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Good morning.It’s Tuesday, February 11, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

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Cable news net HLN, known for its coverage of high-profile crime cases, is rebranding as “the first TV network for the social media generation,” announced its president, Albie Hecht, on Monday. “Just as MTV was adopted by a disconnected target audience that was underserved by television, HLN will be the first TV home to embrace the social media generation.” The plan: curate trending news and viral events across all platforms, with headlines “ripped from the most ‘plugged-in’ sites and blogs.”


Another part of HLN’s plan: RightThisMinute. The syndicated viral video show from MagicDust Television, slated for weeknights at 10p, started airing Monday, one week after HLN canceled Showbiz Tonight. “We think RightThisMinute fits perfectly with HLN’s mission to become the TV home for the social media generation,” Phil Alvidrez, GM of MagicDust and executive in charge of production for RightThisMinute, tells Cynopsis. “We find the best videos so you don’t have to and even better, we are the only ones to tell you the stories behind them.”

Nielsen added Local Buyer Reach to its Local Insights product suite, linking proprietary Nielsen local viewing data with consumer transactions and auto registrations. “By connecting the industry standard for audience measurement with such granular consumer data,” said Matt O’Grady, EVP Managing Director of Local Media, “clients will be able to prove their ability to reach highly desirable spenders by daypart, program, and specific market.”

Guests for the first week of the Jimmy Fallon iteration of NBC‘s Tonight Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Kristen Wiig, Tim McGraw and First Lady Michelle Obama.

On the heels of deals for CBS’s Elementary and Blue Bloods, Hulu Plus expanded its non-exclusive licensing agreement with CBS Corp. to include 2600 episodes of other shows, including Undercover Boss, Everybody Loves Raymond, Ghost Whisperer and 7th Heaven. Total number of CBS eps that will be available for Hulu Plus subscribers: 5300. Also, Hulu Original Series with the Hulu Kids platform announced it has made its first acquisition with the Jim Henson Company show, Doozers.

Modern Family exec producer Dan O’Shannon is leaving the ABC hit comedy at the end of the season for a three-year deal to develop projects at CBS Television Studios, reports Deadline.

A&E placed an order for 18 more Wahlburgers. The reality series featuring Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and their Boston burger business is averaging 3.5 million viewers in its freshman run, after a premiere that delivered 3.3 million. The show airs Wednesdays at 10:30p.

Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen, who once played drums with Blue Man Group in Chicago, is joining NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers as the band leader, with his 8G band. “Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia,” tweeted Meyers on Monday. IFC sketch comedy Portlandia returns for season four Thursday, February 27 at 10p.

High-powered entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren has been named the head of LA’s Entertainment and Production office. Said the city’s mayor, Eric Garcett, Ziffren will be a “powerful leader in our fight against other states that are taking our jobs.”

Former MSNBC contributor Michael Smerconish is getting a Saturday morning show on CNN. “I’ve long wanted to host a program of my own,” said Smerconish. “I think the type of content I seek to provide is perfectly suited for CNN’s non-ideological brand.”


Jazz musician and CBS News cultural correspondent Wynton Marsalis hosts the premiere of 48 Hours Presents: “The Whole Gritty City.” The documentary, broadcast on CBS Saturday, February 15 at 9p, follows the lives of five band students in New Orleans, each of whom lost someone to violence, as they prepare to play in Mardi Gras parades.

Three series launch on El Rey (the new net for “fearless, badass” content) starting Monday, February 17: Starsky & Hutch (Monday-Friday from 2p-4p), Dark Angel (Mondays and Thursdays from 4p-8p) and The X-Files (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4p-8p).

Jimmy Kimmel will try to grab some of those late night headlines by revealing the name of the cover model for Sports Illustrated’s 50th swimsuit issue Thursday, February 13 on Jimmy Kimmel Live; the model will pay a visit to the show in person on Monday, February 17. NBC talker airs at 11:35p. 


HGTV debuts two real estate shows next month. Flip It to Win It, tasking experts with renovating, then flipping auctioned homes for top dollar, premieres Tuesday, March 4 at 11p. In New House, New Life, bowing Thursday, March 6 at 11p, urbanites swap the city for greener pastures. “Programs that showcase real people as they contemplate taking risks in the real estate market continue to be very popular with audiences,” said Steven Lerner, SVP, programming and development, HGTV and DIY Network.

