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The CW: The Next at 9p
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Earlier this week, the Commission on Presidential Debates released the list of moderators for the presidential debates which spurred some criticism from some minority groups. Randy Falco, President/CEO of Univision Communications responded by sending a letter yesterday to CPD Executive Director Janet Brown. Falco began his letter expressing his disappointment "on behalf of the millions of Hispanics who do not have a voice in the upcoming presidential debates as evidence by the selected moderators." More than 20 million US Hispanics will be eligible to vote in the November elections representing 8.7% of all voters. The Commission announced PBS' Jim Lehrer, CNN's Candy Crowley and CBS News' Bob Schieffer will serve as this year's presidential debate moderators. Falco also said in the letter to Brown that Univision would be interested in hosting a forum for the presidential candidates to address the Hispanic audience, led by Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas. To read Randy Falco's letter in its entirety, please visit our website at www.cynopsis.com and look under Additional Industry News.
truTV is expanding its Hardcore Pawn series franchise by approving a new edition set in Chicago. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, produced by Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment with Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey as executive producers, received an order for nine 30m episodes. Hardcore Pawn: Chicago will take viewers inside the Royal Pawn Shop owned by brothers Randy and Wayne Cohen. The new series is slated to premiere later this year. Hardcore Pawn is the original series in the franchise, set inside American Jewelry & Loan in Detroit and new episodes from the current sixth season air Tuesdays at 9p.
Beginning October 1, Nickelodeon unveils a new primetime ad-supported programming block, NickMom that focuses on the hilarity of being a mom. NickMom, which also has launched online at www.NickMom.com, will be comprised of original long- and short-form programming including talk shows, stand-up and sketch comedy, docu-series and more. The four-hour NickMom block will air nightly on the Nick Jr. channel from 10p to 12a and again from 12-2a. The four series at launch include:
Mayim Bialik on CBS' The Big Bang Theory was involved in a car accident yesterday in Los Angeles which resulted in injuries to her left hand and thumb. Bialik may apparently have to have surgery on her hand. A spokesperson for Warner Bros., producers of The Big Bang Theory said the accident will likely not impact production on the sitcom which began filming last week.
Late yesterday, A&E Network canceled reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels starring Kiss bassist, Gene Simmons, his longtime partner, Shannon Tweed and their two children. The show premiered in 2006 and lasted seven seasons from Thinkfactory Media.
The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) will debut a new half-hour program on ABC Family starring CBN's Chief Political Correspondent David Brody. Starting August 24, The Brody File will air on Friday mornings at 930a and will run through the 2012 election in November. The Brody File is based on Brody's political blog and online television show. On Fridays, The Brody File will replace CBN's The 700 Club Interactive, which will continue to air Monday through Thursday.
Miniseries World Without End will make its US premiere on REELZCHANNEL starting October 17 at 9p. The miniseries, starring Cynthia Nixon and Miranda Richardson is an adaptation of Ken Follett's novel set in 14th century England and a follow up to his book, The Pillars of the Earth. The eight-hour production was filmed on location in Hungary, Austria and Slovakia with Howard Ellis' Mid Atlantic Films.
A ninth season of Renovation Realities begins this Saturday at 9p on DIY Network. Produced by Knoxville-based RIVR Media, this docu-series follows real people who attempt to renovate their own homes with no outside help.
Season three of Long Island Medium returns to TLC's schedule September 9 at 9p. The series stars mom and real-life medium Theresa Caputo as she helps individuals connect with their deceased loved ones all the while keeping a balance as a wife and mother. Long Island Medium is produced by Magilla Entertainment for TLC.
Late next month, FUEL TV brings back its original docu-series The Moto: Inside The Outdoors for a fourth season on September 29 at 8p. The six-episode series spotlights motocross producer Troy Adamitis and the professional race circuit the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and the racers who compete in the race. Following the premiere, the show moves to its regular time slot on Mondays at 1130p as of October 1.
Palladia, Viacom Network's hi-def music channel picked up two series for its lineup. BBC's Later. . . With Jools Holland opens September 6 at 10p followed by Live From Daryl's House at 11p. Produced by Alison Howe, Later. . . With Jools Holland serves up music from guests such as Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Adele, Coldplay and many other artists and groups. Live From Daryl's House, syndicated nationally by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions goes to R&B musician's Daryl Hall's house in Millerton, New York where he invites artists and bands to jam with him at his home and studio.
