomfortable daughter as she watches a sex scene from “Girls.

“You know, I never cheated on your mother,” a father tells his son while watching a scene from “True Detective.” The scene shows Woody Harrelson giving a gift to the woman he is cheating on his wife with. “Not that I never had opportunities.”

“Alright dad, please…” the uncomfortable son responds.

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Is ‘cord-cutting’ happening faster than we thought?

2014-cross-device-video-analysisAs fewer and fewer companies describe themselves as “second screen” apps, it becomes clearer and clearer that for consumers the second screen (or even third and fourth screens) can be interchangeable as content is easily made available across all types of screens. A main driver to this reality is what the industry knows as “cord-cutting”, the act of getting rid of your cable subscription (or for the young ones) never having one to begin with. Circa recently reported on a new study that reveals this is happening more quickly than we thought. Read more

Getting Social for the TVNewser Social TV Panel

304x200We’re putting on a big TV news and social media event in New York next week.

Social TV will be a big topic of the TVNewser Show next Tuesday. Your humble Lost Remote editor will moderate “The Rise of Social TV.”

Joining me will be a who’s who of TV news and social media: SVP for editorial & innovation at NBC News Julian March; Fox News/Fox Business’ chief digital officer Jeff Misenti; Bloomberg TV social media producer Katy Finneran; and founder and CEO of i.TV Brad Pelo.

Together, we’ll analyze TV news and entertainment outlets’ on-air social media integration; how social media is changing traditional reporters and anchors’ newsgathering; how digital and mobile platforms are changing the way networks produce content; whether second screen devices are helping or hurting traditional TV; and more.

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Univision launches ‘Flama’, an over-the-top network in English for youth

logo_yellow_on_redUnivision is continuing to invest in digital content, this time with a brand new network, Flama.

The network, which can be accessed at TheFlama.com is the “first fully dedicated over-the-top network providing premium English-language video programming for 15 – 30 year olds who are inspired and entertained by the Latin culture that is influencing today’s younger generation.”

We interviewed Flama General Manager, Steven Benanav about the launch and why it’s important for social TV.

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Discovery Makes Big Social Push to Celebrate ‘Deadliest Catch’ Season 10

downloadThe new season of ‘Deadliest Catch,’ one of Discovery’s most popular shows, premieres tomorrow night at 9PM EST.

This season is particularly special, though, as it marks the 10th year of the reality show that follows the lives of fisherman on the Bering Sea. Discovery is pulling out all the stops on social for the occasion. The ‘Deadliest Catch Fantasy Game’ – one of Discovery.com’s most visited destinations during Season 9 – returns with an even bigger prize for die-hard fans: a trip to Dutch Harbor to meet the cast.

The Deadliest Catch Instagram account has also been active in the lead-up to the premiere, offering a season-by-season look at the show. Read more

‘Scandal’ Finale Scores Big on Twitter

As we reported, the “Scandal” season finale created some great moments both on-air and between show stars and fans. The last episode also scored big Twitter ratings.

The finale ranked #2 on Nielsen Social’s daily top five list; 3.4 million people saw 697,000 tweets revolving around the third season finale yesterday.

These tweets were sent by 140,000 unique authors and generated 37 million impressions. The ratings measure activity from three hours before, during, and three hours after the show airs.

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Netflix Teases Second Season of ‘Hemlock Grove’ via Vine

Last Friday, Netflix announced that the second season of its original series ‘Hemlock Grove’ is set to return on Friday, July 11 at 12:01 AM PT.  In usual Netflix fashion, all ten episodes of the supernatural thriller will be released at the same time.

On Monday, Netflix released a teaser via Vine: Read more

A Truly ‘Scandal’-ous Finale Brings Show’s Stars and Social Fans Together

ScandalIf you haven’t watched the season three finale of ABC’s “Scandal,” spoilers ahead.

If you have, you saw a whirlwind of scandal, with President Fitzgerald Grant initially doomed to lose reelection, only to turn around and win; thanks to the American voters rallying around him after his teenage son died of a rare bacterial virus on Election Day–courtesy of Maya Pope–or so we thought.

In between all the reelection action and assasinations, the president learns his estranged wife had been raped by his own father, anti-hero “Huck” reunites with his long-lost family, the audience learns it was actually Olivia’s father, Rowan, who killed the president’s son, Harrison looks like he’s about to bite the dust, Olivia calls it quits on being the scandal master, and then flies off into the sunset with Jake.

And if this wasn’t enough action on your main screen, the show’s stars tweeted along on your second screen.

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‘Scandal’ Creator Shonda Rhimes Joins #ScandalTWR

Scandal 304We’ve reported on “Scandal’s” social promotion ahead of tonight’s season finale, and the hit show’s creator will also get social tonight on Twitter.

Shonda Rhimes will join “The Writers’ Room” host Jim Rash on Twitter at 7pmET for a chat on writing for television. Fans can tweet their questions to hashtag #ScandalTWR.

You can follow both at @ShondaRhimes and @RashIsTVUgly. “Scandal’s” season three finale airs tonight on ABC at 10pmET. We’ll have all the social highlights tomorrow.

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