Monday, June 13th, 2011


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Good morning. It’s Monday, June 13, 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 Finale:
Oxygen: Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too at 10p




#1 with MEN 25-54!

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Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+SD M25-54 AA%, Thu 6/9/2011; #1 in Thu 8:30-9PM tp, excludes sports


New original series Feherty is teeing up on Golf Channel beginning with a one-hour special June 20 at 10p.  The series moves to its regular time period of Tuesdays at 9p on June 21.  Feherty follows Northern Ireland-born commentator David Feherty as he conducts interviews with celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment and golf at a location unique to each guest.  A sampling of guests during the first season includes Charles Barkley, Don Cheadle, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino. 

Shaw Media renewed Food Network Canada’s series Top Chef Canada for a sophomore season.  Shaw Media is working with Insight Productions and will premiere the new season in 2012. Top Chef Canada is accepting applications via a national casting call at and the deadline is June 22, 2011. 

Viewers can continue watching the first season of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada Mondays at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT, with encore presentations Saturdays at 7 pm ET/PT. Canada’s inaugural Top Chef will be crowned in the season finale airing Monday, July 4th at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network Canada.

Recently released report, State of the Media: Trends in Advertising Spend and Effectiveness from Nielsen, reveals a few tidbits pertaining to television:

  • Television advertising clocked in at more than $18 billion in the first quarter of 2011, a nearly +9% increase compared to first quarter 2010.
  • The report says on average, ads airing during the Super Bowl were 58% more memorable than all the commercials airing during regular programming in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Looking at twelve broadcast and major cable networks in primetime, a total of 5,381 major product placements were tallied in 2010, up 22% since 2006.
  • More than half of the product placements during the first quarter of 2011 occurred in reality shows on broadcast and cable networks.

The full eight-page report can be found at

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: June 10-12, 2011
Super 8 (Paramount)                          $37.0 million – 1 wk total $38.0m
X-Men: First Class (20th Century Fox)   $25.0 million – 2 wk total $98.9m
The Hangover 2 (Warner Bros.)           $18.5 million – 3 wk total $216.6m
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Paramount)             $16.6 million – 3 wk total $126.9m
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Disney) $10.8 million – 4 wk total $208.8m
Bridesmaids (Universal)                      $10.2 million – 5 wk total $123.9m
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (Relativity Media) – $6.3 million – opening weekend
Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics) $6.1 million – 4 wk total $14.2m
Thor (Paramount)                               $2.4 million – 6 wk total $173.6m
Fast Five (Universal)                           $1.7 million – 7 wk total $205.1m
Source: Rentrak



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Ice-T, in a recent Tweet, said he solidified a two-year deal to return for season 13 of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU as well as a 14th season, if the series is renewed.  Chris Meloni, who announced his departure from the show last month, has not yet been replaced. 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, formerly on the drama Undercovers, landed a role on FOX’s drama pilot Touch starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland.  Mbatha-Raw will play a social worker with child and family services who analyzes the father’s (Sutherland) autistic, mute son’s living conditions.  Danny Glover was also recently cast as the son’s teacher and David Mazouz will play the son.  Production on Touch is held up because of Sutherland’s starring turn on Broadway in the revival of That Championship Season.  FOX will likely then launch Touch in midseason. 

A new miniseries co-production is in the works between HBO and BBC2 on I, Claudius based on the 1934 autobiography of Roman Emperor Claudius and its sequel, Claudius the God.  BBC Worldwide Productions’ Jane Tranter and Anne Thomopoulos , who were both involved in HBO’s drama series Rome, will serve as executive producers of the revamped version of I, Claudius.  BBC Television famously adapted I, Claudius in 1976 which aired in the US as part of PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre starring Derek Jacobi as Claudius.  The 1976 adaptation earned three Emmy nominations. 

Casting Call:  Reality series Fear Factor is getting a re-boot and is now casting for teams of two to participate in the game show.  Married couples, siblings, parent/child duos, best friends, co-workers, teammates, roommates to even ex’s living in the greater Los Angeles area are invited to apply.  An open casting call is scheduled for June 18 from 2p to 6p at Crunch Fitness in Los Angeles. For more details on applying for the show, please visit:


It’s a show about everything.

