A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM CURRENT TV
Good morning. It's Monday, May 21, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
NBC: American Ninja Warrior at 9p
VH1: VH1 Storytellers at 11p
ABC: Dancing with the Stars (Performance Show) at 8p
FOX: House (series finale) at 8p
BBC America: Crash Course with Richard Hammond at 10p
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A&E Network is not renewing its drama series Breakout Kings centered on a group of convicts who catch criminals. Breakout Kings aired for two seasons on A&E.
New reality series Insane or Inspired? is set to debut on Syfy May 25 at 10p. The one-hour episodes will count down zany and hilarious videos found online that highlight imagination, invention and extreme experiences. Hosts on the show are Amber Benson, Samm Levine, Booke Hogan, Ralph Garman and Josh Gates, who is also the host of Syfy's Destination Truth. These hosts join comedians Ben Gleib, Owen Benjamin, Al Jackson, Jodi Miller, Elliot Chang, Jermaine Fowler, Adam Ray, Christina Pazistky, KT Tatara and Janet Varney as they provide commentary on the video clips. Comcast Studios is behind the series.
June is Black Music Month and CENTRIC honors African American music with an original documentary about the life and legacy of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and new episodes of series Being among other documentary specials and Takeover Weekends. Highlights throughout next month include Earth, Wind & Fire Takeover on June 2 marking the group's 40th anniversary; Hip-Hop Takeover is June 9; R. Kelly Takeover is June 16; and Soul Train Takeover is scheduled for June 23 at 10p and includes the documentary Don Cornelius: Visionary, Trailblazer & Cultural Icon at 11p followed by Hippest Trip in America which follows the story of Soul Train; encores of the 2011 Soul Train Awards and ending with several classic Soul Train episodes from the past four decades. The series Being airs all-new episodes starting June 2 at 10p with a look at 40 years of music-making from Earth, Wind & Fire. Other Being episodes profile Mary J. Blige on June 9; R. Kelly on June 16; Gladys Knight on June 23; and Teena Marie on June 10, with all episodes airing at 10p.
Exclusive to Cynopsis: Lifestyle network, Outside Television forged a new deal with the Volvo Ocean Race acquiring all ten in-port legs of the world's longest racing event beginning in June. American TV viewers will have access to hi-def coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race as it enters the US Port of Miami before heading east on its final 6,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic to ports in Lisbon, Lorient and ending in Galway, Ireland on July 8. Outside Television is providing all of IMG Media's coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race on Saturday and Sunday afternoons in hi-def as well as highlighting racing content via their website through stories, photos, videos and more. Westport, CT-based Outside Television is a national programming network dedicated to the active outside lifestyle and is based on Outside Magazine and its brand. Outside Television is available in most US resort communities and is currently launching across the rest of the US through recent distribution deals with major cable systems.
In early June, healthy living and wellness network, Veria Living debuts the new series Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru featuring former supermodel-turned-yoga master, Yogi Cameron Alborzian. After traveling the world as a sought-after model and working for the likes as Karl Lagerfeld, Valentino and Madonna, Yogi Cameron now stars in this series where he offers people afflicted by health issues the techniques of Ayurveda style yoga, a 5,000 year-old system of medicine and healing. Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru premieres June 3 at 9p.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: May 18-20, 2012
Marvel's The Avengers (Disney) $55.1 million 3 wk total $457.1m
Battleship (Universal) $25.4 million opening weekend
The Dictator (Paramount) $17.4 million 1 wk total $24.5m
Dark Shadows (Warner Bros.) $12.8 million 2 wk total $50.9m
What to Expect When You're Expecting (Lionsgate) $10.5 million opening weekend
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) $3.3 million 3 wk total $8.3m
The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) $3.0 million 9 wk total $391.6m
Think Like a Man (Sony) $2.7 million 5 wk total $85.9m
The Lucky One (Warner Bros.) $1.8 million 5 wk total $56.9m
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Sony) $1.5 million 4 wk total $25.4m
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Music and family entertainment network, GMC TV revealed its first-ever original reality series development slate with 13 new series in the works. Descriptions of the series in development include:
Syfy's series Haven added Dorian Missick (Southland, The Cape) and Kate Kelton (Harold and Kumar, American Psycho 2) in recurring roles for the series' third season set to bow on September 21 at 10p. Missick will play Tommy Bowen, a street-smart Boston detective who comes to Haven investigating a suspected serial killer case. Kelton will play Jordan McKee a spirited waitress at The Gun & Rose Diner and also an influential member of the mysterious organization of "troubled people whose identity is known by their distinctive tattoo." Haven is produced by Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures in association with Piller/Segan/Shepherd and airs in the US on Syfy, on Showcase in Canada and internationally via Universal Networks International's channels.
