Friday, June 1st, 2007


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Good morning, it’s Friday, June 1, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.

There is movement in the Bancroft camp regarding the bid made for the Dow Jones & Co., which the Bancroft family owns 25%, and controls 64% of its voting power.  The family issued a statement saying they would like to meet with Rupert Murdoch and find out directly from him if News Corp. would be able to “ensure the level of commitment to editorial independence, integrity and journalistic freedom that is the hallmark of Dow Jones.”  News Corp. made an unsolicited bid in April of $5 billion for Dow Jones, which also includes MarketWatch and Factiva. The family initially seemed cold to the News Corp offer, but has now said it would listen and consider the offer, as well as entertain offers from others.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Travel Channel: Most Haunted Live at 8p (live telecast for 7 hours until 3a)
Saturday’s Premieres:
BBC America: Hex at 9p, The Graham Norton Show at 10p
Food Network: Gotta Get It: Grilling at 10p and Gotta Get It: Entertaining at 1030p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Food Network: The Next Food Network Star at 9p
Lifetime: Army Wives at 10p
Sunday’s Finales:
HBO: Entourage at 10p

ARMY WIVES – A New Dramatic Series Premiering on Lifetime Sunday, June 3rd at 10pm et/pt.



NBC has a busy June planned as the network has several premieres and a big finale scheduled:

  • America’s Got Talent is back for season two starting June 5 at 9p with Jerry Springer as the new host along with Sharon Osbourne as a new judge who joins David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan, both returning from season #1.
  • Last Comic Standing will begin season five June 13 at 9p with a two-hour show sporting new host Bill Bellamy and new talent scouts including Alonzo Bodden, ANT and Kathleen Madigan.
  • The season two finale of Deal or No Deal will air June 18 at 8p featuring special guest star Danny Glover.
  • Immediately following the finale of Deal or No Deal, NBC will premiere the new reality dating series Age of Love with host Mark Consuelos at 9p. 

USA has picked up the cable TV rights to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End from Buena Vista TV, for a reported license fee of $28 million. This is the third Pirates movie acquired by USA.  The third in this trilogy will begin its five year term on USA in 2009, after its Pay TV run on Starz.  The non-exclusive deal also allows for no more than three single runs to be sold to another cable network or a broadcast network.

When the Travel Channel debuts its investigative paranormal series, Most Haunted Live tonight, the network will broadcast live for seven consecutive hours – a first for the network – from one of the most haunted places in America: The Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. The ghostly action will begin at 8p and continue through June 2 at 3a. Besides being on-air, Most Haunted Live will include online components as multiple webcams will stream live images from various areas to give viewers a chance to chart potential supernatural activity and alert the investigators.

After four successful seasons on Sci Fi Channel, Battlestar Galactica from NBC Universal TV Studio will end with 22 new episodes.  The fourth season is scheduled to kick off in November.  An official announcement is expected at a press conference later on today.
Nielsen Media Research launched its commercial ratings service in time to make it part of upfront deals currently being negotiated. Data will be backdated to April 30 covering live, live plus same day and live plus 1, 2, 3, or 7 day viewing for DVR customers, covering broadcast, cable and syndicated programs. Nielsen estimates about 17% of households currently have DVRs. Within these homes, 58% of broadcast primetime viewing still takes place live, with 42% occurring through DVR playback. NBC’s The Office had the highest percentage of viewers watching its commercials when live+3 data was included.

Bravo is gearing up to debut its third night of original programming with a new docu-drama series surrounding the real life of Paula Abdul in Hey Paula on June 28 with two back-to-back half-hour episodes starting at 10p. The seven-episode series will give viewers an intimate look into the pop icon’s life and the people who encompass her world.  And last Wednesday night, Bravo’s finale of Shear Genius at 10p delivered 859,000 A18-49 viewers, 816,000 A25-54 viewers and 1.3 million total viewers.
Northstar Media and Nelligan Sports Marketing are partnering to syndicate two sports specials:

  • The 2007 College Football Preview Show – a one-hour preview of the next college football season, using The Sporting News as an exclusive content provider. This special has cleared in more than 60% of the U.S. on stations from the ABC, NBC, CBS O&O groups, as well as Hearst Argyle, Meredith, Scripps Howard, Fisher and Media General.
  • The 2007 College Basketball Preview Show – a one-hour barter-only program which will highlight the upcoming college basketball season with content provided by The Sporting News. This show is currently cleared in more than 35% of the U.S. on stations from the ABC, NBC, CBS O&O groups, in addition to Hearst Argyle, Meredith, Scripps Howard, Fisher and Media General.



The newest cast member to the long-lived NBC series Law & Order will be Jeremy Sisto, stepping in as Detective with partner Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin), and replacing Milena Govich. No news yet who will replace Fred Thompson as District Attorney.

The CW has ordered 13 episodes of Eight Days a Week, a midseason replacement series starring Mario Lopez and Christina Milian.  The project comes from CBS Paramount Television Network and Warner Bros. TV, produced by Hazy Mills.

Joining the cast of Heroes next season will be Dania Ramirez as Maya, a new hero.  What her hero superpowers will be has not been revealed.

