• Comcast is "leaning toward" keeping Jeff Zucker as NBC Universal's CEO if it goes ahead with a deal to buy take control of the company. [Bloomberg]
• The Fine Living Network will be rebranded as the Cooking Channel—and positioned as a Food Network competitor—in the second half of 2010. [AdAge]
• Some laid-off staffers at Condé Nast are furious about the severance they've received; chances are ex-Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl isn't one of them. [NYP]
• Does NBC's decision to cancel Southland "signal an abandonment of a decades-long commitment to drama"? Some seem to think so. Meanwhile, the show's producers are looking for a new home for the cop drama. [NPR, LAT]
• Let the hair battle begin: Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may be a contestant on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice next season. [CT]

Vogue's November issue features Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, and Kate Hudson on the cover; Annie Leibovitz took the photo. [NYM]
• Not that you care or anything, but circulation at USA Today is falling. [E&P]
Don Imus' deal with Fox Business is worth about $3 million, say insiders, not the $25 million that was reported earlier this week. [HP]
• Barnes & Noble will intro its own e-reader at the end of October. [NYT]
• That disastrously over-Photoshopped ad by Polo Ralph Lauren that caused such controversy this week? The company is now apologizing for it. [MB]