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'Twilight' shines bright! Shapiro in CNN race. Lakers on DirecTV.

November 16, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • The last "Twilight" movie will have a big bite.
The last "Twilight" movie will have a big bite. (Summit Entertainment )

After the coffee. Before making sure someone held a place in line for me for "Twilight."

The Skinny: This was one long week! That's all I'll say about that. Friday's headlines include ... you guessed it, a preview of the weekend box office. Also a new candidate emerges for the top job at CNN and NBC News has a new leader who wants to make a mark.

Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable's new Lakers channel is finally on DirecTV, which means I won't have to keep pestering the two companies about when a deal gets done. The only big distributor in the area not carrying the network is satellite broadcaster Dish Network. While one should never say never, don't hold your breath.

Still a lot of bite. If you notice that there are no teenage girls on the streets or in the stores, here's why: The last "Twilight" movie comes out this weekend. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" is expected to take in $150 million at the box office. Opening in wide release is Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which did very well in a handful of theaters last weekend. In case you were wondering, I'll be trying to see "Silver Linings Playbook." A preview of the weekend from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter

Breaking news. For months, the only name mentioned as a likely successor to CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton, who is leaving at the end of the year, is former NBCUniversal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker. The Los Angeles Times reports that Mark Shapiro, a former top executive at ESPN who most recently was chief executive of Dick Clark Productions, has emerged as a serious candidate for the job. While the hard-charging Shapiro's background has mostly been in sports, ESPN has a large news division and he is seen by many as an innovative executive.

New ecosystem. Prime time ratings are down and there are few success stories this TV season. The cause: new platforms and new ways to watch old TV. And then there's the DVR and its ability to make skipping commercials oh so easy. USA Today looks at the TV landscape and how it is upending the traditional business model.

She's the boss. Although Steve Capus is the president of NBC News, the driving force behind the executive changes at the network's morning show "Today" is Pat Fili-Krushel, who a few months ago became chairman of the unit despite having no background in news. The Wall Street Journal looks at how Fili-Krushel is running the show at the network and the challenges she faces.

What's keeping these shows alive. "The Mob Doctor" on Fox and "Partners" on CBS are two of the biggest disappointments of the fall TV season. And yet neither has been canceled. Why? It's a combination of business and personal, according to Vulture.

Bourdain tells Travel Channel to take a hike. Chef Anthony Bourdain is mad at Travel Channel for how it used his voice and likeness in a commercial it made for Cadillac. Bourdain, who is starting a new show at CNN, will end his other show at Travel Channel. A look at the spat from Variety.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan on "Silver Linings Playbook."

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