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SAG nominations out! 'Teen Wolf' comes home. RIP Ravi Shanker.

The Morning Fix

December 12, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" has something to celebrate.
"Silver Linings Playbook" has something to celebrate. (Weinstein Co. )

After the coffee. Before seeing if the Dodgers need a tweeter.

The Skinny: There is a great article in today's Wall Street Journal about all the distractions people face every day at work. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with ADD. Wednesday's stories include a look at the Screen Actors Guild nominations, speculation about who will run satellite radio broadcaster Sirius XM and obituary of Ravi Shanker.

Daily Dose: Fox Business Network still likes Don Imus in the morning. The cable network signed a new three-year deal with the radio personality to continue its morning simulcast of his show. Imus is 72 and still a strong ratings getter on the radio in New York. His show is carried nationally on 74 more stations.
 
Touchdown! "Silver Linings Playbook," the movie that combines romance, mental illness and football, cleaned up at the Screen Actors Guild nominations, which were announced early this morning. Also scoring multiple nominees were "Lincoln" and "Argo." In TV, the big nominees included "Breaking Bad," "30 Rock," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Modern Family." Here's the SAG list and quick overviews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Beware the full moon. MTV's "Teen Wolf," which shot its first two seasons in Georgia, will now be produced in Los Angeles. The show relocated because it is getting a $10.4 million state tax credit. Many TV shows and movies are now shot out of state because of better incentives and California has struggled to hold onto production. "We got lucky," "Teen Wolf" executive producer Joe Genier told the Los Angeles Times. "It was a major sigh of relief for us. The story is set in Northern California and we always wanted to film here, but financially it didn't really make sense until a tax credit could come into play."

Watching the satellites. With Sirius XM Radio Chief Executive Mel Karmazin leaving soon, speculation is starting on who will replace him at the helm of the satellite broadcaster. Reuters reports that the two internal candidates are Jim Meyer, president of operations and sales, and Chief Financial Officer David Frear. Reuters also says Sirius parent Liberty Media is not afraid to bring in an outsider to run the company. In other words, no one really knows anything yet.

Big screen dreams. Having already revolutionized how we listen to music and use computers, Apple is continuing to explore creating its own television. The Wall Street Journal says the company is experimenting with TV designs. Apple has already expressed interest in developing a set-top box for the pay-TV industry.

Know when to leave. Anyone who has watched "Homeland" this season has to be wondering about the direction the show is headed. Once a taut drama, it has now become a series of silly plot twists and often seems to be a parody of its former self. Variety columnist Brian Lowry on whether less could be more for some TV series.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Randall Roberts on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Sitar master Ravi Shanker died at the age of 92.

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