Friday, December 16th, 2011


Good morning. It’s Friday, December 16, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premiere:
HBO: The Life & Times of Tim at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
TLC: Brides of Beverly Hills at 10p

Saturday’s Premiere:
SCIENCE: Oddities at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
3net: Madagascar: The Lost Makay at 8p; Hillbilly Blood: A Hardscrabble Life at 10p; Son of a Pitch (short form series debut)

Sunday’s Finales:
CBS: Survivor at 8p
FOX: Allen Gregory at 830p
Food Network: The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs at 9p
Showtime: Dexter at 9p; Homeland at 10p
HISTORY: Real Deal at 930p; IRT Deadliest Roads at 10p


ABC cancelled Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ending the show with its ninth season finale on January 13 which also is the show’s 200th episode.  At its conclusion, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition visits tornado-torn Joplin, MO where Ty Pennington and his crew build seven homes in seven days.  Viewers will still see more of the show as ABC has four special episodes planned after the series ends.  Pennington will also remain with ABC as he joined the network’s upcoming new health and lifestyle daytime series, The Revolution.  Beginning January 20, ABC will put Shark Tank in the Friday at 8p slot. 

Making it official, NBC is tapping Howard Stern to become a new judge on its summer reality competition series America’s Got Talent.  Stern is replacing Piers Morgan who left to concentrate on his CNN program.  Production on America’s Got Talent will also move to New York City where Stern presently hosts his SiriusXM radio show. 

The interview series, Person to Person, created by Edward R. Murrow is being resurrected by CBS and is premiering February 8 at 8p.  New CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose and CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent/60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan will co-host the weekly series airing on Wednesdays at 8p.  For years, CBS has apparently wanted to revive Person to Person, the series where interviews of public figures are conducted in their homes.  Rose and Logan will interview musicians, actors, directors, politicians and newsmakers and allow the guests to reveal friends and family and items of personal and professional worth.  Murrow launched the series in 1953 and interviewed such notables as John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and more. 

Further additions to CBS’ midseason schedule were announced yesterday:

  • The 20th edition of The Amazing Race will debut February 19 at 8p with Phil Keoghan continuing as host.
  • Reality show Undercover Boss will still premiere on January 15 at 8p though will move to 8p on Fridays beginning February 17.
  • Frosh drama A Gifted Man will now shift back an hour on Fridays to 9p. The series was recently given an order for three more episodes.
  • Following A Gifted Man’s 16-episode run, CSI: NY will resume in the 9p Friday time slot and Blue Bloods will continue airing at 10p on Fridays.

British comedian/actor Russell Brand signed a deal with FX to host a late night series.  FX ordered six half-hour episodes of the yet-to-be-titled unscripted series slated to premiere next spring.  The show will offer Brand’s version of current events, politics and pop culture shot in front of a live audience and featuring interaction with the studio audience.  FX Productions is producing the show in association with Branded Films and Dakota Films.

Univision Network revealed its midseason schedule:


  • Previously announced new weekly series Dale con Ganas premieres January 11 at 10p hosted by Alfonso “Poncho” de Anda.
  • New series El Gran Show de los Peques, featuring talented young children performing premieres January 29 at 8p and airs on Sundays.
  • A fifth season of Nuestra Belleza Latina is back on Sunday nights at 8p beginning March 4.
  • The network will continue airing its variety show Sabado Gigante on Saturdays at 8p hosted by Don Francisco, who celebrates his 50th anniversary in 2012.
  • In primetime, Univision will continue airing three hours of novelas Monday through Friday at 7, 8 and 9p.
  • Further in primetime, Univision will offer a combination of new and returning series in the 10p time period: Don Francisco Presenta on Mondays in its 10th season; Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now) continues on Tuesdays; La Rosa de Guadalupe (The Rose of Guadalupe) is back on Thursdays and Fridays while on Sundays the entertainment show Sal y Pimienta (Salt and Pepper) returns.

Spin-off series, Cajun Pawn Stars debuts on HISTORY January 8 at 10p.  Similar to the original Pawn Stars series set in Las Vegas, Cajun Pawn Stars features historical items and stories found at the Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry Center in Alexandria, Louisiana owned and operated by Jimmie DeRamus and his family.  HISTORY will have 14 half-hour episodes of Cajun Pawn Stars produced by Leftfield Pictures.

In mid-January, G4 bows another new Marvel anime series when Blade debuts January 13 at 11p.  G4 has scheduled a dozen half-hour weekly episodes featuring the voice of Harold Perrineau as Eric Brooks, the supernatural Daywalker known as Blade.  Produced by Madhouse for Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, the series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.

On February 29 (Leap Day), USA Network brings back the winter season of Psych at 10p.  USA Network will air the final seven episodes of Psych’s sixth season from Universal Cable Productions in association with Tagline Pictures.

Program Call:  Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual NATPE Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, January 19, 2012, the week before NATPE Market and Conference 2012 opens at the Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach. If your company is an official exhibitor at NATPE 2012, please send us only the following info for your top 5 shows:  title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e. series, special, movie, etc.), genre (comedy, drama, lifestyle, etc.) and your terms (barter, cash, etc.) as well as your company’s stand/booth location.  To be included in this free and highly-read special edition, please send your submission to Lisa Ball at: [email protected] no later than Thursday, January 12, 2012. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).

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TV Land’s comedy series, Hot in Cleveland was picked up by CBS Television Distribution in an exclusive broadcast domestic distribution rights deal.  With its cast comprised of Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, Hot in Cleveland is currently airing its third season on TV Land Wednesdays at 10p.

