Monday, November 18th, 2013



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Good morning. It’s Monday, November 18, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
mtvU: Rebel Music at 9p
Superchannel: Battleground at 9p, The Jacquie Brown Diaries at 9:30p
Univision: Lo Que la Vida Me Robo at 9p


With P18-34 & W18-34

Get in the Ring with the DIVAS

Contact Maureen Murphy: [email protected]
Source: Nielsen.

When the dust settled after a “vigorous bidding war,” FXX announced it had secured the exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons in what’s likely the biggest off-network deal ever. Through its agreement with 20th Century Television, FXX will become the cable home for all seasons of the animated comedy except current seasons on Fox, its corporate sibling. The Simpsons is now in 25th season.


CBS is proceeding with plans for a How I Met Your Mother spinoff with a pilot production commitment. A “How I Met Your Dad” incarnation from 20th Century Fox will be exec produced by HIMYM creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays with Emily Spivey (Up All Night), featuring new characters and told from a female perspective. HIMYM is in its ninth and final season, airing Mondays at 8p.

Alec Baldwin‘s MSNBC Friday night talker, Up Late, was suspended for two weeks following the actor’s homophobic slur last week. “I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at MSNBC – both for my actions and for distracting them from their good work,” said Baldwin in a November 15 statement. In a blog post the next day, Baldwin said, “Whether the show comes back at all is at issue right now.” Up Late premiered October 11, 2013.

Netflix ordered six more episodes to wrap up – once and for all, it says – The Killing. The Fox Television Studios drama was canceled in 2012 after two seasons on AMC, resuscitated when Netflix partnered with AMC for a third season, then canceled again due to low ratings. The final eps will be exclusive to the 40 million-plus subscribers of the streaming service.

Rihanna will be the first recipient of the American Music AwardsAMA Icon Award, honoring “an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence” on a global level. The “Umbrella” singer will also perform on the Dick Clark Productions music-fest, airing live on ABC Sunday, November 24 at 8p.

Comcast has plans to sell films and TV episodes through its VOD service, sources have told the Wall Street Journal. The cable company, which currently offers movies for rent, would make purchase an option for the 20 million households with its digital service.

The Television Academy announced it is transitioning to online voting for the Emmy Awards, for the first round of voting in 2014 and for all rounds in 2015. “This is all part of our ongoing mission to activate greater member engagement,” said Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum.

Wet basements and mortgage snafus are the least of Florida realtor Jackie Youngblood’s problems. Youngblood is a specialist in finding dream homes for nudists, and TLC tracks her efforts in Buying Naked. Two-part docu-series from Paper Route Productions premieres Wednesday, November 20 at 10p.

“Katie Challenge for Change,” a week-long event running on syndicated daytime talker Katie, challenges communities to make positive changes. Today, the show collaborates with a Phoenix food bank suffering from food stamp cutbacks to try to obtain one million meals to help the needy make it through the winter.

Shine America‘s long-running web series, Who Knew?, aired episodes focused on the military last week in honor of Veteran’s Day. “As a veteran, I am able to identify with the sacrifices made every single day by our servicemen and women,” Who Knew? exec producer and former Army medic Derik Parrent tells Cynopsis. “After Friday’s episode, if even one person decides to empower veterans in any way they can, I will feel that I have done my job.”

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  November 15-18, 2013

Thor: The Dark World (Disney) $38.4 million 2 wk total $147 million
The Best Man Holiday $30.6 million opening weekend
Last Vegas (CBS Films) $8.9 million 3 wk total $46.9 million
Free Birds (Relativity Media) $8.3 million 3 wk total $42.2 million
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount) $7.7 million 4 wk total $90.2 million
Gravity (Warner Bros.) $6.3 million 7 wk total $240.6 million
Enders Game (Lionsgate) $6.2 million 3 wk total $53.8 million
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight) $4.7 million 5 wk total $24.9 million
Captain Phillips (Sony) $4.5 million 6 wk total $97.6 million
About Time (Universal) $3.4 million 3 wk total $11.6 million

Source: Rentrak


Robots, eternal youth, colonizing space – it’s all fodder for Science Channel‘s Futurescape With James Woods, a six-part documentary hosted by the two-time Oscar nominee. “It combines some of the world’s most fascinating scientific advances with movie-quality visuals,” Debbie Adler Myers, GM and EVP of Science Channel.

