Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, January 18, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing, traveling today from Seattle to sunny and even warmer Los Angeles! As always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here

Tonight’s Premieres:
PBS: Pioneers of Television at 8p (check local listings)
Military Channel: Missions That Changed the War: Germany’s Last Ace at 9p
Travel Channel: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern at 9p
USA Network: White Collar at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
The CW: Life Unexpected at 8p


Oxygen Now Top 20 For W18-34.

Oxygen is giving Women 18-34 more of what they want – original series that they can relate to at each major life stage.


Find out why Generation O is so valuable to you at  GenerationO.tv .


Discovery Communications rebrands its FitTV network to become Discovery Fit & Health launching February 1.  The revamped network will be available in an estimated 50 million homes on FitTV’s channel location.  Programming on Discovery Fit & Health will consist of real-life dramas previously found on Discovery Health such as Dr. G: Medical Examiner and Untold Stories of the ER among others, as well as early morning fitness programs from FitTV.  The new Discovery Fit & Health will additionally develop new original programming and will acquire content from the US and international markets.  Other programming events will include Discovery Health franchises Baby Week, Psych Week, Adventures in Parenting and New Year, New You.

Sportsman and conservationist, Beau Turner (and son of CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner) will host a new television series, Beau Knows Outdoors on Sportsman Channel.  The weekly, half-hour series features Turner’s knowledge of the outdoors through hunting and fishing as well as land conservationism and management topics as he supervises the two million acres owned by Turner Enterprises.  Produced by Warm Springs Productions, the series debuts in July.

Starting yesterday, TV Azteca is airing the telenovela Se Busca Un Hombre (Men Wanted) on its dedicated pay TV channel Azteca Novelas.  Men Wanted with 259 one-hour episodes, is about a group of women who frequent a prestigious beauty salon and are looking to find their perfect man.

Leaving Seattle and heading to LA this morning .you know what I hate about traveling?

  • The guy across the aisle on the plane who deeply inhales with every sip of coffee and then orders a second cup
  • The woman sitting on the inside by the window who has to get up and out every 45 minutes
  • The rental car GPS system that doesn’t recognize the possibility of “6th” Avenue
  • Checking into the hotel and finding there’s no hot water and the hair blower blows cold
  • That I have to leave my blackberry clock on eastern time or my whole calendar is thrown off – and good luck my trying to set my blackberry alarm to get up in the morning while factoring in the time difference
  • Hotel TVs that don’t have any of my favorite channels, but do have 18 different sports channels

You know what I like about traveling?

  • Arriving at the airport early in the morning – it’s just exciting, I’m going someplace!  And lets face it, my finding the airport on my own is a bonus too!
  • Watching people try to stow bags that are just too big in the crowded overhead and getting overheated
  • Arriving at my destination and getting three more hours on the day
  • Ordering room service – feels quite extravagant and special thought rarely is it either extravagant or special
  • Being in a city that’s is 50+ degrees warmer than the one I left – and missing the snow Connecticut got this morning (and subsequent shoveling thereof)
  • Making appointments to see only people I really want to come all this way to see

Tribune Broadcasting Company’s superstation, WGN America is now carried on Time Warner Cable East Region/NYC market for digital subscribers.  This carriage inclusion adds 1.3 million homes to WGN America’s distribution which now totals 75 million homes across the US. 


Starz cast Australian actor Liam McIntyre (HBO’s Pacific) as Spartacus for the second season of the series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand.  Andy Whitfield originated the role during the series’ first season and was forced to bow out of further production due to his ongoing health issues.  According to the network, Whitfield gave his consent to the recasting.  Production on new episodes of Spartacus: Blood and Sand begin this spring with Spartacus instigating fellow slaves to rebel against Rome.  The six-episode prequel series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena premieres January 21 at 10p on Starz.

Marissa Jaret Winokur is exiting CBS’ daytime talk show The Talk.  The TV personality/entertainer told People there hasn’t been “room” for her twice weekly segment “Mom in the Street.”

Canada’s Fresh TV, in association with Family Channel has started production on a new live-action comedy Really Me which launches in April on Family Channel.  The plot centers on teenager Maddy (Sydney Imbeau) who becomes famous after winning her own reality TV show for a year.


Friday A18-49 Analysis: Ratings data from Friday, January 14 was not available due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  Look for Friday’s ratings in tomorrow’s edition.



MTV Networks International (MTVNI), a division of Viacom Inc., elevated Katrina Southon to SVP/Managing Director of MTV Networks Australia and New Zealand beginning February 1, 2011.  In her new capacity, Katrina will be in charge of the strategic direction and management of the network’s roster of channels including MTV, MTV Classic, MTV Hits, MTVN HD, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in Australia and MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in New Zealand.

Jeremie Fajner, Deputy MD Production Financing and Business Development is departing his position at Gaumont-Alphanim this month after 11 years to pursue new opportunities.  Additionally Marc Dhrami joined Gaumont-Alphanim from Millimages on January 3 as Head/Production Financing and Coproductions where he reports to Pierre Belaisch, MD.

Omnicom Media Group tapped Adam Ivers as President/CEO for its Toronto-based Highway Entertainment, which is involved in the areas of program distribution, production, funding and developing assets to benefit both OMG’s advertising clients and content providers.

This day in History:  1993 – The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday was observed in all 50 U.S. states for the first time.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  They say you should buy the one that “speaks to you” only nobody really expects it to speak to you. This one did.  What did Dave buy? 1928 PORTER VINTAGE TOURING CAR on MY MOTHER THE CAR  Kudos to: Dave Statman-Time Warner Global Media Group/NY; Dennis Maguire-Bright House Networks/FL; Rory Rosegarten-The Conversation Company Ltd/NY; David Rubinsohn-RubesMedia/Philadelphia; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Matt Sautter-Dish Network/Denver; Milt Rost-KVRR/Fargo; Alan Perris-ATAS/N Hollywood; Alex Petrilli Jr./Tivo-PST; Steven Wishnoff-LifeWorks/LA; Richard Ross-CDTV/LA;

Today’s Trivia Question:   What sitcom leader once said, “Women. You can’t live with ’em, and yet they’re everywhere.” (Email [email protected] 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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ABC: No Ordinary Family, V, Detroit 1-8-7
AZTECA:  Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS: NCIS, NCIS: LA, The Good Wife
CW:  Life Unexpected [f ]
FOX: Glee [r], Million Dollar Money Drop
ION: Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC: The Biggest Loser: Couples, Parenthood
PBS:  Pioneers of Television [p ], Frontline, Independent Lens
TELE: Aurora; Los Herederos del Monte,; Alguien Te Mira
UNIV:  Eva Luna, Triunfo del Amor, Aqui y Ahora

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