Sept. 25--After the coffee. Before trying to get into the America's Cup.
The Skinny: Once again I was denied a MacArthur genius grant. Where's the outrage? Somehow I will carry on. Wednesday's roundup includes a new study that downplays cord-cutting and more gossip about shakeups at Sony Pictures and a review of ABC's new sitcom "Back in the Game."
Daily Dose: It's hard not to see billboards for new TV shows while driving around Los Angeles these days. Interestingly enough, the location of posters is not just about hitting the most trafficked areas. Networks also often place billboards near the homes of the talent to try to show how heavily their show is being promoted. Sometimes they do that even if they are otherwise not spending a ton of money. So naughty.
What, me worry? A new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers attempts to throw cold water on the idea that pay-TV customers are itching to cut the cord to their pay-TV service in favor of newer online platforms. Many analysts and columnists have suggested that consumer trends indicate that people -- particularly young adults -- are eager to get away from traditional pay-TV providers in favor of cherry-picking content from other platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and iTunes. Not to question the fine folks at PWC, but on first glance this survey looks a little too optimistic. I'm sure there were surveys 15 years ago saying people wouldn't get rid of their landline phone in favor of just having a cellphone. More on the PWC survey from the Los Angeles Times.
Still crazy. CBS is banking on the zany antics of Robin Williams to give its fall lineup a big lift. Williams is starring with Sarah Michelle Gellar in "The Crazy Ones," about an advertising firm struggling to stay relevant. Williams knows his name alone can't carry a show. He tells USA Today that "the big name doesn't mean anything if it doesn't work."
No Bat Phone? Fox has struck a deal with Warner Bros. for a new series called "Gotham" based on the character of Police Commissioner James Gordon. However, this is not a Batman series. According to Deadline Hollywood, the show will focus on the early days of Gordon when he was a detective in Gotham City, which is starting to be overrun with colorful criminals.
Ay, caramba! The comedy "Instructions Not Included" is going to become the biggest grossing Spanish-language movie ever in the United States and is now playing on almost 1,000 screens. Variety looks at what is driving its surprising success.
Cloudy with a chance of firings. Some recent departures at Sony Pictures has rumors flying that a bigger overhaul of the executive ranks at the movie studio is in the works. Sony has been under the microscope since hedge fund operator Daniel Loeb questioned how the studio was being run. More from the New York Post.
Trend or coincidence? Over the last few months, three senior reality television executives have left or been pushed out of their jobs. Is there a purge going on or is this just one of those things? The Hollywood Reporter tries to figure if there is a bigger story to be told. I'm guessing coincidence.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on ABC's new comedy "Back in the Game." The Hollywood United Methodist Church is one of Hollywood's favorite places to film.
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