After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR.
The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the
Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at
Midnight rider dismounts. William Hurt will no longer play Gregg Allman in the biopic "Midnight Rider," the movie that suspended production in February after
No neutral opinions. Later this morning, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to circulate a proposal for new open Internet or so-called net neutrality regulations. An early story from the Wall Street Journal on the proposal said the rules would allow Internet providers to charge companies a fee for access to faster lanes on the Web. This has sparked outrage among media watchdogs who fear it will benefit big and powerful companies, harm smaller companies and limit diversity of expression on the Web. The FCC said speculation that the open Internet rules are being gutted are "flat out wrong." Additional coverage from the Los Angeles Times.
What's it all mean? Wednesday's news that HBO was selling reruns to
Tough talk. Advertisers sound like they are not eager to shell out more money to advertise on broadcast television. With increased competition from online video and cable, the broadcast networks may be hard-pressed to record increases in ad revenue when they sell commercial inventory for the new fall TV season. Variety on the pressure advertisers will try to exert.
Ready for the spotlight. John Oliver goes from sidekick to center stage with his new HBO show "Last Week Tonight," which premieres this Sunday. Oliver rose to prominence on