Friday, November 17th, 2006



Beats Heroes, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, The CMA Awards, Criminal Minds,
Survivor, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Brothers & Sisters

Available exclusively from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution

Source: NTI Explorer, broadcast prime.  Season=09/18/06-11/12/06 MC US AA%.  Week=11/06/06-11/12/06, Ties Lost.



Good morning. It’s Friday, November 17, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

When the music stops everyone take an empty seat.  Discovery Communications has tapped David Zaslav, President/NBC Universal Cable and Domestic TV and new Media Distribution, as its new President and CEO.  Holding open the exit door for Zaslav is Randy Falco, President/CEO NBC Universal TV Group, who yesterday was appointed CEO of Time Warner’s AOL.  Zaslav, who officially picks up the reins at Discovery in early 2007, takes over for Judith McHale. In the interim period, John Hendricks, Founder and Chairman, Discovery Communications, will serve as acting CEO.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Style Network: Split Ends at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
VH1:  Ice-T’s Rap School at 9p
HBO:  Real Time with Bill Maher at 11


Clear Channel Communications has agreed to be purchased by private equity firms for the sum of $18.7 billion and will sell all 42 of its TV stations. The TV stations are in 25 medium- to small-sized markets, reaching a total of 8 million U.S. homes. Clear Channel also has plans to sell its stable of 448 radio stations not included in the top 100 markets. Mark Mays, CEO and Randall May, President will remain to manage the company.
So you say you’re a fan of Fox’s recently pulled series Justice?  Good news for you. FOX will move Justice to Fridays and air four new episodes on December 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 8p.

And for those Vanished fans, while the show has officially been moved off the primetime schedule, starting today, FOX will make the last four episodes of Vanished available online via FOX On Demand at and on MyFoxLocal station websites in 24 markets. The episodes will appear on four consecutive Fridays: November 17, 24 and December 1 and 8, with streaming beginning at 1201a.

Also from Fox – the network has ordered six more episodes of Standoff, and Til Death has been given a full season pickup of 22 episodes.

Having trouble keeping up with the primetime broadcast moves?  Get yourself a primetime schedule at – it’s a quick download is right there on the home page.
BET‘s new primetime series American Gangster, from Asylum Ent.,  will debut on November 28 at 10p.  Narrated by Ving Rhames, American Gangster profiles notorious figures and the impacts of their crimes, and placing the person’s crime in the context of Black history and community. 

SCI FI Channel ended its third season of Ghost Hunters Wednesday night by scaring up 1.2 million A18-49 viewers and 1.1 million A25-54 viewers. New episodes will come back in 2007.

On December 11, Nielsen Media Research will launch a new service which will measure nationally distributed VOD content using the same National People Meter samplings. Clients will receive household and demographic data as well as other audience information. With this new service, clients will be able to compare the performance of programs airing on traditional channels to the same programs on-demand. The VOD reporting will be given to clients who add a special watermarking or audio code technology software that identifies targeted on-demand titles. New broadcast and cable network programs that are played back via VOD are included now in Nielsen’s time-shifted viewing ratings; however, only if the program and advertising duplicate the original live telecast.
Peak Broadcasting LLC has cemented a deal to purchase seven radio stations in Fresno from the CBS Corporation for $90 million in cash. The agreement involves KMJ-AM, KFPT-AM, KWYE-FM, KSKS-FM, KFJK-FM, KOQO-FM and KMGV-FM. Peak will begin programming the stations in December through a time brokerage agreement and also plans on moving its headquarters to Fresno.
Cynopsis Poll:  Will you watch the OJ Simpson special on Fox scheduled for Nov 27 and 29?  To respond, simply click reply to this email, and put OJ in the subject.


Showtime has ordered up a third season of Weeds, with 15 new episodes beginning production in the spring and debuting next summer. Weeds is produced by Lionsgate.

ABC has ordered a tenth season of The Bachelor from Next Ent and Warner Horizon.  The next installment could be on the air by spring.

