Friday, January 25th, 2013


BET. We got Tuesdays. We got Hits.
Real Husbands of Hollywood & Second Generation Wayans
Cable’s #1 and #5 programs among all adults 18-49 for the week of January 14!
Our Tuesday domination continues with new season premieres of  The Game & Let’s Stay Together, coming in March.
BET. We got you.

Source: Nielsen LSD. 01/14/13-1/20/13, P18-49 (000), vs. All cable telecasts, Mon-Sun 6am-6am. Further qualifications available upon request.


Good morning. It’s Friday, January 25, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

We are pleased to announce Roberta Caploe has joined Cynopsis as Editorial Director. She will oversee all of Cynopsis’s e-newsletters and e-special reports, including Cynopsis flagship, Cynopsis Digital, Cynopsis Sports and Cynopsis Kids. She’ll also collaborate on the development of the growing roster of Cynopsis Media business summits, award events, Webinars, and other initiatives. Roberta will be attending NATPE  so please feel free to reach out to her at [email protected].

Tonight’s Premieres:
PBS: Shakespeare Uncovered at 9p (check local listings)
Starz: Spartacus: War of the Damned at 9p
TV One: Family Time at 9p
OWN: Police Women of Dallas at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Investigation Discovery: Deadly Women at 10p
TLC: Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
Food Network: The Pioneer Woman at 10a
GMC TV: For Richer or Poorer at 7p
CMT: My Big Redneck Vacation at 9p; Swamp Pawn at 10p
H2: Mankind Decoded at 10p
Investigation Discovery: Scorned: Love Kills at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Univision: Lo Que Mas Quieres (What You Most Want) at 8p
DIY Network: The Vanilla Ice Project at 10p

Sunday’s Finales:
Discovery Channel: Curiosity at 8p
HISTORY: Bamazon at 10p

Even though HBO has not officially announced a renewal for Girls, the recent Golden Globe-winning writer/actress Lena Dunham said production on season three would begin at the end of March.  Dunham was speaking to Alec Baldwin this week on his podcast Here’s The Thing. 


Telemundo Media’s Tuesday night premiere of original series Pasion Prohibida (Forbidden Love) at 8p averaged nearly 1.4 million total viewers and 665,000 among A18-49, a +7% and a +8% growth vs. season-to-date respectively according to Nielsen.  The program also delivered 422,000 with A18-34, a +41% increase versus the season-to-date average. 

TLC continues with its Gypsy-themed franchise when Gypsy Sisters premieres February 10 at 9p with a special two-hour debut episode.  The series travels to Martinsburg, West Virginia to reintroduce the Stanley family who were originally seen in My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding.  TLC approved eight episodes produced by Firecracker Films.

Docu-seres World of Jenks is back on MTV’s lineup starting March 4 at 11p with an all-new, revamped second season that delves into the lives of three more young people.  Award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks joins each new cast member on their own journey, spending a year embedded with them.  The series offers viewers a deeply personal, inspiring as well as entertaining look at each subject’s life.  MTV will air 10 one-hour episodes.

Golf Channel’s Morning Drive show will re-launch on February 4 with a new format, new co-hosts and a state-of-the-art studio.   The show will also expand to seven days a week.  Current Morning Drive co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack, and Holly Sonders will be joined by Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer to become a foursome covering Thursdays through Mondays.  Longtime network anchor Kelly Tilghman will host on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Lauren Thompson will provide news updates and reports for midweek shows. 

On Wednesdays beginning March 6, Bravo Media launches Fashion Night by Bravo.  The programming block will open with the fifth season premiere of The Rachel Zoe Project at 9p followed by the second season bow of It’s a Brad, Brad World at 10p, and the new series Dukes of Melrose at 1030p featuring fashion boutique owners Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos.  The Rachel Zoe Project is produced by Left/Right for Bravo, It’s a Brad, Brad World is produced by Shed Media US and Television 360 for Bravo, and Dukes of Melrose is produced by True Entertainment. 

Music and family entertainment network GMC TV attracted 1.6 million total viewers for its live telecast of the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House hosted by gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary.  

Programming Note: Starting this Sunday, VH1’s series Mob Wives will move to 10p with new episodes.  Mob Wives is currently in its third season. 

