After the coffee. Before going through five days of mail.
The Skinny: I caught up with the "Homeland" finale and while it certainly was a blast, I am still disappointed with where the show went this season. Also, I see no chemistry between Brody and Carrie. It is painful to watch their love scenes. Tuesday's stories include the release of NBC News reporter Richard Engel from captivity in Syria, Nielsen buys Arbitron and 3-D re-releases aren't setting the world on fire.
Daily Dose: Hollywood is making a big show of canceling premieres for its movies out of respect for victims of the Newtown, Conn,. shooting. On Monday, Weinstein Co. became the latest to pull the plug on a premiere when it canceled the festivities around Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." But there appears to be less concern about ads for the movie, which features a lot of gunfire. In New York, the airwaves were full of "Django Unchained" and "Gangster Squad" ads in the aftermath of the shooting.
One-stop shopping. TV ratings giant Nielsen unveiled a $1.26-billion deal early Tuesday to acquire Arbitron, which measures radio listenership. The acquisition puts the rating services of two mass media platforms under one roof and could make some regulator nervous. Nielsen also measures online media consumption although its efforts in that area are not as aggressive as many would like. Quick takes on the deal from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg.