A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE IFC
IFC Presents a 3 Night Comedy Musical Mini-Series Event
Chris Kattan stars in
Join Chris on his quest to become Bollywood’s next leading man.
With Bollywood musical numbers composed by singer-songwriter
Michael Penn and choreographed by Longinus Fernandes
of Slumdog Millionaire.
Bollywood Hero premieres
August 6th , 7th and 8th at 10pm on IFC
Click Here To Watch A Dance Number
Good morning. It’s Monday, August 3, 2009, and this is 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.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE PLANET GREEN
on Planet Green. Join Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau for a month of specials
celebrating water. Its splendor. Its power. Its importance.
All month long, starting August 3.
To find Planet Green on your TV click here.
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
HBO set the date for the season seven premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm for September 20, announcing it at the Television Critics Association tour late last week. Creator and star of the series, Larry David also revealed the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm will feature a reunion of cast members from NBC’s sitcom Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia-Louis Dreyfus and Michael Richards will appear in five episodes, catching viewers up with the characters’ lives 11 years later from where the original Seinfeld series left off.
In other HBO news, the premium cable network announced a trio of renewals: frosh comedy Hung approved for a second season, a seventh season round for comedy Entourage and a third season for the vampire drama True Blood. All three series will return with new episodes next year though True Blood is slated to return during the summer.
Sundance Channel premieres season three of the network’s original eco-series Big Ideas for a Small Planet tomorrow at 8p. The 13-episode series airs within The Green, the network’s weekly primetime block focused on environmental programming. The new season will provide further revelations and discussion surrounding green design, inventions and inventors and processes affecting our communities and everyday lives. This season several celebrities such as Jackson Browne, Thom Filicia, Cindy Crawford, Soleil Moon Frye and members of the Philadelphia Eagles will be profiled.
Continuing with the green theme, TV One introduces viewers to a new 30m eco-reality series starring actor/director/writer Mario Van Peebles and his family. Mario’s Green House opens September 27 at 6p with eight new episodes airing weekly followed each Sunday at 630p by an encore presentation of the previous week’s episode. Mario’s Green House follows Mario, his wife Chitra and their five children as they begin a major eco-renovation of their existing home and embark on a green lifestyle makeover. The series is produced in collaboration with Equator HD by Hour One LLC.
Bravo opened a sophomore season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta last Thursday night at 10p. The ladies of Atlanta attracted 1.72 million A18-49 and 2.66 million total viewers for the 10p premiere episode, while an additional 929,000 A18-49 and 1.32 million total viewers tuned in for the encore airing at 11p. The cume of both episodes totaled nearly 4 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated Thursday primetime in Bravo’s history as well as topping the series premieres of other “Real Housewives” series in the network’s franchise.
Multiplatform network Planet Green, a division of Discovery Communications and currently available in 57 million homes, announced a new pilot and development slate, in addition to the return of one series and the acquisition of several more. Each of the projects in development will be simulcast in hi-def and will join Planet Green’s lineup in 2009-2010. Here is a quick summary of the network’s most recent announcements:
Planet Green – New Series in Development:
Returning Series on Planet Green:
Planet Green also acquired the following five series with most premiering this fall:
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: July 31-August 2, 2009
Primetime Emmy® Awards Note: The next installment of the Cynopsis presents: Emmy® Awards 2009 special edition series will focus on Drama series. Upcoming in this series are …
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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE DEBMAR-MERCURY
DO THESE DEMOS MAKE MY ADS LOOK BIG?!?!
THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW – WTXF 10am Wendy’s first two weeks in Philadelphia ranked #1 with W18-34, beating Rachael Ray, Maury and Dr. Phil and #2 with W18-49 and W25-54 in the TP!
W18-34 – #1 in the TP! W18-49 +60% vs. May ’09 W25-54 +40% vs. May ’09
Contact Debmar-Mercury for more information.
~ DISTRIBUTION, CLEARANCE & CARRIAGE ~
Unfortunately, distributor Program Partners announced the one-hour stripped talk show, Marie starring Marie Osmond will not debut as planned this September. Program Partners cites the challenging economic conditions as the cause for the show’s demise, even though Marie had cleared in more than 80% of the US.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
On Friday, the five main voice actors of the animated series Futurama closed deals for new episodes with 20th Century Fox Television following a salary dispute. Actors Katey Sagal, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, John DiMaggio and Billy West all agreed to reprise their roles for the show, where new episodes will air on Comedy Central starting the middle of next year. The exact financial terms of the agreement was not disclosed, though all five actors were previously asking for a much higher jump in salary than what the studio offered, prompting 20th Century to consider recasting the roles. Reacting to the news the show would potentially feature different actors, fans of the show said they would veto any cast changes and offered up petitions in support of the original actors.
TV One is working on a new reality series featuring film and TV star LisaRaye who is also the former First Lady of the Turks and Caicos. The series will begin production this fall with filming scheduled to take place in Los Angeles and the Turks and Caicos, following LisaRaye as she works to rejuvenate her acting career and take charge of her personal life. Eight 30m episodes will debut in 2010.
