Tuesday, August 26, 2008


There's a good chance that in the coming days we'll have a hurricane headed full steam for the gulf coast. I live on the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Gustav will likely be headed our way, but...if the storm threatens US coast at all, which seems very likely, it will definitely distract press coverage from the Republican National Convention. Which, unfortunately, is in Minneapolis, and not on the Gulf Coast.

Something to think about.


And by "view" they mean literally view...quite interesting to see perspective of convention like this. You really get a better sense of the overwhelming presence of the crowd.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Latest article:

iWant My TweenTV: iCarly, Sitcom 2.0

My article on convergence, the sitcom, and Nick's hella successful tween sitcom.

"Woe be to the Flow columnist that sets out to write about how convergence is changing television comedy without acknowledging what might be the biggest success story of convergence comedy, the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly.

Now, iCarly might not be this media scholar’s preferred convergence culture, but it is most certainly his 10-year-old daughter’s. It is what she is watching repeatedly on the DVR or on a laptop at her friend’s house, and it is the overflow she is reading online by following characters’ blogs that may or may not tie in directly to the episodes she knows by name..."

click the title to read the column

Friday, August 08, 2008



I use the wells fargo online website almost everyday to check my account balance. I can usually run home after a spending spree and it has already shown up on my online activity. This is absolutely new media because it allows me to get my information immediately and without having to go to the atm to check it. Also it eliminates credit card statements because I can access that on the website as well. I think this website has made me a little ocd about my accound activity but it has also kept me from overdrawing.

Katelyn McCullers, replace lowest grade

No Time For Internet

Since use of the Internet has become America’s favorite pastime, people are more easily connected to each other through electronic use. There are those who have been stubborn about depending on this technological phenomenon too much, and would rather just never turn on a computer than have to rely solely upon one. A part of that person lives in me. Reasons that I do not visit more than two or three sites during my week are simple: 1) I usually just do not have the time. 2) I have a malfunctioned computer that refuses to connect to a modem and cannot make up its mind about any wireless network except the one at school. 3) I am an impatient person. If a connection is taking too long to bring me to a site, I give up trying, only going back again when I have more time. I lead a very hectic and busy life and I usually have a purpose when I log into the Internet. The few sites I do use are Yahoo Mail, Facebook, TAMUCC.com and all that goes along with it (WebCT, Wiki, etc.) I also check my funds using the website for Wells Fargo. I used to stay online for hours… but as I said before, if a connection is taking too long, I am out. I am not an Internet hater, but I just have too much going on with life to sit down and learn all about how to work with it and enjoy all it can offer me.

Bethany Woodard replace lowest blog grade (the missing one if at all possible) Thank You! :)



YouTube is a site where people who have created videos may post them and leave comments or blogs as to what they have viewed. Everything from home created videos, to commercials, to clips of movies can be accessed through YouTube. This site is a form of new media in the way that things that could once only be accessed through our televisions can now not only be watched on our computers, but can also be email to friends or shared in blogs. The thing that this site allows only for new media is that personalization and "talk back" can both take place. This site allows for personalization in the way that things we have created can be posted on the site and shared with people from around the globe. It allows people to have the ability to talk about the videos by being able to leave comments on the actual YouTube site, or people can post them in other blogs (as we do here) have have people leave their thoughts and comments on those sites. Networking can happen through the site by being able to leave comments and have others read your thoughts. If people wish to get in contact with you to discuss your comments they can and so YouTube allows people to meet others and see others ideas.

Erika White-Offer, 5 points on exam

Extra Credit


Stumbleupon is a toolbar that you can download for free on your web browser. It allows you to choose your interests and in takes you to random websites for your particular taste. The web pages can be kept in your favorites or if you don't like a web page, you can simply click on the stumble button to take you to a differnt page, like channel surfing.

I usually use stumbles web page to change my types of interests in order to search according to what I feel like seeing. I use this site at least three times a week to take up time when I'm bored. I also like discovering new websites I've never seen before.

This website offers personalization in a way that you can customize your personal interests to surf websites. It also lets you have a profile to where other users can link up to your page and look at a list of your favorite websites with similar interests. You can meet people and give or receive recommendations of cool websites.

Extra credit-Musicovery


Musicovery is an interactive webradio that allows you to choose the types of songs you feel like listening to. It is so unique because you can set the mood to energetic, dark, positive, or calm. You can also choose to increase or decrease the tempo or dance, so that it can help you discover what you are looking for. From your selections, it then gives you all the genres of music to choose from. You can select them all or you can select as many as you want. Another awesome thing about this website is that you can choose the decade from 1950s-2000s.

