Tuesday, July 27th, 2004





Good morning. It’s Tuesday, July 27, 2004, and this is your first early morning briefing.

The WB will provide AOL Television with a full preview copy of their newest drama series Jack & Bobby, which debuts on the WB on September 12 at 9pm.  AOL Television will offer the full episode, commercial free, to AOL for Broadband subscribers at the end of August.  All AOL subscribers will be able to view a trailer of the show. Jack & Bobby is one of primetime’s most anticipated new series, having rec’d high marks from a wide variety of critics.

According to a report from Reuters, Sinclair Broadcast Group, On Air with Ryan Seacrest will be off air in more than 20 of its O&O stations. Among those stations that plan to take the show off their schedule are WZTV/Nashville, KABB/San Antonio, WLFL/Raleigh Durham and WCWB/Pittsburgh. On Air with Ryan Seacrest is distributed by 20th.

By the way, PBS was left off the list of where you can find coverage of the Democratic National Convention – the net will carry nightly coverage from 8-11pm Monday – Thursday.

You know ABC News launched their new digital network ABC News NOW yesterday at 12n with complete gavel to gavel coverage of the Democratic National Convention.  As of yesterday at noon, 55% of the ABC affiliate body has signed on to carry the digital network on their digital signals.  ABC News Now is also available through broadband to ABC News On Demand subscribers at ABCNEWS.com, to all AOL members, as well as Comcast.net, RealNetworks’ SuperPass, SBC Yahoo! and BellSouth FastAccess customers.  This programming is available on mobile phones with MobiTV through Sprint PCS Vision. ABC News Now will run for 14 weeks, concluding on November 2, Election Day.

Initiative Media conducted a proprietary study to identify what television shows were being watched by registered Democrats and by the thus-far Undecideds.  While this information may be interesting to the general public, to campaigners it could prove to be an effective way of reaching these important voters.  Among Democrats, the comedy most preferred is Will & Grace (33%); Drama was Judging Amy (32%); and preferred Reality show was Extreme Makeover (26%).  Among the Undecideds, comedy preferred was My Wife & Kids (43%), Drama was CSI Miami (37%), and Reality show was Fear Factor (46%).  The most important political issue among Democrats was Health Care (71%) and that group prefers Monk as their favorite drama (84%). Among the Undecideds, Top issue was Education (57%) and their favorite Comedy was Will & Grace (66%).

Trio is starting a gay programming block entitled OUTzone set to debut on September 18.  During the first week, the programming will include such films as Gods and Monsters and Velvet Goldmine and a Parking Lot series episode with more movies, docs, music and series to follow (including the Australian Kath & Kim).

Correction: The 4400, which drew 5.6 million viewers a week ago Sunday, putting it on top of the original series on basic cable for the week, is a USA Network program, not HBO.  And, Corbin Bernsen will be on General Hospital, an ABC daytime series. (See what a little R&R will get you – dumb mistakes!)

Lifetime has announced a couple of their premiere dates for this fall:  How Clean is Your House debuts Monday, 9/6 at 11pm, featuring British cleaning phenomenons Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie. Based on the UK series of the same name, the cleaning ladies visit some of the filthiest homes on the planet. And the network’s fifth annual Women Rock concert, part of the net’s public awareness campaign to fight breast cancer, is scheduled for Thursday, October 28 at 10p.

Among Discovery Times documentary schedule for the month of August, is one which fits right in with the Summer Olympics.  Doping to Win, scheduled for August 10 at 8pm, looks at the history of sport doping from the Ancient Greeks to modern day.

Some of you will remember the Broadway play-turned-TV Musical Special Once Upon a Mattress with Carol Burnett playing Princess Winnifred in a take off of the classic Princess and the Pea story.  ABC is producing a remake of the musical, this time with Carol Burnett as Queen Aggravain (as well as exec prod) and Tracy Ullman as the Princess.  Also on board to exec prod is Marc Platt (Legally Blonde, and Broadway hit Wicked), along with Marty Tudor.

Casting Note: Kristin Dattilo has been cast as the Mom on WB‘s new sitcom series Commando Nanny from Mark Burnett Prods.  Dattilo joins Gerald McRaney as the Dad and Philip Winchester as the Nanny.

Clarification:  While you know !Huff has received a second season go from Showtime, what perhaps you didn’t know is the show’s first season is scheduled to kick off on November 7.

The California State Athletic Commission will conduct a hearing today to determine if Fox‘s new reality series, The Next Great Champ, had the appropriate supervision over all of the fights conducted to whittle the contestant group down to one final Champ. According to Variety, production on the series ended last weekend, with producers taping several different endings and announcing several different winners, to confuse the live audience and to abate any leaks as to the identify of the real winner.  No premiere date has been announced.

ABC has changed its short term schedule a bit, placing Extreme Makeover: Home Edition opposite new eps of Trading Spouses on Fox.  While the ABC eps will be repeats, they will include extra footage not seen in the original a well as extra interviews with the show subjects.  The first running of the new sked begins tonight with the Home Edition episode feature Sweet Alice.

Banyan Productions (Trading Spaces, Ambush Makeover) is expanding its operations with the formation of Banyan Entertainment, a new division dedicated to developing and producing original, collectible series for DVD and VOD platforms.  Eric Ritter has been named Vice President of Banyan Entertainment and will oversee operations of the new unit.  The new unit expects to produce 10 titles annually, and thus far there are five projects in pre-production including Are We There Yet?, Celeb Life, and Scared to Death: The Basics of Fear.

