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Good Morning. It’s Thursday, February 21, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
ABC announced the return dates for many of its primetime series:
~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
Broadcast Evening News Ratings Wrap-Up: The final results for the week of February 11, 2008:
Effective March 17, two of CBS’ comedies will swap places as The Big Bang Theory takes the Monday 8p slot and How I Met Your Mother moves to Mondays at 830p. Both sitcoms also return with new episodes while the rest of Monday’s line-up remains the same.
In March and April, ION Television Network lassoes Saturday as Western Night with original and classic movies from RHI Entertainment. Western Night opens with the world premiere of Aces N’ Eights on March 15 at 9p. Other western titles follow through April 26.
The CW’s reality show Beauty and the Geek is back for a fifth season starting March 11 at 8p. Nine intellectually-challenged beauties compete against nine smart but socially-bereft guys in various tests to win the $250,000 grand prize. The series is from fox21 and produced by Katalyst Films and 3 Ball Productions with executive producers Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg.
~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
Blockade Entertainment and Gameplay HD, focused on video gaming and part of the VOOM suite of hi-def networks, will begin production of a new original animated series, Sacred Road. This series will combine a video game engine and software code to create a 3D-like hi-def animated television series. Sacred Road is about five American GIs who battle to defeat Nazis during WWII and will premiere on Gameplay HD this fall.
To new pilots have been ordered by CBS – Splitsville from exec producer Jamie Kennedy is a game show where divorcing couples negotiate for possessions via a variety of challenges. The second pilot is a reality series focused on a team of law enforcement people who are all assisting people who have been victimized by crime. This latter project is from Tom Forman, the exec producer behind CBS’ Kid Nation.
Another cast change at Law & Order – departing will be 9-year veteran Jesse L. Martin, and joining the cast is Anthony Anderson who had appeared as a cop once before on Law & Order: SVU.
Casting Call: A Los Angeles production company, casting for a wedding-themed pilot on behalf of a major cable network, is looking for brides and their bridesmaids aged 21-35 to apply. If you are a new bride and have 4-7 bridesmaids to choose from, send an email to
~ ELSEWHERE IN CYNOPSIS ~
CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Google is planning to announce the details of its AdSense video ad solution this morning, which serves contextual InVideo overlay ads dynamically to a group of trial programming partners, including entertainment portals Revver, blip.tv and My Damn Channel as well as how-to-video sites BobVila.com and ExpertVillage.com. The system searches metadata embedded within each clip, then serves an appropriate overlay relating to the subject matter or theme. While this may not be the killer application for online video advertising, it should go a long way in helping to monetize goofy user generated video that spreads like wildfire around the web before a sponsor can be premeditatedly attached to it. Full edition: CYN DIGITAL. (Or to listen to the Cynopsis Digital Podcast click here or subscribe to it at iTunes here .)
CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Universal Pictures and Hasbro enter into a six-year partnership to produce at least four movies based on some of Hasbro’s brands, including Monopoly, Candy Land, Clue, Ouija, Battleship, Magic, The Gathering and Stretch Armstrong. According to the deal, Hasbro will team exclusively with Universal Pictures for feature films, except for existing toy/movie franchise Transformers (a sequel is in the works) and GI Joe (currently filming), which are with Paramount/DreamWorks and Paramount respectively. The first movie title under the new deal is slated for release in 2010 or 2011, with Universal expected to release a movie per year thereafter. The William Morris Agency brokered the deal on behalf of Hasbro. Hasbro recently named Lisa Licht as its new GM/Entertainment and Licensing. Hmmm, which to do first? While a Monopoly project has been talked about for some time, if it were my choice (and it isn’t) I’d say the timing is right for a movie based on Magic, The Gathering or Stretch Armstrong. Full edition: CYN KIDS.
CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Virgin Media Television‘s men’s U.K. entertainment channel Bravo acquired the original scripted drama The Kill Point in an exclusive deal with Lionsgate. Debuting as part of Bravo’s Spring primetime schedule, the 8×60 miniseries first premiered on Spike TV this past summer. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 2/11-2/17/08
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 2/11-2/17/08
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 2/11-2/17/08
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 2/11-2/17/08
Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX captured another giant win Tuesday night with 11.2/27 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX maintained a double-digit lead with American Idol the first two hours: at 8p FOX posted a 10.5/27 and an even higher 11.9/27 at 9p. NBC’s Law & Order: SVU encore won at 10p with a 3.3/9.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 (February Sweep Day 20) time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research
FOX: 16.4/25 American Idol 16.4/25
NBC: 5.4/9 The Biggest Loser 5 5.1/8, Law & Order: SVU [r] 6.2/10
CBS: 4.9/8 NCIS [r] 7.1/11, Big Brother 9 3.6/5, Jericho 3.9/7
ABC: 3.6/6 Just For Laughs 3.1/5, Just For Laughs [r] 3.0/5, According to Jim 3.1/5, Carpoolers 2.6/4, Boston Legal 4.8/8
UNIV: 1.9/3 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.4/4, Pasion 1.8/3, Aqui y Ahora 1.5/3
CW: 1.7/3 Reaper [r] 1.3/2, One Tree Hill 2.0/3
TELE: 0.7/1 La Traicion 0.6/1, Victoria 0.9/1, Pecados Ajenos 0.6/1
A18-49: FOX 11.2/27, NBC 3.3/8, CBS 2.0/5, UNIV 1.6/4, ABC 1.5/4, CW 1.0/3, TELE 0.4/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
York Entertainment named Steven Bulzoni as President/Domestic Entertainment to supervise the daily activities of the independent film supplier’s domestic operations including sales, licensing, marketing, acquisitions and operations. Previously, Steven worked for York Entertainment as VP/GM from 1998 through 2004. In his new role, he will report directly to Tanya York, CEO.
Peter Granath was hired as Associate Publisher for The Week, a news and opinion magazine. Based in New York, Peter will spearhead print and digital advertising revenue and the magazine’s sales team will report directly to him. Prior to this appointment, Peter was the New England Advertising Manager for CNNMoney.com.
VH1 advanced Stacy Alexander to SVP/Talent and Casting where she will manage the talent department and team charged with developing relationships with key talent. Also upped in the talent department are Leah Horwitz to VP/Music Talent and Creative Development; Trevor Rose to Director/Talent and Creative Development; and Denise Bishop to Director/Talent and Creative Development. Leah worked with Bret Michaels on the Rock Of Love series and will continue to seek talent within the music industry. She reports to Rick Krim, EVP/Talent and Music Programming, VH1 and Jeff Olde, EVP/Original Programming and Production, VH1. Trevor’s duties include creating and developing new show ideas around celebrities and helping to secure top talent for the network. Denise has worked with recruiting talent for VH1 shows such as VH1 Hip Hop Honors, The Fabulous Life and The Wendy Williams Experience and VH1 Save The Music Foundation events.
Young Broadcasting Inc. elevated Jay Huizenga to President/GM of KELOLAND (KELO-TV) in Sioux Falls. Jay has been with the station for 27 years, most recently as Station Manager.
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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Susie Mc Namara was the secretary of Peter Sands on what TV show? PRIVATE SECRETARY (Ann Sothern) Kudos to: John Hesano-Eastman Radio/NY; Paula Mermelstein-Showtime Networks/NY; Greg West-WATC/Atlanta; Steve Kurtzer-Zimmerman/Ft. Lauderdale; Ginny Buzzell-WJFW/Rhinelander, WI; Erin Green-Charter Media/St. Louis; Rich Koz-WCIU/Chicago; Ana Auther-Randy Murray Productions/Phoenix; Don Wollman-Big Brother/LA; Karen White-Widget Post/Hollywood, CA; Roz Seibold-
Today’s Trivia Question: Who was the first host and hostess pair on the game show Wheel of Fortune? (2 part answer) (
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