MTV’s Logo has ordered six episodes of Exes and Ohs, a scripted comedy about lesbian friends and relationships, from Blueprint Prods.  Based on the short film The Ten Rules: A Lesbian Survival Guide, production begins this week in Vancouver and will premiere in 2007.  Exes and Ohs follows the adventures of Jennifer (Michelle Paradise), a documentary filmmaker, and her search for Ms. Right in Seattle, WA.

Fox has ordered a script from Nuyorican Prods for a drama project called Brethren about a former gang member turned defense attorney. According to Variety, the story is based on the life of Isaac Guillen who will work as a consultant on the project.


Carat Media Group Americas has hired Joi Tyrrell and has appointed Alex Alonso as Co-Directors/Carat Multicultural for Carat USA. Specifically, Joi will be Director/Carat Multicultural, East where she will supervise operations for the New York, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta offices. Alex will be the Director/Carat Multicultural, West overseeing operations for the Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco and Dallas offices.

Stacey Adams has been named VP/Current Programming, CBS Entertainment, reporting to David Brownfield, SVP/Current Programs. Stacey will oversee the creative direction of CBS series The Class, CSI, and CSI: Miami. She will also oversee the new CBS drama 3 Lbs, which she developed and championed during her three years at CBS Paramount Network Television.

HRP has several new promotions: Kevin Meade has been made Director/Programming Research handling all information pertaining to syndicated programming for the company’s clients. In addition, Rachel DiCola is the new Gold Team Associate Research Director and Nina Patel has been bumped to Programming Associate.

Peter Levinsohn has been named President of News. Corp’s Fox Interactive Media. Peter steps in to fill the office of departing President, Ross Levinsohn (no relation), who announced his resignation.

Stephen Nagler has joined HorseRacing TV as Senior Producer/Live Programming, effective December 1. Stephen will be involved in the network’s coverage of live horse racing in addition to in-studio productions.
Touchstone Television has a slew of new hires and promotions in its various creative departments: Michael McDonald and Nicole Norwood have been upped to VP/Drama Development; both will be involved with drama development reporting to Morgan Wandell, SVP/Drama Development. Carolyn Cassidy has joined as VP/Comedy Development and Patrick Maguire has been promoted as Executive Director/Comedy Development, with both reporting to Jodie Platt, VP/Comedy Development. Furthermore, in the Current Department, Stephanie Leifer comes back to the company as VP/Current and Nne Ebong has been hired as Executive Director/Current.
In addition to expanding its sales operation by opening a new Detroit office, The CW has named Michelle Castle as Director/Detroit Sales. Michelle reports to Rob Tuck, EVP/Sales and Planning.
E-Poll Market Research has expanded the position of Mary Ann Farrell, SVP/Research to include product development including new methodologies, syndicated and custom products and custom market research services. To support this move, the company has hired Susan Butler as VP/Research to oversee the full service research team. Additionally, the company has hired Laura Kalb and Janet Marchal and has promoted Sean Fannin all as Senior Research Directors reporting to Susan Butler. E-Poll has also opened a New York office and has appointed Shannon Audino as Director/Client Development and Christian Kounine as Manager/Client Development. Both report to Michelle Waxman, SVP/Corporate Development.

Comcast Cable welcomes Andrew Baer as its new Chief Information Officer.  Baer is responsible for creating Comcast’s internal IT strategy that brings technology together to meet overall business needs and objectives.  He also will oversee the integration of the IT organizations in cable systems recently acquired by Comcast.  Baer reports to Dave Scott, EVP/Finance and Administration. 


