In recent years, I've found that I'm becoming increasingly interested in the business of things. As in, the business of Major League Baseball, or the NBA or NFL. TV is no different. I love my favorite shows like Lost, the Office and 30 Rock, but I also like getting a window into how the businesses operate.
Tim Goodman of the SF Chronicle has been writing an excellent series about the TV business. This isn't hardcore stuff, but it's really informative and has the Tim Goodman humor sprinkled in. He's using the "Upfronts" where TV execs show advertisers previews of their new show as a window into the business.
Here are a couple articles I like:
Upfronts, a season of decisions, decisions
Networks Hope to Do More with Less