After the coffee. Before figuring out how to make May last longer.
The Skinny: I caught most of the Don Rickles roast/tribute on Spike on Wednesday night. It was pretty entertaining, although I'm not really sure what having newscaster Brian Williams brought to the festivities. Nothing against Williams, who was his usual witty self, but he's not a comedian, he's a TV journalist. Today's roundup includes coverage of Apple's purchase of Beats. Also, a new tax credit bill aimed to slow runaway production in California passed the Assembly.
Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish said it will now accept customer payments in
The California Assembly approved a bill that would increase a state tax credit for movie and film production to as much as $400 million a year. The bill also widens the criteria to be eligible for the credit. The current $100-million tax credit excludes movies with production budgets north of $75 million. TV dramas are also not able to participate. The bill now moves to the state Senate, where the fight for survival will be tough. Also, there is no guarantee that Gov. Jerry Brown will sign it if it does hit his desk. More on the bill from the
On the beats. Apple is shelling out $3 billion for Beats Electronics, the parent of a growing new music streaming service and maker of high-quality headphones that is headed by legendary producer Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. For Apple, the deal puts a budding competitor to its
Slow start. Normally, cable programming giant
Someone's missing. The writer's room at the hit sitcom
The show that just won't go away. According to Deadline Hollywood,
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara says NBC's "Undateable" is unwatchable.