After the coffee. Before getting my power steering fixed.
The Skinny: Welcome back everyone who had a long weekend. Hope you got some rest. I watched the season premiere of Fox's "The Following." Although it was well made I'm not sure if I can get on this ride again, but I will check out Episode 2 before making a final decision. Tuesday's headlines include the weekend box office recap. Also, is Netflix stock trading at an unrealistically high level?
Daily Dose: If the NFL does move ahead with a new Thursday package of games, it may very well end up on a broadcast network. Although initially a cable channel such as Fox Sports 1 or TNT seemed likely, the league is more interested in gobbling up more broadcast turf. Although ABC has been mentioned, a senior sports TV executive tells me that NBC may be the most aggressive bidder. Its parent Comcast has certainly shown no problems writing big checks for sports. Keep in mind though, the league may decide ultimately not to move ahead and could just keep games on its own NFL Network.
Ride to the top. The buddy comedy "Ride Along" starring Ice Cube and the very busy Kevin Hart cruised over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, taking in almost $50 million at the box office. That almost doubled the take of second-place finisher "Lone Survivor." Also opening strong was the animated movie "The Nut Job," which took in $25.3 million and topped "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," which took in just $18 million. Box office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
No change in forecast. Bad weather is hitting the East Coast again and normally that's good news for the Weather Channel. But with satellite broadcaster DirecTV not carrying the service in its 20 million homes, what's going on outside is suddenly playing second fiddle to business operations for the cable channel. No truth to the rumors that the Weather Channel will name the next big storm "DirecTV stinks." I must give props to TV executive Brian Bedol, whose similar tweet (he used a different word that I can't use) inspired that joke. The latest update (or lack thereof) on the contract dispute from the Wall Street Journal.
Over enthusiastic? With its critically acclaimed shows including "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" and growing subscriber base, Netflix stock has enjoyed a tremendous run over the last 12 months. But at least one analyst is concerned that the stock's performance outweigh's Netflix's performance. "The shares have gotten way, way ahead of themselves. I don’t know if it’s ever going to be worth what the market says it’s worth now,” said analyst Rich Tullo in the New York Times. Netflix earnings come out this Wednesday.
Easy to say, harder to do. Movie producer Harvey Weinstein went on CNN's "Piers Morgan Live" last week and denounced excessive movie violence, which is a little bit like Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman criticizing outspoken athletes. Weinstein acknowledged he has to change his own ways. "I have to choose movies that aren’t violent or as violent as they used to be. I know for me personally, you know, I can’t continue to do that," he said. We can check back in a few years to see if Weinstein was just trying to score points on Morgan's show or meant what he said. Deadline Hollywood already thinks Weinstein's remarks have the potential to be game changing. I have a bridge for sale too.
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