Friday, January 7th, 2011


Good morning. It’s Friday, January 7, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing. As always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here

Tonight’s Premieres:
OWN: Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (Episode 3) at 8p; Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star at 9p
Si TV: Latino 101 at 9p
TLC: Say Yes to the Dress at 9p; Four Weddings at 10p
Syfy: Merlin at 10p
IFC: Mr. Show with Bob and David at 11p

Saturday’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: It’s Me or the Dog at 8p
The Style Network: Style Star at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Infested! at 8p
DIY Network: Dream House at 8p
FOX: Bob’s Burgers at 830p
NBC: The Cape at 9p
National Geographic Channel: Alaska State Troopers at 9p
PBS: Masterpiece: Downton Abbey at 9p (check local listings)
The Style Network: Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane at 9p
Travel Channel: The Wild Within at 9p
Showtime: Californication at 9p; Episodes at 930p; Shameless at 10p

Sunday’s Finales:
TLC: Sarah Palin’s Alaska at 8p
E!: Kendra at 10p


Financial guru, Suze Orman will soon have her own series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network called Money Class (wt). Orman serves as the show’s creator and host as she meets families, couples and individuals across the country, guiding them with attainable financial goals so they can make responsible and well-informed decisions. The series, produced by is scheduled to premiere fall 2011.

CNN kicks off Piers Morgan Tonight on January 17 and the first guest on the show will be Oprah Winfrey.

Master photographer Peter Lik is joining The Weather Channel (TWC) in a new half-hour action/adventure nature series set to premiere this March. Lik will also become a contributor to the network participating in segments as he travels to weather hot spots. Lik’s series will follow him as he travels the US in search of the most dramatic natural landscapes. TWC approved 13 episodes of the series produced by Peacock Productions.

BET premieres two new series and renews two others:

  • The network’s new original series Let’s Stay Together debuts January 11 at 11p. This romantic comedy centers on five young African Americans who are in different stages of love and matrimony. Created by Jacque Edmonds Cofer, Let’s Stay Together is a BET Studios Original Production.
  • Toya, who starred on BET’s series Tiny & Toya helms a new series on BET titled Toya: A Family Affair, opening April 19 at 10p. Viewers will follow Toya as she continues her professional and personal ambitions all the while trying to keep her family together and out of trouble. The series is produced by DuBose Entertainment, the company behind Tiny & Toya.
  • The Game returns for a fourth season with a one-hour premiere episode on January 11 at 10p.
  • The Family Crews is back for a second season beginning March 6 at 8p. The series is a BET Studios Original Production.

Travel Channel brings back a fourth season of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern beginning January 18 at 9p. The new season will take viewers deeper into locations where Zimmern reveals the most unusual food traditions. Tremendous! Entertainment produces the show for Travel Channel.

TV One renews three series: reality series LisaRaye: The Real McCoy; a 12-episode order for Unsung spotlighting under-recognized musicians; and a 10-episode order for Life After, focusing on life-changing events in celebrities’ lives. The latter two series are slated for summer premieres.

Animal Planet premieres Mike Tyson’s new six-episode docu-drama Taking On Tyson March 6 at 10p. In this series, the boxing legend returns to his childhood neighborhood where he fosters a lifelong passion for raising pigeons and pigeon racing. Taking On Tyson was created and produced by Touch Productions in association with Tyrannic Productions for Animal Planet.

Science Channel adds two new series:

  • An Idiot Abroad – Eight-episode British series comes to the US starting January 22 at 10p preceded by a special preview episode at 930p. The series features Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant as they surprise their close friend and homebody, Karl Pilkington with a forced trip around the globe to visit the Seven Wonders of the World. Mentorn International produces the series for Science Channel.
  • Ridley Scott is producing a new eight-episode series for the network titled Prophets of Science Fiction that examines such legendary sci-fi artists as Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas. The series, produced for Science Channel by Ridley and Tony Scott, will premiere during the latter half of 2011.

