Thursday, February 26th, 2009



Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Chris Isaak will host BIO’s new original series,
“THE CHRIS ISAAK HOUR” premiering Thursday, February 26 at 10pm ET/ 11pm PT.

Each weekly one hour episode will feature an interview and performance of one of
music’s most popular artists, including Tricia Yearwood, Stevie Nicks, Smashing Pumpkins, Chicago, and Michael Buble.


For more information click here




Good morning. It’s Thursday, February 26, 2009, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Tonight’s Premieres:
Bio Channel: The Chris Isaak Hour at 10p


The Multicultural Event of the Season
March 10 – Hilton New York

Market research firm Horowitz Associates hosts the
9th Annual Multicultural Media for Multicultural America Forum

This Research-and-Strategy driven event will focus on:
Cross-Platform Programming, Branding, & Advertising for
Multicultural Audiences.

Get the newest data on consumers & the market for broadband/mobile video! Register Now!



BBC America debuts two daytime programs in April:

  • Antiques Roadshow UK – the basis for the US version; this series follows new host Fiona Bruce as she stops at various historic locations where people are invited to bring their treasures for appraisal. Premieres April 6 at 10a.
  • The Hotel Inspector – Hotelier/author Ruth Watson inspects bed and breakfast inns to hotels around Britain, offering advice to upgrade them to 5-star quality. Premieres April 6 at 12p; subsequent episodes will air at 4p.

National Geographic Channel is going to the dogs again as a new season of DogTown debuts March 20 at 10p. Throughout ten new episodes, viewers will follow several canine hardship cases at the Utah-based Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and watch as these dogs receive love, care and rehabilitation to become great pets.

Sundance Channel has a slew of programming and new series announcements slated for April:

  • The Green – the network’s primetime weekly environmental destination presented by Robert Redford, the programming umbrella introduces two new series: Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living and Carbon Cops as well as offers documentary and original series along with interstitials. The Green premieres April 21 at 9p; it airs Tuesdays at 9p; Thursdays at 4p and Sundays at 8a.
  • Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living – opening as part of The Green, this eight-part series looks at the life cycle of ordinary products. Premieres April 21 at 9p.
  • Carbon Cops – also opens as part of The Green, this six-part documentary series from Australia shows viewers how to limit their negative impact on the environment. Premieres April 21 at 930p.
  • Pulling – season two of the British comedy series opens in April as part of the network’s Friday night Knock Knock comedy block. The series follows three single women in their 30s living in South London. Airs Fridays at 9p and 3a; Saturdays at 11a; and Thursdays at 11a.
  • Spectacle: Elvis Costello with … – the network will re-broadcast the premiere season of this 13-part series starting April 1. Airs Wednesdays at 9p; Thursdays at 8p and 12a; and Sundays at 12p.

Next month, Hallmark Channel welcomes the evergreen television series The Golden Girls to its lineup. To kick things off, the network will air eighteen hours of back-to-back episodes this Sunday from 830 to 3a. The series will then air Monday-Friday beginning March 2 during one-hour blocks at 9a and again at 4p and for a two-hour block at midnight. In addition, the series will air on Saturdays from 6-9a and on Sundays from 830-10a beginning March 7-8.

National Geographic Channel six-part series Hard Time, documenting a year inside Georgia’s paramilitary prison system, opened Monday night at 9p and posted a 0.62 rating among A25-54 and a 0.88 HH rating. New episodes air Monday nights at 9p through March 30.

Fuel TV opens a new action comedy series called Thrillbillies March 29 at 8p about a group of daredevil redneck friends who participate in a variety of entertaining stunts.

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ABC Family made a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) to acquire the seventh and last season of Warner Bros. Television’s series Gilmore Girls. With this purchase, ABC Family now has the network cable rights to the entire 153-episode Gilmore Girls library. ABC Family currently airs the first six seasons of Gilmore Girls and tentatively said it will air the seventh season episodes starting this June.


SCI FI Channel added Lou Diamond Phillips, Ming-Na, Elyse Levesque and Alaina Huffman to the cast of new original series SGU: Stargate Universe. The series started production recently in Vancouver and also stars Robert Carlyle, Justin Louis, David Blue, Jamil Walker Smith and Brian J. Smith. MGM produces the series.

TV One and A. Smith & Co. Productions are going into the production on eight new episodes of Unsung, the one-hour biography series profiling talented artists or groups who have not received the recognition they deserve. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton of A. Smith & Co. Productions will executive produce while Mark Rowland will co-executive produce. The new episodes will feature such artists as Melba Moore and Minnie Riperton, premiering on TV One this June. Previously, A. Smith & Co. Productions produced four Unsung episodes featuring DeBarge, Donny Hathaway, Phyllis Hyman and the Clark Sisters, which aired as specials last fall.

CMT ordered eight 60m episodes of new original series World’s Strictest Parents, slated to open in April. Production is happening in cities nationwide and this series will be programmed as a companion to Nanny 911 which also opens in April on CMT. Shed Media US (formerly Ricochet Television) produces the new series.

Actor/rapper LL Cool J was tapped for the CBS spinoff of NCIS, cites Variety. LL Cool J will play a tough yet likable former Navy SEAL who goes undercover for the NCIS unit based in Los Angeles. CBS will air the spinoff as one half of a two-part NCIS episode later this season. CBS Paramount Network Television produces.


