MORNING ROUNDUP: ABC, CBS, NBC Blocking Shows from New Google TV
- Lindsay Lohan's voluntary stay at the Betty Ford Center may not be enough for the L.A. County Probation Dept. TMZ reports that the department still wants the actress to serve at least 30 days behind bars for a failed drug test. After leaving the Center on Thursday after more than three weeks, Lohan is scheduled for a hearing in front of a judge today, which will decide whether she will be sent back to rehab or jail.
- No word yet on whether more negotiations are scheduled for Friday, but some NFL fans in New York will be happy that this coming Monday's New York Giants game will air on ESPN and not Fox, which remains in a carriage deal showdown with Cablevision Systems. The following week is a bye week for the Giants, making the fast-approaching World Series the biggest headache for sports fans among Cablevision customers. The World Series is scheduled to start on Fox on Wednesday.
- Tribune is expected to file its long-awaited bankruptcy reorganization plan Friday. The company may also make the departure of CEO Randy Michaels official. Michaels has been under pressure since the New York Times gave a behind-the-scenes look at the raunchy side of the Michaels-led Tribune.
- In other business news, the week could end with more developments on the MGM front. The New York Post reports that MGM plans to make public a merger proposal from Lionsgate as early as today in a bid to undercut that potential deal.
The studio will dispute the potential cost savings from the Lionsgate deal when it releases details of the proposal, a source close to the studio told the Post.
- After co-starring on ABC sitcom Hope & Faith a few years ago, Kelly Ripa is set to return to prime time in another ABC sitcom called Port Love, which she is producing with husband Mark Consuelos, the New York Post reports. The show, about the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a network TV show, will see Consuelos appear every week, while Ripa will appear intermittently.
- Tech fans who have been looking forward to buying Google TV will notice that ABC.com, CBS.com and NBC.com are blocking the Web offerings of the networks' shows from Google TV in the latest sign that the proposed merging of the TV and Web worlds isn't smooth sailing, the Wall Street Journal reports. Fox isn't blocking shows right now, but hasn't made a firm decision yet on how to handle Google TV, according to the Journal, which is owned by Fox owner News Corp.
In other Google news, the Journal reports that the Web giant has launched a music service in India, known for its piracy problem, to help fans search for legal online streams and downloads.
- A Nielsen survey of 5,000 tablet computer owners found that 63% have downloaded a paid app. Games top the paid app list with 62% of people reporting they have indulged in them, followed by books and music. News and movie schedule/ticketing apps also make the list.