The Morning Fix: Rosie going to work for Oprah. Move over Kate Gosselin, TLC has polygamists now! Shakeup on Selleck's 'Blue Bloods'
After the coffee. Before the 'Jersey Shore' panel at Press Tour. You know you're jealous!
Rosie's new gig. So remember earlier this year when word broke that Rosie O'Donnell was coming back to daytime television next fall just when Oprah Winfrey would be leaving for her cable network, OWN? The spin from Dick Robertson and Scott Carlin, the veteran syndication executives distributing her show, was that O'Donnell was poised to take over Winfrey's throne as queen of daytime talk. Well, so much for that. Instead O'Donnell's show is headed to Winfrey's cable network, as local stations were not interested in her comeback. While getting O'Donnell is a nice coup for Winfrey -- giving OWN a big name to generate attention for the network, which launches next year -- it is a setback for O'Donnell. A daytime syndication show has the potential to be much more lucrative than a cable gig. More on O'Donnell's new home from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Is dream run of "Inception" ending? Box office prognosticators are saying that this is the weekend that the dream comes to an end for Warner Bros.' "Inception." After three straight weekends on top of the box office, the Leonardo DiCaprio brain twister is expected to be knocked from the top by "The Other Guys," Sony's cop buddy comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. Also making their debuts this weekend are Rob Reiner's coming of age movie "Flipped," in a limited engagement, and "Middle Men," the Luke Wilson movie about the origins of the Internet porn business (been there, done that). Box office analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Hollywood Reporter, and Variety.
New blood for "Blue Bloods." A shakeup is going on at CBS's new Tom Selleck cop drama, "Blue Bloods." Deadline Hollywood's Nellie Andreeva Nikki Finke reports that executive producer Ken Sanzel is leaving the show after clashes with Selleck. Brought on after the pilot was made, Sanzel, a former police officer, apparently didn't produce scripts that were to Selleck's liking. Either that or a disagreement over the mustache led to the split (joke). Having seen the pilot, all I know is one scene looked like a direct ripoff of an old episode of "Law & Order" I recently watched on TNT. UPDATE: For the record, Deadline Hollywood editor Nikki Finke broke this story. We apologize for the mistake and thank the Deadline editor for alerting us to our error.
Pay cut. Vulture reports that Tom Cruise took a pay cut on his usual upfront for the latest "Mission: Impossible" movie. Given the recent results for some of his movies, this can't be a big surprise, but I'm sure his alter ego Les Grossman had a few choice words on the matter.
FCC chief against idea of a Verizon-Google Internet access deal. Responding to stories that Verizon was in talks with Google for a deal in which the search engine would pay the broadband provider to be delivered to consumers faster, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the idea was “unacceptable.” According to the New York Times, one of the outlets to report on the Google-Verizon talks (which both companies have yet to confirm), Genachowski said, “Any outcome, any deal that doesn’t preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs will be unacceptable.” Meanwhile, the FCC has called off, at least for now, its efforts to cut a deal with Internet providers on so-called net neutrality. More on that from the Wall Street Journal.
"Step Up" to profits. While I won't be racing off to see the latest "Step Up" movie (in 3-D), the little franchise is a money maker. USA Today looks at how the "Step Up" movies have quietly become a success.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: TLC's next big reality show is "Sister Wives," about a polygamist and his family -- think "Big Love," the reality show. Betsey Sharkey on "The Other Guys" and "Flipped."
-- Joe Flint
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