Two actors, Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall will not be returning to BET's comedy series The Game for its sixth season. Mowry and Hall portrayed married couple Melanie and Derwin. BET has said the pair will likely be back on the sitcom making guest appearances. Season six returning actors include Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez, Brandy Norwood and Barry A. Floyd.
FX's Sons of Anarchy has added Harold Perrineau (Lost) for the fifth season in the role as Damon Pope. Perrineau will play the ex-drug leader whose daughter was murdered by Tig in the season four finale.
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Thursday A18-49 Analysis: FOX succeeded in winning yet another Thursday night among A18-49 with a 3.1/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. American Idol on FOX easily won at 8p with a 4.4/15 followed by CBS' comedies, The Big Bang Theory in rerun and the season finale of Rules of Engagement at an average of 2.3/8. At 9p, the season conclusion of Grey's Anatomy on ABC was #1 at 4.1/11 and CBS' Person of Interest with its season ender was next at 2.5/7. CBS' The Mentalist did best at 10p with its season finale followed by ABC's season conclusion of newer series Scandal at 2.3/7.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, May 17, 2012 (May Sweep Day #22) time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 7.2/12 The Big Bang Theory [r] 5.4/10, Rules of Engagement 4.5/8, Person of Interest 8.3/13, The Mentalist 8.2/14
ABC: 5.7/9 Missing 4.4/8, Grey's Anatomy 7.6/12, Scandal 5.0/8
UNIV: 2.2/4 Una Familia con Suerte 2.1/4, Abismo de Pasion 2.2/3, La Que No Podia Amar 2.4/4
NBC: 1.6/3 Community 1.9/3, 30 Rock 1.8/3, Community 1.5/2, Community 1.4/2, Awake 1.4/2
ION: 0.7/1 Cold Case 0.6/1, Cold Case 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1
TF: 0.7/1 Cine de Las Estrellas THR [7p start r] 0.3/0, Futbol Central 0.3/0, Liga Mexicana Futbol: Monterrey vs. Santos 0.8/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Maid en Manhattan 0.8/1, Corazon Valiente 0.8/1, Relaciones Peligrosas 0.5/1
CW: 0.5/1 Perez Hilton: All Access Katie Perry 0.5/1, Vampire Diaries [r] 0.4/1
A18-49: FOX 3.1/9, ABC 2.6/8, CBS 2.5/7, UNIV 1.8/5, NBC 1.1/3, TF 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/1, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1
nuvoTV hired one new executive and promoted two others: Morena Calderon-Perez joins the English-language television network created for American bicultural Latinos 18-49, in the newly-minted role as Director/Advertising Sales in New York. Morena most recently was with Telemundo Network as Network Sales AE and at nuvoTV will report to Craig Geller, SVP/Advertising Sales. Sara Auspitz was elevated to VP/Programming up from Executive Director/Programming reporting to Maria Perez-Brown, SVP/Programming and Development. Marcus Best was also upped to Director/Affiliate Marketing reporting to Judi Lopez, SVP/Affiliate Sales and Marketing. Marcus previously served as Affiliate Marketing Manager.
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This day in History: 1997 - Emmy 24th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 17th time, she won in 1999.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
ABC: Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelorette
AZTECA: Extra Normal, Al Extremo, Buenas Noches America
CBS: How I Met Your Mother [r], Two Broke Girls [r], Two and a Half Men [r], Mike & Molly [r], Clash of the Commercials: USA vs. the World
CW: One Tree Hill [r], One Tree Hill [r]
FOX: House [f]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Criminal Minds
NBC: America's Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, In Performance at the White House, Bones of Turkana
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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