Thursday, November 9th, 2006




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Good morning. It’s Thursday, November 9, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Two Los Angeles-based investors, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad and investor Ron Burkle have submitted a bid to buy Chicago-based Tribune Co. the parent entity which owns the Los Angeles Times, 25 television stations and an interest in The CW network, 10 other newspapers and the Chicago Cubs. The offer price and other details have not been disclosed, but both Broad and Burkle have made it known that they have wanted local interests to take control of The LA Times. The entertainment guru, David Geffen has also declared interest in buying The Times himself, but it is not known if he has submitted a bid. Tribune has expressed its desire to keep The Times as part of its media group, and has only opened up for bids on individual assets last week, after it received several low bids from private equity firms for the company. With pressure mounting from shareholders because of its down-trending share price, Tribune announced in September that it would consider selling the company in part or all together.  Nothing official coming from either camp.


ABC has ordered a full season of Men in Trees and will move the series to Thursday nights at 10p starting November 30 through December. ABC has pulled Six Degrees off the schedule effective immediately (Desperate Housewives airs in the time period tonight), tho says it has plans to bring back the series with original episodes in January. No word yet on what will fill the Men in Trees time period on Fridays at 9p in December. (An updated broadcast primetime schedule is available at

Following the same format as ABC’s Lost which had its fall season finale last night, CBS will also have dual seasons of its freshman drama Jericho, and dual finales. The network will conclude Jericho’s Fall Season with a finale on November 29 at 8p. The show will return on February 21 with its winter season premiere, beginning with life in the small Kansas town before the nuclear explosion. To keep viewer interest peaked, CBS will offer an online destination during the 10-week hiatus that includes original content, interactive features, sneak previews and more. The network will also continue to stream all Jericho episodes on its broadband channel innertube.
CBS has scheduled six original episodes of King of Queens to fill the Jericho time period after it’s Fall finale.  King of Queens returns with back to back episodes on December 6 and 13, from 8-9p, and the single installments on December 20 and 27 at 8p. At some point, CBS will tell us what they’ll air at 830p on the two Wednesdays in late December. An additional seven episodes of The King of Queens will be scheduled in 2007.  
The NBC Universal Television Stations, iVillage and Universal Orlando Resort are working together to launch a new multi-platform, interactive daytime talk show which will be online, on air and in front of a live audience at the same time. iVillage Live will debut December 4 at noon on the NBC O&O stations, Bravo and, with the Orlando Universal Resort as its home base. The show will also be rebroadcast at noon/PT for the West Coast. Topics on the show will range from health and beauty, parenting and pregnancy to lifestyle enhancements. The show will have three main hosts – Molly Pesce, Sissy Schaefer and Guy Yovan.

NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution says it expects to finish up very soon the national syndication sales of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The series is set to debut Monday-Friday next fall and will air on local stations nationwide from broadcast groups Sinclair, Hearst, Belo, Sunbeam, Hubbard, Scripps, Media General, as well as the Fox O&O stations in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. New market clearances include KSTP/Minneapolis, WSVN/Miami and WBFF/Baltimore.

Nielsen has released Preliminary Television Audience Estimates for Tuesday night’s live mid-term election night coverage. The combined audience for ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel and MSNBC was nearly 31.4 million total viewers with a 21.0 rating/34 share. Overall total viewership was up this year by 5 million compared to the 2002 mid-term election coverage.
As of October 31, the Hallmark Channel is available to 224,000 Comcast Cable subscribers in the Sacramento market.


VH1 has launched Boxset: Beck on its broadband channel, VSPOT. Available on demand, this exclusive original includes more than fifty 1-5 minutes segments featuring videos, interviews and performances from Beck’s last twelve years.
The on demand network sportskool is adding NASCAR to its line-up, and will offer an exclusive interview with driver Kyle Busch as part of its 1 on 1 series. The interview will air on demand January 30 during the timing of NASCAR’s Daytona 500. Sneak previews will be available online at beginning November 14.
MSN and NBC Universal Digital Studios have an exclusive licensing agreement this fall to offer A Big Life With Sissy Biggers, a 13-week webisode series produced for MSN Video viewers. Hosted by lifestyle expert, Sissy Biggers, the show will cover entertaining, cooking and more along with several viewer interactive elements. Nintendo of America Inc. is one of the first advertisers of the series.
The Weather Channel has launched interactive local weather information and severe weather warnings for DISH Network satellite TV customers. Targeted weather information and local content is now available nationwide for thousands of US cities, accessed through a subscriber’s zip code. The Weather Channel will add a new interactive feature in the next few months which will allow satellite viewers to watch their local weather during the network’s Local on the 8s segment every ten minutes.