Reality court show Judge Mathis isn’t just doling out justice these days – he’s playing Santa in the produce aisle. In Judge Mathis’ Grocery Giveaway, viewers watch for the online “word of the day,” then log in or text the word for a chance at a $200 grocery gift card, or $1000 grand prize grocery card. “As we celebrate our 15th season, we wanted to pay it forward,” His Honor tells Cynopsis. “The giveaway is our way of making the holidays brighter for those viewers in need.” Contest runs through Wednesday, November 27; check local listings.

Weatherman Al Roker wears a different hat for Celebrity Holiday Homes, an HGTV special produced by Al Roker Entertainment. “We have partnered with HGTV for several episodes of Celebrity Holiday Homes over the past few holiday seasons,” CEO Al Roker tells Cynopsis. “Everyone loves a great holiday show.” Special airs Friday, December 13 at 8p.

HGTV‘s Property Brothers, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, will host Great American Country’s annual Top 50 Country Countdown. The five-hour event, filmed in Las Vegas, includes interviews with country stars as well as the announcement of the fan-voted results. “I would expect some interesting surprises from the brothers – you never know what they’ll do!” Sarah Trahern, SVP and GM of CAC tells Cynopsis. Marathon airs Sunday, December 22 at 1:30p on GAC, then run as five installments nightly the week of December 23 at 10p.

How can social media be massaged to increase ratings? Experts share strategies for generating the kind of excitement that boosts viewership at the November 21 Cynopsis webinar, Leveraging Social Media to Drive Tune-In and Ratings.


After a four-week test run, @midnight has been picked up by Comedy Central for 40 more weeks of shows. Between its October 21st launch and November 10, the social media-centric talker hosted by Chris Hardwick drew an average 142,000 viewers in the A18-24 demo, third after the net’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report in late night. The show returns in January.


Robert Patrick (The X-Files), Madison Davenport (Save Me), Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder) and Eiza Gonzalez (Lola: Erase Una Vez) have joined the cast of upcoming El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. The 10-ep drama will be the first scripted show to air on the net, debuting nationally in December.

Aly Michalka (Easy A) will recur on Two and a Half Men as the love interest of Amber Tamblyn‘s Jenny, reports TV Line. Men airs Thursdays at 9:30p.

Tommy Chong (Cheech and Chong) will guest on season four of Raising Hope as a medical marijuana card-carrying love interest for Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), reports The Wrap. The Fox comedy airs Fridays at 9p.


Four days after the merger of Media General and Young Broadcasting was completed on November 12, Dish Network and Media reached a carriage agreement that ended a 47-day blackout in 17 markets.

Tribune Broadcasting stations has picked up Celebrity Name Game. Hosted by Craig Ferguson (The Late, Late Show), the pop culture quiz show from Debmar-Mercury, developed by Courteney Cox and David Arquette‘s Coquette Productions, is set for a fall 2014 launch.

Telco Productions is offering The Flipside, a weekly half-hour satire series that “pokes fun at the powers-that-be with razor-sharp wit,” for fall 2014.


U.K.’s ITV renewed Simon Cowell talent competitions The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent through 2016. The deal with Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK calls for the return of Talent, where Cowell is a judge, for season eight in spring 2014. X Factor will come back for its eleventh run in fall 2014.

Last call for Submissions: Cynopsis is producing its annual Holiday Programming Guide, which comes out on November 26 and will be sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers. If your network has holiday-themed programming airing from November 27 through December 31, please send your listings to Lynn Leahey at [email protected] no later than today. Please include the following information: type of program (i.e. series, special, documentary, movie or holiday-themed episode), title, dates and times of all airings (please indicate when the show first premieres and when subsequent encores will air). A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lynn (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).


Raising Hope‘s move from Tuesday nights to Fridays didn’t go smoothly. Back-to-back eps of the Fox comedy’s season four premiere on its new night drew .7/2 in preliminary ratings among A18-49, down 59 percent from last year. Over at NBC, freshman drama Dracula held steady in the young demo at .9/3 after two weeks of drops in the 10p slot.

CBS‘s The Big Bang Theory led Thursday night at 8p with 5.2/17 in A18-49. Even losing a chunk of its lead-in audience at 2.6/8, The Millers still easily won the demo in the 8:30p slot.

NBC’s Sean Saves the World dropped five tenths of a point week to week, to .9/2 in A18-49, without its temporary The Voice lead-in, numbers matched by The Michael J. Fox Show. Returning to the schedule after three weeks, a one-hour Parks and Recreation drew 1.1/3 at 8p, versus 2.5/7 for last week’s Thursday airing of Voice.

