Friday, November 1st, 2013


Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas
Holiday Movies All Day! All Night!

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Good morning. It’s Friday, November 1, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E: Storage Wars New York at 10p
MTV: Wait Till Next Year at 8p
Showtime: Time of Death at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
WE tv: Kendra on Top at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
A&E: Flipping Vegas at 10p
Animal Planet: Pit Bulls and Parolees at 10p
H2: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About at 9p, Big History at 10p
HGTV: The High Low Project at 2p
ID: I’d Kill For You at 9p
OWN: Iylana: Fix My Life at 9p, Houston Beauty at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Bravo: The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8p
Food: Restaurant Express at 9p
Oxygen: Snapped: Killer Couples at 9p
PBS: Secrets of Selfridges at 8p
Travel: Greatest Mysteries at 9p, America Declassified at 10p
Sunday’s Finales:
Eric & Jessie: Game On at 10p
Lifetime: Drop Dead Diva at 9p



LIVE NEWS at 8pm ET with John Seigenthaler
Reporting On the Day’s Top Stories

AMERICA TONIGHT at 9pm ET with Joie Chen
Go Deeper with Groundbreaking Investigative Journalism

For advertising information, contact Ken Ripley at [email protected]..

Time Warner Cable took a bigger hit than expected from its month-long CBS blackout this summer. The stand-off cost the company 306,000 of its 11.7 million television subscribers, almost double what Wall Street expected, it was revealed in an earnings call. “Not surprisingly, we saw some customers disconnect,” said TWC COO Rob Marcus, who said the bitter battle got better deals for the cable company.


REELZ‘s two-hour documentary about the assassination of President Kennedy, JFK: The Smoking Gun, promises to be explosive. Says REELZ CEO Stan Hubbard, “We believe that the bullet that killed the President was an accidental firing from a Secret Service gun. The information presented in Smoking Gun should change history.” Adds Colin McLaren, author of the book on which the doc is based, “Viewers will see that this is the story of a tragic accident that collides with a foolhardy attempt by an assassin – an accident supported by witnesses, ballistics and forensic science that has been ignored for 50 years.” Show premieres Sunday, November 3 at 8p.

A deal brokered during TV’s upfronts between Turner Broadcasting and Starcom is taking effect now, reports Deadline, which could mean product placement of brands like Burger King and Pop Tarts on TNT, TBS, Adult Swim and TruTV programs. Turner says they’ll “incorporate the brands within shows where the brand integration make sense”; as part of the agreement, the partners will conduct a study to determine the effectiveness of the integrations.

Lady Gaga will host and perform as the musical guest on the November 16 broadcast of NBC‘s Saturday Night Live. Gaga has guested twice before, but this will be her hosting debut.

Fox has launched Fan Friday, allowing viewers the chance to be featured on-air. Timed to the net’s new lineup featuring day-shifted Bones at 8p and Raising Hope, returning for season four at 9p, on Friday, November 15, viewers are invited to submit photos, videos or texts via Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Instagram, answering a question of the week, using #fanfriday.

CBS is in discussions with 20th Century Fox TV for a spin-off of its hit sitcom, How I Met Your Mother, now in its ninth and final season, Deadline was first to report. The project would feature new characters, centering on a woman’s search for her future husband.

YouTube isn’t giving discount deals for TV network content anymore, reports AdAge – nets will get the same ad split as online video producers (with the video-sharing web site collecting 45 percent). A bright spot for the nets: in YouTube’s new model, the company will set a threshold, so content partners can get a bigger share if they collect a higher price for ads. 


TiVo Research and Analytics and digital measurement firm comScore announced a deal with Procter & Gamble for single source research to track the effectiveness of P&G’s cross media campaign. The agreement covers the company’s U.S. media spend for TV and digital, matching media exposure with purchase behavior – designed to give the consumer good giant a better handle on how well, and where, its marketing efforts are working.

Nielsen and CBS announced a trial measuring cross-media campaigns on local radio and television. “In today’s multi-platform advertising environment, it is not enough to set full campaign reach and frequency targets,” said David Poltrack, Chief Research Officer, CBS Corp. “The advertiser must distribute the exposure to their message over time – and in a manner that assures that each potential purchaser is exposed to that message in a consistent manner.”


Fatal Attraction returns to TV One for a sophomore season, with new stories of romance gone horribly wrong. But the docu-series takes pains not to exploit. “There has always been programming that offers romanticized versions of toxic relationships,” D’Angela Proctor, SVP of Programming and Production tells Cynopsis. “It is important to offer insight into these abusive relationships and Fatal Attraction delves into these tragic romances while highlighting the red flags that can often go ignored.” Series returns Monday, December 2 at 9p.

