Tuesday, July 31st, 2012



Braxton Family Values, the series that made
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Get Your Feelings Out!
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Source: Nielsen, Live+SD. 11/10/11-3/1/12, excl. 11/24/11. Thurs 8p-11p, W18-49 & W18-34 (000s). Women’s nets: Lif, LMN, Oxy, Soap, Style, Bravo, E!, OWN, TLC, Hall, VH1. Subject to qualifications upon request.


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, July 31, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
HGTV: Design Star All Stars at 9p
Oxygen: All the Right Moves at 9p
Spike TV: Rat Bastards at 1030p

Tonight’s Finales:
ABC Family: Jane By Design at 9p
National Geographic Channel: American Colony at 10p
WE tv: Kendra on Top at 10p


Joss Whedon’s web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will premiere this fall on The CW.  Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick-Harris star in the series which launches October 9 at 9p.

At its TCA press tour yesterday, Showtime’s President/Entertainment David Nevins said The Big C will complete its run with a limited fourth season.  The Big C’s final season starring Laura Linney will have four total episodes.  This fall, Showtime will bring back the interview series Inside Comedy hosted by David Steinberg with 10 new episodes.  The comedy special Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex will air in August and will be the basis of a possible series starring Wilmore (Daily Show).  Nevins also said Dexter is expected to end after the next two seasons that Showtime has ordered though did not announce a firm end date.  In addition, Showtime will make its TV Everywhere app, Showtime Anytime available by first quarter 2013.

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) is ramping up with another original series this year titled Plane Xtreme.  The docu-series sports four half-hour episodes premiering October 15 at 9p with repeats at 11p.  Plane Xtreme follows the Wings of Eagles Aircraft Delivery based in Tampa comprised of a group of elite pilots who risk their lives flying planes through various weather conditions to deliver small, general aviation aircraft to remote locations around the world.  The series is produced by Spectrum Productions.

A new season of VH1’s music video franchise, Pop Up Video is back August 6 at 12p.  The new season offers more musical trivia, insight and comments popped into music videos.  Pop Up Video was nominated for two 2012 Creative Arts Entertainment Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class Series and Outstanding Special Class Writing.  The series was originally co-created by Woody Thompson, executive producer for Eyeboogie.

Original reality series Fight Factory debuts with stacked episodes on nuvoTV beginning August 15 at 10p.  The series offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at mixed martial arts (MMA) here in America.

Season six of Investigation Discovery’s series Deadly Women begins August 17 at 10p.   During the new season, more stories about female murderers motivated by jealously, revenge, desperation and greed will be profiled with expert commentary by former FBI criminal profiler Candice DeLong.  Each episode of Deadly Women highlights three related stories.  The series is produced for Investigation Discovery by Beyond Entertainment Ltd.

Producer/writer Ryan Murphy, and creator of FOX’s Glee, will be the recipient of the 2012 International Emmy Founders Award which recognizes an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.  Ryan will receive his honor at the 40th International Emmy Awards Gala on November 19 in New York City. 

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Singer Ricky Martin, who is currently starring in a Broadway revival of Evita inked a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal.  The deal involving Martin will have him develop his own starring vehicle for network TV.  Martin also recently appeared in an episode of FOX’s Glee.

CBS gave a pilot production commitment to Hart Hanson, creator of FOX’s Bones and its spinoff series The Finder, for a one-hour crime drama titled Backstrom.  The drama is based on the books by Swedish criminologist/novelist Leif G.W. Persson.  Backstrom will be produced by 20th Television with Hanson serving as writer and EP along with Persson and his Scandanivan literary agent Niclas Salomonsson. 

FOX ordered two comedy scripts from Ryan Reynolds, one is live-action and the other is animated, reports TVLine.  The animated project is titled Lowe Rollers about a family trying to remain normal while it runs a Titanic-themed casino on hard times in the middle of Sin City.  Mark Torgove, Paul Kaplan and Ash Brannon are writing.  The live-action project is untitled about a disgraced hotel-industry big-wig who is exiled to a lower-level airport hotel and forced to manage an eccentric staff.  Both projects are executive produced by Reynolds, Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay, Jonathon Komack Martin, Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl.

