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Good morning. It’s Friday, April 16, 2010, and this is your first early morning briefing, coming to you all this week from the Cynopsis Bureau de Cannes for the MIPTV market this week.  And as always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here .

Saturday’s Premieres:
BBC America: Doctor Who at 8p; The Graham Norton Show at 1007p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Telemundo: Enfoque at 1130a
ION: The Emeril Lagasse Show at 8p
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FOX announced updates to its summer schedule. Highlights of new and returning series premieres plus the season finale of Glee are as follows:

May 19: The Good Guys (series preview) at 8p
May 27: So You Think You Can Dance (two-hour season premiere) at 8p
May 28: Past Life (two-hour summer premiere) at 8p
June 1: Hell’s Kitchen (seventh season premiere) at 8p
June 6: Sons of Tucson (time period premiere) at 730p
June 7: Lie To Me (summer premiere) at 8p; The Good Guys (series premiere) at 9p
June 8: Glee (season finale) at 9p
July 27: Masterchef (series premiere) at 9p

Telemundo is introducing its new Sunday morning public affairs show Enfoque hosted by news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, premiering this Sunday at 1130a. Broadcasting from Washington, DC, Diaz-Balart will moderate discussions with world and US leaders, people in the news as well as celebrities to ordinary Americans on topics that are on the forefront in the Hispanic community. Each half-hour weekly broadcast will also include a segment titled the American Dream, helping Hispanic achieve their personal dreams and featuring profiles of real-life people. Guests on the inaugural show this Sunday include an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama in Mexico; Cecilia Munoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House; Gustavo Torres, Director of Casa Maryland; and Amelia Ceja, owner of Ceja Vineyards in Napa Valley profiled in the American Dream segment.

HBO is giving Real Time with Bill Maher a ninth season renewal coinciding with the network’s new two-year deal with Maher. The show renewal also ups the number of 60m episodes from 28 this season to 35 next year with new episodes premiering in early 2011.

TLC renewed its fashion makeover series What Not To Wear for an eighth season with 26 total episodes scheduled to debut this October. Produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for TLC, the series starring fashion gurus Stacy London and Clinton Kelly averages 1.4 million total viewers.

Bloomberg Television launched the second season of Innovators this week with a total of six half-hour episodes airing weekly on Thursday and Friday nights at 9p and 11p through May 20. The next episode airing on April 22 is hosted by Bloomberg Television’s Matt Miller and covers the technology and innovations behind medicine and showcases the non-profit organization, Diagnostics for All.

Discovery Channel’s sixth season opener of Deadliest Catch Tuesday night at 9p boasted 4.6 million total viewers, making it the most-watched show on cable that night. Additionally, the season premiere posted a 2.66 rating among A25-54, which makes the episode one of the top 25 highest-rated primetime telecasts in the network’s history. New series Construction Intervention following at 10p attracted 1.6 million total viewers.

And on a side note … some final notes about Cannes, MIPTV and getting home … As you read this, I will be on a plane headed back home from Cannes, France.  I was one of the lucky ones in that the volcanic ash from Iceland does not impact my flight from France to New York.  All around me on my last evening were people trying to get to Canada, any number of destinations in Europe, and learned they would be “stranded” in Cannes for one to three more days.  Seats on trains went fast (despite the rail strike there were a few trains), and seats on planes headed to NY were suddenly costing upwards of $3500 each.  Quite the scene.  I know, you’re thinking if you had to get stuck someplace, Cannes isn’t awful.  And true enough, it’s not.  But really, anyplace is awful when you’re trying to get home, isn’t it?  With that said, a little good food, some commiserating with other “stranded” passengers, the sun, the Mediterranean and maybe a little something to wash down the fois gras, and they’ll make the best of bad situation.  Good luck fellow MipTV-ers, hope you get home soon!



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Veteran actor Christopher Plummer will narrate Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) new seven-episode original docu-series Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood. The series premieres this November, relating the true story behind the making of the American movie industry. TCM and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions produces the series.

Spike TV okayed a new comedy pilot titled Playing With Guns headlined by Danny Masterson and Joey Kern who play two childhood friends who become cops in their suburban hometown. The pilot will be shot in Wilmington, NC produced by Sharla Sumpter Bridgett and Lionsgate.

Clarification: CMT is in development with Phil Gurin for the proposed dance competition series Get Up and Dance. Gurin also executive produces The Singing Bee on CMT.


