The Morning Fix: Justice gives hard look at Ticketmaster-Live Nation. TLC slams Gosselin! Weighing in on 'Wild Things.' Mouth from South at it again. Cougar controversy!
After the coffee. Before trying to avoid all the Balloon Boy stories.
Now it's really getting ugly. TLC has filed a breach of contract against Jon Gosselin -- the more annoying of the two Gosselins. The suit charges Gosselin with taking paid gigs elsewhere without TLC's permission, which would violate his contract, and alleges he revealed confidential information about the show such as the time he went on CNN's "Larry King Live" and talked about his paycheck. Details from the Los Angeles Times.Ticketmaster-Live Nation scrutiny. The Justice Department is getting tough on the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation and will probably seek big concessions before letting the ticket giant and concert promoter behemoth merge, according to the Wall Street Journal. The strict inspection of the deal by the department is seen as a sign that the Obama administration may be a little tougher on mergers and consolidation than the Bush administration.
Weighing in on "Wild Things." A quick peek at some reviews for "Where the Wild Things Are." The Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern says, "It honors the book in every way imaginable." The New York Times' Manohla Dargis says it is "intensely original and haunting." But the Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan says the movie is a "self-indulgent cinematic fable that not everyone is going to love."
Live from New York, it's Budweiser! NBC's move to have Anheuser-Busch be the sole sponsor of this week's "Saturday Night Live" is the latest example of how advertisers are finding new ways to cut through commercial clutter and DVRs to become embedded into content. Advertising Age's Brian Steinberg talks with SNL's Lorne Michaels on how the deal came to be and what it says about where TV is headed.
Mouth from South roars again. Ted Turner would like to be running CNN again and cut all the fluffy news (amen to that). In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Turner also says selling Turner Broadcasting to Time Warner was a mistake. Details of the interview, which airs today, from the Hollywood Reporter.
Radio Nowhere? Bad news for radio and good news for music labels as a Senate panel says radio stations should pay new fees to play music on the air. The so-called performance tax has been sharply criticized by the radio industry, which counters that airplay is valuable promotion for artists and record labels and that a tax will stifle the medium. This debate is far from over and a bill is nowhere near ready to be voted on. Details from Bloomberg.
From reality to wildlife. Fox is replacing its Fox Reality Channel with a spinoff of its National Geographic Channel called Nat Geo Wild. Like the National Geographic Channel, the new network will be a partnership between News Corp.'s Fox and National Geographic. Details from Variety.
New parents on "The Good Wife." Dee Johnson, the show runner and executive producer of CBS' new drama "The Good Wife" is leaving the show. Co-creators and executive producers Michelle and Robert King will take over running the show, which was picked up for a full season, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Do as I say, not as I do, you cougars! ABC's "Cougar Town," which stars Courteney Cox as a recently divorced woman on the prowl (and yes, I watch and like the show), certainly isn't afraid to be a little risque. But the network isn't as daring when it comes to the commercials it'll accept for the show. The New York Times reports that the network rejected an ad from CougarLife.com, a dating site for -- oh you can figure it out for yourself.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Susan King on famous Hollywood sex scandals. The pros and cons of Twitter, or in other words, getting your actors and producers to shut up. Producer and former studio boss Peter Guber is part of a team launching GeekChicDaily, an e-mail newsletter aimed at fanboys.
-- Joe Flint