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Jon Stewart's new direction. Howard Stern for Jimmy Fallon?

March 06, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Is NBC thinking Howard Stern can play in late night?
Is NBC thinking Howard Stern can play in late night? (AFP/Getty Images )

After the coffee. Before getting an unlisted email address.

The Skinny: I am a big fan of "The Good Wife" and I also like Amanda Peet but for some reason I'm not liking her on the show. There, I said it. Wednesday's stories include a look at Fox's new cable sports, Jon Stewart's next adventure and whether NBC will look to add Howard Stern to its late night lineup.

Daily Dose: The addition of Fox Sports 1 to the cable sports landscape (see below) will mean less postseason baseball on Fox's broadcast network. Starting in 2014, the plan is for Fox to only carry the World Series, while Fox Sports 1 will carry the playoff games that Fox had previously aired. This will be good news for Fox, because it means fewer schedule interruptions in October.

Join the crowd! Apparently thinking there is a shortage of cable sports channels, News Corp. is launching Fox Sports 1, a national service that will compete against the ESPN empire as well as sports networks owned by NBC and CBS. This means yet another bidder driving up the cost for sports programming and that typically means higher cable bills when said service tries to pass on those costs to pay-TV distributors who then pass them along to folks like you and me. But hey, that's the system and it seems to be working for the industry. Yes I'm feeling a little jaded this morning. More on Fox's new channel from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Deadspin.

Will Berg's resolution be a revolution? Jeff Berg, the longtime head of talent agency ICM, is striking out on his own again with a new shop called Resolution. While running an agency can still be a lucrative business, it is also getting a lot more complicated. Not only are there huge shops out there, including CAA and WME, but the landscape is changing in the entertainment industry and hits (to make money off of) are harder to find. The Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter take a look at Berg's bet on himself.

From host chair to directing chair. "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is taking a three-month break this summer to try his hand at directing. Stewart will direct "Rosewater," based on the book, “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival." "Daily Show" correspondent John Oliver will fill in for Stewart. Have to give Stewart credit, a lot of talk show hosts would be too insecure to a) walk away from their gig for awhile and b) let a guest host takeover as opposed to demanding the network run repeats or some other show in the time slot. More on Stewart's movie plans from the New York Times

What went wrong? With three TV veterans in the cast and successful producers behind the scenes, the NBC comedy "Up All Night" starring Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, about a young couple adjusting to parenthood, should have been a hit. Instead the show suffered "the death of a thousand tinkers," reports TV Guide, which digs deep to figure out how a program with such promise turned into a train wreck. My guess? Too many cooks in the kitchen. 

Is NBC eyeing Howard for Fallon? There have been lots of reports lately that NBC is preparing to move Jimmy Fallon into Jay Leno's time slot at 11:30 p.m. But if they do, who takes Fallon's job? The New York Post thinks the network could turn to Howard Stern. As a long-time Stern watcher, part of me thinks Stern wouldn't settle for 12:30 a.m. But he is already on NBC's payroll as a host of "America's Got Talent," so who knows.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Showtime is making a bigger push into sports. How Valerie Perrine went from showgirl to movie star.

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