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Good morning. It’s Monday, September 30, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Monsters Inside Me at 9p
CBS: We Are Men at 8:30p
Hallmark: Home & Family at 10a
History: Ancient Aliens at 10p
PBS: Independent Lens at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Tru: Lizard Lick Towing at 9p 

Modern Family may be getting a spinoff. One concept circulating at ABC and 20th Century Fox, reports Deadline, is a sitcom centered on Gil Thorpe, Phil’s obnoxious real estate rival.


New Jersey has lost a Housewife. Caroline Manzo is shutting the door on Real Housewives of New Jersey, which just ended season five on Bravo. But the original cast member hasn’t given up on reality TV – she filmed a pilot for the net, called Manzo’d with Children. Bravo hasn’t confirmed the reality star’s exit.

Aereo‘s plans to invade Chicago have stalled, due to “issues with our beta site,” the streaming service said in its blog. The company had planned to be up and running in the Windy City by mid-September; a new launch date wasn’t announced.

Sunday’s Breaking Bad finale might have broken the bank for some advertisers. AMC was reportedly looking for upwards of $300-400,000 for select 30-second spots, reports AdAge. Though that’s a big jump from the $130,000ish charge for recent episodes, it’s in line with the asking price for NBC‘s The Office finale in May.

Unforgettable – dropped after its first season, then resurrected as a summer series – has been renewed for season three by CBS. The drama from Sony Pictures TV averaged a 1.4 rating/4 share in A18-49 Sunday nights.

Something old, something new… Hallmark is dishing up both for the holidays, during its first-ever “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” event. In addition to an original film, Christmas with Tucker starring James Brolin and Josie Bissett (Monday, November 25 at 9p), the net will air classics like Holiday Affair (Thursday, November 14 at 9p) and Babes in Toyland (Thursday, December 12 at 8:30p).

A&E Network is developing The Returned, based on a French suspense thriller. The A&E Studios/FremantleMedia North America co-production is about people long assumed dead who return to town, and the gruesome murders that follow.

Auto insurance companies are in a heated battle for drivers, and TV ads are in their arsenals. Progressive has put spunky saleswoman Flo on the back burner while it takes to the airwaves to tout its company values; Allstate is spreading its “mayhem” message in a campaign that criss-crosses social media, including tweeters voting on which of its commercials will air during a televised October 5 football game, and Nationwide is planning a 10 to 15 percent increase in its marketing budget, according to AdAge, with a new TV ad featuring an oversized baby used as a metaphor for how attached people are to their cars.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  September 27-29, 2013

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Sony) $35.0 million opening weekend
Prisoners (Warner Bros.) $11.2 million 2 wk total 38.9 million
Rush (Universal) $10.3 million 2 wk total $10.6 million
Baggage Claim (Fox Searchlight) $9.3 million opening weekend
Don Jon (Relativity Media) $9.0 million opening weekend
Insidious Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict) $6.7 million 3 wk total $69.5 million
The Family (Relativity Media) $3.7 million 3 wk total $31.7 million
Instructions (Lionsgate) $3.4 million 5 total $38.6 million
We’re the Millers (Warner Bros.) $2.9 million 8 wk total $142.4 million
Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Weinstein Company) $2.4 million 7 wk total $110.2 million

Source: Rentrak


Kelly Clarkson and will announce American Music Awards nominees in five major categories on Thursday, October 10 on ABC‘s Good Morning America. Trophies will be handed out on ABC’s Dick Clark Productions special airing Sunday, November 24 at 8p.

CableFAX awards winners include Bryan Cranston (AMC‘s Breaking Bad; Best Actor in Cable), Tatiana Masiany (BBC America‘s Orphan Black; Best Actress), The Walking Dead (AMC, Best Cable Program), Vikings (History; Best New Program) and Archer (FX; Best Comedy).

The NCLR ALMA Awards celebrated Latinos in entertainment Friday night. Honorees included the cast of Showtime‘s Dexter for special achievement in television, with cast member Aimee Garcia noting the show’s “positive image of Latinos for the last eight years.”

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Alanna Masterson has been cast in AMC‘s Walking Dead, reports Deadline, recurring in season four with an option to become a regular in season five.

Robert De Niro joins HBO mini-series Criminal Justice, which got the green light in May but stalled after the sudden death of star James Gandolfini in June.


