Friday, May 31st, 2013


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Good morning.It’s Friday May 31, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Friday’s Premieres:
ABC: What Would You Do? at 9p
Animal Planet: Treehouse Masters at 10p
WEtv: Bridezillas at 8p, Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas at 9p, Pregnant & Dating at 10p

Friday’s Finales:
Syfy: Merlin at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
BIO: Celebrity Ghost Stories at 9p, The Haunting of… at 10p
Nat Geo Wild: Fish Tank Kings at 9p
OWN: The Golden Sisters at 10p

Saturday’s Finales:
Bet on Your Baby at 8p
BBCA: Orphan Black at 9p, The Nerdist at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
AMC: The Killing at 8p
Animal Planet: Call of the Wildman at 9p, Top Hooker at 10p
Bravo: The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8p, Princesses: Long Island at 9p
Destination America: BBQ Pitmasters at 9p
E!: Keeping Up with the Kardashians at 9p, The Wanted Life at 10p
Food: Food Network Star at 9p

Sunday’s Finales:
History: Ax Men at 10p


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ABC News reveals new details in the Alabama hostage case that riveted the nation on 20/20, Friday, May 31 at 10p. ABC’s 20/20 will air the exclusive audio tapes of the confrontation with the bus driver seconds before he is shot; audio of the 9-1-1 call from a student in the back of the bus; and audio of the final ranting phone call from kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes as the standoff was coming to its conclusion.

It’s almost time for more ballet drama. The CW Network‘s Breaking Pointe, the docu-series that follows the world of ballet through rehearsals and stage performances, returns on Monday, July 22 at 9p with new dancers and a new production. The second season will focus on Salt Lake City’s Ballet West. Leading the main company, once again, is Artistic Director Adam Sklute, a former dancer with The Joffrey Ballet.

Crown Rules apparently doesn’t! CNBC has pulled the reality series, after its first two episodes drew fewer than 50,000 viewers. The show was hosted by jewelry designer Kendra Scott and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan.

Industry buzz has been that Disney/ABC might be considering a syndicated talk show led by Robin Roberts, the popular Good Morning America co-host. Roberts, however, has nixed the rumors, insisting there’s no project in development for her or talks taking place about one.


Alec Baldwin will be the on-air host for National Geographic Channel’s weekly Night of Exploration programming block, beginning Friday, June 14 at 8p. Baldwin’s segments will appear in the United States and globally in 171 countries and 38 languages. His hosting duties kick off with new series Crossing the Ice, which follows two Australian adventurers as they attempt to become the first to tackle the perilous journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back.

Revision 3 has acquired Internet video icon Philip DeFranco‘s portfolio of online video channels and ventures, DeFranco Creative. As part of the deal, DeFranco will become a member of Revision3’s programming leadership team, serving as Senior Vice President, Phil DeFranco Networks and Merchandise. DeFranco is the force behind such popular shows and channels as The Philip DeFranco Show, SourceFed and The Vloggity.

National Geographic Channel has announced its June to August programming slate, which includes five new series. Battleground Afghanistan (from Markus Vernon Davies; premiering Monday, July 1 at 9p) looks inside the Afghan Conflict through the eyes of the American Marines in Afghanistan. Eyewitness War (from Karga Seven Pictures; premiering Monday, July 1 at 10 and 10:30p) follows the Army, Navy, Drug Enforcement Administration, Coast Guard and other forces through the chaos of battle with first-person footage. Inside: Secret America (from National Geographic Television; premiering Wednesday, July 10 at 10p) explores America’s most controversial issues, from guns to drugs to the paranormal. Inside the American Mob (from Left/Right; premiering Sunday, July 28 at 10p) reveals the capers and cadavers that compose the history of the mob in America. Doomsday Castle (from Sharp Entertainment; premiering in August) focuses on Brent on his 10 kids, who build a castle in the South Carolina woods that will serve as a bunker in case an electromagnetic burst results in a massive power outage.

~ Q&A ~

As of tomorrow, the cable network formerly known as GMC TV (formerly the Gospel Music Channel) will be changing its name to UP. We asked President & CEO Charley Humbard to explain the thinking behind the decision, and the industry feedback so far.

How are you letting your audience know about UP’s new name?
They won’t find out until they turn on the TV Saturday morning. We’ll have a new lower bug on the screen, and the programming guides will reflect that what was GMC and is now UP. We will stress that the programming hasn’t changed.

Why did you feel a change was in order?
We had gotten one-on-one feedback from some advertisers and cable operators that the name wasn’t as clear as it could be. My instincts told me this was a good idea. Nielsen focus groups told us that it tested off the charts. So we felt like it was the right direction.