MyNetwork TV Ratings for Week #10 – 11/6-11/12/06:
                          A18-49          HH            Total HH
Desire :                 0.4/1         0.7/1         779,000                          
Fashion House:       0.4/1         0.7/1         811,000                        
Source: NTI, Galaxy Explorer, Live + Same Day
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 10/30-11/5/06 ranked by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (King World)                       8.8 AA
Oprah Winfrey Show (King World)                  7.7 AA / 7.8 GAA
Jeopardy (King World)                                   6.9 AA
Everybody Loves Raymond (King World)         5.5 AA / 7.3 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CBS Paramount)         5.4 AA / 5.5 GAA
Dr. Phil Show (King World)                             5.3 AA / 5.4 GAA
Judge Judy (CBS Paramount)                         4.8 AA / 7.2 GAA
Seinfeld (Sony)                                             4.4 AA / 5.0 GAA
Friends (Warner Bros.)                                   3.6 AA / 4.2 GAA
Live with Regis and Kelly (Buena Vista)            3.5 AA
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data
New M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 10/30-11/5/06 ranked by HH Rtg
Rachael Ray (King World)                                2.0 AA (debuted 9/18)
According to Jim (Buena Vista)                        1.9 AA / 2.1 GAA (debuted 9/18)
Scrubs (Buena Vista)                                      1.6 AA / 1.8 GAA (debuted 9/18)
Still Standing (Twentieth Television)                 1.5 AA / 1.8 GAA (debuted 9/11)
Cristina’s Court (Twentieth Television)              1.3 AA / 1.7 GAA (debuted 9/20)
Dr. Keith Ablow (Warner Bros.)                        1.0 AA / 1.0 GAA (debuted 9/11)
Judge Maria Lopez (Sony)                                0.9 AA / 1.3 GAA (debuted 9/11)
One on One (CBS Paramount)                          0.9 AA / 1.1 GAA (debuted 9/11)
Greg Behrendt Show (Sony)                             0.8 AA / 0.8 GAA (debuted 9/12)
Megan Mullally Show (NBC Universal)                0.8 AA / 0.8 GAA (debuted 9/18)
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 10/30-11/5/06 ranked by A18-49
Oprah Winfrey Show (King World)                   3.0 AA / 3.0 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (King World)          2.9 AA / 3.7 GAA
Seinfeld (Sony)                                              2.7 AA / 3.0 GAA
Friends (Warner Bros.)                                   2.5 AA / 2.8 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (King World)                        2.3 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CBS Paramount)          2.2 AA / 2.2 GAA
That ’70s Show (Carsey-Werner)                     2.2 AA / 2.8 GAA
King of Queens (Sony)                                    2.1 AA / 2.8 GAA
Dr. Phil Show (King World)                              2.0 AA / 2.0 GAA
Jeopardy (King World)                                    1.8 AA
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data
New M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 10/30-11/5/06 ranked by A18-49
According to Jim (Buena Vista)                        1.1 AA / 1.2 GAA (debuted 9/18)
Scrubs (Buena Vista)                                      1.0 AA / 1.2 GAA (debuted 9/18)
Still Standing (Twentieth Television)                 0.8 AA / 0.9 GAA (debuted 9/11)
Rachael Ray (King World)                                0.7 AA (debuted 9/18)
One on One (CBS Paramount)                          0.6 AA / 0.7 GAA (debuted 9/11)
Cristina’s Court (Twentieth Television)              0.5 AA / 0.6 GAA (debuted 9/20)
Dr. Keith Ablow (Warner Bros.)                        0.4 AA / 0.4 GAA (debuted 9/11)
Greg Behrendt Show (Sony)                            0.4 AA / 0.4 GAA (debuted 9/12)
Megan Mullally Show (NBC Universal)               0.4 AA / 0.4 GAA (debuted 9/18)
Judge Maria Lopez (Sony)                                0.4 AA / 0.5 GAA (debuted 9/11)
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data

Wednesday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC was #1 Wednesday night with a 4.8/12 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS was second at 4.4/11, and then NBC 3.3/8, FOX 2.5/6, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 1.7/4 and TELE 0.4/1. ABC swept away the competition at 8p with Dancing with the Stars Results Show Finale delivering a 7.0/18. CBS’ Criminal Minds led at 9p with 4.9/13. The series premiere of Day Break on ABC was #2 in the time period with a 4.0/10, followed by the season debut of NBC’s Medium with a 3.3/8. CBS was on top at 10p with CSI: NY at 5.1/14, while the second half of NBC’s Medium premiere came next at 3.7/10 and the second half of ABC’s Day Break premiere followed at 3.4/9.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 SWEEP DAY #14 time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