Showtime’s President/Entertainment David Nevins and Ron Howard’s Imagine TV are teaming on a new period drama series about Aztecs and Spanish Conquistadors titled Conquest.  The plot will be centered on Spanish Conquistador Herman Cortes who led the Spanish conquest in Mexico and battled against Moctezuma II, the last ruler of the Aztec Empire.  Imagine TV is producing with 20th Century Fox Television’s cable division Fox21. 

A new scripted pilot with the working title, HR was ordered for 2013 by Lifetime.  HR is about an uptight Director of Human Resources working for a global company who after receiving a head injury, takes on a new liberated managerial style that is embraced by some and is a threat to others.  Glenn Porter is writing the script and the project is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan and Kapital Entertainment (Terra Nova, The Neighbors, GCB) and is co-executive produced by Porter and Michael Lohmann.

Production has commenced in Vancouver on three miniseries projects that will be distributed as part of Sonar Entertainment’s new Disaster Pack collection of five original miniseries available later this year.  Ring of Fire, starring Michael Vartan, Lauren Lee Smith, Terry O’Quinn and Agam Darshi and Eve of Destruction, starring Steven Weber, Christina Cox and Treat Williams are both produced by Reunion Pictures while Delete, starring Keir Gilchrist, Matt Frewer, Janet Kidder, Erin Karpluk, Gil Bellows and Ryan Robbins is produced by Brightlight Pictures.


Late last week, India’s oldest and largest news network, New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV) filed a lawsuit in a New York court against Nielsen.  NDTV claims Nielsen has violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by manipulating viewership data in favor of channels that are willing to offer bribes to its officials.  NDTV further attests that manipulation of viewership data has been happening for eight years and when evidence was presented to Nielsen earlier this year, top executives at Nielsen said they would make changes which, according to NDTV have not happened.  As a result, NDTV is seeking billions of dollars in damages from Nielsen and demanding that Nielsen be told to leave India.



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Friday A18-49 Analysis:  NBC dominated Friday primetime with a 12.2/38 among A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen.  NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics’ Opening Ceremony in London led with stellar ratings during 8p at 13.0/43 while Univision’s Por Ella Soy Eva came in a distant #2 at 1.0/3.  At 9p, NBC’s ratings for the Summer Olympics’ Opening Ceremony tapered off a bit to a 12.9/38 though still outshone next in line Univision with Abismo de Pasion at 1.4/4.  NBC then posted an 11.7/34 for the third hour of the Summer Olympics’ Opening Ceremony coverage at 10p and Univision once again remained in second place, this time with La Que No Podia Amar at 1.8/5.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, July 27, 2012 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

NBC: 21.0/37        2012 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony 21.0/37


ABC: 2.2/4              Shark Tank [r] 1.7/3, 20/20 [r] 2.2/4, 20/20 [r] 2.8/5

CBS: 2.2/4              Undercover Boss [r] 2.0/4, CSI: NY [r] 1.9/3, Blue Bloods [r] 2.6/4

UNIV: 2.2/4            Por Ella Soy Eva 1.3/2, Abismo de Pasion 1.9/3, La Que No Podia Amar 2.4/4

FOX: 1.0/2              House [r] 0.9/2, Bones [r] 1.2/2

TELE: 0.8/1             Rosa Diamante 0.7/1, Corazon Valiente 0.8/1, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal 0.9/2

ION: 0.6/1              Cold Case 0.7/1, Cold Case 0.6/1, Cold Case 0.5/1

CW: 0.3/1               Nikita [r] 0.4/1, Nikita [r] 0.3/1

TF: 0.2/0                Cine en Familia Fri [r 7p start] 0.2/0, Cine de Las Estrellas Fri 0.2/0

