Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 9, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing. Remember, if you’d rather listen than read, you can sign up for the Cynopsis: In Your Ear podcast available for download each morning by 630a at www.cynopsis.com or via iTunes 4.9, listed in the podcast directory under “News.”
All three evening news programs last night began their broadcast with Peter Jennings. ABC News will continue with its title ABC News with Peter Jennings for the immediate future. For the moment, ABC is not prepared to say who will take over the anchor chair permanently, and will continue with Charles Gibson and Elizabeth Vargas subbing. Naturally there is plenty of speculation what will happen next. Gibson’s moving permanently to the anchor chair would leave a critical void in the Good Morning America team, a team that is not-so-quietly sneaking up on NBC’s morning Today program. Vargas is certainly capable, albeit less experienced than Gibson and without Gibson’s long-term viewer relationship. Other names have been bandied about since it became known Jennings was ill; names including George Stephanopoulos and Bob Woodruff. And this is not the only chair ABC News will need to fill – Ted Koppel’s will be up for grabs at year’s end as well. For its part, ABC plans to not make any public moves for a little bit.
* MORE GOOD STUFF *
UPN has changed its premiere schedule to include a special 2-hour debut of the fifth season of America’s Next Top Model. Originally scheduled to air on September 21st with a one hour ep, the show has been expanded to two hours, pushing the debut of Veronica Mars to the following week, 9/28, at 9p.
Are you ready for some football? ABC and the Rolling Stones are. ABC has signed the Stones to a season-long promotional campaign which will kick off with the NFL Opening Kickoff 2005 on September 8 at 8p. Music and footage from the Stone’s A Bigger Bang world tour will be used that night and throughout the season for promotional pieces as well as in-game highlights adn tease packages. The CD of the tour on Virgin Records is scheduled to be released on September 5. The season’s opening game on 9/8 on ABC will feature the Patriots and the Raiders at Gillette Stadium.
David E. Kelley’s reality series The Law Firm on NBC has been pulled from the schedule after just two outings. The Apprentice-type series never caught the viewers fancy – it’s latest airing last Thursday drew a 1.4/4 A18-49 rating. The show will continue to air on Bravo. Look for repeats of Will & Grace and Scrubs to fill the Thursday 9p vacancy.
And a schedule change for Bravo. It’s newest reality series, Situation: Comedy where writers compete to have their show made into a pilot for NBC. The show debuted on Tuesday, July 26 with just 217,000 viewers, and beginning this week it will be moved to Fridays at 7p.
National Geographic Channel and Fox Networks Group will launch NGC HD network in early 2006. The timing of the new hi-def network coincides with the fifth anniversary of the National Geographic Channel, now in 55 million homes. As for programming on the new net, NGC is already producing virtually all of its lineup in HD, and will couple it with a slew of new acquisitions. The network estimates 90% of its primetime schedule at launch will be available in hi-def.
Tonight the History Channel launches its new series Man, Moment, Machine at 10p. The series explores the convergence of human drama, a critical moment and history making technologies and inventions, that collectively created our history – i.e., aviator Jimmy Doolittle and the B-25 Bomber that changed the course of World War II. The show is hosted by Hunter Ellis.
This Sunday, Showtime will debut its new 30m comedy series Barbershop, based on the hit film, set in a Chicago barbershop. While none of the actors in the film are in the television series, all of the characters are represented. Cast members include Omar Gooding (brother of Cuba Gooding Jr.) as Calvin (originally played in the film by Ice Cube); Toni Trucks as Terri. The show premieres at 10p.
Suggested reading: Brody Mullins’ story in today’s Wall Street Journal about News Corp.’s working to block Nielsen Media Research’s Local People Meters by courting Washington democrats. It’s worth a read. It’s in the Media & Marketing section.
* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *
In development at Original Films:
In development at ABC:
Touchstone Television has signed a two year/7 figure development deal with Sheila Lawrence to create and development new projects for the studio, as well as serve as co-exec prod on Touchstone’s What About Brian? series set to debut on ABC midseason.
* NEW CABLE CARRIAGE DEALS *
RCN Corporation and Starz Entertainment Group have signed a long-term affiliate agreement whereby RCN will carry SEG premium movie channels and services, including all 13 Starz Ent Group’s movie channels thru 2009. Additionally, RCN will provide its Starz customers Starz On Demand, at no additional charge.
* EXECUTIVE MOVES *
John H. Johnson, Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.’s Founder/Publisher/Chairman, passed away at the age of 87 in Chicago. He was the founder of global media and cosmetics empire which includes such publications as EBONY and JET magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and EBONY Fashion Fair. Founded in 1942, JPC is recognized as the top African-American publishing company in the world. John has received numerous honors through his career, including The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Magazine Publisher’s Association Publisher of the Year Award, the Advertising Hall of Fame Award, the National Business Hall of Fame Award, the Greatest Minority Entrepreneur Award, the Horatio Alger Award and the NAACP Spingarn Award. Howard University established the John H. Johnson School of Communications in John’s honor two years ago. In addition, the John H. Johnson Delta Cultural and Entrepreneurial Learning Center in Arkansas City was dedicated this year. Linda Johnson Rice, the company’s COO/CEO and John’s daughter, stated that her father “was in his office and alert and active until the end. He was the greatest salesman and CEO I have ever known, but he was also a father, friend and mentor with a great sense of humor who never stopped climbing mountains and dreaming dreams.”