Casting Call: NBC and Telemundo are jointly holding an open casting call for English, Spanish and bilingual-speaking actors, as both network’s wish to add diverse, new faces to their talent pool. The audition will happen June 8 at 10a at the Sawgrass Mill Mall (The Oasis) in Sunrise, FL. Interested actors can visit for more details.
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Telepictures Productions has made several executive appointments:

  • Lisa Hackner has been advanced to the new position of EVP/Creative Affairs. She will supervise all creative efforts on new programs and content development for all distribution outlets. Lisa will manage the company’s creative development and programming team, in addition to producers with overall deals at the company all the while reporting to Estey McLoughlin, President.
  • Sheila Bouttier and David McGuire have both been upgraded to SVP/Programming and Development, reporting to Lisa Hackner. Sheila will continue to oversee The Tyra Banks Show and will work closely with Hackner on the development of other new projects across various platforms. David will continue management of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as well as Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, Showtime at the Apollo and other new current programming. He will also further expand his management of product integrations for Telepictures’ shows.
  • Lauren Blincoe has been hired by the company as VP/Development to work directly with Hackner to develop new first-run series and digital content.
  • Leigh Collier has been assigned to the role of Manager/Programming reporting to David McGuire. She will oversee the Judge Mathis series in addition to The People’s Court and Showtime at the Apollo.



Today in Cynopsis Kids, listen to the audio version here, or subscribe to the iTunes CynKids podcast

  • Harry Potter gets his own theme park
  • Nickelodeon and Marriott join to launch new branded vacation resorts
  • National Geographic Kids Entertainment is developing a TV series based on the book Plantzilla

Today in Cynopsis International, listen to the audio version here or subscribe to the iTunes Cyn Int’l podcast  

  • The History Channel and The Biography Channel to be offered in Germany on maxdome
  • CAV Warner Entertainment Co., takes DVD rights for Prehistoric Park
  • Logo to premiere Curl Girls

Today in Cynopsis Digital, listen to the audio version here or subscribe to the iTunes Cyn Digital podcast

  • RealNetworks is souping up its video player to burn DVDs and CDs
  • EMI becomes the last major label to sign with Google
  • Mahalo hopes web surfers will thank them for reducing search clutter
  • AP signs with Attributor Corp. to step up copyright protection



WEDNESDAY – A18-49 AnalysisFOX strutted into first place Wednesday night with 4.0/12 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance was #1 at 8p with 3.3/11, while the premiere of ABC’s The Next Best Thing came in second with 2.5/8 and the premiere of Hidden Palms on The CW was fifth overall this hour at 0.7/2. During 9p, the second half of So You Think You Can Dance on FOX built to a 4.7/13. Then at 10p, CBS led with a rerun of CSI: NY at 2.9/8.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

FOX       5.7/10       So You Think You Can Dance [2-hours] 5.7/10

CBS        5.6/10        The King of Queens [r] 3.7/7, The King of Queens [r] 3.7/7, Criminal Minds [r] 6.1/10, CSI: NY [r] 7.0/12

ABC        4.2/7         The Next Best Thing [p] 5.0/9, Traveler [r] 3.4/6, Traveler 4.2/7

NBC        3.9/7         Outrageous TV Moments [r] 3.6/7, Outrageous TV Moments [r] 4.0/7, Outrageous TV Moments [r] 4.5/7, Outrageous TV Moments [r] 4.7/8, Medium [r] 3.2/6

UNIV      2.2/4           La Fea Más Bella 2.4/4, Destilando Amor 2.3/4, Don Francisco Presenta 1.8/3

CW         1.5/3          Hidden Palms [p] 1.3/2, One Tree Hill [r] 1.7/3

TELE      0.7/1           Marina 0.6/1, Zorro 0.7/1, Esclava Isaura 0.7/1

A18-49: FOX 4.0/12, CBS 2.4/7, ABC 2.0/6, NBC 1.9/6, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 0.9/3, TELE 0.5/1


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The Wives have their own.

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Friday Fun Fact: Libra (Sept 23-Oct 22), depicted by the Scales, is the only inanimate symbol in the zodiac.

This Day in History:  1938 – Originally a newspaper comic strip, the first issue of the comic book “Superman” appeared in news stands throughout the country. “Superman” was created by two teenagers: Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:  On Reba, what is mascot of the high school where Cheyenne and Van go?  WILDCATS  Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NY; Amy Jackson Martin-WLWC/ Providence; Katie Czyzewic/Pittsburgh; Marni Setless-Media Power Advertising/Charlotte; Sean Droogan-Comcast Networks/Chicago; Jake Vander Linden-Carat/ Philippines

Today’s Trivia Question:  Milton (Uncle Miltie!) Berle’s one hour-variety show premiered in 1948.  It was TV’s first blockbuster hit and for years thereafter he was known as Mr. Television – his publicists never let you forget it.  What was the name of his original 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’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, June 1, 2007

ABC:    AFHV [r], National Bingo Night, 20/20
CBS:    Ghost Whisperer [r], Close to Home [r], Numb3rs [r]
CW:     Friday Night Smackdown!
FOX:    TV’s Funniest Moments (OTO)
ION:    Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Wonder Years, Wonder Years, Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker
MNT:    My Friday Night Movie: Love is All There is [r]
NBC:    1 vs. 100 [r] , Law & Order CI [r], Law & Order [r]
PBS:    Washington Week, Now, Bill Moyer’s Journal, Secrets of the Dead [r]
TELE:   Marina, Zorro, Esclava Isaura
UNIV:   La Fea Mas Bella, Destilando Amor a lo Grande (especial)

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