By Joe Flint
8:22 AM CDT, May 17, 2013
After the coffee. Before the flight back to Los Angeles.
The Skinny: Finally heading home after a week and a half in New York. Hope my cats remember me and didn't tear our place up. Friday's headlines include the weekend box-office preview, some thoughts on the network upfronts and ESPN's deal for the U.S. Open. And don't forget, if you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live, please send me a note.
Daily Dose: The producers of Thursday's final episode of "The Office" must have wanted to make sure there wasn't any loose change left in the show's budget. Pricey songs used during Dwight's and Angela's wedding included Bruce Springsteen's "Rosalita," Tom Petty's "Here Comes My Girl" and Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile."
Live long and prosper. "Star Trek Into Darkness" is traveling at warp speed and has its phasers on stun for its debut weekend. OK, that's enough of the puns. The latest entry of the franchise -- directed by J.J. Abrams -- should knock "Iron Man 3" from the top spot. Industry projections have "Star Trek Into Darkness," which landed in theaters late Wednesday, taking into about $100 million by the end of the weekend. Unlike previous "Star Trek" movies, this one may do better overseas as Paramount has made a greater effort to sell Captain Kirk abroad. Box-office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Young and beautiful. There's nothing like going to a CW presentation to advertisers to make me feel like I'm ready for an AARP card. Thursday was no different as the network unveiled a slate of new skinny girls. Oops, I mean new TV shows. The network, which is trying to broaden itself a little bit, has added more action shows and less teen angst in hopes of wooing more men. Recaps from the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.
X's and O's. The broadcast networks are rolling out lots of new comedies in the fall, despite their struggles in the genre this season. Also, in a smart move, the networks are embracing the idea of doing more series with fewer episodes. Rather than one drama with 22 episodes, they are scheduling two with 13 episodes or so. That way they don't have to have so many reruns. Because Amazon and Netflix have an appetite for dramas, the financial risk isn't as bad. Variety recaps all the upfront moves.
Match point. ESPN has snagged the rights package for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. One of the biggest events in the sport, CBS had been the home of the finals and semifinals for almost 50 years. ESPN's 11-year deal (valued at almost $900 million) comes as Fox Sports prepares to launch two competing channels. More on the agreement from the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.Who you calling inefficient? Hedge fund billionaire Daniel Loeb's efforts to get Sony to spin off its entertainment assets have both fired up and annoyed many on the Sony lot, per the Wall Street Journal. Though there is agreement among studio brass that the unit's assets are under-valued, they didn't like that Loeb also questioned how their financial performance compared with that of other studios.
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