Friday, August 30th, 2013


Good morning. It’s Friday, August 30, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Discovery: Alaska Steel Men at 10p
HGTV: Urban Oasis 2013 at 7p
REELZ: Cracked at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Syfy: Continuum at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
ID: Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall at 9p
Oxygen: Snapped at 9p

Sunday’s Finales:
BET: Sunday Best at 9p
Destination America: BBQ Pit Masters at 9p
History: Ice Road Truckers at 10p
Style: City Girl Diaries at 10p
Travel: Rock My RV at 10p
VHI: La La’s Full Court Life at 10p

Monday’s Premieres:
Bio: Stalked by a Ghost at 10p
Bravo: Tamra’s O.C. Wedding at 8p
Discovery: Turn & Burn at 10p
HGTV: Beachfront Bargain Hunt at 8p
ID: Twisted at 10p
truTV: The Safecrackers at 9:30p

Monday’s Finales:
Sundance Channel: The Writers’ Room at 10p

Les Miserables is coming to primetime television. This modern-day take on the Victor Hugo classic from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and actor/writer Graham Norris has gotten a script order from FOX. According to Deadline, the primetime soap will center on “a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program, who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before.”


The continuing saga of filling the American Idol judges’ chairs continues, and it could delay production of the FOX series, which is due to begin on Tuesday, September 3. The collapse of songwriter/producer Dr. Luke‘s deal has left the show scrambling. It’s been reported that Harry Connick Jr. has been approached about joining the panel, again. 

TLC is introducing another big, loving polygamous family. My Five Wives features Brady Williams, his wives and their combined 24 children, who all live together on their large property outside Salt Lake City, Utah. The special premieres Sunday, September 15 at 9p, following a new episode of Sister Wives.

The Queen Latifah Show will launch with major star power. John Travolta, Jamie Foxx, Sharon Stone, Jake Gyllenhaal and Will Smith, an executive producer on the SPT talker, will be among its first guests. The show debuts Monday, September 16 on CBS-owned stations in top markets and other TV stations.

The star fireworks continue when Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell kicks off on FXX. The show’s lineup features Jim Gaffigan on Wednesday, September 4, Tracy Morgan on Thursday, September 5, and Chris Rock on Monday, September 9. The series airs Monday through Thursday at 11p.

New PBS series A Chef’s Life will take viewers inside the life and kitchen of acclaimed cook Vivian Howard, who left the big city to open a fine dining restaurant in small-town Eastern North Carolina. A celebration of true Southern farm to table food, the 13-week series premieres in September.

The ladies of TV One‘s R&B Divas LA are reuniting and dishing about their time in the City of Angels. R&B Divas LA – Reunion Part 1 airs Wednesday, September 4 at 10p. R&B Divas LA  Reunion – Part 2 airs Wednesday, September 11 at 10p. Wendy Williams will host.

YouTube series Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown Summer Sneak Peek launches on Saturday, August 31. The 7-part mini-series features exclusive preview footage from the third season of Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, premiering on ABC television stations on Saturday, October 5. Episodes will be available at

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors will bestow this year’s Governors Award to Emmy Award-winning voice actress June Foray. Foray, whose career has spanned more than 80 years, is often referred to as The First Lady of Cartoon Voices.

Adult Swim is joining forces with Kia Motors to develop custom-produced, animated ads promoting the 2014 Kia Soul vehicle. Adult Swim will debut three 30-second ads over three consecutive weeks. The first ad debuted in late August.


Parasites, flesh eaters… They’re back, when Monsters Inside Me returns Wednesday, October 2 at 9p.  This season, the series “spotlights nature’s most debilitating viruses and even shows what could happen when foreign objects are ingested or left behind after surgery,” says host/biologist Dan Riskin, who provides scientific perspective.


FX has ordered the darkly comedic drama Hoke to pilot. Based on a series of novels by Charles Willeford and starring Paul Giamatti, the show centers on hardboiled and possibly insane homicide detective Hoke Moseley. Production is set to begin in Miami later this year.

There’s another single dad series brewing. CBS has made a script deal for Raised by Wolves, a half-hour comedy from Fred Savage and Matt Dearborn. The series focuses on a 20-something guy who suddenly becomes a full-time dad to his 7-year-old daughter and helps raise her with his pals.


Friends star Lisa Kudrow has been tapped for a recurring role on ABC‘s Scandal, when the series returns for a third season on October 3 at 10p.

The Crazy Ones has nabbed another singing superstar. According to EW, Josh Groban will guest star on the CBS comedy’s sixth episode. He’ll play a nerdy guy with a huge crush on Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character, Sydney.

The search for talented tweens and teens continues for Disney Channel and Disney XD. The two networks are hosting an open call audition on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 in Wilmington, N.C. For more information, visit


Documentary filmmaker for American Masters, Gail Levin, died on July 31 in the Bronx, due to complications of metastatic breast cancer. She was 67.


