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Good morning.It’s Monday, February 10, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Pivot: Life Line Booth at 8:30p

Tonight’s Finale:
Food: Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off at 9p

Simon Cowell‘s going home – and The X Factor is going off the air Stateside. In an announcement from Syco, FremantleMedia North America and FOX, Cowell said, “Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K.” While viewership across the pond declined from 17 million in 2010 to 9.6 million last year without Cowell, the U.S. show’s third season hardly did gangbusters with him, averaging a 2.2 rating among A18-49 and 7 million viewers. Said Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment of FOX, “Unfortunately, there is no X Factor USA without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life.”


Argh! Some Xbox users got an unintended sneak peek at the mid-season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead on Saturday morning, ahead of the much-pirated zombie drama’s scheduled Sunday showing. The error was fixed quickly, after word of the error spread online. Dead’s season four premiere in October – which also got an accidental early airing, on Google Play – scored a record-breaking 16.1 million viewers and 10.4 million among A18-49. The series is back on Sundays at 9p.

CNN‘s AC360 Later is off the air for good. The 10p news talker hosted by Anderson Cooper, launched in September as a companion to Cooper’s AC360, was often preempted during its brief run. 

TNT ordered six more episodes of breakout docu-series Cold Justice. The Wolf Films/Magical Elves crime show is averaging 1.8 million viewers Live+3 in its second season, and up 25 percent among A18-49 from its season one. Justice airs Fridays at 8p.

Cosmos: A Space Odyssey will have the largest global launch ever for a television series. The 13-part science series from Ann Druyan and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) will premiere on National Geographic‘s 90 channels in 180 countries as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in 125 countries, immediately after its U.S. premiere Sunday, March 9 on Fox and Monday, March 10 on National Geographic channels. 
Music Choice is focusing on females as it honors Black History Month. Through February 28, the net’s airing videos from hot women performers, as well as episodes of emerging artist series Primed focusing on Bridget Kelly (February 3), American Idol winner Candice Glover (February 10) and Algebra Blessett (February 17).

Veria Living has expanded VLC, the net’s live, 15-minute programming blocks, into a live, one-hour daily lifestyle talk show with a studio audience.“The response from viewers to VLC was overwhelming,” said Eric Sherman, Veria Living’s new CEO. “We are expanding the original series to give viewers more of what they want – ‘supersized’ segments with even more food, fashion, fitness, beauty and health tips.” Show starts today, Monday February 10 at 1p.

LAST CALL! Learn the right combinations of brand lift, audience delivery, and sales impact at The Cynopsis Media Boot Camp tomorrow, February 11. Read more + register here:http://www.cynopsis.com/events/the-cynopsis-media-boot-camp.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  February 7  February 9, 2014

The Lego Movie (Warner Bros.) $69.1 million opening weekend
Monuments Men (Sony) $22.7 million  opening weekdend
Ride Along (Universal) $9.4 million 4 wk total $105.1 million
Frozen (Disney) $6.9 million 12 wk total $368.7 million
That Awkward Moment (Focus) $5.5 million 2 wk total $16.8 million
Lone Survivor (Universal) $5.3million 7 wk total $112.6 million
Vampire Academy (The Weinstein Company) $4.1 million opening weekend
The Nut Job (Open Road) $3.8 million 4 wk total $55.1 million
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Paramount) $3.6 million 4 wk total $44.5 million
American Hustle (Sony) $3.1 million 9 wk total $138.1 million

Source: Rentrak


Lifetime original movie Happy Face Killer, starring David Arquette (Scream) as a serial killer and Gloria Reuben (ER) as the FBI investigator trying to hunt him down, premieres Saturday, March 1 at 8p. The Happy Face Productions/Front Street Pictures film was inspired by real events.

The new “boot camp” stage of American Idol starts Tuesday, February 18, headed by mentor/former judge Randy Jackson and including season eight runner-up Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, who came in fourth in season five.

One Destination America viewer will have the chance to win a role on the seventh season of A Haunting, the spooky series profiling families traumatized by forces unknown. The ep will tape this spring and air as part of DA’s Halloween programming. Deadline for the sweepstakes is Sunday, February 16.

FX‘s Archer and Chozen are on hiatus for two weeks due to the Olympics. Both series return February 24, at 10p and 10:30p. Justified will be on hiatus Tuesday, February 17, returning February 25 at 10p.

