Friday, January 19th, 2007



Beats My Name is Earl, The Office, According To Jim,
How I Met Your Mother, King of Queens, Scrubs and 30 Rock

Available exclusively from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution

Source: NTI, Explorer, MC US AA%, 09/18/06-01/14/07, prime.  Sitcom=CS and EA type code.  Two & a Half Men=Sold Property.       



Good Morning, it’s  Friday, January 19, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.

A third bid for Tribune Co. properties was made yesterday, this one coming from a private equity firm called The Carlyle Group.  As the other two bids, this one is for only part of the Tribune company, specifically the station group.  No other details were immediately available.  The board meeting this weekend now has three bids to review, tho word at the moment is none of the three look like a showstopper.

Tonight’s Premieres:
USA:  Monk at 9p and Psych at 10p


CW has given the big green light to a full 22-episode third season of Everybody Hates Chris, says Variety.  The show is from Chris Rock Enterprises, 3 Arts Entertainment and CBS Paramount Network Television. Additionally, the network is expected to announce today at TCA a new reality series called Crowned featuring mothers and daughters competing in a beauty pageant type event.

A couple of launch dates for you – check for the latest primetime broadcast schedule.

  • Hell’s Kitchen on Fox will kick off in March, the official date is expected to be announced at Fox’s presentation at TCA on Saturday.  
  • On NBC, Raines starring Jeff Goldblum will debut on Thursday March 15 at 10p.  AFter two Thursday plays, it will settle into its real time period – Fridays at 9p as of March 30th.
  • And on The CW, two start dates – America’s Next Top Model returns on February 28 with a two hour premiere; and the new reality series Pussycat Dolls: The Search for the Next Doll will premiere on March 6 at 9p. 

Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice on Court TV will return for a sixth season on January 24 at 10p. Dominick Dunne also comes back as storyteller and host, examining stories of crime, money and justice. The series is produced by Court TV.
Spike TV will debut the second season of Pros vs. Joes on January 25 at 10p. The show features regular guys competing against sports legends in a variety of different sports. To kick off the new season, Carat Brand Experience along with Vivid Marketing will create a special event at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall on January 24 from 6a to 7p. The activities will include a 25-yard football field with a two-on-two football match, a clinic, lunch and more.
This past Tuesday’s second season premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County at 10p on Bravo delivered 1.12 million total viewers, and 830,000 viewers in the A18-49 demo.
Superstation WGN has picked up season one of Ultimate Blackjack Tour airing the series on Sundays starting January 21 at 9p. The ten-episode series features the world’s best professional card players competing to win hundreds of thousands of dollars.
VNU, the parent company of ACNielsen and Nielsen Media Research, is changing its name to The Nielsen Company. Branding will include the launch of a new corporate web site at and new graphics. The new name will occur in stages across all company brands during 2007.


Sundance Channel will now offer content available on YouTube, starting with a branded area on the site featuring footage from the 2007 Sundance Film Festival that includes Festival Dailies, profiles of the filmmakers and more. Later this year, Sundance will supply clips from some of its original series, films and documentaries.
Current TV and Lonely Planet together have launched a new travel series called The Bluelist, a series of 26 three-minute shorts which will air on Current TV. Hosted by Lonely Planet writers and staffers around the world, The Bluelist will offer top ten lists of the best travel experiences, such as wilderness escapes or where to party around the clock.
iVillage Properties,
part of NBC Universal, has launched iVillage Total Health, a new online site offering health information for women and their families on topics from major medical diseases and issues to more minor ailments. The site can be accessed at The new site will also host health segments on the Today Show and sponsor health talks on iVillage Live, the interactive TV show.


CBS has ordered up two pilots:

  • The Captain from CBS Paramount Network TV is about a young writer who moves to an legendary Hollywood apartment building, at which time his life begins to change.
  • Protect and Serve comes from NBC Universal TV Studio is police drama set outside LA, and focuses on a group of cops both on the job and in their personal lives.

Fox has ordered a pilot called Them, based on the sci-fi novel, and is from Circle of Confusion Prods and CBS Paramount Network TV. 

The CW has ordered a pilot presentation of a comedy called The World According to Barnes from Class IV and Warner Bros. TV.  The story is about two nerdy guys attending Princeton who use their intelligence and skills to solve crimes.
NBC has two orders pending:

  • Business Class comes from Dutch Oven and NBC Universal TV Studio, and focuses on two traveling salesman and their adventures on the road.
  • Untitled workplace comedy from Conaco Prods and NBC Universal TV Studio, about the staff who work at a wildlife park.



