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Good morning. It’s Thursday, April 28, 2005, the first day of the May 2005 sweep, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Like any good President of the United States, George Bush has planned a press conference during the May sweeps. Happens every year. The only problem is, this time the President gave the networks little more than 24 hours notice, with the press conference scheduled for this evening at 830p. No word at this writing regarding broadcast network coverage, and among the cablers Fox News is the only one to have it posted on their online schedule already. The rub is simple – all but two networks will be in the middle of 60m or 120m programming at 830p, and most of that is original pgming; Thursday is always big night for CBS and NBC; and gobbles of ad dollars will need to be managed.
Fox has given the official “go” for a second season of Nanny 911 (Granada America) with an order for 13 more eps.
NBC has announced a handful of new limited series offerings slated for this summer – primarily reality shows. According to Variety, returning series include Average Joe (June 28 at 8p) and The Biggest Loser (August 9). New to the schedule are:
* NEW ORDERS / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
Comedy Central has ordered up 39 episodes of a late night D. L. Hughley talk show to air on Fri-Sun evenings at 11p, produced by Robert Morton. The show’s working title is Weekends at the D.L., scheduled to kick off with a 13 week stint, beginning this summer. Comedy Central is also considering several different projects for the post-The Daily Show with Jon Stewart time period, Mon-Thurs, with no official decision at this point.
Branded Media Corporation has signed a deal with chefs Pino Luongo and Mark Strausman to develop a new cooking series based on the chefs’ nickname: The Two Meatballs. The project and its brand extensions will reflect the duo’s passion for cooking and creativity while dishing out stories reflecting their irreverent relationship, knowledge and humor.
BBC and HBO are teaming up to co-produce a new sitcom titled Extras. The first 6 episodes are being produced and are set to air on the BBC2 in the summer. The series will also launch on HBO, though a date has not yet been announced. Extras focuses on this group of actors (extras) and how they keep themselves entertained between takes. The show will also have celeb cameos appearing as themselves including Samuel L Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Stewart, Ben Stiller and Kate Winslet.
* CASTING UPDATES *
* MORE GOOD STUFF *
Turner Broadcasting System has unveiled plans to launch GameTap, a broadband subscription video games-on-demand service, set to bow fall 2005. In advance of the launch, TBS has licensed more than 1,000 games from 17 publishers, and plans to initially offer 300 game titles, and then rolling out new titles each week. Subscribers will need to download and install Turners GameTap client software (http://www.gametap.com/), which will allow them unlimited access to the gaming library of available titles.
The weekly syndicated series Designers, Fashions & Runways from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is kicking off six new episodes to air during the May sweep, featuring a half dozen top designers including Perry Ellis, Frankie B and Monique L’huillier. Clearances for the series for next season thus far include KNBC/LA; KMWB/Minneapolis; KTVK/Phoenix, WISH/Indianapolis; CN8/Philadelphia and CN8/Boston.
Following the worldwide open of Warner Bros.’ movie, Batman Begins on June 15, the Batman film will be the title sponsor of the NASCAR Nextel Cup, retitled as Batman Begins 400, marking the first time that a feature film has served as the title sponsor for this race. Held at Michigan International Speedway, the race will be carried live on Fox, June 19. The Batman Begins 400 will feature the Batmobile (the one from the movie) as the pace car, and set up for attendees will be the the Batman Begins Fan Zone which will included race car driver Mark Martin’s Batman Begins themed car, merchandise based on the movie and the Batman Begins 400 race, as well as themed activities.
Casting call: Fix My Husband is a new primetime series for ABC in which three wives send their husbands to be re-educated on various points that will ultimately enhance their marriages and their lives. We’re looking for guys who have forgotten about romance, are more interested in sports than your birthday, comfortable enough that his appearance has gone a little to his waist. Casting coming up in the NY area. If you’re interested, please contact: Debbie & Lisa Ganz, 917-374-7614 or 917-678-9996,
Correction: Bravo’s new series The Daily News is not launching on August 10, but rather during 2nd qtr 2005. Alternatively, Battle of the Network Reality Stars is launching on August 10 as reported.
