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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Monday, August 24, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

CBBC is set to launch its new music comedy series My Almost Famous Family (11 episodes) on September 12, on BBC Two.  Produced by CBBC production, the series revolves around the Swann family, actually two families meshed together – including five kids, who perform as the music group We’re In Perfect Harmony and are the house band on an afternoon talk show hosed by the UK’s top teen.  In addition to mom, an African American soul singer, and dad, a British musician, the Swann family is comprised of four young teens, a bad boy rocker, a musical genius, a diva and a jokester, as well as an eight-year-old marketing genius that happens to be deaf.  The series will be showcased on another new CBBC series, Backstage (30 minutes), which goes behind the scenes on new CBBC show, on Monday, August 31 on CBBC. 


Michael Chaplin, creator of Monarch Of The Glen, is adapting author Michelle Magorian’s (Goodnight Mister Tom) new young adult novel Just Henry (Egmont UK) as a family drama special (1×90) potentially for ITV, per Broadcast Now.  While the project has not yet been given the go-ahead, it is in development at ITV Studios.  Just Henry is a post WWII thriller that follows Henry, a movie-loving and judgmental teen who lost his father in the war, as he reluctantly becomes friends with two classmates when they are put together to work on a school project.  When Henry is given a camera to help with the project he takes a photo that turns everything upside down and in the process he teaches him about friendship and not to be so judgmental.

Actress Judy Greer joins the cast of Fox‘s upcoming movie Marmaduke, per Variety.  Greer will take on the role of mom in the movie, which of course is based on the Great Dane from the comic strip of the same name created by Brad Anderson and syndicated by United Features Syndicate.


Disney Channel will host the primetime premiere of its Playhouse Disney special Handy Manny Motorcycle Adventure on Sunday, October 4, 7-7:45p.  The preschooler and parent-targeted special features guest appearances by Donny Osmond and Kris Kristofferson, with new songs performed by the band Los Lobos and actor Wilmer Valderrama (who plays Manny on the series).  A full-length preview of the special will be available on SVOD on Cablevision, Time Warner and Verizon Fios TV from Monday, September 14.  Mobile service providers Sprint TV and MobiTV will simulcast the special in conjunction with the TV premiere.    The special will also be available at and on mobile VOD for AT&T CV, Sprint TV and Verizon V Cast customers beginning Monday, October 5.  Additionally, will launch a new game based on the special entitled Handy Manny’s Motorcycle Reunion.

More One Piece on the way for the US and Canada.  Funimation Entertainment and Japan’s One Piece producer Toei Animation Co., publisher Shueisha and broadcaster Fuji Television Network, are moving forward with previously announced plans to continue offering the US and Canadian online simulcast of the animated series an hour after the episodes air in Japan, beginning Saturday, August 29 at 9p CDT, at , followed shortly thereafter by Funimation partner websites.  The new One Piece episodes will rollout weekly while the series continues to air in Japan.  You may recall that back in June the plans to stream One Piece in the US and Canada were thwarted when hackers “compromised” Funimation’s servers.


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FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME) inks new license deals in the UK for The X Factor including Sistema (insulated lunch bags, lunch boxes a drink bottles) and Event Merchandising (which will run an online store with a range of branded products).  Existing The X Factor licensees Aykroyd’s and TDP Licensing are set to introduce new girl and women nightwear this year, while Kinnerton will launch new confectionery products including an advent calendar and a mug gift set.  Also introducing new products is Helix Limited with new stationery lines at Ryman’s and Tesco this fall.  The sixth season of The X Factor debuted over the weekend in the UK on ITV.

Build-A-Bear Workshop and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) further their partnership with the introduction of a new character of the WWF Collectibear series, WWF Gray Wolf, at the Build-A-Bear Workshop stores and website.  In the US and Canada $1 from each sale will be donated to the WWF to help in its efforts to protect endangered animals and their habitats.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; August 21-23, 2009:
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount) PG-13                                $12.5m-3 wk total $120.5m
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Warner Bros. (New Line)) PG-13               $10.0m-2 wk total $37.4m
Julie & Julia (Sony / Columbia) PG-13                                              $9.0m-3 wk total $59.3m
Shorts (Warner Bros.) PG                                                               Opening Weekend $6.7m
G-Force (Buena Vista) PG                                                               $4.2m-5 wk total $107.3m
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros.) PG                 $3.5m-6 wk total $290.3m
Post Grad (Fox) PG-13                                                                   Opening Weekend $2.8m
Ponyo (Buena Vista) G                                                                   $2.4m-2 wk total $8.1m
(500) Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight) PG-13                               $2.4m-6 wk total $22.2m
Transformers: Revenge of/Fallen (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG-13 $965,000-9 wk total $398.4m
Source: Rentrak ( )


Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 2-11 for the week of 8/10-8/16/09 , 6a-6a:
K2-11                                             Total Delivery (000)
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (8/15; 9:30a)         2293
DSNY*: Suite Life on Deck (8/14; 8:35-9p)                2144
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (8/15; 12p)            2105
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (8/14; 8p)              2085
DSNY*: Phineas and Ferb (8/14; 9p)                         1989
DSNY*: Ratatouille (8/16; 12-2p)                              1981
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (8/11; 11:30a)        1934
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (8/13; 12p)             1926
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (8/11; 11a)             1923
DSNY*: Ratatouille (8/15; 8-10p)                              1894
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 6-11 for the week of 8/10-8/16/09 , 6a-6a:
K6-11                                              Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*: Suite Life on Deck (8/14; 8:35-9p)                1758
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (8/14; 8p)              1616
DSNY*: Sonny With a Chance (8/16; 8p)                   1603
DSNY*: Phineas and Ferb (8/14; 9p)                         1549
DSNY*: Suite Life on Deck (8/13; 5:30-5:55p)           1495
DSNY*: Jonas (8/16; 8:30p)                                     1467
DSNY*: Ratatouille (8/15; 8-10p)                              1439
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (8/15; 9:30a)         1429
DSNY*: Suite Life on Deck (8/13; 5p)                        1426
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (8/14; 7:30p)         1386
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Tweens 9-14 for the week of 8/10-8/16/09 , 6a-6a:
Tweens 9-14                                  Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*: Sonny With a Chance (8/16; 8p)                   1536
DSNY*: Suite Life on Deck (8/14; 8:35-9p)                1471
DSNY*: Jonas (8/16; 8:30p)                                     1358
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (8/14; 8p)              1266
DSNY*: Suite Life on Deck (8/13; 5p)                        1237
DSNY*: Ratatouille (8/15; 8-10p)                              1202
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (8/16; 7p)              1186
DSNY*: Phineas and Ferb (8/14; 9p)                         1170
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (8/16; 6:30p)         1154
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (8/10; 4p)              1153
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Teens 12-17 for the week of 8/10-8/16/09 , 6a-6a:
Teens 12-17                                     Total Delivery (000)
ADSM**: Family Guy (8/10; 11:30p)                            886
DSNY*:   Suite Life on Deck (8/14; 8:35-9p)                 865
DSNY*:   Sonny With a Chance (8/16; 8p)                    853
ADSM**: Family Guy (8/11; 11p)                                 849
FAM:       Secret Life of the American Teen (8/10; 8-9p) 841
DSNY*:   Jonas (8/16; 8:30p)                                      834
NAN:      George Lopez (8/13; 10:30p)                         816
NAN:      George Lopez (8/12; 10:30p)                         784
ADSM**: Family Guy (8/11; 11:30p)                            782
ADSM**: Family Guy (8/10; 11p)                                 781
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Abbreviation for Adult Swim, which airs on Cartoon Network

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, August 20, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1126; K6-11 626; TWEENS 9-14 470
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1040; K6-11 729; TWEENS 9-14 557
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   522; K6-11 386; TWEENS 9-14 290
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   172; K6-11 124; TWEENS 9-14   86
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  In the animated television series Voltron, there were five lion robots that would come together as one robot to defend the planet Arus.  What was the name of the second pilot of the blue lion?  ALURRA  Kudos to:  Bob Friedland-Toys”R”Us, Inc/NY; Ed Dall’Aste-UPROAR! Youth Marketing/NY

Today’s Trivia Question:  The famous spinach eating sailor, Popeye, has had a long time girlfriend, Olive Oyl, since the early 1930s.  Who was Olive’s first boyfriend who was eventually written off?   (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.)

Later — Gwen
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