By using this webradio, you are able to listen to all kinds of songs and also discover music that is not just mainstream. I regularly use this website because it's free, it's perfect for parties or if I just feel like hearing random music other than the traditional radio. I found this website on stumble.com one day when I was randomly searching the internet. This website offers many opportunities for personalization because it gives you the option to ban songs or mark them as your favorite songs on your list.

Daphne Clement, exam bonus points

Thursday, August 07, 2008


ifc.com stands for the independent film channel. It is a site that is based on everything that is independently done in film and music, (anything that isn't mainstream). This site even has a section on politics. I use this site mainly for the movie aspect. I love watching the ifc station on tv, but the website allows for more of an in-depth look at certain films. I also use it to see what movies are going to be played on certain nights, to assure that I won't miss them. There are reviews, podcasts, stories, interviews, and even web shows. I really love this site because I love independent films. ifc.com even gives updates and allows you to watch clips from films that are showed at film festivals around the world. There are even contests sometimes where the prizes are to attend a certain film festival. There is a talk area in every different section on this site. You can talk/argue about film, music, politics, even the actual ifc station. There is a section even called "start a conversation" where you can talk about anything you like. ifc.com also has a store where you can by movies and documentaries. This site is just really interesting and informative to me. I love it!

Tori Fitzsimmons, exam bonus points

Extra Credit Blog

A website I visit regularly is perezhilton.com. It is a celebrity gossip website. I read it purely for entertainment purposes. I get the juicy gossip on celebrities, which I have to admit is a guilty pleasure of mine. I think its hilarious. It really doesn't serve any other purpose. The site is interactive. It offers users an opportunity to comment on the stories and read what other users have to say. You can also email your favorite stories to your friends. It definitely provides material for users to gossip with each other about, which is a social networking component. It is a prime example of new media. Although, there are telveision shows providing the same stories, there is a level of interactivity on the website that is impossible to get from tv.

Catherine King, replace blog grade

Extra Credit/ CNN.COM


I view cnn.com at least three or four times a day. This website offers most everyday national news. I am constantly on the computer. This website lets me know what is going on in the world. I don't really don't have a chance to watch news on television. I use this website to learn about entertainment news, weather, just everyday happening in sour society. It's amazing how many times the headlines change throughout the day. I like that it has the Corpus Christi weather on the top of the page. At the bottom of the page it also has a section of Corpus Christi news. This website allows me to know what is going here as well. You can also post a blog on this website.

Lori Enriquez
5 Bonus points on Final

Extra Credit Blog- LiveScience.com


LiveScience.com is a website that has different sorts of science news regarding groundbreaking developments in health, environment, animals, technology and space. It has different articles on these subjects and my favorite part is the "top 10" features they have. It's not a lot of reading but I still learn a lot.
Even though I'm not a science major, I like to go to this site to read random articles and now that I've found MySpace and Facebook a bit boring, I go to this one everyday because there's always something new that is interesting as well as educational. I've used this site to find random facts about a subject, I use it for entertainment since I sometimes don't have much to do at work.

This website lets you be a member of it and you can actually receive emails on your favorite stories and sections. It doesn't enable to keep in touch with people, you just know what's new on the website.

Nikte Flores, exam bonus points



Youtube.com is a website that is made up of video and audio posts. The individuals that post information on this site cover a large spectrum of people. Some of the different types of people include students, musicians, and even religious leaders.

Some of the ways I use the website include viewing various video posts for entertainment purposes (watch music videos and view clips of television shows), stating my opinion on different comments that have been posted, and for educational reasons. I use this site because there is so much media material on it that you can just about find anything your looking for. In other words, if you can think of a topic to search for on this site, your bound to find it, or find something that is very close to it.

The Youtube.com site allows people to interact with others in ways like leaving comments on peoples' video posts and leaving your own video responses. There is also a community that classifies different information for people to interact with specific types of information.

Chris Gentry, exam bonus points


Disney.com is the official website for Disney. This site has unlimited "new media" interactivity with mass communication for all to use, from games to movies,and online shopping. I personally use this website to access schedules and tickets to up-coming Disney events that come to town, along with my obsessiveness on-line shopping since I am a huge and I mean HUGE Mickey Mouse aficionado, must I say more!.

Extra Credit


Craigslist is a site that people can go on to post things that they have that others may want. It’s all localized so you can do your search by your state and city. You can seriously find almost anything you want or need on here, and you can rid of stuff that you don’t want or need anymore. It’s way better than Ebay and sites where you don’t see the product until you’ve already paid for it.

