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Good morning. It's Friday, May 18, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Current TV: The Gavin Newsom Show at 10p
ABC: Shark Tank at 8p
The CW: Nikita at 8p; Supernatural at 9p
NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? at 8p; Grimm at 9p
Animal Planet: Whale Wars: Viking Shores at 10p
NBC: Saturday Night Live at 1130p
ABC: Billboard Music Awards at 8p
ENCORE: Movie Talk with Peter Bart at 10a
Velocity: King of the Road: Carroll Shelby at 8p
E!: Keeping Up with the Kardashians at 9p; Mrs. Eastwood & Company at 10p
G4: American Ninja Warrior at 9p
ABC: America's Funniest Home Videos at 7p
FOX: The Cleveland Show at 730p; The Simpsons at 8p; Bob's Burgers at 830p; Family Guy at 9p
NBC: Harry's Law at 8p; Celebrity Apprentice at 9p
Univision: Nuestra Belleza Latina at 8p
PBS: Masterpiece Mystery!: Sherlock at 9p
TV Guide Network: Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On at 9p
HISTORY: Ax Men at 10p
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Next month, Smithsonian Channel premieres a new six-episode series that uncovers the secrets and science behind criminal investigators when Forensic Firsts debuts June 17 at 9p. The series delves into the history of such forensic tools as DNA profiling, toxicology and ballistics by featuring world-famous forensic scientists, historians and law enforcement officials who have been involved on high-profile murder cases over the last 50 years. Forensic Firsts is produced by Smithsonian Channel, Story House Productions and Parthenon Entertainment.
Animal Planet is going to the dogs and cats this summer with the return of series My Cat From Hell and Bad Dog!. Beginning June 30, ten new episodes of My Cat From Hell premieres at 8p following cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy as he helps frustrated owners with their unruly cats. Then at 9p, the first of six all-new episodes of Bad Dog! debuts showing more misbehaving pooches caught on tape. Both series are produced for Animal Planet with My Cat From Hell from 3 Ball Productions/Eyeworks USA and Bad Dog! from Cheri Sundae Productions.
A second season of competition series Best Ink is on tap at Oxygen. Season two is slated to return on Oxygen this year. Bunim/Murray Productions, a Banijay Group company produces the series.
Half-hour scripted comedy I Just Want My Pants Back was not renewed for a second season by MTV. The network canceled the comedy because of the need to decrease its inventory with several other projects in development. The premiere of I Just Want My Pants Back which aired following the MTV Video Music Awards in August attracted 5.1 million total viewers though the final episode on March 29 declined to just below one million viewers.
Multi-platform entertainment company, Shout! Factory acquired Timeless Media Group (TMG), Inc. based in Eugene, OR. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Timeless Media Group produces and distributes various video products including military history documentaries, first-run movies, classic TV programs and special interest DVDs. Shout! Factory will now handle distribution of more than 600 TMG titles and TMG will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shout! Factory and will continue to release titles each month. TMG's top executives will be based in Oregon.
Five-time Grammy winner Donna Summer, who was considered the disco queen of the late 1970s and early 1980s, died in Englewood, FL, yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Ms. Summer was 63. In more recent years, Ms. Summer appeared on FOX's American Idol and she also performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway in 2009 to honor President Obama. Ms. Summer is survived by her husband, Bruce Sudano, keyboardist/producer of Brooklyn Dreams whom she married in 1980; and their two daughters, Brooklyn and Amanda.
This evening, Bounce TV will honor Donna Summer with Bounce TV Remembers Donna Summer with an episode of Soul Train at 8p follow by her film Thank God It's Friday at 9p. In addition, Music Choice celebrates the life of Donna Summer by increasing her songs via their music channels including MC 70's, 80's, R&B Classics, Soft Rock and Party Favorites.
