Thursday, August 27th, 2009



Good morning. It’s Thursday, August 27, 2009, and this is your first early morning briefing.  And as always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here.  

Tonight’s Premieres:
HISTORY: Marked at 9p
MTV: Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory at 9p; Bully Beatdown at 930p; Nitro Circus at 10p; Pranked at 1030p
Tonight’s Finale:
USA Network: Royal Pains at 10p


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Yesterday, NBC Sports revealed its Football Night in America studio show will sport a new look and location for the upcoming new season. The show, which precedes NBC Sunday Night Football each Sunday at 7p, will move from a studio setting to the actual game site helmed by sports host veteran Bob Costas who will be joined by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, who reunited last year on Football Night, will continue to co-host based at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios. They will be joined by former Super Bowl coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Additionally, Tiki Barber will again report from the site of one of the NFL’s big games. NBC kicks off the NFL’s regular season on September 10 as the defending Super Bowl winners, the Pittsburgh Steelers go up against the Tennessee Titans at 8p. The first NBC Sunday Night Football matchup is September 13 at 8p as the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers, preceded by Football Night in America.

Programming notes: Several networks have juggled their schedules to include specials remembering the life and career of Senator Ted Kennedy.

  • MSNBC will rebroadcast its new special The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary tonight at 7p.
  • Also tonight, BIO Channel will air the special Bio Remembers: Ted Kennedy at 9p.

ABC’s The View lined up several guest co-stars in September as fill-ins for regular co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck who is on maternity leave until mid-October. Right after the show’s new season premieres on September 8, Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain will do a guest stint September 9 and 10; Kate Gosselin, star of TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 was announced yesterday as fill-in for September 14 and 15; LaToya Jackson is slated to appear September 16 and 18; and former Fox News Channel anchor E.D. Hill is scheduled for September 23 and 24.

Showtime debuts new seasons of its series Dexter and Californication in Canada next month. On Astral Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada) the fourth season of Dexter opens September 27 at 10p and a third season of Californication begins September 28 at 10p.

Correction: TNT’s mid-season finale of Leverage will air September 9. We had incorrectly stated in yesterday’s edition the finale was August 26.

Author and journalist Dominick Dunne, 83, died yesterday in Manhattan following a long battle with cancer. Dominick was best known for his best-selling novels including The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, his stories involving shocking crimes of the rich and famous as well as society news in magazine articles and his column in Vanity Fair magazine. He also became a household name covering high-profile court trials as a journalist including the 1994 OJ Simpson trial for cable TV and Vanity Fair. In 2002, he hosted his own weekly show on then Court TV called Power, Privilege and Justice. Dominick recently completed his last novel, Too Much Money which is due out this December.

Hear ye, hear ye … it’s the fifth annual Tim Nesvig Fellowship and Research Fund raffle. You remember this one — if you’re holding the winning raffle ticket, check out what you win:

2 tickets – 2010 Super Bowl
2 tickets – 2010 Rose Bowl
2 tickets – 2009 World Series (American or National park)
2 tickets – BCS National Championship Game
2 tickets – Daytona 500
2 tickets – NCAA Basketball Final 4
2 tickets – Indianapolis 500
2 tickets – The NBA Finals.
2 tickets – MLB All Star Game

That’s right, two tickets to every single one of those events! Holy smokes! And the money all goes to the Tim Nesvig Fellowship. Can’t beat that. Here’s how it works – raffle tickets are $100 each, drawing to be held on October 13 at Westchester Country Club (winner need not be present). If you’re interested, raffle tickets are available to purchase by calling the tournament hotline at 213 241-7111 or emailing Julie Filkoff at
. The raffle tickets themselves are limited, so no dawdling. Also, when you call, ask about the 2009 City of Hope Golf Classic benefiting the Tim Nesvig Fellowship and Research Fund being held 10/13/09 at the Westchester Country Club in NY. They’re looking for foursomes, sponsors, dinner ticket buyers and auction items! Good luck!


