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Good morning. It’s Monday, July 11, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing. As always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here

Tonight’s Premieres:
TR3s: MTV, Musica y Mas:  Quiero Mi Boda at 7p
Syfy: Eureka at 8p; Warehouse 13 at 9p; Alphas (series debut) at 10p
Discovery Channel: Man vs. Wild at 9p; Surviving the Cut 2 at 10p
HGTV: HGTV Design Star at 9p
TNT: The Closer at 9p; Rizzoli & Isles at 10p
Food Network: Tough Cookies at 10p
Nat Geo WILD: Deadly 60 at 10p & 1030p
TLC: Surprise Homecoming at 10p


After 25 years with CBS News, Harry Smith is rumored to exit and join NBC News.  NBC is expected to make this news official today.  Smith will apparently join NBC’s upcoming primetime news show with Brian Williams as a correspondent.   

The all-new version of original drama series Dallas has been approved by TNT.  Produced by Warner Horizon Television, the new Dallas brings a fresh generation of characters together centered on rivalries and intrigues within the powerful Ewing oil and cattle-ranch family dynasty.  TNT ordered 10 episodes slated to premiere in summer 2012.  A few of the original Dallas stars will reprise their roles including Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman returning as J.R. Ewing.  Members of the new cast include Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong.  Tonight, following the season debuts of TNT’s The Closer at 9p and Rizzoli & Isles at 10p, the network will offer viewers a sneak preview of the new Dallas series.  TNT also launched a Dallas fan website at containing sneak peaks and behind-the-scenes footage. 

Next month, FUEL TV opens its new original travel series, Drake’s Passage on August 15 at 10p.  The series will be slotted as part of the network’s Raging Mondays programming block.  From Red Bull Media House North America, Drake’s Passage escorts viewers to major cities around the globe, showing them off through the eyes of Drake McElroy, a professional freestyle motocross rider and judge of the Red Bull X-Fighters. 

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: July 8-10, 2011
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (Paramount) $47.0 million – 2 wk total $261.0m
Horrible Bosses (Warner Bros.)           $28.1 million – opening weekend
Zookeeper (Sony)                              $21.0 million – opening weekend
Cars 2 (Disney)                                  $15.2 million – 3 wk total $148.8m
Bad Teacher (Sony)                            $9.0 million – 3 wk total $78.8m
Larry Crowne (Universal)                    $6.3 million – 2 wk total $26.5m
Super 8 (Paramount)                          $4.8 million – 5 wk total $118.1m
Monte Carlo (20th Century Fox)            $3.8 million – 2 wk total $16.1m
Green Lantern (Warner Bros.)             $3.1 million – 4 wk total $109.7m
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (20th Century Fox) $2.9 million – 4 wk total $57.7m
Source: Rentrak


Entertainment Studios, Inc. forged an agreement with NBC Owned Television Stations for its new hi-def television court show, We The People with Gloria Allred.  Launching this fall, the court program will air via NBC’s O&O’s on WNBC/New York, KNBC/Los Angeles, WMAQ/Chicago, KXAS/Dallas, KNTV/San Francisco, KNSD/San Diego and WVIT/Hartford.  Entertainment Studios, an independent producer and distributor of first-run syndicated programming and owner of seven 24-hour hi-def television networks, is producing and distributing We The People with Gloria Allred. 


Showtime’s Shameless added James Wolk (Lone Star) for its second season in a multi-episode run.  Wolk will portray Adam, an investment executive who connects with Fiona (Emmy Rossum).

Charles Mesure, last seen on ABC’s sci fi drama V, is staying with the network and joining Desperate Housewives as a series regular.  He will play Ben, an attractive, charming and sometimes ruthless contractor who will become the new love interest for Renee (Vanessa Williams).  Desperate Housewives bows its eighth season on September 25 at 9p.

Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark are returning to NBC’s daytime soap Days of Our Lives this September to reprise their roles of Austin Reed and Carrie Brady respectively.  Muldoon left Days in 1995 for primetime TV and film roles while Clark last appeared on the soap in 2010 after being on and off the show since the mid- 1980s.  They will begin taping next week.

Karen Olivo landed a series regular role on NBC Harry’s Law for its second season, per EW.  Olivo will play a new lawyer hired by Harry Korn (Kathy Bates). 



