The Skinny: Finally heading home after a week and a half in New York. Hope my cats remember me and didn't tear our place up. Friday's headlines include the weekend box-office preview, some thoughts on the network upfronts and
Daily Dose: The producers of Thursday's final episode of
Live long and prosper. "
Young and beautiful. There's nothing like going to a
X's and O's. The broadcast networks are rolling out lots of new comedies in the fall, despite their struggles in the genre this season. Also, in a smart move, the networks are embracing the idea of doing more series with fewer episodes. Rather than one drama with 22 episodes, they are scheduling two with 13 episodes or so. That way they don't have to have so many reruns. Because Amazon and
Match point. ESPN has snagged the rights package for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. One of the biggest events in the sport,
Who you calling inefficient?
Hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb's efforts to get
to spin off its entertainment assets have both fired up and annoyed many on the Sony lot, per the
. Though there is agreement among studio brass that the unit's assets are under-valued, they didn't like that Loeb also questioned how their financial performance compared with that of other studios.
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