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Good morning. It’s Monday, August 17, 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 Premieres:
BBC America: Top Gear at 8p
Nick at Nite: Glenn Martin, DDS at 8p
A&E Network: Hoarders at 10p


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Outstanding Nonfiction Series
Outstanding Reality Program
Outstanding Reality Program


TNT announced it will end its original drama series Saving Grace following a nine-episode run during the summer of 2010. Holly Hunter headlines and executive produces the series about Grace Hanadarko, a detective who approaches her life and work with a no-holds-barred attitude. Saving Grace is produced by Fox Television Studios; show creator Nancy Miller, Gary A. Randall and Artie Mandelberg also serve as executive producers for the series. The show’s current third season concludes tomorrow night at 10p.

US Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst said yesterday the USOC is, for now, halting plans to have its own television network after fielding complaints from international Olympic officials. Probst said he wants to put an end to objections raised before developing the TV network project further. Following the USOC’s announcement on July 8 about launching its own TV network, the IOC said the plan could hinder relations with Olympic broadcaster NBC and legal questions could surface. NBC currently holds the US broadcast rights through the 2012 London Olympics and NBC has stated it wants to bid for the 2014 Games in Sochi and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Plans to postpone the USOC TV network could also help Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics which will be voted on October 2 in Copenhagen. “The USOC wants to do everything it can to help support the Chicago bid,” said Probst. “We want to see Chicago win the bid. Anything we can do to help to support them, we’re going to do that.”

Jay Leno tapped friend and NBC colleague, Jerry Seinfeld as his first guest for the opening episode of The Jay Leno Show premiering on NBC September 14. Also appearing on the first installment will be musical guests Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: August 14-16, 2009
District 9 (Sony)                                         $37.0 million – opening weekend
GI Joe (Paramount)                                      $22.5 million – 2 wk total $98.8m
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Warner Bros.)          $19.2 million – opening weekend
Julie & Julia (Sony)                                      $12.4 million – 2 wk total $43.7m
G-Force (Disney)                                        $6.9 million – 4 wk total $99.0m
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Paramount Vantage) 5.4 million – opening weekend
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince (Warner Bros.) $5.2 million – 5 wk total $283.9m
The Ugly Truth (Sony)                                 $4.5 million – 4 wk total $77.5m
Ponyo (Disney)                                           $3.5 million – opening weekend
500 Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight)            $3.0 million – 5 wk total $18.0m
Source: Rentrak

Primetime Emmy® Awards Note: The next installment of the Cynopsis presents: Emmy® Awards 2009 special edition series will focus on Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama / Comedy Series.  Upcoming in this series are … 

  • 8/19 Special Edition:  Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • 8/24 Special Edition:  Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

If you’re among the nominees … congratulations!!  And if you’d like to send us a description or brief bio of the nominated series/director/actor/writer (maximum of 150 words – emailed 48 hours prior to publication date), we will include it in our special edition.   Please send the description to me at


A groundbreaking documentary that reflects history as it happened
on Sept. 11, 2001 …

For Your Emmy® Consideration: Outstanding Nonfiction Special

From the first plane that hit the World Trade Center to the collapse of the second tower,
this special weaves together footage and sound taken by over 100 eyewitnesses, presented with no narration and no commercial interruption. Preserved for this generation, and for the future.



ABC gave a script commitment with penalty attached for a TV series based on the iconic 1985 movie St. Elmo’s Fire, per THR. The project has Joes Schumacher, the film’s co-writer/director involved as executive producer; Topher Grace, Dan Bucatinsky and Jamie Tarses will also executive produce. Bucatinsky will pen the script which will use elements from the original film such as centering the drama around six friends, three guys and three girls, who all recently graduated from Georgetown University and are adjusting to adult life while hanging out at St. Elmo’s Bar & Grill. Sony Pictures TV will produce and Grace’s producing partner, Gordon Kaywin through his Sargent Hall Productions will also executive produce. Grace and Kaywin came up with the idea to produce a new version of St. Elmo’s Fire for TV.

Comedy Central canceled its mocumentary series Reno 911! late last week and news of the network’s decision was released via the show’s co-creator and star Thomas Lennon’s Twitter feed. Reno 911! just finished its sixth season on July 8.

Anne Dudek (House) joined the cast of USA Network’s pilot Covert Affairs, reports THR. The drama centers on CIA trainee, Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) who begins at the agency thinking her bosses are impressed with her linguistic skills but they are more interested in her former boyfriend. Dudek will play Annie Walker’s sister. 


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  Digitally savvy public broadcaster National Public Radio launched a new breed of iPhone app for its member stations over the weekend that combines audio and textual news for the first time. The free NPR News App, powered by Bottle Rocket Apps, displays full-text coverage of the news alongside the audio and offers 1,000+ live and on demand streams from more than 600 NPR affiliates. The app also includes customizable features that allows users to schedule regular downloads of their favorite shows. Built-in location based services allow users to locate their nearest NPR station via zip code or GPS. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.    

