Zadan, Meron land Oscars again. Theater owners want less R movies.

After the coffee. Before wishing it was Friday already.

The Skinny: Be sure and watch TNT's "Southland" tonight. It may be the series finale. "Nashville" is a repeat so you have my permission. Wednesday's stories include Craig Zadan and Neil Meron being tapped for the second year in a row to produce the Oscars. Also, movie theater owners want fewer R-rated films.

Daily Dose: A reminder of Google's stalking prowess. A few days ago I clicked on a Brooks Brothers ad. Soon after, every page I visited and my own social network pages were filled with Brooks Brothers ads via Google. Just think, one day they'll be able to tailor the TV ads just for me. And if that doesn't scare you I don't know what will.

Do it again. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has again tapped producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to produce the Oscars. The duo produced this year's show, which got better ratings but also drew some controversy for some of host Seth MacFarlane's raunchy bits. The move to tap Zadan and Meron again may leave some Academy members grumbling. Outgoing President Hawk Koch made the choice, although traditionally it is the incoming president who makes that call. More from the Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood

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It's a hard-knock life. Before getting to jealous about CBS CEO Leslie Moonves' $62.2-million compensation package or Discovery CEO David Zaslav's $49.9-million package, just both made less than they did the year before. Several other media CEOs also saw their packages shrink last year. Of course, on average media CEOs still make more than CEOs in other sectors. Analysis from the Hollywood Reporter.

Pointing fingers. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), long a critic of television content, is pushing a bill for more research on the role violence in media has negative effects on viewers, particularly children. Broadcasting & Cable says Rockefeller is hoping to attach the bill as an amendment to gun-control legislation. The bill asks the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services to oversee the studies. 

Clean it up! Movie theater owners are gathering in Las Vegas this week to schmooze with Hollywood at the annual CinemaCon gathering. But National Assn. of Theater Owners CEO John Fithian also used the get together to ask movie makers for fewer R-rated films. “Make more family-friendly films and fewer R-rated titles,” Americans have stated their choice, the New York Times quotes him as saying. Well, good luck with that one since the comedy "Ted" was one of the biggest hits of last year. 

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? John Malone's Liberty Global is making a move on German cable operator Kabel Deutschland Holding AG (KD8), according to Bloomberg. Liberty may face some regulatory hurdles because it already has a large presence in the German pay-TV market. Vodafone Group Plc also wants the company. Liberty just won approval for its deal to buy English cable company Virgin Media.

A new low. When senseless things happen, some people respond by doing tasteless things. That's what happened to "Family Guy." A recent episode of the show was edited to suggest it predicted the bombings at the Boston Marathon. In response, Fox has yanked the episode from Hulu and its own website and the show's creator Seth MacFarlane expressed his outrage at the clip on Twitter. More from the Associated Press.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Need some shots of animals but can't afford the shoot or the trainers? GreenScreen has you covered. NBC had high hopes for the drama "Revolution," but the show's strong start in the fall has become a distant memory. When News Corp. splits it publishing assets into one company and entertainment units into another, the latter will be known as 21st Century Fox. That name should be good for four score and seven years. 

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