Monday, September 18th, 2006




Available Fall ’07 from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution

Source: NTI, 03/27/02-09/13/06.  Sitcoms=CS & EA Typecode.  Returning sitcom claim based on ABC 2006-07 schedule.



Good morning. It’s Monday, September 18, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

It’s officially season premiere week – and here’s what’s kicking off today and tonight:

Today’s Syndication Premieres:
The Megan Mullally Show
Rachael Ray

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC:  Wife Swap at 8p
CBS:  The Class at 8p, How I Met Your Mother at 830p, Two and a Half Men at 9p, Old Christine at 930p, CSI: Miami at 10p
NBC:  Deal or No Deal at 8p, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
Lifetime:  Lovespring International at 11p


The new reality series Off the Leash will debut on Lifetime Television with back-to-back episodes on October 9th starting at 8p. The show is set in a real Hollywood pet talent agency, where seven female clients will do anything to get their pooches fame and fortune. The show moves to its regular timeslot beginning October 16 at 630p.
The memorial service for Steve Irwin will air on Animal Planet tomorrow night at 9p, with a second airing at midnight. Steve Irwin: He Changed Our World will broadcast commercial-free. The show will be a two-hour-delay broadcast of the public event to be held Wednesday morning at the “Crocoseum,” a 5,500-seat stadium at Irwin’s Australia Zoo in Beerwah. Members of Steve’s family along with his friend and producer, John Stainton, will speak, and celebrities and dignitaries from around the world are expected to attend. Animal Planet will also broadcast the service globally to Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Last Thursday’s premiere of CBS’ Survivor: Cook Islands delivered a 7.8/21 among A25-54, 6.5/20 A18-49, and a 4.5/16 A18-34. Overall, the show drew in 18 million total viewers. Nothing like a little controversy to drive the publicity train and then add to the sampling.
Welcome to the official first week of the new fall season.  Forty-one shows will premiere this week, including almost the entire CBS and NBC schedules, and the brand new network, The CW kicks off on Wednesday.  Fox’s current schedule has already debuted this season, as has MyNetwork TV.  So let’s test our collective Programming Executive prowess — which of these new freshman series will either be the next breakout hit, or the first to be cancelled?  Here’s a quick list of all the freshman series – you decide which one show you think will be the next big hit, and which will be the first to fail, and send your picks here, with PIX in the subject line.  We’ll add them up and get back to you in a couple of days:
New Series Debuting this Season (not including midseason series):  (And if you’re still looking for a fall broadcast schedule with premiere dates, it’s on the homepage at .)


Knights of Prosperity
Help Me Help You
The Nine
Ugly Betty
Six Degrees
Men in Trees
Brothers & Sisters

The Class

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Friday Night Lights
20 Good Years
30 Rock

‘Til Death
Happy Hour
Celebrity Duets

The Game

Fashion House

I know you’ve been on pins and needles about this, so let me put you at ease.  Dog the Bounty Hunter, his son and his colleague, are all out on bail after spending a night in a federal lockup.  They will all have to wear monitors to make sure they don’t flee again, and return to Mexico for a trial on their arrest three years ago for bounty hunting in Mexico.  Apparently, Mexico frowns on that particular occupation, to the point where they classify it as a criminal offense.  Never mind Dog and friend captured a fugitive who fled the US while on trial for three rapes, and never mind that guy is now serving a 124-year prison term.

Weekend Box Office Estimates: September 15-17, 2006
The Gridiron Gang (Sony)                   $15.0 million – opening weekend
The Black Dahlia (Universal)               $10.4 million – opening weekend
Everyone’s Hero (Fox)                        $6.2 million – opening weekend
The Last Kiss (Paramount/DreamWorks) $4.7 million – opening weekend
The Covenant (ScreenGems)                $4.7 million – 2 wk total $15.7m
Invincible (Buena Vista)                         $3.9 million – 4 wk total $50.9m
The Illusionist (Yari Film Group)             $3.8 million – 5 wk total $23.3m
Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)   $3.4 million – 8 wk total $46.4m
Hollywoodland (Focus)                          $2.7 million – 2 wk total $10.5m
Crank (LionsGate)                                 $2.7 million – 3 wk total $24.4m
Source: Box Office Mojo


CBS will stream a six-part reality series Road to Price on its broadband channel innertube beginning Wednesday through September 27. The series follows nine teenage boys as they drive cross-country in a mini school bus to see The Price Is Right and meet Bob Barker. The final episode, where they reach The Price Is Right, will air September 27 on the CBS.

