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Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 7, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

The results are in and Katie Couric’s debut on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric delivered 13.59 million total viewers, making the newscast #1 for the night. CBS’ Evening News brought in nearly twice as many viewers compared to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams at 7.76 million viewers and ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson at 7.58 million viewers. Among A25-54, CBS averaged a 3.9 rating Tuesday night, while NBC and ABC each finished with a 2.3 rating.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Fox: ’til Death at 8p, Happy Hour at 830p


MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group will bring a bunch of new properties to the market.  The films include Casino Royale, Cutting Edge 3, Into the Blue 2, Legally Blonde 3, Rocky Balboa (the final Rocky movie), Species 4 and WarGames 2.  With that said, also know that MGM has restructured its MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group and has moved Jim Packer into the position of President. He will continue his leadership role involving global television distribution as well as U.S. barter sales and syndication and various emerging forms of television programming distribution worldwide.   Jim was previously EVP and will now report to MGM’s COO, Rick Sands. Additionally, MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group has upped Joe Patrick to EVP/North America based in Los Angeles, and Mary Ann Pasante to SVP/Latin America Sales based in Atlanta.
TNT’s series The Closer ended its second season with a finale that drew in 7.6 million total viewers. The series, starring Kyra Sedgwick, will return in December with a two-hour special in December and it has also been renewed for a third season which will premiere next summer.

ABC has stirred up controversy over its upcoming miniseries The Path to 9/11 as the network has received more than 25,000 letters asking for alleged inaccuracies to be corrected or to not air the special. This protest was launched yesterday by by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. A statement from ABC, not specifically to the influx of all these letters, but regarding the special itself, reads: “The Path to 9/11 is a dramatization, not a documentary, drawn from a variety of sources, including the 9/11 commission report, other published materials and from personal interviews. The events that lead to 9/11 originally sparked great debate, so it’s not surprising that a movie surrounding those events has revived the debate. The attacks were a pivotal moment in our history that should never be forgotten and it’s fitting that the discussion continues.”  The miniseries airs this Sunday and Monday nights, commercial free.

AmericanLife TV Network has acquired the U.S. rights to air the reality series Til Debt Do U$ Part. The 39-episode series will premiere September 17 at 8p, then will air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 130p and again at 6p. The show teaches married couples how to deal with their finances and how to avoid marital money woes. Produced by the Canadian company Frantic Films, it concurrently airs on the Life Network of Canada.

As of today at 1pm, In2TV will now offer the 1960’s comedy Gilligan’s Island and the more recent TBS series The Real Gilligan’s Island, in addition to full-length Godzilla movies such as Godzilla Raids Again from 1955. In2TV is a free online service from AOL that showcases television series and films on various channels such as Vintage TV, Get Real TV and Heroes & Horror TV, from the shows from the Warner Bros. library.

Cynopsis note:  MyNetwork TV launched on Tuesday night with its two telenovelas – Desire and Fashion House. Nielsen is reporting the ratings for these as strip series on a weekly basis.  As you know, we prefer to report on national numbers versus metered market overnights because of the added perspective the numbers provide, and therefore will wait for Nielsen to release the numbers next Thursday.

Today’s installment of CBS’ Guiding Light is the soap opera’s 15,000th television episode. The show, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the longest running program in broadcast history as it first debuted in 1937 as a 15-minute radio serial, The Guiding Light, then switched over to television on June 30, 1952. Created by Irna Phillips, the show continues to be produced by Procter & Gamble.
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A new, live reality series project is in the creative development stage through an agreement between the Fox Reality network and Indie TV, Inc. Your Instant Reality will combine the interactive online participation, such as text messaging, real-time polling and blogs, with a linear TV show.  The weekly, two-hour hosted show will also feature submitted viewer video footage for air, and encourage viewers to take part in the various challenges and voting on the results. Executive producers for the project are Mark Rowland, executive producer of Supernanny and Brat Camp, and Jason George, former CEO of Endemol’s digital production company Victoria Real.

FX has ordered up 13 episodes of a new drama project called Riches, starring the insatiable Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, about a family of con artists.  If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s probably because this show was originally titled Low Life.

