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Good morning. It's Thursday, June 14, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
USA Network: Burn Notice at 9p; Suits at 10p
Bravo: Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding at 9p
TLC: Tattoo School at 10p & 1030p
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Upfront Update: CBS completed its upfront advertising sales and reportedly took in less money than the previous season ($2.65 billion in 2011) though the network apparently met its goal of netting the highest price increases among the other networks. CBS reportedly nabbed +8-9% CPM increases compared to last year. ABC has also finalized its upfront deals with volume flat, according to reports. ABC apparently got price increases of +6-7%. Last year ABC's total upfront volume was around $2.4 billion.
PBS launches its PBS Arts Summer Festival later this month taking viewers to nearly twenty cities around the world, though music, theater, art, architecture and cultural history programming. The PBS Arts Summer Festival kicks off June 29 at 9p with Mariachi High and is followed by Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World on July 6 at 9p; John Leguizamo's Tales from a Ghetto Klown on July 13 at 9p; Homecoming: The Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato on July 20 at 9p; Havana, Havana! on July 27 at 9p; The Barnes Collection on August 3 at 9p; and Great Performances: Tanglewood 75th Anniversary Celebration on August 10 at 9p.
Nightly program John King, USA has been canceled by CNN and will end as of June 29 though King will remain with the cable news network as its lead national campaign correspondent. Beginning July 2, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will expand by another hour to air from 4-7p and will take over King's time slot. John King, USA launched in March 2010 in the 7p hour and then was moved back to 6p last September to make way for Erin Burnett's new show.
HISTORY and the producers behind the network's series American Pickers are launching a new six-episode competition series, Picked Off July 11 at 10p. In each episode, amateur weekend pickers will battle through a series of elimination challenges to find items they think will get top market value. Judges include brothers Todd and Ethan Merrill with former NFL player/actor Keith Neubert as host. Picked Off is produced by Cineflix Productions for HISTORY.
New docu-series I'm Having Their Baby will premiere July 23 at 11p on Oxygen. The new six-part series goes inside the world of adoption by relating the perspective of the birth mother and her difficult and emotional choice. Each episode profiles two pregnant women who have chosen to place their babies up for adoption and follows them as they make life-changing decisions. I'm Having Their Baby is produced by Hud:sun Media.
Lionsgate's pot-centric series Weeds on SHOWTIME will end following the next upcoming eighth season set to premiere July 1 at 10p. Helmed by Mary-Louise Parker, playing suburban soccer mom-turned-marijuana queenpin, Nancy Botwin, Weeds will have 13 episodes for its final season. Additionally, the 11th episode of the new season will mark the series' 100th ep. Weeds originally debuted on August 7, 2005.
A new season that marks the 10th anniversary for Lifetime's Project Runway debuts July 19 at 9p. Host Heidi Klum is back along with mentor Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia as sixteen new designers go toe-to-toe with one winning the prize package including $100,000 from L'Oreal Paris to launch his/her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and much more. Each 90-minute episode will be filmed on location in New York City. Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture.
CNN en Espanol will offer special coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games beginning July 23 through August 13. Anchor Elizabeth Perez will report live from the Olympic park in London giving updates on the preparations and competitions as well as interviews from the event that will be transmitted during CNN en Espanol's daily shows. Furthermore, Atlanta-based sports anchors, Luis Gerardo, Diego Bustos and Marcela Trucios will offer analysis with daily summaries and stats of the main sporting events and its players.
The fourth season of Hoarding: Buried Alive will premiere on TLC July 8 at 9p revealing more stories of extreme hoarders. TLC has ordered 18 all-new episodes with nine airing in July and the back nine airing in 2013. Hoarding: Buried Alive is produced for TLC by Discovery Studios.
Peter Rodgers Organization (PRO) has been selected as distributor for content on behalf of Earvin "Magic" Johnson's Aspire television network. PRO will license various titles to Aspire which is launching on Comcast this month.
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NBC approved its first pilot for next season, a soap thriller from Jerry Bruckheimer. The project is based on the book The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown and Bruckheimer will serve as EP as part of his deal with Warner Bros. Television. Sascha Penn will adapt the book for the small screen and be an EP with Bruckheimer Television's Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed will also co-executive produce the project that was originally in development at ABC.
British chef Jamie Oliver will executive produce a new cooking competition series, Chef Race UK vs US gearing up to premiere this fall on BBC America. The new original unscripted series with ten one-hour episodes follows sixteen chefs - eight Brits versus eight Americans as they race across the US from Los Angeles to New York City attempting to win the $100,000 prize. Michelin-starred London restaurateur Richard Corrigan will serve as mentor and judge and the show is hosted by Claire Robinson. The chef-testants will have no money and minimal resources and will have to rely on their cooking skills. Chef Race: UK vs US is a BBC America original series produced by Jamie Oliver's Fresh One Productions.
Arrested Development actress Portia de Rossi is joining NBC's The Munsters re-make titled Mockingbird Lane in the role as Lily, the Munster family matriarch. She will join Jerry O'Connell who was recently cast as Herman Munster. Mockingbird Lane is from Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer. NBC's remake is described as a darker one-hour drama compared to the classic comedy The Munsters where Yvonne De Carlo originated the role of Lily in the 1960s version. De Rossi is also on tap to reprise her role of Lindsay Funke in Netflix's revival of the FOX comedy Arrested Development.
