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Good morning. It’s Monday, July 13, 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 Premiere:
Travel Channel: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations at 10p

Syndication Premiere: The Wendy Williams Show (check local listings for air times)


Production on NBC’s new drama series Parenthood is postponed for eight weeks due to star Maura Tierney’s illness. NBC has now slated the premiere of Parenthood for midseason rather than the previously scheduled fall date of September 23. In exchange, NBC pushed up the premiere date of new medical drama Mercy for this fall with production starting early to prepare for a September debut. Regarding Tierney’s condition, NBC would not release a definite prognosis. Parenthood is produced by Universal Media Studios and Imagine TV and also stars Peter Krause, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.

Programming note: ABC, PBS and C-SPAN will all provide gavel to gavel coverage today of Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. ABC’s coverage will begin at 10a with live-streaming available at soniasotomayor. PBS will also provide live streaming at and C-SPAN will have full coverage at C-SPAN TV, radio and online.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: July 10-12, 2009
Bruno (Universal)                                               $30.4 million  opening weekend
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (20th Century Fox) $28.5  2 wk total $120.6m
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount)    $24.2 million  3 wk total $339.2m
Public Enemies (Universal)                                   $14.1 million  2 wk total $66.5m
The Proposal (Disney)                                         $10.5 million  4 wk total $113.8m
The Hangover (Warner Bros.)                               $9.9 million  6 wk total $222.4m
I Love You, Beth Cooper (20th Century Fox)           $5.0 million  opening weekend
Up (Disney)                                                      $4.7 million  7 wk total $273.8m
My Sister’s Keeper (Warner Bros.)                         $4.2 million  3 wk total $35.8m
The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Sony)                         $1.6 million  5 wk total $61.5m
Source: Rentrak

Emmy® Note:  Cynopsis will be rolling out five Special Edition issues focusing on the 2009 Emmy® Award nominees, going out to all Cynopsis subscribers.  These special editions will cover the following categories: 

  • 7/29 Special Edition:  Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
  • 8/5 Special Edition:    Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing of a Drama, Outstanding Writing of a Drama
  • 8/12 Special Edition:  Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Outstanding Reality Program; Outstanding Non-Fiction Series; Outstanding Non-Fiction Special
  • 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

The nominees will be announced this Thursday morning, and if you’re among them … 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), we will include it in our special edition.   Please send the description to me at


Hearst Television, Inc.’s KOAT 7 made an agreement with Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. (LBI Media) to launch the 24/7 Spanish language network Estrella TV. KOAT 7 will air on the digital multicast channels of KOAT/Albuquerque, KOCT/Carlsbad and KOVT/Silver City. Based on data from the US Census, nearly 45% of New Mexico’s population is Hispanic.


MTV gave a series order for the teen comedy Hard Times about the life of fifteen-year old RJ Berger whose asset is revealed in front of the whole high school and then he has to deal with his newfound fame. MTV revealed the plot of Hard Times recently as part of its development slate. Hard Times is produced by New Remote Productions and is created and executive produced by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  The biggest story to come out of Allen & Co’s star-studded media conference in Sun Valley over the weekend was that News Corp. plans to remake MySpace into an entertainment portal, courtesy of Rupert’s WSJ. Once the hottest social networking portal on the planet, MySpace has struggled over the past year to retain its users and managers. MySpace Music – its attempt at creating a comprehensive, U.S.-based major label music portal – has attracted a sizeable audience but not much of a return for its investors, according to reports. Meanwhile News Corp. is “unlikely” to build its own e-reader but the company is working with other manufacturers to speed development of the devices, according to comments made by Mr. Murdoch in an interview with Fox Business Network last week.  Full edition: CYN DIGITAL

