Thursday, June 13th, 2013



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Good morning. It’s Thursday June 13, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E: Intervention at 9p
Science: How It’s Made: Dream Cars at 10p
TBS: Sullivan & Son at 10p
We tv: House of Curves at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
NBC: Save Me at 8:30p
Food: Giving You the Business 10:30p


Investigation Discovery is This Summer’s Guilty Pleasure!
series premiere reached 3.3 million viewers
SOUTHERN FRIED HOMICIDE series premiere reached 3.4 million viewers

Wednesday 6/5 was ID’s best night in network history
for W25-54 beating TNT, BRAV, SYFY, FX, TRU, LIFE, BET, HIST, FOXN, E!, AMC, HLN, LMN.

22 Series Premieres = Biggest Summer Ever!
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Soledad O’Brien, who left CNN as anchor of morning show Starting Point in March, is heading to HBO. O’Brien is set to join the network’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. In addition, O’Brien has signed an overall content development deal with HBO. The pact lets the network have first look at scripted projects and long-form programming concepts developed by O’Brien’s production company, Starfish Media Group.


ESPN is shutting down its 3D network, ESPN 3D, at the end of the 2013. The move had been rumored. The company has cited viewers limited interest in the enhanced service, which launched in June 2010.

FOX has completed its Upfront negotiations, according to a source close to the conversations. In fact, the net had finished its work a week ago – at the same time as CBS – but the powers-that-be were still dealing with smaller agencies so they didn’t feel they could say it was completely done. The CPM increase held at the 5-7% range, with 80% of the inventory sold, which has been typical for Fox. Dollar volume is down this year at about 10%, which is related to the ratings shortfall. Stay tuned for news from the other nets as it becomes available.

It’s official. Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions, and Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, have announced the four-week test talk show The Real. Hosted by Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, the daily program will be available on select FOX-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston and Tampa, beginning July 15. The show is produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros.

Disney Channel is wrapping Good Luck Charlie. The half-hour comedy will end, after it finishes production of its current fourth season. The show’s final episodes are slated to air through 2014.

It’s a milestone for Nurse Jackie. Showtime‘s favorite emergency room nurse hits her one-year anniversary of sobriety on the show’s fifth season finale. To find out if she has a drink to celebrate, tune in on Sunday, June 16 at 9p.

Beginning Sunday, July 21 at 9p, Style Media‘s docu-series City Girl Diaries follows five beautiful 30-something best friends as they navigate their fast-paced New York City lives. The show is produced by Discovery Studios LLC.

CMT‘s first animated comedy series, Bounty Hunters, premieres Saturday, July 13 at 10p.   Executive produced and voiced by Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall, the 13-episode series features America’s favorite funny guys tracking down fugitives, while trying to please the bonds woman who throws them cases, voiced by Lisa Lampanelli. The series is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Parallel Entertainment, with animation services provided by Big Jump Productions.

Alfonso Ribeiro has been named host of ABC Family‘s new series Spell-Mageddon. The one-hour game show puts a fresh spin on the spelling bee, as contestants take on hilarious distractions while spelling increasingly challenging words. Production begins on Monday, June 17 in Studio City. The show is slated to debut on Wednesday, July 24 at 9p.

Save the date! The annual Cynopsis: Sports Business Summit is set to take place on Aug. 14 in NY, and will feature some of the biggest names driving sports today. In addition, the Women of Action cocktail event, which celebrates and examines the impact that women are having in the sports industry, takes place the night before the Summit on August 13.

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The Radio Television Digital News Association recognized ABC News with five Edward R. Murrow Awards, including best newscast for World News with Diane Sawyer: Tragedy at the Elementary School.  Sawyer anchored a special one-hour edition of World News from the Newtown United Methodist Church, where people gathered to pray for those impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

When the weather gets rough, the Weather Channel gets going — with umbrellas. During the pouring rain in New York City last Friday, the network dropped off about 400 umbrellas at a number of agencies around town, so folks wouldn’t get soaked heading home after being hunkered down in Upfront negotiations. Will it result in some dollars thrown in the direction of Weather Channel? Well, it couldn’t hurt….