A18-49:  NBC 12.2/38, UNIV 1.6/5, ABC 0.8/2, CBS 0.6/2, FOX 0.6/2, TELE 0.6/2, ION 0.3/1, CW 0.1/0, TF 0.1/0



Cynthia Turner, founder of Cynopsis Media 15 years ago, is stepping down from the company and will become Editor Emeritus of Cynopsis.  Following Access Intelligence’s acquisition of Cynopsis Media one year ago, Cynthia has been working with the Cynopsis team to transfer editorial management to Editor Lisa Ball and the overall strategic and business management of all Cynopsis properties to Diane Schwartz, SVP of Cynopsis Media and the Media Entertainment Group at Access Intelligence and to recently-named Group Publisher, Denise O’Connor, VP/Marketing and Sales, Mike Farina and Director/Content and Operations, Trish PihonakCynthia, thank for the great ride. From the entire staff, we wish you well.  You will be dearly missed.

Meredith Ahr was handed a promotion from NBC to become EVP/Alternative Programming, NBC Entertainment.  In her new role, Meredith will continue to head NBC’s alternative development both internally and sourced from NBC’s partnerships in the creative community.  She will also have creative oversight of Universal Television’s reality producers to boost the studio’s lineup of productions involving unscripted projects.  Meredith will continue to report to Paul Telegdy, President/Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC.

Knoxville-based Jupiter Entertainment elevated Robert Twilley to SVP/GM, effective immediately.  Robert will have oversight of all staffing, legal, financial and production operations of the company’s offices in Knoxville, Los Angeles and New York.   Robert previously served as Jupiter’s VP/Director of Operations and has been with the company since 1998.

Effective immediately, Bob Peterson advanced to VP/Station Operations by Young Broadcasting, LLC for its broadcast group.  Bob will be based in Nashville and reports to Deborah McDermott, President, Young Broadcasting, LLC. 

CBS Interactive China named Daisy Wei as Director/Legal and she represents CBS Corporation’s first in-house counsel hire in China.  Daisy will be based in Beijing and reports to Julia Apostle, Director/Legal Operations, CBS Interactive International.

Insight Strategy Group upped Ally Aleman to Senior Manager and Nathan Cooper as Quantitative Analyst.  Ally has been with the company since 2011 and Nathan joined in 2010.



Cynopsis: Kids 10-year Anniversary Special e-Report

August 8, 2012

Celebrating this beloved daily edition’s 10 year anniversary, this special e-Report will overview the last decade and examine what the future holds for the dynamic kids media industry.

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This day in History: 2007 – Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of Jan Brady’s imaginary boyfriend? George Glass. Kudos to: R J Cavallaro-Mills James Productions/Columbus; Barbara Potasky-NBC Universal/NY; Karyn Schultheiss-TouchPoint Integrated Communications, LLC/Darien, CT; Adam Leston-WDJT/Milwaukee; KevinSchmidt-NCC Media/Chicago; Andi Leston-Sportsman Channel/New Berlin, WI; Robert Venusti-Comcast Spotlight/Englewood, Co; Steven Wishnoff-KLCS-TV PBS/LA; Joel Metzger-Ice Box Logic/LA; Tricia Porter-Corporate Vision Crafters/San Ramon, CA; Elizabeth Brown-The Kitchen Vixen/Santa Monica.

Today’s Trivia Question: Which NFL team drafted Bonanza’s Dan Blocker? (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: The Middle [r], Last Man Standing [r], Wipeout [r], NY Med
AZTECA: Quiero Ser Grupero, Al Extremo, Futbol de la Liga Mexicana
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: LA [r], Person of Interest
CW: Hart of Dixie, L.A. Complex
FOX: Master Chef [r]
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC: Summer Olympics
PBS: History Detectives, The War
TELE: Rosa Diamante, Corazon Valiente, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal; El Rostro de la Venganza
UNIV: Por Ella Soy Eva; Abismo de Pasion, La Que No Podia Amar

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