Hillary Clinton projects DOA at NBC and CNN! Fall TV hits & misses.
After the coffee. Before figuring out where September went.
The Skinny: The government may shut down but the Morning Fix is here for you. Caught up with “The Good Wife” premiere. I like the show but could do without its “Ally McBeal” moments. I don’t have enough space here to complain about “Homeland.” Tuesday’s headlines include a look at the early days of the fall TV season and Hillary Rodham Clinton projects at CNN and NBC are DOA.
Daily Dose: Satellite broadcaster Dish Networks and Walt Disney Co. have extended contract negotiations on a new distribution deal. Dish’s deals to carry Disney networks including ESPN and ABC Family as well as ABC-owned TV stations was set to expire last night. The extension was described as short term, but since neither side has resorted to attack ads the way CBS and Time Warner Cable did, the hope is that a deal can be reached without a blackout. Dish has over 14-million subscribers.
And they’re off! The fall TV season is officially underway (except at the CW, which doesn’t premiere new shows until later this week) and ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC all have something to brag about. Each has managed to launch at least one new series. Of course, each also has at least one disappointment. Given that more viewers are recording shows to watch later, making judgment calls based on the next-day ratings may soon be a fool’s game. A look at the new TV season from the Los Angeles Times.
Wait for the books. The government isn’t the only thing shut down. Two big projects about former first lady and potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton have also been shut down. On Monday, NBC said it wasn’t going forward with announced plans for a miniseries about Clinton starring Diane Lane, and CNN pulled the plug on a documentary after the director said he wasn’t going forward because the Clintons were shutting down his access to people. More from the Huffington Post and New York Times.
Let’s make movies! Warner Bros. has signed a film-financing deal with RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC, a new entity created by Dune Entertainment’s Steven Mnuchin and RatPac Entertainment, which finances movies for Brett Ratner. The agreement is worth about $450 million and will kick off with “Gravity,” which opens this weekend. The RatPac-Dune deal will help fill the void left by the departure of longtime partner Legendary Entertainment, which left the studio for Universal Pictures. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
How good was “Bad”? Because even the Morning Fix isn’t above trying to ride the “Breaking Bad” train, here’s the Hollywood Reporter on where the AMC series ranks among the all-time greats. However, I won’t be hunting down extras and interviewing them about their thoughts on the finale and then sending out breaking alerts.
And they call themselves a news organization. Anyone who’s spent more than five minutes in a newsroom (or 30 seconds if you are near my desk) knows that reporters like to swear. But swearing is a no-no at Al Jazeera America, according to the New York Post. Maybe they can put up swear jars and use the money to help buy better distribution deals with cable and satellite operators.
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