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Morning Shots: TV Viewing Is Up, Barry Levinson Is Mad, And Google Is Flexible

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• Rupert Murdoch has been making a lot of public accusations about Google, claiming that search engines indexing his publications' content are stealing from him. To the surprise of absolutely no one, Google's response is that Murdoch is free to make his material vanish from its searches any time he wants.

George Lopez managed some strong ratings for the debut of his TBS talk show on Monday night — more viewers than The Daily Show, for instance.

Denzel Washington is going back to Broadway to star in a revival of August Wilson's award-winning Fences.

Barry Levinson takes on a journalist, television viewing is up, and Simon Cowell makes a lot of money, after the jump.

• Over at the Huffington Post, director Barry Levinson acknowledges that he is breaking a rule about not responding to critics when he goes after New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley. Stanley's record of corrections makes her a pretty easy target, but it's interesting to contemplate whether missing the point — which is the accusation — constitutes an "inaccuracy" in the way that term is typically used.

• The amount of television that an average American watches per day is up four minutes from last year. Probably not surprising given the economic circumstances, but given that it constitutes almost a half-hour over the course of a week, that's not peanuts.

• It doesn't seem especially surprising that primetime television's top-earning man is Simon Cowell. But notice that only half of the top ten are actors; the other five are hosts or, as in the case of Trump, "personalities."

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