• Comcast denied the rumors yesterday, but it now appears the cable giant is involved in talks to take a controlling stake in NBC Universal. [NYT, NYT]
• It hasn't been smooth sailing for Jay Leno since his primetime show debuted—ratings have been slipping and the critical buzz has been lousy—but now it looks like NBC has another problem to worry about: CBS and ABC have both been actively discouraging their stars from appearing on the show. [LAT]
• Bravo reports it's developing solo series for three of its reality TV stars: Bethenny Frankel, Christian Siriano and Top Chef's Fabio Viviani. [Variety]
• Meanwhile, Logo is casting its gay version of the Real Housewives. [Gawker]
• Maybe the magazine industry isn't dead, after all: American Media plans to launch a new bridal title in early 2010 called Shapebride. [WWD]

Mort Zuckerman explains why he decided to make a bid for BusinessWeek: "I am a junkie for journalism... It kind of fascinates me. Obviously, we'd run it differently and financially more efficiently than they do." [NYP]
Dave Letterman has Barack to thank for his big ratings bump last week. [NYT]
• A day after TLC said it planned to dump Jon Gosselin from Jon & Kate Plus 8, a legal threat from Gosselin has forced the network to shut down filming. [AP]
Dan Rather is a glass half-full kind of guy. Although his lawsuit against CBS was tossed out of court this week, he says the fight "isn't over" yet. [HuffPo]
• Mike Bloomberg is the richest man in media, per Forbes. [THR]