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It's Jimmy for Jay, New York for L.A.! Warner Bros.' tough year.

March 21, 2013|By Joe Flint
  • Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno have a laugh at the 2013 Golden Globes.
Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno have a laugh at the 2013 Golden Globes. (Kevin Winter / AFP/ Getty…)

After the coffee. Before getting my own late-night show.

The Skinny: I went to the "Mad Men" party and bumped into Jon Hamm in the men's room. That's about as exciting as it gets for me these days. Thursday's headlines include the latest news on the Jay Leno-Jimmy Fallon front.

Daily Dose: The economy may be showing some signs of turning around (although not in my world), but it's not trickling down to the pay-TV business. Although the number of people subscribing to a pay-TV service didn't decline in 2012, it  grew only by 46,000. Overall, there are more than 100 million pay-TV subscribers in the country. While cable companies lost subscribers, satellite broadcasters and telco video firms gained customers.

Jimmy for Jay. NBC is finalizing its long-anticipated plans to replace "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon in 2014. In a bit of a twist, Fallon is expected to stay in New York when he takes over the show. That's not too much of a surprise given that is where he hosts "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." Still, the loss of "The Tonight Show" will be a blow to Southern California. Of course, NBC has to now figure out whom to put into Fallon's slot and it is possible that show could be done here. Leno is said to be on board with the succession plans but let's not forget what happened the last time NBC tried to replace him. Coverage and analysis from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety and Vulture.

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Slow start. I'm not the only one having a bad 2013. Warner Bros. has released five movies this year and none of them have exactly set the world on fire -- although they all went down in flames. Among the disappointments: "Gangster Squad," "Bullet to the Head" and most recently "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." Studio chief Jeff Robinov acknowledged the slow start but is banking on "The Hangover III" and the Superman movie "Man of Steel" to lead a turnaround. More on Warner Bros. from the Los Angeles Times.

Going long. The National Football League is forming a partnership with private equity firm Providence Equity to invest in media and technology companies. Maybe they can invest in camera companies given how many more instant replay reviews there will be with all the new rules the league is putting in place. Details on the new venture from Bloomberg.

Who will play Al Cowlings? Fox is developing a miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial. Can't imagine anyone wants to relive that one but then again there is a whole new generation out there that knows nothing of white Broncos, bloody gloves and how long it takes to drive from Brentwood to the airport on a Sunday night. Coverage from the Hollywood Reporter. By the way, Fox calls it an "event series." I guess miniseries skews old.

I'm outta here. Federal Communications Commissioner Roger McDowell is leaving the regulatory agency after seven years. McDowell, a Republican and advocate of less regulation, often played the role of foil to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. More on McDowell's legacy from Broadcasting & Cable.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Harriet Ryan, who covered the Phil Spector murder trial for us, offers her take on HBO's new movie about the case.

Follow me on Twitter and help me take over the world. @JBFlint.

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