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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, June 11, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E: Duck Dynasty at 10p, Big Smo at 10:30p
AHC: Inside Special Ops at 9p, Black Ops at 10p
Discovery Fit & Health: Detroit ER at 10p
EPIX: Personal with Bill Roden at 8p
Fuse: Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce at 11p
USA: Suits at 9p, Graceland at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Bravo: Million Dollar Listing New York at 9p
CW: The 100 at 9p
Food: Restaurant: Impossible at 10p
NBC: Growing Up Fisher at 8:30p


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Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), critically injured in a six-car pileup in New Jersey Saturday morning, will have a job when he’s recovered. FX Networks and FX Productions issued a statement regarding the FXX comedy starring Morgan that was supposed to start production in August, saying, "We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery… his show will be waiting for him."


ABC is shutting down its Live Well digital network by mid-January 2015. An email to affiliates from Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC owned stations, and Peggy Allen, VP of Live Well, explained, "We want to maximize our investment in our core local news brands in the digital space." Veria Living CEO Eric Sherman had something to say about that: "There surely is no shortage of options for those interested in adult-themed and salacious programming, yet once again the media world is turning its back on those who desire positive, wellness content," said Sherman in a statement. "Veria Living continues to offer more programming in this genre than anyone else in the business – a fact that has resonated with both our distribution and advertising partners."

The scuffle’s over between AT&T and Al Jazeera. The companies "reached a settlement in principle," according to a June 4 court filing in Delaware, and are dismissing claims against each other over AT&T’s refusal to carry the cable news net on its pay-TV service. The settlement includes allowing Al Jazeera America onto AT&T’s U-verse, reports Bloomberg.

TV Land is partnering with book series Chicken Soup for the Soul to promote new comedy Jennifer Falls. As part of the campaign, which runs through June and will include on-air and digital components, Jaime Pressly‘s Falls character acts as a contributor for www.ChickenSoup.com.

Dr. Who‘s taking in the Big Apple. BBC America and the BBC Worldwide announced that for the first time, the sci-fi series will hit the road to introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. On-screen companion Jenna Coleman is along for the ride, visiting seven cities across five continents in 12 days for a series of media events. The tour launches in the UK on August 7 and finishes in Brazil on August 19. Their date with New York: Thursday, August 14.

ISA, the first original movie from Fluency Productions, NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content‘s new multi-format, multi-platform production studio, will be shown in English across NBCUniversal television channels including Syfy on Wednesday, June 11 at 11:30p; Chiller on Tuesday, June 17 at 8p and mun2 on Friday, June 27 at 7p. In addition, the film will air on Telemundo later this summer.

ABC Family renewed Pretty Little Liars for seasons six and seven. The mystery drama is the net’s top series ever in total viewers (3.8 million) and key demos including A18-34 (1.5 million/2.2 rating) and P12-34 (2.6 million/2.8 rating), and is the most tweeted scripted series ever.


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Smokehouse Pictures, headed by George Clooney and partner Grant Heslov, struck a two-year deal to develop and produce series for all platforms for Sony Pictures Television.

Spike TV is developing a script with Electus for an original series, The Chairman, based on the best-selling suspense thriller by Stephen Frey.

Electus sold scripted series Iron Belly to BBC America and HBO Canada. The drama takes place on a 19th century ship making a brutal journey from Ireland to Australia.


Animal Planet jumps into World Cup mania with "World Pup," an online bracket competition. Voting starts Wednesday, June 12; winner is announced Thursday, July 10. 

A+E Networks will roll out international co-production The World Wars globally July through November on History. Additionally, co-production partners N24 and France Television will air the show this summer and fall in Germany and France. "Amid an influx of World War programming tied to the 100th anniversary, we feel that the premise and production values of The World Wars will set it apart," said Sally Habbershaw, VP of international programming, production & operations. "Our series uniquely positions WWI and WWII as one devastating event, not two, a perspective that has not been taken previously in television."

Lifetime docu-series BAPs (Black American Princesses and Princes) premieres Wednesday, July 23 at 10p. The Asylum Entertainment production focuses on a lively St. Louis social circle.

