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Good morning.It’s Monday, December 23, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.
DIY: House Crashers at 10p
NBC: Hollywood Game Night at 10p
Smithsonian: Space Voyages at 8p
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight at 9p
NBC: The Sing-off at 8p
Travel: Bizarre Foods America at 9p
More Premieres and Finales happening while the Cynopsis team is on holiday break through January 2, 2014. From all of us at Cynopsis – Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, December 24 Finales:
Esquire: Risky Listing at 9p, White Collar Brawlers at 10p
ID: Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda at 9p
Wednesday, December 25 Premiere:
Travel: White Magic at 9p
Wednesday, December 25 Finales:
Esquire: How I Rock it at 10p, Alternate Route at 10:30p
E!: Burning Love at 10:30p
History: Bible Secrets Revealed at 10p
Thursday, December 26 Premiere:
DIY: Behind the Build: HGTV Dream Home Special at 9p
Thursday, December 26 Finales:
Animal Planet: Wild West Alaska: Grizzly Sized at 7p
Military: Nazi Hunters at 9p
Friday, December 27 Finales:
Bravo: Styled to Rock at 8p
CW: Nikita at 9p
PBS: American Masters at 9p
Saturday, December 28 Premieres:
Destination America: Buying Log Homes at 10p
TLC: Sex Sent Me to the ER at 10p
Saturday, December 28 Finales:
History 2: Big History at 10p
ID: Fatal Vows at 9p
Sunday, December 29 Premieres:
HGTV: Hawaii Life at 9:30p
TLC: Sister Wives at 9p
Sunday, December 29 Finale:
HBO: Treme at 9p
Monday, December 30 Premiere:
GAC: Who’s on Deck with Nan Kelly at 9p
Wednesday, January 1 Premieres:
Bio: All for Nothing? at 10p
Discovery: Lone Target at 10p
HGTV: Vacation House for Free at 5p
Lifetime: Dance Moms at 9p, Kim of Queens at 10p
Oxygen: Tattoos After Dark at 11p
TLC: My Strange Addition at 9p
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Fox reached for the stars – and got them – for The Simpsons‘ upcoming Hollywood-themed “Steal This Episode.” “Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen have been looking for a project to do together for a long time. So we were happy to finally give them this opportunity,” said exec producer Matt Selman. “Will Arnett, Channing Tatum and Rob Halford never wanted to work together, so please don’t tell them they’re in the same episode.” Show airs Sunday, January 5 at 8p.
After A&E put Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson on “indefinite” hiatus for anti-gay remarks he made in the January issue of GQ, the Robertson clan suggested the hit show might not go on without him. “We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm,” they said in a statement on Thursday. Petitions calling for Robertson’s reinstatement have drawn almost 300,000 signatures, but with nine out of ten episodes already in the can, Robertson should still be on-screen, at least for now, when season five of the reality show launches Wednesday, January 15.
An animated promo for NBC’s Community explains the comedy’s interrupted-by-Olympics sked after its season five premiere on Thursday, January 2 at 8p. Series creator Dan Harmon, who left after season three, is back at the helm; the first new episode is titled “Repilot.”
Alex Wagner relocates from 12p to 4p on MSNBC, taking over the spot vacated by Martin Bashir. “Alex is an incredible talent and her voice is the perfect lead-in to our evening programming,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin wrote in a letter to staff. Facing backlash over derogatory comments he made about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Bashir resigned early this month.
Drake will be the first Saturday Night Live host of 2014, serving as musical guest as well on January 18. While the rapper/actor performed on the show in 2011, this will be his first time hosting. NBC sketch show airs Saturdays at 11:30p; drop-ins on December 21 included Barry Gibb, Madonna and Paul McCartney.
Long-running web hit Jake and Amir (half a billion views across all platforms) is in development for television at TBS. CollegeHumor scribes Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld will write and act in the series; Ed Helms (The Office) will produce.
Canceled talk show Katie will change to a mostly live format for its final six months, says the Hollywood Reporter. Tapings for the syndicated one-hour Disney/ABC chatfest were running as long two hours, tacking on production and editing expenses. Host Katie Couric takes her place as Yahoo! global anchor in 2014.
The annual 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon on TBS will be sponsored by Amazon and, appropriately, Marathon Petroleum. Last year’s airings drew 48.8 million viewers over the course of the 24 hours, with 4.5 million at 10a on Christmas morning. Marathon starts at 8p December 24.