The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall, a doc celebrating the famous comedy club, will air Friday, December 6 at 10p, announced Epix. The Spotted Dog Entertainment production is narrated by Adam Sandler and features a roster of A-list comedians including Judd Apatow, Jerry Seinfeld and Ray Romano.

Sundance Channel is re-broadcasting the episode of interview series Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… featuring legendary rocker Lou Reed, who passed away October 27 at age 71. Show airs Saturday, November 2 at 7p.

Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been added to the performers slate for the American Music Awards. The Dick Clark Productions event airs on ABC Sunday, November 24 at 8p.

Showtime docu-series Years of Living Dangerously will feature celebs traveling the globe to report on climate change issues. Harrison Ford, Don Cheadle, America Ferrara and Lesley Stahl are among the stars scheduled for the program, executive produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger for an April, 2014 premiere.

The CW will broadcast the One Direction iHeartRadio Album Release Party on Monday, December 9 at 9p. The tween sensation’s new album drops November 25. Ryan Seacrest (who else?) will host.

After a successful summer test run, daytime talker The Real has been sold to all Fox owned-and-operated stations for a fall 2014 launch. The one-hour daily chatfest from Telepictures, featuring hosts Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, offers “a real, multi-cultural conversation about issues that women of all ages are talking about,” said Ken Werner, President of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

Please join Cynopsis on Thursday, November 21, for an exclusive training webinar, Leveraging Social Media to Drive Tune-in and Ratings. Featured speakers include Deirdre Bannon, VP Product for SocialGuide; Sumeet Kanwar, Managing Director Midwest & Strategy for OMD; Jake Katz, VP Audience Insights & Strategy for REVOLT, and Dana Ortiz, VP Brand Marketing for Syfy. In this special webinar, you’ll hear about strategies for using social media to spread the word about programming and generate the kind of excitement that boosts viewership.


Matt Passmore (The Glades) will star in a USA Network pilot from Sean Jablonski (Suits). Passmore plays an investment banker out to redefine his life in the Universal Cable Productions project.

Nico Tortorella (The Following) has been added to the cast of upcoming MTV thriller pilot Eye Candy, starring Victoria Justice.

Lifetime backdoor pilot Deliverance Creek has cast Yaani King (Mad Men) as a slave who forges her freedom papers.


NBC can’t get enough of Tina Fey. The SNL and 30 Rock alum, who signed a deal to co-host the Golden Globes for the net, has gotten a straight-to-series order from NBC for a comedy she’s producing with 30 Rock’s Robert Carlock starring Ellie Kemper (The Office). The show, about a woman who escapes a cult, is scheduled for a fall 2014 debut.

Starz has put into development Wonderworld, an FBI drama set in the 1980s, with Owen Wilson exec producing alongside Rene Balcer (Law & Order) and Fred Berner.

Kim Cattrall is shedding her brash, uninhibited Sex and the City persona for the lead role in Sensitive Skin, in production for Canada’s The Movie Network and Movie Central. Cattrall is also an executive producer on the Rhombus Media project about a woman of a certain age haunted by doubts about choices she’s made.

The CW is developing a series with Conde Nast Entertainment based on The Avenger. The project, from CBS Television Studios, is about a young woman with face-altering superpowers investigating the death of her parents.

ABC has project in the works about Yale secret society Skull and Bones, reports Deadline. Drama by Dean Widenmann follows a female FBI agent who discovers a big case is linked to her college past.

Amazon Studios has greenlit its first two drama pilots. Bosch is based on Michael Connelly‘s novels about a homicide detective; The After, from Chris Carter (The X-Files) tells the story of strangers tossed together in violent circumstances. Early next year, pilots will be streamed on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s Lovefilm to gauge viewer reaction.

Join a long list of experts at our November 13 Cynopsis Digital Measurement Summit! This all-day conference will bring together expert speakers on topics including measurement, TV everywhere, data, the second screen, YouTube, and much more! Register your team today:


ITV has ordered I Never Knew That About Britain, a companion to Christopher Winn‘s book series. From ITV Studios production label Potato, the show will explore scientific, political and technical achievements.

Join us for the first annual Cynopsis Digital Model D Awards luncheon on November 12 from 12-2pm at the Grand Hyatt in NYC. Network with your peers and hear about the year’s best online video content. Join award finalists, support your colleagues and network with the best in the industry!


