Friday, November 20th, 2009



Good morning. It’s Friday, November 20, 2009, and this is your first early morning briefing.  And as always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here.  

Tonight’s Premiere:
TLC: Happily Ever Faster at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
HISTORY: Cowboys & Outlaws at 9p
Animal Planet: The Haunted at 10p

Sunday’s Finales:
Food Network: The Next Iron Chef at 9p
HBO: Curb Your Enthusiasm at 9p

Oprah Winfrey will break her silence today about the fate of her syndicated daytime talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, confirmed a spokeswoman from Harpo Productions Inc. Winfrey will make the announcement during a live segment on her show and is expected to tell viewers her show will end as the 25th season concludes on September 9, 2011. Winfrey’s plans beyond her talk show are unclear, though her new cable network, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture between Harpo Productions and Discovery Communications will likely launch next year, though Discovery has not declared a specific premiere date. 


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Garth Ancier, President, BBC Worldwide America, announced he will depart the company in March 2010. Garth, who has been in this position for three years and credited with increasing the company’s profit in the US by +78% and growing the BBC brand via channels, production, home entertainment and digital, will become a non-executive director of the company.

ABC will premiere the sixth and final season of Lost on February 2, 2010 with a two-hour episode at 9p. Prior to the season opener, ABC will air a one-hour Lost recap special at 8p. ABC also will lock Lost into a new time period for the season on Tuesdays at 9p.

In other ABC news, last night the network launched an original online series, a companion to Grey’s Anatomy called Seattle Grace: On Call via The six-episode docu-series is set at Joe’s Emerald City Bar, the place where the doctors hang out. The series features many of the Grey’s Anatomy regulars such as Gloria Garayua and Brandon Scott. The series will go through January and will frequently continue storylines from the broadcast series.

NBC announced the action/comedy series Chuck will re-join the schedule for a third season on January 10 with two back-to-back new episodes beginning at 9p. The series will move to its regular time slot of Mondays at 8p on January 11. In the new season, several guest stars will make appearances with series star Zachary Levi including Angie Harmon, Brandon Routh, Robert Patrick, Kristin Kreuk, Armand Assante, Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones. Chuck is produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

VH1 is bringing back a second season of its reality competition series Scream Queens 2 slated to debut next year. The series produced by Lionsgate and Joke Productions, Inc. follows ten aspiring actresses as they vie for a breakthrough role in the upcoming theatrical film Saw 3D, also produced by Lionsgate. Each of the actresses will be grilled during a horror film “boot camp” where they take part in physical challenges and learn how to act surrounded by gruesome creatures. Actress Jamie King (My Bloody Valentine, The Tripper) will mentor the actresses and serve as host and judge along with acting coach John Homa and director Tim Sullivan.

Bravo is sticking with the matchmaking business, serving up a third season of its docu-series The Millionaire Matchmaker starting January 19 at 10p. In the new season, matchmaker Patti Stanger finds herself engaged as she continues creating perfect matches for her wealthy clients. The Millionaire Matchmaker is produced for Bravo by Intuitive Entertainment and Bayonne Entertainment.

Discovery Health takes on the topic of pregnancy combined with unusual circumstances in the new docu-series I’m Pregnant and … opening December 1 at 930p. Over the course of six episodes the series will explore six stories of pregnant women facing drastic situations such as I’m Pregnant … and Addicted, I’m Pregnant … and 55, and I’m Pregnant … and in Prison. The series is produced by Sirens Media.

G4’s newest series Campus PD takes viewers behind the scenes with officers who patrol college campuses and strive to keep students safe. Premiering December 9 at 11p with ten 30m episodes, Campus PD visits five colleges in Tallahassee, FL, San Marcos, TX, Cincinnati, OH, Chico, CA and Greenville, NC. Campus PD is produced by Cineflix (Campus) Inc. exclusively for G4.

Television reality show American Gladiators will morph into a theatrical live-action film written by screenwriter Peter Iliff. The film version of American Gladiators will be out in theatres in 2011 and produced by Scott Mednick (300, Superman Returns, 10,000 BC). Creator of American Gladiators, Johnny Ferraro will serve as executive producer.


NBC combines food with competition in a new series that also touts one of the largest grand prizes among all reality shows. NBC gave a series order to Magical Elves (Top Chef) for United Plates of America (wt) where the grand prize winner will establish their own chain of restaurants with four locations around the US. United Plates of America will watch as restaurateur wannabes compete to be the one chosen by a panel of wealthy investors from the worlds of business and cooking. The participants will be judged on their restaurant theme, menu, marketability and their capability of managing a staff. The panelists and premiere date for the show will be announced at a later date.

A&E Network cast two more in roles for its upcoming drama pilot Sugarloaf, cites THR. Kiele Sanchez and Carlos Gomez were added to the project about Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore), a Chicago cop who gets fired after being shot by his ex-captain who wrongfully accused him of having an affair with his wife. Sanchez will play a romantic love interest for Jim while Gomez will play Jim’s golf partner, friend and colleague. Fox Television Studios is producing.

Tim Matheson will direct the first episode of FOX’s new 60m series Jack and Dan, starring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford, per THR. Additionally, Diana-Maria Riva will co-star in the 13-episode series, playing head detective Lt. Katherine Anderson, Jack and Dan’s boss, and Dan’s former partner. Fox Television Studios produces.


