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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
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Science: UFO Conspiracies at 9p

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FXX: The League at 10:30p

Jamie Horowitz, who joined NBC News in September as GM of the Today brand, is already out. In a memo to staff, NBC News president Deborah Turness said, “He and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit.” As for a successor, “The role of General Manager remains an important one, and will be filled in due course,” said Turness.


CBS’s Mike & Molly returns for season five Monday, December 8 at 8:30p. The week before, a two-hour block of encores of the comedy airs from 8-10p, ahead of a Scorpion repeat. M&M replaces canceled The Millers.

With its carriage deal with Dish expiring Thursday, CBS issued a statement accusing the satellite TV service provider of “deliberately dragging its feet for months. Now, as the deadline nears, Dish appears willing to drop the most popular programming in its entire channel lineup because it won’t negotiate the same sort of deal that other cable, satellite and telco companies have struck with CBS.” Then the gloves really came off. “Not reaching agreements is nothing new for Dish,” continued CBS. “In fact, Dish has dropped more than 120 stations since 2013 alone, whereas CBS has only had one service disruption.” Last week Dish said, “Only CBS can force a blackout of its channels. Dish is actively working to reach a deal before the contract expires.”

TBS called for 22 more episodes of American Dad!. Since its cable debut in October, the animated comedy that ran on Fox for ten seasons is averaging 3.1 million viewers for its Monday premiere on TBS and encore on Adult Swim. “By ordering a new season while the current season is early in its run,” said Deborah K. Bradley, EVP, head of program acquisitions, content strategy and licensing for Turner, “we’re ensuring that Seth MacFarlane and his team will have the freedom to take the misadventures of CIA agent Stan Smith and his family to a whole new level.”

Fox picked up So You think You Can Dance for another run. Season 12 will premiere in summer 2015, with dancers now divided into teams of stage and street dancers.



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FX ordered series Taboo, from producer Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down), writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) and actor/producer Tom Hardy (Band of Brothers), who will also star. Scott Free Films and Hardy Son & Baker start production on the revenge drama in mid- to late 2015 in the UK. The series is being produced for BBC One in the UK.

Fox gave a put pilot commitment to a remake of UK crime drama Luther. Series creator Neil Cross will write and exec produce the project, from 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Prods.

Oxygen Media is well on its way to making good on its promise to increase original programming, with four projects in development targeting young, multicultural women. Character-driven shows include (all working titles) The Misty Copeland Project (Sirens Media), with ballet hopefuls mentored by the dancer; Teaching English (Relativity Television), following young Americans living abroad; Survival of the Clickiest (Trium Entertainment), about budding online stars, and reality comedy Straight Up with a Twist (All3Media).

DIY gave the green light to Breakneck Builds, a series for homeowners in a hurry. Tricon Films & Television production follows construction crews as they build prefabricated homes, then assemble them on-site in just two days. The net also announced renewals for Rehab Addict (Departure Films), Kitchen Crashers (Big Table Media), Building Alaska (Orion Multimedia), Family Under Construction Hawaii (Departure Films), Sledgehammer (JayTV Inc.), Bath Crashers (Big Table Media), Garage Gold (Paper Route Productions Inc.) and Salvage Dawgs (Trailblazer Studios).

Comedy Central International ordered I Live with Models, a sitcom set in Miami and shot in front of a studio audience at Pinewood Shepperton, outside London.  “I hope we bring a little Florida sunshine to our UK audience,” said Lourdes Diaz, head of global production and development for CCI.  

ITV commissioned Big Family Mansion, a format calling for multiple generations of a clan to share a mansion for a month, from Plimsoll Productions. When time’s up, the family decides whether they could stay under one roof, or must part ways.

With GSN reporting its originals premiering in 2014 achieved an average 58 percent growth among W18-49 and 41 percent among W25-54 in YTD time period averages, the net is filling the development pipeline. Projects include horror-themed game show Hellevator; fast-paced How-To Games (wt); artist competition Steampunk’d; Bingo Bash; Winsanity and Face 2 Face.

