After the coffee. Before rooting for the Tigers to beat the A's.
The Skinny: How do the St. Louis Cardinals do it? Every year they are in the running. That is some smart management and the Dodgers will have their work cut out for them. Thursday's headlines include a deal between Comcast and Twitter, clouds over Katie Couric's daytime show and CBS overhauls its struggling Monday night lineup.
Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Communications is in another spat with a broadcaster. This time its United Communications Corp., which owns TV stations in upstate New York and Minnesota. But all is still quiet with Dish and Walt Disney Co. The two still don't have a deal for Dish to carry Disney's ESPN and ABC networks and are operating under a short-term extension of their current pact, which expired last month.Los Angeles Times, All Things Digital and the New York Times.
Bleak future. A daytime TV show starring Katie Couric was supposed to be a slam dunk. After all, America loved her as host of NBC's "Today." But the transistion to afternoons has proven tough for Couric. Ratings for her show have not lived up to expectations and there has been a lot of executive turmoil behind the scenes. The Hollywood Reporter says the odds of a third season of her show are long. If Couric's show does disappear, don't be surprised if she reunites with her old boss Jeff Zucker, who now runs CNN.
Manic Monday. After two weeks of very low ratings, CBS has yanked the new comedy "We Are Men." It's also moving "2 Broke Girls," which is also off to a slow start this season. Coming back to Mondays is "Mike and Molly." Not moving or getting pulled yet is the new drama "Hostages," which also has been disappointing. The Los Angeles Times on the shuffle.
Poison box office? William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" set the bar for romantic drama. But all these years later, will audiences embrace yet another version of the classic, especially when the ending is kind of a bummer. USA Today looks at the film's chances.
First Monday in October. Broadcasters are looking to take their battle with Aereo -- the start-up that streams the signals of local TV stations to consumers -- to the Supreme Court. Aereo has already beaten back challenges to its legality from broadcasters (including Fox and CBS) in lower courts. Variety says broadcasters will file a petition with the high court by next week seeking a review of previous decisions.
Say no to Rupe. Advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services is advocating that shareholders of 21st Century Fox vote against reelecting Chairman Rupert Murdoch and President Chase Carey. No, this isn't about the politics of the company, which owns Fox News, this is about a poison pill and the structure of the company. Details from the Wall Street Journal.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Randy Lewis on William Shatner's latest musical effort, "Ponder the Mystery."
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