The Morning Fix: Cord-cutting denial? Forbes has no love for Will Ferrell. Team Coco gears up for comeback.
After the coffee. Before reminding you that we aggregate, you decide.
The Skinny: Forbes comes out with yet another list. Cable companies may need to at least acknowledge the possibility that subscriber losses could be tied to people opting for the Internet when it comes to content. Tyler Perry's new movie is a love/hate affair.
Read this before greenlighting that "Land of the Lost" sequel. Forbes has released its annual overpaid actors list, and once again Will Ferrell is on top. Eddie Murphy and Seth Rogen are also on the list. Of course, I'm sure someone else can look at this list and point out what's wrong with the methodology and figure out factors that Forbes hasn't included. I'm too lazy today, but our own Patrick Goldstein has some thoughts on it.
Cord-cutting denial. A lot of cable companies have been reporting subscriber losses while at the same time saying they see no evidence that consumers are cutting the cord and opting to try to make the Internet their chief content provider. Often the economy is blamed. But Ivan Seidenberg, the chief executive of Verizon, a phone company that also has a pay-TV distribution business in Fios, says he thinks what is happening now is similar to what happened a few years ago when people started dropping their landlines for cellphones. "The first thing when that happens is you deny it," Seidenberg said recently, according to the Associated Press. "I know the drill. I have been there." Of course, if the networks stop throwing all their stuff out there online, undercutting distributors, it might slow the cutters.
Something for everyone. There's a lot of anticipation about this weekend's box office. We have "Megamind," "Due Date" and "For Colored Girls" in wide release, each with distinct core audiences but all with enough heat to broaden out. In other words, could be record box office for a first weekend in November. Yes, that's slicing the apple pretty thin in search of a record, but regardless, the popcorn lines could be pretty long. If you're wondering, I'm probably seeing "Due Date" even though I know I've seen every good scene in the trailer and that it's nothing more than a ripoff of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." So why am I going? Well, no one can express anger and exasperation better than Robert Downey Jr., and I live for that. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times.
What's next, a channel for kids in the womb? Forget the adults 18-49 demographic or teenage boys. The hot group now is kids age 2 to 5. The Wall Street Journal looks at Disney's plans to launch a new cable network aimed at the tiniest of tots. Nickelodeon is already in that arena with Nick Jr. Of course, it's all about the dollars as advertisers want to begin the brainwashing earlier and earlier.
No Triumph for Conan? On Monday, Conan O'Brien will return to late night with a new show on TBS. His longtime executive producer Jeff Ross sits for a lengthy chat with Variety in which he talks about having a little less money to produce and the after-effects of what happened with NBC and "The Tonight Show." He still doesn't think Conan could have done anything different on his NBC show. In a bit of sad news, it looks like NBC won't let Triumph the Insult Comic Dog follow his old boss. NBC should just give Triumph his own half-hour show. The host himself tells USA Today he feels like "a duck getting back in the water."
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey is on the thumbs-up side for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls." NBC Universal's expansion plan for Universal City marches on. Steven Tyler talks about his new judging gig on "American Idol."
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