After the coffee. Before getting my taxes done.
The Skinny: Is it football season yet? Oh, well. Thursday's headlines include layoffs at Walt Disney Co., China yanks "Django Unchained" and Fox tries a new way to keep viewers watching during commercials.
Daily Dose: When does synergy cross the line into shameless self-promotion? Watchers of "NBC Nightly News" get to think about that all the time. The most recent example was this week when, during a story about North Korea's stepped-up nuclear activity, a scene from the "Weekend Update" segment of "Saturday Night Live" was used to illustrate a point. It felt inappropriate. Of course, it's no secret that NBC News anchor Brian Williams is a big "SNL" fan. A few weeks back he even did an item on "SNL" ratings during the newscast.
Dark day. Walt Disney Co. is laying off about 150 people at its movie studio unit. While that is a relatively small number given that Walt Disney Studios employs about 7,000 people, it still jarred the town. Given that the majority of Disney movies come from its Pixar and Marvel units, a trimming of the ranks at its own in-house studio isn't a complete shock. Disney said in a statement, “As part of an ongoing review to ensure that the studios’ operational structure and economics align with the demands of the current marketplace, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our staffing levels in several divisions of the studio.” Details on the cuts from the Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood.