After the coffee. Before finding a way to get that lost hour back.
The Skinny: I literally got chills watching "The Americans" on FX last night. I know I keep plugging it but trust me, it's worth an hour of your time. Thursday's roundup includes a look at Disney's search for an Anne Sweeney successor and the new journey for Noah's ark. Also Jimmy Fallon has made NBC's "Tonight Show" his own with a dose of energy and originality, says our critic Mary McNamara.
Daily Dose: The WWE is still shopping its franchise shows "Raw" and "Smackdown," which have been airing on NBCUniversal's USA and Syfy for years. Both are hugely popular, but potential suitors are balking at the price tag. Though Viacom's Spike was seen by many as a potential home, insiders there say no thanks. 21st Century Fox's FX Networks is intrigued and the WWE could boost awareness for its new channel FXX. Turner Broadcasting is also said to be interested. One issue is that even though the WWE brings a big audience, some advertisers are unwilling to pay top dollar to be in its shows.
Help wanted. Do you have experience in broadcast and cable television? Are you willing to embrace new technologies? Do you have a deft sense of what makes for a good TV show? Can you manage in a corporate jungle with lots of office politics and colleagues with hidden agendas? Are you a good self promoter? If you checked yes to any of these questions then you might want to throw your hat into the ring to be president of the Disney/ABC TV Group. Perks include trips around the world and tickets to big awards shows. Please send resume to Disney Chairman Robert Iger and cc: outgoing president Anne Sweeney. To learn more about the position and your competition, please read these stories in the Los Angeles Times, New York Post.
A long journey. There is no shortage of opinions on "Noah" even though there is a shortage of people who have actually seen the movie, which opens later this month. Already Paramount, the studio distributing the movie, has tweaked marketing material to try to appease religious groups. Director Darren Aronofsky, known for his strong vision, hopes the movie makes people think differently about Noah and his ark. "It's not a nursery school story in the Bible. It's the end of the world," he's said. More on "Noah" and the controversy around it from the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
Clock is ticking. It's that time of year when the broadcast networks are developing new shows and trying to figure out which ones to put out to pasture. Variety looks at what shows may get the hook this May when the new fall schedules are presented in New York to advertisers. One show that won't be going away (duh) is the CBS hit "The Big Bang Theory," which will stick around for three more seasons. More on that from the New York Times.
Save my show. One TV show that had a lot going for it heading into the fall but has struggled is "The Michael J. Fox Show" on NBC. The network has pulled it from the schedule and its future is uncertain. Fox talks about the show and his journey with the Hollywood Reporter. I watched only a few episodes but what I saw seemed derivative (the mock documentary aspect) and even the title was uninspired. Still, if anyone has a track record that deserves patience and a chance to retool, it's Fox.
Trouble with the curve. As any reader of mine knows, the Dodgers are having trouble getting their new network carried around town other than on Time Warner Cable, which bought distribution rights for the channel. Nothing's changed and nothing is likely to change until the season starts. The issue is, of course, the price that Time Warner Cable is seeking from DirecTV, Cox, Dish and others. The Wall Street Journal weighs in with its own look at the standoff.
Hey, it's still cheaper than cable. Amazon is raising the price of its Prime video service $20 a year to $99. The move comes as Amazon continues to add original programming to its service, which already has an impressive library of movies and TV shows. It could have been worse. Amazon brass had hinted earlier that the price could go up by $40. Details from C/net.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on how Jimmy Fallon has revitalized NBC's "Tonight Show."
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