The Skinny: The winter version of the Television Critics Assn. press tour kicks off today in Pasadena. Are you as excited as I am? Actually, it's not so bad (good schmoozing and free food) and I love racing up and down the 110 Freeway (hope no traffic cops are reading this). Today's roundup includes
Daily Dose: The WWE's decision to launch an Internet-distributed network (see below) will leave cable and satellite operators with a tough decision. Do they continue to partner with WWE on pay-per-view events even though said events will also be on the new network? None were talking on the record Wednesday, but WWE chief Vince McMahon is hoping they'll figure that even though the new online network will likely take a bite out of pay-per-view, it is still found money for distributors.
A new move. Wrestling kingpin Vince McMahon is going over the top. No, that's not some move he'll be showing off at a pay-per-view event, it's how the WWE will distribute its new network that will debut next month. Rather than launch a traditional channel distributed by cable and satellite operators, WWE's channel will be streamed over the Internet (known as over-the-top, or OTT) at a cost of $9.99 per month for subscribers. It's a big gamble and if successful, could lead to more OTT channels. Details on the WWE's network from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press.
Have to admire his spunk. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, 90 year-old Viacom and CBS Chairman
The right stock. The gradual overhaul at
Burning questions. Television's second season is underway. The networks are back in original episodes and starting to premiere new shows as well. That means it's time for burning questions. Among the topics TV Guide attempts to address is what Jay Leno will do after his "Tonight Show" gig ends and whether
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