What’s been the advertiser reaction?
It’s been fantastic. When we presented to MediaVest, they broke into applause.

You have a new World Premiere Movie in July (Saturday, July 13 at 7, 9 and 11 p.m.) called Perfect Summer with Eric Roberts. We heard there was some excitement at the shoot.
Yes; Crew members saw two men who were caught in a rip current. Two of the film’s water safety patrol jumped in and rescued them.

~ FYI… ~

Two years after taking home the Decade of Hotness award at the Guys Choice awards, Jennifer Aniston is set to return to this year’s show as a presenter. Aniston will present the Funniest M.F. award to her pal Jimmy Kimmel. The show tapes on June 8 at Sony Pictures Studio in Los Angeles and will premiere on Spike TV on Wednesday, June 12.

Jennifer Lopez, Executive Producer of ABC Family‘s new original series The Fosters, will participate in a live Twitter chat during the East Coast feed of the series premiere on Monday, June 3 at 9p. Fans are invited to ask Lopez questions about the series via @JLo and should include the hashtag #TheFosters in their tweets.

You still have time to submit to Cynopsis Digital’s Model D Awards, taking place this November, to honor the excellent creators and companies powering the online video content and advertising industries.


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A sampling of the powerful line-up of speakers:
Kathryn Friedrich, Head of Video Strategy/Americas [Google/YouTube]
Jeffrey Hinz, Managing Partner, Digital Director [MediaCom]
Brian Hunt, Head of Creative Development [Yahoo!]
James Rooke, VP Advisory Services [FreeWheel]

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Vali Chandrasekaran
, former producer of 30 Rock, has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Chandrasekaran had spent recent months focusing on his own development efforts; among them, The Marathon Times, which was set up at ABC during the last development cycle.

Brillstein Entertainment Partners has inked a two-year, first look deal with ABC Studios. The pact comes weeks after ABC picked up the Brillstein/Plan B drama Resurrection for the 2013-14 season. Robin Schwartz, formerly of Regency TV and the founding president of OWN, heads to Brillstein’s TV division as the new president. She replaces JoAnn Alfano, who has been named executive producer on Resurrection.


Animal Planet has renewed its most watched series, ordering a sixth season of River Monsters. The show’s fifth season finale on Monday drew a series-high 2.2 million viewers.


Tracy Morgan has been tapped to star in the FX comedy series pilot Death Pact, from FX Productions. He’ll play a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero. Production begins this summer in New York or New Jersey.

Jenna Elfman is in talks to join the upcoming NBC comedy The Family Guide. She would replace Parker Posey, who left the project after it was ordered to series. The show centers on a family brought together by divorce. Elfman would play the ex-wife.

AXS TV is looking for a new face for their one hour daily show, AXS Live. Candidates must be in the mid-20s to mid-30s age range, well-versed in the worlds of pop culture, music and entertainment, and most importantly, quick on their feet and comfortable with live television. Contact Robin Roth at 310-312-0856 or [email protected]. Include videos with all submissions.


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Awards Event:November 2013 (NYC)

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Tuesday A18-49 Analysis:  NBC and FOX tied for the lead among A18-49 viewers on Tuesday with a 1.9/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance was #1 at 1.9/6, followed by NBC’s The Voice at 1.8/6. At 9p, NBC’s The Voice led at 3.2/9. Univision’s Amores Verdaderos was #2 at 2.0/5. Telemundo’s El Senor de los Cielos and Univision’s Que Bonito Amor tied for the top spot at 10p at 1.3/4, while ABC’s Body of Proof trailed at 1.2/3.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:Tuesday, May 28, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.9/8        NCIS  [r] 6.0/10, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 5.5/9,  Brooklyn DA 3.2/5

NBC: 4.2/7          The Voice 4.2/7, The Voice 6.8/11, The Office [r]1.7/3

ABC: 4.1/7           Extreme Weight Loss  3.0/5, Body of Proof 5.2/9

FOX: 3.1/5           So You Think You Can Dance 3.1/5

UNI: 2.0/3            Porque El Amor Manda 1.9/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.4/4, Que Bonito Amor 1.8/3

ION: 1.2/2            Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds  1.2/2, Criminal Minds  1.3/2

TEL: 1.0/2            Pasion Prohibida 0.8/1, La Patrona 1.1/2, El Senor de los Cielos  1.2/2

CW: 0.4/1             Hart of Dixie [r] 0.5/1, America’s Next Top Model [r] 0.3/0

UMA: 0.2/0           Cineplex [7p start] 0.3/0, Heroes Del Norte 0.2/0, Rosario Tijeras 0.2/0

A18-49: NBC 1.9/6, FOX 1.9/6, ABC 1.2/3,  UNI 1.6/5, CBS 1.1/3, TEL 1.0/3, ION 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1, UMA 0.2/0