Wednesday  A18-49 Analysis: FOX matched its ratings from the previous week Wednesday night at 4.4/13 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, UNIV’s Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe won with 2.0/7 while a three way tie occurred for second place between the average of ABC’s comedies Modern Family and The Middle, FOX’s Human Target and NBC’s Minute To Win It repeat all at 1.9/6. FOX was the singular winner at 9p with American Idol at 6.8/19 with CBS’ Criminal Minds next at 3.2/9. Then at 10p, CBS’ CSI: NY did best with 2.6/8 followed by NBC’s Law & Order: SVU encore at 1.8/5 and the series finale of ABC’s Ugly Betty at 1.7/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

FOX: 8.4/14        Human Target 4.6/8, American Idol 12.1/20

CBS: 6.3/11         Old Christine 4.1/7, Accidentally on Purpose 3.7/6, Criminal Minds 7.9/13, CSI: NY 7.0/12

ABC: 4.0/7           Modern Family [r] 3.4/6, The Middle 4.1/7, Modern Family 5.3/9, Cougar Town 3.7/6, Ugly Betty [f] 3.7/7

NBC: 3.4/6           Minute to Win It [r] 3.6/6, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.8/5, Law & Order: SVU [r] 3.9/7

UNIV: 1.9/3         Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe 2.3/4, Corazon Salvaje 1.8/3, Don Francisco Presenta 1.5/3

CW: 1.3/2            America’s Next Top Model 2.0/4, Fly Girls 0.7/1, High Society 0.6/1

TELE: 0.7/1          El Clon 0.6/1, Perro Amor 0.7/1, Donde Esta Elisa 0.8/1

ION: 0.6/1           Ghost Whisperer 0.6/1, Ghost Whisperer 0.5/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1

A18-49: FOX 4.4/13, CBS 2.5/8, ABC 2.2/7, NBC 1.6/5, UNIV 1.4/4, CW 0.8/2, TELE 0.6/2, ION 0.3/1



Comedy Central added Bob Salazar as SVP/Creative Director, Brand Creative. Bob joins from Comedy Central’s sister network Spike TV where he was previously VP/Creative Director of that network’s creative group. In his new job at Comedy Central based in New York, Bob will head promotions and advertising on behalf of the network across all media including digital marketing creative. Bob will also supervise the creative group’s production and operations teams.

Canoe Ventures tapped Gerard Broussard for the newly-created position of VP/Research and Analytics. Gerard will have responsibility over the company’s research, data and analytics efforts associated with digital television marketing solutions. Gerard will report to Kathy Timko, COO. Prior to this appointment, Gerard was a Managing Partner for four years at MediaLab.

Niels Schuurmans advanced to EVP/Brand Marketing and Creative with Spike TV up from SVP of the department. In his new expanded role, Niels will continue to manage all marketing and creative facets associated with the visual representation of the Spike brand, in addition to supervising all on- and off-air promotion and marketing and integrated marketing creative. Furthermore, Niels will be involved with developing franchises for the brand across all media. Based at the network’s New York City offices, Niels reports to Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV.  Congrats Niels!

Juleann Pasqualini was promoted to VP/Director of Sales with Continental Television Sales, a unit of Katz Television Group. Juleann will now head the company’s West Central stations while based at Continental’s Dallas office. Juleann has been with Continental TV Sales since 1995, starting in the Dallas office as an AE.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has named writer/producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, digital media executive Albert Cheng, actor Benito Martinez and director Millicent Shelton to serve on the Academy’s Executive Committee. All four will join current Executive Committee Chair’s appointees Dick Askin and John Landgraf.

Five more years for Viacom‘s President and CEO Philippe Dauman, who will also continue to serve as a member of the Viacom Board.  Dauman’s new deal takes him through December 2016, while the previous deal had been set to expire in December 2011.  He was named President and CEO in 2006 and has served on the Board of Directors since 1987.  In announcing the new deal the Viacom Board pointed to Dauman’s “strong operational and financial leadership,” which led the company to increase its operating free cash flow, expand its operation margins and restructuring and strengthening of its debt profile.


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Friday Fun Fact:  The odds of being killed by space debris are approximately 1 in 5 billion. The odds of not flying out of France due to volcanic ash, 1 in 5.

This day in History:  1962 – Walter Cronkite began anchoring “The CBS Evening News”.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:   Who nicknamed his rifle “Mare’s Leg” BOUNTY HUNTER JOSH RANDALL on WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE Kudos to: Heather Weldin-Active Int’l/Pearl River; Steve Kurtzer-Zimmerman/Ft. Lauderdale; William McGee-ESPN Radio &; Larry Casey/Bethpage; Kathy Alexander-SpotPlus/Dallas; Tom Chapman-WKRG/Mobile; Larry Glazer-WTTW/Chicago; Milt Rost-KVRR, KQDS/Fargo; Steve Rubin-Fast Carrier Pictures/LA; Jaeson Cayne-Cayne-O Prods/Encinitas; Randall Bosley-Studio Talent Group/Santa Monica; Miriam Aardahl-OMD/LA; Bernard Bourret-Intent Pictures/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  What TV doctor said this:   “It is in the nature of medicine that you are gonna screw up. You are gonna kill someone. If you can’t handle that reality, pick another profession. Or finish medical school and teach.”   (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.)

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ABC:   Wife Swap, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, 20/20
AZTECA: Laura de Todos, Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Al Extremo
CBS:  Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Miami Medical
CW:   Smallville, America’s Next Top Model [r]
FOX:  House [r], Kitchen Nightmares [r]
ION:   Movie: Panic Room, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC:  Movie:  Secrets of the Mountain, Dateline NBC
PBS:  Washington Week, Now on PBS, Bill Moyers Journal, House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague
TELE: El Clon, Perro Amor, Donde Esta Elisa?
UNIV: Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe, Corazon Salvaje, Rosa de Guadalupe

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