After the coffee. Before gearing up for a long week.
The Skinny: If you read stories about Aereo while watching episodes of “Sons of Anarchy,” you will be in for some very weird dreams. That’s all I’ll say about that. Today’s headlines include the weekend box office recap and Comcast’s big deal with Charter Communications. Also, China pulled a bunch of U.S. TV shows from digital services there.
Daily Dose: Comcast and Charter Communications unveiled a very complex sale and swap of cable systems (see below) that could be good news for Dodger fans. As part of the deal (conditioned on Comcast’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable closing), Charter’s Los Angeles area systems would go to Comcast. That means they would likely carry the Dodger-owned channel SportsNet LA that Time Warner Cable is distributing. None of this will likely happen in time for this season but who knows, maybe Charter will start to carry it anyway as a show of good faith. To be clear, that’s me speculating.
Female power. “The Other Woman,” a comedy about three women teaming up for revenge against the man who betrayed them, took in almost $25 million over the weekend, which was good enough for first place at the box office. Coming in second was “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” with $16 million. Also opening was “Brick Mansions” starring the late Paul Walker and the horror movie “The Quiet Ones.” Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Let’s make a deal. Cable giants Comcast and Charter Communications unveiled a series of complex transactions very early Monday morning (feel bad for co-worker Meg James writing it up at 3 a.m. for you) valued around $20 billion. The deals are part of Comcast’s promise to reduce its cable holdings to under 30 million homes after it acquires Time Warner Cable. As part of the transactions, Comcast will take over Charter’s Los Angeles holdings. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.
A big bang. The Chinese government has yanked four popular U.S. TV shows from websites there. The shows -- “The Good Wife,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS” and “The Practice” -- were being streamed there until this weekend. The question is whether the shows were pulled because of questionable material or because the government, which keeps a tight grip on how much outside product gets on its media platforms, wants to crackdown. More from the New York Times.
Playing catchup. For years, Warner Bros. has talked about turning its DC Comics unit into a force in TV and movies. But efforts to catch up with Disney’s Marvel have dragged on. Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara has indicated that making DC Comics hum is a priority. The Wall Street Journal looks at what is in development there and the challenges it has faced.
Chelsea lately. Chelsea Handler has made no secret that she wants off E!, the cable channel that’s been home to her late-night talk show for several years. Since then, her camp has been very public about any talks they’ve been having with potential suitors even if said talks were little more than courtesy meetings. Now the New York Post has reported she’s in advanced negotiations to do a show for Netflix. This would be an about-face for Netflix since it has indicated it’s not interested in a daily show. What would it do, record 200 episodes of Handler and release them all at once?
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on the perfect recipe for a summer movie.
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