After the coffee. Before changing my name to Carlos Danger.
The Skinny: I can't wait for the final episodes of "Breaking Bad." Wednesday's headlines include a big NASCAR deal for NBC and reaction to the departure of Univision radio personality Eddie Sotelo. Also, the clock is ticking on CBS and Time Warner Cable to reach an agreement on a new distribution deal. Otherwise, millions of consumers in Los Angeles and New York may be left outside the dome.
Daily Dose: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) finally landed a co-sponsor of his bill seeking to coerce pay-TV distributors from offering channels to consumers on an individual or a la carte basis. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said he would work with McCain to push the bill. Interestingly, one of the biggest foes of a la carte is ESPN, which is based in Bristol, Conn., and is one of the state's most important businesses. Guessing Blumenthal won't be getting any donations from there any time soon.
Running out of time. By this time tomorrow, Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas may be without CBS programming. The two sides are locked in a bitter dispute over a new programming contract that would allow Time Warner Cable to continue to carry CBS-owned media properties including its local TV stations. The issue -- as usual -- is money. Although these disputes are fairly common, channels going dark is fairly rare. The latest on the fight from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
Where did you go Mr. DJ? Millions of radio listeners in Los Angeles and around the country are reeling with the news that Univision's morning personality Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is off the air. Host of a popular Spanish-language show for years, his ratings had been on the decline as of late. Still the abrupt nature in which he was dropped left fans stunned and upset. Neither side is commenting on what happened although speculation is that it was a contract dispute. More on Sotelo and his legacy from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.
Start your engines. NBC has landed rights to NASCAR races that had been held by cable channels ESPN and TNT. The network said it will put the majority of the races it acquired on its NBC Sports Network cable outlet. The 10-year deal cost NBC about $4.4 billion and will take effect in 2015. Fox is the other major NASCAR rights holder. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times and Sports Business Journal.
Numero uno. When the dust settles on the July sweeps, Spanish-language broadcaster Univision will have beaten Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic. It is the first time, a non-English language television network has topped the established English networks among the viewers most coveted by advertisers. Details on Univision's performance from the Associated Press.
Change the summer blueprint. There have been some big hits this summer including "Man of Steel" and "The Great Gatsby." But this summer will be most remembered for the flops including "The Lone Ranger," "R.I.P.D.," "After Earth" and "Pacific Rim." The Hollywood Reporter offers a list of suggestions to the industry to fix summer.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Andie MacDowell on starring in the Hallmark Channel's new series "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove,"
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