"American Idol's" overall numbers, however, are inching downward. Last season, "American Idol" averaged almost 25 million viewers; this season is typically attracting around 19 million. To continue reading in the Los Angeles Times click on More..
After the coffee. Before getting out of wet Boston.
The Skinny: After almost two weeks on the road, I'm finally heading back home Wednesday night. Just don't tell me it's raining in Los Angeles. Wednesday's headlines include NBC's plans to hype the online component to its Olympics coverage, Disney hitting pause on a pricey movie, and CNN's ratings troubles.
Daily Dose: While the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn.'s annual cable show has gotten smaller over the years because of industry consolidation, just about every major programmer still has a booth on the convention floor and there are still a few stars hyping their shows. One notable absence this year is Viacom, owner of some of the biggest cable channels around -- including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The company has no presence on the floor and if it has executives here, they are doing a good job of keeping a low profile.
Pulling the plug. Walt Disney Co. has hit the pause button on its action movie "Order of the Seven." The film, which was to start production later this summer, is being given a second look because of its budget, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film was to star Saoirse Ronan and was a retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" with a little bit of martial arts thrown in.
CNN's Piers Morgan has low ratings, just like the network as a whole. (CNN / May 23, 2012)
Liberty Media's attempt to take control of the satellite radio broadcaster because he doesn't play well with others. At the Sirius XM annual meeting, Karmazin told shareholders, "I don't want to be responsible for somebody else making a decision," according to the Wall Street Journal. Liberty, which is headed by mogul John Malone, owns over 40% of Liberty stock. Karmazin also had a blunt assessment of Sirius XM's stock performance. "Our stock sucks," he said.
Beverly Hills-based RealD Inc. is further expanding its presence in China.
The 3-D equipment supplier said Wednesday it had a signed a deal to install 100 3-D screens for the Bona Film Group's theater circuit in China. Bona, a leading film distributor in China, plans to install RealD 3-D systems at each of the company's 11 theater locations.
"3-D technology gives moviegoers a more immersive visual experience, which takes the movie business to a new level,'' said Don Yu, chairman and CEO of Bona Film Group. "Bona strives for the highest industry standard, both in movie production and exhibition. To continue reading in the Los Angeles times click on More...
Keeping score. Deadline Hollywood looks at how female writers fared this pilot season. The site said about 32% of all pilots were written or co-written by women. Among the big networks, ABC had the highest percentage while CBS had the lowest. Of course, CBS also ordered fewer pilots than ABC.
iPad instead of buying a hardcover doesn't make them any less valuable to Hollywood. Variety says in some cases ebooks are getting hardcover and paperback movie rights deals.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on director Walter Salles' hard journey turning Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" into a movie.
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