Friday, October 19th, 2012


Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Halloween
The Good Witch franchise continues with the premiere movie:

The Good Witch’s Charm
starring Catherine Bell
Saturday, October 27 at 9/8c

Part of our Halloween Movie Marathon
Saturday, October 27 starting at 11a/10c



Good morning. It’s Friday, October 19, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
The CW: Nikita at 9p
HGTV: Home Strange Home at 9p
Cinemax: Hunted at 10p
Food Network: Mystery Diners at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Discovery Channel: Yukon Men at 9p
DIY Network: King of Dirt at 9p
Starz: Boss at 9p
TLC: Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta at 9p & 930p; Secret Princes at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
Food Network: Trisha’s Southern Kitchen at 11a

Sunday’s Premieres:
National Geographic Channel: Drugs, Inc. at 9p
Destination America: Buying Alaska at 10p & 1030p
HISTORY: Outback Hunters at 10p

Sunday’s Finale:
BBC America: Copper at 10p

NBC is the second network to cancel a rookie show from the fall broadcast season as Animal Practice is exiting off the network’s schedule and is being replaced with the second season of Whitney beginning November 14.  Until this date, Animal Practice will continue to air in the Wednesday 8p time slot.  For its most recent airing, Animal Practice delivered a 1.0 rating among A18-49.  CBS was the first network to cancel a new show, pulling the drama Made in Jersey.


Tonight, HGTV debuts new series Home Strange Home and the network will continue production on the series for a second season with eight all-new one-hour episodes.  HGTV also renewed You Live in What? and Extreme Homes for a second and third seasons respectively with eight one-hour episodes each.  Home Strange Home, hosted by comedian Chuck Nice, tours eccentric and bizarre residences from a modern-day Peter Pan’s Neverland to a home made out of animal bones.  Extreme Homes currently airs on Thursdays at 9p and offers an up-close look at some of the most spectacular houses ever built.  Season three of Extreme Homes will premiere in first quarter 2013.  You Live in What? goes inside the homes of people who live in outrageous abodes and season two will be back on HGTV’s schedule in early 2013. 

A sweet new competition series debuts on Food Network when Sugar Dome launches November 25 at 8p.  The weekly series watches as three teams of artists from different disciplines enter the Sugar Dome to battle it out and create food art masterpieces.  Cake designers and sugar artists work with professional fruit carvers, graffiti artists, sand sculptors and more in this competition where the champ earns a title and a $15,000 prize.  David Bull hosts the series and is joined by judges pastry chef and cake designer Paulette Goto (Unique Sweets, Jacques Torres Chocolates) and pastry chef Pichet Ong (Sugar & Plumm) as well as a rotating judge including actress Monica Potter, Motocross champion Nate Adams and costume designer Randall Christensen.  Sugar Dome is produced by Super Delicious.

Syfy debuts season two of its unscripted competition series Total Blackout on October 30 at 10p followed by the network’s newest competition series Viral Video Showdown at 1030p.  Jaleel White hosts Total Blackout which averaged 1.2 million total viewers during its first season.  FremantleMedia North America produces the international half-hour extreme game show where contestants battle each other and their fears in various rounds of challenges while in complete darkness.  Viral Video Showdown is hosted by Kevin Pereira and follows two teams as they create a video that best captures that week’s theme and wows the viral video judges including Adam Sessler, Brittani Taylor and Sandeep Parikh and guest judges.  Total Blackout was created by Henrik Nielsen who is an executive producer along with Scott St. John and Noah Bonnett is a co-EP. Viral Video Showdown is produced by 495 Productions with SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore, Tattoo Nightmares) and Pereira serving as executive producers.

This Sunday, BBC America airs the first season finale of Copper and late yesterday the network announced it has renewed its first original scripted series for a second season.  BBC America has re-commissioned the drama with an upped order of 13 episodes from Cineflix Studios.  Since its premiere on August 19, Copper has been the network’s highest-rated drama ever, delivering more  than a million total viewers each week.  Copper, set in 1864 New York City is a Cineflix (Copper) Inc. production in association with BBC America.

Here TV is set to premiere a new anthology series titled Because of an Earlier Incident beginning October 26.  The opening episode will feature nightlife and fashion guru Amanda Lepore and rapper, DJ Cazwell and will debut exclusively on Here TV and Here TV Online, the network’s premium online subscription video player at  Because of an Earlier Incident offers an exclusive day-in-the-life look into the lifestyles of New York City artists.  Other artists featured in episode one include Bill Coleman, Marco Ovando, Nomi Ruiz and Jessica 6 and future episodes highlight Sherry Vine, Joey Arias, The Ones, Johnny Dynell, Justin Vivian Bond, Roxy Cottontail and Chi Chi Valenti among others.

Docu-series Teen Mom 2 rejoins MTV’s schedule on a new day, Mondays starting November 12 at 10p.  The third season continues to follow the emotional journeys of four young mothers, Chelsea, Jenelle, Kailyn and Leah as they face bigger challenges  when their children enter into their “terrible twos” while they juggle their own lives. 