Hulu picked up Difficult People, with Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) as exec producer, from Billy on the Street head writer Julie Klausner. Klausner will star with Billy host Billy Eichner in the comedy, starting production in early 2015.


Sure, My Strange Criminal Addiction sounds sensational (lewd subway commuters, urine drinkers, toe suckers), but ID’s not taking the tabloid route. “As a brand expanding series for ID, My Strange Criminal Addiction shows just how a simple compulsion – typically, harmless at first – can cause a person’s life to travel down the rabbit hole into something far more sinister and disturbing,” said Henry Schleiff, group president. “However, as headline-grabbing as these conditions may be, it’s still very important that our viewers see that people battling these dark addictions deserve our understanding and, indeed, sympathy as they seek rehabilitation.” Series premieres Monday, December 1 at 10p.

Destination America is sponsoring a turkey giveaway in NYC today. What’s behind the good deed? “After launching shows like BBQ Pitmasters, Deep Fried Masters and United States of Bacon, we wanted to give something else to America,” Marc Etkind, GM of DA, told Cynopsis. “Our first instinct was Tums, but then we had a better idea. Destination America is partnering with The Salvation Army to offer 500 New York families a full Thanksgiving feast, from the cranberry sauce to the pumpkin pie, that they can cook up at home on this iconic American holiday.”
What the latest in rustic luxury? On Great American Country’s Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge Colorado, it’s a canine spa, outdoor kitchen and cutting-edge home theater, for starters. Contractors and craftsmen led by outdoors expert Chris Dorsey launch the project Tuesday, November 25 at 8p. Viewers will have a chance for a dream vacation, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, at GreatAmericanCountry.com/Adventure from November 20-December 31.

Can angels shake it off? Taylor Swift makes a return appearance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, airing on CBS Tuesday, December 9 at 10p. Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Hozier also take the stage.

LMN’s My Uncle Is the Green River Killer premieres on LMN Wednesday, December 3 at 9p. Two-hour special tells the story of serial murdered Gary Ridgway, through the eyes of his horrified family.

Giuliana Rancic and Terrence Jenkins again host E!’s Live from the Red Carpet broadcast from the American Music Awards, Sunday, November 23 at 6p. Awards start at 8p on ABC.



As Hallmark holiday movies keep racking up ratings (more on that below), Michelle Vicary head of programming Crown Media, tells Cynopsis, “For us it really is about embracing the season. I think we target our audience in a deeper way each year. And the fact that we can deliver that on the entertainment side and bring people together and entertain people with emotional connections is a win for our viewers, for our advertisers and for our affiliates. It’s just such a natural place for people to come to. The more we give them, the more they want. It’s a great time of year for us.”

TLC sets the mood for new docu-film Secret Santa, airing Sunday, December 14 at 7p, with a week of themed holiday fare. “’Tis the TLC Season” includes a viewer being surprised live on air when Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo arrives to give a reading on Sunday, December 7 at 8p, and special Deck the Halls with Dr. Christmas, premiering Friday, December 12 AT 9p.


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The series premiere of NBC’s Katherine Heigl series, State of Affairs, delivered a solid 2.2/7 rating among A18-49, to rank fifth among new drama starts. The Blacklist delivered a 2.5 in the slot last week.

ABC’s World News Tonight was the top evening newscast among A25-54 for the seventh out of eight weeks the week of November 10, the net’s best competitive start to the season in 19 years. World News was the only Big Four nightly news broadcast to improve year-to-year across total viewers (up 9 percent), A25-54 (up 16 percent) and A18-49 (up 14 percent).  

NBC Nightly News earned bragging rights, too. In addition to rounding up a winning 9.6 million total viewers for the week, its biggest since March, NBC is having its best season start in viewers since 2006.

And Fox NewsMedia Buzz, which has Howard Kurtz competing against his former CNN haunt, Reliable Sources, earned its best ratings since the September 2013 launch. The morning news show drew 1.29 million viewers and 300,000 among A25-54, making it the top-rated cable news show in the demo for the day.