So I don’t normally use Craigslist so often, I lately I’ve been checking it like 4 or 5 times a week. This is because I’m moving into a new place that is bigger then the one that I’m in now and I need inexpensive furnisher that isn’t cheap to fill it up.

This site is a great example of new media because it allows the users to decide what they want to post about and what they want to look at. People post jobs, personal ads, houses, even services (like new places to get beauty treatments done). There are tons of discussion forums for anything you want to talk about and there is even a craigslist blog. There’s also the socialization that occurs when you respond to ads and when you meet up with people to get what you need.

Kim McComas, replace blog grade please.



MLB.com is the Major League Baseball Associations main web page. From this page you can access loads of information about your favorite teams, players, and trades going on in the game with up to the minute news and notes from some of America's top baseball writers. I'm not sure if you all have noticed but I pretty much wore a baseball cap to school everyday representing my favorite team the "Chicago Cubs" and as long as we remain in first place I'll wear it till the end of the year.
I use this site to check on the Cubs status in the NL Central Division and the stats of my favorite Cub players. Not only do I use this site to monitor the Cubs I also use it to monitor the other teams in the division and around the league. I use this site this way because I am deeply rooted in the game of baseball. I've been a life long fan since I can remember and I see no end in the immediate future. Through this site you check highlites from games around the country and also get up tp the minute scores and statistics from all around the league. The highlight's contain outstanding plays from around the league from every game in every stadium.This new brand of media lets the fan closer and more informed in the game than ever before. I can't imagine reading about sports highlights after having them readily available at my finger tips for the past three years.
Through MLB.com I've also ordered my favorite jerseys, including a cubs jersey with my personalized last name on the back. In addition to jerseys you can also order caps and other souvenirs. Oh yeah, if you pay just $100 dollars you can watch every game all year long right from your computer; not so good if your a college student trying to write a blog and you keep getting interrupted by all of the days baseball action.
On MLB.com there are hundreds of blogs and chat rooms and there are even player blogs from big leaguers. This component allows for fans to interact with fellow fans and players, as well as chat about all the action on the field. Overall this website incorporates several different types of media into one simple user friendly interface that even I can use.

Kevin Peterson, Replace low blog grade please (the one I missed preferably). Thanks Peace Out!

Extra Credit Blog


Yes, this is the web site for new upcoming Fallout game. And yes I check it about 3 times a week to see whats new. To say the least, this is a great game. It combines the 1950s style of "everything is 'A' OK", and matches it with the reality of nuke war. Very funny! The first two games were very good and if you have not played them you should give them a shot.

I check up on the web site because it has been almost 10 years sense the last game came out and now that they are finally making a new one I like to seen if there is any new content or up dates as to how the game is going to be played. They also have a list of all the links to other Fallout fan sites that are fun to go and see what fans are doing in say-Russia or Germany. In addition, they have reviews from the different people that are making the games that are interesting.

There definitely is a social component to the site. There are links to the different fan sites as well as a posting board where you can talk to people about the game or other aspects of the Fallout world. Non of this would be possible in the old media. This is a great sit and I recommend you look it over and spend a little time in the Fallout world-you will like it.

Ethan Thompson, exam bonus points please.

Extra Credit Blog


Weather.com is a website strictly dealing with the weather nationally and locally. There are updates about the weather throughout the day along with video broadcasts of the weather.
I use this site to stay informed about the weather in my area and the areas of my family members. I also use this website to stay informed about the weather because it is always changing, which is why it interest me so much. This site gives hourly, 7 day, and 10 day forecasts, showing graphs and columns to give the weather and percentages of changes that could occur. This website is neat because you can search a zip code and it will give you the weather for that area instantly. Like most webstites they have videos of different stories and articles posted mostly by google. There is not a social networking component because this site is to inform its viewers of facts, not have opinions of what people think that the weather is going to do.

Lauren Self
bonus points toward final exam please.

TVCulture vs FOXSoccer

www.tvculture.com (oh, you are already here...sweet)

I visit TVCulture about three times a week! It is a great blog website, where you'll find blogs of different things, from Family Guy episodes, to blogs about the amazing Pandora website, not to mention, suck-up blogs about this particular website...whoohoo!! Students who register, can post their blogs and comment on other students blogs. Polls are posted as well from time to time, and even though "The Dark Knight" has recieved more votes than it should, the polls give us an idea of where we stand as a classroom. You can also find an archive list of past blogs, so if you do not see your blog on the homepage, you can always find it under the archive.

