Good morning. It's Friday, June 22, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
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A little more than a year after taking over the co-host position on NBC's Today vacated by Meredith Vieira, apparently Ann Curry will be replaced though she is currently in negotiations to remain with the network in some capacity. Speculation on Curry's departure from the morning show was first reported in The New York Times. This news is not official from NBC nor has a replacement for Curry on Today been named though reportedly Savannah Guthrie, who presently is Today's news anchor and co-host of the 9a third hour of Today is being considered.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the FCC sanctions against ABC and FOX, the networks involved in fleeting profanity and nudity cases. The Supreme Court said the FCC did not provide fair notice to broadcasters that they were taking a firmer stance with their indecency enforcement policy. The high court also did not offer more clarity if such cases violate the First Amendment's free-speech protections. This decision leaves the FCC's indecency enforcement policy in limbo where they are currently dealing with more than a million indecency complaints that have been filed since the litigation started.
Launching next Monday, MSNBC's new series for the 3p time slot is The Cycle. The new program will feature a static cast of four including conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, author and pundit Toure, Salon writer Steve Kornacki and former Congressional candidate Krystal Ball. All four have been previous contributors to MSNBC. The Cycle replaces Dylan Ratigan's show.
Since its launch more than eight years ago, TV One is introducing a new brand identity over the summer months. The network will unveil a new logo, new tagline: Where Black Life Unfolds and a new on-air graphics and packaging designed to fit the network's mission and programming. TV One's new branding campaign will launch on-air and coincide with the premiere of the new series R&B Divas on August 20 at 10p. The series tells the current and true stories of five R&B stars: Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt. TV One launched in January 2004 and presently reaches more than 57.3 million households with its variety of real-life and entertainment original programming, classic series, movies and music "designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult African American viewers."
Next month, SCIENCE debuts the second season of Dark Matters: Twisted But True on July 14 at 10p. John Noble hosts this series that delves into top secret research records on shocking scientific studies using CGI recreations to illustrate the stories. The six-episode series is produced by Wide-Eyed Entertainment for SCIENCE.
truTV ordered a second season of Impractical Jokers, the network's hidden-camera series where four longtime friends take dares to an over-the-top level. truTV approved 15 episodes for the new season which will launch in December 2012. NorthSouth Productions produces the series.
A ninth season of the weekly financial series Consuelo Mack WealthTrack opens with a two-part special titled Impact Investing Opportunities debuting nationally on June 29 at 730p on public television stations (check local listings).
On Wednesday, ABC Family launched its new original comedy series Baby Daddy at 830p which drew in 1.7 million total viewers as well as 935,000 with A18-49 and 619,000 among A18-34.
TV Land's new original sitcom The Soul Man premiered Wednesday night at 10p with a 1.0 rating and 1.0 million viewers among A25-54 and averaged more than 1.9 million total viewers. Following at 1030p, the second season launch of The Exes delivered a 0.7 rating and 707,000 with A25-54 as well as an average of 1.2 million total viewers.
Correction: Destination America's series Fast Food Mania is moving from Sundays to Wednesdays with back-to-back episodes airing at 10p and 1030p starting July 11 through the finale on July 25.
Kevin Pereira was tapped as host of Let's Ask America, a new daily, game show premiering September 17 on seven Scripps TV stations. The half-hour game show is produced by Telepictures and paraMedia inc. and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The seven markets and stations carrying Let's Ask America include: WFTS/Tampa at 730p; WMAR/Baltimore at 7:30p; WEWS/Cleveland at 730p; WCPO/Cincinnati at 730p; KJRH/Tulsa at 630p; KSHB/Kansas City at 630p; and KNXV/Phoenix at 630p. Before this new hosting gig, Pereira was host and creator of Attack of the Show on G4.
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Former American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez will join FOX's Glee in a multi-episode arc for the show's fourth season. No details on Sanchez' character has been released though she will likely begin her stint at the midway point of the new season.
