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Good morning. It’s Monday, October 17, 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 Premieres:
TV One: Love That Girl! at 8p
The Style Network: Clean House New York at 8p; How Do I Look? at 9p
TLC: Lottery Changed My Life at 9p
Oxygen: Bachelorette Party: Las Vegas at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
ABC Family: The Lying Game at 8p
Bravo: Most Eligible Dallas at 10p




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On Friday, ABC cancelled frosh drama Charlie’s Angels after airing four episodes.  Last Thursday’s episode delivered a 1.3 rating/4 share with A18-49 and 6.0 million total viewers.  Production has ended on the show and the network will continue running the handful of completed episodes it has in the Thursday 8p time period though will air the classic holiday special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on October 27.  ABC has not said what show it will permanently replace Charlie’s Angels in the Thursday 8p time slot.   Sony Pictures Television was behind the series.

After airing two seasons, TNT pulled Memphis Beat of its schedule.  The series, starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard, Sam Hennings, attracted 4.0 million total viewers for its finale concluding the second season last August.

Dallas star Larry Hagman has been diagnosed with cancer and said in a statement “it is a very common and treatable” type. Hagman is set to reprise his famous role as J.R. Ewing in TNT’s upcoming remake of Dallas which premieres in 2012.  Hagman at 80 years old will reunite in the new Dallas with former co-stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  October 14-16, 2011
Real Steel (Disney)                             $16.3 million  2 wk total $51.7m
Footloose (Paramount)                        $16.1 million  opening weekend
The Thing (Universal)                          $8.7 million  opening weekend
The Ides of March (Sony)                     $7.5 million  2 wk total $22.2m
Dolphin Tale (Warner Bros.)                 $6.3 million  4 wk total $58.7m
Moneyball (Sony)                                $5.5 million  4 wk total $57.7m
50/50 (Summit Entertainment)            $4.3 million  3 wk total $24.3m
Courageous (Sony)                             $3.4 million  3 wk total $21.4m
The Big Year (20th Century Fox)           $3.3 million  opening weekend
The Lion King (Disney)                        $2.7 million  5 wk total $90.5m
Source: Rentrak



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NYPD Blue co-creators and executive producers Steven Bochco and David Milch are working together again on a new untitled legal drama for NBC. The plot centers on a Washington, D.C. lawyer who has a dark secret and NBC gave the project a script order with a major penalty.  Brian Grazer conceptualized the series and invited Bochco and Milch to be involved and they will write the story together as well as be executive producers.  The project is produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television. Grazer will also serve as executive producer along with Imagine TV’s Francie Calfo. 

Brandon Jay McLaren, star of AMC’s The Killing, landed a multiple episode guest role on TNT’s Falling Skies. McLaren will play Sunhil Chutani, a handsome and harried mechanic who spent a fortune on an Ivy League engineering degree and was just a few days from launching an IPO when the aliens struck.  This summer, TNT renewed The Killing for a 10-episode second season which returns next summer.

For its fifth and final season, Ryan Phillippe is taking on a major role in Damages playing a Julian Assange-type character who asks Ellen (Rose Byrne) for help.  Damages, headlined by Glenn Close now airs on DirecTV and will debut the new fifth season next summer.

MTV continues its venture into scripted shows by handing a script order for a single-camera comedy about mean girls set in the workplace, reports THR.  The untitled project is from Krosnoff Foster Productions and MTV.  Lisa Parsons will be writer and executive producer and Russ Krasnoff joins as a non-writing executive producer.

Several projects are in the development queue for FX, per THR:

  • Bunker centers on a female cop psychologist from Boston.  Chernin Entertainment and Fox Television Studios are producing with author Dennis Lehane on board to write and as executive producer with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
  • Laredo has the Texas and Mexico border as its backdrop.  William Broyles will serve as executive producer; Eric Lodal will write and also serve as executive producer. From FX Productions and Fox Television Studios.
  • Scar Tissue is a drama loosely based on the autobiography of the same name penned by Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  This project was previously developed at HBO and is from Catapult 360 and FX Productions.  Mike Benson and Marc Abrams will executive produce through their Catapult 360 company with Kiedis, Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister and Jason Weinberg. 
  • The Americans is a Russian espionage drama set in the 1980s during the fall of the Soviet Union.  DreamWorks Television is behind the project about Russian sleeper operatives working in the US. Graham Yost will produce.  DreamWork’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will executive produce in addition to Joe Weisberg who will also write. 