Sesame Workshop has appointed Daniel Victor to EVP/International Strategy, overseeing international projects across divisions, including content and distribution, business development, public policy, and education and research. Daniel will also extend and execute strategic initiatives in those areas. Sesame Workshop has also upped Dr. Lewis Bernstein to EVP/Research and Outreach. Dr. Bernstein will provide the educational agenda and evaluate content for all Sesame Workshop productions and creative implementations. He will also supervise all of the Workshop’s global outreach programs aimed at targeting under-served audiences with educational content. Dr. Bernstein will report to Melvin Ming, COO.
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) announced that Gary Pfeiffer has joined the company as VP/Information Technology (IT) and will report to Bill Myers, EVP/CFO. Gary will oversee all IT functions for SEG including business systems and applications, help desk initiatives, client support services, all infrastructure and server operations and telephony. Gary will work out of the Englewood, Colo. office.
Platinum Studios, an entertainment company that controls the world’s largest independent library of comic book characters, has named Brian Altounian as COO. As Platinum Studios continues to grow through recent partnerships with Gold Circle Films and The Shop as well as the recent acquisition of Hexagon Comics, Brian will be responsible for managing fiscal growth and staffing.
* RATINGS *
Friday — A18-49 Analysis: NBC was in front on a very slow Friday night with an overall 1.8/7 A18-49 rating, according to Nielsen fast affiliate ratings. At 8p and again at 9p, NBC led with a 1.7/7 and 2.2/8, respectively, for its two-hour Dateline. ABC turned the tide at 10p and was out in front with its broadcast of 20/20 earning a 2.3/8. Fox’s four back-to-back eps of Arrested Development earned a mild 4 share for the night. Veronica Mars kicked off CBS’ Friday night schedule with a 0.9/4, and The Cut on CBS at 9p, one of the few non-news magazine original options for the night, drew a 1.1/4.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Sunday, August 7, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
NBC 4.7/9 Dateline 5.0/10, Crossing Jordan [r] 4.0/8
ABC 3.3/7 8 Simple Rules [r] 2.6/6, Hope & Faith [r] 2.8/5, Less Than Perfect [r] 2.6/5, 20/20 4.7/9
CBS 2.6/5 Veronica Mars 2.5/5, The Cut 2.3/4, Numb3rs [r] 3.0/6
UPN 2.2/4 Movie: American Outlaws 2.2/4
FOX 1.7/3 Arrested Development [2hrs] [r]1.7/3
WB 1.5/3 What I Like About You [r] 1.4/3, Blue Collar TV [r] 1.4/3, Reba [r] 1.7/3, Living with Fran [r] 1.6/3
A18-49 NBC 1.8/7, ABC 1.7/6, CBS, Fox, WB, UPN 1.0/4
Saturday — A18-49 Analysis: Fox won Saturday night with an overall 2.0/8 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen. The first hour of Cops earned a 1.9/8, just a share point ahead of CBS’ original ep of Big Brother. At 9p, an original AMW on Fox delivered a 2.1/8, while ABC and CBS were tied for the hour with a 5 share. At 10p, CBS pulled out in front with the second hour of 48 Hours Mystery earning a 2.0/7.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Saturday, August 6, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 3.9/8 Big Brother 3.2/7, 48 Hours Mystery (9-11p) 4.2/8
FOX 3.4/7 Cops [r] 2.8/6, Cops [r] 3.6/8, America’s Most Wanted 3.6/7
ABC 3.0/6 Movie: Bandits 3.0/6
NBC 3.1/6 L&O Trial By Jury [r] 2.4/5, L&O [r] 3.0/6, L&O Criminal Intent [r] 3.7/7
A18-49 Fox 2.0/8, CBS 1.7/6, ABC 1.2/5, NBC 1.0/4
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Sunday, August 7, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 5.5/10 60 Minutes 5.6/11, Cold Case [r] 5.6/10, Movie: Deep Impact 5.5/9
NBC 5.4/9 Dateline 5.2/10, L&O Criminal Intent [r] 6.1/10, Crossing Jordan [r] 5.0/8
ABC 4.0/7 AFHV [r] 4.0/8, Extreme Makeover [r] 3.9/7, Desperate Housewives [r] 4.1/7, Grey’s Anatomy [r] 3.9/7
FOX 3.3/6 Malcolm [r] 2.0/4, King/Hill [r] 2.5/5, The Simpsons [r] 3.5/6, The Simpsons [r] 4.0/7, Family Guy [r] 4.0/7, American Dad [r] 3.5/6
WB 1.2/2 Charmed [r] 1.1/2, Movie: Sugar & Spice 1.2/2
A18-49 CBS 2.5/7, Fox 2.4/7, ABC 2.3/7, NBC 2.1/6, WB 0.8/2
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM COURT TV
Saturday, Aug. 13. 4-6 p.m. The Network: Court TV.
The Audience: Young.
The Show: COOL.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM COURT TV
Series premiere of FASTLANE, starring Peter Facinelli, Bill Bellamy, & Tiffani Thiessen.
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