The Morning Fix: GM is bankrupt but DeLorean is hot again; Letterman near new deal; Boston Globe woes continue

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After the coffee. Before reading all the game three hype.

Put Craig Ferguson and Jon Stewart on ice for a few more years. CBS is near a new deal with David Letterman that will keep his show going through the 2011-2012 season. The deal, which had been expected, will be cheaper for the network than previous deals, says The Hollywood Reporter, although its unclear whether the host himself will be taking a pay cut from his estimated $30 million-plus annual salary.

If only there had been this much interest in buying his car. Variety’s Mike Fleming reports that there are three competing John DeLorean movies in the works. The late swashbuckling auto executive developed the Pontiac GTO and later attempted to launch his own brand, the DeLorean, made famous by ‘Back to the Future.’ Legal troubles including charges of cocaine smuggling (which he eventually beat in court) dragged him down.

So what’s the latest on Abu Dhabi Media Company’s film plans? The Wrap tries to sort through myriad deals including the $500 million pact with Warner Bros. that one studio insider describes as ‘stuck in neutral.’


With the digital switch days away, The Los Angeles Times looks at how broadcasters will try to use their spectrum to get into mobile business.

There must be a pony in here somewhere. Journalist/professor/blogger Alan Mutter on life after print. Yes, there could be life after print! The new iPhone might have a role in it as well, says Valleywag. Will any of it be in time to save the Boston Globe, whose union just rejected the latest pay cut deal (deal seems like such an odd word when writing about pay cuts) from its owner The New York Times?

In today’s Los Angeles Times. Was it real or staged? Scott Collins looks at the rash of stunts lately (Eminem and Bruno, ‘I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!’) in an effort to determine what’s real. Patrick Goldstein on what Warner Bros. got right with ‘The Hangover’ and what Universal got wrong (what didn’t it get wrong?) with ‘Land of the Lost.’

-- Joe Flint