MTV is producing a handful of original movies developed specifically for the MTV audience. Films in production include:

  • My Super Psycho Sweet 16 – horror movie slated to air in late October following its theatrical run.
  • Turn The Beat Around – set in Los Angeles in the competitive world of dance.

One original movie in development:

  • MADE – Comedy based on the MTV series about a popular cheerleader helping a band geek reach her dream of making the squad.

ABC has a new untitled multi-camera comedy in the works from executive producer Garland Testa (King of the Hill), reports THR. ABC gave the project about a young married couple with kids who try to keep the fun in their lives a script commitment with penalty. 20th Century Fox Television will produce where Testa has an overall deal.


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  After battling for years with Dish Network over the same issue, Tivo announced it has filed new lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon over DVR patent infringement, including one covering the ability to pause and rewind live TV. The company also reported a smaller-than-expected Q2 loss yesterday as revenue fell by 12% to $57.4 million on fewer subscriptions, down to 3.05 million from 3.62 million a year earlier. Meanwhile, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dismissed TiVo’s petition to cease a re-examination of its patents, Dish and Echostar said in a statement.     Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.    

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: This week marks the debut of Barbie‘s first music video, Do The Barbie, on YouTube, which supports the upcoming launch of Mattel‘s new Barbie Fashionistas doll line.  Designed to showcase the Barbie Fashionistas doll’s 12-point movement (bending elbows, twist wrists, move at the waist and roll her head), the new music video features The Barbie dance choreographed by JaQuel Knight (he did Beyonce’s Single Ladies) and three dolls from the line (Sassy, Cutie and Artsy) as well as a cameo by Ken. The Barbie Fashionistas dolls will be available at retail beginning in October.  Full edition: CYN KIDS.    



Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 8/10-8/14/09 ranked by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   5.5 AA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                               4.5 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                 4.2 AA / 5.6 GAA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                            3.8 AA / 5.8 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                            3.7 AA / 3.7 GAA
Oprah Winfrey Show (CTD)                              3.4 AA / 3.5 GAA
Family Guy (2/T)                                             3.3 AA / 4.0 GAA
George Lopez (WB)                                          3.2 AA / 4.6 GAA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                 3.0 AA / 3.5 GAA
Inside Edition (CTD)                                         2.9 AA / 2.9 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                      2.9 AA / 3.9 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 8/10-8/14/09 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Family Guy (2/T)                                            2.4 AA / 2.8 GAA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                2.2 AA / 2.9 GAA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                1.9 AA / 2.1 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                      1.6 AA / 2.1 GAA
King of the Hill (2/T)                                       1.6 AA / 1.8 GAA
Friends (WB)                                                  1.6 AA / 1.8 GAA
George Lopez (WB)                                         1.5 AA / 2.0 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   1.4 AA
King of Queens (SPT)                                      1.4 AA / 1.7 GAA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                           1.2 AA / 1.7 GAA
House of Payne (2/T)                                      1.2 AA / 1.4 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                           1.2 AA / 1.2 GAA
TMZ (WB)                                                      1.2 AA / 1.2 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Tuesday  A18-49 Analysis: FOX matched its overall ratings from the previous week Tuesday night, posting a 2.6/8 with A18-49 viewers, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. At 8p, FOX scorched the competition with Hell’s Kitchen at 3.6/12 followed by CBS’ repeat of NCIS at 1.7/6. NBC’s America’s Got Talent prevailed at 9p with a 3.1/9 while CBS’ Big Brother 11 placed second at 2.5/7. NBC held steady through 10p with America’s Got Talent at 3.1/9 and CBS played second fiddle again with The Mentalist encore at 1.6/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

NBC: 6.0/10       America’s Got Talent [r] 3.9/7, America’s Got Talent 7.0/12

CBS: 5.3/9           NCIS [r] 6.4/11, Big Brother  4.5/7, The Mentalist [r] 5.1/9