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  101 Dalmatians: The Musical kicks off its nationwide tour beginning in Minneapolis this October 2009 and concluding in LA in June 2010.  Based on author Dodie (Dorothy) Smith’s 1956 novel The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, the family-targeted musical is directed by the celebrated Jerry Zaks and features a score by singer/songwriter/musician and founding STYK band-member Dennis DeYoung and a book by writer/lyricist/director BT McNicholl (resident director Billy Elliot/Broadway). The musical, which will include a three week run in NYC at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in April 2010, will feature actors dressed as Dalmatians as well as 15 or so actual Dalmatians that will be trained by veteran animal trainer Joel Slaven (Ace Ventura Pet Detective, That Darn Cat and Rain Maker, as well as many stage shows etc).  101 Dalmatians: The Musical is produced by Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions, Troika Entertainment, and Luis Alvarez.   Full edition: CYN KIDS


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Thursday  A18-49 Analysis: On a high-energy night, FOX won Thursday and the A18-49 demo with a 2.1/7, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS’ new edition of Big Brother made its debut and won the 8p hour with a 2.3/8 followed by FOX’s Bones repeat at 1.4/5. FOX took over at 9p with So You Think You Can Dance at 2.9/9 while CBS’ CSI encore and UNIV’s Manana Es Para Siempre tied for second place at 1.6/5 each. Then at 10p, UNIV’s Copa Oro 2009 match between Mexico and Panama came in first at 1.8/6 and CBS’ The Mentalist rebroadcast was a close second with 1.7/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, July 9, 2009 (July Sweep Day 8)  time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 5.0/9          Big Brother [p] 4.4/8, CSI [r] 5.1/9, The Mentalist [r] 5.5/10

FOX: 4.3/8          Bones [r] 3.7/7, So You Think You Can Dance 4.9/8

NBC: 2.1/4          30 Rock [r] 2.2/4, The Office [r] 2.0/4, The Office [r] 1.9/3, 30 Rock [r] 1.7/3, Listener 2.3/4

ABC: 1.9/4         Samantha Who? 2.5/5, Samantha Who? 2.2/4, Grey’s Anatomy [r] 1.9/3, Private Practice [r] 1.6/3

UNIV: 1.9/4         En Nombre Del Amor 1.7/3, Manana Es Para Siempre 2.0/4, Copa Oro 2009: Mexico vs. Panama 2.0/4

MNT: 1.0/2          My Thursday Night Movie: Passenger 57 [r] 1.0/2

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

TELE: 0.6/1         Mas sabe el diablo 0.5/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.6/1, Ninos Ricos 0.7/1, Victorinos 0.5/1

ION: 0.4/1          Thursday Night Movie: True Crime [r] 0.4/1, MASH [r] 0.3/0

A18-49: FOX 2.1/7, CBS 1.9/6, UNIV 1.5/5, NBC 1.0/3, ABC 0.8/3, CW 0.5/2, TELE 0.5/2, MNT 0.4/1, ION 0.1/0



Titan Broadcasting hired Cesar Angulo as President/GM for KTNC/San Francisco, an Estrella affiliate for the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. Cesar joins from KSTS where he was the acting GM and VP/Sales for the Telemundo affiliate serving San Francisco.

Granite Broadcasting Corporation promoted Matthew A. Rosenfeld as President/GM of KSEE/Fresno and Greg Catlin as GM of WBNG/Binghamton/Elmira, effective immediately.


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This day in History:    1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” was first published.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What TV character has an unusual fear of dust bunnies?  JOANNA LOUDON on NEWHART  Kudos to: Charles Mannino-Tyco Communications/Eatontown NJ; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NY; Steve Kurtzer-Zimmerman/Ft. Lauderdale; BJ Smith-Rainbow Media/NY; Peter George-WFLD-WPWR/Chicago

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ABC:  The Bachelorette, Here Come the Newlyweds
AZTECA: Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Extranormal de Impacto, Al Extremo
CBS: How I Met Your Mother [r], Rules of Engagement [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, NCIS, NCIS
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, Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
TELE: Mas Sabe el Diablo, El Rostro de Analia, Ninos Ricos Padres Pobres, Victorinos
UNIV: El Nombre del Amor, Manana es para Siempre, Cristina       

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