ABC       10.5/16      Dancing with the Stars Results Show – The Finale 17.5/27, Day Break [p] 7.0/11

CBS        8.8/14         Jericho 5.8/9, Criminal Minds 10.4/16, CSI: NY 10.2/17

NBC        5.5/8          The Biggest Loser 3.9/6, Medium [p] 6.2/10

FOX        4.3/7           Bones 5.0/8, Bones [r] 3.7/6

CW         2.6/4           America’s Next Top Model 3.1/5, One Tree Hill 2.2/3

UNIV      2.2/3           La Fea Más Bella 2.5/4, Mundo de Fieras 2.0/3, Don Francisco Presenta 2.1/3

TELE      0.6/1           Marina 0.6/1, Amor Mio 0.5/1, Amores 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.5/1

A18-49: ABC 4.8/12, CBS 4.4/11, NBC 3.3/8, FOX 2.5/6, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 1.7/4, TELE 0.4/1

Friday Fun Fact: 
To most of us, pointing your finger toward the side of your head making a circle, means “you’re crazy.”  In Argentina it means you have a phone call.  

The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1558-Queen Mary I of England dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.  Elizabeth I’s long reign was arguably the most prosperous and glorious in English history.  It was marked by the staging of many of Shakespeare’s plays, the voyages of Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, and the beginning of English efforts to settle the New World.  After the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, English naval superiority erased the threat of a Spanish invasion, insuring the island nation’s peace and prosperity.

Today is also the anniversary of Richard M. Nixon being quoted as saying: “… people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

Answer to Monday’s Trivia Question: Sometimes it was on his head, the next episode on his fingers or hand, but this running visual gag of wearing a bandage on some part of his body in each episode was part of which show and with whom? LES NESMAN/WKRP    Kudos to:  David F Metz-Scripps Productions/Knoxville; Bruce Kalinowski-WOIO TV/Cleveland; Jeff Grimshaw-PetNet TV/DC; Mark Lowden-Azzurro HD/NY; Matt Rankin-WDAF/Kansas City; Kristin Staskowski-Marketron International/Birmingham AL; Robert Teinowitz-Live Action Media/Chicago; Joan Lee-The CW/Tucson; Calvin Brown Jr-Just Jordan/N Hollywood; Richard Levine-AT&T Operations Inc/LA; Rob Baker-Infinity Media, Inc/LA; Steven Weisbaum RN-Saint Johns Health Center/Santa Monica

Today’s Trivia Question: A married couple on what Primetime show once played a married couple in a film which also starred Julia Roberts? ( 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, November 17, 2006

ABC:   Grey’s Anatomy [r], 20/20, Barbara Walters Special [r]
CBS:   Ghost Whisperer, Close to Home, Numb3rs
CW:    Friday Night Smackdown
FOX:   Vanished, Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy
i:        Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Charlie’s Angels, Diagnosis Murder
MNT:   Desire, Fashion House
NBC:   Deal or No Deal, Las Vegas, Law & Order
TELE:  Marina, Amor Mio, Amores, Decisiones
UNIV:  La Fea Mas Bella, Mundo de Fieras, 15 Años – Noticiero Univision: Testigos de la Historia 


It was a true test of manhood,
even for the women and children.

The true story of the Pilgrims is far more complex
and intriguing than we learned as children.
It is an epic tale filled with
real drama, tragedy and inspiration.

The Untold Story of The Mayflower

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The History Channel.



I’ve found the on going discussion about internships very interesting.  As someone  who graduated only a couple years ago I can safely say that I wish I’d been able to do more internships.  One semester I worked part time, went to school full time,  and  did a twenty hour a week unpaid  internship.  It was a wonderful experience, but I had to rake out an extra student loan.  The next semester I worked, went to school full-time and took a paid internship at my school.

That extra student loan, while only a few thousand dollars, has made stretched my entry level paycheck to near breaking, making me second guess my great experience once a month.

