Friday, August 12th, 2011


Good morning. It’s Friday, August 12, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing.  As always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here .

Tonight’s Premiere:
ABC: Karaoke Battle U.S.A. at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
Animal Planet: Whale Wars at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
FOX: In the Flow with Affion Crockett at 9p
Food Network: The Great Food Truck Race at 10p

Sunday’s Finales:
OWN: Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes at 8p; Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals at 10p
NBC: The Marriage Ref at 9p
Food Network: Food Network Star at 9p


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Frosh original series Suits received a second season pick up by USA Network.  The network gave the series an order of 16 one-hour episodes.  Suits, starring Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman Gina Torres, Sarah Rafferty and Meghan Markle, debuted June 23 and the final 12th episode of season one will conclude September 8 at 10p. Suits is produced by Universal Cable Productions.  USA Network is additionally renewing In Plain Sight for a fifth and final season with eight episodes slated to premiere in spring 2012.  During its fourth season, which ended last Sunday, In Plain Sight averaged 4.9 million viewers.  Shot on location in Albuquerque, In Plain Sight is also from Universal Cable Productions.

USA Network further is bringing back a sixth season of Psych this fall beginning October 12 at 10p.  Starring James Roday and Dule’ Hill, Psych has a number of guest stars lined up for the new season including Danny Glover, Kristy Swanson, Corey Feldman, Joey McIntyre, Malcolm McDowell, Jason Priestley, John Rhys Davies, Wade Boggs, Molly Ringwald and WWE Superstar The Miz.

A 12-episode fifth season is in store for HBO’s True Blood created and executive produced by Alan Ball.  Production on the new episodes will commence later this year in Los Angeles and premiere in summer 2012.  Currently, the fourth season of True Blood is underway with 12 total episodes that premiered on June 26.


Litton Entertainment added Born to Explore with Richard Wiese, one of six original hi-def series that are part of Litton’s Weekend Adventure block airing on Saturdays.  Born to Explore will debut September 3 on more than 95% of ABC affiliates nationwide.  The series, led by host Richard Wiese, travels the globe in search of adventure, wildlife and cultures far away from modern civilization.  Produced by Litton Studios, the three-hour Litton’s Weekend Adventure block is comprised of six hi-def original E/I series and also includes Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin, Everyday Health, Food for Thought with Claire Thomas; and Culture Click. 


Bryan Fuller, creator of Pushing Daisies is attempting another reboot of The Munsters at NBC.  Last year, Fuller talked with NBC executives about a remake of the 1960s classic TV series though the network passed on the script.  Fuller’s vision of The Munsters remake is an edgier, darker hour-long show which may delve into the origins of the characters though will still retain the humor.  The original characters will all make comebacks from Herman Munster, his wife Lily Munster, eccentric Grandpa, son Eddie Munster and the normal niece Marilyn Munster. Universal Media Studios will produce the project.  Universal Studios produced the original The Munsters series with 70 episodes which originally aired on CBS from 1964 to 1966.  Just a few days ago, NBC also announced it is developing a new Frankenstein series from House executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend. 

truTV is teaming for the first time with Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg’s Katalyst on a new series, California DMV: Field Offices (wt).  The show will go inside the California Department of Motor Vehicles taking a look at what the DMV personnel have to deal with everyday, from issuing licenses and registering vehicles to maintaining accident records and investigation complaints.  Hedda Muskat will serve as executive producer; for truTV, Anthony Horn is the executive in charge of production.

NBC’s upcoming new comedy Whitney has recast the role of Whitney’s mother.  Previously, Beverly D’Angelo played the role in the pilot and now Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) was tagged to take over the role. Scenes from the original pilot will be reshot to include Kaczmarek.  The multi-camera comedy will premiere September 22 and be the lead-in to the new US version of Prime Suspect.

A.J. Langer (My So-Called Life) landed a recurring role on ABC’s Private Practice playing Erica, described as a person who was involved with one of the doctor’s in the past.

Comedian Anthony Jeselnik signed a development deal with Comedy Central to star in and executive produce a project that will begin production early next year.  Christie Smith is also on board as an executive producer.  Jeselnik has made several appearances on Comedy Central, most recently in Comedy Central’s Roast of Donald Trump earlier this year.

Showtime’s half-hour series Nurse Jackie added Bobby Cannavale as guest star for 10 episodes.  Cannavale will play a hospital administrator sent to All Saint’s Hospital by the new owner to organize the business and increase profits.  Season four of Nurse Jackie launches early next year.