Neal Moritz has inked a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios through his production company, Original Film. Moving from Sony Pictures Television, Moritz and Vivian Cannon will develop and executive produce new projects for the studio. The duo last served as executive producers on Showtime‘s The Big C, which recently aired its last episode.

Starz is developing a post civil-war drama series from award winning writer director and producer Rod Lurie (The Contender, The Last Castle) in conjunction with Plan B Entertainment. Set in Texas in 1867 during the Comanche Wars, Monsters of God follows two powerful ex-cavalry men as they struggle to maintain order over the men in their command. The series is being produced by Starz and Plan B Entertainment.

Attention all sci-fi fans. BBC America and BBC Two have announced the new co-production My God, It’s Full of Stars: A Journey to the Edge of Science Fiction (wt). The four-part docu-series will take an in-depth look at the cult of science fiction.


Monica, Chandler, Joey, Phoebe, Ross and Rachel are headed to TV Land. Friends will launch on the network with nightly marathons from 7pm to 6a on Friday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 18. The show settles into its regular Wednesday night spot at 9p beginning June 19.


IFC has renewed its hit original comedy Portlandia for two more seasons. The series’ fourth and fifth seasons will each feature 10 half-hour episodes, to premiere in early 2014 and early 2015, respectively. The series is produced by Broadway Video.


NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution has sold daytime show Steve Harvey through 2016 to station groups across the country, including the NBC Owned Television Stations, Hearst, Cox, Media General, FOX, Sinclair, Gannett, Local TV, Allbritton, LIN, Nexstar, Raycom and more. “Steve is one of the best entertainers in the country and his first season has been a tremendous success because of the personal connection he makes with the daytime audience,” said Ted Harbert, Chairman, NBC Broadcasting. “It’s so great to see Steve’s very funny and substantive show being rewarded with long-term commitments from our station partners.” The series is produced by Endemol USA.


Josh Randall (Ed) and Jordan Wall (The Glades) join the list of guest stars set to appear on the fifth season of Lifetime‘s Drop Dead Diva. Look for the two actors in the sixth episode. Randall will play Stuart Kane, a world-renowned chemistry professor. Wall will portray his protege, Brad Pines. 

Justin Bruening will be back as Chef Jeff on the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His character is slated to appear on episode 18, airing July 29. CSI alum Larry Sullivan has also been tapped for a guest spot on episode 17, airing July 22. He’ll play Leo, someone who may have adopted Angelo’s baby. 



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Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 5/27-5/31/13 ranked in order by HH Rtg

The Big Bang Theory (WB) 6.4 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.2 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 4.3 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 4.2 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.3 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 3.2 AA
Law & Order: CI (NBU) 3.0 AA
Live with Michael and Kelly (DAD) 2.6 AA

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 5/27-5/31/13 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg

The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.5 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 2.3 AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.9 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.6 AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.6 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2 AA
Friends (WB) 1.2 AA
King of the Hill (2/T) 1.2 AA

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis:  NBC won the lead among A18-49 viewers on Tuesday with a 3.0/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice led the pack at 8p at 2.9/10. FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance placed second at 1.8/6. At 9p, ABC’s NBA Finals was #1 at 4.9/15, followed by NBC’s America’s Got Talent at 3.0/8. ABC closed out the night on top at 10p with the NBA Finals at 6.1/18. NBC’s America’s Got Talent trailed at 3.1/9.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.




