Monday, February 4th, 2013



Being Human – Face Off – Continuum – Total Blackout – Ghost Hunters – Ghost Mine
HERE for Details/Source

Check Out Powerful Mondays TONIGHT Starting 8/7c

Syfy is a Top 10 Network for 18Years
And The Brand for IGNITERS, Your Most Influential Consumers

Find out more at


Good morning. It’s Monday, February 4, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today’s/Tonight’s Premieres:
Utilisima: Luz en Casa at 230p
CBS: Rules of Engagement at 830p
BBC America: Top Gear at 9p
TNT: Monday Mornings at 10p
Logo: The Sex Show at 11p

Tonight’s Finale:
Discovery Channel: Shipwreck Men at 9p

On Friday CBS announced NCIS has been renewed for an 11th run for the 2013-14 broadcast season.  The news also means a new contract extension for NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon.  Presently in its 10th season, NCIS ranks as television’s #1 program even ahead of Sunday Night Football with an average of nearly 21.5 million viewers, up +7% over last year.  NCIS is also the highest-rated drama with A25-54 viewers at 5.9/15 and averages a 4.2/12 among A18-49.


Capitalizing on the enormous popularity of PBS’ Downton Abbey, Amazon has snapped up the Carnival/Masterpiece series through an exclusive content licensing deal signed with PBS for its Prime Instant Video service. Seasons one and two are currently available on Amazon; Season three will join them on June 18th. Downton Abbey is the most-watched series in Amazon’s history. 
This April, TBS premieres the second season of its original comedy Men at Work created by Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, TNT’s Franklin & Bash) and produced by Sony Pictures Television on April 4 at 10p.  TBS further set the premiere date for its new competition series Who Gets the Last Laugh? on April 16 at 10p.  The new hidden-camera competition series, hosted by Donald Faison (Scrubs) will watch as well-known comedians and comedy actors compete against each other to see who can pull off the most outrageous practical jokes.  Who Gets the Last Laugh? is produced by Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst in association with Warner Horizon Television.

This Thursday, MTV will air a half-hour special following the first season finale of Buckwild at 11p.  The special will feature never-before-seen footage from the first season which ends with back-to-back episodes at 10p and 1030p.  In addition, MTV will air interstitial interviews from the show’s cast throughout the night starting at 8p.  Since its premiere, Buckwild has become the #1 rated original cable series on Thursday nights among P12-34 with an average of 3 million total viewers each episode (based on Live +3).  Buckwild is from Zoo Productions and Parallel Entertainment.

GSN is moving the premiere date for its original series Family Trade which highlights the real-life competition of a modern-day barter system set in Middlebury, Vermont.  Family Trade now opens on March 12 with two stacked half-hour episodes at 8p and 830p.  The series is produced by Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate.  Family Trade was previously slated to debut on March 5.

Submissions Call:  If your network is airing Valentine or love-themed programming this month, please send the show title, date and air time immediately to Lisa Ball at [email protected].  Cynopsis will produce a Valentine Programming Special Report next week with this month’s offerings as well as an analysis of this growing content area.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  February 1-3, 2013
Warm Bodies (Lionsgate)                          $20.0 million  opening weekend
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount) $9.2 million  2 wk total $34.5m
Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Co.) $8.1 million  12 wk total $80.4m
Mama (Universal)                                       $6.7 million  3 wk total $58.3m
Zero Dark Thirty (Sony)                              $5.3 million  7 wk total $77.8m
Bullet to the Head (Warner Bros.)              $4.5 million  opening weekend
Parker (FilmDistrict)                                    $3.2 million  2 wk total $12.4m
Django Unchained (The Weinstein Co.)      $3.0 million  6 wk total $151.0m
Les Miserables (Universal)                          $2.4 million  6 wk total $141.5m
Lincoln (Disney)                                          $2.4 million  13 wk total $170.8m
Source: Rentrak


Currently in its 10th season, syndicated Teen Kids News (TKN) from Albert Primo’s Eyewitness Kids News LLC completed renewal contracts with Sinclair Broadcasting for an unprecedented three years until 2016.  TKN was additionally renewed at NATPE on all 200 television station affiliates for the next two seasons which takes its national clearance to 95% of the US, the largest distribution reach among E/I programs.  TKN is cleared on FOX O&Os in major markets as well as 74 FOX affiliates across the US and on all 28 Hearst Television stations.


