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Emmy wins for 'Homeland' and 'Modern Family.' Box-office recap.

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September 24, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • "Homeland" stars Claire Danes and Damien Lewis celebrate their Emmy wins backstage at the Nokia Theatre.
"Homeland" stars Claire Danes and Damien Lewis celebrate their… (Jordan Strauss / Invision…)

After the coffee. Before putting the dirty tuxedo back into the closet.

The Skinny: By the time I got out home from HBO's Emmy party (rough life, I know), it was way past midnight and I'm typing this at 5:30 a.m., so I hope the editors catch what I'm sure are many typos. Monday's headlines include all the winners and not-winners (why be mean and say losers?) at the Emmys, a review of the weekend box office and a profile of Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.

Daily Dose: The WWE may not have a cable channel yet, but it has struck a deal to put its content on Hulu. According to the WWE, its shows will appear on Hulu Plus (that's the subscription version of Hulu) the day after they appear on television. Such a quick turnaround seems to be one more sign that if the WWE does launch a cable channel, it will be a premium service rather than a broadly distributed channel.

TV's big night: Showtime's "Homeland" and ABC's "Modern Family" were the big winners at Sunday night's Emmy Awards. For "Modern Family," winning the best comedy Emmy is old hat, but "Homeland" provided Showtime's best Emmy night ever. Also celebrating is 20th Century Fox Television, which produces both shows. The HBO movie "Game Change" also did well. There were some surprises Sunday night, including Jon Cryer taking home a trophy for his work on "Two and a Half Men." As for the Emmy show itself, I thought the opening bit fell flat and I was underwhelmed by most of the broadcast, but at least it didn't run over three hours. I'm guessing NBC's football game got a bigger audience. Analysis of the night from the Los Angeles Times, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, USA Today and the New York Times.

Another blah weekend: For the fourth weekend in a row, folks were steering clear of the movie theater. Finishing in a first-place tie with $13 million apiece were the gritty police drama "End of Watch" and the horror movie "House at the End of the Street." Clint Eastwood's "Trouble with the Curve" was not far behind with a take of $12.7 million. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and Movie City News.

Meet Philippe: Often in Sumner Redstone's big shadow, Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman has been spending more time center stage these days. It's no secret that Dauman is Redstone's handpicked successor (although to be sure, he's not the first to hold that lofty position). Although he's not as colorful as the Viacom chairman, his low-key style is winning some fans. A profile of Dauman from the New York Times.

On your mark: Although NBC and Fox have already premiered some shows, technically the start of the fall TV season is tonight. Although there are fewer new shows launching this fall than last year, that doesn't mean fewer problems. It is getting tougher for the broadcast networks to grab the attention of viewers than it used to be because of all the other options from cable and the Web. A preview of what's coming from the Wall Street Journal.

Tough job: New shows aren't the only ones under the microscope. CBS' sophomore comedy "Two Broke Girls" is moving from 8:30 p.m. Monday to 9 p.m. That may not sound like a big deal but 9 p.m. is what is known as an anchor spot. For years, "Two and a Half Men" owned that time period, but as it ages, CBS is going with "Two Broke Girls." Ad Age with a look at the move.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Time Warner Cable subscribers can finally watch the NFL Network. AEG may be up for sale but the entertainment giant isn't giving up on landing Los Angeles a football team.

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