Telco Productions is serving up the shows, Bob Vila and Real Green that will make up a one-hour home improvement block available for national syndication in fall 2012.  Barter sales for both shows are being handled by Storrs Media (3.5 local/3.5 national).


Oscar winner Jane Fonda will make her first major television debut in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming HBO series about the cable news business.  The untitled one-hour drama already has Jeff Daniels in place playing the anchor at a fictional cable news network.  Fonda will portray Leona Lansing, the CEO of the cable news network’s parent company who is described as a titan and her corporate business often conflicts with the reporting at the news outlet she owns.

CMT handed a pair of half-hour reality shows to Melissa Rycroft (The Bachelorette) and Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210).  Rycroft will star in a show along with her husband Tye Strickland using the working title, Melissa and Tye: A New Reality.  The show will follow Rycroft when she moves to L.A. to pursue her Hollywood career while managing a long-distance relationship with her husband.  Garth’s show is called I Love Jennie and will follow her and her family of three kids and husband as they move away from L.A. to a seven-acre farm in Central California.  Both shows were given eight episodes and will premiere in April.  Rycroft’s show is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions with Ryan Seacrest and CMT’s Jayson Dinsmore and Eliot Goldberg as executive producers. Garth’s show is from Electus, 5×5 and Facinelli Films and will be executive produced by Electus’ Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox; 5×5 EPs Rick Ringbakk and Craig Armstrong; and Facinelli Films’ Peter Facinelli (Garth’s husband), Garth and Rob de Franco as executive producers.  Dinsmore and Goldberg will also oversee for CMT.

New series The Client List on Lifetime cast Rebecca Field (October Road) to play Lacey, the best friend of Jennifer Love Hewitt’s character, Riley, reports THR.


Broadcast Late-Night Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of December 5, 2011)
NBC: Tonight Show 3.90 million total viewers; 1.3 and 1.52 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.21 million A18-49
ABC: Nightline 3.60 million total viewers; 1.1 and 1.38 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.05 million A18-49
CBS: Late Show 3.28 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.47 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.16 million A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:  With a lineup of new episodes, CBS led Wednesday night at 3.2/9 among A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  FOX’s The X-Factor topped at 8p with a 3.3/10 with CBS’ Survivor: South Pacific a couple of step behind at 3.1/9.  CBS switched places and won the 9p hour with Criminal Minds at 3.4/9 with FOX following at an average of 2.8/8 for the end of The X-Factor and I Hate My Teenage Daughter.  CBS was #1 at 10p with CSI at 2.9/8 and ABC’s Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 special was #2 at 2.3/6. 

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 7.3/12        Survivor: South Pacific 6.5/11, Criminal Minds 7.8/12, CSI 7.6/13


FOX: 5.6/9           The X-Factor 6.4/10, I Hate My Teenage Daughter 3.2/5

ABC: 4.8/8           The Middle [r] 3.9/6, Suburgatory [r] 3.3/5, Modern Family [r] 4.2/7, Barbara Walters Presents: 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 5.8/9

NBC: 2.7/4          Up All Night [r] 2.3/4, Up All Night [r] 2.2/4, Harry’s Law [r] 2.8/4, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.9/5

UNIV: 2.0/3          Una Familia con Suerte 1.9/3, La Fuerza del Destino 2.5/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.5/3

CW: 1.0/2            America’s Next Top Model [r] 0.8/1, Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 1.1/2

TELE: 0.8/1          Maid en Manhattan 1.0/2, Flor Salvaje 0.7/1, La Casa de al Lado 0.8/1

ION: 0.5/1          Wednesday 8PM Movie: Top Gun [r] 0.5/1, Criminal Minds 0.6/1

TF: 0.3/0            Reto de Mujer 0.2/0, Correo de Inocentes 0.2/0, Protagonistas 0.3/1

A18-49:  CBS 3.2/9, FOX 3.0/8, ABC 2.1/6, UNIV 1.7/5, NBC 1.0/3, TELE 0.7/2, CW 0.5/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1



Internationally-famous musician, composer and educator, Wynton Marsalis was appointed Cultural Correspondent for CBS.  Wynton will offer his perspective on cultural and educational developments on CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning.  His first appearance is scheduled for January 16, the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Yesterday, Cablevision Systems Corp. said its COO Tom Rutledge is resigning from the company effective later this month.  Tom has been with Cablevision since 2002 and was promoted to COO in 2004. 

Former ABC Studios Director/Comedy, Melanie Frankel was hired at USA Network as VP/Original Comedy Series.  In her new position, Melanie will hone in on comedy development and production.  She will report to Bill McGoldrick, SVP/President, USA Original Scripted Programming.

Turner Entertainment Networks (TEN) elevated David Wolkis to VP/Production for TNT and TBS Originals.  David will continue his oversight role on production of original series, original movies and specials in addition to developing and implementing production strategy, production schedules, budgets and relationships with the company’s studio partners and talent.  David further will work closely with ad sales on product integrations in TNT and TBS series.  Based in Los Angeles, David reports to Mark Weissman, SVP/Productions, TNT and TBS.

Red Tettemer + Partners, based in Philadelphia added Amanda Abrams as Senior Copywriter.  Amanda will work on a variety of clients reporting to Steve O’Connell, Partner/ECD.



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ABC: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 20/20
AZTECA: Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, Lo Que Callamos Edicion Especial
CBS: A Gifted Man [r], CSI:NY [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Nikita [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX: Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown, Ice Age: A Mammoth, The Simpsons
ION: Flashpoint, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC: Chuck, Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Great Performances: The Little Mermaid From San Francisco Ballet
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Flor Salvaje, La Casa de la Lado
UNIV: Una Familia con Suerte, La Fuerza del Destino, La Rosa de Guadalupe

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