Monday, June 14th, 2004





Good morning. It’s Monday, June 14, 2004, and now on with your first early morning briefing. 

If you missed the final hole of the Buick Classic’s 3-hole playoff yesterday when ABC chose at 7p to cut to a repeat of America’s Funniest Videos, you may be glad to hear Sergio Garcia won the tournament.  ABC’s deal with the PGA Tour is they are free to end their coverage at its scheduled end time – it does not have to stick with it until play has completed.  Of course for a golf fan, that doesn’t make it right.  A few highlights of that final playoff hole between Sergio Garcia, Rory Sabbatini and Padraig Harrington could be seen on ESPN.  Saturday evening the network cut out on time as well, that is 6pm, with the final group still in the middle of the back nine.  According to Mark Mandel, ABC Spokesman, “We stayed as long as we could. … When we can, we try in these circumstances to switch the programming, in this case over to ESPN or ESPN2. Obviously, they couldn’t accommodate. We’re very sorry about having to frustrate our viewers.”  For a repeat of AFV?  I don’t understand the problem.

While NBC’s Next Action Star debuts tonight, it will be repurposed and debut on GSN nine days after its bcst premiere. GSN will air all 10 eps. Produced by GRB Entertainment, the series has also been licensed to Sky One/UK, TVNZ/New Zealand and Sony’s AXN action nets.

Rainbow Entertainment Services has partnered with Miramax Films for the distribution rights to 86 Miramax films, 12 of which will be the bcst premieres.  Titles include The Quiet American, The Barbarian Invasions and City of God, as well as part of the first network window to Cold Mountain (2010), and older titles such as Bridget Jones Diary, Chocolat, Cider House Rules and Good Will Hunting. The deal covers the trio of Rainbow Media cable networks – AMC, IFC, WE.

Season Finale: The WB’s Superstar USA on WB at 9 pm

Season Premiere
Next Action Star – NBC at 10p
North Shore – Fox at 8p
The Casino – Fox at 9p

Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will return to NBC for 3 episodes starting June 30 at 8 pm.  The episodes will remake twins, an ex-pro ice skater and a Johnny Depp wannabe.

A&E has ordered up 6 one hour eps of a new reality series called Interventions – yes, cameras watch as friends, family, seek to intervene with a person’s addiction, be it drugs, alcohol, gambling, shopping, video games, whatever.  You’d think, bad enough to be the subject of an intervention; worse to have TV cameras in the room. In any case, A&E and GRB Entertainment are producing, and the series is likely to find airtime in 4th qtr this year, according to Variety.

Weekend Box Office Estimates: June 11-13, 2004
Harry Potter/Azkaban (Warner Bros.)     $35.1 million – 2 wk total $158.1m
The Chronicles of Riddick (Universal)   $24.6 million – opening weekend
Shrek 2 (DreamWorks)                    $24.0 million – 4 wk total $354.0m
Stepford Wives (Paramount)              $22.2 million – opening weekend
Garfield: The Movie (Fox)               $21.7 million – opening weekend
Day After Tomorrow (Fox)                $14.6 million – 3 wk total $153.2m
Raising Helen (Buena Vista)             $3.8 million – 3 wk total $31.4m
Troy (Warner Bros.)                     $3.7 million – 5 wk total $125.7m
Saved! (United Artists)                 $2.6 million – 3 wk total $3.7m
Mean Girls (Paramount)          $1.5 million – 7 wk total $81.3m
Source: Box Office Mojo

I know you’re just kicking yourself because you missed the hip-hop/R&B concert at Giants Stadium on Saturday evening.  No worries – The Hot 97 Summer Jam Concert will air on Fuse on June 25 with host Lil Jon  and performances from G-Unit featuring 50 Cent, Alicia Keyes, Big Boi of Outkast, Ludakris, Chingy, Jadakiss, Twista, Lil Jon and the Ying Yang Twins, Kayne West among others.  I know, you’ve been waiting all season for this … knew you didn’t want to miss it.

According to final Nielsen Media Research ratings for Thursday night, ABC delivered a 7.0/21 A18-49 rating for the NBA Game #3 airing from 9-11:51pm.