Lifetime‘s drama pilot Army Wives from Touchstone TV has cast Kim Delaney to star, along with Brigid Brannagh.  Previously cast was Sally Pressman, whose character is a single mom from the wrong side of town, marries a soldier and moves onto the army base.

Casting Call:  A new documentary series, produced by Ricochet Television (producers of ABC’s Supernanny), will chronicle the lives of families living in New York City. This “day in the life” type show is looking for successful, dynamic people raising children in Manhattan. Interested families can call 1-877-NANNY-TIME or send an email to [email protected]. Include each family member’s name and age, your address and phone number, occupations, hobbies, a brief description of your family and the different types of activities you like to do as a family.


 Leonard J. Tacconi has been appointed President of Discovery Communications, Inc.’s Discovery Health Media Enterprises. He will lead all areas of strategic growth and expansion for the company’s new multiplatform healthcare media division which includes Discovery Health Channel, FitTV,, Discovery Health’s Continuing Medical Education business and its new VOD service called Discovery Health On-Call.
David Letterman is reportedly on the verge of signing on for an additional 4 year term with CBS.  That extension will take him through the 2009-10 season.

Nancy O’Dell has signed with Access Hollywood to continue co-anchoring the syndicated newsmagazine for an additional five years.

Chrysse Spathas has been upped to VP/East Coast, Clearance and Standards for ABC Broadcast Standards and Practices. This promotion is effective immediately and she reports to Olivia Cohen-Cutler, SVP, ABC Broadcast Standards and Practices. Chrysse’s new role has her managing the Broadcast Standards and Practices’ New York staff and operations.
Amy Pascal has been promoted to Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and re-upped her deal with the movie studio through 2011.  She will serve as Co-Chairman to Michael Lynton’s role as Chairman/CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Amy will also maintain her previous title as Chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group and will co-report with Lynton to Sir Howard Stringer CEO, Sony Corporation.  Lynton will continue to serve as Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sundance Channel has hired Kimberly Gabelmann as VP/Branded Entertainment and Sponsorship. Based in New York, Kimberly will be involved with the development of all integrated sponsorship sales and branded entertainment efforts for the various network platforms. She reports to Kirk Iwanowski, EVP/Marketing, Branded Entertainment and Sponsorship.
John Mafoutsis has been elevated to SVP/Ad Sales for MTV Networks Latin America, where he will supervise ad sales, trade marketing and traffic operations for MTV, Nickelodeon/Nick@Nite and VH1 and the company’s digital products offered through broadband, wireless and online in that region. John will report to Pierluigi Gazzolo, Managing Director.
First Look Studios has added Stuart Ford as President/First Look International and Ken DuBow as President/First Look Television. Both appointments are effective immediately.
Roxanne Lettman has joined CBS Paramount International Television as Director/International Sales and Production. Previously, she was with Sony Pictures Television.


Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 8/28-9/3/06
Primetime     (000)           Total Pgm Day      (000)
ESPN               1397             TNT                          640
TNT                 1043             ESPN                        595
MTV                 1032            ADSM*                      513
TBSC                 774             NICK                        512
DISC                 754             NAN*                        501
FX                     734             MTV                          462     
SCIF                  729             TBSC                        461
SPK                   676             LIF                            442
LIF                    619             DISC                         390
USA                   594             FX                            371
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 110,200,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)
Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of: 8/28-9/3/06
Primetime     (000)         Total Pgm Day      (000)
TNT               2387           NICK                       1580
ESPN              2074           TNT                       1201
MTV               1427           TOON                       984
LIF                 1314           NAN*                        965
TOON             1306           ESPN                        878
USA               1212          ADSM*                      872
SCIF               1174          LIF                            793
TBSC              1096          USA                           777
HGTV              1027          MTV                          740
DISC               1016          FOXN                         674
                             TBSC                          674
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 110,200,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks
broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)
Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 8/28-9/3/06
MTV        2006 Video Music Awards                    3422
ESPN       Packers/Bengals                                 3302
TNT         The Closer                                         2341
BRAV       Project Runway                                  2301
USA         WWE Entertainment – 10p                  2293
USA         WWE Entertainment – 9p                    2148
FX            Rescue Me                                         2005
VH1         Flavor of Love 2                                  1993
MTV         RW/RR Fresh Meat                              1884
ESPN        College Football Saturday                    1847
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 110,200,000 homes
Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 8/28-9/3/06
FOX    Prison Break                                         5,240                   
CBS    Rockstar: Supernova – Tues                   4,140
FOX    Celebrity Duets                                      4,210
CBS    Two and a Half Men                               4,120
CBS    Big Brother 7 – Tues                              4,020
CBS    CSI: Miami                                            4,090
FOX    Vanished                                               3,990 
ABC    Sat Night Football                                  3,970
FOX    Celebrity Duets – Tue SP 8P                   3,870
ABC    Wife Swap – Mon 9P                               3,830
Source Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Tuesday – A18-49 Analysis: FOX boldly captured the #1 position Tuesday night with a 5.9/16 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. CBS came in second with 3.1/8. At 8p, FOX’s season premiere of House drew in twice the ratings at 7.1/20 than its next competitor, CBS’ Big Brother at 3.6/10. The series premiere of Standoff on FOX won at 9p at 4.7/12, ahead of CBS’ Rock Star: Supernova with 3.7/9. NBC took home the final win of the night with a repeat of Law & Order: SVU at 2.8/8, narrowly edging out ABC’s Primetime at 2.7/7.

Live + Same Day Ratings: Tuesday, September 5, 2006 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

FOX      9.9/16    House [p] 11.5/18, Standoff [p] 8.4/13

CBS      5.1/8      Big Brother 5.7/9, Rock Star: Supernova 4.8/7, NCIS [r] 4.7/8

NBC      4.7/8      Fear Factor 3.0/5, Law & Order: CI [r] 5.0/8, Law & Order: SVU [r] 6.1/10

ABC      4.2/7      According to Jim [r] 3.3/6, According to Jim [r] 3.6/6, According to Jim [r] 4.0/6, According to Jim [r] 4.0/6, Primetime: The Outsiders 5.1/9

UNIV     2.2/3      La Fea Más Bella 2.4/4, Barrera de Amor 2.3/4, Cristina 1.7/3

WB       1.1/2      Gilmore Girls [r] 1.1/2, Gilmore Girls [r] 1.1/2

TELE    0.7/1   Tierra de Pasiones 0.7/1, Amores De Mercado 0.7/1, Decisiones 0.6/1

UPN      0.3/0      Veronica Mars [r] 0.3/0, Veronica Mars [r] 0.3/0

A18-49: FOX 5.9/16, CBS 3.1/8, ABC 2.3/6, NBC 2.2/6, UNIV 2.0/5, WB 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/1, UPN 0.2/0

The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1921 The first Miss America Pageant is held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The contest was conceived to keep tourists in town after the Labor Day holiday. Held every year in Atlantic City, the pageant moved to Las Vegas in 2004.  

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: 35-Right, 81-Right, 64-Left, 63-Left, 29-Left, 13-Right, 16-Left, 22-Left would open the safe hidden behind a portrait of Uncle and Aunt Drip. On what show was this safe hidden?  THE ADDAMS FAMILY   Kudos to: Jay Seidl-Music Mix USA/Naples; Dave Bardua-WGHP/Greensboro; Kennedy Weible-Kennedy Weible/NY; Cassel Kroll-The Lexicomm Group/NY; Dane Kok-Regal Entertainment Group/Knoxville; Ryan Kinahan-Blair Television; Greg Armstrong-Channel 3/Denver; Kathy Carlson-Cuneo Advertising/Bloomington; Richard MacDonald/LA; Andy Ziskin-American Rights Management/Beverly Hills; Gita Isak/Hollywood; Tim O’Day-Disneyland Resort/Anaheim

Today’s Trivia Question: Fernwood, Ohio was the backdrop to this sometimes controversy show of the 70’s.   (click here 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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SITUATION WANTED:  MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT: College grad seeking F/T pos.  Exp. in sports. Graduated w/B.S. in Mass Comm. and Bus. Admin. Cum Laude. Looking for NYC area. (9/8)  [email protected]  (9/8)

E-mail Trish Pihonak for rates and specs for Job Openings.

