After the coffee. Before asking Manti Te'o to fix me up.
The Skinny: I wonder if Oprah Winfrey would drop Lance Armstrong for Manti Te'o if she could? Thursday's headlines include stories on whether the Armstrong interview can boost OWN, the White House wants to know more about the role TV, movies and video games plays in desensitizing people to violence and previews of the Sundance Film Festival, which starts today.
Daily Dose: CA Media, the Asian investment arm of Peter Chernin's media company, has bought a minority stake in Graphic India, which is a comic book and animation company there. With Chernin investing, the plan is to take Graphic India product and develop content for various digital platforms including mobile. The other owner of Graphic India is Liquid Comics, which has a large library of products featuring Indian characters.
Cycling for ratings. Lance Armstrong isn't the only one putting a lot on the line with his Oprah Winfrey interview that airs Thursday and Friday night. Winfrey and Discovery Communications, the partners in her OWN Network, are hoping that the big numbers Armstrong should generate will put the channel over the hump. OWN has struggled since it launched in January of 2011, burning though lots of executives and $300 million in cash. The Los Angeles Times looks at OWN's track record and whether it can stand on its own two feet without performance enhancing interviews.
Taking aim. President Obama, who on Wednesday introduced plans he thinks will reduce gun violence, also called for more studies on whether entertainment has a role in contributing to the problem. Hollywood usually argues its movies, TV shows and video games don't influence users. Of course, at the same time, they all go out of their way to not show lots of smoking because, well, it might send a message to kids that smoking is cool. More on the White House initiative from the Associated Press.