Available now, the Fox Broadcasting Company is offering streaming episodes from some of its newest shows, ‘Til Death, Happy Hour and Justice. The streams are free, commercial free and accessible via multiple portals, including, Google Video, Yahoo!, and Two full episodes of ‘Til Death and Happy Hour and one episode of Justice are available online the morning after the initial broadcast on FOX, until 3p ET on the next episode’s air date.  More shows are planned to be available in the future.


USA Network has ordered up new seasons of Psych and The Dead Zone.  Psych will return for its sophomore season with 16 episodes and is prepped to launch next summer.  The Dead Zone will be in its sixth season, and has been given a 13 episode order.

CBS has a new project in development from CSI creator Anthony Zuiker with The Man, starring LL Cool J.  The drama has received a put pilot commitment from the network.  Produced by CBS Paramount Network TV, The Man is about an undercover LAPD cop by night, and a single dad of three adopted sons by day.

ABC has given a put pilot commitment to a project called The Conversation, based on the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola movie starring Gene Hackman about a guy who is an electronic surveillance whiz, and who is also under surveillance by the government because of a top secret conversation he recorded.  According to Variety, the project is in final talks with Touchstone Television to produce, with Tony Krantz partnering with writers Christopher McQuarrie and Erik Jendresen.

FX has ordered a pilot from Sony Pictures Television, currently untitled, and set in a posh Los Angeles country club.  Set to direct is film director David O. Russell, who will also co-write the script and exec produce along with Josh Lieb.


National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has upped Karin Simoncini to VP/Regional Programming and Network Development to supervise the addition of new channels, regional programming blocks and local initiatives. Vincent D’Ambra has also been promoted to VP/Business and Legal Affairs, where he will manage legal and business affairs at NGCI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Julie Martin has been hired by The Weather Channel as a National Correspondent, based in Atlanta. She will be a field correspondent for TWC, reporting live from severe weather locations. She will also write and produce weather-related news features.
King World Productions has added Alexandra Jewett as VP/Programming and Development, based in New York City. Alexandra will spearhead current programming, including the new Rachael Ray talk show, as well as develop new programming for the company. She reports to Terry Wood, President/Creative Affairs and Development, CBS Paramount Domestic Television and King World Productions.
DJ Petroro has been promoted to Co-Executive Producer of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine, The Insider. Additionally, Antony Beilinsohn has been elevated to Senior Producer. The Insider is produced and distributed by CBS Paramount Domestic Television.


Thursday – A18-49 Analysis:  CBS conquered Thursday night with a 5.3/16 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. In second place was ABC with 3.0/9, followed by FOX 2.2/7, NBC 2.1/6, UNIV 1.7/5, WB 0.7/2, TELE 0.4/1 and UPN* 0.3/1. Despite the early controversy, or perhaps because it, the premiere of CBS’ Survivor: Cook Islands at 8p started its season off with a bang for the network at 6.3/20. CBS maintained its lead through the 9p hour with a rerun of CSI at 4.8/13, and again at 10p with a second repeat of CSI at 4.7/14.
Live + Same Day Ratings: Thursday, September 14, 2006 – time period averages. *Hourly UPN ratings average reflects a mixture of UPN and MyNetworkTV programming. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS      10.0/17     Survivor: Cook Islands [p] 10.1/17, CSI [r] 9.9/16, CSI [r] 9.8/17

ABC        5.7/10     Grey’s Anatomy [r] 5.1/9, Grey’s Anatomy [r] 6.3/10, Primetime 5.6/10

FOX        3.9/6       Til Death 4.3/7, Happy Hour 3.5/6, Celebrity Duets 3.8/6

NBC        3.5/6       My Name is Earl [r] 3.3/6, My Name is Earl [r] 3.4/6, The Office [r] 3.8/6, The Office [r] 3.3/5, ER [r] 3.6/6

UNIV     2.2/4       La Fea Más Bella 2.3/4, Barrera de Amor 2.4/4, Aqui y Ahora 2.0/4

WB       1.1/2       Smallville [r] 1.2/2, Supernatural [r] 1.1/2

TELE    0.6/1       Tierra de Pasiones 0.6/1, Amores De Mercado 0.6/1, Decisiones 0.6/1

