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The Leader in Original Movie Productions [Stephen] Collins says that he’s happy to be on the Hallmark Channel roster.
“They seem to be enjoying themselves, and they have a sense of mission there … they’re making 30 movies a year. I think they’re filing a niche.” – NY Daily News
Good morning. It’s Thursday, July 17, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
ABC announced its fall primetime premiere dates:
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~ MORE GOOD STUFF ~
Both SAG and the AMPTP remain mum after yesterday’s sidebar meeting that was requested by SAG leaders. Early Wednesday evening, the AMPTP released a statement saying “both parties agreed that the contents of the meeting should be kept private.” The AMPTP said no other meetings between the two have been scheduled.
BET will debut a new half-hour weekly talk show, The Truth with Jeff Johnson on August 15 at 11p. The program will feature investigative reports and interviews focused on topics facing African Americans. BET Networks will also present extensive coverage of both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions with live coverage on BET and BET J, daily news specials, PSAs, extended news briefs as well as coverage online and via BET On Blast, the network’s broadband channel.
During the first 10 days of the Tour de France, VERSUS drew in nearly 21 million viewers, making it the most-watched Tour in the network’s history.
A&E had 2.6 million total viewers tune in to the Tuesday night at 10p premiere of The Cleaner.
Create TV, which is carried on 180 public television stations nationwide and is produced and distributed by American Public Television, Thirteen/WNET and WGBH Boston in association with NETA and PBS, will introduce several new and returning shows to its lineup next month:
And a reminder — Cynopsis editorial staff are all on vacation all next week which means no editions for the week. We will be returning on Monday, July 28. With that said, however, our Sales and Marketing staff will be available to you all week long, as usual!
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~ PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT ~
SNL’s Amy Poehler is finalizing contract details to join the cast of NBC’s new comedy that was originally a spinoff of The Office. The sitcom from Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, will be a new stand-alone series which also recently cast Aziz Ansari. The series will open this winter in the Thursday at 930p time slot following The Office.
CBS’ forensic drama CSI will lose its male co-star as William Petersen will depart midseason. Executive producers are currently casting for a new co-star to play opposite Marg Helgenberger. Petersen will continue to be an executive producer for the show and will occasionally appear in future episodes.
Executive producer Sean Bailey made a half million dollar deal with ABC to develop the put pilot The Unlimited which ABC Studios will produce, per Variety. The spec script, written by Sean, is about a Texas basketball coach who finds out his deceased father was a super genius and that he has the same extraordinary abilities.
FOX handed a cast-contingent presentation order to Sincerely, Ted L. Nancy, a semi-scripted comedy based on the book series Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy and produced by Lionsgate TV, reports THR. The book series was first developed by ABC seven years ago then within the last year, Lionsgate TV presented the idea as an unscripted comedy where a regular guy goes after major corporations through letter-writing campaigns, then with the responses in hand, stages stunts involving ordinary people.
Scrubs’ show executive Bill Lawrence confirmed at TCA that the next season will be actor Zach Braff’s last on the series. The series, produced by ABC Studios, just moved to ABC after having been on NBC for seven seasons. Braff indicated he would be interested in coming back on the show as a guest star and maybe even to direct.
Bob Papa was selected as the new play-by-play announcer for NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football working alongside Cris Collinsworth. The duo will kick off their eight-game regular season announcer duties as the network’s third season coverage begins November 6 at 8p with the Cleveland Browns hosting the Denver Broncos.
Outdoor Channel tapped fishing guru Bill Dance as host for a new series, Bill Dance Saltwater which will air as part of the network’s Friday Night Fishing block starting January 2. Dance will travel cross-country sharing his saltwater fishing destination finds.
Casting Note: If you think you, or someone you know has Spidey sense … oh and a great rock singing voice, then this is the call they’ve been waiting for. Casting for several roles for the new Broadway musical Spider-Man, directed by Julie Taymor and featuring music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, will take place in NYC on July 28 (10a-5p) at The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street. Here is who they are looking for: Peter Parker (male, 16-20s); Mary Jane (female 16-20s); Principal woman (female 25-35) a world music type, “think Sinead O’Connor with a Middle Eastern/Bulgarian/Greek twist,” all accents and ethnicities welcome for this role. If you plan to attend you should prepare 16 bars of a pop/rock song that shows your singing range, bring sheet music and a photo/resume (if you have one).
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CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Freeview has been officially launched by Australia’s free-to-air commercial TV networks and public broadcasters. Shareholders include the ABC, SBS, the Seven Network, the Nine Network, Network Ten, Prime, WIN and Southern Cross with ABC’s Director/Television, Kim Dalton, chairing the non-profit. As of 2009, Australian legislation will enable the commercial free-to-air networks to broadcast an additional standard def (SD) channel each in addition to their primary SD and high def channels. The three new channels will bring the number of channels suites marketed under the Freeview to 15. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.
~ RATINGS ~
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/30-7/6/08 ranked by HH Rtg
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/30-7/6/08 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX hit a homerun Tuesday night with 4.3/14 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX’s MLB All-Star Game cruised to #1 throughout primetime and beyond: at 8p the Pregame show and the start of the game averaged a 3.4/12; during 9p the game posted a 4.3/14; and at 10p a 4.8/14. With extra innings, the All-Star game actually aired into the wee hours of Wednesday and according to Primetime Preliminary Fast Nationals Data, FOX’s ratings held steady at 4.2 from 1142p-1:40a.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 (July Sweep Day 13) time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.