This website is not so much individually personal, given the fact that only about 25 people ever look at this website, and your name is stamped on every comment and blog you post, but it is personal to all of us, and it gives everyone a good feeling seeing that cheesy blinking Television Set, that probably no one owns anymore and which this blogger might just tattoo on his chest, because we know it's not just a grade we want, but a form to express ourselves...

Rolando Davila, an "A" on the Final... :) :)

seriously now....

www.foxsoccer.com (Just in case the top one wasn't "fair-use")

Soccer (futbol) is my passion and my life, so I rely on foxsoccer.com to inform me of what goes on in the soccer world! I visit the site everyday, becuase everday there is something going on in soccer. The homepage gives you the latest news about certian teams, clubs, players, transfers, managers, etc. On the top you can also find tabs, of each region around the world. So after you read the millions of articles about Cristiano Ronaldo's ambigious transfer, you choose your favorite region and it gives you the news about that certain region. There is also videos news, photos, interactive forums and blogs.

The reason I like this website also is that, it allows fans to comment on each news article, photo, and video. Soccer is the passion sport because of the fans, so it is very interesting on the comments some people post and the arguments that go on cyberly. All you have to do is register, make up a name, and start interacting. Another neat thing, is that you can register to get news sent to your e-mail, right when they post it on the website! So if you are registered for that feature, you can be the first to know if C. Ronaldo will be leaving Manchester United!

Rollie, extra points on the final please....

Wednesday, August 06, 2008



I constantly go to Alibris.com because I like searching for books. I enjoy looking at the different kind of books that you can get from them, as well as searching for rare books and books for special projects for use in the classroom. I have ordered from them and they are a really great source for books; any kind of books.

I was searching for a rare copy of a book that my sister had gotten from my grandparents; I looked at the information inside the front of the book, and with the year, and title and author I was able to find out that her book was an origin copy and if I wanted one it would cost me almost $100. I still want to get that book, but maybe when the funds are available.

If you need books...Alibris is the place to find them. They are just a great source for information on purchasing books, or just what is out there. It's cool.

Becky Sanchez, Bonus Exam Points


My team is the Pittsburg Steelers so my site is www.steelers.com

The web site is the official national football website. You can pick your favorite teams logo at the top and then you can go their home site and look at the game schedule, about the players, comments and even watch games online if you are not in front of a TV. You can even go through and buy official gear from their store and look at the charts and data from previous games and players.

I mostly use this website to look up information about my team. If they are trading someone I want to read the press release and see who they are signing. I also look up the game schedule so I can know when they play next and most importantly I use tit to watch the games online while I am at work.

This site can offer you to log into what is know as Fan Zone which you can personalize and make it your own. There is also a message board where there are a variety of different topics and you can engage in back and forth talk with other fans and even read comments and talk with the general manager of the teams and players themselves. You can make your self heard. Also after a game has just finished you can go and watch video clips that are from locker room interviews as well as highlights and recaps of the game; so it is a continuation from TV to the internet.

Ashley Bridges, Exam Bonus Points

Radio Y Online music

I use this radio station online everyday while im sitting around on the computer or playing playstation or something. Its based in Orlando, Flordia; it is a christian rap and R&B station http://radioy.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1. Of course it is broadcasted online live in HD, anyone can access it for free with no membership. There are a lot of people looking for an alternative type of rap and r&b without the things they do not believe in. I personally just started listening to this a week ago, but I like it and I like the way that it is sent out over the air waves for free for the masses. Not to long ago this type of media technology was not possible, and if it was, it was not in HD.

Toddrick Garley replace blog grade!

Seeing the World

Mobissimo (click on name to be transfered) is one of my favorite finding air fare websites

I check this site several time a week and theres no real other reason than it's because i'm a travel freak. I love mobissimo because they are like many other 'Cheap flights' site and they pull together different airfare prices for several different companies. I like them over the rest because they have a wider variety of airlines that are not typically searched. I used to use Sidestep but they resently stopped filtering for American Airlines and they are one of the nations largest airlines, so of course i want them listed.
Mobissimo is also different from many other booking sites because it offeres "MobiFriends", MobiHeadlines"(which gives you news that could affect your travel such as the featured headline "Iraq to Open New Airport in Hopes to Promote Tourism"),Newletters, MobiActivity (which lets you search by some activity you want to do ie beaches, gambeling, cricket etc), featured profiles, blogs and good deals on resent search results other users have found. This is taking it from just a 'find fare' web site to more of a travel community.
By having all of these things offered, it turns it into a more interactive site that involves more people and more mass communication about a centralized topic. By creating a whole profile it can refine your likes, dislikes, home airport, dream spot, desireed destinations and then find cheapest fares for you or also connect you with people who have already been where you want to go; therefore providing tips and external resources. They advertise this as "Meet fellow travelers from around the world , Trade tips on favorite hotels and restaurants ,Share your plans, make your trips more social". Next time you want to get away, check it out because Basically i <3 Mobissimo.

