After the coffee. Before trying out as Yankee shortstop.
The Skinny: Do you think Obama and Romney let each other know what color tie they will be wearing before the debate? Just wondering. Wednesday's headlines include a look at who has the better hosts, the Oscars or the Golden Globes, and layoffs at the Weather Channel.
Daily Dose: The TV season is only a few weeks old but NBC already has something to celebrate. The network has won the 18-49s demo race for the third week in a row, the first time in a decade it has put together such a hot streak. A lot of the credit goes to football and "The Voice" but new shows incuding "Revolution" are also off to good starts. Just remember though, it's a marathon, not a sprint.
The Tina and Amy show. The decision of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to tap Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as hosts of January's Golden Globe Awards is being seen as part of a larger battle between the HFPA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the folks behind the Oscars. "It's a coup against the academy, who hates us," HFPA member H.J. Park, who writes for the Korea Times and reviews movies for Radio Seoul, told the Los Angeles Times. The early reaction to Fey and Poehler has been a little better than the response to the Academy's tapping "Ted" director and "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane to hose the Oscars. More on the back-and-forth between two of Hollywood's big awards shows from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Helping hands. DreamWorks founders Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg have agreed to donate $30 million each to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a Hollywood charity that operates a nursing home for entertainment workers. The money won't be coming in anytime soon though. The donations are to occur after their respective deaths, according to the New York Times.
Back to his roots. When News Corp. finishes splitting itself in two and creates a separate company to house its newspaper and book publishing units, it will be something of a homecoming for CEO Rupert Murdoch. The Wall Street Journal notes that the majority of profits the new publishing company can expect will come from its Australian operations. Murdoch, an Australian, has not yet announced who will run the company day-to-day, but all eyes are on WSJ edtitor (and fellow Australian) Robert Thomson.
Backup plan. Deadline Hollywood says Walt Disney Co., distributor of Katie Couric's new daytime talk show, is already anticipating that Jeff Zucker will bolt as the program's executive producer. Zucker, like any high-level media executive, gets his name tossed out for every job opening out there regardless of whether there is any fire to go with the smoke, including the top job at CNN.
Bad weather. It wasn't a sunny day at the Weather Channel on Tuesday as word leaked out that the cable network was laying off about 80 staffers, which represents about 7% of its workforce. The move comes about 10 months after a new chief executive -- David Kenny -- was brought in. More from Media Bistro and AdWeek.
Talk about a bathroom break. When the Viacom-owned cable channel TV Land says they'll be right back after a short commercial break, don't believe them! Broadcasting & Cable analyzed the length of the commercial breaks on TV Land and discovered that you could cook a steak and potato and still get back to the couch without missing a beat.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Jamie Fox on starring in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained."
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