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Good morning. It's Tuesday, May 29, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
The CW: The Catalina at 8p
Cooking Channel: Roadtrip with G. Garvin at 9p
HGTV: HGTV Design Star at 9p
TLC: What Not to Wear at 9p; Big Brooklyn Style at 10p
Investigation Discovery: Reel Crime/Real Story at 10p
Comedy: Workaholics at 1030p
ABC: Cougar Town at 8p
The CW: L.A. Complex at 9p
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Source: Nielsen, National TV Toolbox 1Q12; C3 (NCCM), Live+3 data; M-Su 7P-11P; A18-49 and A25-54. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
May 2012 Sweeps Updates:
HLN will air the 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards live June 23 from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. This year's awards ceremony will feature Barbara Walters presenting Bill Geddie, executive producer of ABC's The View and the Barbara Walters news specials with the 2012 Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award. Canceled daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live, both formerly on ABC, will be honored with tributes as well. The awards show will be produced by LocoDistro.
Unscripted series The Week the Women Went was originally scheduled to debut June 6 on Lifetime. The network will now premiere the series in August and Lifetime will announce the exact premiere date soon.
New comedy series Men at Work on TBS attracted 2.6 million total viewers and 1.6 million among A18-49 for its debut episode airing last Thursday at 10p. The second episode of Men at Work at 1030p averaged 2.3 million total viewers and 1.4 million with A18-49. The series airs on TBS Thursdays at 10p.
Television veteran and one of the industry's top producers, Lee Rich died at his home in Los Angeles last Thursday at the age of 93. Mr. Rich was the former president and co-founder of Lorimar Productions and producer of some of the most iconic TV series ever in the 1970s and 1980s including Dallas, Knots Landing and The Waltons. Before becoming a TV producer, Mr. Rich was an advertising executive working for the Benton & Bowles agency serving as the sponsors' representative on TV shows and as manager of the agency's program department. In 1965, Mr. Rich switched to a producer's hat as a partner in the Mirisch-Rich Co. Under his guidance, he produced the WW II series The Rat Patrol and the sitcom Hey, Landlord before returning briefly to advertising at the Leo Burnett Agency. In 1969, Mr. Rich and Merv Adelson established Lorimar Productions. The first big hit for the production company was the heart-warming family drama, The Waltons that went on to win multiple Emmy Awards and ran on CBS from 1972 to 1981. Mr. Rich was behind other hit TV series including the primetime soaps Falcon Crest and Flamingo Road, the family comedy/drama Eight Is Enough, the 1973 miniseries The Blue Knight and such TV movies as Sybil and Helter Skelter, both in 1976. From past interviews, Mr. Rich was equally proud of the series The Waltons and Dallas, despite the two series representing opposite family types. Mr. Rich left Lorimar in 1986 to join MGM/UA Communications and during his two years there as chairman/CEO he approved such films as A Fish Called Wanda, Moonstruck and Rain Man. Following this, Mr. Rich founded Lee Rich Productions, a television and film production company based at Warner Bros. where his present project, the feature film Replay is in development. Mr. Rich is survived by his longtime partner, Pippa Scott; five children; and seven grandchildren.
Correction: G4's new series The Top 100 Video Games of All Time begins June 11 at 8p and runs through June 15 at 8p.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: May 25-28, 2012 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Men In Black 3 (Sony) $70.0 million opening weekend
Marvel's The Avengers (Disney) $46.9 million 4 wk total $523.6m
Battleship (Universal) $13.8 million 2 wk total $47.3m
The Dictator (Paramount) $11.8 million 2 wk total $43.6m
Dark Shadows (Warner Bros.) $9.4 million 3 wk total $64.9m
Chernobyl Diaries (Warner Bros.) $9.3 million opening weekend
What to Expect When You're Expecting (Lionsgate) $8.9 million 2 wk total $23.9
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) $8.2 million 4 wk total $18.4m
The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) $2.9 million 10 wk total $395.9m
Think Like a Man (Sony) $1.9 million 6 wk total $88.7m
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JoAnna Garcia was tapped as the female lead in NBC's upcoming comedy Animal Practice. Garcia replaces Amy Huberman who appeared in the role for the show's pilot. The sitcom is about a veterinarian (Justin Kirk) working for his former girlfriend (Garcia).
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Thursday A18-49 Analysis: FOX shimmied its way to the top Thursday night delivering a 2.4/8 to win the A18-49 viewers, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. FOX opened a new season of So You Think You Can Dance at 8p with a 2.2/8 which was #1 followed by repeat CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement at an average of 2.0/7 and in third came ABC's new competition series Duets at 1.7/6. The second half of So You Think You Can Dance kept FOX in first place during 9p at 2.7/8 and ABC's second half of Duets moved into #2 at 1.8/6. Univision won the 10p hour with La Que No Podia Amar at 1.8/5 with CBS' encore of The Mentalist next at 1.5/4 and the season premiere of ABC's Rookie Blue took third place honors at 1.4/4.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, May 24, 2012 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.0/9 The Big Bang Theory [r] 5.3/10, Rules of Engagement [r] 4.0/7, Person of Interest [r] 5.1/9, The Mentalist [r] 5.2/9
FOX: 3.8/7 So You Think You Can Dance [p] 3.8/7
UNIV: 2.0/4 Refugio Para Amor 2 THU 1.5/3, Abismo de Pasion 2.1/3, La Que No Podia Amar 2.5/4
NBC: 2.0/3 The Office [r] 1.6/3, The Office [r] 1.3/2, America's Got Talent [r] 2.5/4, Awake 2.0/3
ION: 0.9/2 Cold Case 0.8/1, Cold Case 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
TELE: 0.7/1 Maid en Manhattan 0.8/1, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Relaciones Peligrosas 0.5/1
CW: 0.5/1 Perez Hilton: All Access Lady Gaga 0.6/1, Vampire Diaries [r] 0.4/1
TF: 0.3/1 Cine en Familia THR [7p start] 0.3/1, Cine de Las Estrellas THR 0.3/1
A18-49: FOX 2.4/8, ABC 1.6/5, CBS 1.6/5, UNIV 1.4/4, NBC 0.9/3, ION 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
ABC: Cougar Town [f], 20/20
AZTECA: Lo Que la Gente Cuenta, Al Extremo, El Pelado de la Noche
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: LA [r], 48 Hours Mystery
CW: The Catalina [p], The L.A. Complex [f]
FOX: New Girl [r], New Girl [r], New Girl [r], New Girl [r]
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Flashpoint
NBC: America's Got Talent [r], America's Got Talent
PBS: Civilization: The West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson, Frontline
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Corazon Valiente, Relaciones Peligrosas
UNIV: Un Refugio para el Amor; Abismo de Pasion, La Que No Podia Amar
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