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'Nemo' fried! New judges on 'American Idol.' Rothman's reign ends.

September 17, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • A new look for "American Idol."
A new look for "American Idol." (Fox )

After the coffee. Before celebrating the New Year.

The Skinny: It may be a new year for some (including me), but that doesn't mean a holiday for your Morning Fix. Monday's headlines include a look at the weekend box office, the big shake-up at Fox Filmed Entertainment, new judges on "American Idol" and a review of NBC's "Revolution."

Daily Dose: While Fox Filmed Entertainment goes through a big shift with longtime Co-chairman Tom Rothman leaving (see below), stability remains at 20th Century Fox Television, News Corp.'s TV production unit. Longtime heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman are signing new long-term deals to keep them at the helm of the powerful studio whose shows include ABC's "Modern Family" and Fox's "Glee."

Fried fish! The release of a 3-D version of the Pixar classic "Finding Nemo" was supposed to take in $30 million and dominate the box office. Instead, the fish was fried by "Resident Evil: Retribution," which took in $21.1 million to $17 million for "Finding Nemo." I wondered why "Finding Nemo" was expected to take in so much, but who am I to question the experts? Next time I will. The big winner was "The Master," which packed the five theaters in was playing at in New York and Los Angeles. I saw "The Master" and got so bored I walked out. You can take my money but you won't get my time. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.

OutFoxed. Tom Rothman was booted from his position as co-chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment last week for myriad reasons ranging from a soft summer at the box office, passing on Seth MacFarlane's "Ted" and going for another job. Now his longtime executive partner Jim Gianopulos will be a solo act when it comes what movies the News Corp. studio makes. Analysis of what happened at Fox and what it means for Gianopulos from the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Wrap and Deadline Hollywood. 

New idols. Fox is once again revamping "American Idol." While we're nowhere near the rearranging-deck-chairs-on-the-Titanic stage, the constant shuffling of judges has become the norm, which makes it all somehow a little less exciting. Come January, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will join Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson as judges on the talent show. The slow starts last week for Fox's "The X Factor" and NBC's "The Voice" may signal that these shows are finally starting to go out of tune. Coverage from TV Guide.

Showdown. The long-running legal battle between satellite broadcaster Dish Network and Cablevision Systems Corp. over a deal gone sour with some cable channels will resume in court this month. While the channels in question no longer exist, the feud is cited as the main reason Dish is no longer carrying the cable channels AMC, WE and IFC, which used to be part of Cablevision before being spun off into AMC Networks. A preview of the fight from the Wall Street Journal.

No access. The FCC is preparing to do away with its program-access rules. The regulations, passed 20 years ago, required a cable operator that also owned content to make that programming available to rival distributors such as satellite broadcasters. The rules are due to expire later this year and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski feels that the industry has changed enough to make the rules obsolete. Satellite broadcasters and phone companies disagree. More from the Los Angeles Times and Broadcasting & Cable.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Meet CrossXBones, the online reporter who's beat is Occupy Wall Street. Robert Lloyd on NBC's "Revolution."

Follow me on Twitter. I'm not aloof and arrogant. I'm just shy. @JBFlint.

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