The Skinny: I finally finished the season finale of "Newsroom" last night. That was some serious torture, particularly the last few minutes thanks to that butchering of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door." Tuesday's roundup includes a look at Queen Latifah as she tries another daytime show. Also, fears of a ratings falloff in the new TV season has executives nervous.
Daily Dose: HBO usually makes its own TV shows. But lately it is starting to acquire more programs from outside suppliers and Monday it announced a 10-episode order from
The Queen returns. On Monday, Queen Latifah's new daytime talk show made its debut. For Latifah, this is the second time she is giving daytime a try. She had a short-lived talker that launched almost 15 years ago and lasted only two seasons. This time around, she's got some big guns in her corner including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Lenny Kravitz. The Los Angeles Times on Latifah's second attempt to establish a reign in daytime.
Fearing the worst. A new TV season is getting underway this month -- Fox is already launching new shows this week-- but executives are very concerned about what the ratings will look like. Earlier this month, I reported on the highly unusual gathering of executives from Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC and the media to discuss new technologies and a changing media landscape. The takeaway seemed to be, numbers will be lower this year. Now Vulture weighs in with its own piece about the fears filling the heads of broadcast network executives about how the numbers will look this fall. Deadline Hollywood also offers a look at what each network needs to have a winning a season.
Taking the oath. Leonardo DiCaprio wants to play Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president who led America into World War I and then fell into ill health toward the end of his second term. The movie is based on A. Scott Berg's biography of Wilson. Playing a president is usually a pretty thankless job (how many people have tried to do JFK?) but if you are going to give it a go, portray one who served before television. More on DiCaprio and Wilson from the Hollywood Reporter.
Football vs. football. Fox, which has the U.S. rights to the 2022 World Cup, is concerned about host country Qatar's wish to move the tournament from the summer months to winter. This, of course, would put the World Cup in direct conflict with the network's National Football League coverage. According to Bloomberg, 21st Century Fox executives have expressed their dissatisfaction to FIFA, which oversees the World Cup.
Unworthy? "Glee" star Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose earlier this summer, will be part of a select group of recently deceased actors who will be remembered in a special memorial tribute. This is beyond the usual flash of pictures that are commonplace during award shows. But does Monteith's short resume really merit inclusion into such a special event that will also honor James Gandolfini and Jean Stapleton, whose Tony Soprano and Edith Bunker are two of the most memorable television characters ever? Variety editor Andrew Wallenstein says no.
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