LAT in 90 Seconds

familynbc.jpgLowest Common Denominator: TV Writers are up-in-arms over NBC’s decision to further dumb-down television and eschew scripted shows (Please, please, please don’t kill Studio 60, please!)in favor of more “reality” pabulum. LAT reports: “Executives say they are responding to audiences’ desires.” Which audiences? The fickle ones with no disposable income? Listen, NBC, newspapers have for years tried to respond to audiences’ desires — and they almost always look like boobs. You can’t please all the people all the time. So how about just try and please FBLA?

xboxbeach.jpg‘Halo’ and ‘Heroes’: Our fave tech writer, Dawn Chmielewski, tells us today that our living rooms will one day have a single, portable glowing box that plays video games, downloads TV shows and movies, keeps our calendar and address book, connects to the Internet and calls Mom. Well, almost.

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Life Imitating Art: A Russian man who came to the U.S. for the sole purpose of bedding Hilary Duff has been arrested on “suspician of menacing the actress.” But life isn’t all bad for Maksim Myaskovskiy. If the charges prove true, he could always join the people claiming Sacha Baron-Cohen ripped them off.