Cash for Bond! New life for ‘The Killing’? Big bucks for ‘Big Bang’!


After the coffee. Before deciding between Bond and Lincoln.

The Skinny: The Redskins have a bye this Sunday which means I’ll be spared heartbreak and torture for one afternoon. Friday’s headlines include a look at the weekend box office, a big bet on Peter Chernin, an effort to bring back the TV series “The Killing” and a review of “Lincoln.”

Daily Dose: Fox Business Network continues to creep up on CNBC. During election night, Fox Business’s coverage won in the key adults 25-54 category from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. despite the fact that CNBC is in far more homes. CNBC still won in total viewers, but its margin of victory was much smaller than it was in 2008.


Cash for Bond. The new James Bond movie “Skyfall” is expected to shake up the box office this weekend. The film is projected to take in at least $75 million, although in what is now an industry tradition Sony is lowering expectations for the movie and saying it will be happy if it makes $65 million. Don’t believe it. Also opening in limited release is Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” A preview of the movie weekend from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Not dead yet? AMC’s “The Killing,” which was canceled after two seasons, may be brought back to life. Deadline Hollywood reports that AMC and Netflix will team up on a third season. With Netflix as a partner, AMC lowers its risk on a show that got off to a strong start and developed a loyal audience only to squander it by veering off in creative directions that alienated viewers.

Walking-around money. The Chernin Group, the TV and movie production company started by former News Corp. President Peter Chernin, got an investment of $100 million from Qatar Holding. Chernin now has $200 million to invest and is going to focus on growing markets abroad, particularly Asia. Chernin has also been in talks about teaming up with production companies Core Media and Endemol to create a reality TV powerhouse. More from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Giving credit where credit is due. Three big movie studios -- 20th Century Fox, Sony and Universal -- have agreed to let the Producers Guild of America issue a stamp of approval on producers getting credit on a movie. The move is aimed at differentiating between managers and money men who end up getting a production credit and people who actually were on the set working every day. Details from the New York Times.

Big bucks for ‘Big Bang.’ It’s no secret that “The Big Bang Theory” is a hugely successful sitcom generating bundles of cash for producer Warner Bros. Television. But license fees from CBS and rerun money from TBS are not the only revenue streams for the show. Apparently “The Big Bang Theory” is a retail force as well. According to Variety, the show is expected to account for $50 million in merchandise sales for items ranging from T-shirts to bobbleheads.

Name that storm. The Weather Channel is taking it upon itself to name big storms that in the past we’d call, uh, a big storm or blizzard. For example, this week’s nor’easter was “Athena.” This is not sitting too well with the National Weather Service, which names hurricanes and won’t recognize the Weather Channel’s attempt to brand every storm that comes along. Some (that means me) might see the Weather Channel’s move as a cynical marketing ploy. The network told the Associated Press that what it is doing makes “storms easier to identify and will raise awareness among those in their paths.” I’m calling Thursday’s drizzle here “Courtney.”


Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Mark Wahlbeg will star in the next “Transformers” movie.

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