FOX: 3.5/6            Hell’s Kitchen 4.4/8, More to Love 2.5/4

ABC: 2.3/4           Shaq VS. [r] 2.0/4, Shaq VS. 2.6/4, Primetime: The Outsiders 2.2/4

UNIV: 2.1/4         En Nombre Del Amor 2.0/3, Manana Es Para Siempre 2.5/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.9/3

MNT: 0.8/1         Street Patrol [r] 0.8/1, Street Patrol 2 [r] 0.8/1, Jail [r] 0.9/2, Jail 2 [r] 0.9/1

CW: 0.5/1           90210 [r] 0.6/1, 90210 [r] 0.4/1

TELE: 0.5/1         Mas Sabe El Diablo 0.5/1, Ninos Ricos 0.5/1, Victorinos 0.5/1

ION: 0.4/1          Boston Legal [r] 0.3/1, Boston Legal [r] 0.6/1, Boston Legal [r] 0.4/1

A18-49: FOX 2.6/8, NBC 2.5/8, CBS 2.0/6, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 1.3/4, TELE 0.5/2, MNT 0.5/1, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.1/0


Travel Ad Network (TAN) and its Board of Directors announced its CEO/Founder Cree Lawson was named Chairman of the Board. In addition, Brian Silver was elevated from President/COO to President/CEO. Brian joined the company in November 2007.

MTV Networks Latin America (MTVNLA) upgraded Fernando Gaston to SVP/Creative, Content and Music for MTV/VH1 Latin America. Fernando follows Jose Tillan in this position who was named GM of MTV TR3s in the US. Fernando will relocate to Miami from Buenos Aires and will report jointly to Sofia Ioannou, Managing Director/MTV Networks Latin America and Antonio Campo Dall’Orta, EVP/Music Brands and Managing Director of South Europe, MTV Networks International.


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This day in History:  1992 – Federal troops were ordered to Florida for emergency relief due to Hurricane Andrew.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Brandon the Dog was the family pet on what primetime series?  PUNKY BREWSTER  Kudos to:  Nissa Booker-ABC News/New York; Gene LeFevre-TeleRep/NY; John May-Cartoon Network/Atlanta; Seth Leibowitz-Shreddy Mercury Prods/NY;Jessica Chonody-Turner Broadcasting/NY; Amy Mendoza-AETN/Chicago; Adam Leston-WDJT/Milwaukee; Veronica Lester-NCC/Chicago; Keith Paxton-KDFW KDFI/Dallas; Dan Dise-Mediacom/Burbank; Melissa Marshall-Schiefer Media/Santa Ana; Yvette Turner-KPIX/San Francisco; Jaime Berini-OMD/LA; Felicity Clive-Turner Int’l/Sydney

Today’s Trivia Question:  Nick Moore – kind of a primetime TV goofy guy … seen on what show?    (Email
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ION Television … Watch Us Add More Movies!

ION Television continues to reinforce its position as a leading network destination for first rate feature films.  Over 40 new A-list titles join the library, including films like:

The Break Up  *  Miami Vice  *  I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry

ION Television. Positively Entertaining.

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JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR, WEBSITE MARKETING SERVICES/Burbank: Support with user approvals, upload written, art, video assets to the website. 1-2yrs exp. Intermediate Flash and HTML required.Go To:

JOB OPENING: SHOWRUNNER /Nancy Glass Productions/Phila/NY: immediate opening for experienced docusoap/reality series showrunner-pre to post production. Resumes to:

JOB OPENING: DIR/MEDIA/ DISC/SS: Strat dev of all media activities w/ pd & internal assets. BA, 8+ yrs exp. Demo dev/imp of successful media campaigns. Exp. in TV ind. & Nielsen proficiency perf. Apply: Req#9115 (9/1)

