Monday, November 21st, 2011



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Good morning. It’s Monday, November 21, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
HGTV: Design Wars at 8p
Travel Channel: The Layover at 9p
ABC: You Deserve It at 901p

Tonight’s Finale:
Syfy: Scare Tactics at 10p





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On Friday, ABC presented its midseason premiere dates for new and returning series (new series premieres in bold):

January 3: Work It (series debut) at 830p; Celebrity Wife Swap at 9p
January 5: Wipeout – Winter Wipeout at 8p
February 3: Shark Tank at 8p
February 7: The River (series debut) at 9p
March 4: GCB (series debut) at 10p
March 15: Missing (series debut) at 8p
March 19: Dancing with the Stars at 8p
March 27: Dancing with the Stars Results Show at 9p

Following ABCs announcement of its midseason premiere dates, the network revealed it is trimming the episode order for the Courteney Cox sitcom Cougar Town.  The comedy’s order will decrease from 22 half-hour eps to 15 this season.  No specific premiere date for Cougar Town was released.  Two other shows that do not yet have premiere dates are Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23 and the Shonda Rhimes political drama Scandal starring Kerry Washington.

ABC additionally ordered three more episodes of sophomore drama Body of Proof helmed by Dana Delany, reports THR.  The added eps take Body of Proof to a full season order with 20 total eps.

Fans of the former FOX comedy Arrested Development will have a chance to see new episodes available exclusively through Netflix beginning the first half of 2013.  Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television will produce the undisclosed number of new episodes.  The complete cast has not been announced yet and no contracts have been finalized.  It is also unclear if the much talked-about Arrest Development movie is still in the works.

A double season order is set for Dexter as Showtime renewed the drama series for seasons seven and eight with 12 episodes each.  Production on Dexter’s seventh season will begin in Los Angeles next year starring Michael C. Hall.  To date in its current sixth season, Dexter is averaging 5.12 million weekly viewers via all platforms including On Demand replays and DVR. 

If two reality specials on TLC depicting nerds using a speed-dating service do well, the network will order Geek Love from Authentic Entertainment to a full series.  The two half-hour specials show geeks who love pop culture events such as Comic-Con participate in Sci-Fi Speed Dating, a dating service founded by Ryan Giltch. The show premieres December 18 at 9p.

Rural West Virginia is the setting for a new weekly docu-series coming to MTV called Buck Wild.  MTV ordered 12 episodes of the series about a group of friends recently finished with high school and follows their lives in small-town America.  Buck Wild is from Zoo Productions and Parallel Entertainment. 

Oprah Winfrey’s new original series Oprah’s Next Chapter will debut on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with a two-hour episode on January 1 at 9p.  The weekly series will settle into its regular time period starting January 8 at 9p.  The series follows Winfrey as she conducts in-depth interviews with people all over the world including visiting Haiti with Sean Penn, touring Skywalker Ranch with George Lucas and participating in a slumber party at Paula Deen’s estate in Georgia.  The series premiere takes Winfrey to Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire where she has an intimate conversation with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. 

On Thursday, HISTORY launched the new series Big Shrimpin’ at 10p which pulled in 1.0 million A25-54 viewers; 954,000 with A18-49; and 2.0 million total viewers. 

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Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  November 18-20, 2011
Twilight Saga: The Breaking Dawn (Summit Entertainment) $139.5 million  opening weekend
Happy Feet 2 (Warner Bros.)               $22.0 million  opening weekend
Immortals (Relativity Media)                $12.3 million  2 wk total $53.0m
Jack and Jill (Sony)                             $12.0 million  2 wk total $41.0m
Puss in Boots (Paramount)                   $10.7 million  4 wk total $122.3m
Tower Heist (Universal)                       $7.0 million  3 wk total $53.4m
J. Edgar (Warner Bros.)                       $5.9 million  2 wk total $20.7m
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (Warner Bros.) $2.9 million  3 wk total $28.3m
In Time (20th Century Fox)                   $1.7 million  4 wk total $33.4m
The Descendants (Fox Searchlight)       $1.2 million  1 wk total $1.3m
Source: Rentrak



Cablevision Systems Corp. said it has added more to iO International’s iO en espanol package taking it to 47 Spanish-language TV channels. The new channels include Nat Geo Mundo, Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Inc.