ABC gave a pilot order for a multi-camera comedy titled Divorce: A Love Story from Rules of Engagement producers Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin.  The plot centers on Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple, who even though they were bad together are even worse apart and can’t stay out of each other’s lives.  The idea is based on the Israeli format Life Isn’t Everything.  Sikowitz and Lappin will write and be EPs on the pilot with Noa Tishby also acting as an EP.  Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios and Reshet are producing the half-hour comedy.

CBS picked up a detective drama pilot called Second Sight from Homeland EP/director Michael Cuesta and CSI’s Carol Mendelsohn.  The project is based on a UK series and is described as a Gothic psychological thriller about detective who is suddenly afflicted with an autoimmune disease that causes hallucinations that reflect his subconscious.  Cuesta will write, direct and serve as EP along with his brother, Gerald.  Mendelsohn will also be an EP along with Julie Weitz and Paula Milne, who created the UK edition.  Nick Reed and Phil Goldfine will also be EPs.  CBS Television Studios is producing.

Production is presently underway on the fourth season of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander.  TNT ordered 15 episodes for season four which will premiere this summer.  Warner Horizon Television produces.

Long-time independent producer of Scripps programming, Joyce Pearson recently founded Fog Edge Media.  Joyce’s company is currently producing the third season of I Want That on DIY Network.  Fog Edge Media is currently in post-production on the I Want That branded one-hour special covering the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).


Funny guy Rob Riggle is in the final negotiations to star in the FOX comedy pilot, The Gabriels, which follows his recent guest-starring gigs on FOX’s New Girl and The Cleveland Show. The comedy is about an introverted, neurotic Wisconsin family that lives in a community of over-sharers. Riggle will play devilish, childish Ken Gabriel. Justin Hurwitz (The League) and Andrew Gurland (The Last Exorcism Part II) are writers and EPs. The single-camera comedy is produced by 20th Television.

Bravo Media inked AMC Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn to star as the titular lead in Rita, one of the network’s first scripted drama pilots which will begin production this spring.  Miguel Arteta will direct the pilot and also serve as EP. Rita is an adaptation of a Danish format of the same name about a private school teacher who struggles to raise her own teenage kids while dealing with a stressful bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school.  Fox Television Studios is producing with Krista Vernoff (Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy) on board as writer and EP along with Mikkel Bondesen and Henrik Bastin as EPs for Fabrik EntertainmentKristen Campo is also a co-EP for Fabrik Entertainment.  Bravo also has another scripted drama pilot The Joneses produced by ABC Studios on tap.  Both scripted series are slated to premiere in fourth quarter 2013.


Not attracting the right candidate for that hard to fill job?
Trust Cynopsis Media for all your classified and job opening needs

Get in touch with the most viable & respected candidates in the industry!
Contact Trish Pihonak to fill that position today.


Thursday A18-49 Analysis:  CBS led by a slim margin Thursday at 3.4/9 among A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen.  At 8p, CBS’ comedies The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men won with an average of 4.7/14 topping FOX’s American Idol at 4.5/13.  Also this hour the series finale of 30 Rock aired on NBC delivering a 1.9/5 tying with Univision’s Por Ella Soy Eva in third place.  CBS’ Person of Interest did best during 9p at 3.2/9 and ABC moved into second place with Grey’s Anatomy at 2.8/7.  Then at 10p, ABC’s Scandal ranked first at 2.7/8 followed by CBS’ Elementary at 2.2/6, Univision’s Amor Bravio in third at 1.6/5 and coming in fourth overall was NBC’s new drama premiere of Do No Harm posting a 0.9/3.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, January 31, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 8.8/14            The Big Bang Theory 10.9/17, Two and a Half Men 8.4/13, Person of Interest 9.6/15, Elementary 7.0/12

FOX: 5.7/9               American Idol 7.9/12, Glee 3.5/5

ABC: 4.9/8               Shark Tank [r] 3.1/5, Grey’s Anatomy 6.2/10, Scandal 5.5/9      

NBC: 2.6/4               30 Rock [f] 3.0/5, The Office 2.8/4, The Office 2.6/4, Do No Harm [p] 2.1/4

UNIV: 2.3/4              Por Ella Soy Eva 2.2/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.5/4, Amor Bravio 2.3/4

