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Good Morning. It’s Friday, July 7, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Turner’s TNT has picked up the cable TV rights to Sony Pictures film The Da Vinci Code, distributed by Sony Pictures Television.  The film will first be available to TNT in the fall of 2008, according to Hollywood Reporter.  If the old benchmark for TV rights to feature films is still in place, the license fee should run approx 15% of the total US domestic box office, which thru this past Wednesday has earned $211.5 million.  

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


Family Guy, distributed by Twentieth Television, has been cleared to air in 20 major markets on Tribune Broadcasting stations for a fall 2007 off-net syndication launch. Representing 37.8% of the U.S., the markets and stations include: WPIX/New York, KTLA/Los Angeles, WGN/Chicago, WPHL/Philadelphia,  WLVI/Boston, KDAF/Dallas, WDCW/Washington, KHCW/Houston, KCPQ-KTWB/Seattle, WBZL/Miami, KWGN/Denver, KTXL/Sacramento, KPLR/St. Louis, KWBP/Portland, WXIN-WTTV/Indianapolis, KSWB/San Diego, WTIC-WTXX/Hartford, WXMI/Grand Rapids, WPMT/Harrisburg and WGNO-WNOL/New Orleans.
Thinking about placing a couple of last minute spots in Fox’s All Star Game next week?  Too late.  Game’s sold out, according to Jon Nesvig, President of Sales for Fox and he should know.  Fox was able to get CPM increases in the high single digits, with an average 30-second avail going for $375,000. All together the game will generate approx $25 million in revenue.

Two new series coming to BET: 

  • In partnership with Interscope A&M Records, BET will take a candid look at the life of singer Keyshia Cole in a new reality six-part series, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, set to debut July 12 at 9p. The show will chronicle details of her turbulent, inner city upbringing to being on stage and headlining her U.S. tour at the age of 21 to forming her own record label.
  • DMX: Soul of a Man, a new 6×30 reality series, will air on BET on July 12 at 9:30p.  The sometime controversial rapper/actor reveals his past’s harsh realities, the conflicting dualities of his present, and his future hopes as he tries to leave his rap persona behind when he movies from Brooklyn to the open desert ranges of Carefree, Arizona.

SCI FI Pulse, the broadband channel of SCIFI.COM, will premiere two original series two weeks before their linear debut on the SCI FI Channel. On July 13, viewers will get a sneak peak at the series Amazing Screw-On Head, about a secret agent robot that can screw his head on a number of different bodies then battle entities who threaten civilization. After watching the pilot, produced by Kickstart Productions, viewers can fill out an online survey from NBC Universal’s research department about the show. Viewer input will reportedly influence whether or not the program is greenlit as a full series for the SCI FI Channel or not. Also premiering on SCI FI Pulse on July 13 is the six-episode Darkplace, a British cult favorite medical drama from horror author Garth Marenghi and produced by Avalon Television. Both series are set to debut on the SCI FI Channel on July 27.
TLC will get into the marriage-saving business as they debut a new series, One Week to Save Your Marriage on July 24 at 10p. Hosted by psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig, this one-hour show will air in TLC’s family and parenting block, and will attempt to save the marriages of couples on the verge of separation and divorce. Each episode will look at one couple’s struggles and how they have put themselves in Dr. Ludwig’s program for one week to try to salvage their relationship. The show is produced by BBC Productions USA.

Univision will debut its newest primetime novela, Heridas de Amor (Wounds of Love), on July 11 at 7p.  Jacqueline Bracamontes will portray the young and beautiful Miranda as she waits for her fiance Fabricio (José Luis Resendez) to return from his studies in Europe to get married. The only problem, Fabricio is indeed coming home to get married, but not to Miranda … he’s plans to marry her sister (Karla Alvarez) instead.

The multi-platform lifestyle network, LIME – healthy living with a twist – will introduce a number of new original series this summer and fall, starting with:

  • Pure and Simple with Michel Nischan, premiered July 5. This weekly series travels with chef Michel Nischan as he discovers the freshest ingredients worldwide, then prepares healthy dishes in his own kitchen.
  • Mind, Body and Soul, premieres July 10 and airs Monday-Friday at 730p. A 30m show which examines natural health practices and alternative therapies, including new and ancient treatments.
  • Romancing Your Palate, premieres July 11 at 8p. Hosted by author and flamenco dancer, Patricia Fine, this series will enliven your taste buds in a spicy way.
  • A Balanced, Natural Pregnancy with Dr. Andrea Pennington, premieres August 3 at 8p. This program will chronicle holistic doctor and lifecoach, Dr. Andrea Pennington’s journey as she goes through a completely natural pregnancy and labor process.
  • Juiced, premieres August 8 at 830p. A magazine-style show that gives an assortment of tips and trends on leading a balanced, healthy life.
  • Simply Green with Danny Seo, premieres September 7 at 8p. Eco-stylist Danny Seo gives tips on how to save money, time and the environment by making your life more “green.”
  • Pulse! with Oz Garcia, premieres October 3 at 8p. In this series learn Dr. Oz Garcia’s secrets on how to look, feel and function 10 years younger.

