Tuesday, August 20th, 2013


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Did you know…
Women bought more electronics than men last year on average.

Young women spent…
$2.4 billion on cell phones, $1.6 billion on cameras and $1.5 billion on video game systems. (source)

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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 20, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premiere:
PBS: The Life of Muhammad at 8p 

Tonight’s Finale:
A&E: Storage Wars New York at 9p 


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CBS announced it settled a dispute through arbitration with producers of ABC‘s short-lived reality show The Glass House, which the net alleged was a copy of Big Brother. “CBS will receive financial compensation as part of the settlement,” said a network statement. “The producers have admitted that one of them used confidential Big Brother manuals in the production of The Glass House, and they have expressed regret for using this material. In addition, those involved have pledged not to misappropriate CBS secrets in the future.”


Ed Schultz is on the move again. In April, MSNBC moved The Ed Show from weekdays at 8p to weekends 5-7p. On Monday, August 26, the net shifts the show back to weekdays, this time at 5p. Chris MatthewsHardball, currently in the slot, will air one show a day instead of two, at 7p.

Ken Howard was elected the first president of SAG-AFTRA; he had served as co-president with Roberta Reardon since the unions merged in 2012. Though Howard defeated Esai Morales handily, 16,396 votes to 9,850, less than 21% of the over 165,000 guild members voted.

A Cablevision power outage in southwestern Connecticut on Sunday had so many people calling 911 that the Fairfield police department had to post a message on its Facebook page urging frantic viewers to settle down. The outage was “neither an emergency or a police related concern,” the men in blue warned anxious fans of AMC‘s Breaking Bad and WWE pay-per-view Summer Slam, adding that misuse of the system could lead to arrest. Power was restored by 11p.

BET Networks will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington D.C. with live all-day coverage. Contributors will report from along the march’s route, and interview renowned civil rights activists. Ed Gordon anchors the event. 50: The March and the Movement airs Saturday, August 24 at 11a.

Nominees for the 29th annual Artios Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in casting, were announced Monday. Awards from the Casting Society of America will be handed out simultaneously in New York and L.A. on Monday, November 18.

The first Geekie Awards were handed out Sunday in Hollywood. Seth Green presented the lifetime achievement award to Stan Lee; Castle‘s Nathan Fillion was not on hand to accept his Geek of the Year honor.

Destination America follows up Buying Alaska with Buying the Bayou, a real estate reality show that goes way off the beaten path to showcase quirky properties on the Gulf Coast. Why the bayou? “Buying Alaska was a breakthrough show for us, combining Americans’ love of property and our deep fascination with off-the-grid Alaska,” Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America, tells Cynopsis. “Expanding the genre to Buying the Bayou was a natural choice – you’ve got swamps, gators, easy living and floating homes.” Alaska airs Saturdays at 9p; Bayou premieres Saturday, September 7 at 10p.


TV One docu-series Life After, about turning points in celebrities’ lives, returns for season five with a new batch of stars reinventing themselves and their careers. Robert Katz, exec producer from K2 Pictures Inc. tells Cynopsis, “They recognize the value of a second or third life to their careers based on their earlier success, and are applying lessons learned as they move forward. What makes them different is their commitment and motivation to keep working after their big success, to not rest on their laurels, but to pursue their ‘life afters’ with the same vigor they did in the beginning of their careers.” Series comes back Wednesday, September 11 with back-to-back eps starting at 8p.


History greenlit a four-hour miniseries about Houdini, to star Adrian Brody (The Pianist) as the magician and Kristen Brody (House of Cards) as his wife, Bess. Production begins in the fall.

Fox has acquired a drama about a political “hactivist” forced to work for the government. Creators Paul Lovett and David Elliot wrote the big screen’s G.I. Joe.

NBC handed The Big C chief Jenny Bicks, free now that her show ended its four-season Showtime run, a put pilot commitment for a sitcom about a beached mermaid who works in a bar. 20th Century Fox will produce.


X-Factor judge Demi Lovato will recur on season five of Glee as a friend of Rachel and Santana’s. The singer will perform on the show with eighth season American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert. Glee returns Thursday, September 26 at 9p; Lovato’s first ep airs October 3.

Nickelodeon alum Matthew Gumley (Supah Ninjas) has been added to the cast of USA‘s Divide and Conquer. Gumley will play Ben, a boy who wants his parents to leave him alone, in the comedy pilot from Universal Cable Productions.

Sarah Clarke (24) has been tapped for a lead role in AMC pilot Line of Sight, about a safety inspector who survives a mysterious crash.

Dana Davis (Franklin & Bash) and Peter Macon have been cast in Syfy pilot High Moon, about earthlings who colonize the moon only to find new life forms.


Reruns of ABC‘s The Middle start airing on ABC Family Monday, September 16, with an 8-hour marathon from 11a-7p. Series regular timeslot begins Tuesday, September 17 at 5p.


Small World IFT has licensed Chef at Your Door, in which families are tasked with creating masterpiece meals alongside celeb chefs, to Poland. TVP will launch its local version in September.