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Ripped-from-the-headlines Guilt, from Steve McPherson, has been sold to Fox. The Lionsgate TV/Wonder Monkey project’s Amanda Knox-like main character is a student mired in scandal after her roommate is murdered overseas.

Nikita writer/EP Albert Kim will remain with The CW after his drama ends its run after its fourth season. Kim will write and exec produce a new show with Eva Longoria and her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, about a woman who earns her law degree behind bars, then joins the firm she believes framed her.

Call for Submissions: Cynopsis is producing a Halloween Programming Guide which comes out on October 17 and will be sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers. If your network has Halloween-themed programming, please send your listings to Cathy Applefeld Olson at [email protected] no later than Friday Oct 4. 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). Cathy will send you a confirmation email following each submission (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit). Thanks!


New syndie series Beer Geeks, about millennial craze craft beer, signed a distribution agreement with Page Productions. And producer Willow Avenue‘s EVP of national ad sales Buff Parham predicts an easy sell. “This show attracts advertisers targeting anything that appeals to millennials,” Parham tells Cynopsis. “In addition to beer, the telecom, entertainment, restaurant and consumer tech industries align perfectly.”


CBS‘s new Saturday morning programming block, CBS Dream Team…It’s Epic! will be available to nearly one million U.S. servicemen and their families overseas via American Forces Network, announced CBS and Litton Entertainment. The three-hour, FCC educational/informational lineup consists of six new shows.

HyppTV and RTL CBS Asia Entertainment have struck a deal to bring the newly launched RTL channel to Malaysia. Shows include The X Factor USA, Elementary and Under the Dome.


BBC One drama The Indian Doctor has been picked up by numerous international territories, including Denmark, Africa, New Zealand and Albania, reports distributor Content Media. The Rondo Media and Avatar Films production is in its third season.

A report from Canadian regulator CRTC says about seventeen percent of the country’s viewers subscribe to Netflix (or 2.5 million households). But “while more Canadians than ever are watching and listening to content on their computers, smartphones and tablets,” said CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, “the vast majority of programming is still accessed through traditional television.”


ABC‘s encore of new series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Thursday night drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating and 4 share in A18-49 (after notching 7.0/11 on Tuesday), according to Nielsen. That wasn’t a powerful lead-in for the two-hour season ten premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Grey’s still managed a 3.4/9 rating in A18-49 for ABC, but that’s down about 30 percent from last season.

It was a battle of the big guns on Thursday at 9p, and CBS emerged the winner. Robin WilliamsThe Crazy Ones scored a 3.9 rating/11 share A18-49 for its premiere outing, versus 2.2/6 for the first half-hour of the new Michael J. Fox Show. But Michael J. Fox did build on its Parks and Recreation 8p lead-in (1.3/4 A18-49), while Crazy couldn’t match the punch packed by The Big Bang Theory (5.6 average rating for the 8p hour). Next week, Michael J. Fox moves to its regular 9:30p slot.

Friday’s Nielsens indicated a strong series premiere for Fox‘s MasterChef Junior. The show served up a 1.6 rating/6 share in A18-49, the night’s top 8p show. CBS‘s Blue Bloods scored an evening high 11.4 million viewers, while ABC‘s Shark Tank took the night’s A18-49 crown with 1.9/6.

For the first full season since 1992-93, ABC’s Good Morning America was the top morning news show. GMA wound up with an average 5.3 million total viewers, 679,000 more than NBC‘s Today, and 1.97 million in A25-54, 86,000 over its rival in the demo.

