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Good morning. It’s Friday, August 15, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Tonight’s Premieres:
CMT: Gone Country at 8p; Outsider’s Inn at 9p
BET: The Truth with Jeff Johnson at 11p

Saturday’s Premiere:
Style Network: Instant Beauty Pageant at 9p

Sunday’s Premiere:
Fuel TV: Drive at 8p

Sunday’s Finale:
USA: In Plain Sight at 10p


Planet Green will explore the life cycle of everyday objects in the new series Stuff Happens premiering September 2 at 9p. Bill Nye, former host of Bill Nye the Science Guy, will host this new series which is produced by Discovery Studios.

Tim Gunn returns for a second season on Bravo helping women with their wardrobes and fashion confidence on Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style, debuting October 2 at 11p. This season Tim is joined by Gretta Monahan, a fashion expert, personal stylist and owner of Grettacole Spas, Salons and Boutiques. Starting October 16, the series slides into its regular time period of Thursdays at 10p. Stone & Company Entertainment produces the series for Bravo.

G4 will introduce viewers to the Pumphrey brothers, Craig and Paul in the new series Human Wrecking Balls. The daredevil pair can destroy things such as boats, cars and houses with their bare hands. The 30m series opens this fall and was developed by BASE Productions.

BBC World News America will offer live coverage from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from 7-10p each night airing on BBC America and BBC World News. Matt Frei will anchor the telecasts and Washington Correspondent Katty Kay will provide in-depth reporting. Joining them in Denver for the Democratic Convention will be Ted Koppel as contributing analyst. Mike Duffy will be on hand offering analysis at the Republican Convention in St. Paul. 


The Cynopsis Foundation Inc. thanks all who are sponsoring or have already reserved their tickets to our
August 21st Charity Dinner & Auction in NYC
in support of Kids In Need and EarthEcho International:

qubo, A&E, Retirement Living TV, Hallmark Channel, Rainbow Media,
BBC America/BBC Worldwide Americas, HT Capital Advisors,
Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, HBO, Fox Broadcasting, Certainly Studio,
NBC Universal, The Dovetail Group, Sir Groovy, FEARnet

And thanks to those unable to attend, but have sent in donations. Greatly appreciated!
See you on the 21st ! —  Cyn .


NBC cast Madchen Amick to co-star along with Christian Slater in the new drama series My Own Worst Enemy, reports THR. Amick will play Henry’s (Christian Slater) wife who is not aware her husband is leading a double life. Madchen replaces Yara Martinez who was first cast in this role.

NBC is whipping up a new celebrity reality show in partnership with Granada America called Celebrity Come Dine With Me (wt), according to THR. In each episode, a celebrity will host a dinner party for four other famous friends and at the conclusion of the meal the party will be critiqued for its presentation, food and entertainment.


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Technology is great ­ until it doesn’t work right. Netflix experienced a meltdown of sorts this week centered around its distribution and shipping centers and was unable to send out any DVDs on Tuesday and most of the day on Thursday. (The company hopes to have all its distribution centers back online by today.) Customer comments on the company blog range from supportive to downright apoplectic.  Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Warner Bros.‘ announced late yesterday that it has moved back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the movie based on J.K. Rowling’s sixth HP book, to now open day-and-date domestically and in major international markets on July 17, 2009, versus the original November 21, 2008 date.  Alan Horn, President and COO/Warner Bros., explained there are two reasons for the shift, 1) summer is “an ideal window” for a big family releases (where two HP movies previously debuted), and 2) the writers’ strike earlier this year “impacted the readiness of scripts for other films,” and changed the competitive movie release landscape, thus affording the studio new opportunities for 2009.  The studio underlined that the production schedule for Half-Blood Prince and other forthcoming HP movies remain in tact and are not affected by this move.  Production begins on the two-part movie adaptation of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in February 2009.  Full edition: CYN KIDS.

CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  Jetix Europe N.V. signed an agreement with Pokemon USA Inc. to air season 11 of Pokemon on its channels across EMEA.  Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension will launch in the U.K. on Jetix for the first time.  As part of the deal, Jetix Europe gains the pay TV and TV VOD rights in certain territories for the 52×22-minute series.  Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.


Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis:  NBC continued to dominate Wednesday night with 9.4/27 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Overall, ratings for NBC’s Olympic coverage decreased this night compared to the previous several nights, yet the competition was still far behind: at 8p NBC posted a 7.3/23; at 9p the ratings moved up to 9.4/25; and during 10p the ratings peaked at 10.9/30.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

NBC: 16.7/28      Summer Olympics 2008 16.7/28         

CBS: 3.9/6           Greatest American Dog 3.2/6, Criminal Minds [r] 4.3/7, CSI: NY [r] 4.1/7

ABC: 2.7/4          Wife Swap [r] 2.2/4, SuperNanny [r] 2.8/4, Primetime: Crime 3.2/5

FOX: 2.4/4           Bones [r] 3.1/5, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles [r] 1.7/3

UNIV: 2.2/4         Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.4/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.2/4, Don Francisco Presenta 1.8/3

CW: 0.7/1           America’s Next Top Model [r] 0.7/1, Pussycat Dolls: Girlicious [r] 0.6/1

TELE: 0.7/1         El Juramento 0.4/1, Dona Barbara 0.8/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.8/1

MNT: 0.6/1          Twilight Zone [r] 0.6/1, Twilight Zone [r] 0.5/1, Whacked Out Videos [r] 0.6/1, Whacked Out Videos [r] 0.6/1

A18-49: NBC 9.4/27, UNIV 1.7/5, CBS 1.4/4, ABC 1.3/4, FOX 1.0/3, TELE 0.5/2, CW 0.4/1, MNT 0.3/1


Michael Lazar moved to Platform-A/AOL as AOL Music Sales Director for the Property Sales group. Michael is charged with spearheading all advertising sales activities for the entity.




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Friday Fun Fact:  In a full grown rye plant, the total length of roots may reach 380 miles.

This day in History:  1969 – At Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, New York, The Woodstock Music and Art Festival began. The three-day long festival brought in a crowd of over 500,000 people, and became one of the most famous rock and folk concert festivals of all time.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Earlier this week we confirmed that Happy McCann’s tobacco shop was frequented by Martin Kane-Private Eye. Now who played Martin Kane and what his nickname in the film biz?  WILLIAM GARGAN / KING OF THE B’S (Movies, that is- those inexpensive B Pictures that normally accompanied the A pictures on the double feature format way back when) or LLOYD NOLAN (“NOLIE”) Kudos to: Howard Rosenstein-Meredith Integrated Marketing/NY; Paul Blutter-General American Group, Inc./Northridge, CA; Albert Fisher-Fisher Television Productions, Inc./LA

Today’s Trivia QuestionWhat actor’s father appeared as Clem, the deputy sheriff on the long- running TV western series Bonanza?   (Email
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT –  Friday, August 15, 2008

ABC: Movie: Legally Blonde, 20/20
AZTECA: Viernes Espectacular: Assassins, Pasiones Prohibidas
CBS: Ghost Whisperer [r], Numb3rs [r], Swingtown
CW: Friday Night Smackdown!
FOX: NFL Pre-Season Football: Oakland at Tennessee
ION: The 10th Kingdom, Movie: A Nightmare Come True
MNT: The Academy [r], Paradise Hotel 2 [r]
NBC: Olympic Summer Games 2008
PBS: Washington Week, Now on PBS, Bill Moyers’ Journal, Shore Things [r]
TELE: El Juramento, Dona Barbara, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso
UNIV: Al Diablo con los Guapos, Fuego on la Sangre, La Rosa de Guadalupe

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