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Netflix stock soars. Fox overhauls Tuesday.

January 24, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Fox has pulled "Ben & Kate," which stars Dakota Johnson and Nat Faxon.
Fox has pulled "Ben & Kate," which stars Dakota Johnson… (Fox )

After the coffee. Before taking cough medicine as a preemptive move.

The Skinny: It's raining here but it's 10 degrees in New York, so I guess I won't complain too much. I also won't complain that it was a slow news day. Stories include Netflix's surprising fourth-quarter results and Fox shaking up its Tuesday schedule.

Daily Dose: Maybe NBC News anchor Brian Williams should just give up the anchorman thing and switch to comedy. Already practically a recurring character on "30 Rock," he's now going to appear on E!'s "The Soup," which is hosted by Joel McHale, star of NBC's "Community. Of course, both E! and NBC are owned by Comcast, so it's synergy at its best ... or its worst.

Do as I say, not as I do. Time Warner Cable has been one of the most vocal critics of the high cost of sports programming. At the same time, Time Warner Cable has been one of the biggest reasons those costs are on the rise, considering its big Lakers deal and the Dodgers channel it is expected to launch with the team. A look at the cable company's split personality from the Los Angeles Times.

Noting but net. Netflix caught Wall Street off guard by reporting a profitable fourth quarter and adding more subscribers than analysts had anticipated. Netflix also said it is looking to spend more on original programming. Next month, episodes of its new political thriller "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey, will be made available, and later this year it is bringing back the cult classic sitcom "Arrested Development." Netflix stock has been on a tear because of the results. More from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Tuesday turmoil. Fox is benching "Ben & Kate," a sitcom about two siblings, which has been critically acclaimed but hasn't drawn a big audience. While Fox wouldn't come out and say the show was canceled, that is what everyone is assuming. Variety on Fox's troubled Tuesday lineup.

It's a go. Univision and ABC News expect to launch their news channel aimed at the Latino market later this year, and it will be based out of Miami. The still-unnamed network plans to invest $275 million and hire 350 people, according to Reuters. Said ABC News chief Ben Sherwood: "From our new headquarters in South Florida, we'll build the network of the future to serve the many millions of Hispanics all across America." 

Mellowing out. It used to be that reporters who wanted to write about Scientology were in for lots of headaches, including legal threats and other means of harassment. Now, per the Hollywood Reporter, the organization has cooled on some of its tough talk.  

Inside the Los Angeles Times: John Horn on how Ben Affleck's vision for "Argo" won out.

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