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Good morning. It’s Friday May 3, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Friday’s Premiere:
IFC: Maron at 10p

Friday’s Finale:
ABC: Happy Endings at 8:30p

Saturday’s Premiere:
TLC: Twisted & Listed at 10p

Saturday’s Finale:
FOX: Cops at 8p
Sunday’s Premiere:
Food Network: Iron Chef America: Tournament of Champions at 10p

Sunday’s Finales:
ABC: Red Widow at 10p
CBS: The Amazing Race at 8p; The Mentalist at 10p
Food Network: Chopped All-Stars at 9p
Style: Jerseylicious at 8p



ION’s viewership has increased more than any other
top 20 rated cable network’s over the past four years, with ION Television
ranking #1 among Adults 25-54 & 18-49 in AUDIENCE GROWTH!


Source: ION analysis of copyrighted Nielsen data, 4Q’12
Learn more at

MTV Networks is teaming up with Usher, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nick Cannon and Darren Criss to surprise worthy college students across the country with a Random Act of mtvU. Starting Monday, May 6, and premiering throughout that week, MTV, MTV2 and mtvU will air segments in which hardworking, civic-minded students are surprised with grants and gifts from the networks as well as appearances from some of the biggest celebrities in pop culture. Each segment will premiere on MTV during the 4p hour and subsequently run on MTV2 and mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network. The “Random Acts” include $24,000 in tuition funding, to VIP passes for the students to see their favorite artists.


ABC‘s cop shop drama Rookie Blue makes its season four premiere on Thursday, May 23 at 10p. In the opener, Andy and Nick return to 15 Division from undercover duty to find their personal and professional lives in disarray.

TV Land summer lineup starts to sizzle on Wednesday, June 19. Hot in Cleveland kicks things off at 10p, with a special event in scripted programming: a live broadcast. At 10:30p The Exes returns for its third season. Ending the night at 11p is The Soul Man. In the new season, Cedric will return to the format that catapulted him to superstardom-  stand-up comedy: he’ll end each episode performing a two-minute set in front of the studio audience.

ABC Family kicks off new comedy Wednesdays on May 29 starting at 8p. Melissa and Joey will have its third season premiere, as Joe pursues a new job opportunity, sending Mel into a panic when she realizes he may actually leave. Season two of Baby Daddy follows at 8:30p as Ben tries to convince Riley he’s changed his playboy ways. At 9p, Dancing Fools, the ultimate comedy reality studio dance show, debuts. The show is hosted by Baby Daddy’s Melissa Peterman.

Lifetime‘s Drop Dead Diva returns for a fifth season with 13 new episodes on Sunday, June 23, at 9p. John Ratzenberger will reprise his role as Kim’s father, while Jamie Ray Newman returns as Grayson’s ex-fiancee Vanessa. The network’s new drama Devious Maids will debut immediately following Drop Dead Diva.

Syfy series Haunted Collector investigates the home where Hollywood legend Orson Welles once lived on Wednesday, May 8 at 9p. Paranormal expert John Zaffis and his team reveal the odd events that took place when home owner Joe Liebke first screened the Welles’ classic Citizen Kane for friends. Academy Award-winning musician Paul Williams, who once lived in the house, also appears in the episode.

Zodiak Americas has announced a partnership with acclaimed showrunner and reality producer Jeff Apploff (Hardcore Pawn, Celebrity Wife Swap) and his company Apploff Entertainment. Under the terms of the agreement, Apploff will create new, unscripted formats to be co-produced with Zodiak in the US and distributed internationally by Zodiak Rights. Zodiak has a long history with Apploff, who created and produced nearly 150 hours of the RDF/Zodiak game show-Don’t Forget the Lyricsfor both Fox primetime and Twentieth Television syndication.

Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GVE) has announced a new licensing partnership with Sonar Entertainment, Inc., a developer, producer and distributor of television series, mini-series and movies for the global television marketplace. GVE and Sonar had worked together under a distribution agreement since 2009. As part of the new licensing deal, GVE has the rights to distribute Sonar’s catalog and new release titles. The licensing partnership continues through September 15, 2015.

May 3 is the deadline for entries in the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards competition for expanded awards recognition in the category of Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media and newly created category of Outstanding Interactive Program. The Juried Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media has been expanded this year to include four areas of competition: multi-platform storytelling, original interactive program, social TV experience and user experience and visual design. “The award recognizes the fact that network teams are now being built to handle this content. It’s such a deep part of the strategy behind creating instant engagement, as well as a tool for marketing tool and advertising,” Lori Schwartz, Governor of the Interactive Media Peer Group, tells Cynopsis.

President Obama has named Tom Wheeler to head the U.S. Federal Communication Commission. Wheeler, managing director at Core Capital Partners LP in Washington, succeeds Chairman Julius Genachowski. Wheeler needs confirmation from the Senate before joining the FCC. Mignon Clyburn, the commission’s senior Democrat, will serve as acting agency head until Wheeler’s confirmation.