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Broadcast Morning News Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of June 27, 2011)
NBC: Today 4.83 million total viewers; 1.7/14 and 2.14 million A25-54
ABC: GMA 4.35 million total viewers; 1.3/11 and 1.61 million A25-54
CBS: Early Show 2.10 million total viewers; 0.6/5 and 774,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Late-Night Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of June 27, 2011)
ABC: Nightline 3.79 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.44 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.10 million A18-49
CBS: Late Show 3.38 million total viewers; 1.1 and 1.35 million A25-54; 0.8 and 1.03 million A18-49
NBC: Tonight Show 2.32 million total viewers; 0.8 and 987,000 A25-54; 0.6 and 785,000 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (July 3, 2011)
NBC: Meet the Press **Pre-Empted**
CBS: Face the Nation 2.10 million total viewers; 0.5 and 569,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.16 million total viewers; 0.6 and 762,000 A25-54
FOX: FOX News Sunday 883,000 total viewers; 0.3 and 415,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Thursday A18-49 Analysis:  CBS was in charge Thursday hitting #1 with a 1.9/6 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  ABC opened the night at 8p in first place with Wipeout at 2.0/7 while CBS with the average of repeat comedies The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement and FOX with a new So You Think You Can Dance tied for second place at 1.7/6 each.  Big Brother premiered a new installment on CBS during 9p at 2.8/8 with Expedition Impossible on ABC trailing next at 1.7/5.  ABC was back in the winner’s seat at 10p with Rookie Blue at 1.5/4 and CBS’ The Mentalist encore was #2 at 1.2/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, July 7, 2011  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.3/8       The Big Bang Theory [r] 4.4/8, Rules of Engagement [r] 3.4/6, Big Brother 13 [p] 4.7/8, The Mentalist [r] 4.3/8


ABC: 3.6/6        Wipeout 3.9/7, Expedition Impossible 3.2/5, Rookie Blue 3.6/6

FOX: 2.7/5         So You Think You Can Dance 3.4/6, Glee [r] 1.9/3

UNIV: 1.6/3       Teresa 1.9/3, Triunfo del Amor 2.1/4, El Equipo 0.9/2

NBC: 1.4/2        Community [r] 1.4/3, Parks and Recreation [r] 1.5/3, The Office [r] 1.6/3, 30 Rock [r] 1.3/2, Love Bites 1.4/2

ION: 1.2/2         Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2

CW: 0.7/1          Vampire Diaries [r] 0.6/1, Nikita [r] 0.7/1

TELE: 0.7/1        Mi Corazon Insiste 0.6/1, Los Herederos del Monte 0.6/1, La Casa de Al Lado 0.8/1

TF: 0.3/1           La Pola 0.3/1, Dona Bella 0.3/0

A18-49:  CBS 1.9/6, ABC 1.7/5, FOX 1.3/4, UNIV 1.3/4, NBC 0.8/2, ION 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2, CW 0.4/1, TF 0.2/1



Saul Adams promoted to Executive Producer of PIX11 News at Ten with PIX11 in New York.  In his new role, Saul will manage the station’s PM News broadcast airing nightly at 10p. Most recently, Saul was the station’s Senior Producer the 10p news broadcast and he has been with PIX11 since 2003.

Shine Group Americas announced three staffing changes: Steve Shikiya appointed as CFO and Lee Rierson elevated to Chief/Business Operations and Legal of Shine Group Americas while David Kekst was added as EVP/Business Operations and Legal with Reveille

This day in History:  1977 – The Medal of Freedom was awarded posthumously to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a White House ceremony.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Who’s quote is this?  “The first dance is critical. I never start off close. It gives me no place to go.  … First there is the smile, then the laugh. The right kind of laugh can make a man feel interesting and funny. And that’s what guys love most in women.”  ALLY McBEAL Kudos to: Marge Pistulka-Empower MediaMarketing/Coral Springs; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NY; Kaitlyn Bergfeld-Uniworld Group/Brooklyn; Steve Kurtzer-Zimmerman/Ft. Lauderdale; Lorrie Shilling-DirecTV/El Segundo; Paul Blutter-General American Group/Northridge

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ABC:   The Bachelorette, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition
AZTECA:  Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS:  How I Met Your Mother [r], Mike and Molly [r], Two and a Half Men [r], Mike & Molly [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r]
CW:   90210 [r], Gossip Girl [r]
FOX:  Master Chef [r], Master Chef
ION:  Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC:  America’s Got Talent [r], L&O: Criminal Intent [r], L&O: LA
PBS:  Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
TELE:  Mi Corazon Insiste, Los Herederos del Monte, La Casa de al Lado
UNIV:  Teresa, Triunfo del Amor, Don Francisco Presenta

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