After the coffee. Before making sure "The Americans" is on my DVR.
The Skinny: Very excited that FX's "The Americans" is back Wednesday night. If you're not watching, start. It will easily fill the void left by the shark-jumping "Homeland." I'm also strangely excited for the rain we're supposed to get. Today's Fix includes a preview of this Sunday's Oscars and a look at the museum the movie academy is building. Also, more stories about the challenges the Dodgers channel is facing getting distributed.
Daily Dose: Broadcasters are hoping that the daughter of a Supreme Court justice can help persuade the high court that Aereo -- the start-up service that distributes local TV signals via the Internet -- is illegal and needs to be shutdown. In their filing in advance of arguments before the Supreme Court, the broadcasters cited work critical of a lower court ruling favoring Aereo by Jane Ginsburg, daughter of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Too close to call. This Sunday's Oscars is gearing up to be one of the toughest to predict in years, particularly in the best picture category, where "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" are expected to duke it out. The Los Angeles Times looks at this year's show and the challenges folks may have with their office pool as well as a peek behind the scenes at all the work that goes into pulling off the Oscars.
No more trouble with the curve. Warner Bros. scored a quick knockout in a suit filed by a writer claiming the studio stole the idea for the Clint Eastwood drama "Trouble With the Curve" from his script. In a summary judgment, a federal judge ruled in favor of Warner Bros. and against screenwriter Ryan Brooks. More on the ruling from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Real trouble with the curve. As reported last week in the Los Angeles Times, SportsNet LA, the Dodgers-owned network that Time Warner Cable distributes, is getting shut out by other distributors. The network launched Tuesday without carriage from DirecTV, Cox, FiOS and other area distributors. The issue is the fee Time Warner Cable is seeking for the channel. The regular season is a month away so no need to hit the panic button yet. USA Today and Bloomberg weigh in with their own stories. Hey, the network just signed Larry King for a show, so that should solve everything!
But will there be enough parking? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences planned museum in the old May Co. building (a few blocks from my mansion) is trying to walk a fine line between serious institution devoted to the art of film and cheesy tourist attraction that will draw the masses. With $300 million being spent, perhaps it can afford to be both. The Hollywood Reporter goes inside the plans for the museum and the debates about what it should and shouldn't be.
Ignorance as a defense. Former News Corp. tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks said she was unaware of any phone hacking at News of the World while she was in charge. Accused of phone hacking and obstructing justice, Brooks said she not only didn't know about any hacking at her paper, she also didn't that it was illegal. More on the hacking trial from the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by News Corp.
Solid debut. Although some of the critics were disappointed in Seth Meyers' first show, the numbers were very encouraging. Not that what I think matters, but I caught the show and thought (a) Meyers' monologue was too long, (b) he needs better bits (or no bits) and (c) he needs a bigger desk. The New York Times on the ratings.
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