Dora's Crying. Mommy, Make it Stop.
Viacom, which owns the networks likely to vanish after midnight, wants Time Warner Cable to fork over more dough for the right to broadcast its teevee shows. To which Time Warner, the No. 2 cable provider in the country, has said, "Naw, that's OK." To which Viacom has responded with the series of print and television ads, including the one above, and a statement that reads, in part, "This move by Time Warner Cable to force such channels as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV off the air is another example of a cable
company overreaching for profit at the expense of its viewers." But, as LA Weekly colleague Nikki Finke notes, these kind of feuds usually end shortly after they start. Again, though: Cable, how adorable. --Robert Wilonsky