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The book on Bond! How real is NBC's comeback? Dish beats injunction.

November 08, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • NBC's "Revolution" is boosting the network.
NBC's "Revolution" is boosting the network. (NBC )

After the coffee. Before wondering if I'll read old Morning Fix columns when I'm 80.

The Skinny: This is not a spoiler. I saw "Flight" the other night and there are two scenes in it where characters just happen to have hundreds of dollars in their wallets. In an age when everyone uses a debit card or pays with an iPhone, how many people not named Tony Soprano still carry wads of cash around? Thursday's stories include the latest in the legal fight over the AutoHop, all you need to know about James Bond and how real is NBC's comeback?

Daily Dose: Both Fox News and CNN were claiming ratings wins on election night. So who won? Depends on how you keep score. Fox won with ease from 8 to 11 p.m., which is the heart of prime time and when most states being called. CNN won from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., which includes the president's speech to his supporters. I watched neither and was at the movies instead.

Dish lands first punch. A Los Angeles federal judge rejected Fox's request for a preliminary injunction to stop satellite broadcaster Dish Network from offering its new commercial-skipping feature called the AutoHop. An injunction was probably a long shot and only the first of what will be many legal maneuvers as the case heads to trial. Dish is also being sued by CBS and NBC. I'm starting to think I really should have become a lawyer. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

Stuffed. The only bright spot for Laker fans who are DirecTV subscribers is that they didn't get to watch Wednesday night's loss to the Utah Jazz. But sooner or later the team will turn it around and odds are it will happen a lot faster than DirecTV will reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable to distribute SportsNet, which is the team's new TV home. DirecTV CEO Mike White expressed his frustration with sports programming costs on a call to analysts. He forgot to mention that DirecTV also owns some expensive sports channels. More from the Los Angeles Times.

The book on Bond. The latest James Bond movie "Skyfall" opens this weekend and is expected to deliver big numbers. But what if you are like me and have never really been a Bond guy? Will you be completely lost if you decide to see "Skyfall?" The Wrap on all you need to know about 007.

More of the same. With President Obama back for a second term, the entertainment industry doesn't have worry about extreme shifts in regulatory policy. The changes will be in personnel, not philosophy. The Federal Communications Commission will probably get a new chairman, assuming current chair Julius Genachowski follows tradition and steps down. The real question is whether Hollywood, having backed Obama for a second time, will push hard for a tougher approach to piracy. Obama has not always seen eye-to-eye with the industry on the issue. Variety looks at the next four years.

Riding high, but for how long. NBC is the surprise of the fall season. The network has gotten off to a strong start and finally looks like it is turning around after years of disappointments. But how real are the numbers? Are football and "The Voice" smoke and mirrors covering up a soft belly? Vulture tries to answer that.

Well, it's not like he has anything else to do. Last summer, Vice President Joe Biden filmed a cameo for the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," which stars Amy Poehler. The episode will finally get to air on Nov. 15, according to the New York Times. The network didn't want to air it before the election because it feared it might have to offer equal time to Paul Ryan.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on "Skyfall." 

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