The Morning Fix: Duh, settling! Netflix stumbles. Emmys tumble.


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After the coffee. Before finding out why I didn’t get a genius grant.

The Skinny: I hope I remember to watch the premiere of CBS’s ‘Unforgettable.’ Sorry, couldn’t resist. I thought Ashton Kutcher was fine on ‘Two and a Half Men,’ but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I missed that Vatican assassin Charlie Sheen. Speaking of Sheen, Tuesday’s headlines include his almost-done deal to settle his differences with Warner Bros. Also, how Netflix has fallen out of favor and a look at how Slacker uses actual disc jockeys to pick songs it plays. How quaint.


Duh, settling. Charlie Sheen and Warner Bros. are near a deal to end their ugly legal battle over the studio’s firing of the star of CBS’s ‘Two and a Half Men.’ Sheen who once had dreams of getting $100 million from his old bosses, will end up with about $25 million, to come from his participation in profits, according to the Los Angeles Times. Guess this explains why Sheen was so contrite on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ and on Sunday’s Emmy Awards.

Growing pains. Just a couple of months ago it seemed as if Netflix was getting ready to take over the world. Its stock was flying high and analysts hailed the company as the future of entertainment with its streaming service. Now, after a controversial price increase, its stock is tumbling. Furthermore, content is getting tougher to come by as Hollywood starts to rethink its relationship with the company. A look at the woes of Netflix from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post and Hollywood Reporter.

Sorry. News Corp. is offering millions of dollars to one of the victims of phone hacking done by the media giant’s now-closed News of the World. The family of Milly Dowler, which has not taken any legal action against the paper for hacking into the murdered teenager’s voice mails when she first vanished, would get about $3.1 million. News Corp. would also donate $1.6 million to charity. More from Reuters and News Corp.’s Wall Street Journal.

Sticking around. Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson has signed a new deal with his bosses at Comcast that will keep him in the driver’s seat through 2014. Fogelson will continue to report to Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer, but he also will report to new NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke. Also expected to get a new deal is Donna Langley, Fogelson’s co-chairman. Details from Variety.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Robert Lloyd on Ashton Kutcher’s debut on ‘Two and a Half Men.’ Ratings for the Emmys tumbled, thanks to the NFL. Alex Pham on where to go when you are sick of over-the-air radio.

-- Joe Flint

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