Dwayne Johnson
and Mark Wahlberg are teaming up on a new pilot for HBO, a half-hour dramedy about the lives of retired athletes living in Miami. Johnson is set to star in the untitled project. Entourage’s Stephen Levinson will pen the script and serve as executive producer with Wahlberg, Johnson, Dany Garcia and Peter Berg. HBO is planning to begin production in the fall.


BBC America has renewed conspiracy clone thriller Orphan Black for a second season. The show, from Temple Street Productions, will return with 10 new episodes as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014.


Two new cops are joining the force at ABC‘s Rookie Blue. Priscilla Faia joins the cast as rookie Chloe Price, while Rachael Ancheril is set to play training Officer Marlo Cruz.

Does someone you know desperately need a home makeover? The team of experts on Oprah Winfrey Network‘s show Home Made Simple wants to spruce up some lucky participants’ home decor, tackle repair projects, or organize an upcoming celebration or event. To nominate someone you know, email: [email protected].


A New Season on Smithsonian Channel™
Crimes that shocked the world.
The science that changed it.
Sundays at 9 pm et/pt
Smithsonian Channel™
For more information, contact Mary Ellen Bottone at
[email protected].

Broadcast Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of April 22, 2013)
ABC: GMA 5.74 million total viewers; 1.8/12 and 2.09 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.92 million total viewers; 1.7/12 and 2.03 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.98 million total viewers; 0.9/6 and 1.06million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (Sunday, April 28, 2013)
CBS: Face the Nation 3.18 million total viewers; 0.8 and 888,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.49 million total viewers; 0.7 and 779,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.34 million total viewers; 0.5 and 646,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.81 million total viewers; 0.4 and 426,000 A25-54
FOX: FOX News Sunday 1.13 million total viewers; 0.4 and 419,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX came out on top Wednesday night delivering a 2.9/9 among A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX’s American Idol ranked #1 at 2.7/9, while CBS’ Survivor: Caramoan ranked #2 at 2.4/8. ABC’s Modern Family took over the lead from 9 to 9:30p at 3.6/10, followed by FOX’s American Idol at 3.0/8. At 9:30, FOX’s Idol went back into first place at 3.2/9. CBS’ Criminal Minds was second at 2.4/7. At 10p, CBS’ CSI took over the top spot at 1.9/5. Tied for the second spot were ABC’s Nashville and NBC’s Chicago Fire at 1.7/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

FOX: 7.1/11         American Idol 7.1/11

CBS: 6.2/10       Survivor: Caramoan 5.9/10, Criminal Minds 6.5/10, CSI 6.2/10

ABC: 4.4/7          The Middle 4.6/8, Family Tools 3.7/6, Modern Family 6.1/9, How to Live with Your Parents 4.0/6, Nashville 3.7/6

NBC: 3.9/6            The Voice 3.8/6, Law & Order: SVU 3.9/6, Chicago Fire 4.1/7

UNIV: 2.1/3         Porque el Amor Manda 1.8/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.5/4, Que Bonito Amor  1.9/3

CW: 1.5/3             Arrow 1.8/3, Supernatural 1.2/2

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

ION: 0.6/1             WWE Main Event 0.8/1, National Security 0.4/1

UMA: 0.3/0            Cineplex WED [7p start r] 0.2/0, Futbol Central 0.2/0, CONCACAF Liga de Campeones  0.5/1

A18-49:  FOX 2.9/9,  CBS 2.2/7, ABC 2.2/7, UNI 1.6/5, NBC 1.6/5, CW 0.9/3, TELE 0.8/2,  ION 0.3/1, UMA 0.2/0


Peter Levinsohn is joining Universal Pictures as President and Chief Distribution Officer. Levinsohn last served as President of New Media and Digital Distribution for Fox Filmed Entertainment. In his position, Levinsohn will oversee worldwide home entertainment, new media and digital strategy, technology, and international and domestic television distribution. 

Michael Berkman has been named Vice President and Creative Director of Fusion, the new network from ABC and Univision. Berkman will lead creative development across linear, digital and mobile platforms. A 15 year industry veteran, Berkman has managed a wide variety of teams and won multiple awards for his work with AMC, IFC, MTV, MLB, Discovery, WE and more.

WorldNow, the online technology, content and revenue-solutions company for local media, has expanded its reach to include Social Media services and has hired Piers Mathieson as Social Media Director. Mathieson has built communities and brand strategies for numerous clients in the music and entertainment industry.

Cindy Sivak has joined Classic Rock Society of America in the newly created position of Vice President/Content & Talent and Executive Producer. Sivak will be responsible for overall CRSA programming and music industry outreach, including curating its archive of radio shows and artist interviews, booking of musical talent, and executive producing its live streaming Pay-Per-View concert series. Sivak previously headed Sivak Entertainment, producing content for TV, radio, and digital.