Psychosexual thriller Penny Dreadful, starring Josh Hartnett and Timothy Dalton, premieres Sunday, May 11 at 10 on Showtime. The net debuts climate change documentary Years of Living Dangerously Sunday, April 13 at 10p.

The tricky job of building stunning, million-dollar log mansions is explored in Destination America docu-series Timber Kings. U.S. premiere of the Paperny Entertainment production airs Saturday, March 8 at 10p.


Nurse Jackie comes back for season six on Showtime Sunday, April 13 at 9p, followed by the premiere of the seventh and final season of Californication at 9:30p.

Music net Fuse is holding a screening for the first two episodes of the new season of Funny Or Die’s Billy on the Street in NYC on Tuesday, March 4 at 7p. Tweets and photos from the audience will be displayed on the Beacon Theatre screen. Season three of the comic game show premieres Wednesday, March 12 at 11p.

Benelli’s The Fowl Life with Chad Belding, about waterfowl hunting, is moving from The Sportsman Channel to Outdoor Channel for its sixth season. The Banded Nation reality show launches on Outdoor this summer.


Kevin Alejandro (True Blood) has been cast in ABC drama pilot Clementine, opposite Sarah Snook as the psychic title character.


Actor/producer Anthony Anderson (The Departed) will host the 45th NAACP Image Awards, joining a roster of presenters that includes Tyler Perry, Arsenio Hall, Gabrielle Union and Lou Gossett Jr. Two-hour show airs Saturday, February 22 at 9p on TV One.

The Producers Guild of America announced Monday that its 2015 awards will take place in Saturday, January 24 in LA. This year’s honors were on January 19.


OWN acquired the rights to adapt the dishy (wild parties! Elvis Presley!) memoir of 1960s singer Darlene Love. To be exec produced by Oprah Winfrey and Morgan Neville, with Love serving as an exec producer, it will be the net’s first original movie.

Food Network is sending Guy Fieri and Alton Brown back into the kitchen for sophomore runs. Season one of Guy’s Grocery Games averaged a .7 A25-54 rating Sundays at 8p; Brown-hosted Cutthroat Kitchen averaged .8 in the demo at 10p.


Splash Entertainment sold 3D feature film Dive Oily Dive and the Pirate Treasure to Discovery Kids Latin America, Lagardere in France and AKM Distribution in Russia and the CIS.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment signed a new format deal for medical documentary series Keeping the Nation Alive. Keeping the Netherlands Alive will be produced by iCare Productions.

Temple Street Productions thriller Orphan Black has been sold by BBC Worldwide to territories including France, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Latin America, Finland, Denmark, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Turkey.

The Better Show, from Meredith Video Studios, announced clearances for its eighth season, with renewals including CBS Television Stations, Sinclair, Northwest Broadcasting and Meredith, and expansion in Miami. The syndicated lifestyle show now reaches 75 percent of U.S. television households.


The Winter Olympics scored a 14.4/22 household rating and 26.3 million viewers for NBC Sunday night, up from the 14.3/23 rating/26.4 million viewers in the time slot for the far more time-zone-friendly Vancouver Games in 2010.

The mid-season premiere of its fourth season brought AMC‘s The Walking Dead 15.8 million total viewers and 10.9 million A18-49 on Sunday. In the demo, it was the number one telecast of the night, Olympics included. 

Up against bruising competition from skiiers, figure skaters and (spoiler alert!) a decapitated zombie, CBS‘s The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute managed to deliver 13.95 million viewers and 2.1/5 among A18-49 on Sunday night, according to preliminary Nielsens. 

Nielsen Twitter TV Top Ten for the week of February 3-February 9, 2014



Unique Audience (000)

Tweets (000)

The Walking Dead (AMC)




The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute (CBS)




Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)




The Bachelor (ABC)




Teen Wolf (MTV)




The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC)




American Idol (FOX)




WWE Monday Night Raw (USA)




Love & Hip Hop (VH1))




Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful (NBC)




Source: Nielsen SocialGuide. SocialGuide captures relevant Tweets from three hours before, during and three hours after an episodes initial broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to an episode from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe episodes only and excludes sports events. Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings are only available for English-language U.S. Broadcast and Cable Networks. 