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  Apple shareholders re-elected the entire board of directors yesterday including ailing CEO Steve Jobs, who was absent from the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting for the first time in more than a decade. The board defended its limited disclosure of Job’s medical issues despite calls from shareholders for more details on Jobs’ health and the company’s succession plans. Just to show there was no hard feelings, shareholders sang “Happy Birthday” for Steve – who turned 54 on Wednesday. (And many happy returns, prayed the group.)  Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  Warner Bros. unveiled the official release date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two is July 15, 2011.  Warner Bros. is splitting Deathly Hallows, the final book (784 pages) in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, into two movies thus expanding the movie franchise.  As previously announced, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One releases November 19, 2010.   Full edition: CYN KIDS.


Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/9-2/15/09 ranked by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   7.4 AA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                               6.2 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                 5.3 AA / 7.2 GAA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                            4.6 AA / 7.0 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                            4.5 AA / 4.6 GAA
Oprah Winfrey Show (CTD)                               4.5 AA / 4.6 GAA
Family Guy (2/T)                                             4.1 AA / 4.9 GAA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD)                                         3.7 AA / 3.8 GAA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                 3.6 AA / 4.1 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                     3.3 AA / 4.4 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 2/9-2/15/09 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Family Guy (2/T)                                            3.0 AA / 3.5 GAA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                2.9 AA / 3.8 GAA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                2.4 AA / 2.7 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                  1.9 AA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                    1.9 AA / 2.6 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                           1.8 AA / 1.8 GAA
King of Queens (SPT)                                      1.8 AA / 2.1 GAA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                              1.7 AA
King of the Hill (2/T)                                       1.7 AA / 1.9 GAA
Friends (WB)                                                  1.7 AA / 2.0 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS and NBC tied for #1 Tuesday night at 3.1/9 A18-49 according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. During 8p, CBS took charge with NCIS winning with 3.9/11 with NBC’s Biggest Loser close behind at 3.7/10. Through 9p, most major networks aired the live Presidential Address to Congress with no ratings data available. Then at 10p, CBS did best with a Two and a Half Men rerun at 1.7/5 with NBC’s The Office repeat next at 1.5/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated.  Live+SD

CBS: 8.9/14         NCIS 11.1/18, Presidential Address to Congress [no ratings data available], Two and a Half Men [r] 4.6/9

NBC: 5.1/8          The Biggest Loser 7 6.0/10, Presidential Address to Congress [no ratings data available], The Office [r] 2.7/5

ABC: 4.1/7           Homeland Security USA 3.9/6, Presidential Address to Congress [no ratings data available]

FOX: 3.1/5         Bones [r] 3.1/5, Presidential Address to Congress [no ratings data available]

UNIV: 2.1/3        Manana para Siempre 2.3/4, Presidential Address to Congress [no ratings data available], Aqui y Ahora 1.4/3

CW: 1.0/2             90210 [r] 0.9/1, Privileged 1.0/2

MNT: 0.7/1            Street Patrol [r] 0.7/1, Street Patrol 2 [r] 0.7/1, Whacked Out Videos [r] 0.7/1, Whacked Out Videos 2 [r] 0.7/1

TELE: 0.7/1            Dona Barbara 0.7/1, Presidential Address to Congress [no ratings data available], Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.5/1, Cartel T 0.6/1

A18-49: CBS 3.1/9, NBC 3.1/9, ABC 1.9/5, UNIV 1.6/5, FOX 1.6/4, CW 0.7/2, TELE 0.5/1, MNT 0.4/1


Effective immediately, Maryam Banikarim is the new SVP/Integrated Sales Marketing with NBC Universal. In her new position, Maryam will head enterprise marketing sales initiatives for the company, focusing on advertising opportunities across various NBCU platforms. Maryam will additionally manage sales marketing for Women@NBCU and Green is Universal. She will jointly report to Mike Pilot, President/Sales and Marketing, NBC Universal and Lauren Zalaznick, President/NBCU Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks.

Former Yahoo! executive Scott Sternberg moved to ESPN International as VP/International Digital Media. Scott will concentrate on the development and growth of ESPN’s international online, wireless and broadband properties. Based at ESPN’s New York and Bristol offices, Scott will report to Arne Rees, VP/International Development.

This day in History: 1998 – A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:   “Wooooooo, WHEE!! I got it, I got it, and I got to report it!” was a catch phrase commonly spoken by one of the characters when he had some hot gossip to share on what short-lived mid-seventies sitcom?  THAT’S MY MAMMA (Junior played by Ted Lange)  Kudos to:  Yvonne Munoz-Globalhue/Ny; Ryan Quam-comcast Spotlight/West Palm Beach, Dave Devita-Montclair State University/Nj, Kecia Watts-A&E Networks/Stamford, John McInerney-Me-TV/Chicago; Robin Schmelling-BCMI/Rancho Mirage; Lorrie Shilling-DIRECTV/El Segundo; Steven Wishnoff/LA; Yolanda Sayles-Don Buchwald and Assoc/LA.

Today’s Trivia Question: On what ’60s television sitcom were these words of wisdom imparted from father to son:  “It doesn’t matter what you look like. You can be tall or short, or fat or thin, or ugly or handsome, or you can be black or yellow or white. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is the size of your heart and the strength of your character.”  (Email
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ABC: Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy [r], Private Practice [r]
AZTECA: Lo Que Callamos Las Mujeres Edicion Especial, Historias Engarzadas, Al Extremo
CBS: Survivor, CSI, Eleventh Hour
CW: Smallville, Supernatural
FOX: American Idol, Hell’s Kitchen
ION: Movie: Analyze This; Movie Analyze This
MNT: My Thursday Movie:  Street King
NBC: NBC Specials, Kath & Kim, The Office [r], 30 Rock, ER
PBS: This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, The Linguists
TELE: Dona Barbara, El Rostro de Analia, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso, El Cartel
UNIV: Cuidado con el Angel, Manana es para Siempre, La Rosa de Guadalupe

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