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Good morning. It’s Monday, November 14, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Tonight’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Saved at 8p
HGTV: Love It or List It at 8p

Tonight’s Finale:
TLC: Lottery Changed My Life at 9p




RULES is #1 in Adults in Each of its Four Weeks this Season!


Source: Nielsen, Live+SD A25-54 AA%; #1=rank in TP: Thu 8:30-9PM, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 & 11/10, excludes sports; growth = 10/20-11/10/2011 vs 2/24-5/19/2011 (original TC only)



Early next year, it is likely CBS will revamp its third-ranking morning show, The Early Show transforming it into a two-hour news show. More details on the proposed morning news program are expected to be announced in New York tomorrow.  CBS’ new program will focus on hard news and use a conversational format such as MSNBC’s Morning Joe or ABC’s The View.  Charlie Rose and Gayle King, who has long been associated with Oprah Winfrey, will join other new hires and The Early Show’s current co-hosts, Erica Hill and Jeff Glor on a new studio set that is under construction at CBS’ headquarters on West 57th Street in New York.  Rose, who has contributed to CBS News’ 60 Minutes, will co-anchor the 7a hour with Hill.  King will co-anchor the 8a hour with Glor where CBS also intends to feature specific correspondents.  For Rose, a move to morning TV would not signal an end to his long-running late night interview program, Charlie Rose on PBS. 

Recently the competition reality series, Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star which aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network chose not one but two winners.  The dual winners, Zach Anner and Kristina Kuzmic will both will star in their own shows debuting this December on OWN: 

  • Anner will host a travel show, Rollin’ with Zach produced by Pie Town Productions opening December 12 at 8p with back-to-back episodes airing over three consecutive weeks for a total of six episodes.  Anner, who has cerebral palsy and became a fan favorite through his audition video, will travel the country, meeting new people and trying new adventures.  Grammy Award-winner John Mayer composed and performed the theme song for Rollin’ with Zach titled Let The Boy. 
  • Kuzmic’s new show The Ambush Cook will premiere December 3 at 12p with double episodes airing for three consecutive weeks for a total of six episodes.  The Croatian-born Kuzmic, who was once a single mother without a job, shares her passion for cooking as she ambushes people and takes them to her kitchen for an intervention in home cooking.  The Ambush Cook is also produced by Pie Town Productions.

Tomorrow night A&E Network’s series Storage Wars moves to a new night as it returns with new episodes airing back-to-back starting at 10p.  A&E also debuts the new original series Storage Wars: Texas produced by Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company for A&E with sixteen half-hour eps beginning December 6 at 1030p which will follow episodes of Storage Wars.  In its current season, Storage Wars is averaging 4.7 million viewers; 2.7 million with A25-54; and 2.6 million among A18-49.   

The Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards is up and running. So visit and make a plan to enter your preschool, kid and tween targeted TV series, TV movies, and websites, apps and games, and the marketing, public relations and advertising campaigns to support that content in the multiple categories laid out there. To enter Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards your kid-targeted content or support campaign must have taken place (in part or in full) between October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011. We look forward to seeing your entry and saluting the winners at the June 2012 Awards program in New York City.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  November 11-13, 2011
Immortals (Relativity Media)                $32.0 million  opening weekend
Jack and Jill (Sony)                             $26.0 million  opening weekend
Puss in Boots (Paramount)                   $25.5 million  3 wk total $108.8m
Tower Heist (Universal)                       $13.2 million  2 wk total $43.9m
J. Edgar (Warner Bros.)                       $11.5 million  1 wk total $11.6m
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Warner Bros.) $5.9 million  2 wk total $23.2m
In Time (20th Century Fox)                   $4.2 million  3 wk total $30.7m
Paranormal Activity 3 (Paramount)       $3.6 million  4 wk total $100.8m
Footloose (Paramount)                        $2.7 million  5 wk total $48.8m
Real Steel (Disney)                             $2.0 million  6 wk total $81.7m
Source: Rentrak



Political drama series House of Cards, which will air via Netflix, will be distributed by Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) in a new partnership forged by the two entities.  SPT will handle worldwide distribution of House of Cards and both companies will participate in distribution for the series in the US, Canada, Latin America and Spain following Netflix’s completion of transmission in those specific regions.   House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and was developed by Beau Willimon who also serves as show-runner on the series in addition to writing the pilot. 


Washington, D.C.-based TeleGraff Media forged a co-production deal with Discovery Communications, LLC for the series Biggest & Baddest.  The one-hour series with six episodes follows well-known explorer and wildlife biologist, Niall McCann as he finds the largest and most dangerous animals found in the world.  The series will also air on Animal Planet Canada and is produced by Gryphon Productions’ wildlife unit Wild Planet Productions.
Ben Stiller signed an overall television production and development deal with ABC Studios on behalf of his Red Hour Films.  The deal goes through May 31, 2013 and includes an option to extend for one year as well as the hire of former Universal Pictures’ executive Deborah Liebling to head Red Hour’s new television unit.