U.K. broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired ABC Studios drama Betrayal, set to launch on ABC in the U.S. this fall, from Disney UK & Ireland. The network previously acquired such U.S. shows as Under the Dome, Dallas and Mark Burnett‘s The Bible.


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Building on its lead-in during Wednesday’s 10 o’clock hour, ABC‘s The Lookout was up across the board week-to-week in total viewers (+14%), adults 18-49 (+14%) and adults 25-54 (+11%). The ABC newsmagazine also improved the hour by wide margins from the year-ago night with original programming, gaining 27% in total viewers, 60% in adults 18-49 and 43% in adults 25-54.

Broadcast Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of August 19, 2013)

ABC: GMA 5.14 million total viewers 1.6/13 and 1.9 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.42 million total viewers 1.5/12 and 1.8 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.64million total viewers 0.8/6 and 909,000 A25-54

Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (Sunday, August 25, 2013)

ABC: This Week 2.49 million total viewers 0.6 and 749,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation 2.35 million total viewers 0.6 and 688,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.27 million total viewers 0.5 and 648,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.25 million total viewers 0.3 and 372,000 A25-54
FOX: FOX News Sunday 1.09 million total viewers 0.3 and 414,000 A25-54

Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the night on Wednesday among the A18-49 viewers at 2.3/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen.  At 8p, CBS’ Big Brother and NBC’s America’s Got Talent tied for the lead at 2.1/7, followed by Univision’s Porque el Amor Manda at 1.6/5. FOX’s MasterChef took over the top spot at 9p with a 2.4/7. NBC’s America’s Got Talent placed second at 2.2/7. Univision’s Que Bonito Amor won the 10p hour at 1.3/4. CBS’s CSI trailed at 1.1/3.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.



America’s Got Talent [r] 3.8/7, America’s Got Talent 5.9/10, Camp 2.1/4



Big Brother 4.0/7, Criminal Minds [r] 3.3/5, CSI [r] 3.9/7



MasterChef Encore 3.3/6, MasterChef 3.7/6



The Middle [r] 2.3/4, The Middle [r] 2.3/4, Modern Family [r] 2.2/4, The Neighbors [r] 1.6/3, ABC’s The Lookout 2.4/4



Porque Amor Manda 2.1/4, Tempestad 1.9/3, Que Bonito Amor 1.8/3



Dama y Obrero 0.7/1, Marido en Alquiler 0.9/1, Santa Diabla 0.7/1



Arrow [r] 0.8/1, Supernatural [r] 0.5/1



WWE Main Event 0.8/1, Flashpoint [r] 0.5/1, Flashpoint [r] 0.5/1



Cineplex (7p start) 0.2/0, La Seleccion 0.2/0, La Madame 0.3/0

A18-49:   FOX 2.3/7, NBC 1.5/5, UNI 1.5/4, CBS 1.3/4, ABC 0.8/3, TEL 0.5/2, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.2/1, UMA 0.2/0


Charles Sipkins has been named Head of Communications of Sony Pictures Entertainment, effective September 7. He previously served as a crisis-management specialist with public relations firm Sard Verbinnen & Company.

Al Jazeera America has appointed Mark Coatney as the channel’s first Senior Vice President of Digital Media. He was formerly Media Director at Tumblr.


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Friday Fun Fact:
Ziv Television Programs, Inc. was the first major first-run television syndicator, creating several long-lived series in the 1950s and selling them to regional sponsors, who sold them to local stations.

This Day In History sponsored by Discovery Fit & Health: 1993 – Late Show with David Letterman premiered on CBS.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What 1976-1978 sitcom was a spin-off of Bewitched (1964-1972), and which ingenue was its star? Tabitha, starring Lisa Hartman. Kudos to: Wes Thompson-Stern Advertising/Cleveland, OH; Jim Bono-Crown Media Family Networks/NYC; Drew Tappon-A&E/NYC; Fred Cerullo-Grand Central Partnership/NYC; Cynthia New-Charter/Cape Girardeau, MO; Larry Glazer-WTTW TV/Chicago, IL; Leigh Bingham-Harris Broadcast/Denver, CO; Allison Weiss-Impact Marketing & Promotions/Tarzana, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Idiot Box Productions/Studio City, CA; William “Chip” Beaman-Formosa Interactive/West Hollywood, CA; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Van Nuys, CA.

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ABC: Last Man Standing [r], The Neighbors [r]. Shark Tank [r], 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Perfect Score, Perfect Score [r], America’s Next Top Model
FOX: Bones [r], The Following [r]
ION: Cold Case [r], Cold Case [r], Cold Case [r]
MyTV: Monk [r], Monk [r]
NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers [r], Betty White’s Off Their Rockers [r], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, Side By Side [r], Live From Lincoln Center
Telemundo: Dama y Obrero, Marido en Alquiler, Santa Diabla
UMA: Hellboy, Liquidator
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, La Tempestad, Que Bonito Amor

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