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Good morning. It’s Thursday, March 6, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Ice Cold Gold at 10p
CNN: Chicagoland at 10p
Comedy: Review with Forrest MacNeil at 10p
Food: Beat Bobby Flay at 10p
FX: Saint George at 9p
HGTV: New House, New Life at 11p
Lifetime: Celebrity Home Raiders at 10p
NUVOtv: The Collective, Powered by Vevo at 8p
USA: Suits at 9p, Sirens at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
ID: Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal at 9p



Introducing WGN America’s First Original Series

SALEM explores the town’s infamous witch trials, and delivers a bold new vision of 17th century Salem – and its witches

Premieres April 20th, 10p/9c
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Former King of Queens co-star Leah Remini is getting a new show. TLC has ordered a 12-episode reality series starring the actress and former Scientologist and her family.


As upfront season gets underway, Scripps Networks Interactive EVP of advertising sales & marketing Jon Steinlauf tells Cynopsis why he believes lifestyle programming, often lumped with reality and entertainment, should be considered a genre unto itself. "Ninety-three percent of people who watch Scripps in the 3-day window are watching it live, the best percentage outside sports and news," says Steinlauf. "They like the advertising – there’s an interest in the advertiser as a resource, as opposed to it being clutter or an interruption."

Is Ty Pennington is hanging up his tool belt? The star of Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has been tapped to host TNT cooking competition show On The Menu, starring chef Emeril Lagasse. The show premieres this fall.

Among the key findings in Nielsen‘s Q4 2013 Cross-Platform: smartphone users spent 89 percent of their mobile media time using mobile apps; women spent nearly an hour-and-a-half more than men using mobile apps over that same quarter; and women spent more than five more hours using mobile apps on their tablets than men, and more than two more hours on the mobile Web in Q4 2013.

Fred Savage has signed on to direct and executive produce IFC‘s upcoming scripted comedy Garfunkel and Oates. Starring comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, the series chronicles the pair’s personal and professional misadventures.

Psych has named the host of its live series finale aftershow. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Pereira (Attack of the Show) been tapped for the job. The show airs Wednesday, March 26 at 10p on USA Network

The Dalai Lama sat down for an exclusive half-hour interview with Larry King on Larry King Now, the daily Internet show carried by Ora.TV and Hulu. The pair discussed social and political issues, but what reportedly stood out most is the Dalai Lama’s sense of humor. The chat airs Monday, March 10.

Conan O’Brien is heading to MTV. The late-night talk show host has been tapped to host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13 at 9p, broadcast live from Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Nominations will be announced Thursday, March 6 at 7a at www.movieawards.mtv.com.

Destination America and USA Weekend magazine have partnered for the second annual "Red, White and You" contest. The national competition offers two towns the chance to win a spectacular Fourth of July; this year’s contest will also award five second-prize-winning towns an opportunity to have their very own fireworks display.

Participant Media and the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project (MIP) have joined forces to develop new insights about the social impact of entertainment media. Their team will produce research shaped by Participant Media’s expertise in social-change-oriented entertainment and the Media Impact Project’s mission to assess the social impact of media. 

Lifestyle Network has announced its nationwide satellite launch via DirecTV. A premium product of global entertainment provider ABS-CBN International, the channel is now available on DirecTV channel 2070 through DIRECTV’s FilipinoDirect and TFCDirect Packages. "The channel further enhances the variety and breadth of content we provide to our Filipino customers, and shows our commitment to provide the best television experience available," said Emma Brackett, Vice President of Programming and Content for DirecTV.

Don’t Miss Out… The call for entries in the third annual Cynopsis Kids !magination + People Awards is now open. The Awards honor the best children’s and family multiplatform programming and marketing, plus the outstanding execs in kids entertainment. This year, we will also be honoring an elite group of Animation Innovators. Entry deadline is Friday, March 14, and we will salute all winners on June 11, 2014, at the !magination Awards ceremony in NY. Please visit the awards website for info: http://www.cynopsis.com/events/kids-awards.


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Figure skating is returning to ABC. The network has reached a multi-year agreement with Disson Skating for the exclusive broadcast of Disson Skating’s legendary entertainment specials for the 2014/2015 television season. ABC will air the first set of 2-hour skating shows in the fall of 2014.  

The kids in the kitchen concept forges onward. FOX has ordered an eight-episode third season of hit cooking competition series Masterchef Junior. Production on season two and three will begin this spring.

VH1 has greenlit a slate of new series: I "Heart" Nick Carter, focusing on Backstreet Boy Nick Carter‘s relationship with his fiancee; Untitled K. Michelle Project, centering on the Love and Hip Hop star’s bright music career; Swab Stories, chronicling how lost family members re-connect via DNA testing; Walk Of Shame Shuttle, following a young entrepreneur’s service for college students who overindulged the previous night; This Is HOT 97, offering look inside the radio brand; and White Girls Of Rap, featuring female rappers striving for success in a male-dominated business.

Producer Betsy Schechter has launched Storyville Entertainment, a full-service production company dedicated to creating top-tier content for television, film, branded and multimedia outlets. The company is working on a music-based documentary series for MTV International and is in development on non-scripted and scripted projects for A&E, TNT, H2, MTVI, Animal Planet and National Geographic.

Charlie Ebersol and Mike Lanigan‘s The Company has teamed with international entertainment group Dori Media to form a new joint production and financing venture. They’ll develop, produce and distribute unscripted and scripted programming within the international market, including four new pilots per year for distribution both overseas and in the United States. 


Golf legend Arnold Palmer is being showcased in Golf Channel‘s upcoming three-night television event, Arnie. The special features over 100 interviews with icons in sports and pop culture about the man known as "The King." The special airs on consecutive nights from Sunday, April 13 through Tuesday, April 15 at at 10p.