Austin, Texas will be home to the production and corporate headquarters of El Rey Network. Robert Rodriguez, whose Troublemaker Studios has been based in Austin since 1998, said: "As a filmmaker and founder of El Rey Network, I can’t imagine a more iconic and inspiring location for our production headquarters or for the filming of our upcoming projects."

Christina Applegate (Jesse), ballet dancer Misty Copeland and actor/singer Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) appear as guest judges tonight, Wednesday, June 11 at 8p, on Fox‘s So You Think You Can Dance.

Blossom, starring Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) and Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey), makes its first appearance on cable beginning Monday, July 7. The 90s sitcom will air weekdays at 10p and 10:30p on Hub Network.

Starz released the official teaser for original series Survivor’s Remorse, the comedy from basketball star LeBron James. Show premieres in fall 2014.

Season two of Destination America‘s Mountain Monsters continues Friday, June 13 at 10p with the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings armed with infrared cameras and a super-sized snare trap to hunt down a murderous creature covered in a black exoskeleton.

Add Kerry Washington (Scandal) and pop star Robin Thicke to the stars lighting up the 2014 BET Awards. Thick will perform a new single; Chris Rock will host on Tuesday, July 1 at 8p.


Newsmax Media reached a distribution agreement with DISH Network, expanding the reach of the upcoming conservative-leaning news net to 35 million satellite homes and businesses. Soft launch is Monday, June 16.

Female-centric Escape and male-centric Grit, part of Katz Broadcasting, acquired the television rights to 135 demo-targeted motion pictures in a multi-year licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

In case you missed it: Watch the full and complete presentation of yesterday’s Cynopsis webinar, How to Better Reach Young Hispanics, On Demand ("If today’s Hispanic Millennial feels pigeonholed as a consumer, they will flee that market," warned one expert). Go here for more info.


The Real premieres Monday, September 15 on Fox Television Stations and national syndication, with a rebroadcast on BET. The one-hour daytime talker from Telepictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has been cleared in 98 percent of the country.


USA is lining up the stars for Royal Pains. Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Leonardo Nam (Betas) and Brandon Quinn (Army Wives) will have guest roles on season six, airing Tuesdays at 9p.

Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) has joined the cast of Netflix‘s Marvel series, Daredevil. Superhero drama launches in 2015.

Joining Queen Latifah in HBO biopic Bessie, about blues singer Bessie Smith, are Charles S. Dutton (Longmire) and Mike Epps (The Hangover), reports Deadline.



CBS Studios International and France’s M6 extended their multi-year agreement to bring CBS series to French audiences. In addition to shows like Hawaii Five-0, Elementary and NCIS, M6 will broadcast season two of Under the Dome and new summer event series Extant


WWE and General Mills brand Totino’s BOLD have partnered for the "Show Us Your Superstar" contest, with fans submitting videos of their ultimate WWE persona at www.wwe.com/TotinosBOLD. Winner travels to WWE’s SummerSlam in LA; Totino’s BOLD is the presenting sponsor. "We are launching two new flavors to our BOLD product line this summer and together with WWE we are bringing both flavors and fan experiences to the next level," said Brad Hiranaga, associate marketing director for Totino’s.


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NBC‘s coverage of the Belmont drew 20.6 million viewers eager to see if California Chrome would become the first horse since 1978 to win the Triple Crown (sorry, no), making it the most-watched event of the week.

The season three premiere and encore of TNT‘s Major Crimes Monday night drew 6.7 million viewers, followed by 4.9 million for the series premiere and encore of Murder in the First. With 5.2 million viewers for its 9p telecast, Crimes ranks as basic cable’s top scripted series premiere year-to-date.

Part 1 of D-Day in HD on History was the top non-sports program on ad-supported cable Friday night, delivering 2.2 million total viewers, according to Nielsen.

ABC‘s interview with Hillary Clinton delivered over 6 million viewers in the 9p slot on Monday, but its 1.1 rating/3 share was last among the Big Four in the A18-49 demo.

Bravo boasts it was tops on Sunday night among ad-supported cable networks in the P18-49 and P25-54 demos. The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding delivered 2.5 million total viewers and over1.3 million P18-49. Married to Medicine earned over 1.7 million total viewers and drew 1 million P18-49, and the season finale of Fashion Queens scored over 1 million total viewers, up 52 percent from its previous season finale. 

