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Survivor Universal Studios: Meyer vs. Zucker

Look for a full-bore game of survival at NBC Universal. What will happen when wily ex-CAA agency head Ron Meyer--who has successfully run Universal Pictures as president and COO through three owners over 15 years, the longest-serving studio chief in Hollywood today-- goes head-to-head with tough NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker? These two alpha males are not chums; it's likely that only one of them will survive the Comcast acquisition. Each one wants to win.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 15, 2010 8:15 AM
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Casting Tilda's World

HBO seems to be in late-stage talks with Diane Keaton for Bill Condon and Cynthia Mort's show Tilda, inspired by Hollywood bloggers like Nikki Finke.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 12:16 PM
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Goldstein Uses Date Night to Bash Fox

Wait a second.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 13, 2010 5:36 AM
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Conan O'Brien Blows Off Fox, Signs Mega-Deal with TBS

“In three months I’ve gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I’m headed to basic cable," said Conan O'Brien on the occasion of his ground-breaking new deal with Time Warner's TBS. "My plan is working perfectly.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 8:19 AM
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Treme: Another HBO Must-See from The Wire's David Simon

Treme: Another HBO Must-See from The Wire's David Simon
I couldn't wait to watch Sunday night's latest HBO series, Treme, from The Wire's David Simon, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. I was not disappointed. TOH critic Tim Appelo has the review:
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • April 11, 2010 11:26 AM
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Date Night's Tina Fey Rechannels Sarah Palin on SNL

Tina Fey is the hardest-working woman in show business, creating and starring in NBC's hit sitcom 30 Rock and starring with Steve Carell in Date Night, which is far smarter and more grown-up than most studio comedies these days. Fey's no fool: to boost the movie's opening weekend, she returned to SNL to rechannel Sarah Palin, who is, conveniently, back in the news. Fey announced the "all Sarah Palin all the time" "Sarah Palin Network," with such new series as "Todd!" and "Hey Journalist, I Gotcha!":
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 11, 2010 8:24 AM
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More: Genres, Video, TV, Comedy

Court Sets Back FCC Jurisdiction Over Net Neutrality

In a blow to the FCC's ability to require net neutrality by expanding broadband and barring internet service providers from favoring their own content at the expense of others, on Tuesday a three-judge Federal Appeals court panel ruled against the FCC. Here's The Wrap and THR:The court tossed out an Aug. 2008 cease and desist order by the FCC against Comcast, which had slowed transfer speeds for peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 6, 2010 4:42 AM
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More: Web/Tech, News, TV

HBO Treme Hype

More than ever, I am reminded that at this time of year, as much as I love movies, I'd rather be watching television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2010 8:52 AM
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More: TV, Treme, HBO

Jimmy Fallon Tries Out iPad Plus Reviews

Do I absolutely need an iPad? No, I have a MacBook and a BlackBerry. But I really want one. Can I afford $500 for an iPad? Yes. How many dinners out would pay for it? Not so many. It's totally tax-deductable, I need to write about it for my work. I could kill all my subscriptions and save lots of trees, sit in my breakfast nook every morning and read the iPad instead. And I could carry it in my purse with me instead of packing up the laptop. I just might be getting up to join the throngs tomorrow morning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2010 6:42 AM
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HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific

HBO, Hanks, Spielberg Deliver Must-Watch The Pacific
Tim Appelo reviews Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's follow-up to HBO's Band of Brothers, The Pacific.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2010 5:49 AM
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