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Good morning. It’s Thursday, October 23, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.  And as always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here .
Tonight’s Premieres:
History: Ancient Discoveries at 9p
BET: American Gangster at 10p
VH1: Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew at 10p


History opens a new whistle-blowing series Extreme Trains hosted by train conductor Matt Bown on November 11 at 10p. The series, shot in hi-def, will explore the inner workings of a different type of train and its place in history during each episode. Tiger Aspect Productions produces for History.

ABC ordered nine more episodes of Private Practice from ABC Studios, taking the drama to a full season order, per THR.

Fox Reality Channel unveils season two of My Bare Lady 2: Open for Business on November 8 at 10p. This new season follows four adult film stars as they travel to London to become classical theatre actors. Zig Zag Productions is the production company behind the series.

Oxygen’s The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency season four finale averaged 234,000 A18-49 viewers, 168,000 W18-49 viewers and 342,000 total viewers.

Alec Baldwin will join Turner Classic Movies’ Robert Osborne as co-host of The Essentials, the network’s weekly movie showcase beginning next March. TCM’s The Essentials, beginning its ninth year in 2009, airs Saturdays at 8p.

Memorial Day weekend will no longer be included in Nielsen’s May sweep period, cites B&C. The National Association of Broadcasters applauded Nielsen moving the May sweep cycle up by a week beginning April 23 and ending May 20. NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said by not including the highly traveled, lower viewership Memorial Day weekend, the May sweep period “will provide a more representative audience measurement for all television programming.”


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BET Networks and The Weinstein Company (TWC) are working together for the first time on a four-movie deal involving first network-window premiere rights. The titles include The Longshots (starring Keke Palmer) and the upcoming Soul Men (starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac) and Hurricane Season (starring Forest Whitaker), as well as a portion of the network window rights to The Great Debaters (starring Denzel Washington). Furthermore, BET’s 106 & Park will broadcast the red carpet premiere show of Soul Men on October 28, renaming it 106 & Soul Men for that night. BET will also air a primetime special around Hurricane Season, featuring a town hall meeting from John Ehret High School in Marrero, LA with students and the film’s actors and producers.

New Yorkers will receive more comprehensive weather updates as News 12 Networks and News 12 Traffic and Weather are teaming with Weather Underground, giving News 12 access to more than 400 local neighborhood weather centers throughout the New York metropolitan area. News 12 will also post real-time weather information at News 12 Networks is owned and operated by Cablevision Systems Corporation.


Not to be outdone, Bill O’Reilly host of Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor made a new four-year pact with the network for an estimated $10-12 million per year. With a commitment to staying on television, O’Reilly says he wants to lessen his work load and will halt his nationally syndicated radio show, The Radio Factor through Westwood One and Fox News Talk, perhaps even early next year.

Major League Baseball Network (MLBN) is discussing with Bob Costas of NBC Sports the possibility of Costas joining the network beginning next season, per Variety and Sports Business Daily. Nothing has been settled yet, though the talks include adding Costas as a play-by-play or color announcer for a minimum of one game per week as well as participating in nightly in-studio updates. Costas has been with NBC Sports for more than 20 years and currently anchors NBC’s Sunday Night Football franchise in addition to other sports events and NBC’s Olympics coverage. He also hosts HBO’s Costas NOW.

NBC’s ER may continue with more episodes even though the veteran medical drama is 14 years old and (supposedly) in its final season, according to THR and Live Feed. ER has been winning its Thursday 10p time period, besting frosh dramas ABC’s Life on Mars and CBS’ Eleventh Hour, prompting NBC to discuss with Warner Bros. the potential of adding more episodes. These are preliminary talks; a decision is probable by the end of the month.

Production for season two of TV Land’s She’s Got The Look has started in New York City. Kim Alexis hosts the reality supermodel contest series for women 35+ where the winner receives $100,000, a contract with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and a photo spread in SELF magazine. This new season also expanded from six episodes to eight.