Vince Sadusky has been named VP/CFO of LIN TV Corp.  Vince makes the move to LIN from Telemundo where he currently holds the same position. Vince’s appointment becomes effective mid-August 2004.

Two notes from Turner Network SalesSid Eshelman has been upped to SVP/Sales and Marketing.  And Cheryl McFadden has been named Director/Local Ad Sales, overseeing local ad sales campaigns for the Turner networks.

National Geographic Channel (NGC) has named former BET Chief Financial Officer Robert P. Ambrosini as SVP/Finance and Administration.  He will report to Laureen Ong, President, NGC. Robert will be responsible for business and resource development as well as accounting and administration, and overseeing operations and strategic planning for the network.

Friday, July 23, 2004. Fast National Household Ratings for all Networks. Fast affiliate numbers which reflect time period data, not program data, and can change slightly once the finals come in, particularly for LIVE programming (i.e. Football). Source Nielsen Media Research. Time Period Averages Only. [p] = Premiere; [o] = Original; [r] = Repeat

CBS     4.1/8   Joan of Arcadia [r] 3.8/8,  Jag [r] 4.2/8, 48 Hours 4.4/8

ABC     3.8/7   George Lopez [r] 3.5/7,  Married to the Kellys [r] 2.9/6,  Hope and Faith [r] 3.0/6, Life With Bonnie [r] 2.6/5, 20/20 5.3/10

FOX     1.8/4   Bernie Mac [r] 2.2/5,  Method and Red [r] 1.9/4,  The Jury [r] 1.6/3

NBC     5.7/11  Dateline 6.1/12, Las Vegas [r] 4.8/9

UPN     1.6/3   Movie:  Kingdom Come [r] 1.6/3

WB      1.8/4   What I Like [r] 1.6/3, Grounded for Life [r] 1.7/3,  Reba [r] 2.0/4, Reba [r] 2.0/4

A18-49  NBC 2.1/8, ABC 1.8/7, CBS 1.7/6, FOX 1.2/4, WB 1.1/4, UPN 0.8/3

Saturday, July 24, 2004. Fast National Household Ratings for all Networks. Fast affiliate numbers which reflect time period data, not program data, and can change slightly once the finals come in, particularly for LIVE programming (i.e. Football). Source Nielsen Media Research. Time Period Averages Only. [p] = Premiere; [o] = Original; [r] = Repeat

FOX     4.3/9   Cops 3.8/9, Cops [r] 4.1/9, America’s Most Wanted 4.6/9

CBS     3.0/6   Amazing Race [r] 2.3/5, Big Brother 3.4/7, Without a Trace [r] 3.3/7

ABC     3.3/7   Movie: Unbreakable [r] 3.3/7

NBC     2.9/6   Movie: Chicken Run 2.3/5, Law & Order: Criminal Intent [r] 3.9/8

A18-49  FOX 2.2/9, ABC 1.6/6, CBS and NBC 1.4/6

Sunday, July 25, 2004. Fast National Household Ratings for all Networks. Fast affiliate numbers which reflect time period data, not program data, and can change slightly once the finals come in, particularly for LIVE programming (i.e. Football). Source Nielsen Media Research. Time Period Averages Only. [p] = Premiere; [o] = Original; [r] = Repeat

CBS     5.5/10  60 Minutes 6.3/13, Cold Case [r] 6.3/12, Movie: Orient Express [r] 4.6/8

NBC     5.1/9   Dateline 4.4/8, Law & Order: Criminal Intent [r] 5.8/10, Crossing Jordan [r] 5.9/10

ABC     4.0/7   Videos [r] 3.4/7, Videos [r] 4.1/7, Extreme Makeover: Home Ed [r] 4.8/8, The Days 3.7/7

FOX     2.6/5   King of Hill [r] 2.4/5, Malcolm [r] 2.3/5, Simpsons [r] 3.0/6, Arrested Development [r] 2.2/4, The Simple Life [r]              3.1/5, Quintuplets [r] 2.3/4

WB      1.1/2   Steve Harvey’s Big Time [r] 1.2/2, Charmed [r] 1.3/2, Studio 7 [r] 0.9/2

A18-49  ABC 2.6/8, NBC 2.1/7, FOX 2.0/6, CBS 1.5/5, WB 0.7/2


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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  He was the voice of three characters on Linus the Lionhearted from 1964-69; he was on the Dick Van Dyke Show, he was a regular on the Art Linkletter Show and Sid Caesar Invites You. More recently he was Mr. Angel on Good Heavens, and he will voice a character in the upcoming NBC series Father of the Pride.  Who is he?  CARL REINER.  Kudos to: Steve Woodward-UPN/Atlanta; Tim Riviere-WPVI/Philadelphia; Dain Hale-Austin Kelley Adv/Atlanta; Christina Ricucci Owen-Millenia 3 Comm/Atlanta; Mark Meadors-Benefit Advisors/Little Rock; Joe E. Dale-WCIU/Chicago; Gretchen Brady-KDAF/Dallas; Tom Boyd-WGN/Chicago; Stan Justice-Litton Ent/Hermosa Beach; Dean Kraemer-Strand Comm/LA; Phil Olsman-LA Marathon, NBC4/LA; Joe Pedri-KVWB, KFBT/Las Vegas and Brook Peters-YTV/Toronto.

Today’s Trivia Question:  On what show did the action take place in the offices of the Chicago Monthly magazine? (click here to respond to the trivia question and please be sure to include with your answer your name, company, city and time zone. Only the second four correct responses from each time zone will be listed in tomorrow’s kudo list.)

Later — Cyn

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07/27/04 5:16am
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