Victoria Murray, Exam bonus points.



Pandora is a personalized radio online, where the stations only play music you like. By typing in a favorite artist or song Pandora will make a radio station that explores just that part of the music universe. Anyone can use Pandora for free online or on your mobile.
I use pandora mainly at work or when I am doing homework online to drown out all the noise around me. If a song is played on the radio station that you thoroughly enjoy you can rate it or even bookmark it. I like to listen to Pandora because it is a way to hear new music because the radio blows now a days.
On Pandora you can search and invite friends to join the site. I invited my father and now I share new artists with him that I think he would enjoy, and we also leave little comments on each others page just saying HI and what not. A Pandora user can make a profile, share a current station with a friend and find other listeners. Also, this radio station online has a blog that I read sometimes. Pandora has also teamed up with the iPhone and iTouch, and about 30 other mobile phones with either AT&T or Sprint to listen on the go.
ERIN TODD, exam bonus points

Monday, August 04, 2008

Thursday Night Line-up

We chose to do our blog entry on the Thursday night primetime line-up.

1.) ABC: Drama, Medical Drama, Reality
CBS: Reality, crime drama, action
CW: supernatural drama, supernatural,
FOX: reality, reality,
NBC: reality, horror drama

2.) Block Programming:
-FOX has block programming consisting of reality shows on Thursday nights. The shows are: Don't forget the Lyrics, So You Think You Can Dance
-ABC has a drama block consisting of Ugly Betty and Grey's anatomy
-CW has a block that consists of supernatural dramas, the shows are Smallville and Supernatural.

Counter Programming:
One ocassion of counter programming is between ABC, CBS, CW, and FOX. Each station has a different genre between 8 and 9pm.
For example, we have Ugly Betty (drama) on ABC, Big Brother (reality) on CBS, Smallville (supernatural drama) on the CW, and Don't Forget the Lyrics(reality) on FOX.
A second example would be between ABC, CBS and NBC between 10 and 10:30. ABC offers Hopkins, a medical reality show, CBS offers Flashpoint, an action drama; NBC shows Fear Itself which is a horror story sitcom.

3.) FOX targets a younger audience between 8 and 10pm by showing reality shows. The CW targets both a young audience and a more mature audience by showing Smallville and Supernatural. Smallville is targeting the younger audience and Supernatural targets a more mature audience but still a little young.

4.) Grey's Anatomy is on ABC at 9:00pm, and So You Think You Can Dance which would be the equivalent to Dancing with the Stars, and is a big show as well is on FOX at the same time.
Both being successful shows, they have to compete against each other.

Nikte, Marcus, Victoria

Friday Night Showings

1.) Friday nights on network television are very bland with not a large selection to choose from, however network television makes sure that those who are staying home have something to watch to satisfy their appetite for entertainment. The genres on Friday night vary for the different audiences. ABC and Fox both offer Friday night movies followed by local programming or the news. This allows for a drama or comedy film to be shown. CBS however, has an entire night of drama with shows such as Ghost Whisperer, NUMB3RS and Swingtown. This varies greatly from NBC which focuses on having a comedy show, and then news, or with The CW which show the WWE Friday Night Smackdown! and satisfies those with a type of action show.

2.) The networks put the shows together based on who may be watching them and both block progamming and counter programming can be seen on the Friday night line up. On CBS, the entire line up is drama shows for the prime time viewers. Although, these dramas may provide action or suspense in them as well, we can see these are quite serious shows in comparison to WWE Smackdown. ABC on Fridays shows a movie and then 20/20. If movie were to be a drama, then the line up on ABC would be all drama shows across the prime time line up. CBS and ABC are both displaying networks that use block programming to target its audience. They are providing their viewers with a particular type of program and provide this for the entire evening, expecting them to watch television from the beginning of the evening until the local evening news comes on. Networks use block programming to attract a certain audience and hold onto them all evening.
3.) While CBS starts their Friday night with the drama Ghost Whisperer, NBC begins with the show Most Outrageous Moments and while Fox may show a movie, The CW is starting with the WWE Smackdown! These shows are different types of shows on different networks at the same time. Networks do this in order to attract different types of audiences. These are two examples of counter programming. Networks do this so that while one may be trying to attract families, another can attract the adults of a household. This is done in order to bring in different types of people to programs and gain viewers.

