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MTV: Snooki & JWOWW at 10p
Lifetime: The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet at 11p
Yesterday, Style Media revealed plans to refresh the network's brand and image across all platforms. The network describes its new image as a "glossy, bold look that appeals to women's desire for a stylish lifestyle." The present Style circle logo is replaced with a new typeface using midnight blue and accented by light blue. The new logo is mutable and will be filled in with different patterns and colors that will reflect trends in fashion and lifestyle. Style also adopts a new tagline: Work It. Love It. Style It. Style will introduce these new on-air and online looks beginning next Monday in sync with all new episodes of Tia & Tamera and Chicagolicious. In addition, the global channels unit of NBCUniversal will present a refreshed Style brand internationally launching this coming November.
Later next month, Animal Planet brings back a new second season of Hillbilly Handfishin' with seven weekly episodes beginning July 29 at 8p. The new season has expert hand fishermen Skipper and Jackson leading two team captains as six newcomers are taught the handfishing ropes. Hillbilly Handfishin' is produced by Half Yard Productions for Animal Planet.
A&E Network granted a second season to Duck Dynasty, the series that follows the Robertson family, owners of a duck call business on the Louisiana bayou. The season one finale of Duck Dynasty delivered 2.6 million total viewers and 1.5 million among both A18-49 and A25-54. The second season will commence production this summer on 26 half-hour episodes which will debut in fourth quarter 2012. The series is produced by Gurney Productions for A&E.
Country superstar and cookbook author Trisha Yearwood's daytime series, Trisha's Southern Kitchen was renewed by Food Network for a second season. Food Network bowed the series in April with six episodes and will expand the second season to 13 episodes which begin production this summer and launches in the fall.
Over the summer, MTV is reviving past series as part of its Retro Mania morning programming block launching Monday from 9a to 12p. From June 25-29, MTV will air episodes from the first two seasons of Laguna Beach; from July 2-27 the network will air the entire run of The Hills; and select episodes of Daria fill the schedule from July 30-August 3. Celebrities Stephen Colletti, Audrina Patridge, Lo Bosworth, Stephanie Pratt, Layla Kayleigh, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer will offer commentary, conduct interviews and host during this programming block.
Destination America has moved the premiere start time of new series United States of Food to 10p from 9p on July 8. In addition, the network's series Fast Food Mania is switching to Sundays starting this weekend and back-to-back episodes will air at 10p and 1030p from July 11 through the finale on July 25.
Monday's series premiere of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta delivered a 1.3 A18-49 rating for VH1 at 8p and also averaged 1.9 million total viewers. VH1 aired an encore of the premiere episode at 10p and combined with the first airing a total of 3.6 million viewers were tallied for the night. New episodes of the docu-soap continue on Mondays at 8p.
On Tuesday, Lifetime's new reality series Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp posted a 0.2 rating among A18-49 and attracted 726,000 total viewers for its premiere episode.
WPP is purchasing the assets of independent digital agency AKQA Holdings, Inc. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. AKQA was founded in 2001 and provides integrated digital communications campaigns involving social media, mobile, interactive experiences, gaming and content creations. AKQA's clients include Delta, Diageo, EDF, GAP, Google, Microsoft Xbox, Nike, Target, Unilever and Virgin Money among others.
TBS picked up the off-network rights to the CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television. 2 Broke Girls will be added to TBS' schedule in 2015. Starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, 2 Broke Girls is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with MPK Productions and Warner Bros. Television. CBS renewed the series for a second season returning this fall.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution sold the CBS sitcoms Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls to the CBS Television Stations and Weigel for off-net premieres in fall 2014 and 2015 respectively. CBS Television Stations acquiring the comedies include WLNY/New York; KCAL/Los Angeles; WPSG/Philadelphia; KTXA/Dallas; KBCW/San Francisco; WSBK/Boston; WUPA/Atlanta; WKBD/Detroit; KSTW/Seattle; WTOG/Tampa; WBFS/Miami; KMAX/Sacramento; and WPCW/Pittsburgh. Weigel picked up the shows for its stations WCIU/Chicago and WDJT-WMLW/Milwaukee. The series have been cleared in 35% of the country. Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls will be paired together for the new fall season on CBS from 9p to 10p on Mondays.