CBS tapped Elisabeth Shue as a series regular on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.  Shue will play a new member of the CSI team who just completed an anger management course and is surrounded by rumors that D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle.  Shue’s character will be introduced in the scheduled February 15 episode.  CSI: Crime Scene Investigation airs Wednesdays at 10p.

Production has commenced on ABC Family’s new pilot Intercept in Los Angeles starring Danielle Panabaker, Austin Butler, Chloe Wang and Nolan Gerard Funk.  The one-hour Intercept is a technology and action focused drama about a group of college students who get involved in solving crimes when one of them creates a high-tech communication device used to intercept conversations on the West Coast. 

Courtney Ford, who recently appeared on HBO’s True Blood landed a multi-episode run on NBC’s Parenthood.  Ford will play Lily, a 30-something cellist who rents time in Crosby and Adam’s recording studio and becomes a potential love interest for Crosby.  She will first appear in Parenthood episodes in January following the drama’s holiday break.

Broadway star and Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole is joining TBS’ half-hour comedy pilot Sullivan and Son from Vince Vaughn.  Comedian Steve Byrne stars in the plot as Steve Sullivan an attorney who quits his job to take over his family’s famous bar set in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood.  Ebersole will play Carol, a lovable drunk at the bar who habitually shares too much of her wild life.  Carol is also the mother to Steve’s childhood friend.  The cast also includes Dan Lauria, Brian Doyle-Murray, Valerie Azlynn, Brooke Lyons, Vivian Bang and Brian Scolaro.  Byrne also serves as producer and writer on the multi-camera comedy project and Rob Long (Cheers) is showrunner.  Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) is executive producer along with Long.  The pilot, under the direction of Ted Wass began shooting last month in Los Angeles.  Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions and Warner Horizon are producing the project, which was picked up to pilot by TBS last September.


Thursday A18-49 Analysis:  CBS was out in front Thursday delivering a 3.2/9 among A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  CBS’ 8p hour comedies The Big Bang Theory and Rules of Engagement averaged a 4.5/13 to win followed by FOX’s The X-Factor at 3.1/9.  FOX topped at 9p with Bones at 2.7/7 while CBS’ Person of Interest was #2 at 2.6/7 and ABC’s Private Practice was third at 2.5/6.  The second hour of ABC’s Private Practice pivoted to #1 during 10p at 2.7/7 and CBS was next with The Mentalist at 2.5/7.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, November 17, 2011  (November Sweep Day 22) time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 7.5/12        The Big Bang Theory 9.1/14, Rules of Engagement 6.5/10, Person of Interest 7.1/11, The Mentalist 7.6/13

FOX: 5.5/9             The X-Factor 5.8/9, Bones 5.3/8

ABC: 5.2/8           20/20 Special Edition 5.6/9, Private Practice 5.0/8

NBC: 2.7/4           Community 2.2/4, Parks and Recreation 2.2/3, The Office 3.2/5, Whitney 2.5/4, Prime Suspect 3.0/5

UNIV: 2.1/3         Una Familia con Suerte 2.0/3, La Fuerza del Destino 2.6/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.6/3

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

TELE: 0.8/1          Mi Corazon Insiste 0.8/1, Flor Salvaje 0.7/1, La Casa de al Lado 0.9/1

CW: 0.7/1            Beneath the Blues 0.7/1

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

A18-49:  CBS 3.2/9, FOX 2.9/8, ABC 2.2/6, NBC 1.8/5, UNIV 1.8/5, TELE 0.6/2, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/0





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This day in History: 1980-Dallas’ “Who Shot JR?” episode gets a 53.3 rating (83 mill).

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ABC: Dancing with the Stars, You Deserve It [p ], Castle
AZTECA: Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, Lo Que Callamos Edicion Especial
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: Starsky and Hutch, Criminal Minds
NBC: The Sing Off, Rock Center with Brian Williams
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Woody Allen: American Masters, George Carlin: The Mark Twain Prize [r]
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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