After the coffee. Before kicking Justin Verlander off my fantasy baseball team.
The Skinny: Time to break out the sweaters! Fall is finally here. Thursday's headlines include a standoff between Time Warner Cable, Cox and DirecTV over a new sports channel. Oprah Winfrey is developing a series for HBO and Seth Rogen is going on Home Shopping Network to sell a movie.
Daily Dose: Production company FremantleMedia Enterprises is teaming up with Martha Stewart's company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to develop television and online properties. The two companies said they will be "the next generation of lifestyle talent." I'm available for interviews later this afternoon.
Foul! Time Warner Cable's new Los Angeles regional sports channel SportsNet, which will be home to the Lakers, is having trouble getting distribution deals done. Cox and DirecTV went public with the status of negotiations with Time Warner Cable. Both said they offered to carry the channel on a specialty tier with other sports networks but Time Warner Cable wants SportsNet available to all subscribers. More from the Los Angeles Times.
Doesn't she have enough on her plate? Oprah Winfrey, who for awhile was focusing primarily on fixing OWN, the cable network she launched with Discovery Communications, is now developing a family drama for HBO. Winfrey's production company Harpo has long had a deal with HBO but given how pressing it is to pump up OWN, some will no doubt wonder why she didn't giver her own network this hot project. Details on the show from the Hollywood Reporter.