A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM WE tv
Good morning. It's Friday, February 4, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing. As always, if you prefer to watch this morning's news instead of reading it, click here .
NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? at 8p
Animal Planet: Puppy Bowl VII at 3p
FOX: Super Bowl XLV at 6p (Special 66-minute episode of Glee follows Super Bowl at 1030p)
NBC is moving the return date for The Event, setting the two-hour episode now for March 7 at 8p. It was originally scheduled to air the week before on February 28. Thereafter, the nine remaining episodes in the first season will air in its original Monday 9p time period. The Event is also replacing midseason series The Cape which just had its original order cut back from 13 to 10 episodes due to low ratings.
USA Network set spring premiere dates for two of its original series:
Bravo heads to sunny Florida for the network's newest The Real Housewives franchise when The Real Housewives of Miami debuts February 22 at 10p. This new series follows six socially-connected and influential Miami women. Bravo also is changing the fourth season launch date of The Real Housewives of New York City to later this spring. The Real Housewives of Miami is produced by MC Filmworks for Bravo.
GSN signed comedian/talk show host Sherri Shepherd to helm a second season of The Newlywed Game. The sophomore season of the daily strip series will debut April 18 with 130 new episodes. The Newlywed Game is part of an original weeknight "Love Block" of relationship-themed game shows on GSN including Baggage with host Jerry Springer and Love Triangle hosted by Wendy Williams.
Starting next Monday, Oxygen Media kicks off Bad Girls Club: Afterparty at 10p. The additional half-hour of programming will offer Bad Girls Club fans commentary from cast members and extra clips. Tanisha Thomas, from season two of Bad Girls Club will host.
Animal Planet premieres its three-part miniseries World's Deadliest Towns all in one night as a trio of stacked one-hour episodes airs on February 21 starting at 8p. The series, hosted by Dave Salmoni, explores three villages in India and Africa where animals prey on humans. Icon Films produced the series for Animal Planet.
Tuesday's launch of two new series on Lifetime attracted an average of 582,000 A18-49 viewers and 1.1 million total viewers at 9p for the unscripted Seriously Funny Kids and 740,000 A18-49 viewers and 1.2 million total viewers for docu-drama One Born Every Minute at 10p.
Dish Network and Frontier Broadcasting struck a carriage deal on Wednesday involving WGXA-TV in Macon, GA, a FOX affiliate along with its digital multicast channel programmed as an ABC affiliate. Both signals have been dark on Dish since January 1 after the two companies could not reach a retransmission consent agreement before their contract ran out.
Representatives for Charlie Sheen, star of CBS' Two and a Half Men said yesterday Sheen may be able to resume production on the sitcom at the end of this month. The final decision to carry on with production though sits with Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre. Sheen recently entered rehab treatment at his home resulting in the sudden production halt of the comedy series last Friday.
CBS ordered a new multi-camera comedy pilot titled The Assistants from executive producer Tucker Cawley (Everybody Loves Raymond). Cawley also is currently a producer on NBC's Parks and Recreation and TNT's Men of a Certain Age. The new comedy is about four assistants who work tirelessly for a celebrity couple. Cawley will be the show's executive producer along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. CBS Television Studios and the Tannenbaum Co. are producing.
Casting Call: Bravo is gearing up for a second season of Top Chef Just Desserts and is scheduling casting calls nationwide in tandem with Top Chef season nine auditions. Additional casting details and to download an application for either Top Chef season nine or Top Chef Just Desserts season two can be found at www.BravoTV.com/casting . The casting calls begin February 27 in Houston followed by February 28 in New York; March 2 in Austin and Philadelphia; March 4 in Charleston; March 7 in Chicago; March 9 in Seattle; March 10 in Las Vegas; and March 14 in Los Angeles. Both series are produced by Magical Elves.