Tuesday's season three premiere of Top Gear on HISTORY at 9p tallied 1.7 million total viewers as well as 1.0 million viewers with both A18-49 and A25-54. The US version of Top Gear is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions and is co-production between HISTORY and BBC Worldwide.
Also on Tuesday, TNT concluded the summer season of Rizzoli & Isles and amassed 6.0 million total viewers, the drama's biggest Live + Same Day audience of the season. The season finale also drew 1.6 million with A18-49 and 2.0 million among A25-54.
As of yesterday, Meruelo Media launched a new over-the-air channel, Super 22 in Los Angeles targeting Spanish language viewers. KWHY-TV Channel 22 has become MundoFox 22 and the flagship affiliate for the MundoFox network. Programming for Super 22, includes a mix of classic Spanish language movies, entertainment news programs and local news, Noticias 22 in addition to other shows such as Viva El 22 Los Angeles, Super Cine, Operacion Repo, No Lo Cuentes and Mikorte Informativo among others.
Michael J. Fox is working with writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and director Will Gluck (Easy A) on a single-camera comedy where he would star. All four major networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX are vying for the project. Details about the series are limited though it is being developed by Sony Pictures Television for a planned 2013 launch and the plot is inspired by Fox's own life.
FOX picked up a project from Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims and writer/producer Sarah Watson, reports THR. FOX gave the one-hour project a put-pilot commitment that is produced by Universal Televisions. The plot is described as an "edgy, twisted romantic dramedy set in a Chicago law firm." Watson is writing the pilot with Katims overseeing and both will serve as EPs in addition to Katims' new head of development, Michelle Lee.
Just days after Kristin Chenoweth departed CBS' The Good Wife due to an injury she sustained on the set last month, the series is adding her former GCB cast mate Miriam Shor. Shor joins The Good Wife in the recurring role as a reporter.
NBC's midseason drama Hannibal from Bryan Fuller tapped Lara Jean Chorostecki (Camelot) to play the disreputable tabloid reporter, Freddie Lounds. In the past this part has been played by Stephen Lang in 1986's Manhunter and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2002's Red Dragon.
Saturday Night Live on NBC is losing regular cast member Abby Elliott. After four seasons, Elliott has decided to not return for the shows 38th season.
The CW's upcoming new superhero series Arrow added former Torchwood star John Barrowman to play a character known as Well Dressed Man, a rich friend of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City. Arrow makes its debut on The CW October 10 at 8p as a lead-in to Supernatural.
Former Xena and Spartacus star, Lucy Lawless is joining NBC's Parks and Recreation in a multiple episode run. Lawless will play a single mom in Pawnee named Diane who has a small problem in her neighborhood and Ron and Andy are sent to help. While there, Andy notices some sparks fly between her and Ron. Parks and Recreation premieres its new season on NBC September 20.
Casting Call: Casting company, Doron Ofir Casting and Rock Mafia are searching nationwide for the best professional Latina DJ. The female DJ candidate will need to have a combination of experience, personality and skills to become part of the Rock Mafia family. The search is has begun for a Latina goddess between the ages of 21-25, who is attractive. Send an email ASAP and include your complete contact information, photos, YouTube links, social network links or EPK's to: LatinaDJSearch@gmail.com.
Casting Call: MTV True Life: I'm Dating a Mama's Boy is looking for people involved in a relationship where your boyfriend's mom is creating drama. If you appear to be between the ages of 16-28 and are involved with a guy who is too close to his mother and you feel it is time to rehabilitate him, send an email to: email@example.com. Please include a description of your situation along with your name, location, phone number and recent photos of yourself.