UPN*    0.5/1      8-9P Programming: 0.6/1; 9-10P Programming 0.5/1  

A18-49: CBS 5.3/16, ABC 3.0/9, FOX 2.2/7, NBC 2.1/6, UNIV 1.7/5, WB 0.7/2, TELE 0.4/1, UPN* 0.3/1

Friday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC continued its Friday night winning streak by coming in first with 2.1/7 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS came next at 1.7/6, and then FOX and NBC tied for third at 1.5/5, followed by UNIV 1.3/5, WB 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2 and UPN* 0.5/2. At 8p, CBS’ repeat of Ghost Whisperer barely slipped ahead of the other nets to win at 1.7/6. ABC brought forth a second and new episode of Men in Trees at 9p which won the time period at 2.2/7, while the Celebrity Duets Results show on FOX came in second at 1.6/5. Closing out the evening, 20/20 on ABC took charge at 10p to win with a 2.6/8.
Live + Same Day Ratings: Friday, September 15, 2006 – time period averages. *Hourly UPN ratings average reflects a mixture of UPN and MyNetworkTV programming. Source: Nielsen Media Research

ABC      4.8/9     Men in Trees [r] 3.8/7, Men in Trees 5.3/10, 20/20 5.1/10

CBS      4.5/8      Ghost Whisperer [r] 4.2/8, Close to Home [r] 4.2/8, Numb3rs [r] 4.9/9

NBC      3.9/7      Dateline NBC 4.3/8, Las Vegas [r] 3.1/6, Law & Order [r] 4.4/8

FOX      2.8/5      Nanny 911 2.6/5, Celebrity Duets Results 3.1/6

UNIV     1.9/4      La Fea Más Bella 2.2/4, Barrera de Amor 2.2/4, Casos de la Vida Real: Edicion Especial 1.5/3

WB       1.0/2      What I Like About You [r] 0.9/2, Twins [r] 0.9/2, Reba [r] 1.3/2, Living with Fran [r] 0.9/2

UPN*    0.9/2     8-9p programming: 0.8/2, 9-10p programming: 1.0/2

TELE    0.7/1      Tierra de Pasiones 0.7/1, Amores De Mercado 0.7/1, Decisiones 0.6/1

A18-49: ABC 2.1/7, CBS 1.7/6, FOX 1.5/5, NBC 1.5/5, UNIV 1.3/5, WB 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2, UPN* 0.5/2

Saturday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS narrowly scored a victory Saturday night with 2.1/7 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX was a close contender at 2.0/7, followed by NBC 1.7/6, ABC 1.6/6, UNIV 0.8/3 and TELE 0.3/1. FOX led by a skosh at 8p with its double dose of Cops episodes at 1.9/7, while the college football game on ABC came in second at 1.8/7. CBS’ college match took over the lead at 9p with 2.2/7, and FOX’s America’s Most Wanted took the second seat this hour at 2.0/7. The Florida vs. Tennessee game finished the evening off with another win for CBS at 2.3/8.

Live + Same Day Ratings: Saturday, September 16, 2006 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

FOX      4.0/8       Cops 3.5/7, Cops [r] 4.0/8, America’s Most Wanted 4.2/8

CBS      3.6/7       SEC on CBS: Florida @ Tennessee 3.6/7

NBC      3.6/7       Outrageous TV Moments [r] 3.1/6, NBC Movie: Runaway Bride [r] 3.5/7

ABC      3.1/6     Saturday Night College Football: Nebraska @ USC 3.1/6

UNIV     1.3/3      Sábado Gigante 1.3/3

TELE     0.4/1      Quinceanera [7] 0.3/1, Cinemundo del Sabado Presented by Toyota Tundra 0.4/1

A18-49: CBS 2.1/7, FOX 2.0/7, NBC 1.7/6, ABC 1.6/6, UNIV 0.8/3, TELE 0.3/1



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The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1881-Harriet Maxwell Converse becomes the first white woman to be made chief of an Indian Tribe, the Six Nations Tribe. Raised in a New York family fascinated with Native cultures, Converse spent a majority of her life as a political advocate of Native Americans. She was given a new name, “Gaiiwanoh,” meaning “The Watcher.”

Answer to Friday’s Trivia Question: Elvis Presley made only one television commercial. True or False?   TRUE. HE MADE A COMMERCIAL FOR SOUTHERN MAID DOUGHNUTS  IN 1954.  Kudos to: Ella Parisi-WCTV/Tallahassee, Howard T. Konig-CooperDDB/Coral Gables; Roger Lyons- CBS4/Boston; Tamara H. Walker-double E communications/NY; Sandra Dibble-Ice Box/Van Nuys; Susan Goldberg-MTVN Ad Sales-Logo/Santa Monica; Johnnya Center-Langley Prods/Santa Monica; Lauren Wong-UniversalMcCann/LA

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM THE CW – check out our Programmers Showcase, this week featuring The CW!