UPFRONT 2012: The CW
The CW hosted its 2012-2013 Upfront presentation yesterday morning at the New York Center in New York City. Mark Pedowitz, President at The CW touted the network is adding more original programming with 50 new original hours for the 2012 schedule. The CW also plans on strategically premiering its new fall season in early October; dates announced later. The network is additionally switching some of its returning series to different nights. By night, The CW will have 90210 now opening Mondays followed by Gossip Girl with its sixth and final season. In January, new series The Carrie Diaries joins Monday's lineup at 9p. Tuesdays will feature a pair of medical themed shows with Hart of Dixie at 8p and new drama Emily Owens, M.D. airs directly after at 9p. High-action shows fall on Wednesday with new series Arrow at 8p and Supernatural moves to the 9p time slot. Romance and beasts dominate Thursdays for The CW with returning series The Vampire Diaries at 8p followed by new series Beauty and the Beast at 9p. Then on Fridays, The CW emphasizes powerful women with America's Next Top Model at 8p and Nikita at 9p. New drama Cult will premiere in mid-season with a date and time to be announced later.
The CW's returning shows include 90210, Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, America's Next Top Model and Nikita.
The CW Fall 2012 Primetime Schedule: (new shows in italic and bold)
Monday: 90210, Gossip Girl (*The Carrie Diaries premieres in January 2013 at 9p)
Tuesday: Hart of Dixie, Emily Owens, M.D.
Wednesday: Arrow, Supernatural
Thursday: The Vampire Diaries, Beauty and the Beast
Friday: America's Next Top Model, Nikita
New fall dramas for The CW include:
The CW has two dramas set for mid-season:
UPFRONT 2012: USA Network
Yesterday at USA Network's Upfront event, Co-Presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel revealed a slate of new programming for the cable network encompassing dramas, comedies and reality shows.
In addition to this summer's new drama, Political Animals and the pair that debuted last summer, Suits and Necessary Roughness, USA also has approved the pilot Graceland. Other new drama projects in development at USA include:
USA Network unveiled plans for four comedy projects that will join the network's newly acquired series, Modern Family. Upcoming half-hour sitcoms include:
USA Network also has two previously-announced comedies in the works: Paging Dr. Freed from Michael Feldman and produced by Fox 21 and Sirens from Denis Leary and produced by Fox Television Studios.
The third genre USA Network is delving into is reality. USA's upcoming reality programs include the previously-announced The Choir starring UK choirmaster Gareth Malone from Shed Media and The Moment hosted by Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner and produced by The Hochberg Ebersol Company. In addition, USA has two more reality projects on the docket:
UPFRONT 2012: Estrella TV
On Wednesday, Estrella TV introduced its new programming slate which includes a variety of genres.
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Game Show Network's (GSN) relationship game show Baggage has been sold to local broadcast stations for its inaugural run in off-network syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. The daily half-hour Baggage, hosted by Jerry Springer will launch in syndication September 17. The game show has been sold to station groups including Tribune, Sinclair, Sunbeam, Gannett, Hearst and Weigel representing more than 95% of the US. Baggage will air on stations in the top markets such as WPIX/New York, WCIU/Chicago, WPHL/Philadelphia, WLVI/Boston, WATL/Atlanta, WKCF/Orlando, WTTE/Columbus, WSTR/Cincinnati and WNUV/Baltimore. Baggage is produced by Comcast Entertainment Studios.
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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: Newly renovated multi-platform network with amazing beach front property and close walk to mountains seeks partnerships for a memorable summer. Perfect for people who love food, homes, entertaining, wellness and travel. MD-LD.Taste The Good Life: Plum TV.
Casting Call: Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas, the bilingual/bicultural entertainment destination for Latinos in the US, is launching a talent competition for aspiring Latino artists with Dame Un Break presented by Wendy's. Aspiring artists can submit their auditions now through June 18 at: dameunbreak.tr3s.com . Voting for the finalists will take place from July 2-16 and the winner will be announced in late July.
Casting Call: High Noon Entertainment is casting for a new special airing on Travel Channel that will go inside America's most tricked out and over-the-top RVs. If you want to share your RV creation with the rest of America or your van, bus, camper or trailer, please contact High Noon Entertainment at email@example.com .