Broadcast Morning News Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of August 1, 2011)
NBC: Today 5.14 million total viewers; 1.8/15 and 2.27 million A25-54
ABC: GMA 4.40 million total viewers; 1.3/11 and 1.66 million A25-54
CBS: Early Show 2.31 million total viewers; 0.7/6 and 901,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Late-Night Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of August 1, 2011)
NBC: Tonight Show 3.61 million total viewers; 1.1 and 1.38 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.06 million A18-49
ABC: Nightline 3.68 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.43 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.05 million A18-49
CBS: Late Show 2.55 million total viewers; 0.9 and 1.06 million A25-54; 0.6 and 774,000 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:   Univision won by a narrow margin Wednesday at 2.0/6 with A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  CBS was in charge at 8p with Big Brother at 2.8/9 followed by the part 1 season finale of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance at 1.8/6.  It was NBC’s turn to shine during 9p with America’s Got Talent at 2.5/7 with Univision’s Eternos Rivales futbol match placing second at 2.3/7.  At 10p, Univision kicked in a win with more Eternos Rivales at 2.2/7 while CBS’ CSI repeat and NBC’s Love in the Wild tied for #2 at 1.4/4 each.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, August 10, 2011  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.3/7        Big Brother 4.5/8, Criminal Minds [r] 3.7/6, CSI [r] 4.8/8


NBC: 3.8/6         Minute to Win It 2.9/5, America’s Got Talent 5.7/9, Love in the Wild 2.8/5

FOX: 3.5/6         So You Think You Can Dance 3.5/6

ABC: 2.7/5         The Middle [r] 2.8/5, Modern Family [r] 2.9/5, Modern Family [r] 3.1/5, Happy Endings [r] 1.9/3, Primetime Nightline: Celebrity Secrets 2.7/5

UNIV: 2.2/4        Teresa 2.0/4, Eternos Rivales: Estados vs. Mexico 2.2/4

ION: 0.8/1          Without a Trace 0.8/1, Without a Trace 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2

TELE: 0.7/1          Mi Corazon Insiste 0.6/1, Flor Salvaje 0.6/1, La Casa de al Lado 0.9/1

CW: 0.6/1           America’s Next Top Model [r] 0.6/1, America’s Next Top Model [r] 0.6/1

TF: 0.2/0             Dona Bella 0.3/0, Ultimo Matrimonio 0.2/0

A18-49:  UNIV 2.0/6, FOX 1.9/6, CBS 1.8/5, NBC 1.7/5, ABC 1.2/4, TELE 0.5/2, CW 0.4/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.1/0



Golf Channel tapped Jay Madara as CFO to be in charge of the overall financial oversight and direction for the network which is part of the NBC Sports Group.  Jay’s scope will include forecasting, annual budget, long-term planning, new business development, financial reporting and accounting in addition to administrative and facilities management.  Jay will report to Mike McCarley, President of Golf Channel.  Jay previously worked for Comcast Corp. as VP/Business Intelligence at Comcast Cable.

Univision Communications Inc. named Victoria Vitarelli as VP/Marketing, Univision Deportes and Sharon van Zwieten to the newly-created role as Senior Executive Producer/News, Univision Deportes.  Based in New York, Victoria will manage all strategic marketing and brand increasing initiatives for the company’s sports properties across all media platforms.  Based in Miami, Sharon will supervise the company’s sports news programming.

Heather Symmes rejoins GMC as Director/Affiliate Marketing.  In the past, Heather had worked at GMC as Director/Affiliate Marketing, Western Region from 2006-2007.  Since then, she worked for Turner Broadcasting where she most recently was Director/Marketing and Network Operations.  Back at GMC and in her new position, Heather will increase and create affiliate relationships using marketing efforts, promotions and events. 

Andrew Sarnow takes on the new role as VP/Digital Integrated Marketing with MTV Networks Entertainment Group.  Andrew will head the digital integrated marketing team comprised of Comedy Central, Spike TV and TV Land and their companion websites and the company’s digital assets and 

Paul Scutari hired as VP/Regional Sales Manager for Fox Stations Sales in Dallas.  Paul has held past sales executive positions in New York and Dallas and most recently was the VP/Sales for KXTX-TV, Dallas’ Telemundo station.



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Friday Fun Fact: 
The human brain is considered to be the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter known in the universe.

This day in History:    1939 – The Wizard of Oz premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Paul Buchman had a thing for Spy Girl, who his wife later had the opportunity to work with.  Who played Spy Girl?  BARBARA FELDON  Kudos to: Carl Mayer-Active International/Pearl River, NY;  Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton; Monica Caraffa-The Radio Agency/Media, PA; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NYC;Kerry B Finnamore-Publications International, LTD/Lincolnwood IL; Eric Litt-WGN-TV/WGN/Chicago; Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago; Monique M. Rooker-Weigel Broadcasting/Chicago; Roz Seibold-EDA/Tucson; Lorrie Shilling-DIRECTV/El Segundo; Yolanda Sayles-Don Buchwald and Assoc./ Los Angeles; Alex Petrilli Jr-TiVo/CA

Today’s Trivia Question:  What car company was the first to advertise on Network Television?  (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:   Shark Tank [r], Karaoke Battle USA [p ]
AZTECA:  Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS:  Flashpoint, CSI: NY [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW:   Nikita [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX:  NFL Football Exhibition:  Buccaneers at Chiefs
ION:   Without a Trace, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds
NBC: Friends with Benefits, Friends with Benefits, Dateline NBC
PBS:  Washington Week, Need to Know, Black Grace: From Cannon’s Creek to Jacob’s Pillow
TELE: Mi Corazon Insiste, Flor Salvaje, La Casa de la Lado
UNIV: Teresa, La Fuerza del Destino, Rosa de Guadalupe

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