The Morning Fix: Howard comes to NBC! Harry Potter heads to Japan.
After the coffee. Before learning a new blog program.
The Skinny: Could Wednesday night's "Modern Family" have plugged Disneyland a little more? Funny episode but a little over the top in its promotion of ABC parent Walt Disney's theme park. Thursday's headlines include the addition of Howard Stern to NBC's "America's Got Talent," a look at Time Warner Cable's sports programming strategy, and Harry Potter's move to Japan.
Daily Dose: Howard Stern may be larger than life (see below) but his new co-judges on "America's Got Talent" -- Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne -- prefer him to previous judge Piers Morgan. "He had no respect for my judging," said Mandel, who added that he doesn't miss "so much disdain and hatred." Osbourne too said Stern is a better fit than Morgan.
America's got Howard. Radio's bad boy is coming to prime time. On Monday, Howard Stern, the brash and controversial radio host, starts his stint as a judge on NBC's variety show "America's Got Talent." Stern, who has judged the assets of women for years, joked that there won't be much of a learning curve. “Naked women, singers, jugglers, it’s all the same,” he said. While the Parents Television Council, a TV watchdog group, has been complaining about Stern's hiring, advertisers don't appear too worried that the variety show will get dragged down in the gutter. More about Stern's new gig from the Los Anglees Times, USA Today and New York Times.
'Harry Potter' sets sights on Japan. The movie franchise may have ended, but Warner Bros. is still looking to milk every last cent out of "Harry Potter" that it can. The theme park version is headed to Japan, where it will be an attraction at the Universal Studios park. Details on the importance of keeping the "Potter" brand alive from the Los Angeles Times.
Not taking no for an answer. Although the Federal Communications Commission rejected Liberty Media's application to be declared de facto owner of satellite radio company Sirius XM Radio Inc., the fight's not over. Liberty is gobbling up Sirius stock and now owns more than 46%. More on the fight for Sirius from the Wall Street Journal.
What about Bob? Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger is on the receiving end of a relatively puffy profile from Fortune. In the piece, Iger said recently ousted studio chief Rich Ross was not fired because of the mega flop "John Carter" but because he was the "wrong fit." So does that mean if "John Carter" had been a hit that Ross would still be in his job? Didn't think so.
Everyone wants to play scheduler. While there is a lot of debate about how relevant TV schedules are in the era of the DVR and Netflix, in my opinion scheduling is more important than ever. After all, you need to find the right slot to guarantee your show gets sampled and thus becomes something people later record or watch on some other platform. With that in mind, Variety offers up its suggestion to the networks on what to place where. I'll offer one too. CBS needs to move "The Good Wife" off of Sunday night and put it back on Tuesday.
-- Joe Flint
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Photo: Howard Stern. Credit: Mark Seliger/NBC.