Here are today’s dispatches from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

1.  Ark! Who goes there? From Deadline: Russell Crowe is set to float the boat as Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s edgy Biblical re-telling of Noah’s Ark.

2. OWNing up to problems @ Oprah’s network. From MediaBistro: Oprah Winfrey‘s struggling network, OWN, is headed for some major restructuring. The network announced one-fifth, or 30 staffers based in New York and Los Angeles, are being laid off...Just last week, OWN pulled the plug on Rosie O’ Donnell‘s short-lived daytime show.

Comment: Discovery Communications, the financial backer of the network, is reportedly set to take a more hands-on roll.  Prior to these announcements, on January 4th to be precise, I offered my “own” RX for the struggling channel. I still think the ideas still apply.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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