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Good morning. It’s Thursday, July 24, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Lifetime: Project Runway at 9p, Undone with @AmandadeCadenet at 10:30p
Nat Geo: Doomsday Preppers at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
ABC: Black Box at 8p
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen at 8p
ID: Southern Fried Homicide at 10p


Late Show with Stephen Colbert is staying put in New York and will continue broadcasting from the Ed Sullivan Theater. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation, announced that the agreement includes a commitment by CBS for approximately 200 New York-based jobs to support the daily program’s year-round production schedule. "New York has long been an international entertainment leader, and with this commitment from CBS we are beginning the next chapter in that proud history," said Cuomo.

Si Robertson‘s "My favorite color is camo" proclamation has set off a lawsuit. A&E is being sued for trademark infringement and unfair competition over Duck Dynasty apparel that’s printed with that memorable line. The plaintiff is Hajn, a company that’s been selling clothing branded with the phrase, "My Favorite Color’s Camo," and claims that A&E never responded to a cease-and-desist letter. Hence, they’re demanding an injunction and monetary damages. A&E currently has merchandising deals with Sears, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Sports Authority and Target. A&E has not filed a response in court, says CNN.

Orphan Black is crossing over to comic books. IDW Publishing announced a new series based on the popular BBC clone drama to launch in early 2015. Like the TV show, the IDW comic book series will center around Sarah Manning.

CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman will interview President Barack Obama on Thursday, July 24 at 5p. Topics will include taxes, minimum wage and the economy.

Whitney Houston‘s mother, Cissy Houston, is adamantly against the planned Lifetime biopic about her superstar daughter. She released a statement to Entertainment Tonight, claiming that no one connected with the movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby Brown. "We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please, please let her rest," said Houston.


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Asylum Entertainment has closed a multi-year, overall production deal with Ashley Tisdale and Blondie Girl Productions banner. Ashley and her sister Jennifer Tisdale will serve as producers to create and develop scripted and unscripted content for Asylum; they’ll be focusing on family and young adult projects aimed at their devoted fan base.

Universal Cable Productions has signed award-winning graphic novel writer Warren Ellis (Gun Machine and Iron Man: Extremis) to develop an original TV series with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment (The Walking Dead, Terminator). In addition, UCP and IDW Entertainment have optioned the horror comic book Night Mary to develop into a live action TV series and the Kickstarter funded breakout hit Five Ghosts to develop as an original TV series.
Syfy has partnered with Nick Cannon‘s NCredible Entertainment to develop a weekly, one-hour sci-fi/fantasy improv series. The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature two teams battling for the biggest laughs to win points and prizes. The "home" team, a group of nationally known comedians, will compete against a different improv squad each week in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches each week.


Lucille Ball is being celebrated with a special block of programming on getTV at 11a on Wednesday, August 6, which would have been Ball’s 103rd birthday. The network will air The Fuller Brush Girl, followed by Her Husband’s Affairs, Miss Grant Takes Richmond, and The Magic Carpet

The CW Network has moved up the premiere date of Season 21 of America’s Next Top Model to Monday, August 18 at 9p. Hosted by Tyra Banks, the second "Guys and Girls" edition will feature seven men and seven women living under one roof and battling it out to win the title.

Fresh off the biting adventures of Discovery’s "Shark Week" comes Hub Network’s celebration of a furrier creature: dogs. Starting Sunday, August 17 through Friday, August 22, the network is bringing man’s best friend on air during "Bark Week." The canine programming features Animal Planet’s America’s Cutest, It’s Me or the Dog, Bad Dog! and Too Cute! There will also be a different dog-themed family movie every night, including Cats & Dogs, 101 Dalmatians, 102 Dalmatians, Snow Buddies, Good Boy and Scooby-Doo.

The Cement Heads are coming! A&E Network presents the new original docuseries from Dimension TV and Matador, premiering Tuesday, August 12 at 10:30p. The show centers on WJL Equities, a large family-owned construction company. While the gang has mastered the highly competitive world of New York’s concrete construction business, they’re not quite ready to be reality stars. 

El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair premieres Wednesday, July 30 at 9p, with Founder and Chairman Robert Rodriguez interviewing Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro will discuss his journey from artist to director/producer, on such work as Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Mimic and Pacific Rim to his new series, The Strain.


Ovation has ordered new blocks of the documentary music series Song by Song. Season three will continue its focus on music legends with new episodes featuring Sheryl Crow, Blondie and Lindsey Stirling. The show returns in October.

MTV‘s dating reality show Ex on the Beach will be back for a second season. Since its debut in April, it has been a ratings success in the UK, ranking as MTV’s highest-ever series launch in the market and receiving the second highest series ratings of all time for an MTV franchise there. Internationally, Ex on the Beach has already aired successfully in a number of territories, reaching 9.5 million total viewers across key markets like Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico and Brazil.