TV Playback Rank, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day rating for the week of January 20, 2014



A18-49 US AA%



+7 minus SD contribution

Modern Family (ABC)



2.3 (68%)

The Blacklist (NBC)



1.9 (83%)

Criminal Minds (CBS)



1.6 (73%)




1.3 (81%)

New Girl (FOX)



1.3 (68%)

Sleepy Hollow (FOX)



1.3 (54%)

Castle (ABC)



1.2 (60%)

How I Met Your Mother (CBS)



1.2 (39%)

Grimm (NBC)



1.2 (80%)

Nashville (ABC)



1.1 (79%)

Source: The Nielsen Company. National Live + Same Day and Live +7 Day Program Ratings. Program rankers based on regular, original telecasts only.

Friday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers every hour Friday with an average 8.2/26 for Olympics opening ceremony coverage, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. The Games display averaged 8.1/26 at 8p, followed by 1.0/3 for Univisions Por Siempre mi Amore and a rerun of CBSs Undercover Boss. The ceremony on NBC peaked at 9p with 9.5/28, versus 1.6/5 for Univisions Que Vida me Robo. NBC scored 8.4/25 at 10p, with Univision holding onto  second with 1.3/4 for Que Pobres tan Ricos.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, January 17, 2014 – time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.



Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony 17.0/8



Undercover Boss [r] 3.3/5, Hawaii Five-0 [r] 3.4/5, Blue Bloods [r] 4.6/8



Last Man Standing [r] 2.8/5, Last Man Standing [r] 2.6/4, Shark Tank [r] 2.9/5, 20/20 3.2/5



Por Siempre Mi Amor 1.5/2, Que Vida Me Robo 2.1/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.6/3



Bones [r] 2.0/3, Enlisted 1.2/2, Raising Hope 1.1/2



Impostora .6/1, Reina Sur .9/1, Santa Diabla .6/1



Attack the Block .6/1



Leverage .5/1, Burn Notice .4/1, Burn Notice .3/1



Cineplex .3/0,  Cineplex .2/0

A18-49:  NBC 8.2/26, UNI 1.3/4, CBS 1.1/3, CBS .8/2, FOX .7/2, TELE .4/1, CW .2/1, UMA .2/1


Jeffrey Glaser was promoted to Executive Vice President of Current Programming at 20th Century Fox Television. Glaser had been Senior Vice President.

Matthew Robinson was named Senior Vice President, International Television at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. Most recently, Robinson was Vice President of International Sales Planning at Warner Bros.

Shelly Tatro has been tapped by A&E to serve as Senior Vice President of Development & Programming. Previously, Tatro was Senior Vice President of East Coast Production and Development for VH1.

SundanceTV promoted Katie Lanegran to Vice President, Public Relations. Lanegran had been a senior director.

John Hesling was named Senior Vice President, Programming of Shed Media. Hesler had been the executive producer of Top Gear for BBC Worldwide Productions Los Angeles.

Maxus North America appointed Lori Greene to the newly-created position of Content Director. Before serving as a senior-level consultant in the industry, Greene had been Senior Vice President of Digital Media and Content for HSM Global.

Douglas Jost has joined Veria Living as Director of Content Distribution and Marketing. Jost was co-founder of multi-platform network Bright Educational Media, Inc.

LIN Media appointed Jordan Hoffner Chief Executive Officer of Federated Media. Hoffner had been President of Digital Media at Electus.

TVGN named Leslie J. Isaacs to the position of Vice President, West Coast Ad Sales and Takashi Nakano to Vice President, Content Distribution. Most recently, Isaacs was Director, Ad Sales at NBCUniversal. Nakano had been Director, National Accounts at Scripps Networks.


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This Day In History:
1960 – Angry about a joke that had been censored the night before, Jack Paar quit Tonight Starring Jack Paar during the show. He returned March 7.

Answer to Our Last 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? Michelle Pfeiffer. Kudos to: Linda Grillo-Viacom/NYC, Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NYC, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, Toni Perling-DoggieNames.com, Atlanta, GA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Angst Productions Inc./Hollywood, CA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Alan Perris/Beverly Hills.

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ABC: The Goldbergs [r], The Goldbergs [r], The Goldbergs [r], Trophy Wife [r], Killer Women
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: Los Angeles [r], Person of Interest [r]
CW: Attack the Block 
FOX: Dads [
f], New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
MyTV: Bones, Bones
NBC: XXII Winter Olympics
PBS: Billy the Kid: The American Experience [r], Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid: American Experience, Frontline
Telemundo: La Impostora, La Reina del Sur, Santa Diabla
UMA: 6 Bullets, Jackie Chan Presents: Wushu
Univision: Por Siempre Mi Amor, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Que Pobres Tan Ricos

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