Good morning. It's Tuesday, August 7, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.
A&E Network: Shipping Wars at 9p & 930p
DIY Network: Extra Yardage at 930p
HBO: Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins at 10p
The Weather Channel: Pyros at 9p
Syfy: Haunted Highway at 10p
NBC will apparently lose Sharon Osbourne as judge on America's Got Talent. Osbourne is reportedly not returning to the show next season because of how NBC treated her son, Jack who was in talks with the network for a starring role on the new reality series, Stars Earn Stripes following his disclosure that he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Osbourne said Jack was apparently let go by the network via email two days before he was to report to work though no signed contract existed between Jack Osbourne and the network.
Labor Day marks the ninth and final season debut of Travel Channel's series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - The Final Tour. The one-hour season opener on September 3 at 9p takes viewers to Austin, TX where Bourdain explores the food and culture of the Texas capital city during the 2012 SXSW Interactive, Film and Music Festival. Other destinations during Bourdain's final season include Sydney, Australia, the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy, the Burgundy region of France, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Dominican Republic and New York City. Fans of the show can view episodes over the past eight seasons during a special nine-hour marathon beginning at 12p on September 3. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations is produced by Zero Point Zero for Travel Channel.
REELZCHANNEL set the premiere date for its new original drama series, Bomb Girls for September 11 at 10p. Starring Meg Tilly, Bomb Girls will air on Tuesdays and the plot is set during World War II at a munitions factory where women risk their lives in support of US troops fighting in Europe. The women are liberated from their normal social and cultural restrictions and embrace their newfound freedom. The first season has six episodes produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions.
Family entertainment channel, GMC TV announced plans for new original content for the second half of 2012. New GMC World Premiere Series include:
For more details about GMC TV's schedule please visit their website at www.watchGMCtv.com.
A new fourth season of Say yes to the Dress: Atlanta returns to TLC's schedule beginning August 24 at 9p. The new season opens with a special episode highlighting country singer Miranda Lambert as she helps her band mate Angaleena from The Pistol Annies find a wedding gown. Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta is produced for TLC by North South Productions.
From Cynopsis Media: This Thursday in NYC is our Cynopsis Sports Media Awards Breakfast! View finalists and find out more details: http://ow.ly/bObiI.
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Following a bidding war with multiple networks, NBC picked up an untitled thriller from Rand Ravich and handed the project a put-pilot commitment. The plot is set in and around Washington, D.C. and is about an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the center of an international crisis on his first day on the job. 20th Century Fox Television is producing with Ravich serving as writer and EP. Far Shariat is also on board as a non-writing EP with Ravich. Previously, Ravich created NBC's drama Life that starred Damian Lewis.
FX finalized a script development agreement with writer Sidney Quashie and music industry entrepreneur Dr. Dre. The one-hour drama pilot project in development focuses on present-day Los Angeles through the perspective of the music industry and the crime business. Quashie is the Creator/Executive Producer on the project and Dre serves as an EP. Daniel Schnider will be Co-EP for Dre's company Crucial TV and Brad Bertner is also a Co-EP.
A new reality series, Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition was picked up by Lifetime. The new series will feature Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller and will showcase 12 girl and boy dancers aged six through 13 as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and a scholarship to the Young Dancer Program at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin will join Miller as a judge along with dancer and celebrity choreographer Richard Jackson. Kevin Manno from MTV's The Seven will host the series. Lifetime ordered 10 episodes of the series and slated it to launch this fall. Collins Avenue is producing.
When TBS' comedy Men at Work returns in 2013, Peri Gilpin (Frasier) will join the second season in a recurring role, reports TVLine. Gilpin will play Alex, the new boss at Full Steam magazine where the main characters played by Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, James Lesure and Michael Cassidy work.
A one-hour special, Against The Grain: The Year Mother Nature Struck Back recounts what is happening currently on American farms during one of the worst droughts since the Dustbowl of the 1930s as well as other extreme weather conditions such as floods and tornadoes. The special, from producers Robb Weller and Gary Grossman along with industry marketing veteran Harold Weitzberg, who also serves as executive producer and creator as well as agriculture expert Al Kluis is an introduction to the series in development, Against The Grain. Cynopsis Media spoke to Weitzberg and according to him the series will follow farm families through the growing season as they manage the impacts caused by weather, family, financial pressure and markets. The first airings of the special happened over this past weekend in Joplin, Quad Cities, Fort Wayne and Greensboro. "Viewer reaction was extremely positive," said Weitzberg. "Premieres and secondary showings will continue through November and the show is being picked up by local TV stations." Continued Weitzberg, "We are posting broadcast dates and stations on our website at www.AgainstTheGrain.TV."
