After the coffee. Before figuring out why I didn’t get the holiday off.
The Skinny: It’s a holiday but someone forgot to tell my bosses! I’m here but I hope you’re not. Today’s headlines include Time Warner Cable’s big baseball play, the back story behind a movie that was covertly shot at Disney World and a review of Fox’s “The Following.”
Daily Dose: Pity the folks at Fox Sports who had to name their coverage after Sunday’s 49ers-Falcons game the “Yippee Ki-Yay” post-game show. That’s because Fox is also the company behind the latest “Die Hard” movie, due for release next month. Good thing the CBS movie “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” came out months ago and doesn’t need promotion during the Super Bowl. That would be a real mouthful for the announcing team.
Upset in the making? Time Warner Cable has emerged as a front-runner to be the next TV home for the Los Angeles Dodgers. News Corp.'s Fox Sports, owner of the Los Angeles-based sports network Prime Ticket, had been expected to hold on to the rights to the franchise. But Time Warner Cable, which already took the Lakers away from another News Corp. channel, is ready to shell out about $7 billion for a long-term deal for the team. No matter who gets the Dodgers, your cable bill will go up. More from the Los Angeles Times.
Sneaky, sneaky. The film “Escape from Tomorrow” by Randy Moore has become the talk of Sundance and may have lawyers at Walt Disney Co. working overtime. The movie, about a father going off the deep end, was shot covertly at Disney World in Orlando using hand-held cameras. Disney is keeping mum on whether it will try to make sure “Escape from Tomorrow” never sees the light of day. More on how Moore made the movie from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
Schwinn and juice. Paramount Pictures is going ahead with a movie about Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist who last week finally admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used drugs to boost his performance. Director J.J. Abrams’ production company snagged the rights to the upcoming book “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.” Details from Associated Press.
TV Nowhere. The pay-TV industry’s initiative to manage how people view content online is falling flat, says the Wall Street Journal. Known as TV Everywhere, it is basically a video-on-demand Web service that requires users to verify that they have a pay-TV subscription. Not many people want to deal with the hassle of having to register when so much content is already available online via Hulu and other sites. Here’s a piece on TV Everywhere I wrote last summer.
Around the dial. Last week, CBS said it was spinning off its U.S. outdoor advertising business and selling its overseas operations. The New York Post writes that radio will be the next thing sold at CBS. The company issued a strong denial, noting it recently bought a new station in New York and is a launching a sports network. It is rare that a company goes on the record to shoot down deal speculation (most choose to decline to comment whether the story is true or not) so clearly the folks at CBS wanted to throw cold water on the story.
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