Good morning. It’s Monday August 15, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Fox Broadcasting Company and 19 Entertainment have issued a statement following their investigation into the allegations made by American Idol contestant Corey Clark that Paula Abdul provided him with personal assistance (of whatever sort) during the contest. The statement basically says there is insufficient evidence to indicate Abdul provided Clark with any unfair assistance of any sort, or that any communications between the two helped Clark’s performance, or in any way influenced the eventual outcome. Abdul will continue as a judge on the show.
* MORE GOOD STUFF *
Kathie Lee Gifford returns to the world of syndicated television as she joins Paramount’s The Insider. Confirmation on this rumor was requested last week to no avail, even tho Gifford started working last week. Kathie Lee will report on Broadway as a special correspondent. Her deal is for one year. First up for Gifford is a three-part interview with Steven Cojocaru.
Coming to a syndication meeting near you – HBO and the syndie rights to Six Feet Under. The show finishes up on HBO this season and will have 60 eps. First on the meeting list will be basic cable nets, followed by local station group heads.
BBC America will debut a new series on Thursday, September 29, at 9p called Bodies. The network says Bodies will be to the medical drama what The Shield is to the police drama. Set in a hospital, the show looks into medicine’s politics, cynicism, malpractice and black humor. Casting includes Max Beesley, Patrick Baladi, Susan Lynch and Keith Allen, among others.
BET News will highlight the life of Ebony/Jet founder and media entrepreneur John H. Johnson this evening in Citizen Johnson: A Man and His Empire at 10 pm. BET News anchor Jacque Reid will host the special with tributes from many, including former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, BET Founder/Chairman Robert Johnson, National Council of Negro Women President Dr. Dorothy Height, Rev. Al Sharpton and poetic rapper Common. The funeral for Johnson is scheduled for today at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and will also be covered in tonight’s broadcast.
Weekend Box Office Estimates: August 12-14, 2005
* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
In development at David E. Kelley Prods/20th:
In development at Live Planet/Touchstone:
Three development/production deals:
* EXECUTIVE MOVES *
Jed Cohen has been named EVP/GSM for Buena Vista Television, reporting to Janice Marinelli, President. Jed is a 15-year veteran of BVT, and was upped from SVP/NSM, a title he held since 2000. He will oversee all sales and distribution of first-run, off-net and theatrical product for broadcast syndication and basic cable platforms.
The Bravo Group has created a new unit by merging its San Francisco and Irvine, CA departments. The new West Coast office, BravoWest, will be headed up by Bravo execs Zulema Arroyo and Christine Hahn. The new combined office will continue to serve the two units’ current clients such as Chevron Products Company, Foster Farms, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Paramount Great America and Visa U.S.A.. Zulema was appointed as Group Managing Director. She will oversee operations and account development in both offices in addition to managing the daily Irvine unit’s operations. She was previously the Account Director in Irvine and will continue to be based there. Christine was named as BravoWest Managing Director. She will continue to oversee the San Francisco office’s daily operation in addition to collaborating with Zulema. She was previously the VPGM for Bravo San Francisco.
Hit Entertainment has named Alison Homewood as EVP/Worldwide Television Distribution. She will be responsible on international television licensing and co-production of Hit’s existing brands (i.e., Barney, Bob the Builder, Pingu and Thomas & Friends) and new TV content development. Alison was previously at Buena Vista International Television. She will be based at Hit’s London office.
* RATINGS *
Thursday — A18-49 Analysis: CBS led on Thursday night among A18-49, according to final numbers from Nielsen, posting an overall 3.5/11. NBC was #2 with a 2.0/6, followed by Fox and UPN 1.7/5, ABC 1.8/5, WB .6/2. At 8p Big Brother on CBS won with a 2.9/9, outpacing the 7 share earned by Fox’s pair of That 70’s Show. At 9p a repeat of CSI dominated with a 4.5/13. And at 10p, CBS won again with a 3.2/9 for a repeat of Without a Trace. Primetime Live earned a 2.4/7, while a repeat of ER delivered a 1.8/5.
FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS: Thursday, August 11, 2005, for all Networks – program averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 7.5/13 Big Brother 5.0/9, CSI [r] 9.3/16, Without A Trace [r] 8.0/14
ABC 3.6/6 Extreme Makeover [r] 3.4/6, ABC News: Hooking Up 2.9/5, Primetime Live 4.5/8
NBC 3.4/6 Joey [r] 3.6/7, Will & Grace [r] 3.4/6, Will & Grace [r] 3.8/6, Scrubs [r] 2.9/5, ER [r] 3.3/6
UPN 3.0/5 WWE Smackdown 3.0/5
FOX 2.5/4 That 70’s Show [r] 2.7/5, That 70’s show [r] 2.9/5, The O.C. [r] 2.1/4
WB 1.2/2 Smallville [r] 1.4/3, Everwood [r] .9/2
A18-49 CBS 3.5/11, NBC 2.0/6, Fox and UPN 1.7/5, ABC 1.8/5, WB .6/2
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: You know Rosie, and you know her ‘quicker picker upper.’ The question is, do you recall what it was she always quickly picked up off her diner counter? SPILLED COFFEE Kudos to: Julie DePue-Stelor Productions/Darnestown; Lewis Cosby-WMAK/Knoxville TN; Jim McKeever-ABC 40/Springfield MA; Debbi Rothenberg-Promo-Nation INC/NY; Tom Boyd-WGN TV/Chicago; Jeff Simmons-EAD/Dallas; Barb Throm-Smart Media/St Louis; Chris Faulhaber-Anheuser Busch/St Louis; Joel Metzger-Bell Tower Prods/LA; Roger Bare-KHWB/Houston; Roz Seibold-Tucson Hearing Clinics/Tucson AZ; Muhammad Eldereiny-RPA/Santa Monica CA; Jonathan Rutherford-Portfolio Entertainment/Toronto Ontario Canada
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