Mexicanal has announced the renewal of its original production, El Rayo Vida de Lucha, a look at the life of famed Mexican wrestler, promoter and family man, Juan Padron Luna. Season two production begins in October, with all-new episodes slated to begin airing in January 2015.


Former Cheers star Rhea Perlman is joining the cast of FOX‘s The Mindy Project. She’ll recur as Annette Castellano, Danny’s mother, when the show returns for its third season.

Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones and 24) has landed the role of Margaret, the formerly deceased matriarch of the Langston family, on ABC‘s Resurrection.

ABC has signed Portia de Rossi for a role on Scandal. She’ll recur for multiple episodes on the show’s fourth season.

Maude Apatow, daughter of Girls executive producer Judd Apatow, will appear on the new season of the HBO hit series. She’ll play a character named Cleo.

Angus Macfadyen has been tapped to play Allan Pinkerton in the syndicated drama series The Pinkertons. The 22-episode action-adventure detective series is set to premiere in first-run syndication in the US this fall.

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CBS Corp. is broadening the reach of its networks in Britain via a new carriage deal with telecom company TalkTalk, which will start offering CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1 and the Horror Channel. Shows are slated to include Judge Judy, Flashpoint, Touched by an Angel, the original Dallas, 48 Hours, CSI and NCIS.


TLC has launched a new brand campaign and the network’s first tag line in over five years: "Everyone needs a little TLC." The multi-million dollar campaign is rolling out across the country.

NBCUniversal has announced the formation of a new Advertising Sales Research and Strategy group. It will take a cross-platform approach to providing clients more access to data-focused analysis across the company’s two broadcast networks, 17 cable channels and more than 50 digital platforms. Katie Larkin has been promoted to lead the new group as Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales Research and Strategy, reporting to Trish Frohman, Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales Strategy and Operations.



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DIY Network‘s newest celebrity renovation series Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall, starring singer/songwriter Daryl Hall of the musical duo Daryl Hall and John Oates premiered with back-to-back episodes on Saturday, July 19 at 10p and garnered a 0.21 P25-54 rating. That marks more than 100% increase over the same time period last year. 

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers on Tuesday with 1.7/6, according to Nielsen. Univision ranked #1 at 8p with Mi Corazon Es Tuyo at 1.2/4. NBC’s Food Fighters and CBS’ NCIS tied for second at 1.0/4. At 9p, NBC’s America’s Got Talent took over the top spot at 2.5/8, followed by Univision’s  Lo Que la Vida Me Robo at 1.6/5. NBC closed the night in the lead with America’s Got Talent at 2.5/8. Univision’s Que Pobres Tan Ricos trailed at 1.4/5.

A18-49: NBC 1.7/6, UNI 1.4/5, ABC 1.0/3, CBS 0.8/3, TEL 0.7/2, FOX 0.6/2, ION 0.5/2, CW 0.3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: July 22, 2014 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.5/8
NCIS [r] 5.8/11, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 4.4/7, Person of Interest [r] 3.3/6
NBC: 4.4/8
Food Fighters 2.8/5, America’s Got Talent 5.9/10
ABC: 2.2/4
Extreme Weight Loss 2.5/4, Celebrity Wife Swap 1.9/3
Mi Corazon Es Tuyo 1.6/3, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo 2.1/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.7/3
ION: 0.9/2
Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
TEL: 0.9/1
Reina de Corazones 0.7/1, En Otra Piel 0.8/1, El Senor de los Cielos 1.1/2
FOX: 0.8/1
Family Guy 1.1/2[r], Brooklyn Nine-Nine 0.7/1[r], The Mindy Project [r] 0.6/1, The Mindy Project [r] 0.6/1,
CW: 0.5/1
Arrow [r] 0.5/1, Arrow [r] 0.5/1


Danna Castiglia has been promoted to Vice President, Business Development for CBS News. The 17-year CBS vet most recently served as Vice President of Corporate Development.

Billboard has hired of Nick Catucci as its new Features Editor. He formerly served as Chief Music Critic at Entertainment Weekly.

Drew Brown has joined AMC as Senior Vice President of Production. He was previously Vice President of Production for Warner Horizon Television.

John Bellando, CFO and COO, and Tom Wallace, Editorial Director, are both exiting their posts at Conde Nast. David Geithner, a former Time Inc. executive, will be joining the company in the CFO role.


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1956 – After a decade together, comedy team Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis called it quits and performed their last show at the Copacabana nightclub in New York.

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ABC: Black Box [f], NY Med
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], The Millers [r], Big Brother, Elementary [r]
CW: The Vampire Diaries [r], The Originals [r]
Fox: Hell’s Kitchen [
f], Gang Related
NBC: Hollywood Game Night, Welcome To…, Working the Engels, Last Comic Standing
PBS: The This Old House Hour, Last Tango in Halifax, Antiques Road Show
Telemundo: Reina de Corazones, En Otra Piel, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Lo Que La Vida Me Robo, Que Pobres Tan Ricos

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