Game 6 of the World Series handed Fox a win in viewers and in the A18-49 demo (5.7 rating/16 share), for its most-watched Wednesday in over a year. 

Against a hot World Series, CBS shows fell to series lows: Survivor sank to 2.3/7 in A18-49, Criminal Minds tied its series-low 2.4/6 and CSI fell to 1.7/5.

ABC‘s The Middle was down to a 2.2 on Wednesday, but gained week to week with M18-34. Against the final innings of the series, Nashville hit a series low, down two tenths to 1.4/4. NBC’s only original airing of the night, Revolution, was flat week to week, with 1.4/4.

The season nine premiere of Little People, Big World earned the TLC reality show its highest rating in key demo A25-54, a 1.2, since its season five premiere

Broadcast Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of October 14, 2013)
ABC: GMA 5.60 million total viewers; 1.7/13 and 2.08 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.70 million total viewers; 1.7/13 and 2.01 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.02 million total viewers; .8/6 and 988,000 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the night among A18-49 viewers with 5.7/16, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with the sixth and final game of the World Series. The game averaged 4.2/14 at 8p to outscore a 2.3/7 for CBS’s Survivor, jumped to 6.1/17 at 9p versus 2.4/6 for CBS’s Criminal Minds, and drove it home with 6.3/17 10p to outscore the 1.7/5 earned by CBS’s CSI.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.



World Series Game 6 11.3/18



Survivor 5.6/9, Criminal Minds 6.9/10, CSI 6.2/10



The Middle 5.2/8, Back in the Game 3.8/6, Modern Family [r] 4.5/7, Super Fun Night 3.3/5, Nashville 3.6/6



Revolution 3.1/5, Law and Order: SVU [r] 2.8/4



Porque Amor Manda 2.1/3, Tempestad 1.6/2, Mentir Para Vivir 1.4/2



Arrow  1.6/2, Tomorrow People 1.1/2



Marido en Alquiler .7/1, Santa Diabla .6/1



WWE Main Event .9/1, Flashpoint [r] .4/1, Flashpoint [r] .4/1



Futbol .2/0, LIGA MX .5/1

A18-49:   FOX 5.7/16, CBS 2.2/6, ABC 1.8/5, UNI 1.3/4, NBC 1.2/3, CW .7/2, TELE .5/1, UMA .4/1, ION .2/0


JV Productions has named Riley Robbins its Vice President, U.S. Development. Robbins had previously been VP of Development for Krasnow Productions.

Viacom International Media Networks has promoted Jill Offman to Senior Vice President, Comedy. Offman will oversee the positioning of Comedy Central and its associated brands outside the U.S.

TVGN appointed Nicole Sabatini as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Beecher Scarlett as Vice President of Ad Sales. Sabatini had been SVP, Marketing for Style Network; Beecher was a senior sales exec for NBCUniversal.


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Friday Fun Fact:
If you leave a goldfish in the dark, it will turn lighter.

This Day In History sponsored by Military Channel: 1968 – The Motion Picture Association of America’s film ratings system took effect.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of Control’s robot on Get Smart (1965-1970)? Hymie (spelling doesn’t count). Kudos to: Jim Maloney-CBS Sports Net/NYC, Barry Schiffer-WJZ-TV/Baltimore, Kevin Moriarty-Rachael Ray/NYC, Jerry Kapner-Kapner Group/Montclair, NJ, Bob Goen-WARM/Cincinnati, Adam Leston-Weigel Broadcasting/Milwaukee, Rich Koz-WCIU/Chicago, Barry Wooley-Telepictures/Chicago, Mike Ritzman-NEXTMedia/Dallas, Dory Melman Petsrillo-Petry Media Corp/Dallas, Matt Rankin-WDAF-TV/Kansas City, Lee Houck-Puget Sound Orchestra/Seattle, Sam Zoda-ITV Studios/LA, Gary Moglovkin-NBC Studios/Studio City, CA, Mike Williams-Ring Partner/Seattle, Sheldon

Today’s Trivia Question – Sixties Sitcom Theme Week – Which two characters were initially left out of the Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967) theme song? (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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ABC: Last Man Standing, The Neighbors, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: The Carrie Diaries, America’s Next Top Model
FOX: MasterChef Junior, Sleepy Hollow [r]
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case 
MyTV: Monk, Monk 
NBC: Why We [Heart] Vampires, Grimm, Dracula
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose, Great Performances
Telemundo: Marido en Alquiler, Santa Diabla
UMA: Sand Serpants, La Seleccion
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, La Tempestad, Mentir Para Vivir

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