Broadcast Morning News Shows - Weekly Average Ratings (week of January 24, 2011)
NBC: Today 5.49 million total viewers; 2.1/15 and 2.59 million A25-54
ABC: GMA 4.93 million total viewers; 1.5/11 and 1.89 million A25-54
CBS: Early Show 2.91 million total viewers; 0.9/7 and 1.17 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Broadcast Late-Night Shows - Weekly Average Ratings (week of January 24, 2011)
NBC: Tonight 3.88 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.51 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.16 A18-49
ABC: Nightline 3.75 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.52 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.19 A18-49
CBS: Late Show 3.09 million total viewers; 1.1 and 1.40 million A25-54; 0.7 and 990,000 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows - Weekly Average Ratings (January 30, 2011)
NBC: Meet the Press 3.96 million total viewers; 1.0 and 1.27 million A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation 3.05 million total viewers; 0.9 and 1.07 million A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.71 million total viewers; 0.7 and 880,000 A25-54
Note: Ratings for FOX News Sunday was not available
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX ranked #1 among A18-49 Wednesday night at 5.8/15, according to final national ratings from Nielsen. Week to week, FOX's American Idol experienced a small rise in the ratings during 8p at 9.0/24 followed by Univision's Eva Luna at 1.8/5. ABC's repeat comedies Modern Family and Cougar Town averaged a winning 3.1/8 at 9p with the second hour of Minute To Win It on NBC in a close second position at 3.0/8. NBC then had a turn in the winner's seat as Law & Order: SVU did best through 10p at 2.9/8 and ABC's Off the Map pulled into second place at 1.9/5.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 9.3/15 American Idol 13.4/21, Human Target 5.2/8
CBS: 5.4/9 Live To Dance 3.2/5, Criminal Minds [r] 6.0/10, Blue Bloods 7.1/12
ABC: 4.1/7 The Middle [r] 4.3/7, The Middle [r] 4.0/6, Modern Family [r] 5.4/8, Cougar Town 3.9/6, Off the Map 3.4/6
UNIV: 2.1/3 Eva Luna 2.3/4, Triunfo del Amor 2.4/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.7/3
CW: 0.7/1 Smallville [r] 0.8/1, Supernatural [r] 0.6/1
TELE: 0.6/1 Aurora 0.6/1, Los Herederos del Monte 0.5/1, Alguien Te Mira 0.6/1
TF: 0.3/1 Choques Extremos 0.3/0, Rompiendo Los Limites 0.2/0, Futbol Liga Mexicana Wed: America vs. San Luis 0.4/1
A&E Television Networks, LLC's unit AETN International named Ellen Lovejoy as Senior Director/International Content Sales. Ellen will begin her new position this spring and she will work closely with Ian Jones, Managing Director/International Content Distribution and Commercial Development to create and execute sales strategies for AETN's current and growing catalog of programs. Ellen's duties will also cover licensing of AETN programming for off-network broadcast on television and other platforms in various territories including Australia and New Zealand. Based in New York, she will report to Ian Jones.
Sarasota, FL-based TV/film production operation, Sanborn Studios hired Alan J. Bailey as CFO and Dan Forman as SVP/Program Development. Alan previously was an executive at Paramount Studios and Dan was News Director at WNBC-TV and WABC-TV.
Effective immediately, Jayson Dinsmore moves to CMT in the newly-minted role as EVP/Development. At CMT, Jayson will manage all development for the network and supervise the network's development team mostly based at CMT's Santa Monica offices. Jayson reports to Brian Philips, President, CMT. Previously, Jayson was SVP/Alternative Development at NBC.
Meredith Integrated Marketing, a division of Meredith Corporation tapped Katherine Kress as Executive Group Director to succeed Patrick Sheposh who departed the company to pursue other opportunities. In her new capacity, Katherine will be in charge of Meredith Integrated Marketing's Customer Relationship Management (CRM) goals and client service groups across Chrysler LLC's portfolio. Katherine will report to David Brown, GM, Meredith Integrated Marketing.
Brett Bouttier appointed GM of TMZ and in his new position he will work alongside Harvey Levin and Jim Paratore, Executive Producers of TMZ. Brett will also continue to head Digital TV Ad Sales for the Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG). As GM of TMZ, Brett will manage the revenue and ad sales in addition to the daily operations of the brand and its various businesses including television, online and mobile. He will also be involved with continued expansion plans for TMZ beyond television and online. Well done Brett!
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Friday Fun Fact: If harnessed, the energy liberated by an average hurricane could supply the electrical energy used in the U.S. during half a year.
This day in History: 1952 - Jackie Robinson was named Director of Communication for NBC. He was the first black executive of a major radio-TV network.
Answer to Yesterday's Trivia Question: If a sloppy-joe is a sandwich, what is a meal, according to this product's slogan? MANWICH Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Network/NY; Ed Ziskind-Tribune Plus/NY; Adam Stewart-Food Network & Cooking Channel/Southfield; William Mullin-Verizon FiOS TV/Virginia; Betsy Pike-Ohio University/Athens; Linda Wooldridge-Rovicorp/Tulsa; Deirdre LaVerdiere-Tribune Media Services/Chicago; Peggy Dalland-KTTC/Rochester; Roxanne Lettman-CBS Studios Int'l/LA; Jim Himmel/San Clemente; Lee Toft-DuBose Liles Entertainment/Hollywood; Aaron Paquette-Nielsen Entertainment TV/Hollywood; Lori Heiss-Shine Group/London; Derek Anderson-Associated Producers/Toronto; Stephen Kelley-9 Story Ent/Toronto; Candace Irving-Candace Irving & Assoc/Tortola BVI
Today's Trivia Question: This framed piece of sheet music titled The Dairymaids is on the wall behind the desk of the titled character, on what classic TV sitcom? (Email Cynthia@cynopsis.com with 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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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011
ABC: Supernanny, Primetime: What Would You Do? Barbara Walters Special
AZTECA: Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS: The Defenders, Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials, CSI: NY
CW: Smallville, Supernatural
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares, Fringe
ION: Without a Trace, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds
NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? [p], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Masterpiece Classic
TELE: Aurora, Los Herederos del Monte, Alguien Te Mira
UNIV: Eva Luna, Triunfo del Amor, Rosa de Guadalupe
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