AARP congratulates the My Generation team for its
2011 Daytime Emmy® Award nomination
in the category of Outstanding Lifestyle Program.

To see more, go to My Generation at my-generation/.


Thursday A18-49 Analysis: ABC was successful Thursday night posting a 5.1/16 among A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  At 8p, FOX danced its way to #1 with So You Think You Can Dance at 2.5/8 while the average of CBS repeat comedies The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement was #2 at 1.8/6. ABC was in charge the remainder of the night with its NBA Finals coverage of Game 5 and at 9p ABC delivered a 6.0/18 and FOX trailed in second place with more of its So You Think You Can Dance at 2.6/8.  ABC’s Game 5 rose in the ratings during 10p to a 7.6/21 and Univision’s Copa Oro 2011 coverage was a distant #2 at 2.3/7.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, June 9, 2011  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

ABC: 7.7/13      Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 5 2.5/5, Buick Regal NBA Countdown Game 5 3.5/6, NBA Finals on ABC Game 5: Miami at Dallas 10.8/19


CBS: 4.7/8         The Big Bang Theory [r] 4.7/9, Rules of Engagement [r] 3.8/6, CSI [r] 4.7/8, The Mentalist [r] 5.0/9

FOX: 4.3/7         So You Think You Can Dance 4.3/7


UNIV: 1.9/3       Teresa 1.9/3, Copa Ora 2011 1.4/2, Copa Ora 2011: Cuba vs. Mexico 2.2/4

NBC: 1.5/3        Community [r] 1.4/2, 30 Rock [r] 1.3/2, The Office [r] 1.6/3, Parks and Recreation [r] 1.3/2, Love Bites 1.7/3

ION: 1.0/2         Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2

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

TELE: 0.6/1        Mi Corazon Insiste 0.5/1, Los Herederos del Monte 0.6/1, La Casa de Al Lado 0.8/1

TF: 0.5/1            Copa Oro 2011: Costa Rica vs. El Salvado 0.7/1, La Viuda Joven 0.2/0, Alborada 0.2/0

A18-49:  ABC 5.1/16, FOX 2.5/8, UNIV 1.8/6, CBS 1.4/4, NBC 0.8/2, ION 0.5/1, TELE 0.5/1, TF 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1


MarVista Entertainment tapped Stephanie Slack as SVP/Co-Productions and Acquisitions, starting immediately.  Stephanie, who previously worked for 20th Century Fox in their distribution area, will oversee MarVista’s expanding telefilm and series properties by establishing strategic relationships including co-production partnerships as well as managing programming acquisitions covering all genres.  In her new role, Stephanie will report to Michael D. Jacobs, President, MarVista Entertainment. 

Lisa Clark elevated to SVP/Consumer Marketing and Media Strategy with National Geographic Networks.  Lisa will now supervise marketing functions for National Geographic Channel (NGC) and Nat Geo WILD in addition to her current responsibilities involving the development and implementation of consumer campaigns for both networks.  Lisa continues to report to Kiera Hynninen, EVP/Marketing.  Furthermore, Joyce Romano promoted to VP/Program Planning and Finance where she heads asset and cash program budgets and product placement.  Joyce reports to Heather Moran, SVP/Programming and Strategic Development.

This day in History:  1920 – The U.S. Post Office Department ruled that children may not be sent by parcel post.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What was the name of the local gang George Utley tried to join as a teenage, and Dick Loudson successfully joins?  VERMONT HOOLIGANS  Kudos to: Charles Starratt-The Media Dash/Atlanta; Bruce Gibson-The Weather Channel/Atlanta; Cynthia McFaden-Comcast Spotlight/Fredericksburg; Steven Kurtzer-Zimmerman/Ft. Lauderdale; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Marc Grayson-Revenue Reduction/Sherman Oaks; Randy Turrow-Featurepro/Malibu; Susan Goldberg-LOGO Ad Sales/Santa Monica

Today’s Trivia Question:  Who drove a black and white Plymouth model patrol car with the license plate E193742, originally in black and white?  (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.)

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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], How I Met Your Mother [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 [r], American Experience [r]
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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