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Wednesday  A18-49 Analysis: CBS was the top network Wednesday night winning all time periods among A18-49 with an overall 3.1/9, according to final national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, CBS was first with 2.3/7 for the average of Old Christine and Gary Unmarried and tying for second place was ABC for the average of Modern Family repeat and The Middle and FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance at 2.1/6 each. CBS’ Criminal Minds posted a 3.7/10 at 9p and ABC’s comedies Modern Family and Cougar Town averaged a 3.4/9 at #2. CBS continued its successful streak through 10p with CSI: NY at 3.2/9 with ABC’s In the Spotlight next at 2.3/7 and NBC’s The Jay Leno Show in third at 1.4/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 (November Sweep Day 21) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 7.3/12          Old Christine 4.6/8, Gary Unmarried 4.4/7, Criminal Minds 8.6/14, CSI: NY 8.7/15

NBC: 4.7/8             Mercy 5.1/8, Law & Order: SVU 5.6/9, The Jay Leno Show 3.3/6

ABC: 4.6/8              Modern Family [r] 3.8/6, The Middle 4.2/7, Modern Family 5.4/9, Cougar Town 4.9/8, In the Spotlight 4.6/8

FOX: 3.9/6            So You Think You Can Dance 3.5/6, Glee 4.3/7

UNIV: 2.2/4           En Nombre Del Amor 2.1/4, Sortilegio 2.5/4, Don Francisco Presenta 2.0/3

CW: 1.8/3            America’s Next Top Model 2.4/4, America’s Next Top Model 1.2/2

ION: 0.6/1            Ghost Whisperer 0.6/1, Ghost Whisperer 0.6/1, Criminal Minds 0.6/1

TELE: 0.6/1         Mas Sabe El Diablo 0.8/1, Ninos Ricos 0.5/1, Victorinos 0.5/1

A18-49: CBS 3.1/9, FOX 2.7/7, ABC 2.6/7, NBC 2.0/6, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 1.3/4, TELE 0.6/2, ION 0.3/1


Bill Shaw tapped for the duel role as SVP of Cordillera Communications and President/GM of KVOA/Tucson, the NBC affiliate. Bill takes the helm on December 7, joining from the Tribune Company where he was VP/GM of WGN America for the last six years.  After the 7th, feel free to holler Bill’s way via email
or phone 520.884.4607.  Congrats Bill – the East Coast will miss you!

Catherine Balsam-Schwaber was added to iVillage as SVP/Marketing, joining from MTV Networks. Catherine will head all of iVillage’s brand strategy and marketing activities, reporting to Jodi Kahn, EVP, iVillage.

Steve Tseckares was appointed SVP/Special Programming and Production at MTV, in charge of pop culture programming covering primetime and weekend specials and studio-based programming. Steve will also develop new entertainment content focused on artists and pop culture events. Steve, previously at E! Entertainment, will report to Tony DiSanto, President/Programming. Additionally, MTV hired James Bolosh as VP/Series Development where he will develop reality projects and format-driven ideas emanating from both coasts. James, formerly of HGTV, will report to Liz Gateley, SVP/Series Development.

Friday Fun Fact:  China has 100 million Internet users, second only to the US’s 135 million users.

This day in History:  1983 – An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie “The Day After.” The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:   Laura Petrie was given a gift by her husband Rob, an heirloom owned by the family for generations.  Unfortunately, it fell into the garbage disposal and was unceremoniously ground up.  What was the heirloom? A BROOCH IN THE SHAPE OF THE US WITH A STONE IN EVERY STATE WHERE A PETRIE WAS BORN.  Kudos to:  Carol Accetta-Active Int’l/Pearl River NY; Anne Kissel Elliot-Palm City FL; Rob Schuller-WCRB Radio/Boston; Lynn Rosenfelt-Merlyn Monitoring Services/Montville; Brian Nyenhuis-SpotPlus/Dallas; Sue Hodges-Antonelli Adv/Minneapolis; Dale Warshaw-KMSB KTTU/Tucson; Bob Quigley-KJZZ/Salt Lake City; Mitch Burg-SNTA/LA; Dan Matson-20th Television/LA; Craig Nichols-Cox/San Diego; Bob Ramsey-KTXL/Sacramento; Arthur Reinstein-Canwest Broadcasting/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  What was the first feature length film to air on broadcast television? Hint: The film aired on March 5, 1956, 8 months before The Wizard of Oz aired for the first time in November 1956 on CBS.   (Email
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ABC:  Shrek the Third, 20/20
AZTECA: Laura de Todos, Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Al Extremo
CBS: Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Numb3rs
CW:  Smallville, America’s Next Top Model [r]
FOX:  House [r], Bones [r]
ION: Movie: Batman Forever(7-9p), Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC:  Law & Order, Dateline NBC, Jay Leno Show
PBS: Washington Week, Now on PBS, Bill Moyers Journal, Secrets of Shangri-La
TELE: Mas Sabe el Diablo, Ninos Ricos Padres Pobres, Victorinos
UNIV:  El Nombre del Amor, Sortilegio,  Rosa de Guadalupe

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