~ NATPE 2013 ~

Trifecta Entertainment & Media is heading to NATPE with a slew of syndicated programming for the 2013-14 season.  Trifecta’s new programming includes America Now, the M-F strip featuring Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic; OK! TV, a M-F strip based on OK! Magazine; the crime drama The Republic of Doyle; and the action/adventure first-run series Rescue 3.  Trifecta’s returning series include Bloopers, Cold Case Files, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Leverage, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Whacked Out Sports plus the E/I series Eco Company and a number of movies.

Telco Productions, Inc. is set for NATPE with a full slate of programming up for syndication. New for fall 2013 are The Hollywood News Report with 52 half-hour episodes, Word Travels with 26 half-hour episodes, Bamm.TV with 26 half-hour episodes, and the new E/I series BizKids$ with 26 half-hour episodes. Returning for the fall are the E/I series Animal Rescue, Missing, Dog Tales, Dragonfly TV, Think Big and The Real Winning Edge, each with 26 half-hour episodes. Also returning are the home improvement/lifestyle series Bob Vila and Real Green, each with 26 half-hour episodes, and Game Time with 26 half-hour episodes and Live from Daryl’s House with 26 half-hour episodes. Additionally, What America Thinks with Scott Rasmussen is back for season two with 52 half-hour episodes.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, Inc. is taking a number of programs to NATPE: the sitcoms The First Family and Mr. Box Office, the court shows Supreme Justice with Judge Karen, Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez, We the People with Gloria Allred, America’s Court with Judge Ross; and the comedy/talk series Comics Unleashed and Entertainers with Byron Allen.  In addition, Entertainment Studios is bringing its 24/7 networks: Comedy.TV and Recipe.TV among others.  Entertainment Studios will be located in Versailles, Suite #961, 962, 963 and Cabana Luxury #11 at the Fontainebleau Hotel.


CBS Television Distribution revealed its daytime talk show Dr. Phil has been renewed through the 2016-2017 season in 77% of the country.  The three-year extension will take Dr. Phil through its 15th season.  Dr. Phil airs on 13 CBS-owned stations including those in the top 5 markets: WCBS/New York, KCBS/Los Angeles, WBBM/Chicago, KYW/Philadelphia, and KTVT/Dallas-Ft. Worth.  Other station groups renewing the show include Young Broadcasting, Post-Newsweek, LIN Television, Sinclair Broadcast, Dispatch Broadcast, Media General, Cox Television, and Cordillera.  Dr. Phil was created by Harpo Productions and is produced by Peteski Productions in association with CBS Television Distribution and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

Si Entertainment acquired three unscripted titles adding to its burgeoning unscripted slate that encompasses exclusive worldwide international rights to new and original lifestyle, factual and documentary programming.  The new titles include the series Majumder Manor produced by Take the Shot Productions Inc. for W Network with 8 half-hour episodes in hi-def; the one-hour documentary It’s All About Me produced by Gaber Productions in hi-def; and the series Employee of the Week co-produced by Corkscrew Media, Gordon Drake Inc. and Cheval Noir for CMT with 12 half-hour episodes in hi-def.

WeatherNation TV, Inc. made an affiliation agreement with OTA Broadcasting, LLC to launch the WeatherNation television network on KFFV-TV covering Seattle, Olympia, Bellingham and Tacoma, Washington.  WeatherNation TV will also be available to Comcast cable subscribers in the greater Seattle market.  WeatherNation TV is a 24/7 television network providing local, regional and national weather news.

The Live Well Network made an affiliation deal with Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. owned affiliates in Miami (WPLG) and Orlando (WKMG).  Live Well Network will launch on both stations this spring.  These new affiliates take the Live Well Network to a total US network clearance of 70%.   The Live Well Network is operated by the ABC Owned Television Stations Group.


Two more comedy pilots were picked up by FOX.  Cougar Town’s Kevin Biegel is behind Enlisted, about three brothers who are different and working together in the Army at a small base in Florida.  The single-camera project received a script with penalty order from FOX.  Enlisted is based on Biege’s relationship with his own siblings and he will write and serve as EP with Mike Royce (Men of a Certain Age).  Feature writer Michelle Morgan is behind the second pilot titled Two Wrongs, a relationship comedy about two star-crossed lovers, Nick and Jenny who must deal with Nick’s family’s strong dislike of Jenny.  The situation is not helped by the fact that Jenny jilted Nick seven years before at the altar. Morgan will write and be an EP with Aaron Kaplan and Chernin Co.’s Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope and Sean Perrone on board as EPs.  20th Television is producing.

