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The Morning Fix: CBS shakes it up! Networks hopping mad at Dish.

May 17, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • CBS is moving "Two and a Half Men" (with stars Jon Cryer, left, and Ashton Kutcher) from Monday to Thursday.
CBS is moving "Two and a Half Men" (with stars Jon Cryer, left,… (Adam Rose / Warner Bros.…)

After the coffee. Before checking on job openings at Morgan Stanley

The Skinny: Clear skies and cool in New York today as the CW and USA wrap up a long upfront week. Anticipating a long run in Central Park when it's all done. Thursday's headlines include a look at the new fall lineup from CBS, more anger from broadcasters about satellite broadcaster Dish Network's new commercial-skipping device, and how hiring Lindsay Lohan to play Liz Taylor has created some long days for the  movie's producer — but not in the way that you're thinking.

Daily Dose: One of the lighter moments of this week's upfronts took place Wednesday after Turner Broadcasting's press lunch featuring stars and producers of its shows. Donnie Wahlberg, who is producing a reality series about Boston police called "Boston Blue," was leaving Del Posto when a fan screamed for an autograph. Wahlberg graciously signed the photo. But then he also grabbed the photo of another person standing behind the gate and scribbled a signature on it much to that person's dismay. The problem? The photo was of the cast of TNT's drama"Southland" and the fan was waiting for that cast to emerge from lunch to sign his picture. Oops.

Changing the lineup. Although CBS finished the season on top in viewers and made gains in key demographics, the network isn't standing still. While it announced only four new shows to advertisers Wednesday — three dramas and one comedy — the network moved some key programs around the schedule  including "Two and a Half Men," which is relocating from Monday to Thursday. A look at CBS' strategy and new shows from the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Vulture, Hollywood Reporter and USA Today.

Hopping mad. Satellite broadcaster Dish's new Auto Hop feature — which makes it easier for viewers to never see a commercial in prime-time programming from broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — continues to be a hot topic at this week's upfront presentations where fall schedules are announced to advertisers. On Wednesday, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves didn't rule out not selling its programming to Dish if it continues to market the feature to its 14-million subscribers. Other networks are responding by not carrying a TV spot Dish made to promote the Auto Hop. How's that for irony? More on Auto Hop and the TV industry's reaction from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

John who? Quick, who starred in "Heaven's Gate"? Don't remember, right? Neither do I. One of the potential advantages for actors who star in expensive flops is that often since no one saw it no one remembers who was in it. That's certainly what Taylor Kitsch, star of Disney's "John Carter," is hoping for when his next movie, "Battleship," opens Friday. The Los Angeles Times checks in with Kitsch and how he weathered the "John Carter" debacle.

Leave Lindsay alone! The decision to cast Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor in a Lifetime movie about the mega-star is causing sleepless nights for producer Larry Thompson. No, he's not out late with Lohan. He's getting barraged with emails and phone calls from fans and friends of Taylor blasting him for hiring the troubled starlet to play her. The New York Times talks with Thompson about the controversial movie.

Who will buy what. The Cannes Film Festival is officially underway, so let the buying begin! Deadline Hollywood looks at who has the biggest wallets and biggest needs. As usual, it looks like Weinstein Co. head Harvey Weinstein will set the pace.

Snookie on an iPad? Cable programming giant Viacom (MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon) and Time Warner Cable resolved a long-running dispute and now the cable operator can offer shows such as "Jersey Shore" on iPads and other mobile devices. More from Bloomberg.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Opponents of the merger between actor unions SAG and AFTRA are dropping their lawsuit.

Follow me on Twitter: It's like eating mini-doughnuts all day. Twitter.com/JBFlint

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