Coinciding with February Black History Month, Investigation Discovery launches a new series from documentary filmmaker Keith Beauchamp and CBS EYE Productions which explores three racially-motivated homicide investigations that happened before 1970. The Injustice Files debuts February 18 at 9p.

BBC America made a marketing and promotional deal with The Weinstein Company (TWC) to showcase their current theatrical hit, The King’s Speech. BBC America will promote the film on the network and via and especially around shows such as The Tudors, Doctor Who, Law & Order: UK and Royal Wedding programming. Additionally, BBC America will air a 30m documentary special, The King’s Speech: Behind the Scenes as part of a special day honoring the Golden Globes.  (By the way, saw this movie and you MUST see it too … brilliant!  Of course, that’s just my opinion, but I’m right.)

WGN-TV and Chicago Home + Garden magazine are teaming on a new multiplatform home design brand, Bring It Home encompassing a half-hour TV show starting February 13. The weekly TV show will air Sundays at 11a on WGN-TV with encores during the week on CLTV. The brand also includes an online component at and a recurring print feature in Chicago Home + Garden magazine.

This Sunday, Granite Broadcasting’s KOFY/San Francisco is debuting two new local shows. Dance Party is re-launching with a new set and host and airs 8p on Sundays. Also on tap is the game show Carpool Showdown, airing on Sundays at 9p.

Program Call: Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual NATPE Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, January 20, the week before NATPE 2011 in Miami.  If you’re exhibiting at NATPE this year and would like to have your programming included, please send us only the following info for your top 5 shows: title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e., movie, series, special, etc.), genre and your terms (barter, cash, etc.) as well as your company’s stand/booth location.  To be included in this free and highly-viewed special edition, please send your submission to [email protected] no later than Friday, January 14, 2011. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).


After the December 29 special Extreme Couponing delivered 2.1 million total viewers for TLC, the network has ordered it as a new series with 12 half hour episodes. The series follows extreme “super couponers” as they pursue extraordinary deals. Sharp Entertainment produces the series.

Discovery Channel is producing a Chicago version of game show Cash Cab set to debut this summer. Comedian Beth Melewski, alumnus of Second City will host. The New York edition of Cash Cab continues with Ben Bailey as host with new episodes premiering this spring. Cash Cab is produced for the network by Lion Television.

J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot are developing a crime drama series titled Pulp that is described as similar to Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction, cites TVLine. Monica Breen and Alison Schapker are penning the script and also serve as executive producers. Bad Robot will begin pitching the project to networks next week.

Nancy Grace reupped her contract to remain as reporter and anchor of Nancy Grace on HLN, reports TVNewser. Grace was apparently offered a position on Fox Business Network though negotiations fell through and she agreed to stay with HLN.

Casting Call: A major cable network is casting for a popular docu-soap series and is seeking affluent women in the Los Angeles area. This casting is interested in female celebrities, women married to celebrities, business owners, socialites and more. Please send at least two photos and a brief bio about who you are along with your contact email and phone to: [email protected] .

Casting Call: A major cable network is looking for women who have been married multiple times for a new docu-series. The women must be between the ages of 25-50 and have been married at least three times or more and are juggling a crazy life with multiple exes and kids from different marriages though they still want to find Mr. Right. The ideal candidate must have been married at least three times and is currently single though dating someone, going through a divorce or currently engaged is fine and they must have a high energy personality. Please send an email to [email protected] and include name, age, city/state, occupation, current marital status, if you have children and if so, include their ages, the occupation of your ex-husbands and briefly explain your multiple marriage story and why each ended. Also include a description of your daily life.


