After the coffee. Before seeing how "24" did in the ratings.
The Skinny: Our website has a brand new look, so be sure and take it all in and spread the good word. Today's roundup includes a look at Dawn Hudson's tenure as CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Also, NBC is in better shape than usual heading into upfront week and Jimmy Kimmel has renewed his deal with ABC.
Daily Dose: Former NBC News President Steve Capus has landed a new TV gig as executive producer of "The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley." Capus succeeds Patricia Shevlin, who left the position at the end of March to join "60 Minutes." Capus, who left NBC News last year, also will serve as an executive editor of CBS News.
Judgment Day. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chief Executive Dawn Hudson is expected to find out tonight if her contract will be renewed by the Academy's board of governors. During her three years in office, Hudson has been praised for pressing for more diversity in the organization. However, she also has been criticized for her spending habits and desire to extend the power of her position to new areas including membership. The Los Angeles Times on Hudson.
Islamic law and Hollywood don't mix. Hollywood power players are backing away from associating with the Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by the tiny country Brunei, which has imposed new laws against homosexuality and adultery. The “Night Before the Oscars,” a fund-raiser for the Motion Picture and Television Fund, had indicated it will find a new locale. Jay Leno was among those protesting in front of the hotel Tuesday. More from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
What won't he try? Most people who create a hit cartoon would be happy with that. But "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is never one to shy away from risk. Whether its making a movie about a talking teddy bear, hosting a major awards show or remaking a classic educational series, MacFarlane is always on the move. Now he tries his hand as movie star with "A Million Ways to Die in the West." Variety hangs out with MacFarlane.
On the rise. For the first time in many years, NBC will have good news when it unveils its fall schedule to advertisers next week in New York. The Peacock network has seen ratings growth this season and it isn't all just because of Sunday Night Football and Summer Olympic. New dramas "The Blacklist" and "Chicago P.D." have delivered for the network. Still, Thursday is a disaster and Sunday without football needs a lot of work. A look at NBC on the eve of upfronts from Vulture.
Staying put. While NBC has remodeled its late-night lineup and CBS is about to do the same, ABC is sticking with its hand. The network has renewed Jimmy Kimmel for another two seasons, according to the New York Times. That's the news equivalent of a plane landing safely.
Confusing ballot. Emmy nominations won't be released for another couple of months, but already there are debates about the categories some shows are competing in. For example, HBO entered "True Detective" in the drama category instead of miniseries even though next year, the show will have a brand new cast. Showtime then decided "Shameless" is a comedy, not a drama. TV Guide looks at the moves some shows are making in hopes of better positioning themselves for an Emmy nomination.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Before there was "The Wire" and "The Shield," there was "Hill Street Blues," which has been re-released on DVD.
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