Casting Call: VPE Talent is casting for Nat Geo WILD's upcoming new series Spoiled Rotten Pets hosted by Beth Stern. The show is searching for people who have unusual pets that are treated better than the owner's human friends and family. This new series from Picture This Television features pets that are completely spoiled by their owners. Casting is ending soon, so send in information about you and your spoiled rotten furry family members to: www.thepetcasting.com.
Casting Call: Weingrad Casting, LLC and World of Wonder Productions, behind Bravo's Million Dollar Listing are now casting for a docu-series following the life and career of a group of competitive on-air weather stars. The series produced by World of Wonder Productions wants to know what happens on and off the air and what it takes to be the best in your market? If you are a weatherman in your city or town and would like to be considered for this show, send an email to: WEINGRADCASTING@GMAIL.COM and include your contact info, your reel and photos.
Casting Call: Grand Prix Productions is casting for a weekly series and looking for families with adult children who have moved home after college. For more info on the project, please email with specifics on your situation along with where you are located to: email@example.com.
Submissions Call: AMC is launching a new online video contest called Hey DISH, Where's My AMC? at www.WheresMyAMC.com. This contest is in response to DISH's recent blackout of AMC network and its sister networks IFC, WE tv and Sundance Channel last month. The contest is accepting submissions through August 29, 2012 and invites fans of AMC to create a 30- to 90-second video about how DISH customers feel about not getting AMC's shows including The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Hell on Wheels among others. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the Grand Prize winner. To enter, visit www.WheresMyAMC.com.
Production has commenced in Montreal on two four-hour miniseries, CAT.8 and Exploding Sun, both from Muse Entertainment. The two miniseries are part of Sonar Entertainment's new Disaster Pack collection of five original miniseries that will be available for distribution later this year. CAT. 8 and Exploding Sun were picked up by Bell Media for exclusive broadcast in Canada via SPACE next year.
Beyond Distribution racked up more than 140 hours of program sales to broadcasters throughout Central and Eastern Europe in recent deals with Chello Central Europe, TV JOJ, TVN Canal+ Poland and Baltijos TV (BTV). Paprika secured deals for three programs starring Chuck Hughes in Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Moldova and Romania for Chuck's Week Off: Mexico, Chuck's Day Off Series 3 and Chuckmas. Spektrum licensed two seasons of Crash Investigation Unit, Obsessions, Damage Control and Spektrum Home has picked up the third season of Love It or List It for Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Megamax picked up all seasons of the children's live action series Amazing Extraordinary Friends for Hungary and TV JOJ acquired My Parent's House for Slovakia. BTV in Lithuania picked up the season 7 of Mythbusters. In Poland, TVN acquired World's Weirdest Restaurants and Science Impossible. Planete+ picked up Charlotte: A Life Without Limbs and Programmed to Be Fat in addition to renewing Jetstream and Sperm Wars.