The consolidation of stations continues with The FCC’s approval of the mergers of Tribune Co. with Local TV station groups, and Gannett Co.‘s with Belo. Gannett made its $1.5 billion purchase in June, days before Tribune’s purchase of 16 mid-size stations.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: December 20-December 22, 2013
|The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros.)||$31.5 million||2 wk total $127.5 million|
|Anchorman 2 (Paramount)||$26.8 million||opening weekend|
|Frozen (Disney )||$19.1 million||5 wk total $191.6 million|
|American Hustle (Sony)||$19.1 million||2 wk total $20.2 million|
|Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)||$9.3 million||2 wk total $9.9 million|
|Hunger Games: The Catching Fire (Lionsgate)||$8.6 million||5 wk total $371.7 million|
|Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (Lionsgate)||$8.5 million||2 wk total $28.3 million|
|Walking with Dinosaurs (20th Century)||$7.3 million||opening weekend|
|Dhoom 3 (Yash Raj Films)||$1.7 million||opening weekend|
|Thor: The Dark World (Disney)||$1.3 million||7 wk total $200.8 million|
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ABC mini-series The Assets is set to debut Thursday, January 2 at 10p. The eight-parter from Lincoln Square Productions is based on the real-life story of CIA counter-intelligence officer Sandy Grimes.
Obsession: Dark Desires tells chilling real-life tales of out-of-control stalkers. Investigation Discovery debuts the 10-ep series from October Films on Tuesday, January 14 at 10p. As part of the net’s “Inspire a Difference” initiative, ID created a PSA to air during January, National Stalking Awareness Month.
Food Network offers expert advice to would-be restaurant owners in Buy This Restaurant. Guided by a commercial real estate expert, novices compare properties that could make their dreams come true, starting Wednesday, February 5 at 9p.
With items like bedazzled Berkin bags and golden caviar, the personal shoppers – or “luxury lifestyle experts” – on E!‘s Buying for Billionaires have their work cut out for them pleasing extraordinarily wealthy clients. One-hour special premieres Thursday, December 26 at 9p.
The Broadcast Film Critics Association and African-American net TV One are teaming for “Celebration of Black Cinema,” honoring performers and movies including 12 Years a Slave and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, to be held at House of Blues on Tuesday, January 7. The event will air on TV One in February.
Season two of History‘s Vikings continues the brutal family saga of warrior Ragnar, with new addition Alexander Ludwig (The Hunter Games). In its first season, the series from World 2000 and Take 5 Productions was the number one new cable series of the year, averaging 4.3 million total viewers and 1.8 million A18-49. Bloodshed begins anew Thursday, February 27 at 10p.
NBC‘s Silence of the Lambs prequel Hannibal returns for season two Friday, February 28 at 10p, inheriting Dracula‘s spot after that show ends its 10-episode run. While season one of the Gaumont International Television drama was a lackluster ratings performer, it was a critical hit, and boasted an average 77 percent rise in live plus 7 day among A18-49.
Kitchen klutzes are transformed into competent chefs in season five of Worst Cooks in America. Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay are back to lead two teams competing for a $25,000 prize on Monday, February 17 at 9p.
Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Portlandia) and Balthazar Getty (Brothers & Sisters) are two of the guest stars brightening upcoming episodes of Showtime comedy House of Lies. Previously announced guest stars include Daniel Stern, Mekhi Phifer and Griffin Dunne. Season three launches Sunday, January 12 at 10p.
Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) will star in original UP movie, Apple Mortgage Cake. The Entertainment One production is based on the true story of a woman who made headlines baking cakes to save her house from foreclosure.
Sundance Channel ordered six eps of unscripted Loredana, ESQ, about a former LAPD officer-turned-lawyer. “We think audiences will soak up the behind-the-scenes world of criminal defense,” said Nena Rodrigue, the net’s SVP of original programming and production. Series from Go Go Luckey is scheduled to premiere in March 2014.
Despite earlier plans to drop New England Cable Network, Time Warner Cable announced Friday it will continue to carry NECN, which has “agreed to work with our leadership at Time Warner Cable News to improve the quality of their local programming for our customers,” said TWC.
Program Call:Cynopsis Media will be producing its annual NATPE Shopping Guide sent 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: firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to submit listings.