HBO gave a pilot order for a comedy from brothers Mark and Jay Duplass titled Togetherness.  The comedy follows two couples living together who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams.  The Duplass brothers will write, executive produce and direct the half-hour project while Duplass Brothers Productions’ producer Stephanie Langhoff will be a co-EP. 

Two actors will be joining the final season of Showtime’s Dexter when the series returns in June.  Charlotte Rampling will play a neuro-psychiatrist who works with young psychopaths and profiles criminals in unorthodox ways.  Sean Patrick Flanery will play Jacob Elroy, an ex-cop and owner of a Miami-based PI firm.

Author, critic, and film historian Leonard Maltin will host the 4th annual 3D Creative Arts Awards on February 6 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  This event will also serve a second anniversary celebration for 3net, a joint venture between Discovery, Sony, and IMAX.


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Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/7-1/11/13 ranked in order by HH Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB)                               7.6 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   7.6 AA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                             7.3 AA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                                6.8 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                5.5 AA
Family Feud (2/T)                                             5.4 AA
Family Guy (2/T)                                               3.9 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                           3.8 AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD)                                         3.2 AA
Law & Order: CI (NBU)                                    3.2 AA
Inside Edition (CTD)                                        3.2 AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/7-1/11/13 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB)                               4.4 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                 2.7 AA
Family Guy (2/T)                                               2.7 AA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                             2.0 AA
Family Feud (2/T)                                             1.9 AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T)                            1.9 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   1.6 AA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                                1.6 AA
King of the Hill (2/T)                                         1.4 AA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                  1.3 AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis:  ABC and Univision shared the top honors Tuesday by each delivering a 1.9/5 A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen.  At 8p, ABC’s series premiere of The Taste whetted the viewers’ appetite and came in first at 2.0/5 followed closely by Univision’s Por Ella Soy Eva at 1.9/5.  Also this hour, Telemundo debuted Pasion Prohibida at 0.5/1 in the demo.  The second hour of ABC’s new The Taste and Univision’s Amores Verdaderos tied for #1 during 9p at 2.2/6 apiece while the comedies New Girl and The Mindy Project on FOX came in third with an average of 1.9/5.  Then at 10p, NBC’s Parenthood won at 1.8/5 and the series finale of ABC’s Private Practice and Univision’s Amor Bravio each posted a 1.5/4 to share second place.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, January 22, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 6.9/11          NCIS [r] 8.2/12, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 7.8/12, Vegas [r] 4.6/8

ABC: 3.8/6             The Taste [p] 3.8/6, Private Practice [f] 3.8/6

NBC: 3.1/5             Off Their Rockers 3.6/5, Off Their Rockers 3.7/6, Go On 2.6/4, The New Normal 2.3/3, Parenthood 3.3/5

UNIV: 2.3/4           Por Ella Soy Eva 2.2/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.6/4, Amor Bravio 2.1/3

FOX: 2.1/3             Raising Hope 2.4/4, Ben & Kate 1.6/2, New Girl 2.5/4, The Mindy Project 1.9/3

ION: 1.1/2             Criminal Minds 8P 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 9P 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 10P 1.2/2

CW: 1.0/1              Hart of Dixie 1.0/2, Emily Owens MD 1.0/1

TELE: 0.7/1            Pasion Prohibida [p] 0.7/1, La Patrona 0.8/1, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal 0.9/2, El Rostro de la Venganza 0.6/1

TF: 0.2/0                Cineplex TUE [7p start r] 0.5/1, Made in Cartagena 0.3/0, Rosario Tijeras 0.2/0

A18-49:  ABC 1.9/5, UNIV 1.9/5, FOX 1.7/4, NBC 1.6/4, CBS 1.5/4, TELE 0.6/2, CW 0.5/1, ION 0.5/1, TF 0.2/1

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX ruled Wednesday night and the A18-49 viewers at 5.5/15, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. American Idol on FOX won at 8p with a 5.3/15 and ABC’s sitcoms The Middle and The Neighbors came next at an average of 2.3/6.  FOX’s American Idol held the lead through 9p with a 5.7/15 and ABC stayed in second place with more comedies as Modern Family and Suburgatory averaged a 3.2/9.  CBS stepped up to win the 10p hour with CSI at 2.6/7 and ABC’s Nashville was #2 at 1.9/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