Scripps Networks has added Christopher Powell in the new position of EVP/Human Resources. Christopher will sit on the company’s Executive Committee and be part of Scripps Networks’ Diversity Committee.
Christopher Weis has been hired by AP Radio as a Regional Radio Executive based in the Chicago market. He will develop and support member stations throughout the Midwest area.


Today in Cynopsis Kids, or listen to the audio version here:
Universal reels in head of Fox Animation
While teen targeted online social networks and safety software grow, there are still lawsuits
First photo of Pixar’s WALL-E movie revealed

Today in Cynopsis International and Multicultural Edition, or listen to the audio version here:
MTV Networks Latin America signs with Endemol International to carry U.S. version of Exposed
Discovery HD launches on the StarHub platform in Singapore


Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis:  FOX reined supreme Wednesday night with 15.4/36 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Coming in second was CBS at 3.1/7, followed by NBC 2.2/5, ABC 2.1/5, UNIV 2.0/5, CW 1.2/3 and TELE 0.4/1. FOX’s American Idol, with part two of its season premiere, blew away the competition at 8p delivering a 13.9/34 and the talent variety show won again at 9p with 17.0/38. Then at 10p, CBS took control with CSI: NY at 4.1/10.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

FOX        20.2/30       American Idol [p- part 2] 20.2/30

CBS        7.1/11           Armed & Famous 3.9/6, Criminal Minds 8.6/12, CSI: NY 8.9/14

NBC        5.0/8            Friday Night Lights [r] 3.2/5, Deal or No Deal 5.7/8, Medium 6.0/10

ABC        4.0/6           According to Jim 4.4/7, According to Jim 4.3/6, Knights of Prosperity 2.6/4, In Case of Emergency 2.3/3, Primetime Medical Mysteries 5.2/8

UNIV      2.5/4           La Fea Más Bella 2.9/4, Mundo de Fieras 2.5/4, Don Francisco Presenta 2.0/3

CW         1.8/3           Beauty & The Geek 2.1/3, One Tree Hill 1.6/2

TELE       0.5/1           Marina 0.7/1, Amor Mio 0.5/1, Amor Mio 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.4/1

A18-49: FOX 15.4/36, CBS 3.1/7, NBC 2.2/5, ABC 2.1/5, UNIV 2.0/5, CW 1.2/3, TELE 0.4/1

Friday Fun Fact:   In a 1996 interview, comedian Jerry Lewis related that he was among the first to spot young Steven Spielberg’s talent. He showed Spielberg’s short film Amblin to his University of Southern California class, which included students George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola.

This Day in History:
1953: Lucy Ricardo gave birth to baby Ricky on I Love Lucy. More people tuned in to watch the show than the inauguration of President Eisenhower.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: This small-town keeper of the law, kept his citation book in his cap, one bullet in his shirt pocket and was a cousin to his boss.  Who is he? DEPUTY BARNEY FIFE/THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW!   Kudos to: Dick Cox-DCA/Stratford CT; Mike Cummings-Cablevision News 12/Norwalk; Hank Bordowitz-Bordowitz Media Werx/Suffern NY; Rusty Wolfe/Neptune Beach, FL; Sandy Cercone-JBT Media Mgt, Inc/Tempe AZ;  Gretchen Brady-KDAF/Dallas; Tom Chapman-WKRG-TV/Mobile, AL; Dale Warshaw-KMSB/KTTU-TV/Tucson; Stuart Shlossman-Madison Road Entertainment/LA; Scott Freeman-Bunim/Murray Productions/Van Nuys CA; Sandy Pine-The Greg Behrendt Show/Culver City, CA; Art Davie-Six Guns Entertainment/LA; Nancy Adams-the HCA group/Windsor Ontario

Today’s Trivia Question: Dominic Santini runs his own charter service from the municipal airport in California on which show? (click here) 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 have been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.

Later — Cyn
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Friday, January 19, 2007

ABC              Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, 20/20
CBS              Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, Numb3rs
CW               Friday Night Smackdown
FOX              Nanny 911, Trading Spouses
i                Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Diagnosis Murder, Charlie’s Angels
MNT              Wicked Wicked Games, Watch Over Me
NBC              1 vs. 100, Las Vegas, Law & Order
TELE    Marina, Amor Mio, Amor Mio, Decisiones
UNIV             La Fea Mas Bella, Mundo de Fieras, Cristina

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