Discovery is on track to score its highest total viewership and ratings in key demos in 12 years. From December 31, 2012-December 15, 2013, the net had its best year since 2001 in total viewers P2+, up 5 percent versus last year, with 11 series that averaged more than two million viewers. Skywire with Nik Wallenda was the number one live event on cable for the year, delivering 13 million total viewers.
NBC earned the demo crown on Thursday, pulling 1.7/5 in A18-49 for its The X Factor finale, but that was a 45 percent drop from last year’s finale; the 6.2 million viewers it delivered was down 36 percent from last year.
Friday’s colorized holiday I Love Lucy episodes Friday night (who knew the Ricardos’ kitchen was green?!) delivered 8.7 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating/5 share in A18-49 in early numbers, winning the demo for CBS. NBC‘s retro holiday entry, It’s a Wonderful Life, drew 5.4 million viewers and a 1.1 rating.
UP announced it is trending to have it best year since 2007, when it started being measured by Nielsen (as GMC), among W25-54, W18-49 and A18-49. Net EVP, programming Leslie Glenn Chesloff said UP’s “commitment to producing original movies and series is really paying off.” The premiere of original movie Christmas for a Dollar on December 15 ranked seventeen in households at 7p, with an average audience of 1,037,000 P2+.
E! ends 2013 up 20 percent year-to-year in primetime among P18-49 (256,000) in the fourth quarter.
Thursday A18-49 Analysis: FOX got the most A18-49 viewers with 1.7/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. An average of 2.3/7 for repeats of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and The Millers at 8p was followed by 1.7/5 for ABC’s encore of Charlie Brown Christmas. Fox’s The X Factor was first at 9p with 1.9/6 versus 1.6/5 for NBC’s SNL Christmas. NBC maintained first place at 10p with 1.7/6 for SNL, followed by 1.4/5 for ABC special The Year.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, December 19, 2013 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
|CBS||4.4/7||The Big Bang Theory [r] 6.9/12, The Millers [r] 4.4/8, The Crazy Ones [r] 3.5/6, Two and a Half Men [r] 3.7/6, Elementary [r] 3.7/7|
|ABC||3.8/6||Charlie Brown Christmas 3.8/6, The Year 3.8/6|
|FOX||3.8/6||The X Factor 3.8/6|
|NBC||2.7/5||The Sing-Off 2.8/5, SNL Christmas 2.6/4|
|UNI||1.6/3||Por Siempre Mi Amor 1.6/3, Que Vida Me Robo 1.8/3, Mentir Para Vivir 1.5/3|
|ION||1.1/2||Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.2/2|
|TELE||.8/1||Marido el Alquiler .7/1, Reina Sur 1.0/2, Santa Diabla .8/1|
|CW||.6/1||Vampire Diaries [r] .5/1, Reign [r] .6/1|
|UMA||.4/1||Cinemas .5/1, Cineplex .3/1|
A18-49: FOX 1.7/5, ABC 1.5/5, CBS 1.5/5, NBC 1.5/5, UNI 1.2/4, TELE .6/2, ION .4/1, UMA .3/1, CW .2/1
Hearst Televisionpromoted Michael Rosellini to Vice President, Digital Operations from Director of Product Development, and Jonathan D. Sumber to Vice President, Digital Sales from Director of Digital Sales.
Host of public affairs showThe Open Mind Richard Heffner died of a cerebral brain hemorrhage on December 17. He was 88. Heffner launched The Open Mind in 1956, and served as chairman of the MPAA’s Classification and Rating Administration from 1974-1994.
Writer Ned Vizzini died December 19. He took his own life at age 32. The author of the semi-biographical novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story, about teenage depression, was working on NBC’s upcoming Believe.
BBC sportscaster David Coleman died after a brief illness at age 87. Coleman, who covered 11 Summer Olympics for the BBC, received an Olympic Order medal in recognition of his contribution to the Games.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY DECEMBER 23, 2013
ABC: Shrek the Halls, A Chipmunk Christmas, The Great Christmas Light Fight [f]
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, Elementary
CW: The iHeartradio Jingle Ball 2013
FOX: Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow
ION: A Star for Christmas, A Christmas Kiss
MyTV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: SVU
NBC: The Sing-Off [f], Hollywood Game Night [p]
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Marido en Alquiler, La Reina del Sur, Santa Diabla
UMA: Dragonheart, True Justice
Univision: Por Siempre Mi Amore, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo
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