Networks display other similarties than genre for the Friday night programs. On CBS all the the shows are not only dramas, but they are all drama sitcoms. They attract viewers each week to keep up with what is going on in the program. The programs also have the similarity of attracting a certain audience. Both Fox and ABCare trying to attract an adult or family audience with the Friday Movie Night. CBS is drawing in on the adult audience and NBC is hoping to pull in a family audience with funny home video shows like Most Outrageous Moments. None of these networks are trying to brand an identity of only showing a certain type of show because on other nights their programming is quite different. These networks show the shows they do on Friday nights because they know the majority of the population that is home on Friday nights are either older adults or families with young children and so the shows must be suitable to fit the age groups. There is no point in showing young hip shows like Grey's Anatomy on Friday night when most young people are not going to be home.
4.) None of the top rated shows for the 2007-2008 season or for last week are shown on Friday night. The shows that are on television are dramas or family friendly shows. The networks are competiting to fit the older and family age groups, which is why they show the dramas and family shows, or show movies. The top rated shows do not need to be shown on Friday nights because the majority of the population is not at home on Friday night. There would be no point in showing the best shows at that time.

Group: Erika, Rollie, William

Sunday Night Programming

We chose to do our blogs over Sunday night.  Unlike Friday night and Saturday night, Sunday has a variety of shows to choose from on several different channels.  

1.) ABC-Comedy, Teen Drama, Reality Makeover Show, Sitcom
CBS- News, Reality, Game Show, Crime Drama
CW- Sitcoms
FOX- Comedic Sitcoms, Cartoon Comedies
NBC- News, Sports

2.)  There are many different instances where there is block programming on Sunday night.  On the CW, an example of block programming would be Everybody Hates Chris, Aliens in America, The Game, and Girlfriends.  Also another example of block programming would be on FOX when they air The Simpsons, Family Guy, and American Dad.
These are examples of block programming because for each network, the shows have the same type of genre, they all have similar appeal, and they are all placed together so that they can be watched consecutively.
There are also examples of counter programming on each of the networks.  An example of counter programming would be Americas Funniest Home Videos on ABC and 60 minutes on CBS.  Another example would be High School Musical:Get in the Picture on ABC and Big Brother on CBS.
These are examples of counter programming because these shows are played at the same time but on different networks and they are completely different genres.  This is because producers are trying to appeal to different audiences by having a completely different type of show to watch on their network.

3.)  There are many different similarities between programs then just the genre.  For example, on FOX, The Simpsons and Family Guy are both comedic sitcoms that are targeted for an adult audience.  Not only do both of these shows have adult language and content, but it also takes intelligence to be able to understand the jokes.  I think that Fox is creating a brand image for itself because it seems that they are trying to keep the same flow of viewers therefore they air the same genre of sitcoms that would all appeal to the same audience.

4.)  There are not any top-rated shows on Sunday night.  It seems that the networks are competing by switching up the genres of television shows.  For example, on CBS they have a news program followed by a reality show, a game show, and lastly a crime drama.  On the other hand, CW airs only sitcoms throughout the entire night.  This goes to show how networks are switching things up so that they can attract more viewers.  

Monday Night Programming

Genre types:
ABC-reality show and reality competition
CBS-sitcom and crime drama
CW-teen drama and local programming
Fox-crime drama, hospital drama, and local programming
NBC-reality competition

Block programming:
ABC has a block of reality shows from 8pm to 10:30 pm. The shows are High School Musical: Get in the Picture, Wanna Bet?, and The Mole.
On CBS, there is a block of sitcoms between the times of 8 pm and 10 pm.
The names of the shows are The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two & a Half Men, and The New Adventures of Old Christine. These programs are block programs because they are of the same genre and they are aired one after the other.

Counter programming:
One counter programming situation takes place between ABC and CBS between 8pm and 10 pm.
ABC shows the reality television programs High School Musical: Get in the Picture and Wanna Bet? The CBS programming is a line up of sitcoms. The shows are The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Two & a Half Men, and The Adventures of Old Christine. This is an example of counter programming because it allows people to have a choice. For example, if someone is tired of watching reality television on ABC, that person can switch to watching sitcoms on CBS for a good laugh.
A second example of counter programming takes place between Fox and NBC. Fox provides drama programming between the time period of 8pm to 10pm, while NBC provides reality competition programming during the same time period. This particular set of counter programming gives viewers a very dynamic choice to choose from. If someone feels burned out on watching dramas like Bones or House M.D. on Fox, they can choose to watch American Gladiators on NBC in order to watch something filled with action and excitement.