Casting Call: A major cable network and an Emmy Award-winning production company are searching nationwide for the real-life version of Two and a Half Men. Are you brothers raising a kid or kids in the same household? Are you two straight guys raising kids and trying to date and do it all? Do you think your family is ready to be featured in a TV show? If so, send an email to: REALMODERNFAMILYCASTING@GMAIL.COM and include a brief description of your family, where you live, in what ways are you similar to the scripted TV comedy and also include photos of your family members and a phone number where casting can reach you.
Nordic World reports several deals involving three of its top formats: Jailhouse Cook with eight 45-minute episodes and produced by Denmark's Koncern has been optioned for the US by Sander/Moss Productions; Norway by Monster/NICE Group; and Germany by Endemol. The series Missing with five 45-minute episodes and produced by Denmark's Dokumentarkompagniet has been optioned for Norway by TV2 and Sweden by Mastiff/Zodiak. The third series The Correspondents from TV2 Danmark with six half-hour episodes has been optioned for Norway by TV 2 and Sweden by TV4 with a deal pending in France.
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The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.3 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.2 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 5.2 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.2 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 3.6 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.3 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 3.1 AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 2.8 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 AA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 5/28-6/1/12 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.6 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.4 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 2.3 AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.8 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.4 AA
Law & Order: CI (NBU) 1.2 AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.2 AA
King of the Hill (2/T) 1.2 AA
Maury (NBU) 1.2 AA
Friends (WB) 1.2 AA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: ABC dribbled past the competition to win Tuesday at 5.4/16 A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. FOX was in charge at 8p with Hell's Kitchen at 2.2/7 while the average of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Kia NBA Countdown tied for second place with NBC's American Ninja Warriors at 1.7/5 apiece. ABC owned the rest of the night with the NBA Finals delivering a 5.9/17 at 9p followed by NBC's America's Got Talent at #2 with a 3.0/8. ABC scored its best ratings for the NBA Finals during 10p with a 6.8/19 and Futbol on Telemundo with the Rumbo al Mundial claimed the #2 spot at 1.8/5.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 8.0/13 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 2.3/4, Kia NBA Countdown Game Night 3.9/7, NBA Finals on ABC: Miami at Oklahoma 9.9/16
NBC: 4.2/7 American Ninja Warriors 3.0/5, America's Got Talent 6.5/10, Love in the Wild 3.1/5
FOX: 3.0/5 Hell's Kitchen 3.1/5, MasterChef 2.9/5
UNIV: 1.9/3 Un Refugio para el Amor 2 1.6/3, Abismo de Pasion 1.9/3, La Que No Podia Amar 2.1/3
TELE: 1.4/2 Una Maid en Manhattan 0.9/1, La Antesala 0.8/1, Rumbo al Mundial: El Salvador vs. Mexico 1.7/3
ION: 1.0/2 Criminal Minds 0.9/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/1, Flashpoint 1.1/2
CW: 0.3/0 The Catalina 0.4/1, LA Complex [r] 0.2/0
TF: 0.3/0 Cine en Familia Tue [7p start] 0.3/0, Cine de Las Estrellas Tue 0.3/0
A18-49: ABC 5.4/16, FOX 2.1/6, NBC 2.1/6, TELE 1.3/4, CBS 1.2/3, UNIV 1.2/3, ION 0.4/1, CW 0.2/1, TF 0.2/1
Starcom MediaVest Group bolstered its executive ranks by naming Brian Terkelsen as CEO of New York-based MediaVest USA, effective immediately. Brian succeeds Bill Tucker in this position who has been appointed to a global position as President/Global Client Operations, Starcom MediaVest Group. Brian, who began with MediaVest in 2003, will report to Laura Desmond, CEO, Starcom MediaVest Group.
Effective immediately, Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution elevated Evan Scheffel to SVP/Worldwide Pay Television and Subscription Video on Demand. Evan is charged to expand the growth of the subscription VOD business and will continue to head licensing for the studio's film and television content to pay television channels and subscription VOD services throughout North America, South America, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Africa and the Middle East. Based in Los Angeles, Evan will continue to report to Gina Brogi, EVP/Worldwide Pay Television and Subscription Video on Demand.
National Geographic Channels (NGC) promoted Andy Baker to SVP/Group Creative Director and Allison Mitchell to Director/Ad Sales and Cause Creative. Andy reports to Courteney Monroe, CMO while Allison reports to Andy Baker.
Marc Lehner has joined the Sponsorship Group for Public Television (SGPTV), the top sales organization for PBS programming in the role as Managing Director/Sponsorship Sales. Prior to this appointment, Marc was a Regional Sales Manager at Gannett Broadcasting in Portland, ME.
PR News tapped Jamar Hudson as Senior Editor of the PR News Group. Jamar joins PR News from ESPNNewYork.com where he was associate editor.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBA Countdown, 2012 NBA Finals
AZTECA: Lo Que la Gente Cuenta, Al Extremo, El Pelado de la Noche
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], 2 Broke Girls [r], Person of Interest [r], The Mentalist [r]
CW: Breaking Pointe, The Vampire Diaries [r]
FOX: Take Me Out, The Choice
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Criminal Minds
NBC: America's Got Talent [r], Saving Hope, Rock Center with Brian Williams
PBS: This Old House Hour, Frontline, Independent Lens
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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