Today marks the launch of RealNetworks, Inc. and Starz Encore Group LLC’s, premium subscription movie service delivered over high-speed broadband connections to PCs.  The new service is called STARZ! Ticket on Real Movies, and offers major, recently released motion pictures, and is available at or In addition to having access to download a movie title via RealVideo 10 and through RealPlayer, subscribers also gave access to a streamed version of the STARZ! Linear service.  STARZ! Ticket on Real movies also offers a rotating library to subs.  Some 100 titles will be available at any given time, beginning at launch with Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Freaky Friday, The Hulk, Gangs of New York, Chicago, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Brining Down the House.  Upcoming titles include Lost in Translation, Mona Lisa Smile, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Spy Kids 3: Game Over.  The service also includes classic features (e.g. The Poseidon Adventures, A Raisin in the Sun, and Alien etc.).

A handful of staff uppings/changes at the MMT Sales Chicago office were announced by Larry Strumwasser, Pres/MMT:
Sheila Roth has been upped to VP/Branch Manager; Eric Rajewski to Manager/MMT/Chicago’s Team C. Mike Stropes was named Manager of MMT Chicago’s Team A. Mike makes the move to MMT from NCC/Chicago.

Entertainment Studios has upped Jeryl Reitzel to EVP/Domestic Television Distribution, overseeing program sale sand marketing.  Jeryl shares EVP responsibilities with Andrew Temple, also EVP.  Both Jeryl and Andrew report to Stu Stringfellow, President/Domestic Television Distribution.

Thursday, June 10, 2004. Fast Affiliate Household Ratings for all Networks. Fast affiliate numbers which reflect time period data, not program data, and can change slightly once the finals come in, particularly for LIVE programming (i.e. Football). Source Nielsen Media Research. Time Period Averages Only. [p] = Premiere; [o] = Original; [r] = Repeat

ABC     7.9/14  My Wife & Kids 6.7/13Hang Time 6.1/11, NBA Finals Game #3 8.6/14 (Due to the nature of live sports, Fast Nationals for ABC are approximate)

CBS     7.4/13  Joan of Arcadia (OTO) 4.3/8, CSI 9.0/15, Without a Trace 8.9/15

NBC     4.0/7   Friends [r] 4.8/9, Come to Papa 4.0/7, Will & Grace [r] 4.1/7, Scrubs [r] 3.3/5, ER [r] 4.1/7

FOX     2.7/5   That 70’s Show 3.0/6, That 70’s Show 3.3/6, Tru Calling 2.4/4

UPN     2.9/5   WWE Smackdown 2.9/5

WB      0.9/2   Pepsi Smash 0.9/2, Summerland [r] 0.9/2

A18-49  ABC 5.0/15, CBS 3.0/9, NBC 2.3/7, FOX 1.9/6, UPN 1.5/5, WB 0.5/2


Theatrical Movies Work on Network Television!


Even After 11 Runs on Cable!

Primetime’s #1 Program for the Night
with M12-34 and #2 with M/A 18-34

Ranked #1 in its Competitive Time Period
with M12-34 & 18-34

Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution
Your #1 Choice for Great Movies!

Source:  NTI Explorer, 6/4/04.  Friday 8-10pm.  Night rank ties Las Vegas with M12-34 and Dateline with P12-34.  Ratings.

The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1996 – Ella Fitzgerald, one of the great jazz vocalists of all time, dies at age 79.

Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: The character of Al Borland on Home Improvement was originally intended only for the pilot.  The actor who was to play Tim’s sidekick was unavailable for the pilot shoot but was supposed to be a series regular.  Who was that actor, and do you his character’s name?  THE CHARACTER WAS GLEN, TIM’S SIDEKICK, AND WAS TO BE PLAYED BY STEPHEN TOBOLOWSKY.  Kudos to …. nobody? yikes.


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Later — Cyn

Cynthia Turner’s Cynopsis
06/14/04  5:14am
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COURT TV: The Investigation Channel’s  viewers are receptive to advertising Ranked #3 among Cable Networks

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COURT TV:       
The I-Zone, Forensic Files, The Investigators
ABC             My Wife and Kids [r], George Lopez [r], According to Jim [r], Hope & Faith [r], Weddings Gone Wild: Anything for Love
CBS             Still Standing [r],Yes Dear [r], Raymond [r], Two and a Half Men [r], CSI: Miami  [r]
FOX             North Shore [premiere], The Casino [premiere]
NBC             Fear Factor [r], For Love or Money, Next Action Star [premiere]
PAX             AFV, AFV, Early Edition, Diagnosis Murder
UPN             The Parkers [r], Eve [r], Girlfriends [r], Half & Half [r]
WB              7th Heaven [r], The WB’s Superstar USA [season finale]
TELE            Prisonera, El Alma Herida, Protagonistas VIP
UNIV            Mariana de la Noche, Bajo la Misma Piel, Cristina

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