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Good morning. It’s Monday, September 12, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Tonight’s Network Premieres:
Today’s Syndication Premieres:
* MORE GOOD STUFF *USA has picked up the broadcast rights to the film Dukes of Hazzard, along with six other titles, from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution, at a total fee of $23 million, per Variety. After their HBO runs, the first film to go to USA will be Dukes in April 2008. For the other five films, USA has opted to pass on the first broadcast run and take later runs instead. Dukes, alternatively, has been signed to a four year exclusive deal for USA, with the noted exception of a possible broadcast run in November 2008 and again in October 2009. WBDCD has not signed a broadcast network to a deal yet, but still has that option. The other five titles in the package are Terminator 3 and Troy (shared with AMC and FX), Alexander (shared with AMC) and Matchstick Men, City by the Sea and Out of Reach. At this point, the last three do not have a shared deal with any other cable networks.
Granite Broadcasting has sold its San Francisco and Detroit WB affiliates to AM Media Holdings for a reported total of $177.5 million in cash, and $2.5 million in AM Media Holdings equity. The remaining 13 Granite owned stations are all Big Three affiliates. According to Broadcasting & Cable, Granite said it wanted to divest its WB affiliates in favor of its traditional network affiliated stations, and concentrate on those station’s news efforts. The sale is pending FCC approval.
Echostar’s Dish Network has signed a carriage deal with The NFL Network, which will substantially add to that network’s total subscribers, with 7.5 million new households, bring the total for NFL up to 35 million. According to Variety, Echostar will pay the NFL Network fees of approximately 20 cents per sub per month, with annual increases of one cent per sub for the life of the contract. In return, Echostar gets two 1-minute avails per hour to sell.
Veteran sportscaster Chris Schenkel died on Sunday at the age of 82. Schenkel had many notable firsts in his lengthy career, including the first to call the Masters Tournament in 1956, the first to call a nationally produced college football game on ABC, and the first live sports anchor at the Olympics in 1956. Schenkel was there when Nadia Comaneci’s performed her perfect 10 at the Olympics in 1976. He was also the official voice of the New York Giants for over a decade beginning in 1952. Schenkel was given the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 1993. He is survived by his wife Fran, two sons and a daughter, and numerous grandchildren.
Weekend Box Office Estimates: September 9-11, 2005
Broadcast Daytime Ratings Rankings – Women 18-49, week of Aug 29-Sept 2, 2005:
VH1 has ordered up a third season of Celebrity Fit Club, set to premiere in January on Thursday nights. Season #3 will include Tempest Bledsoe, Jeff Conaway, Countess Vaughn, Bruce Vilanch, Kelly LeBrock, Young MC, Chastity Bono and Bizarre.
Saturday Night Live is scheduled to air its season debut on October 1st, and joining the crew this season are two new feature players – Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. Hader you may recognize from MTV’s Punk’d where he was billed as a field agent. He also spent considerable time at LA’s Second City improve troupe. Samberg, a filmmaker/writer and one of the three who make up Lonely Island, creators of short films. Also Tina Fey is out on maternity leave this fall, returning later in the season, and leaving open the co-anchor seat on Weekend Update.
HBO has ordered up a new project called Night Watch from writer Thomas Kelly and exec prod Tom Schlamme, and Relevant Entertainment. Night Watch takes place during the darkest hours of the night when all the weird stuff happens, and six policemen in NYC who patrol the graveyard shift, says Variety.
CBS has ordered a script from the same writer as above, Thomas Kelly, called One Police Plaza, produced by Paramount Network TV and Relevant Entertainment. According to Variety, this project is West Wing with cops – that is more about the cops than the bad guys.* EXECUTIVE MOVES *iN DEMAND Networks announced Valerie Barkan has been promoted to Regional VP/Affiliate Relations. As head of the northeast sales region, she manages distribution and marketing efforts for all of iN DEMAND’s products and services and the company’s high definition networks, INHD and INHD2, across 14 states and numerous national accounts.
LIME has named Mary Beth Gonzalez to VP/Integrated Sales and Marketing. The announcement was made by C.J. Kettler, CEO. Mary Beth will oversee the development of one- and two-year integrated advertising sponsorships across all platforms of LIME, including linear, satellite radio, Internet, VOD, and DVD. * RATINGS *Thursday — A18-49 Analysis: ABC was in front on Thursday night for its special opening of NFL Monday Night Football, earning a 6.4/19 A18-49 rating for the time, according to final numbers from Nielsen. CBS earned a 3.6/10 for the night, followed by Fox 3.1/9, NBC 2.0/6, WB and UPN .7/2. At 8p the ABC NFL Kickoff Special (8-9p) delivered a 2.8/9, in a tie with CBS’ Big Brother, both overshadowed by the premiere of The O.C. on Fox which pulled a decent 3.3/10. The game between Oakland and the Patriots began at 9p and for the next three hours and eighteen minutes, averaged a 7.7/23. Among the non-sporting fare, a repeat of CSI at 9p earned a 4.3/11, while Fox’s debut of Reunion pulled a 3.0/8. (By the way, if you missed the pilot ep of Reunion, it is now available for viewing on AOL.) A repeat of Without a Trace at 10p earned a 3.5/10.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Thursday, September 8, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
ABC 9.9/17 NFL Opening Kick Off 4.8/8, NFL Monday Night Football Oakland Raiders v. New England Patriots 11.7/21
CBS 7.3/12 Big Brother 5.0/8, CSI: NY [r] 8.8/14, Without a Trace [r] 8.0/14
NBC 3.4/6 Joey [r] 3.7/6, Will & Grace [r] 3.8/6, Scrubs [r] 3.2/5, Scrubs [r] 3.0/5, ER [r] 3.2/5
FOX 4.6/7 The O.C. [p] 4.8/8, Reunion [p] 4.4/7
WB 1.4/2 Smallville [r] 1.5/3, Everwood [r] 1.2/2
UPN 1.3/2 Eve [r] 1.5/2, Eve [r] 1.5/2, Cuts [r] 1.2/2, Cuts [r] 1.2/2
A18-49 ABC 6.4/19, CBS 3.6/10, Fox 3.1/9, NBC 2.0/6, WB and UPN .7/2
Answer to Friday’s Trivia Question: What was the name of Marty’s band that tries out for the dance in Back to the Future? THE PINHEADS Kudos to: Will Weiss-YES Network/NY; David Dickerman-The Foxboro Co/NY; Ivan Tafur-West Wayne Inc/Atlanta; Brian Trichon-FUSE/NY; Dan Whitford-RPA/Chicago; Lisa McAvoy-ConAgra/Omaha; Jennifer Bentley-RPA/Dallas; Erin Duba-NSI/Chicago; Michael Hazen-Glassman Media/LA; Al Ovadia-Al Ovadia & Associates Inc/Hidden Hills CA; Cate Shin-Disney ABC Cable Networks Group/Burbank; Melissa Rauch-NBC Universal/Universal City CA
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