3.The CW seems to be targeting a teen and young adult audience. The CW wants to show that it can still provide decent programming for young people. In the case of CBS, the network wants to improve their image by showing funny sitcoms in order to attract a much larger audience.

There are top rated shows on this night of television viewing. The shows are House, CSI:Miami, and Two & a Half Men. ABC, CW, and NBC are competing with CBS and Fox. CBS shows Two and a Half Men at 9pm. ABC is trying to counter this program by showing the game show Wanna Bet? during this time slot. NBC wants to counter Fox's television show House,which is aired at 9pm, by showing American Gladiators during the same time slot.

Chris, Lauren, and Tori

Wednesday Night Programming

Block Programming
1. Criminal Minds & CSI:NY because they are similar shows being shown on ABC one after another.
2. Wife Swap & Supernanny because they appeal to a certain demographic audience.

Counter Programming
1. Supernanny & Criminal Minds because they are both being shown at the same time on different stations.
2. Criminal Minds & The Pussycat Dolls because they are different types of shows on different stations.

Between 8:00 and 9:30 ABC is showing Wife Swap and Supernanny, both of which target women and families. The network seems to focus on the inner structure of the family, wife, dog, and baby for the types of programming they are choosing to show.

Top-Rated Shows
For the Weekly TV Ratings, America's got Talent comes in first, So You Think You Can Dance comes in fifth and Criminal Minds comes in seventh place. Fox is airing So You Think You Can Dance at 8:00 and NBC is airing America's Got Talent at the same time. America's Next Top Model is also being shown on the CW at 8:00 as well. They are all using reality competiton shows to compete with each other.


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Daphne Clement, exam bonus points

Tuesday Night Programming


ABC-game shows
CBS-crime dramas and a reality show
CW-reality show and teen drama
Fox-reality show and medical drama
NBC-game show and reality show

Block and Counter Programming
Examples of Block Programming:
ABC shows Wipeout followed by I Survived a Japanese Game Show, both of which are game shows.
CW airs Beauty and the Geek followed by Reaper. These shows are geared toward a younger, teenage audience.

Examples of Counter Programming:
Between 9:00 and 9:30 pm, all five channels show different kinds of shows. ABC airs I Survived a Japanese Game Show, which is a game show. CBS airs Big Brother, a reality show. CW shows Reaper, a teen drama. NBC airs America's Got Talent, which is also a reality show. However, this one is based on talent as opposed to drama, so it is geared towards a different audience.

Another example of counter programming is CBS. At 8:00 pm it airs NCIS, a crime drama, when the other four stations are showing reality shows.

Other Similarities
Although the two shows CW airs on Tuesday nights are not in the same genre, they are targeting the same audience, teens. The same idea applies to NBC. Celebrity Family Feud is a game show, and America's Got Talent is a reality show. However, both shows are based on competition. ABC shows two game shows with the same concept, humor. These two shows are targeting people who just want a good mindless laugh.

Top Rated Shows
2007-2008 Season
#8 House, and #14 NCIS are not in direct competition with one another. They are at diiferent times on different networks.

Weekly TV ratings
During House(#10) NBC airs America's Got Talent(#1). CBS seems to be trying to compete with NBC by airing their own reality show, Big Brother, in this time slot. Both CW and ABC are engaging in counter programming by airing a teen drama and game show respectively. At 8:00 ABC shows Wipeout (#2). CBS counters by airing their own top rated show, NCIS (#6), in the same time slot. The other networks seem to be in greater competition with ABC as they all air a reality based show at the same time.

Thursday Primetime Lineup

Thursday Night

ABC- Drama & Reality
CBS- Reality & Drama
CW- Teen Dramas & local Programming
FOX- Reality Competitions & Local Programming
NBC- Reality Competition & Horror Drama

Block Programming
: On FOX Don’t Forget the Lyrics, a reality competition show, comes on from 8-9pm, and it is followed by So You Think You Can Dance, also a reality competition, that shows from 9-10pm. The CW also has block programming from 8-10pm with Smallville followed directly by Supernatural. Both of these shows are teen dramas.
Counter Programming: Counter programming occurs on ABC, CBS, and the CW from 8-9pm. ABC shows a comedy drama, Ugly Betty, CBS shows a reality show called Big Brother, and the CW shows Smallville which is a teen drama. Another example of counter programming occurs from 10-11pm between ABC and CBS. ABC shows Hopkins which is a reality real-life hospital show, and CBS shows a drama called Flashpoint. These shows are very different and obviously trying to appeal to different audiences.

