After the coffee. Before getting through two upfronts in one day.
The Skinny: It's a beautiful day here in New York. Too bad I'll spend it indoors at the NBC and
Daily Dose: British entertainment giant ITV has struck a deal to take a controlling interest in High Noon Entertainment, the reality production company behind such cable TV hits as "Cake Boss" on
Long week. This is -- as many of you probably already know -- upfront week, which is when the networks unveil their fall schedules to advertisers. The broadcast networks used to be the Holy Grail of television. But now, as cable continues to gobble up viewers and
NBC bets on Fox. NBC unveiled its fall schedule on Sunday, and it includes a new sitcom starring Michael J. Fox and a drama called "The Blacklist" starring James Spader. Back for a second season is
Out the door? Looks like Bruce Rosenblum, the chief executive of the Warner Bros. TV Group, is exiting. Rosenblum's departure is not a complete surprise given that he was passed over earlier this year as the successor to Barry Meyer as chief executive of all of Warner Bros. in favor of Kevin Tsujihara, who had headed the studio's home entertainment unit. Peter Roth, head of Warner Bros. TV, the creative unit of the Warner Bros. TV Group, is expected to assume additional responsibilities along with executives Jeff Schlesinger and Craig Hunegs. Read more from the Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood.
What will they think of next? ABC is going to start live streaming its network to tablets and mobile phones. Even though we live in a digital age, this is not as easy as it sounds. There are lots of hurdles involving the clearance of rights for programs as well as getting the network's affiliates on board. The first markets to offer "Watch ABC" will be New York and Philadelphia, then it's to gradually roll out to other parts of the country. Details on the initiative from the Los Angeles Times and Reuters.
Hope the view from retirement is good. TV legend
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