CW: 1.3/2                Vampire Diaries 1.6/2, Beauty and the Beast 1.1/2

ION: 0.8/1                Without a Trace 0.6/1, Without a Trace 0.6/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2

TELE: 0.7/1              Pasion Prohibida 0.7/1, La Patrona 0.8/1, El Rostro de la Venganza 0.5/1

UMA: 0.2/0               Fiesta de Pelicula THR [7p start r] 0.4/1, Made in Cartagena 0.2/0, Rosario Tijeras 0.2/0

A18-49:  CBS 3.4/9, FOX 3.3/9, ABC 2.2/6, UNIV 1.8/5, NBC 1.6/4, CW 1.0/3, TELE 0.5/1, ION 0.3/1, UMA 0.2/1


Steve Capus, after two decades with NBC News, is stepping down as President. Steve has been President of NBC News since 2005 and in an email to fellow staffers said, “it is an extremely difficult decision to walk away from a place that has been the backdrop for everything in my life since 1993.” This news comes six months after Comcast consolidated its news properties under a new centralized unit that includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC and tapped former NBCUniversal executive Patricia Fili-Krushel to be in charge. Capus will remain at NBC News during a transition period, though there is no word on when Fili-Krushel will name his successor. Steve’s present direct-reports, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News SVP Alex Wallace will now report to Fili-Krusehl. Wallace will additionally add executive oversight of Nightly News to her scope that already includes Today and the primetime newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams. EP Pat Burkey will continue to manage the news broadcast on a daily basis.

Science Channel promoted Dan Bragg to SVP/Marketing and Chris Finnegan to SVP/Communications.  In his role, Dan heads all strategic, brand and campaign development for the network and Chris manages all communications and positioning for both Science Channel and Velocity networks.  Dan reports both to Debbie Adler Myers, GM and EVP/Science Channel while Chris reports directly to Debbie Adler Myers and also works closely with Robert Scanlon, SVP.

Effective immediately Myia Alston joins American Forces Network’s (AFN) Family Channel at the lead executive overseeing program planning, scheduling and acquisitions.  Myia is based in California and reports to Karreem A. Lowe, AFN Entertainment Programming Chief.  Prior to this appointment, Myia was with Nickelodeon for five years, three years at G4 and three years at Kids’ WB!.


Cynopsis: Sports Media Awards
There’s still time to enter!
Late submission deadline – February 8!

Crossing the spectrum of television, radio, and online platforms, our Sports Media Awards Categories tackles all the corners of the industry including best series and savvy marketing tactics as well as top digital content.

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Click here to visit the awards webpage for information on eligibility, categories & how to enter.

This Day In History, sponsored by Velocity: Drive Your Passion: 1922 – The Ford Motor Company buys the failing luxury automaker Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What late-night talk show host once was a writer for The Red Skelton Show? Johnny Carson. Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NYC; Gary Holbrook-Univ. of GA/Athens, GA; Paul Gluck-Ardmore House Media/Ardmore, PA; Barry Soloman-Retailability Inc./NY; Cynthia New-Charter Communications/Cape Girardeau, MO; Ed Horwitz-SVP/Production/Encino, CA; Miriam Aardahl-OMD/LA; Michael Malone/LA; Kim Gauthier-TV Guide Network/LA.

Today’s Trivia Question  Tribute to Black History Month Theme Week: Nat King Cole was one of the earliest African American trailblazers on television, hosting his own variety show.  Name the year the show debuted and the network. (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.).



Cynopsis Webinar Coming Soon:
Maximize Hispanic Market Engagement to Increase Viewership & Brand Lift

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
1:30-3:00pm EST


Later —
Lisa Ball

Cynthia Turner: Founder & Editor Emeritus
Roberta Caploe: Editorial Director
Denise O’Connor: Group Publisher, Media Entertainment
Diane K Schwartz: Senior Vice President, Media Communications Group 

Cynopsis Ad Sales: Mike Farina | VP Sales & Marketing | 203-218-6480
Classifieds Sales: Trish Pihonak | Director of Operations & Content | 888-702-3858

Cynopsis Media: a division of Access Intelligence, LLC * 10 Norden Place * Norwalk, CT * 06855 * USA

To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here.
To unsubscribe from this edition, click here

Cynopsis CLASSIFIEDSFor More classifieds, visit the classifieds page here.

