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This Week in TV News: Emmy Nominations and a ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot

By Mikayla Shunk
07/19/19 2 MIN READ

We’re talking about (yet another) series reboot, Emmy nominations and snubs and cable’s economic impact in the U.S.

Emmy nominations are out. As usual, there are plenty of surprise nominees (including Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s “Fleabag” and Eugene and Dan Levy’s “Schitt’s Creek”) and surprise snubs (including Julia Roberts in “Homecoming,” the movie star’s first TV show and Kieran Culkin in “Succession”). Check out Vulture’s entire list of shocking snubs and nominees. (Vulture)

Gen X shop on social and mobile. Xers use mobile apps for a variety of shopping purposes. More than half of U.S. smartphone/tablet owners from 35 to 54 said they had used a mobile retail app to seek out info about a product or service (61%) or to transact a purchase (54%), according to eMarketer/Bizrate Insights. But the generation doesn’t want to be inundated with ads on social or mobile. More than half (56%) of respondents for a separate poll from Morning Consult said there is too much advertising on the social platforms they use. (eMarketer)

Xoxo, Gossip Girl. Seven years after the ending of the hit show “Gossip Girl” last aired, WarnerMedia plans to recreate the show with a new plot and cast. The 10 episodes will take place eight years after the original Gossip Girl website shutdown and will dive into how social media and New York itself has changed throughout the past seven years. (Deadline)

Cable’s $450 billion economic impact. The cable industry, including broadband and phone businesses and programmers, accounted for $450 billion of the American economic impact for 2018, up $29 billion over last year, according to a Bortz Media & Sports Group report. The number counts the three million U.S. jobs the industry provides, as well as investments in services. Over the last 20 years, Bortz found, the industry has invested $290 billion in infrastructure and networks. (Multichannel News).

See last week’s TV trends.