She may not have won American Idol, but she has won a development deal with Fox, who is busily working on a sitcom vehicle for Kellie Pickler. According to Variety, the storyline is about a naive southern girl who discovers her father long lost father is the Governor who is also running for President. The project is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV, Watson Pond and 19 Entertainment.

Fox’s 24 returns to the schedule on January 14 at 9p, and hanging in for another season are both Gregory Itzin and Jean Smart as President and First Lady, both appearing as recurring characters.

Red Brick Entertainment will produce a new sports series for the 2006 Boost Mobile Major League Gaming Pro Circuit Tour which will air on the USA Network. Rob Dustin, President of Red Brick Entertainment, will Executive Produce.


The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has elected ten new members to its Board of Directors, while Jim Spanfeller, President/CEO, will continue as Chairman of the IAB for 2007. The new board members include: Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove; Michael Barrett, Fox Interactive Media/MySpace; John Battelle, Federated Media; Bob Carrigan, IDG Communications, Inc.; Randy Kilgore, Tremor Media; Leon Levitt, Cox Newspapers; Riley McDonough, WebMD Health; Dave Morgan, Tacoda; David Payne,; and Lance Podell, Seevast.
John Ankwicz has been made SVP/Production at Telepictures Productions to head up production and the production staff for the studio’s television series and content initiatives. John reports directly to Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President.


Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX won Tuesday night with a 4.5/11 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. ABC was second overall at 4.2/10, and then CBS 3.3/8, NBC 2.4/6, UNIV 1.7/4, CW 1.6/4 and TELE 0.3/1. Kicking up its heals, ABC won at 8p with Dancing with the Stars at 5.4/14, followed by CBS’ NCIS at 4.2/11. House on FOX was the winner at 9p with 6.8/16; next was ABC with Dancing/Stars and election night coverage averaging a 4.8/11. During the 10p hour, live election coverage was carried by the big three and both ABC and NBC tied for first with 2.3/6, while CBS was second at 2.1/6.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, November 7, 2006 – SWEEP DAY #6 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

ABC      10.2/15     Dancing with the Stars 13.6/20, Vote 2006 6.8/10

CBS         7.2/11     NCIS 9.7/14, The Unit 7.2/10, Campaign 2006 4.8/8

FOX         6.6/10     Standoff 3.5/5, House 9.6/14

NBC        4.7/7       Friday Night Lights 4.0/6, Law & Order: Criminal Intent 5.3/8, NBC News Election Day Coverage 4.9/8

CW         2.4/4       Gilmore Girls 3.0/4, Veronica Mars 1.9/3

UNIV       2.1/3       La Fea Más Bella 2.6/4, Mundo de Fieras 2.1/3, Lo que no vio de Latin Grammy 1.8/3

TELE      0.5/1       Marina 0.5/1, Amor Mio 0.5/1, Amores 0.5/1, Decisiones 0.4/1

A18-49: FOX 4.5/11, ABC 4.2/10, CBS 3.3/8, NBC 2.4/6, UNIV 1.7/4, CW 1.6/4, TELE 0.3/1



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1989-After East German officials give permission for previously closed and fortified checkpoints to be opened, citizens of East and West Berlin swarm the Berlin Wall, breach it, and begin tearing it to pieces.  The Wall, perhaps the most resonant symbol of Communism, surrounded the enclave of West Berlin, deep inside East German territory.  Before its completion in 1961, approximately 2.5 million people fled the East.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: What game show did Johnny Carson once host in primetime?  WHO DO YOU TRUST?  and  EARN YOUR VACATION Kudos to: Bruce Cohen-Mediaedge CIA/NY; Howard Rosenstein-Meredith Integrated Marketing/NY; Michael Cummings-Cablevision NEWS 12/Norwalk CT; Rich Dubroff-C-SPAN/DC; Dan Loving-KOCB/KOKH TV/Oklahoma City; Elliot Raizman-Charter Media/St Louis; Jackie Blumer-Charter Advertising/St Louis; Kayanne Jones-JBT MEDIA MGT INC/Tempe AZ; Paul Gendreau/Studio City; Linda Jofery-Sony Pictures Television/Culver City CA; Ted Field-All Three Wishes Entertainment/Hollywood; Peter Sloan-Madhouse Entertainment/Beverly Hills;

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT:  Thursday, November 9, 2006

ABC     Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives [r]
CBS     Survivor: Cook Islands, CSI, Shark
CW      Smallville, Supernatural
FOX     ’til Death, ’til Death [r], The O.C.
i       Billy Graham Crusade, Charlie’s Angels, Diagnosis Murder
MNT     Desire, Fashion House
NBC     My Name is Earl, The Office, Deal or No Deal, ER
TELE    Marina, Amor mio, Amores, Decisiones
UNIV    La Fea Mas Bella, Mundo de Fieras, Aqui y Ahora

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