NUVOtv announced its spring programming slate. Series premieres include The Collective (Thursday March at 8p); quarterly Nu Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers (Wednesday, March 19 at 8p); boxing competition series Knockout (Wednesday, April 9 at 10p) and matchmaking competition Love and Salsa (Tuesday, May 6 at 10p). Returning are season twos of Dexter (Monday, February 24 at 9p) and Mario Lopez: One-on-One (Tuesday, June 3 at 10:30p); Stand Up & Deliver: Cabo San Lucas made its sophomore season bow last month. Bill Hilary, NUVOtv EVP of programming, tells Cynopsis the net makes a point of including “featuring not only name brand talent but also rising stars is a very important element for the new series we develop,” a philosophy encouraged by chief creative officer Jennifer Lopez.

COZI TV offers viewers a week filled with romance-centric eps of comfort shows like Magnum, P.I., Maverick and McMillan & Wife for Valentine’s Day. And many of the “carefully curated, love-themed TV shows and films have not been seen in years,” Diane Petzke, director of programming and promotion, tells Cynopsis. Viewers also have a chance to have their love messages read on air – details here.


Lifetime ordered 10 eps of dark comedy Un-Real. The A+E Studios production, set behind the scenes at a dating competition show, will become the first scripted series fully financed and controlled by A+E Studios.

AMC greenlit a docu-series chronicling the first season of the LA KISS arena football league team, owned by the rock group’s Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. The 10-ep, as-yet-untitled series from Thinkfactory Media debuts this summer.

Writing partners Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer (Defiance) have joined Syfy supernatural drama Dominion as executive producers and will be co-showrunners with exec producer Vaun Wilmott. The series, from Universal Cable Productions and based on characters from the 2010 film Legion, is slated for a June premiere.

Cuz-Bros, a mismatched roommate comedy from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios, got an order from CBS.

MTV greenlit horror film The Dorm, reports Deadline. Filming with Nomadic Pictures Corp. starts in Calgary this week.


You can’t say they’re afraid of commitment. ABC and dick clark productions have extended broadcast deals for The American Music Awards for nine years and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest for ten years. The 2013 music awards drew its second biggest audience in 11 years, with 13.1 million viewers; Rockin’ Eve 2013 delivered its largest audience since 2000, with an average 22.8 million viewers.


Live with Kelly and Michael launch #EndWinterNow week today, a stunt that includes summer-themed segments on topics like sunless tanning and surfing against tropical backdrops. Despite the snow, the show, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, can’t gripe too muchthe week ending January 26 it scored a 3.2 Household rating, second among syndicated talk shows and up 14 percent from last year.

On the heels of its VOD deal for CBS dramas Elementary and Blue Bloods, Hulu Plus inked an agreement to stream previous seasons of ABC‘s Nashville, now in season two.


Debi Mazur (Entourage) joins the cast of TV Land pilot Younger, reports Deadline. The comedy, written and exec produced by Darren Star (Sex and the City), focuses on a 40-year-old mom (Sutton Foster) trying to pass as a 26-year-old. Mazur plays the faker’s best friend.

Ben McKenzie (Southland) will star in upcoming Batman prequel Gotham as Commissioner Gordon. The Warner Bros. drama has a series commitment from Fox.


TV winners of American Cinema Editors’ ACE Eddie Awards, handed out Friday night, included: The Assassination of President Kennedy (Chris A. Peterson), The Office: “Finale” (David Rogers & Claire Scanlon), Breaking Bad: “Felina” (Skip MacDonald A.C.E.), Homeland: “Big Man in Tehran” (Terry Kelley, A.C.E.), Behind the Candelabra (Mary Ann Bernard) and Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Tokyo (Nick Brigden).

Saturday night’s Art Director’s Guild Awards presented TV honors to: Game of Thrones: “Valar Dohaeris” (Gemma Jackson), Behind the Candelabra (Howard Cummings), Veep “Helsinki” (Jim Gloster), Battlestar Galactica (Brian Kane), Portlandia: “Missionaries” (Tyler Robinson) and The 67th Annual Tony Awards (Steve Bass).
2014 mtvU Woodie Awards Special, featuring highlights from Austin’s SXSW Music Festival, airs Sunday, March 16 at 8p on MTV and college net mtvU.

IFC airs the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 1 at 10. Best Feature category includes 12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska.


NBC‘s Olympics topped Thursday night with pre-Opening Ceremony figure skating, skiing and snowboarding, but the Games didn’t necessarily tear viewers from their regular programming. CBS‘s Big Bang Theory and The Millers held onto week-prior A18-49 Nielsen ratings of 5.2 and 2.6, while CW’s Reign maintained a .6. Telemundo‘s Reina Sur got a one tenth uptick, to .8.