Julia Collins’ 20-game winning streak, the most of any player other than Ken Jennings, propelled Jeopardy! to the top of the game show heap the week ending June 1. With a 6.4HH rating, up 16 percent versus last year, Jeopardy swapped spots with perennial game leader Wheel of Fortune. The last time Wheel wasn’t tops was September, 2004.

Starz drama Power premiered to a multi-platform audience of over 2.6 million Live + SD viewers for Saturday and Sunday airings. Women made up 45 percent of the weekend viewers, and the A18-49 demo represented 52 percent.

Broadcast Evening News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of June 2, 2014)
NBC: Nightly News 7.71 million total viewers; 1.6/7 and 1.86 million A25-54
ABC: World News 7.47 million total viewers; 1.6/7 and 1.93 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 5.94 million total viewers; 1.2/5 and 1.39 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week ending 6/01/14 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.0 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.7AA
Family Feud (2/T) 4.7AA
Modern Family (2/T) 4.0AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 3.2AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1AA
Family Guy (2/T) 2.9
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 2.8AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week ending 6/01/14 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.8AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.5AA
Family Guy (2/T) 2.0AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.8AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.6AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.4AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.0AA
Seinfeld (SPT) 1.0AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.0AAA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 11 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of 6/02/14
NBA Finals (6/08), 6.0/18
ABC: NBA Finals (6/05), 6.0/20
NBC: America’s Got Talent, 2.9/10
NBC: Stanley Cup Final (6/07), 2.1/9
CBS: Big Bang Theory, 2.0/8
ABC: Kia NBA Countdown, 2.0/8
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, 1.9/6
NBC: Stanley Cup Final (6/04), 1.9/7
ABC: The Bachelorette, 1.8/6
FOX: 24: Live Another Day, 1.8/6
FOX: Masterchef, 1.8/6
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top Ten Ad-Supported Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 6/02/2014
Primetime (000)/Total Prm Day (000)
2058/NICK 1623
USA 2839/DSNY 1381
FOXN 1821/ADSM* 1226
DSNY 1814/TOON 1075
TBSC 1581/USA 1054
HGTV 1458/TNT 1017
TNT 1453/NAN* 1013
NAN 1420/FOXN 1006
ADSM 1337/HIST 920
A&E 1200/HGTV 785
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Ad-Supported Basic Cable Network Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 6/02/2014
Primetime (000), Total Prm Day (000)
803/ADSM* 684
USA 771/USA 441
ADSM 665/NICK 435
HIST 656/NAN* 426
HGTV 449/TBSC 343
DISC 441/TNT 317
TLC 433/HIST 315
A&E 429/DSNY 3045
BRAV 427/ESPN 292
FX 423/TOON 292
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 6/02/20014
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
(VH1) 2277
WWE Entertainment (USA) 2038
WWE Entertainment (USA) (TNT) 1905
WWE Entertainment (USA) 1715
The Big Bang Theory (TBSC) 1652
Family Guy (ADSM) 1605
Family Guy (ADSM) 1578
Deadliest Catch (DISC) 1474
Family Guy (ADSM) 1470
The Big Bang Theory (TBSC) 1433
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800,000 home; Ranked by Delivery (000); Preliminary: Live+SD

Monday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 1.6/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox’s Masterchef was first at 8p with 1.6/5, versus 1.1/4 for NBC’s Last Comic Standing. NBC’s American Ninja Warrior grabbed 9p with 1.8/6, followed by 1.6/5 for Fox’s 24: Live Another Day and Univision’s Que Vida me Robo, with 1.6/5. The second hour of NBC’s Warrior was tops at 10p, versus 1.2/3 for Univision’s Que Pobres tan Ricos.

