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After the coffee. Before yelling at Sprint about my messed up phone.

The Skinny: I realize I should have asked this question 12 years ago, but how did "King of Queens" persuade William Hurt to do an episode? It wasn't bad either. Today's roundup includes the WWE shopping its biggest shows. Also, Netflix is at odds with Internet service providers. Last, Jimmy Fallon has a solid opening night.

Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable is starting to let some area subscribers know that their monthly bills are about to go up. The cable operator blames the increase on "the rates that TV networks and program providers are charging us." A reader who forwarded the note to me wondered if one of those program providers was in fact Time Warner Cable, which will be carrying SportsNet LA, the new and expensive TV home of the Dodgers.

Shop around. Unable to come to terms on a new deal with NBCUniversal, the WWE is officially shopping "Raw" and "Smackdown," its two biggest shows. "Raw" averages almost 5 million viewers on NBCU's USA Network while "Smackdown" brings in around 3 million viewers for Syfy. WWE is seeking a big rights fee increase that is apparently more than NBCU wants to pay. NBCU will have some ability to attempt to match any offer WWE gets from another network. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll       

A strong start. Jimmy Fallon's opening night as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" drew more than 11 million viewers. That's a solid number although less than what Jay Leno got when he said goodbye a couple of weeks ago. Fallon had the bonus of an Olympic lead-in but the drawback of a midnight start. Honestly, the numbers will reveal more in a few months than they do now, but we obsess nonetheless. Details from the New York Times.

Traffic jam. Does your stream of "House of Cards" seem slow? It may be because of traffic jams on the Internet and a spat between Netflix and some of the big Internet service providers over whether the entertainment company should pay extra for all the space it is taking up. This is not a net neutrality debate. It is a business dispute, notes the Wall Street Journal, which says Google and Facebook are already paying a little extra for faster connections to their networks. Complicated stuff. All I know is that for whatever reason, my Netflix stream is much better on the TV than it is on my computer. I have no idea if that has something to do with this traffic jam feud or something else.

REVIEW: 'House of Cards' plays new hand with brutal resolve (spoiler alert)

Estate planning. Media mogul and John Malone, who at 72 is still a force in the industry, is thinking of the future. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the Liberty Media chairman said Discovery Chief David Zaslav would have right of first refusal to buy his 29% stake in Discovery Communications. Liberty Global head Michael Fries will have the same option for Malone's holdings in that company. Details from the Wall Street Journal.

Bad religion. Paramount Pictures blasted Variety for a story on a survey by an outfit called Faith Driven Consumers and suggesting that religious viewers will reject the studio's movie "Noah." The question in the survey asked was: “As a Faith Driven Consumer, are you satisfied with a biblically themed movie – designed to appeal to you – which replaces the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood?” Variety took the negative response and applied it to "Noah," even though the question did not mention that movie. Paramount said tracking for the movie was fine. Maybe the lesson here is not to use a vague survey to jump to a conclusion in the hopes of driving Web traffic. More from the Hollywood Reporter and Deadline Hollywood

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Two employees of famed visual effects house Rhythm & Hues, which filed for bankruptcy protection last year, have made "Life After Pi," a documentary about the woes the shop has endured.

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