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STYLE NETWORK'S GIULIANA & BILL SCORES ITS MOST WATCHED SEASON PREMIERE EVERTop 10-rated cable program in time period with W18-49
Good morning. It's Monday, April 9, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
A&E Network: Flipped Off at 10p
Investigation Discovery: Fatal Encounters at 10p
Military Channel: World War I in Colour at 10p
TLC: Mama's Boys of the Bronx at 10p
Travel Channel: Hotel Impossible at 10p
Food Network: Meat Men at 11p
Syfy: Being Human at 9p; Lost Girl at 10p
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Source: Nielsen November 28, 2011 February 5, 2012, M-Sun 7-10p, A25-54/with K2-11 & A25-54/with T12-17; For details, contact email@example.com
Late last week, NBC's Today show co-anchor, Matt Lauer ended speculation about his future status with the morning show. Lauer told Today viewers Friday morning that he has signed a new long-term contract to remain as co-host saying, "This is my family."
In the next new season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E!, the show is expanding into 18 one-hour episodes, slated to premiere May 20 at 9p. The next edition of the series will catch viewers up on what each Kardashian family member is doing, including the revelation that patriarch Bruce feels he is taken for granted. The series, which moves to the new timeslot of Sundays at 9p, is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim/Murray Productions. Also on May 20, E! debuts its newest series Mrs. Eastwood & Company at 10p.
CBS News legend Mike Wallace died on Saturday at a care facility in New Canaan, CT at the age of 93. Mr. Wallace considered one of the nation's best known broadcast journalists and interrogators, became a fixture on CBS' iconic newsmagazine program 60 Minutes when the show launched on September 24, 1968, co-hosting with Harry Reasoner. Mr. Wallace's broadcast career began long before 60 Minutes in the 1940s and '50s, as he appeared on a number of radio and television programs as narrator/announcer, then as reporter, actor and program host. Launched in 1956, the weeknight program Night Beat is the show where Mr. Wallace perfected his hard-boiled interview style. Airing at 11p on the New York affiliate owned by the short-lived DuMont television network, Mr. Wallace previously had recalled the show used ultra close-ups and lighting on its interview subjects and "I was asking tough questions," he said. "And I had found my bliss." Night Beat moved to the ABC network in 1957 as a half-hour national program in primetime and was renamed The Mike Wallace Interview. After ABC cancelled the program in 1958, Mr. Wallace later joined CBS News as a special correspondent and soon after began anchoring The CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace. In 1968 he debuted with 60 Minutes which moved to Sunday nights in 1970. Mr. Wallace had the reputation for being a tough investigative reporter and one who would fight his fellow CBS 60 Minutes' colleagues to gain the story first. By 1977, 60 Minutes started a 23-year run of being rated in the top 10 and Mr. Wallace was considered a key part of the show's record success. Then in 1982, Mr. Wallace's own success began a downward spiral when he anchored a CBS Reports documentary titled The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception which led to a $120 million libel suit filed by General William C. Westmoreland, the commander of the American troops in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968. The ordeal resulted in Gen. Westmoreland eventually abandoning the lawsuit midtrial, CBS losing some of its stellar reputation and Mr. Wallace having a nervous breakdown and soon after attempting suicide. Mr. Wallace later spoke openly about his depression and was an advocate of psychiatric and psycho-pharmaceutical treatment. Mr. Wallace officially retired from 60 Minutes in 2006 after being with the program for 38 years though he returned to the program helming an exclusive interview with the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Wallace earned his 21st Emmy Award for that interview. Despite retirement, Mr. Wallace kept working and just weeks prior to his 2008 triple bypass heart surgery, he interviewed baseball star Roger Clemens which was became Mr. Wallace's last appearance on CBS. During his life, Mr. Wallace was married four times and had two sons, Peter Wallace who died in a mountain-climbing accident in 1962 and his son Chris Wallace, who is a television journalist with Fox News. Mr. Wallace is survived by his fourth wife, Mary Yates; his son, Chris; a stepdaughter; two stepsons; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
CBS will air a special program dedicated to Mr. Wallace on 60 minutes next Sunday, April 15.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: April 6-8, 2012
The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) $33.5 million 3 wk total $302.8m
American Reunion (Universal) $21.5 million opening weekend
Titanic (Paramount) $17.4 million 1 wk total $25.7m
Wrath of the Titans (Warner Bros.) $15.0 million 2 wk total $58.9m
Mirror Mirror (Relativity Media) $11.0 million 2 wk total $36.5m
21 Jump Street (Sony) $10.2 million 4 wk total $109.6m
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (Universal) $5.0 million 6 wk total $198.2m
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (CBS Films) $975,000 5 wk total $4.6m
John Carter (Disney) $820,000 5 wk total $68.0m
Safe House (Universal) $580,810 9 wk total $124.8m
Me-TV, owned and operated by Weigel Broadcasting Co. and distributed by MGM Television, made affiliate agreements with KXLY/Spokane and KAPP/Yakima, owned by Morgan Murphy Media. Both stations will launch Me-TV this fall and will also carry the classic TV network on cable channels in their DMAs. To date, Me-TV is available in more than 78% of the US and has more than 120 affiliates.
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Television producers Dick Wolf and Mark Burnett are teaming on a reality competition series for NBC that will pay tribute and feature the five branches of the armed services. The network has ordered Stars Earn Stripes and the premise of the show has nine celebrities paired with American military veterans who will train the celebrities to perform military-style challenges such a staged hostage rescue and other Special Forces operations. Prize money will go to a military charity. David A. Hurwitz is also on board as EP with Wolf and Burnett.
Former Frasier star Peri Gilpin has joined CBS' CSI for a multi-episode run playing Ted Danson's character's wife, Allison. Gilpin's character is described as coming from a wealthy and well-established family who insisted on marrying the legendary criminalist, D.B. Russell (Danson) and is considered his intellectual equal. Gilpin's character will be introduced on May 9.
Currently appearing on NBC's comedy Bent, David Walton was tapped to join CBS' untitled comedy pilot replacing the previously cast Bryan Greenberg. Walton will play the notorious womanizer who realizes that the love of his life is his best friend of 15 years (JoAnna Garcia). The wrinkle is they run a business together and Garcia's character is also engaged to another. Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti are writers and producers on the project.
Jimmy Smits returns to series television for a multi-episode arc in FX's Sons of Anarchy next season playing a villain. Smits will play Neron "Nero" Padilla, a gang member who has a negative influence on Jax (Charlie Hunnam). FX recently renewed Sons of Anarchy for a fifth and a sixth season. The series will return this fall.
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Thursday A18-49 Analysis: Primetime National Ratings for Thursday, March 29 are not listed today due to the holiday weekend. We will include them in the next edition when they are available.
Steve Young was hired by DISH Media Sales as GM/Midwest Advertising Sales. In his new position, Steve will manage the Chicago Market Ad Sales team while based in Chicago and will additionally oversee the Midwest territory. Steve reports to Adam Gaynor, Director/Advertising Sales.
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This day in History: 1992 - US Fed court finds Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega guilty of drugs.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2012
ABC: Dancing with the Stars, Castle [r]
AZTECA: Extra Normal, Al Extremo, Buenas Noches America
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0
CW: Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie
FOX: Bones, House
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Criminal Minds
NBC: The Voice, Smash
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens, Yellowstone: Land to Life
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Corazon Valiente, Relaciones Peligrosas
UNIV: Una Familia con Suerte; Abismo de Pasion, La Que No Podia Amar
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