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'Jersey Boys' may not sing. Why Univision is a tough sell.

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Morning Fix: 'Jersey Boys' may get stuck on turnpike. Why Univision is a tough sell.
Morning Fix: Comedy glut is bad news for cable networks. Relativity eyes IPO.

After the coffee. Before getting ready for the first day of summer.

The Skinny: I'm thinking a little about my father, who would have been 83 today. Our relationship was complex to say the least, but he was a top-notch journalist whose career was an inspiration. Oh, and like me he was a curmudgeon. Today's roundup includes the weekend box-office preview. Also a look at why no one is jumping up to buy Univision.

Daily Dose: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw came as close to pitching perfection as one can imagine Wednesday night. Unfortunately, a large portion of Dodgers fans missed his remarkable performance because of the lack of distribution for the team-owned channel SportsNet LA Currently available only on Time Warner Cable, which is the team's distribution partner, Kershaw's no-hitter was viewed by only 52,000 people. Sorry Dodger fans, no new updates on negotiations between Time Warner Cable and DirecTV and other distributors. It will be a long season.

Stuck on the turnpike. "Jersey Boys," the musical about the Four Seasons singing group, was a smash on Broadway but that may not translate to a big box-office take. The Clint Eastwood-directed movie is expected to take in about $13 million in its debut weekend. Projected to be on top of the box office is "Think Like a Man Too" starring Kevin Hart. The comedy sequel to 2012's "Think Like a Man" should make about $30 million, which should be enough to top last week's champ "22 Jump Street." Weekend box-office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Nada. On paper, Spanish-language broadcaster Univision should be very appealing to other media giants. But a high price tag, heavy debt load and complex ownership structure has the usual suspects saying adios when Univision comes knocking looking for a new daddy. The Los Angeles Times on the challenges Univision is facing in trying to find a buyer.

Do investors get their own helicopters? Relativity Media, Ryan Kavanaugh's movie and television production company, is working on launching an initial public offering within the next two years. Besides being a budding Hollywood mogul, Kavanaugh is also known for his helicopter use, which has sometimes gotten him in hot water. More on Relativity from Bloomberg.

No laughing matter. The lack of hit sitcoms on broadcast networks is not just bad news for them. Cable networks count on comedy reruns to fill their schedules. Just look at how often "The Big Bang Theory" and "Family Guy" are on TBS. USA is running "Modern Family" to death. Unfortunately, there is no new hit comedy on the horizon. TBS shelled out big bucks for "Two Broke Girls," but its ratings have fallen dramatically and it probably won't be the rerun hit TBS wants. The Wall Street Journal on the fallout from the comedy drought.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Jersey Boys." Betsy Sharkey on "Think Like a Man Too."

Follow me on Twitter and I'll sing you a song. @JBFlint.

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