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Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/20-12/24/10 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   6.7 AA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                               5.5 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                 5.3 AA / 7.4 GAA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                            4.1 AA / 6.4 GAA
Family Guy (2/T)                                             3.9 AA / 4.8 GAA
Oprah Winfrey Show (CTD)                               3.5 AA / 3.6 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                            3.4 AA / 3.5 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                      3.1 AA / 3.8 GAA
My Wife and Kids (DAD)                                   3.0 AA / 3.6 GAA
Live with Regis and Kelly (DAD)                        2.8 AA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 12/20-12/24/10 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                2.9 AA / 4.0 GAA
Family Guy (2/T)                                            2.8 AA / 3.3 GAA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T)                           1.7 AA / 2.4 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   1.6 AA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                     1.6 AA / 2.0 GAA
The Office (NBU)                                             1.6 AA / 1.9 GAA
My Wife and Kids (DAD)                                   1.5 AA / 1.8 GAA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                 1.5 AA / 1.7 GAA
King of the Hill (2/T)                                        1.4 AA / 1.5 GAA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                               1.3 AA
George Lopez (WB)                                          1.3 AA / 1.5 GAA
Friends (WB)                                                   1.3 AA / 1.5 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:  ABC and NBC both claimed #1 Wednesday night at 2.7/8 each with the A18-49 demo, according to final national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s comedies The Middle and Better With You averaged a top-rated 2.6/8 at 8p followed by NBC’s Minute to Win It at 2.1/6 and CBS’ new Live to Dance was third at 1.8/5. More sitcoms on ABC catapulted the network to #1 during 9p as Modern Family and Cougar Town averaged a 3.8/10 with NBC’s two-hour Law & Order: SVU taking second place at 2.9/8 and CBS’ People’s Choice Awards in third at 2.8/7. Then at 10pm, the second hour of Law & Order: SVU on NBC topped at 2.9/9 followed by CBS’ presentation of the People’s Choice Awards at 2.6/8.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, January 5, 2011  time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

NBC: 5.8/10        Minute to Win It 4.0/7, Law & Order: SVU 6.8/11


CBS: 5.7/9              Live to Dance 5.0/8, 37th Annual People’s Choice Awards 6.1/10

ABC: 4.6/8           The Middle 5.8/9, Better With You 4.7/8, Modern Family 7.0/11, Cougar Town 4.1/7, Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss – What Really Happened 3.0/5

FOX: 3.8/6           Human Target 3.7/6, Human Target 3.8/6

UNIV: 2.0/3         Eva Luna 2.1/3, Triunfo del Amor 2.4/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.7/3


ION: 1.1/2           Without a Trace 1.2/2, Without a Trace 0.9/1, Criminal Minds 1.3/2

CW: 0.6/1            Hellcats [r] 0.7/1, Hellcats [r] 0.6/1

TELE: 0.6/1          Aurora 0.6/1, Fantasma de Elena 0.6/1, Alguien Te Mira 0.6/1

TF: 0.4/1             Cine de Las Estrellas [r] 0.4/1, India 0.5/1


A18-49: ABC 2.7/8, NBC 2.7/8, CBS 2.4/7, FOX 1.7/5, UNIV 1.6/5, ION 0.4/1, TF 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1


Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman/CEO of Fox Networks Group told staffers yesterday he would be leaving the company as of February 11, 2011. Tony has been with the company for 10 years, joining in 2002. Upon Tony’s departure, Chase Carey, President/COO of News Corporation outlined the new management structure. David Haslingden, presently CEO, Fox International Channels will become President/COO of Fox Networks Group, reporting to Chase Carey. David will supervise development, finance, legal, advertising sales and corporate activities. Furthermore, David Hill, Chairman/CEO, Fox Sports Media Group; Peter Rice, Chairman Entertainment, FNG; and Mike Hopkins, President/Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Fox Cable will all report to Chase Carey. Randy Freer and Eric Shanks together will manage the sports cable channels roster, reporting to David Hill. And, Hernan Lopez will manage Fox International Channels, reporting to David Haslingden.

Crown Media Holdings, owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel aligned a new management structure within its senior strategy team and has thus promoted four executives who will all be based at the company’s New York Office.