Discovery won’t be getting in from the cold anytime soon. The net’s Alaska: The Last Frontier was the top unscripted series on cable on Sunday among M18-49 (1.14 rating) and M25-54 (1.39), and delivered 2.6 million viewers P2+.

Dr. Phil hit a season high 3.4 the week ending November 9, up 6 percent versus the week prior, and also topped the W25-54 demo with 1.8. Live with Kelly & Michael held at its season high 3.1, up 11 percent from last year.

Food Network drew an average rating of .7 among A25-54 Sunday night, besting its year-ago number by over 50 percent with Guy’s Grocery Games (.6), Holiday Baking Championship (.8) and Cutthroat Kitchen (.7).

Hallmark’s “Countdown to Christmas” is the gift that keeps on giving. The Saturday, November 15 premiere of Northpole averaged 4 million total viewers and a 3.5 HH rating, while also reaching 5.9 million unduplicated viewers. Additionally, the movie was the top program for the day on cable among HH ratings. On Sunday, November 16, Angels and Ornaments averaged 3.3 million total viewers and a 3.0 HH rating, and was the number two rated and most watched cable program In its time period among HH and total viewers.

Broadcast Evening News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of November 10, 2014)
NBC: Nightly News9.64 million total viewers; 1.9/7 2.27 million A25-54
ABC: World NewsTonight8.99 million total viewers; 1.9/7 and 2.28 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 7.44 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.82 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 11 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of 11/10/14
Sunday Night Football 7.1/19
CBS: Big Bang Theory 4.5/15
FOX: The OT 3.9/11
NBC: Football Nt America Pt 3 3.7/11
FOX: The OT 3.5/11
NBC: The Voice (11/10) 3.2/9
ABC: Scandal 3.2/10
ABC: Modern Family 3.2/9
NBC: The Voice (11/11) 3.0/9
ABC: Saturday Night Football 3.0/1-
FOX: The Simpsons 3.0/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/3/14 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.2AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.3AA
Family Feud (2/T) 5.9AA
Modern Family (2/T) 4.3AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.6AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 3.4AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.2AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 3.1HH
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 11/3/14 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.2AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.6AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.9AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.7AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.6
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.4 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.3AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 1.1AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 5 Syndicated Daytime/Court/Talk for the week of 11/3/14 ranked in order by W25-54 Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 3.2AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 1.8AA
Ellen DeGeneres (WB) 1.7AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 1.4AA
Maury (NBU) 1.4AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.8/8, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC topped 8p with 3.2/9 for The Voice, followed by 2.3/7 for Fox’s Gotham. The second hour of The Voice won 9p with 3.0/8, versus 2.5/7 for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. NBC kept the lead at 10p with 2.2/7 for State of Affairs; ABC’s Castle was second with 1.8/5.

A18-49:NBC 2.8/8, ABC 2.1/6, FOX 1.9/5, CBS 1.8/5, UNI 1.4/4, CW .5/2, TELE .5/1, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, November 17, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 8.2/13
Dancing with the Stars 9.2/14, Castle 6.2/11
NBC: 6.4/10
The Voice 6.8/10, State of Affairs 5.5/9
CBS: 5.5/9
2 Broke Girls 4.9/8, The Millers 3.9/6, Scorpion 6.3/10, NCIS: Los Angeles 5.7/10
FOX 3.3/5
Gotham 3.9/6, Sleepy Hollow 2.8/4
Univision: 1.7/3
Mi Corazon es Tuyo 2.0/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.7/3, Malquerida 1.3/2
CW: .8/1
Originals .9/1, Jane the Virgin .7/1
ION: .8/1
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .8/1, Blue Bloods .7/1
Telemundo: .8/1
Reina Corazones .6/1, Los Miserables .7/1, Senora Acaro 1.0/2

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 6.0/16, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox won 7p with 3.9/11 for The OT, versus an average 2.8/9 for NBC’s Football Nt America Part 2 and Football Nt America Part 3. An average 5.4/15 for Football Nt America Part 3 and Sunday Night Football vaulted NBC to first at 8p, followed by a 2.6/7 average for Fox’s The Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Football delivered 7.3/18 to win 9p, versus 2.3/6 for ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and finished on top at 10p with 7.2/20; ABC’s Revenge was next with 1.4/4.