A potential new six-hour miniseries titled Harem about the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire, is being developed by Starz and BBC Worldwide Productions, reports THR.  Ann Peacock is close to finalizing a deal to write the project based on an original idea by Gina Gershon.  Harem would relate the story of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire who reconstructed the legal system and managed the fleet’s annexation of most of the Middle East.  The plot would surround Roxelana, a beautiful young slave woman who marries Suleyman which begins the time known as the Reign of Women.

Paul Bettany has been tapped to star in Showtime’s drama pilot Masters of Sex.  Bettany will portray William H. Masters who partnered with Virginia E. Johnson forming the celebrated research team on human sexuality.  Sony Pictures Television is behind the adaptation of Thomas Maier’s book which provides the source material.  Showtime approved the pilot last August. 

Former The Twilight Saga star Ashley Greene is set to appear in a multi-episode run on ABC’s frosh drama Pan Am.  Greene will play a debutante who is connected to Michael Mosley’s character Ted.  Greene will first appear in the December 5 episode.

Casting Call: Doron Ofir Casting in association with Stone & Company Entertainment and MTV News and Docs is seeking captivating, fun and intriguing young women who are story tellers for the docu-series Connected.  Doron Ofir Casting is seeking female storytellers, diary keepers, social networkers, bloggers, journalists, internet celebs and writers who live in Southern California who have a point of view and the ability to share their unscripted life.  The women must be at least 15-24 years old.  Apply online using the digital application at: .

Casting Call: A national search is underway looking for aspiring teen pop stars and their parents to be in a new series for a major cable network.  The series is looking for passionate parents and their talented teens that have talent in the areas of rock, pop, folk or rap.  Does your daughter or son have the rhythm, vocal range, tenacity and desire to become the next Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez?  Do you, as parents, put forth a lot of effort to make sure your kid is seen and heard?  To submit your family, send an email to: [email protected] and include a brief bio with your name, occupation, city where you live and describe your talented kids and include any performances you have footage of as well as how many hours a day are dedicated to your child’s dream.  Include your contact numbers and a few photos of the whole family including the aspiring teen pop star.


Thursday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX tallied another Thursday night win with a 2.9/8 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  CBS did best at 8p with an average of 4.4/12 for its comedies The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement followed by The X-Factor on FOX at 3.3/9.  At 9p, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy had the cure at 4.1/10 and Univision’s Latin Grammy 2011 coverage was #2 at 2.7/6 while FOX’s Bones was a close third place at 2.6/6.  Then at 10p, ABC’s Private Practice was first at 2.8/7 and Univision remained in second place with the Latin Grammy 2011 telecast at 2.2/6.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, November 10, 2011  (November Sweep Day 15) time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 6.8/11        The Big Bang Theory 9.5/15, Rules of Engagement 6.9/11, Person of Interest [r] 5.7/9, The Mentalist [r] 6.5/11


FOX: 5.7/9             The X-Factor 6.0/9, Bones 5.3/8

ABC: 5.4/9           Charlie’s Angels 3.4/5, Grey’s Anatomy 7.5/11, Private Practice 5.3/9

NBC: 2.9/5           Community 2.3/4, Parks and Recreation 2.3/3, The Office 3.5/5, Whitney 2.7/4, Prime Suspect 3.3/5

UNIV: 2.9/5         Latin Grammy 2011 2.9/5

CW: 1.7/3            Vampire Diaries 2.0/3, Secret Circle 1.4/2

ION: 0.8/1           Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/1

TELE: 0.6/1          Mi Corazon Insiste 0.6/1, Flor Salvaje 0.5/1, La Casa de al Lado 0.7/1

TF: 0.2/0             Reto de Mujer 0.2/0, Ultimo Matrimonio 0.2/0, Correo de Inocentes 0.3/0, Protagonistas 0.2/0

A18-49:  FOX 2.9/8, CBS 2.8/7, ABC 2.7/7, UNIV 2.5/6, NBC 1.8/5, CW 1.1/3, TELE 0.4/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.1/0






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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Who is the only actor to be nominated for an Emmy on three different series portraying the same character?  Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane.  He was nominated for her appearances on Cheers, Frasier and Wings.  Kudos to: Corey Chu-NBC Universal/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/New York; Michael Goodman-Radio One/Atlanta; Anthony Watters-Outdoor Channel/NYC; Mural Kilar-FOX Stations Sales/Dallas; Charlie Conner-Newport Television TOC/Tulsa; Mary Ryan-Raycom Media/Dallas; Steve Belgard/Denver; Bill Bracken-Brad Lachman Productions/Burbank; TJ Szymczak-YPM, Inc/Irvine; Rebecca Finkel-PHD/LA; Michael Rosenzweig/LA

Today’s Trivia Question:  Who is the only actor appeared on Columbo 4 times as a murderer?    (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: Dancing with the Stars, 20/20
AZTECA: Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, Extra Normal
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Hawaii Five-0
CW: Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie
FOX: Terra Nova, House
ION: Jumping Jack Flash, Criminal Minds
NBC: The Sing Off, Rock Center with Brian Williams
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Looking for Lincoln
TELE: Mi Corazon Insiste, Flor Salvaje, La Casa de al Lado
UNIV: Una Familia con Suerte, La Fuerza del Distino, Don Francisco Presenta

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