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Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of May 7, 2012)
ABC: GMA 5.21 million total viewers; 1.7/12 and 2.06 million A25-54
NBC: Today 5.12 million total viewers; 1.8/13 and 2.20 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.64 million total viewers; 0.9/6 and 1.05 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Broadcast Late-Night Shows - Weekly Average Ratings (week of May 7, 2012)
ABC: Nightline 3.82 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.48 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.18 million A18-49
NBC: Tonight Show 3.44 million total viewers; 1.1 and 1.35 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.03 million A18-49
CBS: Late Show 3.00 million total viewers; 1.0 and 1.19 million A25-54; 0.7 and 912,000 A18-49
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX notched another Wednesday night win among A18-49 at 4.9/14, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. FOX's American Idol won easily at 8p with a 4.5/14 and new episodes of ABC's comedies The Middle and the season finale of Suburgatory came next at an average of 1.9/6. FOX with more of American Idol remained on top during 9p with a 5.4/15 while CBS' season conclusion of Criminal Minds was #2 at 3.4/9. Then at 10p, CBS moved into first place with the second half of the Criminal Minds season finale at 3.9/11 and ABC's Revenge delivered a 2.0/6 in second place.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 (May Sweep Day 21) time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 10.5/17 American Idol 10.5/17
ABC: 4.4/7 The Middle 4.1/7, Suburgatory 3.5/6, Modern Family 5.8/9, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 3.2/5, Revenge 4.7/8
NBC: 3.1/5 Off Their Rockers 3.4/6, Off Their Rockers 3.5/6, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.0/3, Law & Order: SVU 3.8/6
UNIV: 2.2/4 Una Familia con Suerte 2.1/3, Abismo de Pasion 2.2/4, La Que No Podia Amar 2.5/4
CW: 0.7/1 America's Next Top Model [r] 0.6/1, America's Next Top Model 0.8/1
ION: 0.7/1 Cold Case 0.8/1, Cold Case 0.6/1, Criminal Minds 0.5/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Maid en Manhattan 0.8/1, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Relaciones Peligrosas 0.5/1
TF: 0.3/0 Cine en Familia WED [7p start] 0.2/0, Fiesta de Pelicula WED 0.3/0
A18-49: FOX 4.9/14, CBS 2.8/8, ABC 2.3/7, UNIV 1.8/5, NBC 1.3/4, TELE 0.5/1, CW 0.4/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1
Neil Johnston who was promoted earlier this year to EVP/Strategy and Digital Innovation at Cox Media Group will receive the Distinguished CFO Award from the Media Financial Management Association (MFM). Prior to his promotion, Neil served as EVP/CFO at Cox Media. Neil picks up his award at the 52nd annual conference for the MFM and its BCCA subsidiary at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas taking place next Monday to Wednesday.
New York-based branding and marketing communications agency, The Halo Group elevated Lara Cohn to SVP/Director of Public Relations. Lara joined the firm in 2010 and has supervised the public relations activities at the integrated communications agency.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers was appointed Senior Military Security Analyst for CBS News, effective immediately. The general is currently Foundation Professor of Military History and Leadership at Kansas State University and additionally services as the Colin Powell Chair for National Security Leadership, Character and Ethics at National Defense University.
Effective immediately, Larry Corwin takes on the newly-created position of Creative Director at BBH New York. Larry will be part of the team working on Google and he reports to John Patroulis, CCO.
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Friday Fun Fact: Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don't.
This day in History: 1933 - Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who created Lost In Space? Irwin Allen. Kudos to: David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NYC; Dennis Maguire-Apple/Tampa; Tom Winiarski-Turner Entertainment Sales/NY; Scott Collins-AMC Networks/NYC; Jim Gray-FrogLight Pdns LLC/Missoula, MT; Will Allmendinger-Captivate Network/Chicago; Dan Whitford-RPM Advertising/Chicago; Eric Merrill-Mediacentric/Austin; Ken DuBow-Opus Distribution/Tarzana, CA; Richard Quan-BSSP/San Francisco; Tom Meredith-Nielsen Entertainment Television/Hollywood; Mark Wilcox-KUSI/San Diego; Stephen Kelley-9 Story Entertainment/Toronto.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012
ABC: Shark Tank [f], Primetime: What Would You Do?, 20/20
AZTECA: Extra Normal, Al Extremo, Fabrica de Huevos, Fabrica de Huevos
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], CSI:NY [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Nikita [f], Supernatural [f]
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares [r]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? [f], Grimm [f], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Great Performances at the Met
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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