Broadcast Morning News Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of October 3, 2011)
NBC: Today 5.27 million total viewers; 2.0/14 and 2.39 million A25-54
ABC: GMA 4.71 million total viewers; 1.5/11 and 1.82 million A25-54
CBS: Early Show 2.58 million total viewers; 0.9/6 and 1.04 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Late-Night Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of October 3, 2011)
ABC: Nightline 3.88 million total viewers; 1.3 and 1.57 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.19 million A18-49
NBC: Tonight Show 3.58 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.39 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.06 million A18-49
CBS: Late Show 3.32 million total viewers; 1.2 and 1.44 million A25-54; 0.9 and 1.15 million A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Thursday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX notched another Thursday night win with a 3.7/10 among A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  CBS led the 8p hour with double The Big Bang Theory episodes at an average of 4.2/12 and FOX’s The X-Factor was second at 3.6/10.  FOX outpaced the competition at 9p with more of The X-Factor at 4.0/10 with ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy next at 3.6/9 and CBS’ new Person of Interest in third at 2.8/7.  At 10p, CBS was on top with The Mentalist at 2.5/7, ABC’s Private Practice was #2 at 2.3/6 followed by NBC’s Prime Suspect at 1.3/3.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, October 13, 2011  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 7.7/12        The Big Bang Theory 8.3/14, The Big Bang Theory [r] 7.3/12, Person of Interest 7.5/12, The Mentalist 7.8/13

FOX: 6.6/10         The X-Factor 6.6/10

ABC: 5.1/8           Charlie’s Angels 3.9/6, Grey’s Anatomy 6.7/10, Private Practice 4.6/8

NBC: 2.9/5           Community 2.4/4, Parks and Recreation 2.4/4, The Office 3.6/6, Whitney 2.7/4, Prime Suspect 3.2/5

UNIV: 1.8/3         Una Familia con Suerte 2.1/3, La Fuerza del Destino 2.4/4, Protagonistas, el Reality 1.2/2

CW: 1.5/2            Vampire Diaries 1.8/3, Secret Circle 1.2/2

ION: 0.8/1           Criminal Minds 0.6/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.9/2

TELE: 0.8/1          Mi Corazon Insiste 0.7/1, Flor Salvaje 0.7/1, La Casa de Al Lado 0.9/2

TF: 0.2/0             Reto de Mujer 0.2/0, Ultimo Matrimonio 0.2/0, Correo de Inocentes 0.3/1

A18-49:  FOX 3.7/10, CBS 3.1/9, ABC 2.4/7, NBC 1.9/5, UNIV 1.5/4, CW 1.1/3, TELE 0.5/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/0

This day in History:  1979 – Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Whose famous answering machine once had a message saying, “It’s Norma at the market. It bounced. You want us to tear it up, send it back, or put it with the others?” Jim Rockford.  BTW, his phone number was 555-2368.  Kudos to: Patty Youngross-GroupM Matrix/Atlanta; Gerald Belton-WRAZ-TV/FOX 50/Raleigh-Durham; David Rubinsohn-RubesMedia/Philadelphia; Steven Wishnoff-Development LifeWorks/NYC; Bob Ramsey-WCIU/Chicago; Tim Rank-Stealth Creative/St. Louis; Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago; Lee Hurtado-PrimaDonna Productions, Inc./San Antonio; Lee Toft-Shed Media US/Burbank; Patrick Wiegers-LA; David Schneider-GroupM Motion/Santa Monica; Greg Carroll-Big Fish Entertainment/Monterey County.

Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the oil company that bought The Clampetts land on The Beverly Hillbillies?   (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, 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: Monk, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC: The Sing Off, Prime Suspect [r]
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Craft in America
TELE: Mi Corazon Insiste, Flor Salvaje, La Casa de al Lado
UNIV: Una Famailia con Suerte, La Fuerza del Destino, Don Francisco Presenta

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