JOB OPENING: MGR AD SALES MKTG/NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: 4 mons consultant role at USA Network. Dev/exec revenue generating, multplatfrm mktg for advertisers. 5+ yrs TV/agency/promo firm exp. Apply: [email protected] (2/9)

JOB OPENING: SALES RESEARCH CONSULTANT/NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: 6 month role with Ad Sales Research at USA. 1-3 yrs. exp. using Nielsen, MRI/Simmons. CV: [email protected] (2/9)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL RESEARCH CONSULTANT/NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: 6 month role supporting USA Digital Research team. 1-3 yrs. exp. Omniture reporting req’d; comScore, Nielsen a plus. CV: [email protected] (2/9)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/TV One/NY: Prepare post analysis, prepare advertiser’s scheds; create presentations, research; track liability schedules. Exp sales/planning preferred. Visit (2/8)

JOB OPENING: MORNING NEWS PRODUCER/NECN/Boston: 2+ yrs news production; format show, choose news stories, coord w/assign desk, reporters, directors; prep anchors; BA/BS req’d; more info/apply: job 7684 on (2/8)

JOB OPENING: TRAFFIC COORDINATOR/NY: Min 7yrs TV Ntwk exp. Maintain and allocate inventory for channel. Schedule promos, ads & coord. w/Ad Agencies. Traffic software exp. req. Send res/cov ltr Att Rosanne to [email protected] (2/8)

JOB OPENING: DIR, DIGITAL MKTG/20 CENTURY FOX (DOMESTIC THEATRICAL)/LA, CA: Oversee mktg domestic theatrical releases that touch Advrtsng, Mktg, Promotions, Public Relations/sales  Mgr Apply: (FFE0000797) (2/8)

JOB OPENING: TEMP DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGER/SHOWTIME/NYC: coordinate online, social and mobile projects while streamlining a workflow process to increase distribution for Smithsonian Channel Min 3 yrs exp. Apply (2/8)

JOB OPENING: BROADCAST ENGINEER/Comcast SportsNet/PHL: 5+ yrs exp, IT/MIS/Broadcast Egr background; support IT/Hardware/Network/VOIP issues; assist ENG, Studio, Remote staff; incoming/outgoing feeds; job #8687: (2/8)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, AD SALES RESEARCH/NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Mnge sales research for Cloo/Chiller, support sales research for WWE on USA/Syfy. Expertise with Nielsen, Simmons/MRI, Excel, PPT. Apply at (7797BR) (2/7)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, PRIMARY RESEARCH/USA Network/NYC: Plan/dsgn/report consumer research projects. Min of 3 yrs exp in surveys, focus groups &syndicated research svc. desired. BA/BS Req. Apply at (8619BR) (2/7)

JOB OPENING: VP, RESEARCH/HGTV/DIY/Knoxville: 12 yrs syndicated research experience (Nielsen & MRI), with primary research exp to address business critical questions; cable television & new media industry exp preferred. Apply Here (2/7)

JOB OPENING: WRITER-PRODUCER/Travel Channel/Chevy Chase: Responsible for leading and executing promotion and advertising projects and campaigns for the TV channel and company efforts at large. 5 yrs exp. Click Here To Apply (2/7)

JOB OPENING: MARKETING COORDINATOR at The HUB: Marketing Coordinator at The Hub.BA Degree Req’d. Min 2 yrs exp.Cable industry and admin exp.Creative. Exp w/on-air promos. Detail oriented. Apply (2/7)

JOB OPENING: SR ACCT EXEC TV and DIG/KILM/FILMONTV/LA: Dev new bus/mng accts, 5yrs TV/DIG adv exp, & 2 yrs video media sales req. Proven track rec dvlpng brand/client contacts/agencies. [email protected] (2/6)
JOB OPENING: SALES DIRECTOR-AGENCY/NYC: Trading Desk & DSP Focused Must have strong agency side selling experience. BS 5-10 years of sales/biz dev experience. (2/6)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, CONTENT PROTECTION/LOS ANGELES CA: Director of Content Protection Architecture and Engineering Apply: (FFE0001515) (2/6)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCTION MGR A&E Mktg (Freelance)/A+E Networks/NY: Oversee production/delivery of off-air creative projects for A&E and Bio. Full Info/Apply: (2/5)