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Friday A18-49 Analysis: NBC held its Olympic domination again on Friday delivering an 8.7/29 with the A18-49 viewers, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. In the 8p hour, NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics did best starting at 830p with a 6.2/23 followed by Univision's Por Ella Soy Eva at 1.1/4. NBC gained more traction at 9p with the Summer Olympics at 8.4/27 and Univision stayed in second place with Abismo de Pasion at 1.4/4. Then at 10p, NBC peaked with the Summer Olympics at 10.1/32 and once again Univision was next in line with La Que No Podia Amar at 1.8/6.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, August 3, 2012 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 16.2/29 Summer Olympics Friday Primetime 16.2/29
ABC: 2.2/4 Shark Tank [r] 2.0/4, 20/20 [r] 2.2/4, 20/20 [r] 2.2/4
CBS: 2.1/4 Undercover Boss [r] 2.1/4, CSI: NY [r] 1.9/3, Blue Bloods [r] 2.3/4
UNIV: 2.1/4 Por Ella Soy Eva 1.4/3, Abismo de Pasion 1.9/3, La Que No Podia Amar 2.3/4
FOX: 1.1/2 House [r] 0.9/2, Bones [r] 1.2/2
TELE: 0.7/1 Rosa Diamante 0.6/1, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal 0.8/1, Rostro Venganza 0.5/1
ION: 0.6/1 Cold Case 0.6/1, Cold Case 0.6/1, Cold Case 0.6/1
CW: 0.4/1 Nikita [r] 0.4/1, Nikita [r] 0.4/1
TF: 0.2/0 Cine en Familia Fri [7p start] 0.2/0, Cine de Las Estrellas Fri [r] 0.2/0
A18-49: NBC 8.7/29, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 0.7/3, CBS 0.6/2, FOX 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.2/1, ION 0.2/1, TF 0.2/1
Launching at the end of this year, El Rey Network tapped Antoinette Alfonso Zel as its CEO. Antoinette brings more than 20 years of television, marketing and media experience to her new position after working at such networks and brands as NBC, MTV Networks and most recently as CEO, President and Partner at her Latino-focused La Comunidad advertising agency. Dave Cassaro was also added as Head of the El Rey Launch Team. Dave will manage a team of experienced media executives who will communicate and work with marketers, distributors and partners in the launch of the network. El Rey Network is a general entertainment cable network focused on young Americans.
Zodiak Rights, the international unit of Zodiak Media elevated Glen Hansen to SVP/Sales, Acquisitions and Co-production North America up from SVP/Acquisitions and Business Development, North America. Glen will now have expanded duties over all US and English-speaking Canada finished program and format sales from the Zodiak Rights' catalog containing more than 15,000 hours of content. Glen will continue to be based out of Zodiak USA's office in Santa Monica LA and will report to Jane Millichip, Managing Director, Zodiak Rights based in London.
The Inspiration Networks tagged Jeff Arthur to the new role as VP/Distribution and Affiliate Sales. Jeff will head the development and management of new and current relationships with cable providers to expand distribution and increase brand awareness for INSP, Halogen TV and La Familia Cosmovision.
WNET, parent company of New York's public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV named Samantha Green as Controller. Samantha will have oversight of WNET's entire financial planning and daily accounting operations encompassing general accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and grants administration. Samantha will further make financial reports to the Board and the board committees in charge of Finance, Audit and Investments. She will report to Caroline Croen, VP/CFO and Treasurer. Samantha succeeds Frank Pesce who will continue to report to Caroline Croen as an advisor.
Sydney, Australia-based Flying Bark Productions appointed Rebecca Hardman as Head/Legal and Business Affairs where she reports to Managing Director Jim Ballantine. Rebecca joins from Screen Australia where she served as Senior Lawyer/Legal and Business Affairs.
Sarah Kustok joins the YES Network as its Brooklyn Nets Reporter where she will cover the team for YES' Nets game telecasts and pre- and post-game shows, its Nets Magazine series, other Nets programming and via YESNetwork.com. Sarah will also appear on YES in other capacities in the studio and on remote locations.
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This day in History: 1782 - George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: ABC's first nightly news was anchored by John Charles Daly. What other television show did he host at the same time? John Charles Daly was the host of What's My Line. Kudos to: Alan Morris-Goldwing Prods/East Brunswick, NJ; Bob Cook-B.C. Entertainment Group, Inc./Orlando; Jim Kelsh-Comcast University/West Chester, PA; Kathy Mcclung-CBS Television/NY; John Kukla/Fox/Dallas; Roz Seibold-EDA/Tucson; Wendy Smith-Kids In Need/St.Paul/Minneapolis; Bob Quigley-ENERGY SOLUTIONS ARENA/Salt Lake City; Dave Sikula-walmartlabs/San Bruno, CA; Dan Matson-20th Television/LA; Dona Nelson/Santa Barbara; Arnie Meissner-Van Nuys.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012
ABC: The Middle [r], Last Man Standing [r], Wipeout [r], NY Med
AZTECA: Quiero Ser Grupero, Al Extremo, Futbol de la Liga Mexicana
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: LA [r], Person Of Interest [r]
CW: Hart of Dixie [r], The LA Complex [r]
FOX: Master Chef [r]
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC: Summer Olympics
PBS: History Detectives, The War
TELE: Rosa Diamante, Corazon Valiente, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal, El Rostro de la Venganza
UNIV: Por Ella Soy Eva; Abismo de Pasion, La Que No Podia Amar
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