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Good morning. It’s Monday, September 8, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
MSNBC is making some Presidential Election coverage changes. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will no longer anchor the network’s election coverage, but rather NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory will anchor the upcoming debates and election night. Olbermann and Matthews will continue as analysts. According to The New York Times, the change is a direct result of the network’s perceived partisan lean to the left, creating tension with its NBC Universal parent company. MSNBC has averaged 2.2 million viewers during the DNC and 1.7 during the RNC, placing it last among all the broadcast and cable news networks.
According to Nielsen, the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention last Thursday, which featured Presidential nominee Sen. John McCain’s acceptance speech, drew in a combined total of 38.9 million total viewers from eight networks offering live coverage from approximately 10-1115p: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, Univision and Telemundo. Specifically, FOX News drew in 9.2 million, followed by NBC at 8.7 million, ABC 6.0 million, CBS 5.3 million, CNN 4.8 million and MSNBC at 2.5 million. The combined total from the eight networks among A18-49 viewers was 15.2 million. Total viewers for PBS from its coverage Thursday night between 8-11p was 2.7 million.
Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: September 5-7, 2008
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~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
20th Century Fox Television said it will halt production on the FOX series 24 for more than two weeks as of September 15. The show is taking a time out because executive producer Howard Gordon was not happy with the direction of the last six episodes of the season. Scripts will be rewritten and the show is expected to resume production by October 9. Season seven is still on target to debut next January.
ABC gave a nod of approval for 13 episodes of In the Motherhood, a 30m series based on one by the same name that appeared online about the pitfalls of parenting. Mindshare, which created the online version, will also be involved with the television series while ABC Studio produces. Sprint and Suave which were on board as marketing sponsors for the online format will cross over and continue to sponsor the TV version. Casting for the TV edition is currently happening, although it is not certain if the three actresses who appeared in the online version – Leah Remini, Chelsea Handler and Jenny McCarthy – will star in the TV series.
FOX made several casting announcements for its 60m comedy musical project called Glee, tapping Broadway star Matthew Morrison as Will, an Ohio high school Spanish teacher who is asked to manage the glee club, reports THR. Lea Michele, also seen on Broadway, will portray the glee club’s female diva while Jayma Mays, from ABC’s Ugly Betty, will play Emma the high school guidance counselor and possible love attraction for Will. Glee, from Ryan Murphy, is produced by 20th Century Television and is expected to debut next March.
CBS is looking at a comedy pilot from BermanBraun, Universal <Media Studios and creator Linwood Boomer called The Karenskys, reports Variety. The story is about a woman who returns to her hometown and large ethnic family after her husband takes a new job in town.
Jodi Marks, the former host of HGTV’s Fix It Up will now be a segment host on the syndicated Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Jodi’s segment titled Best New Products will debut as the show begins season eleven this week. She will also work with Danny and the other two hosts, Allen Lyle and Joe Truini on various projects.
Casting Call: For an upcoming special this December, NBC continues to seek funny family videos surrounding the holidays: Chanukah, Christmas and New Year’s. Submit memorable family videos or for more information contact Gina Gonzalez at
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CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Wildbrain has inked an exclusive deal with animation creator/writer/director Danny Antonucci (Ed, Edd n Eddy, The Brothers Grunt). Under the pact, Antonucci will develop kid and adult TV series, feature film and new media projects for Wildbrain. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Italy’s FASTWEB telecom provider is launching Warner Bros. International Television Distribution’s Warner TV non-exclusively as a branded SVOD channel as of today. The service’s subscribers will gain access to a range of Warner Bros. TV series, films and cartoons such as ER, V (The Visitors), Looney Tunes: Back in Action and many others. Previous Warner TV VOD channel launches include Top Up TV, Tiscali, Virgin Media and BT in the U.K., Germany’s ProSieben, USEN Corporation’s GyaO in Japan and France’s Free TV. A debut is also planned later this year in India. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: NBC led a clean sweep Thursday night with 4.7/13 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. NBC surged at 8p with the opening game of the NFL season with a 5.0/15 followed by a 5.8/15 through 9p for the last hour of football. Also during these first two hours, FOX opened a new season of Kitchen Nightmares with a 2.2/7 at 8p and a 2.6/7 at 9p. Then at 10p, NBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention at 3.2/8 was more than double that of CBS at 1.4/4, ABC at 1.3/4 and UNIV at 1.3/3.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, September 4, 2008 time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
NBC: 7.5/12 NBC NFL Thursday Special: Washington at New York Giants 8.6/14, NBC News Decision ’08: Republican National Convention 5.2/8
CBS: 4.2/7 Big Brother 4.2/7, CSI [r] 5.0/8, CBS News Campaign 2008: Republican National Convention 3.4/6
FOX: 3.3/5 Kitchen Nightmares [p] 3.3/5
ABC: 3.2/5 Ugly Betty [r] 3.0/5, Grey’s Anatomy [r] 3.0/5, ABC News Vote 2008: Republican National Convention 3.6/6
UNIV: 2.1/3 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.4/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.3/4, La Gran Noche Republicana 1.7/3
CW: 1.5/2 90210 [r] 1.5/2
TELE: 0.6/1 Dona Barbara 0.5/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.8/1, Gran Celebracion Republicana 0.5/1
A18-49: NBC 4.7/13, FOX 2.4/7, CBS 1.8/5, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 1.2/3, CW 1.0/3, TELE 0.4/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
Richard L. Borjas was named Supervising Producer for the show The Balancing Act which airs weekdays on Lifetime Television. Richard will also be an Executive with Boca Raton-based production company Five Star Entertainment which produces the show, working on new projects and business.
MAGNA tapped Elizabeth Herbst-Brady as President. Elizabeth will head the unit as it morphs from a broadcast negotiations entity to one that is involved in intelligence-gathering, analysis and a negotiations company that encompasses digital, print, radio and television.
Scott Rubin joined Championship Gaming Series (CGS) as VP/Marketing. Scott will serve on the league’s executive team to supervise worldwide strategy, development and implementation of marketing efforts. Under marketing, he will be involved with integrated marketing activities that include advertising, promotions, public relations, event marketing, online promotions and sponsorships. Scott will report to Geoff Stevens, COO.
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