After the coffee. Before the start of another TV Press Tour.
The Skinny: I've watched two episodes of HBO's "The Leftovers" and I still have no idea what's going on. Needless to say, this Sunday could determine whether I stick with it or not. And no, I didn't read the book. Tuesday's roundup includes a look at whether an Emmy win is actually good for more than the ego. Also, concern about another Comcast deal and the summer box office is slumping.
Daily Dose: Now that the National Football League's settlement to compensate retired players for head injuries suffered while playing has been approved by a federal judge, look for the league and DirecTV to finally wrap up a new deal for the Sunday Ticket TV package. The league office has an agreement with the satellite broadcaster ready to go but it still needs approval from team owners.
That and $2 will get you a coffee at Starbucks. Emmy nominations will be announced early Thursday. Angelenos have no doubt seen all the "For Your Consideration" ads on buses and billboards as well as in this paper and the trades. While an Emmy win provides a feel-good moment on national television, can it really help boost a show in the ratings or increase the amount advertisers spend on it? The Los Angeles Times looks at what the potential payoffs are from an Emmy win.
Too much knowledge? Will Comcast's latest deal give it too much of a competitive advantage? No, we're not talking about the cable giant's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable. We're talking about its acquisition of FreeWheel Media in April. What's FreeWheel Media, you ask? They are a company that, among other things, has technology that places ads on tablets and phones. The Wall Street Journal reports that many networks are quietly grumbling that Comcast's purchase of FreeWheel Media will give it access to lots of inside information about their competition's advertising business.
Summer bummer. Apparently I'm not the only one who has steered clear of the multiplex lately. Box office this summer is down 20% compared to a year ago. The summer doldrums likely mean that this year won't top last year's record box office for Hollywood. Variety on Hollywood's sad summer.
Not laughing. A sleeping fan caught on video at a Yankee game in April is suing ESPN for poking fun at him during the telecast. He wants $10 million. If he wins, look for me at Dodger stadium either napping or pulling a George Costanza and making a pig out of myself with a bowl of ice cream. More on the suit from the New York Post. The funny thing is the video is going to get a lot more attention now, thanks to the lawsuit. It was the lead story on Tuesday's "Today." D'oh!
Not the retiring kind. Retired TV and movie professionals who reside at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement home are staying active by making TV shows such as "Law & Disorder" for the in-house network there. The Wall Street Journal with this lovely story about old pros not ready to call it a day.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Glenn Whipp looks at the Emmy competition in advance of Thursday's nominations.
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