JOB OPENING: MGR, BRANDED ENT & DIR, BRANDED ENT (2 positions)/ZO Newcast/NYC: Both exp’d with integrated mktg or ad mktg exp within a TV/Dig Nwk or Br. Ent. Agency. Res to [email protected] (2/5)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, DIGITAL RESEARCH/ABC/NY: strategic and prim/synd research; exp w/ComScore, NetRatings, Omniture apply: req #88911 and [email protected] (2/5)

JOB OPENING: AFFIL MKTG COORD/ATL: Prior mktg exp. Strong org skills w/event plan’g exp. Excel/Photoshp/Ppt/Keynote/Illustrator exp. Prior exp. w/dev. & impl. trade shows. Prov admin supp to Affil Mktg team. Res: [email protected] (2/5)

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SPRING INTERSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Intern/NUVOtv/NY: Support Pricing & Planning/Ad Sales Dep. NY Office. Strong comm. & writing skills a must. Strong MS Office Skills req. Must be enrolled in a credit-only course. Resume to: [email protected] EOE (2/5)

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED: SALES EXECUTIVE/LA: 12+ yrs exp in Media licensing/distribution, Book publishing, and online advertising is looking for a position in Chicago. Contact [email protected] for full resume (2/8)

SITUATION WANTED: Seasoned National Cable Ad Sales Planner looking to make the next step in my career. Seeking National AE role. 6+ years of major network experience to draw upon. Great contacts even better personality. [email protected] (2/8)

SITUATION WANTED: RESEARCHER/NYC: 20+ years of experience in market research including director level experience with digital publishers including CBS Interactive, Everyday Health & NYTimes/ [email protected] (2/6)

SITUATION WANTED: Pro with software & ad operations experience seeks position with media software company. [email protected] (2/6)

SITUATION WANTED: MARKETING CONSULTANT: Over 20 years marketing experience in digital video and cable TV. Capabilities include branding, positioning, mkt plan’g, strategy creation and execution.  Contact: [email protected] (2/6)

SITUATION WANTED: CREATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR: 10+ years of exp. in multiple markets. Specialties: branding, online & social media. Have initiated many award winning on-air campaigns. Resume & Demos: (2/5)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 888.702.3858 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email [email protected] for specs.


ABC: The Bachelor, Castle
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement [p], 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-O
CW: The Carrie Diaries, 90210
FOX: Bones, The Following
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
MyTV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: SVU
NBC: The Biggest Loser, Deception
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Market Warriors, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Pasion Prohibida, La Patrona, El Rostro de la Venganza
UMA: Secreto Nuclear II, Made in Cartagena, Rosario Tijeras
Univision: Por Ella Soy Eva, Amores Verdaderos, Amor Bravio

Copyright Cynopsis 2013

All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2013

Related Stories

Cynopsis 05/23/24: Apple asks, What If?

Apple asks, What If?

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY Our Primetime Winning Streak Continues… Claiming the majority of P18-49 cable viewing on back-to-back Sunday nights (May 12: 57% | May 19: 66%) – WBD delivered massive primetime reach across iconic sports and entertainment brands, including: NBA Playoffs (TNT, truTV) | NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (TBS) 90 Day […]

Cynopsis Esports 5/23/24: Larian Studios expands; MSI breaks records; Chipotle keeps fighting

Thursday May 23, 2024 Good morning! It’s Thursday, and this is your monthly Esports and Gaming Brief. Larian Studios is doing something few people expect of any game studio in 2024: expanding. Following the commercial and critical acclaim Baldur’s Gate 3 received throughout the past year, Larian has become an example of how talented right-sized […]

05/22/24: Cynopsis Jobs


MARKETING ASSOCIATE MANAGER GSTV NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Touch various teams within our group such as Marketing Solutions, Marketing Communications and Design. Our group develops thoughtful marketing and promotional programs alongside our business development team. We collaborate with teams across the organization to develop concepts that meet client needs and then bring the […]

Cynopsis 05/22/24: Comcast offers details on StreamSaver

Comcast offers details on StreamSaver

Wednesday May 22, 2024 Today’s Premieres Apple TV+: Trying BET: Sistas at 9p Fox: Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars at 9p Hulu: Chief Detective Magnolia: Happy to Be Home at 8p Netflix: Toughest Forces on Earth; Buying London Today’s Finales ABC: Jeopardy! Masters at 8p; Abbott Elementary at 9p; The Conners at 9:30p CBS: Survivor at […]