Thursday, February 8th, 2007




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Good Morning, it’s  Thursday, February 8, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.

For your pre-presidential election planning purposes:  ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos will air two live presidential candidate debates in October from Manchester, New Hampshire. The Republican debate will air on October 14 and the Democratic debate will be October 21. Two other live debates from New Hampshire are scheduled for January 2008 and details will be forthcoming.

Tonight’s Premieres:
CBS:  Survivor at 8p
MTV:  Juvies at 10p


SOAPnet has acquired all four seasons of both The O.C. and One Tree Hill distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution. Both drama series will be stripped Monday-Friday beginning April 9, with One Tree Hill airing at 5p and The O.C. at 6p.
Da Vinci’s Inquest, from Program Partners, has been reupped for a third syndication season and is slated to return this fall with 91 original episodes in addition to some first-run episodes. Da Vinci’s Inquest has been cleared in all top 20 markets and will air on affiliates from station groups Belo, CBS, Cox, Hearst-Argyle, Media General, Meredith, Raycom, Sinclair and Tribune. The series is produced by Haddock Entertainment and Barna-Alper Productions.
Clearances for Warner Bros.‘ new syndicated 30m entertainment series TMZ has reached 60% of the country, including the Fox stations (which you knew about already).  TMZ is based on the online AOL/Time Warner website focusing on celebrity news.  The show is a 5x week strip series, 30m, sold on a cash + barter (1-1/2m) basis; with a companion weekend 60m show. In addition to the series, TMZ will provide local stations a TMZ module for the station’s website, as well as a newsfeed function with information available 24/7 for use by the local stations news department.  TMZ is produced by Telepictures Prods, Harvey Levin Prods and paraMedia inc. 

CBS Corporation will sell seven of its owned television stations to Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. for $185 million. The sale, pending FCC approval, includes CBS affiliates KEYE/Austin and KUTV/Salt Lake City and its satellite station KUSG/St. George, UT; and the CW affiliates WLWC/Providence and WTVX/West Palm Beach and two low power stations in West Palm Beach: WTCN-CA (MyNetworkTV) and WWHB-CA (TV Azteca). The CBS Television Stations Group currently has 39 total stations consisting of 21 CBS affiliates, 11 CW affiliates, three MyNetworkTV affiliates and four other independent stations.

Gospel Music Channel (GMC) added more than one million new subscribers at the end of fourth quarter 2006 as a result of two recent deals with Metrocast Cablevision and Blue Ridge Communications. With these two new launches, GMC is now available in almost 100 DMAs around the country.
According to Nielsen Media Research and its annual report Projected Estimates of TV Households and Persons 2008 to 2050, the total number of TV households in the U.S. is expected to increase by 47% to 163.7 million in 2050 from 111.4 million.
Crown Media Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of the Hallmark Channel, has renewed a multi-year distribution deal with Mediacom Communications Corporation, whereby the more than one million Mediacom customers will continue to receive the Hallmark Channel. Mediacom, being the 8th largest cable television company, serves smaller U.S. cities and towns.


Kyle Petty has entered into a new multi-year agreement and will put away his driving gloves to become an on-air analyst for TNT’s 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race coverage during a five-week stint. Kyle will join announcers Bill Weber and Wally Dallenbach starting June 10 through July 15.
CBS has ordered up a new drama pilot starring LL Cool J called The Man, about an undercover cop in LA, who befriends a boy who is orphaned after a drug bust.  The project is from CBS Paramount Network TV

ABC has ordered three new comedy pilots, per Hollywood Reporter:

  • Traveling in Packs from Warner Bros. TVis about a group of three women who live together and hang out together and generally find traveling in a pack has certain benefits.  If you’re female, you understand.
  • The Thick of It based on a BBC series, a workplace comedy set in a low-level US Senator’s office, from Sony Pictures Television and BBC Worldwide Prods.
  • The News is set in the newsroom of a Phoenix television station. This project is from Touchstone TV.