* EXECUTIVE MOVES*
Maria Kennedy has been upped to VP/Ad Sales, Direct Response for Discovery Networks, U.S. She will oversee the DR and paid programming sales team and be responsible for all paid programming time and short-form direct response sales efforts for Discovery’s 13 U.S. networks and BBC AMERICA.
National Geographic Ventures (NGV) has elevated Lisa Truitt to President/Giant-Screen Films and Special Projects, up from Exec Prod.
Todd Talbott has been named the Director/Communications and Development for Save Africa’s Children in Los Angeles. Save Africa’s Children provides orphan care facilities for those babies and children who have lost parents to the HIV/Aids pandemic throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The Save Africa’s Children Board of Director’s consists of Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett and numerous other noted celebrities.
Ad agency G&M Plumbing has added Lisa Welch-Nehring as Managing Partner, whose mission will be to build her strategic planning team to assist G&M’s current clients with their marketing challenges.
Rachel Seltzer was named Director/Media Relations at UPN, reporting to Joanna Massey, SVP/Media Relations. Rachel will continue to handle national publicity campaigns for UPN programming, including scripted and unscripted series. She will also work closely with Massey coordinating the planning and execution of various special events for the Network, including Upfront and January and July Press Tours. In addition, Seltzer will manage UPN’s copy writing and press release distribution.
* RATINGS *
Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: American Idol and a rerun of House led Fox to another Tuesday win with an overall 8.5/22 A18-49 rating, according to final numbers from Nielsen Media Research. Ranking #2 for the night was CBS with a 3.8/10, followed by NBC 2.6/7, ABC 2.5/7, WB 2.2/6, UPN 1.0/3. At 8p American Idol posted a goodly 10.8/29 in the demo, three and a half times greater than its closest competition, NCIS with a 3.0/8. House held onto 48% of its lead-in and still dominated with a 6.1/15, ahead of CBS’ Amazing Race (5.2/12). At 10p Law & Order: SVU [r] led with a 3.7/10, just a share point ahead of Judging Amy on CBS and three points ahead of Blind Justice on ABC.
FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS: Tuesday, April 26, 2005, for all Networks – program averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
FOX 12.8/20 American Idol 15.2/24, House [r] 10.4/16
CBS 8.4/13 NCIS 8.9/14, Amazing Race 8.3/12, Judging Amy 7.9/13
NBC 5.0/8 Most Outrageous Game Show Moments #5 [r] 3.7/6, Scrubs 4.0/6, The Office 3.5/5, Law & Order: SVU [r] 7.5/12
ABC 4.5/7 My Wife & Kids 3.6/6, George Lopez [r] 3.2/5, According to Jim [r] 5.3/8, Rodney 5.2/8, Blind Justice 5.0/8
WB 3.2/5 Gilmore Girls 3.5/6, One Tree Hill 2.8/4
UPN 1.9/3 All of Us 1.7/3, Eve 1.9/3, Veronica Mars 1.9/3
A18-49 Fox 8.5/22, CBS 3.8/10, NBC 2.6/7, ABC 2.5/7, WB 2.2/6, UPN 1.0/3
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM AMC
In time-honored movie-tradition,
We’d like to thank each and every one of the million viewers
who are making this year our best ever.
(**and in a break from time-honored movie-tradition, we’ll refrain from naming each and every one of them.)
Across every daypart, AMC is experiencing double-digit growth within our key demographics.
The History Channel presents This Day in History:
Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: This comic book character was referenced in primetime television – the blond, super vixen Talon, the Evil Queen of the Universe. Talon was introduced in this primetime series as she was inspired by one of the shows main characters. What character and what show? JAMIE BUCHMAN – MAD ABOUT YOU. Kudos to: JJ O’Brien-NEAN/NY; Josh Lasser-True Entertainment/NY; Taylor Wynne-Blitz Media/South Natick, MA; Marc Mondry-sportskool/NY; Kenny Mueller-Comcast Spotlight/Dallas; Tom Boyd-WGN/Chicago; Adam Montgomery-MCS Prods/LA; Eddie Land/LA; Seth Howard/LA; Robert Black-Lemming Drops Studio/Glendale.
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