FOX: 9.3/14          American Idol 9.3/14

CBS: 6.4/10            Criminal Minds [r] 4.4/7, Criminal Minds 7.5/11, CSI 7.4/12

ABC: 4.5/7              The Middle 5.2/8, The Neighbors 3.9/6, Modern Family 6.5/10, Suburgatory 3.8/6, Nashville 3.7/6

UNIV: 2.2/4           Por Ella Soy Eva 2.1/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.5/4, Amor Bravio 2.1/4

NBC: 1.8/3             Whitney [r] 1.8/3, Guys With Kids [r] 1.5/2, Law & Order: SVU [r] 1.9/3, Chicago Fire [r] 1.9/3

CW: 1.6/2              Arrow 1.9/3, Supernatural 1.3/2

ION: 0.7/1             WWE Main Event 0.9/1, Wednesday 9PM Movie: US Marshalls [r] 0.6/1

TELE: 0.7/1            Pasion Prohibida 0.7/1, La Patrona 0.8/1, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal 0.9/2, El Rostro de la Venganza 0.6/1

TF: 0.2/0               Cineplex WED [7p start r] 0.4/1, Made in Cartagena 0.2/0, Rosario Tijeras 0.2/0

A18-49:  FOX 5.5/15, ABC 2.4/7, CBS 2.4/6, UNIV 1.8/5, CW 1.0/3, NBC 0.7/2, TELE 0.6/2, ION 0.2/1, TF 0.2/0


Starting next Monday programming and scheduling executive Katie Buchanan begins her new position as SVP/Program, Planning and Scheduling at CMT.  Katie will manage and control the program scheduling and the program acquisitions for the network.  She will also be in charge of the network’s 360-degree approach to content strategy and distribution for CMT,, CMT Mobile and CMT On Demand.  Katie will relocate from Los Angeles to Nashville and will report to Brian Phillips, President, CMT. 

New US Spanish-language network MundoFox tapped Suzette Millo as VP/Content Strategy.  Suzette will be responsible for the comprehensive analysis and support of the network’s programming content from inception to air.  Her scope will also cover strategic content evaluation and the selection of scripts and products.  Suzette will further manage the programming publicity efforts and will help lead the overall communications initiatives for the network.

Global Agency named Farrell E. Meisel to the newly-minted role as Director/Development.  Farrell will work for both Global Agency and its finished program unit, World Wide Entertainment.  Farrell is charged with developing long-term partnerships and finding new growth areas for the two divisions.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced Jon Williams is joining ABC News as the Managing Editor/International News.  Jon begins his new position in March and will be based in New York.  He joins ABC News from the BBC where he served as World Editor and headed editorial operations in more than 30 bureaus worldwide.



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Friday Fun Fact: The phrase “always a bridesmaid, never a bride” was popularized in ads for Listerine mouthwash in the 1920s.

This Day In History, sponsored by Discovery Fit & Health: 1858 – Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” was presented for the first time when Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal married the Crown Prince of Prussia.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: As of 2004, what was the only soap opera to simulcast in a Spanish language track for Hispanic viewers in the United States? The Bold and the Beautiful. Kudos to: Scott Jenkins-Tribune Media Services/Queensbury, NY; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Linda Grillo-Viacom/ NYC; Rusty Ricketts-WideOrbit Inc./San Francisco; Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA; Steven Wishnoff/LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Producitons/LA.

Today’s Trivia Question: Classic Daytime Dramas Theme Week:  In All My Children, Hugh Franklin played the elegant Dr. Charles Tyler, married the conniving Phoebe.  In real life, Franklin was happily married for 40 years to which famous author? (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: Last Man Standing [r], Malibu Country [r], Shark Tank [r], 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], CSI: NY [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Nikita, The Carrie Diaries [r]
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares, The Following [r]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
MyTV: Monk, Monk
NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rockers [r], Betty White’s Off Their Rockers [r], Dateline
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Shakespeare Uncovered [p], Shakespeare Uncovered
TeleFutura: Guerra de Dragones, Made in Cartagena, Rosario Tijeras
Telemundo: Pasion Prohibida, La Patrona, Especial: El Final de Pablo Escobar
Univision: Por Ella Soy Eva, Amores Verdaderos, Amor Bravio

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