Casting Updates:

  • Kevin McKidd has been signed to star in the new drama pilot Journeyman from 20th Century Fox TV, about a man who can travel back in time to fix the errors of the past, although some times it has ramifications in the future.
  • Comedy pilot Area 52 about a secret government installation in the desert with an alien resident, has added Jane Lynch to the cast.  The project is from NBC Universal.
  • Mark Valley has been upped to Business Class, a comedy pilot about two guys who spend most of their time traveling.  Valley’s character, one of the two leads, is a particularly charming and despicable sales guy. The project is from Dutch Oven and NBC Universal.


  • Shane West has been added to the cast of Supreme Courtships from 20th Century Fox TV, a workplace comedy set in the offices of the Supreme Court clerks and their judges.  West will play one of the clerks.
  • The Rules of Starting Over, a comedy pilot from 20th Century Fox TV about a group of 30-something divorced guy, and their newest now-single recruit, has signed Craig Bierko to star, and Rashida Jones as a woman who is looking for a good guy.


  • Chuck, a drama pilot from Warner Bros. TV about a computer geek who is also a secret agent working for the National Security Agency, has named Zachary Levi as its star, and Adam Baldwin as a veteran agent working for the NSA.


LIME and Verizon Wireless are partnering to launch a new mobile video channel, LIME: Healthy Living With A Twist on Verizon’s new V CAST Video channel. Verizon customers, with V CAST enabled phones, can now receive one to eight-minute video clips from Deepak Chopra and other LIME health and wellness content.


MGM has added Faye Walker as VP/Worldwide Television Marketing, where she will report to Jim Packer, President/Worldwide Television Distribution, MGM. Faye has been hired to supervise the marketing of all MGM television programming to the world which includes cable, syndication, ad sales, VOD efforts and campaigns. She will also handle collateral marketing materials for new TV shows and made-for-TV films.
With the launch of CBS Mobile, a new division within CBS Interactive, the CBS Corporation has promoted Cyriac Roeding as EVP/CBS Mobile, reporting to Quincy Smith, President, CBS Interactive. In addition, Jeff Sellinger has been upped to VP/CBS Mobile, reporting to Cyriac Roeding.
Painless Productions has bumped Kevin Shinnick to VP/Production and Mike Duffy to VP/Development to manage new production and development projects for the company. Furthermore, Elvia Van Es has joined the company as Co-Executive Producer to supervise projects.
Roberto J. Rafalowsky has been appointed as Director/Sales to lead Digerati iSales, the new interactive ad sales division of Petry Media Corporation.
Steve Kern
has been elevated to VP/Program Planning and Scheduling at ABC Entertainment. Steve will continue to supervise all primetime scheduling, while reporting to Jeff Bader, EVP, ABC Entertainment.

Viral video website Metacafe has named Erick Hachenburg as CEO.  The former CEO, Arik Czerniak, also the company co-founder, will stay on as a strategist. 
ABC Radio Networks has named John Rosso as SVP/Affiliate Relations and Digital Media to manage all affiliate relations and the newly created Digital Media unit. In addition, TJ Lambert the current VP/Affiliate Relations for ESPN, ABC Music Radio, American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks and ABC Radio International, will now lead affiliation functions for the company’s general market programs and will spearhead the Commercial Clearance Department.


Today in Cynopsis Kids, or listen to the audio version here:

  • CondeNast launches social network for teen girls
  • Bert and Ernie will star in a short-form claymation series
  • Studio B to produce the new animated series What My Sister Dragged In

Today in Cynopsis International and Multicultural Edition, or listen to the audio version here:

  • MTV ordered up 40 more eps of Endemol International’s Exposed
  • NBA All-Star 2007 to air in 215 countries/territories via NBA Entertainment’s television, internet, film, and digital outlets
  • TV Azteca files amended federal court filing against Alan Tacher and Giorgio Aresu this week


Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/22-1/28/07 ranked by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                             9.0 AA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                        7.2 AA
Oprah Winfrey Show (CTD)                         6.7 AA / 6.9 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                      5.6 AA / 5.8 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                5.6 AA / 7.4 GAA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                     5.1 AA / 7.7 GAA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD)                                  5.0 AA / 5.2 GAA
Seinfeld (Sony)                                        4.8 AA / 5.5 GAA
Friends (Warner Bros.)                               3.7 AA / 4.4 GAA
Inside Edition (CTD)                                  3.6 AA / 3.6 GAA
Live with Regis and Kelly (Buena Vista)         3.6 AA
Millionaire (Buena Vista)                             3.6 AA / 4.2 GAA
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 1/22-1/28/07 ranked by A18-49
Seinfeld (Sony)                                         3.0 AA / 3.3 GAA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                 2.9 AA / 3.7 GAA
Oprah Winfrey Show (CTD)                         2.6 AA / 2.6 GAA
Friends (Warner Bros.)                               2.5 AA / 2.9 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                             2.4 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                      2.3 AA / 2.4 GAA
King of Queens (Sony)                               2.3 AA / 3.2 GAA
That ’70s Show (Carsey Werner)                 2.2 AA / 2.7 GAA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                        2.0 AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD)                                  1.9 AA / 1.9 GAA
Source Nielsen Media Research – Live + SD Data
Correction: In yesterday’s Cynopsis, the ratings chart should have listed the premiere of CBS’ Rules of Engagement at 930p instead of Old Christine. The debut show pulled a 9.8/14 in HH and a 5.2/12 among A18-49 from 930-10p.

Tuesday – A18-49 AnalysisFOX held onto its Tuesday night lead with an 11.8/28 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS came next at 3.6/9, followed by NBC 3.2/8, ABC 2.3/6, UNIV 1.7/4, CW 1.6/4 and TELE 0.4/1. FOX’s double blockade of American Idol at 8p, winning with 13.4/33, and House at 9p ranking #1 with 10.2/24, once again shut out the competition both hours. NBC then won the 10p time period with Law & Order: SVU at 4.8/12.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, February 6, 2007 – FEBRUARY SWEEP DAY #6 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

FOX        16.4/24       American Idol 18.4/27, House 14.5/22

CBS        8.3/13           NCIS 10.2/15, The Unit 7.8/12, The Unit 6.7/11

NBC        6.3/10          Dateline NBC 4.0/6, Law & Order: CI 5.9/9, Law & Order: SVU 8.9/15

ABC        5.2/8           America’s Funniest Videos [r] 3.6/5, Primetime: Outsiders 5.2/8, Boston Legal 6.7/11

CW         2.3/3           Gilmore Girls 3.1/5, Veronica Mars 1.5/2

UNIV       2.2/3           La Fea Más Bella 2.9/4, Mundo de Fieras 2.2/3, Ver Para Creer 1.5/2

TELE       0.6/1           Marina 0.7/1, Amor Mio 0.6/1, Amor Mio 0.5/1, Decisiones (De Famosos) 0.6/1

A18-49: FOX 11.8/28, CBS 3.6/9, NBC 3.2/8, ABC 2.3/6, UNIV 1.7/4, CW 1.6/4, TELE 0.4/1

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Thursday, February 8, 2007

ABC:  Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Men In Trees
CBS: Survivor Fiji [p ], CSI, Shark
CW:   Smallville, Supernatural
FOX:  ’til Death, The War at Home, The OC
ION:  Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Diagnosis Murder, Charlie’s Angels
MNT: Wicked Wicked Games, Watch Over Me
NBC:  My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs, 30 Rock, ER
PBS:  This Old House, Antiques Road Show, Soundstage
TELE: Marina, Amor mio, Amor Mio, Decisiones (de Famosos)
UNIV: La Fea Mas Bella, Mundo de Fieras, Aqui y Ahora

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