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Good Morning.  It’s Friday, November 16, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Hosts of the latenight talkers could be coming back early next month, as behind-the-scenes talks are happening with reps from shows Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Night With Conan O’Brien, according to Variety.  No word on an official return date has been posted, though December 3 and December 10 were mentioned as possible resume production dates. Who will write the host monologue, or if there will even be a monologue – remains a question.  These clandestine talks (okay, not so clandestine any more) also suggested that since no one wants to be the first show to come back during the strike, two or more shows from different networks may return on the same date. There is precedent for the late night shows to continue even during a work stoppage – Johnny Carson returned to his late night job before the last strike ended. No doubt the late nighters are hoping the WGA will see this move as a Carson, and not an Ellen.

While all of this gets hammered out, non-WGA workers on the latenight shows are still being paid … for now. Earlier, NBC said it would pay its latenight staff only through November 16 but producers lobbied to keep people on the payroll and the network agreed for at least two more weeks. Letterman’s Worldwide Pants production company will pay staffs on his show and Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson at least through the end of the year. Likewise, Comedy Central continues to pay its latenight support staffs.

Tonight’s Premieres:
MTV: The Kentucky Kid at 10p
Sunday’s Premieres:
FUEL TV: The Great Wide Open at 830p
HBO: Mayweather/Hatton 24/7 at 10p
Sunday’s Finales:
FOX: The Simpsons at 8p
WE tv: Girl Meets Cowboy at 10p


Veteran journalist Walter Cronkite joins Retirement Living TV starting next Tuesday. Cronkite will present weekly editorials titled Cronkite Commentaries as part of the two-hour Daily Cafe program airing daily from Washington, D.C. The first commentary will be introduced by current CBS News Anchor Katie Couric.

Bravo’s fourth season opener of Project Runway Wednesday night (10p) was this show’s largest premiere yet, attracting 1.98 million A18-49 viewers and 2.89 million total viewers.

The next court series, Judge Karen from Sony Pictures Television has been cleared in 45% of the country for a fall 2008 launch in first-run, national syndication. Stations in top markets with station groups Tribune, CBS and Weigel have picked up the show featuring Miami-born Judge Karen Mills-Francis.

The Africa Channel made a national affiliation deal with Time Warner Cable, which grants the network distribution through Time Warner Cable systems to more than 13 million U.S. households.


Casting Call: FremantleMedia North America and CMT will host open auditions for the new music competition series Can You Duet? on January 12, 2008 in Nashville. The series will premiere next spring and its goal is to find the next great singing team. Contestants will perform as part of a singing duo and the judges (to be announced) will serve as mentors to help guide and develop the singing teams. Interested contestants can also submit a video tape. For information on the Nashville open casting call and video submissions, visit or call 866-800-6539.


Sue McNamara moves to CBS Radio as SVP/Sales starting November 26, coming from Interep where she was EVP/GM of CBS Radio Sales. In her new position, Sue will lead national and local sales as well as seek out new business and elevating business relations between CBS Radio and its key clients.

Zephyr Media Group promoted Roger Delaney to VP/Media up from VP/Media Director.

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences elected new officers and Vice Chairman, John Shaffner, Production Designer, Shaffner Stewart is the Television Academy’s new Chair elect. John replaces outgoing Chairman Dick Askin. Other offices elected include: Vice Chair – Nancy Bradley Wiard, Governor, Daytime Programming and Second Vice Chair  Brian Seth Hurst, Governor, Interactive Media. Those re-elected for second terms include: Secretary  Sheila Manning, Commercials Peer Group; Treasurer  Donna Kanter, Writers Peer Group; and Los Angeles Area Vice Chair  Hal Eisner, Los Angeles Peer Group. Terms for the new officers begin January 2008.


