Tuesday, July 12th, 2011



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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, July 12, 2011, and this is your first early morning briefing. As always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here

Tonight’s Premieres:
BBC America: Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape at 9p
Cooking Channel: Food(ography) at 9p; United Tastes of America at 10p


Making it official as of yesterday, Harry Smith moves to NBC News from CBS News to become a correspondent, effective July 18.  Smith will contribute reports to NBC’s upcoming primetime hour-long newsmagazine program anchored by Brian Williams.  Smith has been in the news industry for more than 30 years and hosted the CBS News morning shows The Early Show and the former CBS This Morning for 17 years.  Most recently, he was a senior correspondent for CBS News and a substitute anchor for CBS Evening News, Face the Nation and CBS News Sunday Morning. 

New unscripted series Picker Sisters opens on Lifetime Television August 2 at 10p.  The series features best friends and well-known interior designers Tracy Hutson and Tanya McQueen as they journey across America scouting for rare articles and materials to transform for their Los Angeles-based decor shop.  The series is produced by RelativityREAL for Lifetime.

A new original real-life series shines a light on the dangers of feral hogs in Texas when A&E Network premieres American Hoggers on August 16 at 10p.  The Campbell family, led by Jerry, his son, Robert and daughter, Krystal help Texas residents and ranchers who encounter the destructiveness of wild boars.  The eight-episode half-hour series is produced by Thom Beers’ Original Productions, a Fremantle Media Company for A&E.

ABC Family renewed its original half-hour comedy series Melissa & Joey for a second season headlined by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence.  Currently the series is in its first season with 18 episodes airing this summer and fall.  The upcoming sophomore season will debut in 2012.  

Culinary competition series, The Great Food Truck Race gears up for a new second season on Food Network starting August 14 at 10p following the finale of Food Network Star.  Tyler Florence hosts the series where eight top food trucks in the US compete for a grand prize of $100,000.  The food trucks spend one weekend in each city featured, selling from their mobile kitchens as well as competing in various challenges.  Special guest stars during the sophomore season include Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts and NFL Hall of Famer John Elway. After The Great Food Truck Race debuts, the show will move to its regular time period of Sundays at 9p.

Professional matchmaker Patti Stanger stars in a fifth season of docu-series The Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo, beginning August 18 at 9p.  Patti herself is newly single and ready to date as the new season fires up while clients need her help.  Patti additionally enlists advice from celebrities Tori Spelling and Jenny McCarthy for her love-challenged millionaires.  The series is from Intuitive Entertainment, LLC for Bravo.

Crown Media Holdings, Inc. said it has taken on the new umbrella name of Crown Media Family Networks encompassing Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.  The name change denotes a move to strengthen the company’s position as a provider of family friendly entertainment and for brand identity.  

Reality-based cable network, Halogen TV launches three original primetime series this fall corresponding with the network’s two year anniversary:

  • Roadworthy:  The Invisible Children Tour – Docu-reality series follows a group of young adults as they volunteer for the Invisible Children charity focused on the plight of impoverished children of Uganda.  Produced by Tyler Garnett, the 10-part series premieres September 26 at 9p.
  • Jump Shipp – This 10-part series highlights motivational speaker and advice expert, Josh Shipp.  In each episode, Josh interviews skilled young adults who desire a new dream job though they don’t know how to reach their goal.  The series is produced by Dot & Cross and debuts October 21 at 9p.
  • Noble Exchange – A second season of this original series is on tap about a group of up-and-coming celebrities traveling abroad to learn from other cultures.  Noble Exchange is from Tamara Park and bows August 30 at 8p.

This past weekend, Starz premiered Torchwood: Miracle Day delivering a combined Friday night audience of 1.51 million total viewers (819,000 total viewers at 10p and 687,000 at 11p).  For the total weekend (Friday’s two airings and one on Sunday at 10p), Torchwood: Miracle Day pulled in 2.0 million total viewers based on Live + SD. 

National Geographic Channel’s series debut of The Indestructibles last Sunday pulled in 1.2 million total viewers between 10p and 11p.  The actual premiere episode at 10p posted 1.0 million total viewers. 


CBS Television Distribution made an off-network licensing rights deal involving the one-hour reality series Undercover Boss with both OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and TLC.  The show’s library will be granted to the two networks and each will schedule the program according to its own needs, though OWN will begin airing episodes this fall.  Regularly scheduled episodes of the series will return in fall 2012.  Undercover Boss is produced by Studio Lambert, a unit of All3Media Group.

Beginning tonight, ESPN and ESPN Classic is the new home of football-themed drama series, Friday Night Lights.  The first two episodes from season one will air tonight on ESPN at 8p and 9p followed by a Season 1 FNL Marathon on ESPN Classic this Thursday and Friday.  After that on July 21, ESPN Classic will house the program airing each season in sequential order beginning with season one/episode one on Thursdays at 9p and 10p.  NBC is also airing the series finale this Friday at 8p.


MTV Networks’ Logo branches out with four new projects in development:

  • Out in the Burbs – Half-hour single-camera comedy about Carol (Carol Leifer) and her partner Patrice who live in the ‘burbs.  Executive produced by Carol Leifer and Troy Miller.
  • Big Loud Lisa – Docu-series about newlywed comedian Lisa Lampanelli and her husband as they navigate the newness of their marriage while on the road.  Produced by Borderline Amazing Productions (Chelsea Handler and Tom Brunelle as executive producers and Brad Wollack as co-executive producer), Lisa Lampanelli and Parallel.
  • Design My Dog – Weekly studio-based reality competition program puts dog owners and their pooches to the test by creating canine couture to win a cash prize and a dog calendar contract.  From 10×10 Productions (Ken Mok with J. Paul Buscemi as co-executive producer).
  • Ballet Beach – Docu-series featuring a prominent dance and ballet company in Miami.  From Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley (DiGa) in partnership with Ben Silverman (Electus) and Beach Pictures.