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JOB OPENING:  ONAIR PROMOTIONS PRODUCER/Nickelodeon Int’l/NYC: 2+yrs writ/prod exp. OnAir Promos/TV/Adv, Strng concept abilities & aesthetic jdgment, Editing skills, Knwldge of NICK brand EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply (8/29)

JOB OPENING:  DIR AD SALES RESEARCH/MTVN/Kids&Family/NY: BA + 7 yrs media/cable exp.  Strong communic sk.  Proven record creating estimates; str analy sk.  Proficient w/Nielsen and related svcs. Apply EOE (8/28)

JOB OPENING:  MANAGER, PRODUCTION MGMT/NICKELODEON/NYC: Min8yrs exp. in prod mgmnt,budgeting,execute prod plans. EOE/M/F/D/AAP  Apply: (8/28)

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free , and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDIT ONLY: AD TRAFFIC Intern/The Hotel Networks, NY: Updating show titles, quality control/ brdcst logs/data entry. Majors: Media/Comm, Bus/Fin/Acctg– Analytical, PC, Detailed, Customer Srvc. Resumes:

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: SOCIAL MEDIA/MARKETING INTERN/NYC: Need hard-working, web-savvy college student for assisting in the execution of online mktg prgrms for Good writing and comm skills a must. Res:

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: EDITORIAL INTERN/NYC: Need hard-working, web-savvy college student for assisting in the execution of online editorial initiatives for Good writing & comm skills a must. Res:

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: ORIGINAL MEDIA SEEKS INTERN internship is 3-4 days/wk 10AM-6PM. Involves working on prod of our shows & in the office. Duties include: running day-to-day operations in office & aspects of post-prod.

FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY:   Fall Graphic Intern-Los Angeles- Live TV-on air graphics & projects-Intermediate level- Adobe Creative Suite 3 or 4-Illustrator, Photoshop & After Effects-Unpaid/College Credit. 
FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY:   Video news website is looking for interns.  This is great opportunity to be involved in a new start up that is launching in the fall of 2009.  Email Fred:

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SITUATION WANTED: SCRIPT EDITOR/DEV CONSULTANT for kids programming. US & UK/EU cred, creative and network experienced. Oversee creative for TV & related media plus outreach materials.

SITUATION WANTED: Seeking a MARKETING MANAGER position in Long Island, NY. Strengths include Marketing collateral creation, development of marketing plans, media relations, trade show management etc. email

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SITUATION WANTED:  MARKETING MANAGER/DIRECTOR/LA: Marketing Manager/Director in LA with home video, television and film experience. Email:
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SITUATION WANTED:  MEDIA/MARKETING MANAGER/LA: 4+ years experience in media planning/buying, account management, online marketing. Familiar with brdcst & interactive media markets. Hardworking, dependable, diligent.

SITUATION WANTED:  ONLINE AD SALES/ BOSTON: Results oriented leader with a proven record of surpassing sales quotas and increasing profits looking for an Account Executive position. 7+ years exp.

SITUATION WANTED: 9 time Emmy winning CREATIVE PRODUCER-based in Atlanta seeking freelance jobs. Great with clients. 15yrs experience in promotional / creative TV.
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ABC:  Grey’s Anatomy [r], Grey’s Anatomy [r], Private Practice [r]
AZTECA: Laura de Todos, Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Al Extremo
CBS: Big Brother, CSI [r], The Mentalist [r]
CW: Supernatural [r], Supernatural [r]
FOX: NFL Football:  Miami at Tampa
ION:  Movie: The Specialist (7-9p), Movie: The Specialist (9-11p)
MNT: My Thursday Movie: Sweepers
NBC:  30 Rock [r], Parks and Recreation [r], The Office [r], 30 Rock [r], Law & Order
PBS:  This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, Chasing Churchill
TELE: Mas Sabe el Diablo, Ninos Ricos Padres Pobres, Victorinos
UNIV:  El Nombre del Amor, Manana es para Siempre, Rosa de Guadalupe

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