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In an effort to compete with fiber-to-the-home plays such as Verizon’s FiOS service, Comcast announced plans to speed up deployment of its super high-speed broadband services to more than 10 million homes by the end of the year. Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 “wideband” service, which has been tested in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region for the past few months, will soon be available in Boston, Southern New Hampshire, Philadelphia and New Jersey – offering speeds of up to 50 megabits per second down and 10 Mbps upstream (for a handsome $140/month). The more reasonably priced Ultra service will cost $62.95 for 22 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up.    Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.

Delivery for STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS was up by 83%!  Click for More Information.

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORYBatman: The Brave and the Bold, a new animated series, premieres as part of Cartoon Network‘s Friday night action/adventure programming block on November 14 at 7:30p.  From Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is based on DC Comics‘ Batman character and will serve as the new lead-in to Cartoon Network’s other new series, The Secret Saturdays (8p) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (9p), as well as Ben 10: Alien Force (9:30p).  The voice cast for the primary characters of Batman: The Brave and the Bold include: Diedrich Bader (Batman), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), James Arnold Taylor (Green Arrow), Will Friedle (Blue Beetle), Corey Burton (Red Tornado) and Tom Kenny (Plastic Man). Full edition: CYN KIDS.


CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: NBC Universal Global Networks will launch Universal Channel into Indonesia starting on November 18 exclusively on P.T. Nusantara Vision’s new Okevision DTH platform.  Hallmark Channel will also be offered with both channels available with Bahasa Indonesia subtitling. Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.


Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 10/6-10/12/08 ranked by HH Rtg
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                   6.7 AA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                               5.8 AA
Oprah Winfrey Show (CTD)                              5.3 AA / 5.4 GAA
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                 5.1 AA / 6.7 GAA
Judge Judy (CTD)                                            4.3 AA / 6.6 GAA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                            4.2 AA / 4.2 GAA
Family Guy (2/T)                                             3.9 AA / 4.5 GAA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD)                                         3.2 AA / 3.3 GAA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                 3.2 AA / 3.7 GAA
George Lopez (WB)                                          3.0 AA / 4.3 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

NEW M-F Syndicated Strip Series ratings for HH (10/6-10/12/08):
House of Payne (2/T) 2.0 AA / 2.5 GAA
Deal or No Deal (NBU) 1.7 AA / 2.1 GAA
Doctors (CTD) 1.3 AA
Judge Karen (SPT)                                           1.0 AA / 1.3 GAA
Bonnie Hunt Show (WB) 0.8 AA / 0.8 GAA
Family Court (SPT)                                           0.6 AA / 0.7 GAA
Trivial Pursuit (2/T) 0.6 AA / 0.7 GAA
Punk’d (TRI)                                                    0.5 AA / 0.6 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 10/6-10/12/08 ranked by A18-49 Rtg
Two and a Half Men (WB)                                2.9 AA / 3.7 GAA
Family Guy (2/T)                                            2.6 AA / 3.0 GAA
Seinfeld (SPT)                                                2.0 AA / 2.2 GAA
Oprah Winfrey Show (CTD)                             1.8 AA / 1.9 GAA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD)                                  1.6 AA
Everybody Loves Raymond (CTD)                    1.6 AA / 1.9 GAA
King of Queens (SPT)                                     1.6 AA / 1.9 GAA
Jeopardy (CTD)                                             1.5 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD)                          1.5 AA / 1.5 GAA
Friends (WB)                                                 1.5 AA / 1.7 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

NEW M-F Syndicated Strip Series ratings for A18-49 (10/6-10/12/08):
House of Payne (2/T) 1.2 AA / 1.4 GAA
Deal or No Deal (NBU) 0.7 AA / 0.8 GAA
Doctors (CTD) 0.4 AA
Punk’d (TRI)                                                    0.4 AA / 0.4 GAA
Judge Karen (SPT)                                           0.4 AA / 0.6 GAA
Bonnie Hunt Show (WB) 0.3 AA / 0.3 GAA
Family Court (SPT)                                           0.2 AA / 0.3 GAA
Trivial Pursuit (2/T) 0.2 AA / 0.3 GAA
Source: NSS Galaxy Explorer, Live+SD

Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX won with a one-two punch Tuesday night with 4.8/13 A18-49 according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX was the overwhelming winner at 8p with House at 5.6/15 with CBS’ NCIS coming next at 3.6/10. Competition tightened at 9p yet FOX’s Fringe prevailed at 3.9/10 though just a tenth of a rating point ahead of ABC’s Dancing/Stars Results at 3.8/10. NBC won the 10p hour with Law & Order: SVU at 3.5/10, with CBS’ Without a Trace coming in second place at 2.6/7.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 9.3/15           NCIS 10.7/17, The Mentalist 9.6/14, Without a Trace 7.7/13

ABC: 7.4/12              Dancing with the Stars Recap Show 6.1/10, Dancing with the Stars Results 10.7/16, Eli Stone 5.4/9

FOX: 6.7/10             House 7.8/12, Fringe 5.5/8

NBC: 5.2/8              The Biggest Loser 4.6/7, Law & Order: SVU 6.3/11

UNIV: 2.3/4            Cuidado con El Angel 2.5/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.6/4, Aqui y Ahora 1.7/3

CW: 1.0/2               90210 [r] 1.0/2, Privileged 1.1/2

MNT: 0.9/1             Street Patrol [r] 0.8/1, Street Patrol 2 [r] 0.9/1, Jail [r] 1.0/2, Jail 2 [r] 1.0/2

TELE: 0.9/1             Dona Barbara 0.6/1, El Rostro de Analia 0.9/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 1.1/2

A18-49: FOX 4.8/13, CBS 3.2/9, NBC 3.1/8, ABC 2.6/7, UNIV 1.7/5, CW 0.7/2, TELE 0.7/2, MNT 0.5/1


Allan Novak begins his new position immediately as VP/Factual and Reality with Toronto-based Temple Street Productions Inc.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. appointed Jacqueline M. Welch as SVP/Human Resources to head the company’s corporate-level worldwide talent management, diversity and development activities. Jacqueline is located in Atlanta at TBS Inc.’s headquarters and reports to Loretta M. Walker, SVP/Chief Human Resources Officer.

Jay Switzer, former CEO of Canadian broadcaster CHUM Ltd. was added to the Board of Directors of OUTtv, the Canadian Gay and Lesbian television network. Additionally, Ken Popert, President/Executive Director of Pink Triangle Press also joined the OUTtv Board; Brad Danks becomes the COO; and Treasurer Andrew Chang is the new CFO.

Channel M, producer of custom in-store retail TV content, hired four senior managers to its leadership team: Jalil Keval was named VP/Sales where he will lead the expansion of existing networks and tally up new retailers; Jonathan Keller and William Boeka will become Directors/Business Development based in Chicago; and Natalie Weymouth is the new Director/Business Development based in the New York office.


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This day in History:  1915 – Approximately 25,000 women demanded the right to vote with a march in New York City.

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT –  Thursday, October 23, 2008

ABC: Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Life on Mars
AZTECA: Camino a La Fama, Historias Engarzadas, Al Extremo
CBS: Survivor: Gabon – Earth’s Last Eden, CSI, Eleventh Hour
CW: Smallville, Supernatural
FOX: 2008 World Series Game 2: Phillies at Rays
ION: Movie: City of Angels, M*A*S*H
MNT: My Thursday Night Movie: Nightmare on Elm Street 2
NBC: My Name is Earl, Kath & Kim, The Office, SNL Weekend Update Thursday, ER
PBS: This Old House Hour, Antiques Roadshow [r], Inside the Handy Writers’ Colony
TELE: Dona Barbara, El Rostro de Analia, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso
UNIV: Cuidado con el Angel, Fuego en la Sangre, Una Noche de 10 con El Gordo y la Flaca

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