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Fallon will inherit declining empire! Disney shutters LucasArts.

April 04, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • "Arrested Development" will be back Memorial Day weekend.
"Arrested Development" will be back Memorial Day weekend. (Fox )

After the coffee. Before remembering to record NBC's "Hannibal."

The Skinny: For some reason my DVR didn't record "Modern Family" last night but it did capture some good discounts on QVC. You don't need me to tell you that today's headlines include a ton of coverage of Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon. Also, LucasArts is going away and new episodes of "Arrested Development" will be here for Memorial Day weekend!

Daily Dose: Now the British can start living their best life too. Discovery Communications and Oprah Winfrey are taking the OWN Network to Britain and putting its shows on the TLC channel there. That means the British can enjoy Lance Armstrong confessionals and life lessons from Winfrey. Please don't hate us.

Wake me in the morning. It's finally official. Jimmy Fallon will replace Jay Leno as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 2014. Leno is on board with the switch and won't be given his own show in prime time so Fallon won't have someone looking over his shoulder the way Conan O'Brien did when he briefly took over the franchise. But for all the attention the media gave this story, a look at Nielsen numbers shows that the late-night audience has become very fragmented over the last decade. The real estate that Fallon will inherit has lost a lot of value, and it is unlikely he'll be able to bring the franchise back to its Carson glory days or even what Leno was doing five years ago. A look at NBC'S and analysis of late night from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, USA Today and Variety. Also, some thoughts on who really won the Leno-Letterman battle from Vulture.

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The force wasn't with them. Walt Disney Co. is pulling the plug on LucasArts, the video game arm of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' Lucasfilm. The move to close LucasArts comes only months after Disney acquired Lucasfilm and is part of a broader strategy of pulling back from video games. More on the news from the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Wired.

No table at the Ivy for him! Charlie Ergen, the head of satellite broadcaster Dish Network sure knows how to get under the skin of the entertainment industry. If he's not filing lawsuits, he's pushing technology that threatens the bottom line of the television business. The Hollywood Reporter says Ergen is "The Most Hated Man in Hollywood." Well, its either him or that valet who scratched your Prius.

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Don't bleed on me! The Hyundai Tucson is a reliable car but don't use it to run over zombies. And whatever you do, no blood on the exterior or interior. Those are the rules that AMC's "The Walking Dead" has to play by as part of a product placement deal with the car manufacturer. Variety on how some advertisers are finding ways to get their products in shows that have a lot of blood and gore. 

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Mary McNamara on Jay Leno and Matt Lauer. New episodes of "Arrested Development" will be out Memorial Day weekend.

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