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX came out on top Wednesday night delivering a 2.3/7 among A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX’s Master Chef ranked #1 at 2.1/7, followed by Univision’s Porque el Amor Manda at 1.6/5. FOX’s Master Chef remained in the top spot at 9p at 2.5/7. Univision’s Amores Verdaderos was second at 1.9/6, followed by NBC’s Oklahoma: Healing Heartland at 1.9/5. At 10p, Telemundo’s El Senor de los Cielos and Univision’s Que Bonito Amor tied for #1 at 1.3/4. CBS’ CSI followed at 1.2/3

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:Wednesday, May 29, 2013 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

NBC: 4.2/7       Dateline NBC 4.7/8, Oklahoma: Healing Heartland 5.4/9, Chicago Fire [r] 2.4/4

CBS: 4.0/7      American Baking Competition 3.4/6,  Criminal Minds [r] 3.7/6, CSI [r] 4.9/8

FOX: 3.4/6      Master Chef 3.2/6  Master Chef 3.5/6

ABC: 2.8/5           The Middle [r] 2.8/5, Family Tools 2.5/4, Modern Family [r] 3.1/5, How to Live with Your Parents 2.8/4, ABC’s The Lookout 2.8/5

UNI: 2.0/3       Porque el Amor Manda 2.0/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.4/4, Que Bonito Amor  1.7/3

TELE: 1.1/2          Pasion Prohibida 0.8/1, La Patrona 1.1/2, El Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2

CW: 0.8/2           Arrow [r] 0.9/2, Supernatural [r] 0.6/1

ION: 0.7/1             WWE Main Event 0.9/2, Flashpoint 0.5/1, Flashpoint  0.6/1

UMA: 0.2/0           U.S. National Team 0.2/0, Sin Ellas no Hay Paraiso 0.1/0

A18-49:  FOX 2.3/7, UNI 1.6/5, NBC 1.4/4, ABC 1.2/4, CBS 1.0/3, TEL 0.9/3,  CW 0.4/1,  ION 0.3/1, UMA 0.2/1


Fox Sports has named Bill Dallman as Vice President and News Director of Fox Sports 1, the national cable sports network set to launch on August 17. Dallman will oversee the editorial format of Fox Sports Live and manage news gathering operations.

In addition, Fox has announced other hires at Fox Sports Live. Andy Roddick has been named cohost; Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole have been appointed the primary highlight team; Don Bell has been named anchor; and Molly McGrath and Julie Stewart-Binks have been appointed update desk and breaking news correspondents.

Holly Steuart has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of WTVM Columbus, a Raycom-owned ABC affiliate. Steuart, formerly general manager of WHP Harrisburg, will succeed Lee Brantley, who is set to retire on July 31.


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We’ve announced the Cynopsis Kids !magination Award finalists, Kids People Award winners and our 2013 Luminaries… now join us in saluting them at the Awards luncheon!

Date: June 4, 2013
Time: 11:30AM – 2:00PM
Location: The Yale Club of NY

Registration: Pete Romas; 203.899.8483
Sponsorships: Mike Farina; 203.218.6480

Friday Fun Fact: The first documented use of surround sound was for Disney studio’s animated film Fantasia in 1940.

This Day In History, sponsored by Velocity. Drive Your Passion: 1998 – The final episode of The Larry Sanders Show aired on HBO.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: The name of the hospital on St. Elsewhere wasSt. Eligius. Kudos to: Suzanne Semilof-CNBC/Englewood Cliffs, NJ; Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Media/NYC; Charles Mannino-Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications LLC/Eatontown, NJ; Laurie Ulster-A&E/NYC; Sally Sluss-Charter/St. Louis, MO; Jack Hodgson/Stillwater, OK; Jim Hall-True Media/Columbus, MO; Les Stipp-GSD&M/Chicago, IL; Karen WeiserHigh Noon Entertainment/Denver, CO; Alexandra Leh-LaCheraqui Media/Los Angeles, CA; Mitch Messinger-ABC Entertainment Group/Burbank, CA; Tena Hawkes/Tuscon, AZ; Greg Stewart-Evolution Media/Burbank, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question: What position did Sam Malone play for the Red Sox before buying the Cheers bar?(Email trivia@cynopsis.comwith 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: Shark Tank [r], What Would You Do? [p], 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Nikita [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX: Bones [r], The Following [r]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
MyTV: Monk, Monk
NBC: Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize,  Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour
Telemundo: Pasion Prohibida, La Patrona, El Senor de los Cielos
UMA: Futbol Central, Futbol
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, Amores Verdaderos, Que Bonito Amor

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