  • Susanne McAvoy promoted to EVP/Marketing to manage the creative services, online and digital team headed by Marvin Dorson. She is responsible for all facets of the company’s brand and integrity for the networks. Susanne will continue to supervise all areas of marketing for the company including consumer, ad sales and affiliate sales marketing.
  • Michelle Vicary named to EVP/Programming to oversee all lifestyle and original programming, production, acquisitions and schedules for both networks. Additionally, the original production department headed by Barbara Fisher will merge under Michelle to create a single programming and production department.
  • Laura Lee was upped to SVP/Distribution to head a team that implements new and current distribution deals on behalf of both networks.
  • Ed Georger promoted to EVP/Advertising Sales and GM of Hallmark Movie Channel. Ed will head advertising sales and now manage the overall strategy for Hallmark Movie Channel working with all departments.

pigFACTORY Music
, an independent publishing and licensing company elevated Adam Wolf to VP/Creative, up from Senior Creative Director. In this new position, Adam will have oversight for all facets of marketing and licensing the company’s music for film, television, interactive and advertising. Adam will also seek out new songs and catalogs to join picFACTORY’S roster.

NBC Universal tapped Melissa Lavigne-Delville for the newly-created role as VP/Strategic Insights for Women at NBCU. Melissa will direct NBCU’s female-targeted ad sales, marketing and research division to find the key ways to communicate to women. Melissa will further be a resource and advisor on generational insights, cultural trends and societal shifts. She will report to Tony Cardinale, SVP/Strategic Insights, NBCU’s Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks.

Joshua Mintz appointed to SEVT/Telemundo Entertainment with Telemundo Communications Group, effective immediately. Joshua will oversee the full entertainment development and programming strategy for the Telemundo Network. He will report to Don Browne, President, Telemundo. Adriana Ibanez as EVP/Programming will continue in her role where she manages programming and scheduling strategy for the Telemundo network and international cable network. She will report to Joshua Mintz.

Former Miramax Films executive Michael Luisi takes on a new position at World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. as EVP/Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, starting next Monday. Michael will become a key part of WWE’s senior management team heading business and legal affairs functions. Michael will report to Vince McMahon, Chairman/CEO, WWE.

Friday Fun Fact:  The term “anchorman” was coined with regard to the respected Walter Cronkite on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, likening his lead position to that of an anchor on a relay team. For a time in Sweden, TV news anchors were called “Cronkiters” in his honor.

This day in History:  1904 – The distress signal “CQD” was established. Two years later “SOS” became the radio distress signal because it was quicker to send by wireless radio.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  On what primetime show did the host use bikini clad women’s bodies as cue cards? THE DEAN MARTIN SHOW (naturally) Kudos to: Steve Kurtzer-Zimmerman/Ft. Lauderdale; John Kukla-Fox/Dallas; Dennis Aimino-ABC/LA

Today’s Trivia Question: If you are so lucky to be the happy recipient of coveted The Winthrop Cup Award, who are you?    (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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SITUATION WANTED:  EXP. REALITY PRODUCER:    Post and Field. 3 Emmy Noms. Consults/Writes Pitches & Sales tapes. LA based, works everywhere. [email protected] (1/12)

SITUATION WANTED:  Experienced TV PRODUCER with MBA: I have an MBA and 9 years experience as a TV Producer.  Ideally looking for a position that integrates content and brands.  Also open to other opportunities. [email protected] (1/12)

E-mail [email protected]  or call Trish Pihonak at 203.381.9096 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email [email protected]  for specs.


ABC:   Supernanny, Primetime: What Would You Do? 20/20
AZTECA:  Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS:  Medium, CSI: NY, The Mentalist [r]
CW:   Smallville [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX:  The Cotton Bowl:  LSU vs. Texas A&M
ION:  Without a Trace, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds
NBC:  Minute to Win It, Dateline NBC
PBS:  Washington Week, Need to Know, Masterpiece Classic
TELE: Aurora, El Fantasma de Elena, Alguien Te Mira
UNIV: Eva Luna, Triunfo del Amor, Rosa de Guadalupe

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