With an Olympics lead-in and plenty of press coverage, Jay Leno‘s final night on The Tonight Show drew 14.6 million viewers, the fourth largest audience ever and largest since 1998. Among A18-49, the show scored a 3.8 rating, versus the .9 season average.

The Olympics opening ceremony Friday night delivered 31.7 million viewers to NBC. The 2010 Games in Vancouver topped that with 32.6 million, but among tape-delayed Winter Games openers, it was the second most-watched after Lillehammer (33.8 million) in 1994.

After the Sochi spectacle Friday night, Jimmy Fallon‘s last outing as host of NBC‘s Late Night averaged a 2.2 rating in A18-49 and 6.6 million viewers, the best since David Letterman bid adieu to 7.5 million Late Night viewers in 1993.

Bravo‘s Top Chef finale on Wednesday delivered 1.7 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, a 13 percent uptick from the week prior and the highest-rated episode of the season in all key demos.

A tweaked format earned MTV’s Real World: Ex-Plosion its highest-rated episode in three seasons. On Wednesday, exes of the housemates moved in, drawing 1.5 million viewers and making the reality show the top program at 10p across television among W12-34.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 6.0/17 for its first night of Olympics coverage, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, leading the field in every hour. At 8p the Games scored 6.0/17 versus a 3.9/11 average for CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and The Millers. At 9p, it was Olympics 6.3/17, CBS 1.8/5 for The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men. Opposite the Olympics (5.7/16) at 10p, CBS’s Elementary earned 1.8/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, February 6, 2014  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

NBC 11.3/8 The Winter  Olympics 11.3/18
CBS 6.5/10 Big Bang Theory 10.7/16, The Millers 6.5/10, The Crazy Ones 4.6/7, Two and a Half Men 5.2/8, Elementary 6.0/10
FOX 4.7/7 American Idol 6.6/10, Rake 2.7/4
ABC 2.1/3 The Taste 2.1/3, Shark Tank [r] 2.2/4
UNI 1.8/3 Por Siempre Mi Amor 1.6/3, Que Vida Me Robo 2.2/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.8/3
CW 1.3/2 Vampire Diaries 1.4/2, Reign 1.1/2
ION 1.0/2 Law & Order: CI .9/1, Law & Order: CI 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2
TELE .8/1 Impostora .7/1, Reina Sur 1.0/1, Santa Diabla .6/1
UMA .4/1 Cineplex Thur .5/1, Cineplex 1 .3/1

A18-49:  NBC 6.0/17, CBS 2.5/7, FOX 2.1/6, UNI 1.4/4, ABC 1.0/3, CW .8/2, UMA .3/1, ION .3/1


Mark Horak has joined Redbox as President. Most recently, Horak served as President the Americas at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.


Longtime political director of CBS News Marty Plissner died February 6. He was 87. Plissner, who joined CBS News in 1964, was the author of 1999’s “The Control Room: How Television Calls the Shots in Presidential Elections”.


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This Day In History:
1950 – Mark Spitz, who won seven Olympic gold medals in 1972, turns 64 today.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Why was Seinfeld‘s (1989-1998) George Costanza fired from his job at Pendant Publishing? George had “relations” with the cleaning lady. On his desk! Kudos to: Bev Wolfe-Fox TV/NYC, Jaime Klein-photographer/Philadelphia, Jon Clateman-Frozen Ropes/Syosset, NY, Jerry Kapner-Kapner Group/Montclair, NJ, Larry Glazer-WTTW TV/Chicago, Scott Wallace-Showtime Networks, Inc./Overland Park, KS, Lisa Nordstrom-Compass Point Media/Minneapolis, Mark Guerin-Comcast Spotlight/Denver, Sam Zoda-ITV Studios America/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Jim Katz-Radcliffe Road Pictures/LA, Stephen Kelley-9 Story Entertainment/Toronto.

Today’s Trivia Question: Which three-time Academy Award nominee was turned down for a role on Charlie’s Angels (1976-1981) in favor of Shelley Hack?(Email trivia@cynopsis.comwith your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).


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ABC: The Bachelor

CBS: How I Met Your Mother [r], Mom [r], Mike & Molly [r], Mom [r], Intelligence

CW: Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast    

FOX: Almost Human, The Following

ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds

MyTV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: SVU 

NBC: XXII Winter Olympics

PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens

Telemundo: La Impostora, La Reina del Sur, Santa Diabla

UMA: Star Trek: Nemesis, The Prophecy: Forsaken

Univision: Por Siempre Mi Amore, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Que Pobres Tan Ricos    

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