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Thursday, September 7, 2006

ABC                     Grey’s Anatomy [r], Grey’s Anatomy [r], Primetime
CBS                     Big Brothers: All Stars, CSI [r], Without a Trace [r]
FOX                     ‘til Death [p ], Happy Hour [p ], Celebrity Duets [time period p]
NBC                     NFL Kickoff Special, NBC Football Special Edition Miami @ Pittsburgh
i                       Mama’s Family, Mama’s Family, Doc, Diagnosis Murder
MyNetwork TV    Desire, Fashion House
UPN                     Everybody Hates Chris [r], Love, Inc. [r], Eve [r], Cuts [r]
WB                      Smallville [r], Supernatural [r]
TELE                    Tierra de Pasiones, Amores, Decisiones
UNIV                    La Fea Mas Bella, Barrera de Amor, Cristina

All comments below appear in full and unedited. To see all the comments to date, including Mark Burnett’s (9/6/06), go to the Cynopsis website.   All comments on this topic and any other relative topics are welcome. 

If you’d like to participate in tomorrow’s Emails to the Editor section in Cynopsis, email your comment to [email protected]. Cynopsis reserves the right to choose which comments will be included. Comments may be reprinted in full or in part.


As an African American woman who loves reality tv and who does not in any way deny the existence of racism, I think a bigger issue is being overlooked. The reason most people I know are excited about the new season of Survivor is because they will finally be included. Since the inception of this and many other reality shows–there is a primarily white group and a token black, asian or latino, who becomes marginalized and usually has to defend actions that are usually cultural (like tone of voice, behavior when angry etc.) It will be a relief to have some COLOR on the show. Not just tokens. I have no doubt that each participant will represent themselves well, but oh what a relief to not have to pretend that race ISN’T an issue when we interact socially. Racial dynamics exist everyday in our workplaces primarily and most white people aren’t aware of it because they do not have to make cultural adjustments. It will be nice to see a rainbow of people on the show instead of a token here or there.  It will be fantastic to show that just because 2 people are black or asian doesn’t mean they will all behave alike or have the same attitudes or opinions. This is shown everyday on reality shows with white participants being allowed to show a variety of personalities and attitudes just by the very fact that there is more than one of them on the show.
Morenike Efuntade Evans
Black Pearl Filmworks,LLC
LA (by way of Washington DC

Re: Survivor—

Wow–all that from Mark Burnett and all along I was sure this program was totally fixed for our enjoyment.  LOL

Avid, very avid Survivor watcher,
Phyllis Huffer
Port Charlotte  FL

The publicity he’s getting for the racial theme of Survivor has given the show an incredible amount of FREE publicity. As a producer what more could you ask for? Let’s be real here, at the end of the day it’s a television show. If the media doesn’t jump all over the racial issue it would be no big deal. Television shows deal with sensitive subjects all the time. It’s the producer who comes up with a way of getting people to react that rises to the top. That’s why Mark is where he is.

Best regards,

George Siegal
President J.E.L. Communications

The thing is…even if you win, you lose.  This version does nothing but enforce racial stereotypes to middle America.  People will perceive human failures as racial failures.  I actually didn’t think reality tv could sink any lower.

Rachel Fine
New York, NY

For more new Survivor comments, including yesterday’s comment from Survivor Exec Prod Mark Burnett, check the website here


I would like to comment on the American Family Association’s plan to bombard the FCC with complaints about CBS airing the award-winning 9/11 documentary on September 10.  The AFA says the documentary contains profanity and that CBS is deliberately breaking the law.  Several affiliates have already decided not to air the documentary or push it to a later time slot for fear of facing fines.

My CBS affiliate is airing the documentary, and I have thanked them for it.  I would like to urge all Cynopsis subscribers to contact their CBS affiliates and ask them to air this documentary.  Yes, it’s painful, it’s heart-wrenching, and it contains profanity.  But the profanity is within context, and I think we all uttered a few profanities ourselves as we were riveted to the TV that day.
Wendy Stone
Orlando, FL

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