The Voice 6.9/12, America’s Got Talent 6.9/11



Jimmy Kimmel Live 2.3/4, NBA Countdown 3.3/6, 2013 NBA Finals 8.5/14



NCIS [r] 5.8/10, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 5.1/8, Brooklyn DA 2.6/4



So You Think You Can Dance 2.7/4



Porque El Amor Manda 1.6/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.2/3, Que Bonito Amor 1.6/3



Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds  1.1/2



Mexican National Team 1.3/2, US National Team 0.7/1



Pasion Prohibida 0.8/1, La Patrona  1.0/2, El Senor de los Cielos  1.0/2



Hart of Dixie [r] 0.4/1, America’s Next Top Model [r] 0.3/0

A18-49:  NBC 3.0/9, ABC 2.9/9, FOX 1.7/5,  UNI 1.4/4, UMA 1.0/3  CBS 0.9/3, TEL 0.7/2,  ION 0.4/1, CW 0.2/1


Ward Platt has been named Chief Operating Officer of FOX International Channels and Chief Executive Officer of the unit’s National Geographic Channels International. Platt, who previously served as President, Asia Pacific and the Middle East for FIC, will relocate to Los Angeles and work across areas in the execution of FIC’s continuing growth plans around the world. In addition, as CEO for NGCI, he will oversee international programming, marketing, operations, syndication and finance for the National Geographic Channels outside of the US.

Ellen Stone has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Marketing, at Bravo Media. Stone, who previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing, has been instrumental in shaping the network’s overall strategy and brand identity. She oversees and directs marketing initiatives for consumer advertising, ad sales, digital and social media and the on-air and off-air creative to ensure consistency of Bravo’s brand across all platforms.

PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York CW affiliate, has elevated Amy Waldman to Managing Editor and Christian Taussig to News Operations Manager, effective June 17. Waldman, formerly Executive Producer, Special Projects for PIX11 News, will oversee the station’s news coverage, assignment desk and all specialty units. Taussig, who has held several engineering positions at the station, will oversee all engineering and operations functions for PIX11 News.

Minneapolis-based creative agency mono has hired Steve Sutherland as Digital Production Director. Sutherland will work on digital campaigns across its roster of leading brands, such as Target and lucy activewear.  He previously worked at The Climate Reality Project, Al Gore’s organization dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.


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This Day In History, sponsored by Discovery Fit & Health: 1986 – Full House twins Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen were born.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who sang the theme song for Chico and the Man?  Jose Feliciano. Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Media, NYC; Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC; Larry Kahn-Golf Channel/Orlando, FL; Pete Gautieri-A&E Networks/NYC;
Jim Hall-True Media/Columbia, MO; Jaime Horowitz-Grant Stations/Huntsville, AL; Pam Tierney/Chicago, IL; Bob Ramsey-WCIU/Chicago, IL; Julie Houston-Tom Scott Communication Shop/Boise, ID; Greg Moloznik-GLM Media/Scottsdale, MT; Art Davie-Davie Communications, Inc./Boulder City, NV; Margie Hernandez-Allied Hispanic/Hollywood, CA; Barbara Brace-Nickelodeon/Los Angeles, CA; Alexandra Leh-LaCheraqui Media /Los Angeles, CA; Arthur Reinstein-Shaw Media/Toronto, Canada.

Today’s Trivia Question: Where did Sophia live before moving in with Blanche, Rose and Dorothy on Golden Girls? (Email with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.).

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ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBA Countdown, 2013 NBA Finals
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Two and A Half Men [r], Person of Interest [r], Elementary [r]
CW: The Vampire Diaries [r], Beauty and the Beast [r]
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, Does Someone Have to Go?
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
MyTV: White Collar, White Collar
NBC: Save Me [r], Save Me, The Office [r], Parks and Recreation [r], Hannibal
PBS: The This Old House Hour, Frontline, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Pasion Prohibida, La Patrona, El Senor de los Cielos
UMA: Naturaleza Desencadenada Terremoto,  Los Heroes Del Norte, Sin Ellas no Hay Paraiso
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, Amores Verdaderos, Que Bonito Amor

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