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The Morning Fix: Golden Globes! Viacom blasts Comcast-NBC deal. Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin looks ahead.

December 14, 2010 |  7:41 am

After the coffee. Before figuring out why the Golden Globes snubbed me once again!

The Skinny: Brett Favre's streak ended. Does that mean I can end mine? Time to obsess over what the Golden Globes means for the Oscars. Viacom takes a shot at the Comcast-NBC merger. Sirius XM Radio is flying high.

Golden Globes! The Golden Globe nominations were announced early Tuesday morning. "The King's  Speech" and "The Social Network" cleaned up on the movie side, while "Glee" and "Modern Family" were tops on television. I'm not Mr. Awards Analysis Guy, but I am surprised by "Black Swan" (but then again, I actually saw it) getting a best picture nomination and Mark Wahlberg getting a best actor nomination (he was good, but overshadowed by Christian Bale and Melissa Leo). On the TV side, I'm a little taken aback by Chris Noth getting a nomination for "The Good Wife" and Elisabeth Moss getting one for "Mad Men," but not Christina Hendricks. Early analysis from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today and Variety.

Getting Sirius. With Howard Stern locked in for another five years, its debt in control and more than 20 million subscribers on board, Sirius XM Radio wants to use its momentum to go after the Latino market as well as push back on challenges from Internet radio. Mel Karmazin talks with the Los Angeles Times about why he's so happy.

I've been wondering about this myself. The Hollywood Reporter looks at how Fox Searchlight's "Black Swan" has positioned itself to become a best picture contender. Having seen the movie myself, I figured the only thing it might win was a Razzie. Sorry, it's how I feel. Nothing personal.

Comcast's cord-cutter beater. Comcast Corp., the nation's biggest cable operator (how many times have I written that sentence in the last 12 months?) is testing a new service that combines the Internet and television. The idea behind the small test is to give customers the chance to search the Web for content to watch on their television. The move is seen as Comcast's attempt to take on similar efforts from Google and others in the hopes of slowing consumers from cutting their cable cord and trying to get all their entertainment via the Internet. Details from the Wall Street Journal.

 "Soy tu duena" es muy caliente. Univision's drama "Soy tu duena" (literal translation: I'm your owner) is the hottest new drama among adults 18-34. Variety looks at its success, what its beating and what its success tells us about the growth of the Latino audience.

Viacom makes some noise. Viacom, the media giant whose holdings include Paramount Pictures and cable channels MTV and Comedy Central, has told the Federal Communications Commission that it has issues with Comcast's proposed deal to take control of NBC Universal. Although lots of lawmakers, watchdog groups and competitors have complained about the merger, Viacom is the first of the big media firms (Disney, Time Warner, News Corp., CBS) to gripe. Although Viacom didn't say this in its letter about meeting with the FCC, the company has struggled to get Comcast to carry its new pay channel, Epix. In other words, there may be motivations not necessarily related to the deal as much as the company is trying to squeeze a concession out of Comcast while it is vulnerable. The latest on the latest protest from the Los Angeles Times.

Taking on "American Idol." NBC must be thinking that an "American Idol" without Simon Cowell isn't so tough. The network is going to put its own singing show -- "The Voice of America" -- opposite the Fox powerhouse. More from Bloomberg.

Inside the LA Times: Patrick Goldstein on the Ronni Chasen case. David Lazarus on the Time Warner Cable rate increase.

-- Joe Flint

Follow me on Twitter and I'll thank you in my Golden Globes speech. Twitter.com/JBFlint

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