CBS seems to be targeting crime drama groups with the programs aimed at a more mature audience. FOX’s programs are more lighthearted shows that the family can watch together, and they have an emphasis on reality programming. The CW shows are targeting a younger demographic. They seem to want to be known as the station for the younger crowd. ABC’s programming is targeting people in their 20s-30s, a younger professional audience with a slightly edgier take.

CSI on CBS was rated #9 and Grey’s Anatomy on ABC was rated #10 for the 2007-2008 season. They are both top rated drama programs but CSI is a crime drama and Grey’s Anatomy is a hospital drama. Both shows are on from 9-10pm so the networks obviously were trying to appeal to different audiences while putting their best shows against each other. So You Think You Can Dance on FOX was the #8 rated show last week. It also comes on at the same time as CSI and Grey’s Anatomy, but it differs from the other two because it is a reality show. FOX tried to go in an entirely different direction using reality instead of drama.

Kim McComas, Ashley Bridges, Becky Sanchez, Bianca Morin

Tuesday TV Schedule


ABC -Reality Competition
CBS -Drama and Reality Competition
CW -Reality and Drama/Comedy
FOX -Reality and Drama
NBC -Reality Gameshow

Block Programming:
On ABC, Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show are both reality competition shows on a single network back to back. On NBC, Celebrity Family Feud and America's Got Talent are both consecutive competition/game shows on a single network as well.
Counter Programming:
Wipeout on ABC which is a reality competition show is on during NCIS on CBS is an action/drama show. Both of these shows are programmed from 8 to 9 and are different types of shows to attract different audiences. Also, Big Brother a reality competition show is programmed during House M.D., which is a medical/drama. Both these shows are programmed from 9 to 10, and CBS and FOX are trying to attract a different audience with each show.

One similarity between these programs besides genres is that the programs appeal more to an audience that wants a good laugh. Either it be from Wipeout, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, or America's Got Talent these are all humorous shows. Also, one similarity between each network is that they all have some sort of reality show, whether it be a reality competition or a love reality, each offers a great reality show.
ABC and NBC brands itself with reality shows, which have been gaining more of an audience. Also, FOX has more of a drama identity whether it be with a reality or sitcom.

2007-2008 End of Season:
#8 House(FOX) and #14 NCIS(CBS) - Both are dramas yet these two shows are not competing with each other because they are on at different times and different networks.
Weekly TV Ratings:
#2 Wipeout(ABC), #1 America's Got Talent(NBC), #6 NCIS(CBS), and #10 House M.D.(FOX)
Wipeout and America's Got Talent are not competing with each other either because they are programmed at different times and with different networks.
ABC and NBC are programming 1.5 hour reality shows during a 1 hour of House to appeal to a completely different audience. Also making the reality shows longer so maybe the viewers from House can catch the last 30min. of the reality shows. Also, during NCIS(CBS) every other network are programming a reality show. This is more of a competition between the reality shows if a viewer does not want to watch NCIS.

Erin and Mike


Lori, Tracy

1. Genres

ABC- Reality and Drama
CBS- News, Reality and Drama
CW- Drama, Sitcom and Comedy
FOX- Sitcom, Reality and Local Programming
NBC- News and Action

2. Two examples of block programing:

On FOX ,Till Death airs from 7-8:00pm, and The Simpsons airs from 8-9:00pm. Both of these shows are sitcoms and are shown back to back.
On CW Everybody Hates Chris is shown at 8:00pm and at Aliens in America comes on right after at 8:30pm. Both of these shows are sitcoms.

Two examples of counter programing:

On NBC, Football and Desperate Houswives are considered counter programming because they attract different audiences. Desperate Houswives is a drama while Football is considered action.

On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos which is a reality show is shown at the same time that NBC shows Dateline NBC which is news.

3. ABC, CBS and FOX all seem to have reality shows. Being that it is Sunday, I feel that they are trying to target families to watch these shows. All these reality shows are different and funny to watch. Also, I noticed that CBS and NBC both have news on at the same time. I believe they are targeting an older audience.

4. Desperate Housewives on ABC was rated #6. NBC Sunday Night Football was rated #11. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was rated #20. Both Desperate Housewives and NBC Sunday Night Football are both shown at the same time. One show is a drama while the other is pure action. I believe that ABC is trying to appeal to women to watch Desperate Housewives, because NBC is aware that most men will be watching football.