AMC‘s new drama Halt and Catch Fire will premiere Sunday, June 1 at 10p. From AMC Studios, the 10-episode series captures the rise of the PC era in the early 1980s.

NBC’s Dateline is pumping up to its weekend lineup. In addition to its regularly scheduled Friday and Sunday timeslots, Saturday Night Mysteries will begin airing on March 8 at 8p.  

Get ready to feel glad all over. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the British Invasion of America, THIRTEEN’s Great Performances is presenting The Dave Clark Five and Beyond – Glad All Over, a documentary featuring interviews with the likes of Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Bruce Springsteen and rare footage not seen in decades. The two-hour special airs on PBS Tuesday, April 8 at 8p and Friday, April 11 at 10p.

Cooking Channel invites you to pull up a seat for the debut of Dinner at Tiffani‘s, premiering Sunday, March 23 at 8p. The primetime special follows host Tiffani Thiessen as she showcases her culinary and entertaining skills with a dinner party for her friends and former castmates.

DramaFever will honor international television series and their stars at the second annual DramaFever Awards in New York. The May 1 ceremony will dole out awards in 13 categories, including best drama, best actor, best actress and best couple. The online video service, which offers over 600 titles from Korea, Japan, France, Spain and other countries, hosted its first award show in 2013.


CBS‘s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation spinoff pilot has landed its leading lady. Patricia Arquette has been tapped for the main role of crime psychologist Avery Ryan in the drama about a cyber crime division of the FBI.

Brooke Burke Charvet, who was fired as co-host of ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars, has landed a new gig with ABC Family. She’ll recur on two episodes of Melissa & Joey as Joey’s ex-girlfriend, Felicia.

NBC‘s DC Comics adaptation Constantine has added True Blood‘s Lucy Griffiths and Lost‘s Harold Perrineau to its cast. Griffiths portrays female lead Liv; Perrineau plays an angel.

Azure Parsons has joined ABC summer drama Astronaut Wives Club. She’ll play Annie Glenn, wife of John Glenn.

Kellee Stewart has been cast in the ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. She’ll portray Betsy, a woman living off alimony.
Gabriel Luna has been cast as the lead in El Rey Network‘s second scripted original series, Matador. Nicky Whelan and Neil Hopkins will also appear in the show, which is slated to debut it July.


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CBS‘s NCIS was Tuesday’s most watched program, according to Nielsen preliminary live plus same day ratings for March 4. The show was number one in viewers (17.68 million) and second in both A25-54 (3.7/10) and adults 18-49 (2.4/07). Compared to last week, NCIS added +650,000 viewers (from 17.03m, +4 percent).

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.7/8, according to Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice took first at 8p with 4.1/12, versus 2.5/7 for CBS’s NCIS. NBC stayed in the lead with About a Boy and Growing Up Fisher averaging 2.2/6, followed by 2.1/6 for CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles. NBC’s Chicago Fire led at 9p with 1.9/6, while a 1.7/5 landed CBS’s Person of Interest in second.

A18-49: NBC 2.7/8, CBS 2.1/6, ABC 1.2/4, UNI 1.2/4, FOX 1.2.3, CW .9/3, TELE .5/2

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, March 4, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 9.0/15
NCIS 11.2/18, NCIS: Los Angeles9.1/14, Person of Interest 6.9/12
NBC: 6.0/10
The Voice 8.7/14, About a Boy 5.1/8, Growing Up Fisher 4.3/7, Chicago Fire 4.4/8
ABC: 2.3/4
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.3/5, The Goldbergs 2.4/4, Trophy Wife 1.7/3, Mind Games 1.6/3
FOX: 1.7/3
Glee 1.7/3, New Girl 1.9/3, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.6/3
Por Siempre mi Amor 1.4/2, Que Vida me Robo 2.3/4, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.5/3
TELE: .8/1
Impostura .7/1, En Otra Piel .7/1, Camilia la Texana .7/1


AMC has promoted Ben Davis to Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming. Davis, who’s been with the network since 2005, is the creative executive in charge of Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

SundanceTV has upped two New York based executives. Mark Williams has been elevated to Senior Vice President, Brand Creative for SundanceTV Creative Services, and Jessica Gleason has been promoted to Vice President, Production for SundanceTV Creative Services.

David Neyman has been named Head of Creative Partnerships and Video Development for POPSUGAR Studios. He previously served as SpinMedia Head of Productions.

Caroline Christopher has been appointed Vice President of Development and Production of newly launched production company Storyville Entertainment.


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The Exploding World of Kids’ Tablets: The New Way to Build Your Brand
Thursday, March 20, 2014 |Time:1:30 – 3:00pm ET

Abby Jenkins – Director of Content {PBS KIDS Digital}
Graham Farrar – Co-Founder {IStoryTime}
Caroline Fraser – VP, Digital Products & Prod. {Scholastic Media}
Mindy Brooks Director, Education & Research {Sesame Workshop}
Moderator: Cathy Applefeld Olson Editor {Cynopsis Kids!}

This Day In History: 1992 – The last episode of The Cosby Show aired.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the age limit for American Idol (2002-present) contestants for the first three seasons? 16-24. Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing, Inc./NYC; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Linda Grillo-Viacom/NYC; Cynthia New-Charter Media/Cape Girardeau, MO; John Kukla-KDFW-KDFI/Dallas, TX; Roz Seibold-EDA/Tucson, AZ; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Angst Productions Inc./Hollywood, CA.

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ABC: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, The Millers, Two and a Half Men, The Crazy Ones, Elementary
CW: The Vampire Diaries, Reign
FOX: American Idol, Rake
NBC: Community, Parks and Recreation, Hollywood Game Night, Parenthood
PBS: This Old House Hour, Life on Fire [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
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