CNN‘s special about the 1963 JFK assassination won its time period among A25-54 in cable news Thursday night. Part of the docu-series The Sixties, The Assassination of President Kennedy averaged 508,000 in the demo at 9p, beating 487,000 for Fox News. In total viewers, Fox won the time slot with 2.51 million viewers, versus 1.32 for CNN.

Univision‘s broadcast of the World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and New Zealand on Wednesday reached 5.6 million viewers and delivered 1.9 million A18-49. The match made Univision the number two broadcast network of the day in social activity, according to SocialGuide.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: CBS grabbed the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 2.6/8, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS won the 8p hour with a 3.9 average for Big Bang Theory and The Millers, with Univision’s Porque el Amor Manda coming in second with 1.6/5. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy took the hour 9p with 2.6/7, versus a 2.1/6 average for CBS’s The Crazy Ones and Two and a Half Men. ABC was still in the lead at 10p, with 2.9/9 for Scandal, followed by 1.6/5 for CBS’s Elementary.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, November 14, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS 6.6/11 Big Bang Theory 11.0/18, The Millers 6.8/11, The Crazy Ones 5.3/8, Two and a Half Men 5.4/9, Elementary 5.4/9
ABC 4.8/8 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 2.4/4, Grey’s Anatomy 5.8/9, Scandal 6.2/11
FOX 2.9/5 The X-Factor 3.2/5, Glee 2.7/4
NBC 2.1/3 Parks and Recreation 2.0/3, Sean Saves the World 1.8/3, The Michael J. Fox Show 1.6/3, Parenthood 2.5/4
UNI 1.8/3 Porque el Amor Manda 2.1/3, Tempestad 2.0/3, Mentir Para Vivir 1.3/2
CW 1.4/2 Vampire Diaries 1.7/3, Reign 1.1/2
ION .8/1 Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds 9/1, Criminal Minds .9/2
TELE .7/1 Marido en Alquiler .7/1, Reina Sur .8/1, Santa Diablo .6/1
UMA .3/1 Cineplex .3/1, Cineplex .3/1

  CBS 2.6/8, ABC 2.1/5, FOX 1.4/4, UNI 1.4/4, NBC 1.1/3, CW 1.0/3, TELE .5/1, ION .4/1, UMA .2/1


Zodiak Media‘s Tele Images has appointed Gladys Morchoisne as Senior Vice President Animation. Morchoisne had held positions at Pixibox, AB Productions and Animage.


Actor Al Ruscio died on November 12. He was 89. Ruscio appeared in films and onstage, as well as television shows like Gunsmoke, Lou Grant and Seinfeld.

Latin actress Karla Alvaraz was found dead in her Mexico City apartment, it was reported on November 15. Alvarez, who died of respiratory failure, was 41. She starred numerous telenovelas, inclduding this year’s Que Bonito Amor.


Holiday Rock & Roll Bash 13
A benefit for The Lustgarten Foundation
for pancreatic cancer research

Thursday, December 5, 2013 | Hard Rock Cafe, NYC
Presented by Cablevision Systems Corp.
Reservations: 516-803-2354
Cablevision’s support of The Lustgarten Foundation ensures that 100% of every donation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

This Day In History sponsored by Discovery Fit & Health:
1928 – Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon to feature synchronized sound, debuted, starring Mickey Mouse.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which actor, who wound up on Falcon Crest, turned down the role of J.R. Ewing on Dallas (1978-1991)? Robert Foxworth. Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing, Inc./NYC, Jesse Murray/Syfy, Will Allmendinger-Captivate Network/Chicago, Dan Birman-Daniel H. Birman Productions, Inc./Pasadena, Jim Katz-Radcliffe Road Pictures/LA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, Alan Perris-The Television Academy/North Hollywood.
Today’s Trivia Question: How did shrewd, power-hungry Rosalind Shays meet her end on L.A. Law (1986-1994)? (Email 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, Castle
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broke Girls, Mike & Molly, Mom, Hostages
CW: Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast
FOX: Almost Human, Sleepy Hollow
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
MyTV: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order SVU 
NBC: The Voice, The Voice
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
Telemundo: Marido en Alquiler, La Reina del Sur, Santa Diabla
UMA: Ocean’s Thirteen
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, Lo Que la Vida Me Robo [p], Mentir Para Vivir

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