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: In one of its first major actions under the leadership of new chairman Julius Genachowski, the FCC opened an inquiry into Apple‘s rejection of the handy Google Voice app from the iPhone store, reports the Dow Jones news service. In a letter sent to both Apple and AT&T, the commission asks for justifications of the decision as well as for a list and reasons why other applications have been rejected for the platform. The FCC began a broader inquiry into the exclusive deals carriers sign with handset manufacturers earlier this year. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: PBS Kids Go unveils plans at TCA to launch the new series Wilson & Ditch: Digging America exclusively online at www.pbskidsgo.org this fall. Produced by The Jim Henson Company and targeted to K6-10 the series follows two humorous gopher brothers learning about American culture, history and geography make their way to famous and less so destinations across the country in their green-powered van. The series also features interactive games, original comics as well as blogs and podcasts featuring Wilson and Ditch. Created by Joe Purdy (story editor/Dinosaur Train, Sid The Science Kid) and Craig Bartlett (creator/Dinosaur Train, Hey Arnold), Purdy will pen the website content, with Bartlett directing the animated segments creating the site’s comic strip material. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE WARNER BROS. DOMESTIC TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
SOLD TO 95% OF THE U.S. … AND STILL GROWING!
THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE,
Station Groups Include: Tribune, CBS, Sinclair, FOX, Local TV, Hearst, Belo, Raycom, Lin, Meredith, Gannett, Newport, Journal, White Knight, ComCorp, Roberts, Capitol, Freedom, Acme, Titan, Griffin, Grant, Schurz, Gray
Available Fall 2010
~ RATINGS ~
Thursday A18-49 Analysis: FOX stayed on track Thursday night doing best among A18-49 with a 2.0/7, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS was all-knowing at 8p as Big Brother was in charge with 2.1/8 followed by FOX’s Bones rerun at 1.5/5. FOX took over at 9p with So You Think You Can Dance at 2.6/8 while UNIV’s Manana Para Es Siempre posted a second place showing at 2.1/6. It was back to CBS during 10p as an encore episode of The Mentalist prevailed at 1.9/6 and #2 honors went to both NBC’s Law & Order repeat and UNIV’s Mujeres Asesinas at 1.2/4 each.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, July 30, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 5.0/9 Big Brother 11 4.1/8, CSI [r] 5.2/9, The Mentalist [r] 5.8/10
FOX: 4.0/7 Bones [r] 3.3/6, So You Think You Can Dance 4.7/8
NBC: 2.4/4 30 Rock [r] 2.5/5, Parks and Recreations [r] 1.9/3, The Office [r] 2.0/4, 30 Rock [r] 1.9/3, Law & Order [r] 3.0/5
ABC: 2.0/4 Grey’s Anatomy [r] 2.2/4, Grey’s Anatomy [r] 2.2/4, Private Practice [r] 1.7/3
UNIV: 1.9/3 En Nombre Del Amor 1.8/3, Manana Para Es Siempre 2.5/4, Mujeres Asesinas 1.4/3
MNT: 0.8/2 My Thursday Night Movie: Leaving Las Vegas 0.8/2
CW: 0.8/1 Smallville [r] 0.8/2, Supernatural [r] 0.8/1
TELE: 0.5/1 Mas Sabe El Diablo 0.5/1, Ninos Ricos 0.4/1, Victorinos 0.5/1
ION: 0.3/1 Reba [r] 0.3/1, Thursday Night Movie: Training Day [r] 0.3/1
A18-49: FOX 2.0/7, CBS 1.8/6, UNIV 1.5/5, NBC 1.2/4, ABC 0.8/3, CW 0.5/2, MNT 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/1, ION 0.2/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
FremantleMedia named Donna Wiffen to the role of SVP/Production and Network, Worldwide Drama (WWD), where she will report to Claire Tavernier who was recently elevated to the position of SEVP/WWD and FMX, FremantleMedia. In addition, Sarah Hoeflich was appointed as SVP/Production and Network, WWD.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE ION TELEVISION
Beginning September 7th on ION Television, Watch Us Add More to Mondays
8/7C – Ghost Whisperer
9/8C – Criminal Minds
10/9C – Durham County
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: This miniseries – an adaptation of Larry McMurty’s novel, was filmed in New Mexico and England. It documents the friendship between Calamity Jane and her friend Dora, a bordello owner. The miniseries aired at the start of the May sweeps in 1995. What was the name of this miniseries? BUFFALO GIRLS, starring Angelica Houston as Calamity Jane, and Melanie Griffith as Dora Kudos to: Bernard Schmidling-WNYT/Albany; T R Wilkinson-Bull Moose Films/Chicago; Beth Stockton-Meredith Broadcasting/Kansas City; Glenn Gurgiolo-American Life TV/Arlington TX; Laura Pauli-CucinaTestaRossa.com/San Francisco; Alan Perris-The Television Academy/North Hollywood; Cathy Korda-ABC Entertainment/Burbank
Today’s Trivia Question: This team made their initial public debut around 1900, and became widely recognized in the early days of post-Prohibition. Each year since they travel the country and make live appearances at numerous large events including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Rose Bowl Parade, county fairs, major concerts, and even the Super Bowl. Arguably, they are collectively one of the best known teams ever. Who are they? (Email
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE HISTORY
A groundbreaking documentary that reflects history as it happened
on Sept. 11, 2001 … For Your Emmy® Consideration: Outstanding Nonfiction Special
102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA 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.
Later — Cyn
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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM IFC
Starting This Thursday on IFC
Chris Kattan stars in
A 3 Night Comedy Musical Mini-Series Event
August 6th , 7th and 8th at 10pm on IFC
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