After the coffee. Before trying to snag Yankee - Met tickets for next week.
The Skinny: Did you catch the first two episodes of FX's "Louie?" It's as painful to watch as ever and still hilarious. Props to
Daily Dose: Consolidation among reality producers continues with ITV taking an 80% stake in Leftfield Entertainment Group for $360 million with an option to acquire the remaining 20%. Leftfield has 26 shows commissioned for 2014. Its biggest hit is "Pawn Stars." ITV also recently acquired Gurney Productions and High Noon Entertainment.
Is the glass half empty or half full. Heading into upfront week ABC can boast of having some of TV's most-watched comedies and dramas in
Don't mess with our money. CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves did a pop-in at the Federal Communications Commission late last week. In town for the White House Correspondents' Assn. dinner, Moonves met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to discuss retransmission consent, which is the money CBS and other broadcasters get from pay-TV distributors that carry their content. Cable and satellite operators think broadcasters have too much leverage in retransmission negotiations and have been pushing for regulatory changes. Details on the meeting from Broadcasting & Cable.
Take that! Last week, episodes of the CBS hit
Sticking around. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has renewed Chief Executive Dawn Hudson's contract for three more years. Priorities for the years ahead include making sure Oscar ratings grow or at least stay stable and building the academy's new Miracle Mile museum. Coverage from Deadline Hollywood.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: "Taken 3" has Georgia on its mind.