After the coffee. Before getting my DeSean Jackson Redskin jersey.
The Skinny: I watched the season premiere of "Mad Men" last night. No spoilers, but I will say it must be fun to be in charge of wardrobe on that show. Wednesday's roundup includes the latest on the Dodgers television mess. Also, Comcast's falling stock price isn't helping its deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, and Michael Strahan is going to start appearing on "Good Morning America."
Daily Dose: While many Dodger fans can't watch the team on TV (see below), Angel fans were out in full force for their opening game on Monday. Fox Sports West said the game delivered a 2.91 household rating, which was the team's best number ever in during its 23 years on that network. Guessing that as long as the Dodgers are only available to about one-third of the market, the Angels will get some new viewers.
Crying in their beer. Fans aren't the only ones shut out from Dodger baseball. Many bars and restaurants are also hurting because they don't get SportsNet LA, the team's new network. Many bars subscribe to DirecTV, which still doesn't have a deal to carry SportsNet LA. Some are adding Time Warner Cable, which distributes SportsNet LA and is the only major distributor offering the channel. The Los Angeles Times hits the bars and talks to some of the people left in the lurch by the distribution fight over SportsNet LA.
Losing value. Comcast's stock has slipped in recent days and that's lowered the value of its offer to take over Time Warner Cable. Of course, this sort of stock drop often happens after deals are announced and in this case there are some concerns about whether the deal will get through regulators. Although there are plenty of critics of the deal, my hunch is it gets through. Some on the street wonder, though, if the slipping value of the deal will create an opening for Charter Communications to make another play for Time Warner Cable. Analysis from the Wall Street Journal.
Tackling something new. Michael Strahan, co-host with Kelly Ripa of the syndicated morning show "Live with Kelly and Michael," is going to start popping up a lot on ABC's "Good Morning America." While the move was in the works prior to the popular Josh Elliott's departure to NBC, it's leaking out now so soon after the Elliott news seems like a public relations ploy. Strahan, according to CNN, will add "metaphoric testosterone" to the show.
Mad journey. AMC's "Mad Men" starts its long journey into the history books Sunday. The show about 1960s advertising executives dealing with a rapidly changing world (and boozing and womanizing their way through the decade) helped redefine the television drama and put AMC on the map. Variety sits with show creator Matt Weiner to discuss the creative process behind the show and the business hassles along the way.
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