Other recent graduates I know, while grateful for their own internship experiences, are actually bitter towards interns in their places of work, because they feel the unpaid laborers depress their own wages.  And after speaking to several people who began in the industry ten years ago, and discovering that they were being paid almost what my friends and I are being paid (even though inflation is 4% a year, and you couldn’t get an assistant job nowadays without a cell phone and it’s accompanying bill).

So yes, internships are great.  But the actual cost to the individual who works an unpaid internship may be higher in the long run than you think.

M. Dobbs

This past Summer, my company decided to hire two interns for the first time.  The experience for the interns and the company was great.  We used the interns as more than just “go-fers” and received the nicest letters of thanks from both of them.  We did pay them for their time as one came from the U.K. and the other from upstate New York.  They were extremely appreciative but would have taken the internship even if we didn’t compensate them.  The point is, an internship is the proverbial “foot in the door” and something students should realize doesn’t always pay.  If they need the money, then an internship may not be the right direction for that particular student.  On the other hand, companies using interns have a responsibility to treat their interns with respect and not only use them to do menial jobs like getting coffee and answering phones.  It is part of their education and not providing them with an opportunity to learn from their experience does them a disservice, and is looking at them as “free labor”.  At minimum, interns should be reimbursed for their transportation and be given lunch.  An internship is a “win-win” for both the intern and the company when it is done right.

Barry Katz
Senior Vice President/General Manager
NEP Studios

Suzy Noel Benfatto’s comment “Even Slaves were given some food and housing” as a comparison to today’s interns is an insult to the memory of those who actually were slaves and to the intelligence of anyone who has ever picked up and read a U.S. History book. The treatment of slaves in this country and other parts of the world is well documented as being one of the worst atrocities against humanity and is far worse than anything any intern will ever experience. No matter how an intern is treated at any company, the fact still remains that interns have the basic freedom to choose whether or not to continue their employment, paid or otherwise. Slaves did not. The situation may suck for interns and may be due for a change (or not), but let’s not get carried away with our analogies.
Dominica Myers
Burbank, CA

I noted the email from Hank Bordowitz, as I too, also have taught as an Adjunct Professor at Ramapo College. What makes my experience as a former intern as well as teacher who has guided students into professional internships in the broadcast field different from him, is that I was also a student at the college.

When I interned, there was no intern program at my school in the early 90’s. I had to seek out possible internships on my own, cold calling and hitting the pavement in NYC and in NJ. The fact that an internship was unpaid was yes, a burden, for someone like me who wanted desperately to get into the business, but couldn’t afford to pay to commute into NYC on a daily basis since I was paying for college on my own. But I worked part-time, attended school part-time and worked in my internship full-time.

Any full-time internships offered were unpaid, accept for gas and tolls, and usually meant working long hours, over holidays, overnights and weekends. However, I was lucky enough to land an internship on the Dick Cavett Show when CNBC’s primetime was in its infancy. The relationships I developed, the work produced and the education I received as an intern at CNBC while Roger Ailes was running the place, is something I will never forget. I give great credit to that experience for helping me get a foot in the door for a career in television.

Here I sit, 15 years later, after toiling in the trenches as a Director in cable, O&O, post house and many agencies in the New York market, being in a position to supervise the internship process and I am continuously disappointed in the general “what’s in it for me” attitude I see from many intern applicants. I find the majority to be apathetic, disinterested, and always looking for a way out of doing a task, no matter how large or small they are (and believe me, I don’t ask interns to buy me coffee or pick up dry cleaning like many talent asked me to do when I was interning.)

As for diversity, perhaps because I work in the NY area, I have been fortunate to have applicants from all races, creeds, sexual preference and colors work for me and the companies I hire for.

I encourage my students, kids of friends interested in joining the media field and anyone who asks me “how do you get into television” with the same thought, get an internship early in your college career and really dedicate yourself to learning anything and everything. Be proactive and ask “is there anything I can do?” Help yourself to learning and being an extraordinary intern.

For those willing to sacrifice to join an industry that is one the most financially rewarding and exciting ones in the world, I think it’s all about the stuff people are made of. Isn’t it?

Jill Schuck
Director, Broadcast Operations
Medco Health Solutions

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