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~ RATINGS ~
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.9 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 5.7 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 4.7 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 4.5 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 3.8 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.8 AA
Access Hollywood (NBU) 2.7 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7 AA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/30-8/3/12 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.3 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 2.5 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.4 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7 AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.6 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.3 AA
King of the Hill (2/T) 1.3 AA
Access Hollywood (NBU) 1.2 AA
Maury (NBU) 1.2 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.1 AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.1 AA
TMZ (WB) 1.1 AA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX and NBC shared the overall top position Tuesday as each network delivered a 2.3/7 among the A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, NBC won with America's Got Talent at 2.6/8 with FOX's new series Hotel Hell coming next at 2.1/7. NBC continued to lead during 9p with more America's Got Talent at 3.0/9 with FOX staying in second place with MasterChef at 2.4/7. NBC topped at 10p with its newest competition series Stars Earn Stripes at 1.4/4 and Univision moved into #2 with its newest telenovela, Amor Bravio at 1.2/4.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 4.7/8 America's Got Talent 6.0/10, Stars Earn Stripes 2.3/4
CBS: 4.5/7 NCIS [r] 5.0/9, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 4.4/7, The Mentalist [r] 4.0/7
FOX: 3.2/5 Hotel Hell 3.0/5, MasterChef 3.4/5
ABC: 2.0/3 The Middle [r] 2.2/4, Last Man Standing [r] 1.8/3, Happy Endings [r] 1.2/2, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 [r] 1.2/2, NY Med 2.9/5
UNIV: 1.9/3 Por Ella Soy Eva 1.9/3, Abismo de Pasion 2.2/3, Amor Bravio 1.7/3
ION: 0.9/1 Criminal Minds 8P 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 9P 0.9/1, Criminal Minds 10P 0.9/2
TELE: 0.8/1 Rosa Diamente 0.7/1, Corazon Valiente 0.8/1, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal 1.1/2, El Rostro de la Venganza 0.6/1
CW: 0.4/1 Hart of Dixie [r] 0.4/1, The L.A. Complex 0.3/1
TF: 0.4/1 Cineplex TUE: Corina, Corina [r 7p start] 0.2/0, Cineplex 2 Tue: Dano Colateral [r] 0.4/1
A18-49: FOX 2.3/7, NBC 2.3/7, UNIV 1.5/4, CBS 1.1/3, ABC 0.8/2, TELE 0.6/2, ION 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1, TF 0.3/1
David Haslingden, President/COO of Fox Networks Group is leaving his position at the end of this year as announced by News Corp. "To my many colleagues in the United States and 55 countries around the world, thank you for making my career at News Corporation the most productive and exhilarating experience I could have ever imagined," Haslingden said in a statement. "In a little over a decade we've built a behemoth internationally and in the last two years we've helped unify FNG and set it up for a future of super-charged growth. But as terrific as Fox and National Geographic are, my family is by far my greatest love, and being away from them for almost two years is long enough. I'm delighted to be on my way home."
Under Dominic Proctor, President of GroupM Global, new senior level management changes were announced. GroupM North America CEO Rob Norman was named to the new position as Chief Digital Officer for GroupM Global. Kelly Clark presently the Global CEO of the GroupM agency Maxus will succeed Rob Norman as CEO of GroupM North America. Vikram Sakhuja, who is currently CEO of GroupM India and South Asia will take over Kelly Clark's role as Global CEO of Maxus. Rob, Kelly and Vikram will all report to Dominic Proctor and their new positions begin later this year.
IFC elevated Marie Moore to SVP/Public Relations, up from VP. Marie supervises the development and execution of IFC's consumer media relations pertaining to program publicity and talent relations and upholding the network's goals to spur brand awareness, tune-in and web traffic. Based in New York, Marie continues to report to Ellen Kroner, AMC Networks' EVP/Corporate Communications and Marketing.
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This day in History: 1969 - Woodstock rock festival begins in NY.
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WHAT'S ON TONIGHT - THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2012
ABC: Wipeout, Time Machine Chefs, Rookie Blue
AZTECA: Quiero Ser Grupero, Al Extremo, El Pelado de la Noche
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Two and a Half Men [r], Big Brother, Person of Interest [r]
CW: Oh Sit, The Nest [p]
FOX: NFL Preseason, Bengals vs Falcons
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Criminal Minds
NBC: The Office [r], Parks and Recreation [r], Saving Hope, Rock Center with Brain Williams
PBS: This Old House Hour, Insides Fenway Park, POV
TELE: Rosa Diamante, Corazon Valiente, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal, El Rostro de la Venganza
UNIV: Por Ella Soy Eva; Abismo de Pasion, Amor Bravio
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