U.K.’s BBC Three has ordered six documentaries as part of its Fresh initiative, launched in 2008, to help new directors showcase their work. The films will explore topics like the lives of sex workers, underage drinking and drug use and aspiring rock stars.

The BBC has acquired German war miniseries Generation War, about the experiences of five friends during World War II. The series drew a 24% market share for ZDF in Germany; Beta Films has sold the drama to more than 60 countries.

Going Gaga: The MTV VMAs opens with Lady Gaga performing Applause, the single from upcoming album ARTPOP. Show airs live Sunday, August 25 at 9p.


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Fox Sports 1 drew an average of 1.7 million viewers for its primetime launch on Saturday, according to Nielsen fast nationals. The net, with a reach of 90 million homes, broadcast UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen. “Hats off to the UFC and its incredibly loyal fan base for making our first night such a complete success,” said Fox Sports Exec VP Programming and Research Bill Wanger.

Nielsen’s SocialGuide Top Ten for the week of 8/12-8/18/13

Rank Program Tweets Date
1 Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1) 729,782 8/12
2 Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 375,589 8/3
3 CMS Music Festival (ABC) 375,443 8/12
4 Teen Wolf (MTV) 326,637 8/12
5 WWE Summer Slam (pay-per-view) 323,969 8/18
6 Duck Dynasty (A&E) 292,786 8/14
7 Breaking Bad (AMC) 190,218 8/8
8 Premios Tu Mondo (Telemundo) 173,721 8/15
9 WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 161,539 8/12
10 Bad Girls Club: Miami (Oxygen) 155,651 8/13

Source: Nielsen

Friday A18-49 Analysis:  Fox grabbed the most A18-49 viewers Friday with 1.5/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Univision and Fox led at 8p with 1.4/6 for Porque el Amor Manda and NFL preseason football. Fox grabbed the lead with 1.5/6 for the game in the 9p hour versus 1.3/5 for Univision’s Tempestad. At 10p Fox scored a 1.7/6 average, with NBC’s Dateline taking second with 1.5/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, August 16, 2013 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

NBC 3.2/6 Off Their Rockers [r] 1.9/4, Off Their Rockers [r] 1.9/4, Dateline 3.9/7
FOX 3.0/6 NFL Preseason 3.0/6
CBS 2.9/5 Undercover Boss [r] 2.7/5, Hawaii Five-0 [r] 2.6/5, Blue Bloods [r] 3.3/6
ABC 2.1/4 Last Mand Standing [r] 2.2/4, Neighbors [r] 1.5/3, Shark Tank [r] 2.0/4, 20/20 2.4/4
UNI 1.7/3 Porque el Amor Manda 1.9/4, Tempestad 1.7/3, Que Bonito Amor 1.6/3
ION .8/2 Cold Case [r] .8/2, Cold Case [r] .8/2, Cold Case [r] .8/2
CW .7/1 Perfect Score .5/1, Perfect Score [r] .4/1, America’s Top Model .9/2
TELE .6/1 Dama y Obrero .6/1, Marido en Alquiler .6/1, Santa Diabla .6/1
UMA .1/0 Seleccion .1/0

A18-49:  FOX 1.5/6, UNI 1.3/5, NBC 1.1/4, ABC .7/2. CBS .6/2, CW .4/1, TELE .4/1, ION .4/1, UMA .1/0


NBC News Digital Group has hired Bill Smee to head up an in-house production team to create video for digital platforms featuring the net’s journalists. He joins the net in September as EP of original video production.

Scripps Networks has named Bob Baskerville the Chief Information Officer for Scripps Networks Interactive. Baskerville, currently COO for international business, will take over for Ron Johnson, who plans to retire by year’s end.

Entertainment network EPIX has promoted Amit Ziv to VP, Business Operations, development and strategy. He will continue to report to EVP/GM of the department Rob Sussman.

U.K.-based Audience Entertainment has upped Adam Cassels to Chief Marketing Officer. He leads international commercial development, new market entry and strategic partnerships.


Actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead on Monday morning. He was 29. Thompson had roles on Scrubs, FlashForward and Smallville, and played Det. Barry Frost on Rizzoli & Isles. His manager Jonathan Baruch said in a statement that Young had taken his own life, adding, “Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed.”


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FALLINTERNSHIPCREDITS ONLY: PRODUCTION INTERNS: Hayden5 (hayden5.com) is a young, boutique PROD co in the Flatiron District looking for eager, hard working interns. Req’s a min of 2 days/wk from 9:45-6pm. Res/cover letter to [email protected] (8/27)

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ABC: Extreme Weight Loss, Body of Proof [r]
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: Los Angeles [r], Person of Interest [r]
CW: Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r], Capture
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance?
ION: Criminal Minds [r], Criminal Minds [r], Criminal Minds?[r]
MyTV: House [r], House [r]
NBC: Hollywood Game Night [r], America’s Got Talent
PBS: The Life of Muhammad [p], The Life of Muhammad, The Life of Muhammad
Telemundo: Dama y Obrero, Marido en Alquiler, Santa Diabla  
UMA: Hoy Moriras, La Seleccion, Cloroforma
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, La Tempestad, Que Bonito Amor

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