A18-49: NBC 6.0/16, FOX 2.7/7, ABC 2.0/5, CBS 1.4/4, UNI 1.1/3, ION .4/1, TELE .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, November 16  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 10.6/17
Football Night America Pt 3.6/6, Football Nt America Pt 3 7.0/11, NBC Sunday Night Football 12.4/19
CBS: 7.1/11
60 Minutes 8.0/13, Madam Secretary 8.0/12, The Good Wife 6.9/10, CSI 5.6/10
FOX: 3.7/6
The OT 6.3/10, The Simpsons 3.8/6, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2.5/4, Family Guy 2.6/4, Mulaney Bob’s Burgers 1.9/3
ABC: 3.7/6
America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.7/6, Once Upon a Time 3.8/6, Revenge 3.5/6
Univision: 1.4/2
Aqui Ahora Sun 1.1/2, Va Por Ti Sun 1.5/2, Sal y Pimienta 1.3/2
ION: .9/1
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .7/1
TELE: .4/1
Yo Soy El Artista .4/1, Knight and Day .4/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 2.9/10, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with Florida State/Miami football. ABC topped 8p with 2.1/8, followed by .7/3 for CBS’s 48 Hours. ABC scored 2.7/9 at 9p, versus .9/3 for NBC’s Dateline Mystery and Univision’s Sabado Gigante. ABC closed at 10p with 3.3/11; CBS and Uni tied for second with 48 Hours and Sabada Gigante.

A18-49:ABC 2.9/10, UNI .9/3, NBC .7/3, CBS .7/2, FOX .6/2, TELE .3/1, ION .2/1  

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, November 15, 2014  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 5.4/10
Saturday Night Football 5.4/10
CBS: 2.9/5
48 Hours 2.5/5, Crimetime Saturday 2.4/4, 48 Hours 3.8/7
NBC: 2.6/5
Dateline Mystery 2.9/5, SNL Prime 1.9/4
Sabado Gigante 1.3/2
FOX 1.1/2
Fox College Football 1.1/2
ION: .6/1
Law & Order: CI .7/1, Law & Order: CI .5/1, Law & Order: CI .5/1
TELE: .3/1
Cine Millionario .3/1


Jupiter Entertainment promoted Hillary Burgess Hanson to the position of Director of Operations. Hanson had been post producer for Jupiter’s New York office.

CMJ Productions II Inc. appointed Rita Lamah as Vice President of Finance. Lamah most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Vivavision, Inc.

Branding firm Lippincott added Cory Cruser as partner in its experience innovation practice. Previously, Lippincott had been Group Director of the Data-Driven Marketing practice at Razorfish.


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Cynopsis 02/29/24: Guest stars added for season three of “Hacks”

Thursday February 29, 2024 Today’s Premieres A+E: The First 48 Presents Critical Minutes at 8p BET+: Perimeter Hulu: Me, Hereafter Netflix: A Round of Applause; The Tourist; The Indrani Mukerjea Story: Buried Truth Peacock: Lil Stompers IN THE NEWS Just 2.5% of media dollars invested by the largest media holding companies went to diverse-owned companies […]

Kargo’s Winning Proposition for Multicultural Publishing

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM KARGO Wednesday February 28, 2024 Amplifying Diverse Voices: How Kargo’s MCA Program Funds Diverse-Owned Media By E.B. Moss Kargo has come a long way since it first disrupted the mobile industry with ringtones and wallpaper 20 years ago. It evolved to offer comprehensive, cross-channel advertising solutions and then within […]

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