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Friday Fun Fact: TiVo was developed by Jim Barton and Mike Ramsay through a corporation they named Teleworld. It was later renamed TiVo Inc.

This Day In History, sponsored by Velocity. Drive Your Passion: 1991 – The original primetime soap opera Dallas aired its final episode on CBS.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: The name of the restaurant Rosanne co-owned on the sitcome Roseanne was the Lanford Lunch Box. Kudos to: Emily Calamita-Cinecal Productions/NYC; Michael Hochman-MPH Creative Services/Upper Moreland, PA; Synda KollmanCharter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Dana K. Craig-Atlas Media Corp./NYC; Adam Leston-WDJT/Milwaukee, WI; Lucina Bonilla-Weigel Broadcasting Co./Chicago, IL; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Angst Productions Inc./Los Angeles,CA; Joslyn Paul-CBS Entertainment/Studio City, CA; Jason Koyama-Acento Advertising/Santa Monica, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question:  What was the name of the detective agency owned by Maddie Hayes on Moonlighting? (Email 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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JOB OPENING: DIR PR/Showtime/NYC: Oversee dev of media campaigns for orig. prog. Serve as Unit Pub on key series in NY. 5-7 yrs of TV publicity exp. at network/studio a must. Submit resume at (5/10)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL ANALYTICS MGR/SHOWTIME/NYC: Generate metric reports for Showtime Anytime using Adobe & internal systems. Translate complex data & test results to share with all levels across the company. Apply (5/10)

JOB OPENING: CREATIVE SERVICES PROD DIR/AMCN/NYC: Mng daily ops of on-air special projects for corp & all networks,liaison w/ multiple departments, handle budgets,great communicator,multi-tasker,detail-oriented, 6+ yrs prod mgmt exp. CLICK HERE (5/10)

JOB OPENING: PR COORDINATOR/Travel Channel/NY: Support VP Communications & PR dept. administrative needs, including press clips. 1-3 years exp in PR, preferably in tv or related field. Apply: Req. 3645 (5/9)

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JOB OPENING: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MGR/FOX NEWS/NYC: focus on growth & digital analytics. Work w/internal teams to optimize strat for all digital properties. Knwldg Omniture/Comscore/Nielsen req’d. Apply: (5/8)

JOB OPENING: DATA SOLUTIONS ASSOCIATE/Univision/NYC: BA/BS & 1-2 yrs media research experience. Analyzes, compiles rsrch reports, and data preparation across platforms (Television, Radio, Digital). Apply [email protected] (5/8)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL AD OPS COORD/NBCUniversal/NYC: Seeking an exp’d Digital Ad Ops Coordinator responsible for managing cross-platform campaigns running on, and Position#9958BR (5/7)

JOB OPENING: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/THE WEATHER CHANNEL/ATL: 8+ yrs live TV/copy edit/write/produce. 2 opngs: 1.Oversee morning programming/Network Exp a must. 3am-12pm 2. Wknd EP/cable or ntwrk bckgrnd. Apply: (5/7)

JOB OPENING: MKTG MGR/TIME INC/NY: PEOPLE’s Digital Aud Dvlpmnt team seeking mktr to promote first suite of entry level digconsumer rev products, acquire subscribers through online mktg campaigns at cost effic ROI. 5+ yrs exp. Apply here: (5/7)

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JOB OPENING: AE, DIGITAL MEDIA TRAINING/NYC: Seeking AE with 2+ yrs. exp. in TV, Radio, Print or digital space to sell digital sales training programs. Apply to: [email protected] (5/7)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/THE WEATHER CHANNEL/NYC & LA: Partner w/ ACCT MGR to dvlp Sales Strategy for TWC Media Solutions advertisers/prospects. Cable Sales Planning Exp, Strong excel knwlg req’d as well as VC!/MediaMath. Resumes to: [email protected] (5/7)

JOB OPENING: VP, CREATIVE DIRECTOR/Comedy Central/NYC: Leading creative brainstorming sessions with CC SVP, Editorial Director, Art Director and producers. BA Deg & 7-10 yrs writing/prod/shooting exp. Apply here (5/7)

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ABC: Happy Endings, Happy Endings, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss, Vegas, Blue Bloods
CW: Nikita, Supernatual [r]
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares, Touch
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
MyTV: Monk, Monk
NBC: Fashion Star, Dateline NBC, Rock Center with Brian Williams
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Great Performances, Broadway or Bust
Telemundo: Pasion Prohibida, La Patrona, El Senor de los Cielos
UMA: Superheroe, Objetivo Invisible
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, Amores Verdaderos, Que Bonito Amor

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