2 Days to the CW

Think You Know the CW?

1.  Which show debuted first – Girlfriends or Smallville?
2.  What was the original title of Friday Night Smackdown?
3.  Where does Veronica Mars go to school?
4.  What other CW show did Jared Padalecki appear on before Supernatural?
5.  What is the name of the theme song on One Tree Hill?

The CW
Free to Be Fearless

Answers: 1. Girlfriends (on Sept. 11, 2000), 2. WWF Smackdown!, 3. Neptune High School, 4. Gilmore Girls, 5. “I Don’t Want To Be”

Today’s Trivia Question:  On what boat would you find Jonas Grumby? ( click here 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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SITUATION WANTED: GRAPHIC DESIGNER/NYC: VisComm grad w/ 1+ years media exp. F/T or freelance, print design. Please email [email protected]  (9/19)

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Monday, September 18, 2006

ABC               Wife Swap [p ], Wife Swap, Supernanny
CBS              The Class [p ], How I Met Your Mother [p ], Two and a Half Men [p ], Old Christine [p ], CSI: Miami [p ]
FOX              Prison Break, Vanished
NBC              Deal or No Deal [2hr p], Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip [p ]
i                Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Doc, Diagnosis Murder
MNT              Desire, Fashion House
UPN              One on One [r], All of Us [r], Girlfriends [r]
WB               7th Heaven [r], ET Presents the CW: Launch of a New Network
TELE             Tierra de Pasiones, Amores, Decisiones
UNIV             La Fea Mas Bella, Barrera de Amor, Cristina


All comments below appear in full, untouched and unedited. To see all the comments to date, including Mark Burnett’s (9/6/06), go to the Cynopsis website .   All comments on any relative topics are welcome. 

If you’d like to participate in tomorrow’s Emails to the Editor section in Cynopsis, email your comment to [email protected]. Cynopsis reserves the right to choose which comments will be included. Comments may be reprinted in full or in part.

For comments from previous days, check the website here at the Cynopsis website’s Emails to the Editor ….


Dear Cynthia:
I was really quite enthusiastic about seeing the new Survivor series. Unfortunately, I came away fairly disappointed. I think the show, to a certain degree, gives short shrift to the African American tribe. Specifically, I think the A-A clan, in relative terms, is fairly homogeneous and average (no offense intended to the A-A’s). In stark contrast to the other tribes, the A-A clan consists of no high achievers from the white collar ranks. All its members, it appears, are from the middle- to lower-middle class and earn a living in the arts or broader service industry. And while several members from the nonblack tribes look like they were ripped from the pages of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue (with the requisite athletic physiques and striated muscles), the best physical specimen on the A-A tribe is probably best described as “doughy.” (No Tyson Beckford or Roshumba look-alikes there). I think the producers of Survivor have blown it. The other tribes bridge a relatively broad spectrum of intra-ethnic diversity. They have members in (or in the pursuit of) employs traditional viewed as ‘high powered’ in addition to those in more pedestrian and nontraditional pursuits. Due perhaps to unfamiliarity and/or a general lack of interest, CBS and the producers of Survivor, I suspect, picked what they assumed was a varied mix of black people with good commercial appeal. Judging by the first episode, they came up short.
–An African American viewer


After reading the emails on the 9/14 newsletter I was thinking the same thing as “Anonymous”, and was going to write to you and suggest the same thing.  I think it’s time to put a lid on it.  I enjoyed the open forum on the Survivor topic and even added my 2 cents, however the subject has digressed to something else for which I believe will never be resolved with words.  It has taken the human race many centuries to mix race to the number that we have today and will no doubt take many, many more to accomplish an all global, one race of brown, Heinz 57, perfectly evolved mutt race, and whereas the word racism might only be found as an archaic term in the dictionary.  But until then I’m afraid the conversation will always eventually end in finger pointing and hostility, after all, we are only HUMAN and we have our pride!  And besides, Survivor has in fact premiered.  Maybe it’s time to just watch and see…or don’t watch and don’t SEE.  So what do you think Cyn?  Is it time to cap the whole thing?
Monica Stecher

I think I agree with “anonymous” about the ending with other people’s input as unnecessary, but yet, we can just choose to  not read them.

Thanks for all the hard work you do in providing us with this daily information. As a side note, I manifested a spot on a tv show by seeing it on your site, so another thank you is necessary!

Kimberly Berg

And with that, I think we’re done here.  At least for now.

— Cyn

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