The Morning Fix: Mouse shakeup! ‘Lion King’ back. Replacing Regis.


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After the coffee. Before asking what happens to Charlie Sheen’s arbitration now that he said he would have fired himself too.

The Skinny: I’m not sure what is more depressing to me: Dan Marino turning 50 or that it’s been 20 years since Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ was released. Either way it means I’m old. Friday’s headlines include a big shakeup at Disney Channels Worldwide; Netflix stock takes a pounding from investors after it forecasts a big subscriber loss, and the search for a replacement for Regis Philbin is on.


Another mouse leaves the house. After less than two years in the job, Carolina Lightcap is out as president of Disney Channels Worldwide, the unit that includes not only the Disney Channel cable network, but also Disney XD. Lightcap, who previously had been based at the Latin American operation for Disney Channels Worldwide, was seen as an unusual hire at the time if only because Gary Marsh, the head of programming for Disney Channel and the executive responsible for much of the channel’s success, didn’t get the job. Now it is Marsh’s to lose. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

The people speak. Shares in Netflix dropped by almost 20% Thursday after the company said it expected to lose more than half a million subscribers in the current quarter instead of adding the 400,000 it had previously anticipated. The reason for people bailing out of Netflix is that it raised its prices. Starting this month, Netflix created one plan for its Internet streaming and another for its DVD-by-mail offerings, each of which costs at least $7.99 a month. That translates to a price increase of as much as 60% for folks who enjoy both both delivery methods. Coverage and analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Where’d everybody go? A new TV season is days away, but will fewer people be checking out the new shows? That’s the question Business Week raises an article about consumers cutting the cord to their cable subscription in favor of finding shows online or waiting for them to show up on DVD or Netflix. To fight this, the networks -- both broadcast and cable -- are making it harder for consumers to see content online without having a cable subscription. Hey, it’s their programming so they can do what they want. I mean, what kind of industry gives away content on one platform that people pay to get on another? Oh wait. Nevermind.

Roaring again. This weekend, Disney is re-releasing its hit ‘The Lion King’ in 3-D and that may end up being the big winner at the box office. It will do battle with current box office champ ‘Contagion’ and three new movies, none of which are expected to be gangbusters. Perhaps, but don’t underestimate ‘Drive,’ starring Ryan Gosling, who girls will pay to see him watch paint dry. Box office projections from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Leaving us hanging. Don’t look for a replacement for Regis Philbin to be announced before he leaves the morning talk show ‘Live with Regis & Kelly’ by Nov. 18, which is his last day on the job. TV Guide chats up longtime ‘Live with Regis & Kelly’ producer Michael Gelman, who says basically it will be live audition time after Regis says goodbye for the last time. One could make the case that the show has had plenty of time to find a replacement and that this doesn’t bode well. On the other hand, you can pick someone and then find out later that the chemistry isn’t there or that the audience doesn’t react to them the way you’d hope. ‘We’re not looking to commit to someone and then have them be gone six months later,’ Gelman said. By the way, Michael, you can hit me up on Twitter or email when you want me to try out.

New world. Jason Fry, a sportswriter, has written a piece for Poynter about how social media is changing reporting. Although sports is his focus, many of his observations are worth all of us reading. Now you’ll understand why we’re such a nervous bunch.


Inside the Los Angeles Times: Scott Collins on why this year’s Emmy Awards are must-see TV. Rick Ludwin, the longtime head of NBC’s late-night programming who oversaw the decision to choose Jay Leno over David Letterman, and later the move to replace Leno with Conan O’Brien (oh well, can’t win them all), is stepping down.

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