Season two of the E/I half-hour series Live Life and Win! has been sold by Connection III Entertainment Corp. to the FOX, CW Plus, Newport and Sinclair station groups for the 2012-2013 season. The weekly series has been cleared in more than 90% of the US including on the FOX stations: WNYW-WWOR/New York; KTTV/KCOP/Los Angeles; WFLD/WPWR/Chicago; WTXF/Philadelphia; KDFW-KDFI/Dallas; WFXT/Boston; WAGA/Atlanta; WTTG/WDCA/Washington, D.C.; KRIV/KTXH/Houston; WJBK/Detroit; KSAZ/KUTP/Phoenix; WTVT/Tampa; KMSP/WFTC/Minneapolis; WOFL-WRBW/Orlando; WUTB/Baltimore; and KVUE/Austin. The series was created by Cleveland O'Neal III, President of Connection III who also serves as EP.
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CBS may bring back cop drama Unforgettable with a 13-episode order for summer 2013. Poppy Montgomery starred as a female detective who remembers everything except the day her sister was murdered. CBS canceled the series in May as the network welcomed four other cop dramas to its schedule. Nothing though has been officially announced by CBS.
FX and former star of Rescue Me Denis Leary are teaming on a new comedy pilot titled Bronx Warrants. Leary will be executive producer along with former Rescue Me EP Jim Serpico. Dean Lorey (Arrested Development) who created the project is also on board as an EP. The comedy is about a group of errant detectives who serve outstanding warrants. FX Productions is producing.
Los Angeles-based production and distribution studio, Gaumont International Television, also a part of the European-based motion picture studio Gaumont, is partnering with Nicolas Refn and Martha De Laurentiis to develop a series based on the character Barbarella. The television series will be based on the character created by Jean-Claude Forest and made famous in the 1968 film of the same name starring Jane Fonda. Refn will direct and serve as EP on the project with De Laurentiis. Julien Forest and Jean-Marc Lofficier are co-EPs. Gaumont International Television is also in production on Bryan Fuller's series Hannibal for NBC and the Eli Roth series Hemlock Grove for Netflix.
Show-runner and executive producer Michael Wilson (Saturday Night Live, Politically Incorrect) was signed by The Gersh Agency which will present his new guy-centric sketch comedy pilot The Men's Room to networks. The half-hour series was created by Wilson who is also EP. The half-hour show features an ensemble cast including members of comedy troupes such as The Groundlings and Second city.
Previous 90210 star Lauren London is joining BET's The Game for its sixth season as a series regular. London will play Kiera, a former child star who is starring in a Cosby Show-like sitcom.
BBC One and The Jim Henson Company are co-producing a new puppet pilot titled at present No Strings Attached. The weekly show will feature two celebrities who join the regular cast members in Muppet-style sketches and games. Jim Henson's son Brian will lead the puppetry team and executive produce the project along with his sister Lisa Henson. Los Angeles-based Jim Henson's Creature Shop created the puppets used in the show.
Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media acquired the ABC true-crime series Final Witness from Lincoln Square Productions for its Citytv network to air this summer. Rogers Media will simulcast the limited seven-part series for its Citytv network on Wednesday night at 10p starting June 27.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/4-6/8/12 ranked in order by HH Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.2 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.1 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 4.9 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 3.6 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.2 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 3.0 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 6/4-6/8/12 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.5 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.4 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 2.4 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7 AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.3 AA
King of the Hill (2/T) 1.3 AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.2 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.1 AA
Maury (NBU) 1.1 AA
Friends (WB) 1.1 AA
TMZ (WB) 1.1 AA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: ABC scored another overall win Tuesday with its NBA Finals at 5.8/16 among A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. FOX opened the night at 8p leading with Hell's Kitchen at 2.2/7 followed by NBC's first of two America's Got Talent repeats this night posting a 1.5/5. At 9p, ABC claimed #1 with the NBA Finals Game 4 at 5.9/18 and FOX's MasterChef was a distant #2 at 2.1/6. ABC delivered its highest ratings for the NBA Finals Game 4 during 10p at 7.4/21 and Univision moved into second place with La Que No Podia Amar at 1.6/5.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 8.4/14 Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 2.5/4, Kia NBA Countdown Game Night 3.0/5, NBA Finals on ABC Game 4: Oklahoma at Miami 10.1/17
NBC: 3.6/6 America's Got Talent [r] 4.0/7, America's Got Talent [r] 4.3/7, Love in the Wild 2.6/4
FOX: 3.1/5 Hell's Kitchen 3.2/6, MasterChef 3.0/5
UNIV: 2.1/3 Un Refugio para el Amor 2 1.8/3, Abismo de Pasion 2.1/3, La Que No Podia Amar 2.3/4
ION: 0.7/1 Criminal Minds 0.6/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Flashpoint 0.9/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Una Maid en Manhattan 0.8/1, Corazon Valiente 0.6/1, Relaciones Peligrosas 0.6/1
CW: 0.4/1 The Catalina 0.5/1, LA Complex [r] 0.3/1
TF: 0.3/1 Cine en Familia Tue [7p start r] 0.3/0, Cine de Las Estrellas Tue [r] 0.3/1
A18-49: ABC 5.8/16, FOX 2.1/6, NBC 1.5/5, UNIV 1.5/4, CBS 1.2/4, TELE 0.4/1, ION 0.3/1, CW 0.2/1, TF 0.2/1
Lynn Stepanian takes on the new position as SVP/Acquisitions and Scheduling at ABC Family. She will have responsibility over all off-network series and feature acquisitions as well as heading the strategic scheduling of all on-air linear content and long-form video for the network. Lynn will further be involved in implementing and scheduling all event programming, stunts and managing program inventory in addition to long term program planning for ABC Family. Lynn joins ABC Family from TV Guide Network where she worked as VP/Strategy, Acquisitions and Scheduling. At ABC Family, she will report to Michael Riley, President. Congratulations, Lynn!
Effective immediately, Intersport added Andy Meyer as SVP/Strategic Development. He will head the strategic development of the company's long and short form content and will additionally serve as Head/Production and Development for 20 West Productions, a division of Intersport that produces reality and documentary television. Andy will be based in New York.
Current TV named Ashok Sinha as VP/Corporate Communications where he will play a central role in expanding the network's publicity efforts across multiple platforms. Ashok will spearhead publicity for the network's programs Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer, The Bill Press Show and the upcoming The Joy Behar Show (wt) premiering this fall. Ashok will report to Laura Nelson, SVP/Corporate Communications. He joins Current TV from Oxygen Media where he was Director/Communications.
Former Director/Digital Entertainment at 19 Entertainment, Martin Lowde was appointed as Managing Director of the new Argonon venture, CashInTheAttic.com. Martin begins his new position this week to lead a team to create the global online destination for antiques and collectibles enthusiasts. Martin will report directly to Argonon CEO James Burstall and he will work closely with CFO Stuart Mullin and Head of Argonon Connect, Debby Lee. The new website's launch is currently scheduled for early 2013.
ABC News hired Ben Mulroney to be part of Good Morning America. Ben will be a Contributor for GMA beginning this weekend. He will divide his time between ABC News and CTV where he is the anchor of etalk, an entertainment news program in Canada.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 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, Vampire Diaries [r]
FOX: Take Me Out, The Choice
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Criminal Minds
NBC: Justin Bieber: All Around the World, Saving Hope, Rock Center with Brain Williams
PBS: This Old House Hour, Frontline, POV [p]
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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