The nominations for the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced early yesterday, and the list is – as is tradition – causing some to celebrate and others to shake their heads in disbelief.  Who was nominate and who wasn’t nominated is a favorite topic this time of year .  Adding fuel to the discussion is the Academy of Television Arts & Science’s decision to create a so-called blue ribbon panel to finalize the list of nominees for best comedy or drama series, and best actor/actress. Not found on the list – Lost or any drama series on CBS for the best drama series; My Name is Earl is absent from the best comedy series list as is Desperate Housewives; no actors from The Sopranos, House or The Shield, and no shows from the WB or UPN in any of the top categories. You be the judge – the show, hosted by Conan O’Brien, will air on NBC Sunday, August 27 at 8p, live from the Shrine Auditorium in LA. An abbreviated list of the top categories including best drama or comedy series, can be found at under the Editions: Cynopsis tab. A full list of categories and nominees can be found at


Formerly of Hallmark Channel, David Evans has joined RHI Entertainment, where he will supervise the company’s new global media operations and develop new channels.
Starting July 10, Dan Shelley will be the new Executive Editor/Digital Media for WCBS-TV and Dan will be charged with expanding the use of all available digital platforms including local news content and advertising on the website.
Heather Rim has been upped to VP/Communications, Human Resources at ABC, Inc., effective immediately. She will report to Jeffrey S. Rosen, SVP/Human Resources.
The DiMA Group has appointed Mary Healy as Director/Program Development to manage activities around the company’s many digital and on-demand initiatives. She will report to Pat Dunbar, President


Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/19-6/25/06 ranked by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (King World)                      6.8 AA
Oprah (King World)                                     5.7 AA / 5.8 GAA
Jeopardy (King World)                                 5.6 AA
Everybody Loves Raymond (King World)          4.9 AA / 6.2 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (Paramount)               4.6 AA / 4.7 GAA
Seinfeld (Sony)                                          4.6 AA / 5.8 GAA
Dr. Phil (King World)                                    4.5 AA / 4.5 GAA
Judge Judy (Paramount)                               4.5 AA / 6.8 GAA
That ‘70s Show (Carsey-Werner)                   3.5 AA/ 4.7 GAA
Inside Edition (King World)                            3.1 AA / 3.1 GAA
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/19-6/25/06 ranked by A18-49
Seinfeld (Sony)                                          2.9 AA / 3.7 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (King World)          2.6 AA / 3.2 GAA
That ’70s Show (Carsey-Werner)                   2.4 AA / 3.1 GAA
Oprah (King World)                                      2.2 AA / 2.2 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (King World)                       1.8 AA
Entertainment Tonight (Paramount)                1.8 AA / 1.9 GAA
King of the Hill (Carsey-Werner)                     1.7 AA/ 2.1 GAA
Dr. Phil (King World)                                     1.5 AA / 1.6 GAA
King of Queens (Sony)                                  1.5 AA/ 1.8 GAA
Judge Judy (Paramount)                                1.5 AA/ 2.2 GAA
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data

Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX wrapped up another Wednesday night win with 3.6/11 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. NBC came next with 2.9/9, then CBS 2.3/7, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 1.2/4, WB 0.8/2, UPN 0.7/2 and TELE 0.4/1. At 8p FOX did some fancy footwork with So You Think You Can Dance? to beat out the others at 3.0/10. FOX’s dance show also won for its second half at 9p with 4.2/12, yet the competition was fiercer as NBC’s America’s Got Talent came right behind at 4.0/12. The final hour brought in a first place for CBS with a repeat of CSI: Miami at 2.8/8.
Live + Same Day Ratings: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

NBC     5.8/11   America’s Got Talent [r] 4.5/8, America’s Got Talent 7.3/12, Law & Order [r] 5.6/10

FOX     5.7/10    So You Think You Can Dance? (2 hours) 5.7/10

CBS     4.4/8     Rock Star: Supernova (1.5 hours) [p] 3.5/6, CSI: Miami [r] 5.1/9

ABC     2.4/4    George Lopez [r] 3.3/6, Freddie [r] 2.7/5, Lost [r] 2.0/3, Lost [r] 2.1/4

UNIV   2.0/3    La Fea Más Bella 2.2/4, Barrera de Amor 2.1/3, Don Francisco Presenta 1.5/3

WB       1.2/2    Blue Collar TV 1.7/3, Blue Collar TV [r] 1.6/3, One Tree Hill [r] 0.8/1

UPN     1.1/2   One on One [r] 1.1/2, All of Us [r] 1.2/2, Eve [r] 1.2/2, Cuts [r] 1.1/2

TELE   0.6/1   Tierra de Pasiones 0.8/1, Amores De Mercado 0.6/1, Decisiones 0.6/1

A18-49:  FOX 3.6/11, NBC 2.9/9, CBS 2.3/7, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 1.2/4, WB 0.8/2, UPN 0.7/2, TELE 0.4/1

Friday Fun Fact:  A bird’s eye takes up about 50 percent of its head, our eyes take up about 5 percent of our head. To be comparable to a bird’s eyes, our eyes would have to be the size of baseballs.

The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1948: Six female reservists become the first women to be sworn into the U.S. Navy. The 1948 Women’s Armed Services Integration Act establishes a permanent presence for women in all branches of the armed forces.

Answer to Yesterday’s trivia question: In what film did the attorney refer to his defendants as two “utes?” MY COUSIN VINNY   Kudos to:  THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!

Today’s Trivia Question: What game show host was also a great speller having won seven spelling-bees as well as four science fair championships? (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’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.)

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Friday, July 7, 2006

ABC             AFV[r], Kyle XY, 20/20
CBS             NCIS [r], The Unit [r], Numb3rs [r]
FOX             24 [r], 24 [r]
NBC             Dateline NBC, Las Vegas [r], Law & Order [r]
i               Movie: Fun With Dick and Jane, Diagnosis Murder
UPN             Friday Night Smackdown
WB              What I Like About You [r],Twins [r], Reba [r], Living with Fran [r]
TELE            Tierra de Pasiones, Amores De Mercado, Decisiones
UNIV            La Fea Mas Bella, Barrera de Amor, Conteo Final a Premios Juventud

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