FOX: 8.8/16 MLB All-Star Pregame 6.8/13, FOX MLB All-Star Game 9.3/16
NBC: 5.8/10 Celebrity Family Feud 5.0/9, America’s Got Talent 7.9/13, Law & Order: SVU [r] 4.3/7
CBS: 4.4/7 NCIS [r] 5.3/10, Big Brother 10 4.1/7, Without a Trace [r] 3.7/6
ABC: 4.3/7 Wipeout 5.1/9, I Survived a Japanese Game Show 3.3/5, Primetime: The Outsiders 4.6/8
UNIV: 2.1/4 Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.2/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.3/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.9/3
MNT: 1.0/2 Street Patrol 0.8/1, Street Patrol 2 0.9/2, Jail [r] 1.1/2, Jail 2 [r] 1.1/2
CW: 0.9/2 Beauty and the Geek [r] 0.7/1, Reaper [r] 1.0/2
TELE: 0.6/1 El Juramento 0.3/1, Victoria 0.7/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.8/1
A18-49: FOX 4.3/14, ABC 2.7/8, NBC 2.3/7, UNIV 1.7/5, CBS 1.6/5, MNT 0.6/2, CW 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/1
~ EXECUTIVE MOVES ~
25-year NBC News veteran, Phil Griffin advanced to the position of President of MSNBC where he will report to Steve Capus, NBC News President. Phil has had executive oversight responsibilities for MSNBC since 2006 and will now provide daily management for the network in addition to managing NBC News’ Special coverage. Furthermore, Phil Alongi will continue as Executive Producer of NBC News Specials and will also manage political coverage for NBC News. He reports to Phil Griffin.
Murray Barnett will move into the new position as VP/Sports Channels and Syndication, EMEA for ESPN Networks. In this new role, Murray will be charged with increasing revenue and distribution for ESPN’s channels and content in the Middle East and Africa among other duties. He will continue to be based in London and will report to Simon Amselem, SVP/Channel and Sports Distribution EMEA.
Discovery Emerging Networks elevated Kevin Bennett to VP/Programming and Development to supervise programming strategies and development for Investigation Discovery and Military Channel. Kevin will report to Deborah Adler Myers, SVP/Programming, Discovery Emerging Networks.
David A. Palmer joined Comcast Entertainment Group as SVP/Brand Development and Talent Alliances with responsibilities to increase awareness and revenue pertaining to brand extensions and business opportunities with network talent and franchises across E! Entertainment, The Style Network and G4. He will jointly report to John Najarian, EVP/Digital Media and Business Development and Stephen Earley, SVP/Integrated Marketing.
Spanish-language children’s network Sorpresa!, owned by Juniper Content Corporation, hired Jon C. Dubin as VP/Advertising Sales in charge of the network’s West Coast advertising activities. Based in Los Angeles, Jon will report to Mike Weiden, SVP/Advertising Sales.
HGTV announced two executive changes in its Marketing, Creative and Brand Strategy Department: Paige Hardwick was promoted to VP up from Director/On-Air Strategy and Media Planning. She creates on-air and off channel initiatives with the goal to increase ratings, awareness and brand reach to users. Additionally, HGTV hired Gary McCormick as Director/Partnership Development to develop and implement partnership efforts with the aim to broaden the network’s reach and awareness with consumers.
DMI Music & Media Solutions added Paul Murphy as VP/Strategic Marketing and Business Development. He comes to his new position from The Recording Academy where he served as Senior Director/Marketing and Strategic Alliances for the Grammy Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM THE N
FRIDAY NIGHT ON THE N = #1
Premieres of Degrassi, Queen Bees and The N’s Student Body outperformed every other network in ad-supported cable among both teens and women 12-24* and drove record video streams for the week on the-n.com: 2.8MM streams, +226% vs YAGO!
Like we always say, The N “gets” teens.
DEGRASSI Fridays @ 8:00EST | QUEEN BEES Fridays @ 8:30EST | The N’s STUDENT BODY Sundays @ 8:00EST
*The N Network was ranked #1 from 8-11p vs. all ad supported cable for teens, female teens and women 12-24 in Live+SD coverage ratings.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: In the first season of reality series Top Chef, which Sopranos cast member helped judge the dishes in the finals? LORRAINE BRACCO (Dr. Melfi) Kudos to: Emily Dillon-ZenithMedia/NY; Brandon Clark-Horizon Media/NY; Brian Waldron-SMG United/NY; Andrew Atherton-A&E Television Networks/Stamford, CT; Lorrie Shilling-DIRECTV/El Segundo, CA; Alissa Di Giacomo-Summit Entertainment/Santa Monica, CA; Lillian Letran-ABC Studios/CA; Daniel Druger-AMC/WE Ad Sales/Santa Monica, CA
Today’s Trivia Question: In the film Men in Black (1997) a cat with an important collar plays an integral role. What is this cat’s name? (Email
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