FX’s new miniseries American Horror Story: Asylum launched Wednesday and over multiple telecasts (10p premiere and encores at 1105p and 1a) attracted 5.79 million total viewers; 4.17 million with A18-49; and 2.7 million among A18-34.  For the 10p premiere episode, AHS: Asylum delivered 3.85 million total viewers; 2.78 million A18-49 viewers and a 2.20 rating; as well as 1.78 million with A18-34 and a 2.63 rating. 

Call for Submissions: Cynopsis is producing our Holiday Programming Guide which comes out November 27 and will be sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers. If your network has holiday-themed programming airing December 1-31, 2012, please send your listings to Lisa Ball, Editor at [email protected] no later than Friday, November 16. Please include the following information: type of program (i.e. series, special, documentary, movie or holiday-themed episode), title, dates and times of all airings (please indicate when the show first premieres and when subsequent encores will air). A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).

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Celebrity and pop culture magazine publisher, American Media Inc. is partnering with Unconventional Partners and Big Fish Entertainment LLC to syndicate a new daily half-hour entertainment news TV format, OK! TV slated to launch in fall 2013.  The show will utilize American Media’s flagship media property, OK! Magazine.  OK! TV will focus on pop culture, gossip and celebrity lifestyle offering a new perspective with exclusive content from newsmakers and celebrities to regular people who make headlines.  The daily strip show will also access content from OK! Magazine’s sister brands including Shape, Men’s Fitness, Star, Country Weekly, National Enquirer and Soap Opera Digest.  The TV show is a co-production between Unconventional Partners and American Media is being created to air in all day parts including access, Monday through Friday with an added weekend show.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITV GE) inked a new deal involving the format The Audience created by independent The Garden.  The format is being commissioned by Corus Entertainment’s W Network with production company Force Four Entertainment developing the one-hour six-episode series which will air in 2013.  ITVS GE picked up The Audience as part of its first-look deal with The Garden.  The Audience launched in Denmark with four 50-minute episodes produced by Blu and the format is also in production by ITV Studios France with 3 70-minute for TF1.  ITVS GE has additionally sold the format to RTL4 in the Netherlands.


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Published: OCT 31

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Rock star Bret Michaels was tapped to host the new original series Rock My RV with Bret Michaels on Travel Channel.  The network forged a talent deal with Michaels to host the eight-episode half-hour series that has been approved for production beginning next month.  In the series, Michaels will lead a team of skilled, custom RV designers and fabricators who transform ordinary RVs into over-the-top mobile mansions.  Rock My RV will premiere in 2013 and is produced by BCII Productions for Travel Channel.

Comedy Central is moving forward with a weekly half-hour animated series titled Triptank which is a collection of comedy shorts in different animation styles including 2D, stop-motion and CGI and will feature stand-alone pieces and recurring themes.  The pilot will spotlight shorts from Bob Odenkirk, Larry David, Zach Galifianakis, Kumail Nanjiani, Brett Gelman and Kyle Kinane.  Triptank is set to premiere next fall and is executive produced by ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico who also produces Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. 

The Mummy star Brendan Fraser was cast to star in TNT’s drama pilot Legends from executive producer Howard Gordon (Homeland).  Legends is about a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum who has an extraordinary ability to transform himself into a different person for each job.  Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Alexander Cary and Jonathan Levin developed the project based on the book by Robert Littell.  David Semel will direct the pilot and be an executive producer along with Fraser who plays Martin in the pilot.  Fox 21 is producing.

Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg landed a role in an untitled FOX comedy pilot from Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur and executive producer Dan Goor.  The single-camera project is about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct located at the edge of New York City.  Samberg will play the lead investigator. 

Casting Call: A major cable network is seeking experienced business experts with dynamic personalities to be featured on a new show.  Producers are looking for no-nonsense, innovative and in your face experts to step in and tell it like it is.  If you are a successful entrepreneur age mid-30s on up that turns businesses around so they are successful, please send an email to: [email protected] and include your name, age, occupation along with a brief bio and photo.


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AWARDS GALA: Spring 2013

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Broadcast Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (week of October 8, 2012)
ABC: GMA 4.91 million total viewers; 1.6/12 and 1.91 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.33 million total viewers; 1.5/11 and 1.75 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.62 million total viewers; 0.9/7 and 1.06 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows  Weekly Average Ratings (October 14, 2012)
CBS: Face the Nation 3.17 million total viewers; 0.9 and 1.04 million A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.79 million total viewers; 0.6 and 755,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.36 million total viewers; 0.6 and 692,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.55 million total viewers; 0.5 and 539,000 A25-54
FOX: FOX News Sunday 1.38 million total viewers; 0.5 and 587,000
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis:  CBS won by a narrow margin Wednesday with 2.8/8 among A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. For Survivor: Philippines at 8p, CBS posted the winning number of 2.8/8 while ABC’s sitcoms The Middle and The Neighbors were second at an average of 2.2/7 and Univision’s Por Ella Soy Eva came in third at 1.8/5.  ABC pivoted into first place at 9p with its comedies Modern Family and the season premiere of Suburgatory at an average of 3.8/10 (Suburgatory delivered a 2.8/7 at 930p) and CBS slid back into second place with Criminal Minds at 3.1/8 and FOX’s The X Factor was next at 2.5/7.  CBS was back in the #1 spot during 10p with CSI at 2.3/7 and ABC’s new series Nashville was #2 at 2.0/6 with Univision’s Amor Bravio in third at 1.7/5 and tying for fourth place was NBC’s new series Chicago Fire and FOX’s extended The X Factor at 1.5/4 each.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 7.0/11           Survivor: Philippines 6.5/10, Criminal Minds 7.5/11, CSI 7.0/12