A18-49:FOX 1.6/5, NBC 1.5/5, UNI 1.3/4, ABC 1.0.3, CBS 1.0/3, TELE .7/2, CW .5/1, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, June 9, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 3.5/6
The Bachelorette 3.2/8, Hillary Clinton: Public & Private 4.6/7, Mistresses 2.7/5
CBS: 3.5/6
2 Broke Girls [r] 3.1/6, Mom [r] 3.1/5, Mike & Molly [r] 3.5/6, Mike & Molly [r] 3.6/6, 48 Hours 4.0/7
Fox: 3.5/6
Masterchef 3.0/5, 24: Live Another Day 3.9/6
NBC: 2.7/5
Last Comic Standing 2.5/4, American Ninja Warriors 2.8/5
Univision: 1.6/3
De Te Quiero, Te Quiero 1.4/2 , Que Vida me Robo 2.0/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.5/3
ION: 1.0/2
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2
Telemundo: .9/1
Impostora .7/1, En Otra Piel .8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.1/2
CW: .8/1
Whose Line Is It Anyway 1.1/2, Whose Line Is It Anyway [r] .9/2, Beauty and the Beast .6/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 4.8/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with NBA Finals programming. A 1.2 average for Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night and Kia NBA Countdown drew 1.2/5, versus 1.0 for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Basketball averaged 4.6/16 at 8p, followed by 1.3/4 for CBS’s Tony Awards. ABC scored 6.1/18 at 9p, with NBC’s Miss USA pageant placing second with 1.5/4. ABC’s game surged to 6.9/21 at 10p; runner-up Miss USA delivered 1.6/5.

A18-49:ABC 4.8/16, NBC 1.3/4, CBS 1.1/4, FOX .9/3, TELE .9/3, UNI .9/2, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, June 8, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 7.3/13
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night 2.1/4, Kia NBA Countdown 2.6/5, NBC Finals 9.0/15
CBS: 4.7/8
60 Minutes 5.6/11, Tony Awards 4.5/8
NBC: 3.4/6
Dateline 3.3/6, Miss USA 3.4/6
FOX: 1.4/2
Enlisted .7/1, American Dad [r] .8/2, The Simpsons [r] 1.4/3, Family Guy [r] 1.5/3,  Cosmos 1.9/3
TELE: 1.0/2
Voz Kids 1.1/2/1, Neuvo Dia Esp Voz Kids .7/1
Aqui Ahora Sun .9/2
ION: .6/1
Leverage .6/1, Leverage .6/1, Leverage .5/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 2.1/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with the Stanley Cup Finals. Hockey led at 8p with 1.8/8, followed by .5/2 for ABC’s Bet On Your Baby. NBC scored 1.9/8 at 9p, versus .7/3 for ABC’s Sing Your Face Off. The Stanley Cup earned 2.3/10 at 10p, with the second hour of ABC’s Sing Your Face Off placing second with .9/3.

A18-49: NBC 2.1/9, ABC .7/3, CBS .5/2, UNI .5/2, FOX .4/2, ION .3/1, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, June 7, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 3.7/6
Stanley Cup Final 3.7/8
CBS: 2.7/5
Crimetime [r] 2.4/5, Crimetime [r] 2.2/4, 48 Hours 3.4/7
ABC: 1.7/3
Bet On Your Baby 1.5/3, Sing Your Face Off 1.8/4
FOX: 1.4/2
Fox Saturday Baseball 1.4/3
Sabado Gigante 1.0/2
ION: .9/2
Law & Order: CI .8/2, Law & Order: CI .9/2, Law & Order: CI .9/2
TELE: .3/1
Cine Exclusivo .3/1


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CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED: Mark Towey is a creative and energetic Technical Manager/Operations Producer with an extensive resume looking for a new opportunity in Live Sports, News or Entertainment Broadcast Television. Please visit my website at www.marktowey.com (6/11)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email [email protected] for specs.


ABC: The Middle [r], The Goldbergs [r], Modern Family [r], The Goldbergs [r], Motive
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], Criminal Minds [r], CSI: Crime Scene Investigation [r]
CW: Arrow [r], The 100 [
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance?
NBC: Growing Up Fisher, Growing Up Fisher [
f], The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard
PBS: Nature [r], Nova [r]
Telemundo: La Impostora, En Otra Piel, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: De Que Te Quiero, Te Quiero, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo, Que Pobres Tan Ricos

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