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FCC weighs laws blocking local internet providers from competing with telecoms — Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler has a problem. By 2015, the regulator wants at least one city in every state to have super-fast internet. The companies that provide that service? Not so much.

Expect to Hear a Lot More about L+7 Gains Now That Ratings Are Way Down — There's a problem with the metric that TV networks are asking everyone in the media to look at when it comes to viewership: At least from an advertising perspective, it includes unicorns. This season more than ever before, networks are trumpeting live-plus-seven (L+7, or L7) viewership, the metric Nielsen uses to measure everybody who watched the show on DVR within a week of the original air date.

Here Comes Katherine Heigl's New Show — State of Affairs, as we observed back in September, has some problems. But it also has a high budget, a bankable star and a time slot after NBC's flagship show, The Voice, as well as viewers who probably forgot The Blacklist is on hiatus until next year.

The Definitive Ranking of Every Single Adult Swim Show Running — The Definitive Ranking of Every Single Adult Swim Show Running | Adweek

Viacom Owns Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV and If You Own a Piece of Them, You’re in Luck — As usual, Viacom is doomed. People have been preaching the End of Days for the company since Tom Freston left and was replaced by Philippe Dauman in 2006, and yet it still trundles along, making quite a bit of money despite myriad objections to its programming decisions, its executive appointments and its advertising strategy (Spike, at one point, was airing a 38-minute hour).

Casper Kelly's Amazing 11-Minute Credits Sequence for Adult Swim's Infomercials — Adult Swim lifer and writer Casper Kelly has really outdone himself with this one: Too Many Cooks, an 11-minute credits sequence for the show Infomercials, runs the gamut from sitcom to space opera to Twin Peaks-style surreal thriller and back again.

Ex-Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly Lands a Top Job at Turner Running TNT and TBS — Kevin Reilly, the former chairman of Fox, has been out of a job since just after the upfronts in May. Now, he's landed one of the most interesting gigs in cable television-running TNT and TBS. The executive has been named chief content officer.

Are DirecTV Customers Going to Lose AMC in the Middle of The Walking Dead? — Ah, November: The Christmas decorations are going up, flights home are getting expensive, and networks are going to war with cable providers.

Our Halloween Broadcast Report on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox — Our Halloween Broadcast Report on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox | Adweek

OK Go Guys Ride Tiny Little Honda Unicycles in Their Fantastic New Video — Does OK Go release albums? Like, full-blown records with multiple songs on them? I don't know. I don't care. Their videos are enough for all of us. Japanese creative agency Mori Inc. is behind this one. (You may remember creative director Morihiro Harano, who created that giant xylophone in the woods in that 2011 smartphone ad.)
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Nov 21, 2014

RT @WaltHickey: Benghazi report + immigration announcement = Thanksgiving dinners across America are getting hella truculent next week

Nov 21, 2014

RT @tonymedia: When did @intel decide Jim Parsons would be the perfect pitchman? When it saw him on @Adweek cover at @mcgarrybowen…

Nov 21, 2014

@felixsalmon @johnjcook @sarahlyall has to do with being a contractor, right? like manual laborers ride around in white vans?

Nov 21, 2014

@blunderbussed @jeffvandermeer WHOA. I have the paperbacks but this is so awesome I may have to buy it again.

Nov 21, 2014

everyone is innocent until proven guilty except women who talk about how they were assaulted, apparently

Nov 21, 2014

RT @f_francavilla: Check out the amazing colors old pal @Jeremy_Colwell put today on a pinup I did for @TheBlackBeetle some time ago! :)

Nov 21, 2014

the EU wants to break up google. related: people in Hell want ice water

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