Broadcast Morning News Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (week of September 16, 2013)
ABC: GMA 5.79 million viewers; 1.7/13 and 2.09 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.74 million viewers; 1.7/13 and 2.03 A25-54
CBS: This Morning 2.87 million viewers; .8/6 and 976,000 A24-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Sunday Morning News Shows – Weekly Average Ratings (September 22, 2013)
CBS: Face the Nation 2.98 million viewers; .6 and 753,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.91 million viewers; .8 and 919,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.74 million viewers; .6 and 756,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.51 million viewers; .3 and 342,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.17 million viewers; .3 and 408,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Thursday A18-49 Analysis:  CBS grabbed the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 3.8/11, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. A pair of Big Bang Theories averaged 5.8 to sweep 8p for CBS, followed by Fox’s The X Factor with 2.1/6. It was a neck and neck at 9p, with CBS’s new The Crazy Ones (3.9/11) beating ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (3.3/9) in the first half hour, but Grey’s taking the lead at 9:30p with 3.4/9 versus a 2.9/8 for CBS’s Two and a Half Men. Grey’s had the field to itself at 10p, posting 3.4/10 to a 2.1/6 for CBS’s Elementary.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, September 26, 2013  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS 8.8/14 Big Bang Theory [p] 11.4/19, Big bang Theory 12.1/19, Crazy Ones [p] 9.3/15, Two and a Half Men [p] 7.2/11, Elementary [p] 6.4/11
ABC 5.2/9 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [r] 3.3/5, Grey’s Anatomy [p] 6.2/10
FOX 3.6/6 X Factor 4.1/7, Glee [p] 3.1/5
NBC 3.4/6 Parks and Recreation [p] 2.1/3, Michael J. Fox Show [p] 4.8/7, Parenthood [p] 3.3/6
UNI 2.0/3 Porque el Amor Manda 2.3/4, Tempestad 1.9/3, Que Bonito Amor 1.8/3
CW 1.0/1 Criminal Minds [r] .9/1, Criminal Minds [r] 1.1/2, Criminal Minds [r] .9/2
TELE .7/1 Dama y Obrero .6/1, Marido en Alquiler .9/1, Santa Diablo .7/1
CW .4/1 Vampire Diaries [r] .4/1, America’s Top Model [r] .4/1
UMA .2/0 Cineplex .2/0, Seleccion .2/0, Madame, LA .2/0

  CBS 3.8/11, ABC 2.6/8, FOX 2.0/6, NBC 1.7/5, UNI 1.6/5, TELE .5/2, ION .3/1, CW .2/1, UMA .1/0


NBCUniversal Executive Vice President Lauren Zalaznick, who was instrumental in developing Bravo, is leaving the company after 12 years. Cesar Conde, who joined NBCUni this month as EVP, will assume many of Zalaznick’s responsibilities. She will remain a consultant with the company for the time being.

Recently promoted to President of Bravo and Oxygen, Frances Berwick announced a new management team, including Rod Aissa as SVP Development and Production at Oxygen, and Andy Cohen as EVP Development and Talent at Bravo.
Fox has named Jeni Mulein Vice President of Event Series. Movie vet Mulein was previously at Original Film.

Adam Neal was promoted to Vice President of Development at Shine America. Neal had been Executive Director of Unscripted Development.

LIN Media announced the retirement of Scott Blumenthal, Executive Vice President of Television, effective December 31, 2013, after 30 years with the company. Blumenthal will be replaced by Jay Howell, currently Vice President, Regional Television. 

Linda Bell Blue, Executive Producer of Entertainment Tonight, will leave the news magazine in September, 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Blue Bell is in talks with CBS Television Distribution; her successor is expected to be E.T. Executive Producer DJ Petrero.


Director William A Graham, who helmed numerous TV shows, including The Fugitive and Batman, died September 12 of complications from pneumonia. He was 87.


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This Day In History sponsored by Military Channel: 1939 – The first televised football game aired, between Fordham and Waynesburg.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of Robert’s ex-wife on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005)? Joanne. Kudos to: Altagracia Gari-Univision/Miami, Michael Branch-Outside Television/NYC, Susan D’Angelo-COMBE/White Plains, NY, Rick Rosenfelt-ESPN/NYC, Heidi Hoffmeister-WVUE-TV/New Orleans, Larry Glazer-WTTW TV/Chicago, Jim Gray-FrogLight Productions/Missoula, MT, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Idiot Box Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Chip Beaman-Formosa Interactive/West Hollywood.

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ABC: Dancing With the Stars, Castle
CBS: How I Met Your Mother, We Are Men [p], 2 Broke Girls, Mom, Hostages
CW: iHeartradio Music Festival, Night 1
FOX: Bones , Sleepy Hollow
ION: Criminal Minds [r], Criminal Minds [r], Criminal Minds?[r]
MyTV: Law & Order: SVU [r], Law & Order SVU [r]
NBC: The Voice, The Blacklist
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Geneaology Roadshow, Independent Lens [p]
Telemundo: Dama y Obrero, Marido en Alquiler, Santa Diabla
UMA: Mas Rapido Mas Furioso, La Seleccion, La Madame
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, La Tempestad, Que Bonito Amor

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