Today in Cynopsis Kids

  • Empire Film Group develops family movies with Gerry Anderson (the other one)
  • Burton pacts with Disney to direct two 3D movies
  • DreamWorks Animation ups two at the top

Today in Cynopsis International

  • MSNBC to be distributed in Southern Africa on Free2View TV
  • ImaginAsian Entertainment to debut new The ImaginAsian Center on December 7 
  • November 28 as international day of solidarity for WGA strike

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

  • Beowulf pops on IMAX 3D screens, 4 Dreamworks Animations next to the platform
  • auctioning off props and other goodies from hit shows
  • Midtown Manhattan to be wired, courtesy of CBS

Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS was the champ Wednesday night at 3.5/9 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, ABC’s Pushing Daisies won with 3.1/9, while CW’s America’s Next Top Model was second at 2.6/7. Then at 9p, CBS’ Criminal Minds at 4.3/11 was a tenth of a rating point ahead of ABC’s Private Practice at 4.2/11. CBS was a full point in front of the nearest competition at 10p as CSI:NY did a 3.8/10.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 (November Sweep Day 14) – National Final ratings.  Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 7.8/13         Kid Nation 4.6/7, Criminal Minds 10.1/16, CSI: NY 8.8/15

ABC: 6.4/10         Pushing Daisies 5.7/9, Private Practice 7.8/12, Dirty Sexy Money 5.5/9

FOX: 4.5/7           Back to You 4.6/8, ’til Death 4.6/7, Kitchen Nightmares 4.3/7

NBC: 4.1/7          Phenomenon 3.8/6, Bionic Woman 4.0/6, Life 4.5/7

CW: 2.7/4           America’s Next Top Model 3.4/6, Gossip Girl 2.0/3

UNIV: 2.3/4        Amar sin Limites 1.7/3, Destilando Amor 3.1/5, Don Francisco Presenta 2.1/3

MNT: 0.7/1         Decision House 0.8/1, Meet My Folks 0.6/1

TELE: 0.6/1        Madre Luna 0.7/1, Esclava Isaura 0.6/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.4/1

A18-49: CBS 3.5/9, ABC 3.4/9, FOX 2.9/8, NBC 2.3/6, CW 2.0/5, UNIV 1.9/5, MNT 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1



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Friday Fun Fact: 
In the original 1933 movie of King Kong, his roar was a lion’s and a tiger’s roar combined and played backwards. Cool, huh!

This Day in History: 1959 – The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music opened on Broadway

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Shiloh Ranch, the setting of the TV series The Virginian (1962-1971), could be found in what state? WYOMING  Kudos to:  Kipley; Rev. Mr.Mark Wajda-Diocese of Orlando/Boynton Beach, FL; Kathy Barbieri-MW Media Group/NY; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NY; Jackie Blumer-CharterMedia/St. Louis, MO; Skip Engle-Editech Inc/Omaha, NE; Kyle Krebs-KLTY/Dallas; Lorrie Shilling-DIRECTV/El Segundo, CA; Nick Monroe-KGTV/San Diego, CA; Coleen Raymann-Disney/Burbank; Cammie Buerry-Marshall-Fenn Five Star/Las Vegas; Jack Krayson-SCTV/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  This series began in 1963 and was based on a 1947 movie of the same name. The show’s premise: A young Minnesota woman becomes the housekeeper for widowed Congressman with two sons. What was the name of this show?   (
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Friday, November 16, 2007

ABC: Men in Trees, Women’s Murder Club, 20/20
CBS: Ghost Whisperer, Moonlight, Numbers
CW: Friday Night Smackdown!
FOX: The Next Great American Band, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
ION: Movie: Song of Hiawatha [7p] Movie: The Fixer
MNT: Movie: Rocky III
NBC: Deal or No Deal, Friday Night Lights, Las Vegas
PBS: Washington Week, Now, Bill Moyer’s Journal, Do You Speak American? [r]
TELE: Madre Luna, La Esclava Isaura, Pecados Ajenos
UNIV: Premios Tv y Novelas 2007

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