Casting Call: Animal Planet is casting for season two of My Cat From Hell featuring expert cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy.  If you have a cat that is driving you crazy, send an email today.  Jackson works to makeover unruly cats into cuddly felines again.  Send an email to: hellcatscasting@gmail.com and include your name, age, city, contact phone number and who you live with.  Describe your cat and how it is affecting your life and relationships.  Include your cat’s name, age, breed, where you got the cat and detail the cat’s behavior problems and why you and your family are frustrated.  Also include photos of yourself, your family members and your cat.

Casting Call:  A major cable network has a new show in development and it is looking for funny video bloopers from your vacation.  Please send hilarious moments caught on tape from your vacations, related to travel, accommodations, picture taking and more.  The videos must be under two minutes in length and can be sent via link to: [email protected] or they can be mailed to: Sloane Cooper Development, 1560 Broadway suite 615, New York, NY 10036.


Friday A18-49 Analysis:  Univision was the overall top-rated network Friday at 1.5/5, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  At 8p, Univision’s Copa America 2011 did best at 1.3/5 while ABC’s Shark Tank repeat and CBS’ Flashpoint each delivered a 1.2/5.  Univision remained in the lead through 9p with more of its Copa America Peru vs. Mexico match at 1.7/6 and NBC’s Dateline was next at 1.5/5.  The final win of the night went to Univision for the third hour of Copa America at 2.0/7 and Dateline on NBC placed second again at 1.6/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, July 8, 2011 – time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.1/8           Flashpoint 4.1/8, CSI: NY [r] 3.9/7, Blue Bloods [r] 4.3/8


NBC: 3.3/6             Friday Night Lights 2.0/4, Dateline 4.0/7

ABC: 2.8/5            Shark Tank [r] 2.5/5, Primetime: What Would You Do? [r] 2.4/4, 20/20 3.5/6

FOX: 1.8/3             Bones [r] 2.0/4, House [r] 1.5/3

UNIV: 1.6/3          Copa America 2011: Peru vs. Mexico 1.7/3

ION: 0.7/1            Criminal Minds 0.8/2, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Border 0.5/1

TELE: 0.7/1          Mi Corazon Insiste 0.6/1, Los Herederos del Monte 0.7/1, La Casa de Al Lado 0.7/1

CW: 0.6/1             Smallville [r] 0.6/1, Supernatural [r] 0.5/1

TF: 0.3/1              La Pola 0.3/1, Dona Bella 0.3/0

A18-49:  UNIV 1.5/5, ABC 1.3/5, NBC 1.3/4, CBS 1.1/4, FOX 0.8/3, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1




TV advertising network, REVShare added Bruce Angeli as VP/Ad Sales for the East and Southeast Regions and Jon Arnoff as AE.  Bruce joins from PBS TV/WETA TV and Jon previously worked for Adam Young, the Rep Firm of Young Broadcasting.

Bob Walker elevated to EVP/GM of Networks and Content with The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC).  In his new role, Bob will oversee all of TWCC’s live and original programming content, including on-air and digital in addition to the TWC Radio Networks.  Bob continues to report to Mike Kelly, President/CEO.

Joe DeFeo welcomed at WJLA as News Director for News Channel 8 in the Washington, D.C. market.  Joe begins his new post July 25.

Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness tapped Augusta Duffey as Group Creative Director where she will concentrate on advancing the digital efforts across all accounts.  Augusta will report to Helayne Spivak, Creative Officer. 

This day in History:  1993 – 196 people were killed when an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale struck northern Japan.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  This professional is deathly afraid of clowns, all because his mother put a clown mask in his room on his third birthday.  Aside from the clown thing, he’s considered brilliant.  Who is he?  BOSTON LEGAL’S  ALAN SHORE  Kudos to: Robert Twilley-Jupiter Ent/ET; Liza McMullen-HBO/Boston; Michael Strauss-CoxReps/NY; Holly Russo-i_SW Corp/Arlington; Dan Whitford-MMC Group/Chicago; Damon Zaleski-Debmar Mercury/Chicago; Kandy Hartsfield-KDAF/Dallas; Tena Hawkes-Univ of Ariz/Tucson; Robin Goret-Corner of the Sky Comm/London

Today’s Trivia Question: The actual building that housed this TV headquarter is located on the corner of Robertson Blvd and Clifton Way in Beverly Hills, and is now home to a vacuum cleaner store (oh the indignity!).  What HQ was this home to?   (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.)

Later  — Cyn

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ABC:   Wipeout [r], 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show, Combat Hospital
AZTECA: Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS:   NCIS [r], NCIS: LA [r], 48 Hours Mystery
CW:   One Tree Hill [r], Hellcats [r]
ION:  Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC:  America’s Got Talent [R]; America’s Got Talent
PBS:   History Detectives, Frontline [r], POV
TELE: Mi Corazon Insiste, Los Herederos del Monte, La Casa de al Lado
UNIV:  Antesala Copa America, Copa America: Uruguay vs. Mexico

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