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: President Obama will address US students about the importance of education and succeeding in school in his back-to-school message on September 8, 2009, which for many kids will be the first day back at school following summer break.  The speech will be carried live on at 1p on September 8.  Additionally, to support the President’s message classroom activities will be available on the US Department of Education site . By the way  President Obama announced he would speak to students during an interview with 11-year-old elementary school kid and reporter Damon Weaver. Full edition: CYN KIDS.    


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Thursday  A18-49 Analysis: CBS took charge of Thursday night, winning the A18-49 demo with a 1.9/6, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, CBS’ Big Brother was #1 at 2.6/9 while ABC’s Millionaire and UNIV’s En Nombre Del Amor tied for #2 at 1.5/5 apiece. Trading places during 9p, UNIV captured the top spot with Manana Para Es Siempre at 2.0/6 and NBC placed second at 1.4/4, the average of repeat sitcoms The Office and 30 Rock. CBS was again successful through 10p as an encore of The Mentalist won at 1.6/5 followed by NBC’s Law & Order rerun at 1.2/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, August 13, 2009  time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.8/9           Big Brother 11 4.7/9, CSI [r] 4.5/8, The Mentalist [r] 5.2/9

ABC: 2.9/5          Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 4.6/8, Grey’s Anatomy [r] 2.2/4, Private Practice [r] 1.8/3

FOX: 2.7/5           Bones [r] 2.8/5, House [r] 2.5/4

NBC: 2.1/4          30 Rock [r] 2.0/4, Parks and Recreations [r] 1.6/3, The Office [r] 2.0/4, 30 Rock [r] 1.9/3, Law & Order [r] 2.7/5

UNIV: 1.8/3         En Nombre Del Amor 2.0/4, Manana Para Es Siempre 2.4/4, Tres Verdad Asesinas 1.1/2

CW: 0.9/2           Supernatural [r] 0.9/2, Supernatural [r] 0.8/1

MNT: 0.7/1          My Thursday Night Movie: The Last King of Scotland [r] 0.7/1

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

ION: 0.4/1          Reba [r] 0.3/1, Reba [r] 0.3/1, Thursday Night Movie: Tango & Cash [r] 0.4/1

A18-49: CBS 1.9/6, UNIV 1.5/5, FOX 1.3/4, NBC 1.2/4, ABC 1.1/3, CW 0.5/2, TELE 0.5/2, ION 0.3/1, MNT 0.3/1


Regarded as a pioneer in Spanish-language media, Ray Rodriguez, President/COO of Univision Communications Inc. will retire from his position after almost 20 years with the company. Additionally Cesar Conde will assume responsibility as President, Univision Networks starting October 1 and Joe Uva, CEO will now also become President, Univision Communications. Cesar, who most recently served as EVP/Chief Strategy Officer will be based in Miami and will continue to report to Joe Uva.

Jennifer Jennings was appointed LSM at WWJ-TV/Detroit, owned by CBS. Jennifer will be in charge of the local sales efforts at the station and will further target new business development and client support. Jennifer joins from Clear Channel Communications in Chicago where she served as LSM.


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This day in History:   1996 – Ross Perot was announced to be the Reform Party’s presidential candidate. It was the party’s first-ever candidate.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Chandler Bing once said, “Okay, it’s his first time out, so he’s probably going to want to do some of the touristy things. I’ll go to Cats, you go to the Russian Tea Room.”  Who was Chandler referring to?   MARCEL, ROSS’ MONKEY  Kudos to: Noelle De Atley-Apple/Charlotte; Jen Jablow-The Nielsen Company/Parsippany; Chloe Fields/NY; Leah Weber-ABC Daytime/New York; Elizabeth Brown/Houston; Sarah Antosh-Katz Radio Group/Minneapolis; Rachel Adelman-Inxpo Inc./Chicago; Jenny Solberg/Chicago; Laura Slobin-GSN/LA; Ethan J. Tyer-TV Guide Network/Hollywood; David Scott Jones-Marleigh Entertainment/Los Angeles; Tim Monson-Bragman Nyman Cafarelli/LA; Arthur Reinstein-Canwest Broadcasting/Toronto; Michelle Lemmon-Canwest Broadcasting/Toronto; Stephanie Watsa/Canwest Bcsting/Toronto; Stephanie Kravos-Trader Corporation/Etobicoke, Ontario

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ABC:  Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Dating in the Dark, Castle
AZTECA: Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Extranormal de Impacto, Al Extremo
CBS: How I Met Your Mother [r], How I Met Your Mother [r], Two and a Half Men [r], Big Bang Theory [r], CSI Miami [r]
CW:  One Tree Hill [r], Gossip Girl [r]
FOX:  House [r], Lie to Me [r]
ION:  Ghost Whisperer, Movie: The Matrix Revolution
MNT: Twilight Zone, Twilight Zone, Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed [r]
NBC:  Great American Road Trip, L&O: Criminal Intent, Dateline
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, History Detectives, Objects and Memory
TELE: Mas Sabe el Diablo, Ninos Ricos Padres Pobres, Victorinos
UNIV: El Nombre del Amor, Manana es para Siempre, Cristina

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