ABC: 5.1/8               The Middle 5.1/8, The Neighbors 4.1/6, Modern Family 7.3/11, Suburgatory [p] 4.6/7, Nashville 4.6/8

NBC: 3.6/6              Animal Practice 2.6/4, Guys with Kids 2.9/5, Law & Order: SVU 4.2/6, Chicago Fire 3.9/6

FOX: 3.3/5              Ben and Kate 2.2/4, The X Factor [830p-11p] 3.8/6

UNIV: 2.4/4             Por Ella Soy Eva 2.2/4, Abismo de Pasion 2.7/4, Amor Bravio 2.2/4

CW: 1.7/3                Arrow 2.2/3, Supernatural 1.3/2

TELE: 0.7/1              Rosa Diamante 0.6/1, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal 1.0/2, El Rostro de la Venganza 0.5/1

ION: 0.6/1               WWE Main Event 0.8/1, Leverage 0.5/1, Leverage 0.5/1

TF: 0.3/0                 Cineplex WED [7p start r] 0.3/1, Cineplex 2 WED 0.3/0

A18-49:  CBS 2.8/8, ABC 2.7/8, FOX 1.9/5, UNIV 1.8/5, NBC 1.5/4, CW 1.1/3, TELE 0.5/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1


Effective October 22, Cameron Blanchard was elevated to SVP/Corporate Communications at NBCUniversal.  In her new role, Cameron will execute the development and implementation of NBCU’s media relations strategy and will serve as a primary corporate media spokesperson across the company’s networks and business divisions.  Cameron succeeds Kathy Kelly-Brown in this position who was recently named to manage communications for the entire NBCU News Group.  Cameron will report to Adam Miller, EVP, NBCUniversal. 

Local multimedia company, LIN Media is growing its digital operations on the West Coast and as a result is opening a new office in Los Angeles.  Jamie Elden, RMM’s SVP/Sales and who dually is Head/Entertainment for LIN Media’s digital operations and Heather Wetzler, RMM’s West Coast Sales Director are heading new efforts targeting the entertainment industry to further enhance LIN Media’s current digital media offerings.

Kate Schumaecker joined Universal Cable Productions in the role as VP/Development and Current Programming where she will oversee the development of drama and comedy series for the studio to air on USA Network.  Kate will manage such current series as Psych and Fairly Legal.  Kate reports to Richard Rothstein, SVP/Development and Current Programming, Universal Cable Productions.

Entertainment studio and distributor of premium content, My Damn Channel hired David Kaplan as Director/Advertising Sales.  David’s new job is effective immediately and based in New York, he will report to company Co-Founder/COO Warren Chao.

Friday Fun Fact: Lieutenant Theo Kojak sucked on lollipops because the actor who played him, Telly Savalas, was trying to quit smoking.

This day in History: 1975 – “Chorus Line” opens at Shubert Theater in NYC for the first of 6,137 performances.

Note: October 18 Day in History: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) forms in 1922  not 1822! We had a typo ghost haunting us yesterday!

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question is sponsored by Destination America, a network celebrating all things US: What town did the TV show Northern Exposure take place in? Cicely Alaska. Kudos to: Juan Delgado-Telemundo/Miami; Terry Sekel-Media Sapiens/NYC; Steven Piluso-PHD/NYC; Frank Zazza-iTVX/NYC; Kathryn Kieser-Haworth Marketing & Media/Minneapolis; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Sally Sluss-Charter Communications/St. Louis; Sandy Emmons-KLTV/Tyler-Longview, TX; Betsy Samuel-OpenTV/Golden, CO; Karen Weiser-High Noon Entertainment/Denver; Adina Montgomery-Disney ABC Television Group/Burbank, CA; David Garber-Linzack Productions, LLC/Chatsworth, CA; Gary Moglovkin-NBC Parks and Recreation/Studio City, CA; Brian Sullivan-KHQ-TV/Spokane, WA; Sheldon, AB, Canada.

Today’s Trivia Question: On the sitcom Home Improvement, who played the original Tool Time Girl? (Email [email protected] 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: Shark Tank, Primetime: What Would You Do?, 20/20
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 [r], CSI:NY, Blue Bloods
CW: America’s Next Top Model, Nikita [p]
FOX: MLB Baseball
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
NBC: Grimm [r], Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Need to Know, Race 2012, VOCES on PBS
TELE: Rosa Diamante, Corazon Valiente, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal, El Rostro de la Venganza
UNIV: Por Ella Soy Eva; Amor Bravio

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