Tuesday, May 28th, 2013



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Good morning. It’s Tuesday May 28, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC: Extreme Weight Loss at 8p
CBS: Brooklyn DA at 10p
OWN: The Haves and Have Nots at 9p
Spike: Tattoo Nightmares at 10p
TLC: Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost at 9p
Travel: Extreme Parking at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
ABC: Body of Proof at 10p


: Syndication’s most anticipated premiere
GLEE: The pop culture phenomenon comes to weekends
DISH NATION: #1 among all new first-run series
FAMILY FEUD & WENDY WILLIAMS: Powerhouse performers in daytime

Source: NSS, Galaxy Explorer, 2012-13 Season-to-Date thru 4/7/13. Dish Nation #1 rank based on A18-49 Live+SD ratings and includes ties.

News Corp.‘s board of directors has approved a plan to separate the media conglomerate into two publicly traded companies. News Corp.’s publishing business will keep the name News Corp., while its entertainment business will be called 21st Century Fox. Rupert Murdoch and sons James and Lachlan will sit on both boards, while President and COO Chase Carey sits on the board of the entertainment company. The separation is expected to be finalized on June 28.


It’s a Reunion! E! News is reporting that FOX‘s American Idol has inked a deal with its first new judge for season 13: former contestant and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson. The two remaining spots are, reportedly, intended for former Idol contestants, too. Namely, Kelly Clarkson and either Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken. Season 12’s panel, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, will not be returning for next season.

Yahoo has joined the mix of parties interested in Hulu. Bloomberg reports that KKR & Co. and Silver Lake Management, in partnership with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, have submitted bids for the TV streaming site. In addition, Reuters reports that Yahoo submitted a proposal on Friday. Other companies that have offered to purchase Hulu are DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, former News Corp. executive Peter Chernin. and Guggenheim Digital Media. Hulu is a co-venture of Fox/News Corp., Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal/Comcast.

Russell Simmons has inked a two-year overall deal with HBO. The television and music producer will create and develop projects for the network. The agreement reunites Simmons with HBO, which was home to his Def Comedy Jam series (1992-1997, 2006-2008). 

Syfy‘s Paranormal Witness returns on Wednesday, June 5 at 10p with the first of 20 new episodes. Season three begins with The Long Island Terror, featuring intense demonic activity at a house bought by the widow of a New York City Fire Department lieutenant after her husband is killed in the line of duty. The show is produced by Raw TV.

The Voice‘s Blake Shelton has organized and will headline the telethon Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert on May 29 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Miranda Lambert, Reba and Vince Gill are also slated to perform with additional guests to be announced. The concert will be televised live at 9p on NBC, as well as the cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E! and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.

The Real Housewives of New York City might be missing a royal in season six. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps remains the lone holdout in the cast’s salary dispute with Bravo. With production for the show already having begun, de Lesseps’ offer is reportedly for a less prominent role than the one she was originally offered.

Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates:  May 24-26, 2013
Fast & Furious 6 (Universal)                        $98.5 million – opening weekend
Hangover III (Warner Bros.)                        $42.4 million  – opening weekend
Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount)            $38.0 – 2 wk total $146.8m
Epic (20th Century Fox)                             $34.2 million – opening weekend
Iron Man 3 (Disney)                                   $19.4 million – 4 wk total $367.5m
The Great Gatsby  (Warner Bros.)                $13.7-  3 wk total $114.4m
42 (Warner Bros.)                                     $1.2 million –  7 wk total $91.0m
The Croods (20th Century Fox)                   $1.2 million  10 wk total $179.2m
Oblivion (Universal)                                   $.815million – 6 wk total  $87.3m
Oz the Great and Powerful (Disney)             $.629 million – 12 wk total $232.2m
Source: Rentrak

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Yes, there’s a fun side to FEARnet. The network is airing the Reaper Reunion Special on Tuesday, May 28 at 9p. The special reunites stars Bret Harrison, Ray Wise, Rick Gonzalez, Tyler Labine, Christine Willes and Ken Marino discussing behind-the-scenes anecdotes and stories from their time on set, as well as the show’s creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas.

ABC‘s Extreme Weight Loss kicks off its third season on today with a Twitter event. Transformational expert Chris Powell, his wife Heidi, and twin participants David and Rebecca will live tweet through the show’s broadcast from 8 to 10p. Questions and comments can be directed to Chris @realchrispowell; to Heidi at @realheidipowell, to @DavidEWL3 and @BeccaEWL3. The handle and hashtag for the show is: Twitter @EMWeightLoss, #ExtremeWeightLoss, @ABC_Publicity.


National Geographic Channel has ordered six one-hour episodes of Divine Intervention from T Group Productions. The series follows three “church hoppers” who scour America in search of churches and faith-based organizations that are in need of an overhaul. “It’s one of those rare, feel good shows with cross-generational appeal,” said Jenny Daly, President of T Group. “With humor and heart, the series takes the makeover genre into an entirely new space.”


Outdoor Channel has announced the return of Grateful Nation, the series that shares behind-the-scenes stories of disabled veterans who return to their traditional American hunting heritage. Hosted by former Army Airborne Ranger and actor Tim Abell, the new season premieres Wednesday, July 3 at 11:30p.


Detective Olivia Benson will back for next season’s Law & