After the coffee. Before trying to hide from all the Ron Burgundy hype.
The Skinny: I'm trying to figure out whether to get out of town for Christmas. I have no big plans here and figure if I'm somewhere else it will at least feel like I'm doing things. Send me suggestions (or invites). Thursday's Fix (can you believe it's Thursday already?) includes a look at the lineup for next month's Sundance Film Festival. Also, Fox sells out the Super Bowl and MSNBC says goodbye to Martin Bashir.
Daily Dose: Walt Disney Co. is moving closer to naming a new president of its ABC Family cable channel, home to teen hits including "Pretty Little Liars" and "Twisted." The name getting the most buzz right now is Salaam Coleman Smith, who most recently headed NBCUniversal's Style network. Coleman Smith found herself squeezed out at NBCUniversal after the company decided to rebrand Style as the Esquire network. More on ABC Family and other candidates can be found here.
Big ticket items. Independent films are usually for up-and-coming actors and the occasional slumming big star. But this year's Sundance Film Festival, which unveiled its lineup Wednesday, has more than its share of big names in little movies including Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart. Coverage and analysis of the 2014 Sundance festival from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Variety and Hollywood Reporter.
Super sellout. Fox Broadcasting, home to next February's Super Bowl, has sold all the ad inventory for the game at an average price of $4 million per spot. Some commercials went for as much as $4.5 million. Think about that while you watch some boring ad you'll forget having seen before the final gun goes off. There will be plenty of cars, beers and soft drinks in the big game but Hollywood will have a smaller presence. More on the Super Bowl from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.
New home. Movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who severed ties with Disney earlier this year, is near a deal to make Paramount Pictures his new home, according to the Wrap. Bruckheimer's relationship with Disney took a hit after "The Lone Ranger" opened to disappointing box office and led Disney to take a write-down. For Bruckheimer, going to Paramount is something of a homecoming. He made many of his early hits there (when he was partnered with the late Don Simpson) in the 1980s.
Alec will have company. Just a few days after Alec Baldwin gave up his chat show on news channel MSNBC after controversy over some not-so-nice things he said to a photographer on the street, Martin Bashir also resigned from hosting duties for saying some not-so-nice things about a former Alaska governor and one-time vice presidential candidate. Details from Time and Mediaite.
Tebow time? No NFL team is interested in having Tim Tebow as a quarterback, but he may get a starting job in television. USA Today says ESPN, Fox and CBS are interested in having Tebow for their college football coverage. My only question is whether Tebow is capable of being critical enough to be a good analyst.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: NBC's making a big -- and expensive -- bet with its new version of "The Sound of Music," which will air live without a net.
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