Casting is now complete on the upcoming four-hour miniseries Alistair MacLean's Air Force One is Down per an announcement from Sonar Entertainment and Power. The action miniseries is currently filming in Luxembourg and is produced by Cedros Productions and Fringilla Productions (Ingenious Media) in the UK and Lynx Productions in Luxembourg. Linda Hamilton stars as US President Harriet Rowntree along with Jeremy Sisto as Captain Fergus Markey, Amanda Donohoe as diplomat Gilliam Barry among other cast members.
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Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of June 11, 2012)
NBC: Today 4.84 million total viewers; 1.7/13 and 2.04 million A25-54
ABC: GMA 4.81 million total viewers; 1.5/11 and 1.77 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.23 million total viewers; 0.7/5 and 835,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI
Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX held its Wednesday night lead with the A18-49 viewers with a 2.4/8, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. FOX won the 8p hour with So You Think You Can Dance at 2.3/8 followed by Univision's Un Refugio para el Amor at 1.3/5. The second hour of So You Think You Can Dance kept FOX in the #1 spot through 9p at 2.6/8 and likewise Univision remained in the #2 position with Abismo de Pasion at 1.6/5. The 10p time period saw Univision move up to first place with La Que No Podia Amar at 1.8/6 and CBS' CSI repeat came next at 1.4/4.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 4.1/7 So You Think You Can Dance 4.1/7
NBC: 2.4/4 Justin Bieber: All Around the World 2.0/4, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.3/4, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.9/5
UNIV: 2.1/4 Un Refugio para el Amor 2 1.7/3, Abismo de Pasion 2.1/4, La Que No Podia Amar 2.3/4
ION: 0.9/1 Cold Case 0.9/2, Cold Case 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 0.8/1
TELE: 0.7/1 Una Maid en Manhattan 0.9/2, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Relaciones Peligrosas 0.6/1
CW: 0.6/1 America's Next Top Model [r] 0.6/1, America's Next Top Model [r] 0.6/1
TF: 0.3/1 Cine en Familia WED [r] 0.2/0, Cine de Las Estrellas WED 0.3/1
A18-49: FOX 2.4/8, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 1.2/4, CBS 1.2/4, NBC 0.8/3, TELE 0.5/1, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1
Oxygen Media elevated Puja Vohra to the newly-minted role as SVP/Marketing. Previously, Puja served as VP/Ad Sales Marketing for Oxygen Media for two plus years. In this new role, Puja will take on more responsibility as the network's contact for both the corporate Consumer Marketing and Ad Sales Marketing groups. Puja will continue to report to Jane Olson, SVP/Marketing and Brand Strategy with Oxygen Media.
Effective immediately, Brad Austin has joined 10x10 Entertainment as Director/Development. Brad reports to VP, Paul Buscemi and President, Ken Mok. Previously, Brad was with CMT as Development Coordinator.
Friday's Fun Fact: In 1759, Arthur Guinness leased St James's Gate brewery (where they brew Guinness) for 9,000 years for 45 pounds a year.
This day in History: 1998 - The 75th National Marbles Tournament began in Wildwood, NJ.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What American television show was inspired by BBC 2's Horizon? Nova. Kudos to: Kevin Byrnes-NBC Sports Group/NY; Barry Schiffer-WJZ-TV/Baltimore; Patty Youngross/Atlanta; Linda Grillo-Viacom/NYC; Mary Ryan-Raycom Media/Dallas; Paul Blutter-General American Group, Inc./Northridge, CA; Cammie Buerry-Station Casinos/Las Vegas; Tanya Kelen-kelencontent/Toronto.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012
ABC: Shark Tank [r], 20/20
AZTECA: Extra Normal, Al Extremo, Fabrico de Huevos, Fabrica de Huevos
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], CSI:NY [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Nikita [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX: House [r], Bones [r]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
NBC: Whitney [r], Community [r], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, American Masters
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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