June 26--After the coffee. Before figuring out my vacation plans.
The Skinny: I'm thinking of taking a train ride across the country for a summer vacation. If anyone has any thoughts on it or suggestions, tweet at me (@JBFlint). Wednesday's roundup includes big ratings for CBS' "Under the Dome" and Disney Channel's bet that its time to bring back the beach movie. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live, please send me a note.
Daily Dose: It has been over a year since the Federal Communications Commission said cable giant Comcast Corp. must carry Bloomberg TV in the same neighborhood on the dial where it carries other news channels. Comcast immediately appealed, and Bloomberg said in a filing to the FCC this week that the regulatory agency needs to make a final ruling. Odds are that if Comcast loses its appeal at the FCC, it will take the case to the courts, which it did with the Tennis Channel under similar circumstances.
Raising the roof. CBS' summer series "Under the Dome" got off to a strong start with over 13 million viewers tuning into Monday's premiere episode. If "Under the Dome" can continue to deliver big numbers, it will likely encourage other networks to take more chances with summer programming. The networks have been losing ground to cable in the summer months for years and fewer of those viewers are coming back in the fall, so boosting ratings from June through August is a big priority. More on "Under the Dome" from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Apparently there are lots of places like home. Thanks to new platforms such as Netflix and Hulu creating original shows, the number of TV pilots is on the rise. That's the good news. The bad news is that the percentage of pilots being made in Los Angeles continues to decline as producers take more work to New York and other cities. The Los Angeles Times on the latest pilot production numbers.
Clean it up. The nation's theater owners are concerned that Hollywood is focusing too much on making R-rated movies. Although "Ted" and "Django Unchained" were huge hits, typically movies rated PG-13 have a better chance at attracting bigger and broader audiences. But for directors and actors, an R rating allows for more creative freedom. Plus, we all know those teens find a way to sneak into the R-rated films anyway. USA Today on the PG-13-versus-R debate.
Back to the beach. It's been a long time since movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo" were popular, but the Disney Channel is betting that its time for a comeback. In July, the cable network will debut "Teen Beach Movie," a musical that is both an homage to classic beach movies and pokes a little fun at the genre. Just hope there aren't any scenes of campfires on the beach, because some parts of California want to ban the practice. The New York Times on "Teen Beach."
Getting stale. Hollywood loves blowing up famous landmarks. This time it is Washington that gets pummeled in "White House Down." Screenwriter Zack Stentz told the Hollywood Reporter the problem is that "the more destruction you see, the more hollow it feels," which is why you seldom catch me seeing any summer blockbuster. I've seen buildings come down in real life up close. I don't need Hollywood's version.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: John Horn on Ziad Doueiri's movie "The Attack," which is itself under attack.
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