Showbiz Sandbox 37: Conan and Leno’s Late Shift Shrift

It’s official: Simon Cowell will be leaving “American Idol” this season and NBC (finally!) admits that airing “The Jay Leno Show” in primetime five nights a week was a mistake. Cowell is headed off to start a new reality talent show, “X Factor”, while Jay Leno is headed back to his old late night time slot, at least for a half-hour. But where will Conan O’Brien’s tonight show end up? Right now NBC wants to push him back a half hour.

In theaters, “Avatar” just will not go away. It stays firm at the top of the box office again this week. “Daybreakers” staring Ethan Hawke, also did well in its debut, but the Amy Adams vehicle “Leap Year” didn’t leap anywhere.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) tries to sell us on 3D television and video rental service Netflix reaches an important agreement with Warner Bros.

David Colker, a business reporter covering technology for the Los Angeles Times gives us the low down on CES, espcially all the 3D televisions announced at the show (which aren’t even available for sale yet). Do consumers even want 3D television? More importantly, how are we prepared to wear those funny 3D glasses at home?

As for Netflix, Will Richmond, president of Broadband Directions and editor of VideoNuze.com, helps us decipher their deal with Warner Bros. The agreement delays the studio’s DVD releases to Netflix customers by 28 days while increasing the number of Warner films that are available for digital streaming. In addition, Warner Bros. will lower the per-disc price it charges Netflix to purchase DVDs. That alone could save Netflix millions. Richmond explains why the deal is a win for everyone: Netflix, Warner Brothers, and the consumer.

Simon Cowell Leaving Idol
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/11/cowell-to-leave-idol/?hp

‘X Factor’ Debut Could Mean A Simon Cowell-less ‘American Idol’
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-cowell11-2010jan11,0,2968814.story

NBC Kicks Jay Leno Out Of Prime Time
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118013563.html?categoryid=1292&cs=1

NBC Greenlights Six Drama Pilots
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i936d3d2c48ddaeb1a2d9ead12d47b795

First 3D Dedicated Networks Coming To TV
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10425553-93.html

DirecTV to Offer All 3D Satellite TV Channels To Home Viewers
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2010/01/panasonic-directv.html

Do Consumers Really Want 3D TV?
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/do-consumers-really-want-3d-tvs/

Ben Silverman’s Electus Strikes Deal With Yahoo!
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3if944e88734e00aa3e05308366dedea44

Lost – Is TV Show A Franchise That Will Live On?
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118013523.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&ref=bd_tv

Avatar Gets Best Screenplay Nod From WGA
http://movies.insidepulse.com/2010/01/12/writers-guild-awards-nominations/

Roman Polanski Asks To Be Sentenced In Absentia
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/01/roman-polanski-asks-to-be-sentenced-in-absentia-in-sex-case.html

Sarah Palin Joins FOX News as a Commentator
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/01/palin-signs-on-with-fox-news.html

Mariah Carey Gives Rambling Speech At Palm Springs Film Festival
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/wire/sns-ap-us-people-mariah-carey,0,4102831.story

Why Netflix’s Long Term Focus In New Warner Bros. Deal Is A Win For Everyone
http://www.videonuze.com/blogs/?2010-01-07/Why-Netflix-s-Long-Term-Focus-in-New-Warner-Bros-Deal-is-a-Win-for-Everyone/&id=2391

Warners, Netflix agree to New-Release Delay
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i75b1b29eacd3861ba7c1ac249405759b

Netflix Stabs Us In The Heart So Hollywood Can Drink Our Blood
http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/01/07/netflix-hollywood-deal/

Behind The Warner Bros. Netflix Accord
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/08/behind-the-warner-bros-netflix-accord/?ref=technology

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