The Morning Fix: ‘Ted’ and ‘Magic Mike’ rule. Want to buy an Emmy?

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After the coffee. Before checking if ‘Ted 2’ is greenlit.

The Skinny: Watched the first two episodes of the new season of “Breaking Bad” and all I can say is I’m sorry for all those Dish subscribers that lost AMC last weekend! Monday’s headlines include a look at how “Ted” and “Magic Mike” dominated the box office, a preview of the fight between the networks and Dish over a new commercial-skipping feature, and how much money gets blown on Emmy campaigns.

Daily Dose: The burning question over at 20th Century Fox this week should be why it didn’t make Seth MacFarlane’s “Ted,” which took in over $50 million in its opening weekend. After all, MacFarlane’s entire Hollywood career has been at 20th Century Fox, which makes “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show.” But “Ted” was made by Media Rights Capital and Universal Pictures. Oops.


Ted rules. A dirty-talking teddy bear and a male stripper dominated the box office this past weekend. “Ted,” starring Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and a teddy bear voiced by “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane” took in an astounding $54.1 million, easily topping even the most optimistic of predictions. Coming in a strong second with almost $40 million was “Magic Mike,” starring Channing Tatum as a male stripper. The combined box office of “Ted” and “Magic Mike” set a record for box office take by R-rated movies in a single weekend. Also opening strong was Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Witness Protection,” which ran off with $26.4 million. Pixar’s “Brave” was also still strong, making about $34 million in its second weekend. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Stay tuned. Sunday marked the 71st anniversary of the first television commercial and today is the start of a legal fight that may determine the future of TV advertising. At issue is satellite broadcaster Dish Network’s AutoHop, a new feature on its digital video recorder that makes commercial skipping a little too easy as far as the broadcast networks are concerned. A look at the history of TV advertising and a preview of the fight over the AutoHop from the Los Angeles Times.

How do you says “Savages” in Spanish? Universal Pictures “Savages” about what happens when some pot dealers get on the wrong side of a Mexican cartel, is hoping to woo a large Spanish audience to complement the action-movie lovers who will likely flock to the violent flick. The Wall Street Journal looks at Universal’s marketing plan.

No more hiding. News Corp.’s decision to split the media empire in two will shine a bright light on its newspaper and publishing arm. For decades, the performance of its newspaper unit has been mixed in with the much stronger movie and television holdings. The New York Times looks at what operating as a stand-alone could mean for Murdoch’s print operations.

Can’t overspend for an Emmy. It’s campaign season for the Emmy Awards and some networks and producers are pulling out all the stops to try to get their shows nominated. TV Guide and the Daily Beast take a look at the heavy spending on Emmys, which we newspapers are certainly happy about.

Breaking away. ESPN reporter Erin Andrews is trading Bristol, Conn., for Hollywood and Fox Sports. Andrews will be involved primarily in Fox’s college football coverage but may also have roles in its NFL and Major League Baseball programming. Some have even speculated that she could be in the running to host Fox’s musical talent show “The X Factor.” More on Andrews’ move from Variety.


Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Sam Waterston finds new life on HBO’s “The Newsroom.” CBS finally wins its a long-running fight with the Federal Communications Commission over Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction.

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