The Morning Fix: Fox is feeling gleeful! NBC tries to put on happy face. Icahn and Lions Gate talk peace accord. Sheen gets a new deal
Singing for their supper. Fox Broadcasting is putting a heavy load on "Glee," its surprise musical hit. Not only is the network moving the show to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the hopes that it can bring an audience to two new sitcoms at 9 p.m., it also is putting "Glee" on after the Super Bowl in February. Fox's presentation to advertisers Monday of its fall schedule was filled with "Glee." Can't wait till those kids realize that getting more money might be a better perk than going to the World Series for free. Fox announced several new shows in its schedule, but one of its most anticipated, "Terra Nova" from Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, does not have an air date or a pilot yet. I'm taking bets as to whether it gets on the air at all. More on Fox's upfront from the Los Angeles Times, Vulture and New York Times.
ABC's big moves. With all the (deserved) praise heaped on "Modern Family" and all of NBC's woes, it's easy to forget that ABC is struggling a little too. The network will unveil its fall lineup to advertisers today, and it will feature nine new shows, including six dramas. ABC has been particularly challenged at 10 p.m. weekdays. The Wall Street Journal, Variety and USA Today take sneak peaks at the network's likely new lineup, which includes a comedy featuring "Friends" alum Matthew Perry. Also, "The Middle" will move to 8 p.m. and try to open Wednesday night for the network.
Silver sues. Producer Joel Silver is suing Goldman Sachs for $30 million. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Silver is "claiming the powerhouse investment bank stiffed him on more than $30 million due from a series of financial arrangements related to films produced by his Dark Castle production company."
Milking Marvel. The Los Angeles Times looks at how Disney will attempt to repeat the success of "Iron Man" with other Marvel characters the company got after shelling out billions to buy Marvel Entertainment. I'm lobbying for "Irredeemable Ant-Man."
That'll cover those legal bills. Charlie Sheen has signed a new deal to stay on CBS' "Two and a Half Men" for another two seasons. According to Variety's Cynthia Littleton, Sheen will get between $1.8 million and $1.9 million an episode. See what happens, kids, when you do your best to live your life right? Oh wait, wrong lesson.
Closing the window. The New York Times looks at the recent FCC ruling giving studios a chance to offer movies on video-on-demand at the same time they are released theatrically. Who will be first to try it and anger theater owners is anyone's bet, but people are wondering about a certain cable company in Philadelphia that is buying a certain movie studio.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Lions Gate and Carl Icahn are in peace talks that would end the investor's hostile takeover attempt of the studio. NBC's new business model is spend to win. Probably good idea since not spending led to losing.
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