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Good morning.It’s Friday, December 20, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premiere:
World: How Sherlock Changed the World at 8p

Tonight’s Finale:
TLC: Four Weddings at 10p

Saturday’s Finale:
Destination America: Railroad Alaska at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Discovery: Salvage City at 11a
HGTV: Beachfront Bargain Hunt at 8:30p
Investigation Discovery: Evil In-Law at 9p, On the Case with Paula Zahn at 10p

Sunday’s Finales:
TLC: Long Island Medium at 9p


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Phil Robertson has been suspended from A&E mega hit Duck Dynasty, following anti-gay comments he made in the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine comparing homosexuality to bestiality. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” said the network via a statement. “His personal views in no way reflect those of A&E Networks, who have always been strong supporters and champions of the LGBT community. The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely.”


The months of speculation are over. Katie, the daily talker starring Katie Couric, has been officially canceled. The show’s last airdate will be in June 2014, following the end of its second season in syndication. Disney-ABC and Couric announced the news jointly, saying it was a mutual decision.

After 208 episodes and nine seasons, the story of how Ted Mosby met his children’s mother is coming to an end. The special one-hour series finale of How I Met Your Mother will air Monday, March 31 at 8p on CBS. Immediately following, the network will debut new series Friends with Better Lives.

Emmy Award-winning producer, director and writer Louis J. Horvitz will be the new director of American Idol XIII, when the FOX singing competition returns on Wednesday, January 15 at 8p. Horvitz has overseen the live broadcasts of the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards and Kennedy Center Honors.

Animal Planet has partnered with U.K.’s Channel 4 to broadcast Levison Wood‘s year-long challenge to become the first person to walk the entire length of the River Nile. The project, tentatively titled Walking the Nile, will air as a two-hour special on Animal Planet in winter 2015 and a four-part series on Channel 4.

The first performers have been announced for The 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The lineup includes Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, P!nk and Nate Ruess. There will also be a special “Grammy Moment” performance featuring Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton. The music industry’s premiere event airs Sunday, January 26 at 8p on CBS.

New York’s Power 105 radio show The Breakfast Club is heading to television. The show, hosted by Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy, will be broadcast live, Monday through Friday, on Sean CombsRevolt TV, beginning March 2014.

Xbox Entertainment Studios has picked up its first original show, a documentary  from Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn. The untitled series, which is set to premiere on Xbox in 2014, will explore the digital revolution; beginning with the Atari’s 1983 video game burial, after receiving negative response to E.T. The Video Game.


TLC has ordered nine episodes of My Five Wives, the reality series centered around Brady Williams, his wives and their combined 24 children. The show is being produced for TLC by Relativity Television and Bogner Productions. It will premiere on Sunday, March 9 at 10p.

Sportsman Channel‘s news-talk, outdoor show NRANEWS Cam & Company is moving to 6p beginning January 6. The one-hour show will lead into the network’s nightly primetime lineup of reality, lifestyle and adventure series.

Fuse will kick off the holidays with the U.S. television premiere of all 17 videos from Beyonce: The Visual Album on Monday, December 23 at 8p. Prior to the presentation, the network will feature programming dedicated to Beyonce‘s career, from Destiny’s Child to today, beginning at 6a.
MTV has announced the launch of Jerks with Cameras, a half-hour comedy debuting Thursday, January 16 at 10:30p. The prank series will feature a team of eight comedians, aka The Jerks, who wreak havoc on unsuspecting citizens on the street.


The kids in the kitchen concept was a success. FOX has ordered a second season of chef-producer Gordon Ramsay‘s cooking competition series MasterChef Junior.

Good news for Hannibal fans. The NBC thriller will debut its 13-episode second season on Friday, February 28 at 10p.

Ready for more mind manipulation? National Geographic Channel‘s Brain Games returns for another season of interactive illusions, challenges and experiments on Monday, January 13 at 9p.

Program Call:Cynopsis Mediawill be producing its annualNATPE Shopping Guidesent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, January 23, 2014, the week before NATPE Market and Conference opens at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort. If your company is an official exhibitor at NATPE 2014, please email Lynn Leahey at: lynn@cynopsis.com for details on how to submit listings.


Judi Davis has been tapped for a recurring role in FOX‘s 24: Live Another Day. She’ll play Margo, a German arms dealer, in the mini-series slated to debut in spring 2014.

Cybill Shepherd is heading to ABC‘s Trophy Wife. She’ll play Malin Ackerman‘s fun-loving, former party gal mama, Cricket, when the series returns in 2014.

Mom’s the word for Desperate Housewives alum Marcia Cross, too. She’s landed the mother role in the FOX comedy pilot Fatrick. She’ll play fit nutritionist Arleen, whose 30-ish formerly fat son, Patrick, faces the damage caused by years of being taunted.

On the heels of a successful premiere season, MasterChef Junior is searching for more talented young home cooks between the ages of 8-13 (as of March 10, 2014). The show will be holding casting calls in New York and Chicago on January 18, 2014 and Los Angeles and Dallas on January 25, 2014. Please visit www.masterchefjuniorcasting.com.


A+E Networks UK has launched a glossy magazine-style women’s website in conjunction with its new female-focused entertainment channel, Lifetime. Lifetimetv.co.uk covers reviews and recipes, to tips on how to get the look of lead Lifetime characters.

Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, will debut the STARZ original series, Black Sails on Friday February 14 at 9p. The eight-episode first season of the authentic pirate adventure centers on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, and takes place 20 years prior to the classic Treasure Island.


It’s almost time to ring in 2014… with Mario Lopez. He’ll host New Year’s Eve Live, airing Tuesday, December 31 at 11p on FOX . The show will be broadcast from the Las Vegas Strip and feature performances by J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic!

Meanwhile, NBC is ringing in the New Year with A Toast to 2013! on Tuesday, December 31 at 8p. Hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, the two-hour special is a celebration of the year that was; delving into everything from the Pope to Paula Deen to Anthony Weiner and the twerking craze.


ABC dominated Wednesday night with Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 finishing as the night’s number one TV show. The special scored 8.8 million total viewers, 2.1/7 million adults 18-49 , 2.7/7 million adults 25-54.

NBC‘s The Sing-Off topped the performance finale of The X Factor, garnering a 1.6 adults rating.

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows (December 15, 2013)
CBS: Face the Nation 3.31 million total viewers; 0.8 and 1.0 million A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.86 million total viewers; 0.7 and 806,000 A25-54?
NBC: Meet the Press 2.77 million total viewers; 0.7 and 819,000 A25-54?
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.74 million total viewers; 0.4 and 456,000 million A25-54?
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.30 million total viewers; 0.4 and 509,000 A25-54?
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the night among A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 1.7/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, NBC’s The Sing-Off was #1 at 1.7/5, followed by ABC’s The Middle and The Goldbergs, which combined for a 1.3/5, and FOX’s The X Factor at 1.3/4. ABC took over the top spot at 9p with Modern Family and the first half hour of Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 combining for a 2.0/6. NBC’s The Sing-Off placed second at 1.7/5. ABC closed out the night in first with Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 at 2.3/7, trailed by NBC’s Michael Buble’s Third Annual Christmas Special at 1.3/4

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, December 18, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

ABC 4.3/7 The Middle [r] 3.8/6, The Goldbergs [r] 3.1/5, Modern Family [r] 4.1/7, Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013  6.1/10
CBS 4.0/6 At Home for the Holidays with Celine Dion 3.3/5, Criminal Minds [r] 4.2/7, CSI [r] 4.4/7
FOX 3.2/5 The X Factor 3.2/5
NBC 3.1/5 The Sing-Off 3.2/5, Michael Buble’s Third Annual Christmas Special 3.0/5
UNI 1.7/3 Por Siempre Mi Amor 1.7/3, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo 1.8/3, Mentir Para Vivir 1.5/3
CW 0.8/1 The iHeart Radio Jingleball 2013  0.8/1
TELE 0.8/1 Marido en Alquiler 0.7/1, Reina Sur 0.9/1, Santa Diablo 0.7/1
ION 0.8/1 WWE Main Event 0.9/1, Walking Tall 0.6/1
UMA 0.3/1 Cineplex 0.4/1, Cineplex 0.2/0

A18-49:  ABC 1.7/5, NBC 1.5/5, FOX 1.3/4, UNI 1.2/4, CBS 1.0/3, TEL 0.6/2, CW 0.5/2, ION 0.3/1, UMA 0.2/1


Caterina Bartoli has been upped to Executive Vice President of Media at The Media Kitchen, effective immediately. She previously served as Partner and Group Director.
JWT agency has promoted New York CEO Peter Sherman to CEO of North America. He’ll take over for David Eastman, who is stepping down.
PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate, has named Debbie Presser General Sales Manager.  Presser, who previously held sales management positions at PIX11, is returning to the station after a serving as Local Sales Manager for Fox5 and My9.


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Friday Fun Fact:
“Think,” the music that plays during the final segment of Jeopardy, was originally written by the show’s creator, Merv Griffin, in 1963 as a lullaby to help his son Tony fall asleep.

This Day In History sponsored by Discovery Fit & Health: 1965 The Dating Game, hosted by Jim Lange, debuted on ABC.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:What happens if two Jeopardy contestants in regular play tie for first place? They are named co-champions and return for the next episode. Kudos to: Kudos to: Matt Guertin-Active International/Pearl River, NY; Meredith Wayne-CoxReps; NYC; Matthew Meachem-Tribune Media Services/Queensbury, NY; Matthew Willence-ITN Networks/NYC; Jaeson Cayne-The Cayne Organization/Encinitas; Sally J. Maisel-Wienermania/Los Angeles, CA; Susan Torrey-New Day Marketing/Santa Barbara, CA; Joy Aronson/Los Angeles, CA.

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ABC: Shark Tank [r], Shark Tank [r], 20/20 
CBS: I Love Lucy Christmas Special, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: The Carrie Diaries, Nikita
FOX: Bones [r], Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
MyTV: Monk, Monk 
NBC: It’s a Wonderful Life
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, Craft in America, Christmas at Belmont 2013
Telemundo: Marido en Alquiler, La Reina del Sur, Santa Diabla
UMA: Shaolin Soccer, Tears of the Sun
Univision: Por Siempre Mi Amore, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Mentir Para Vivir

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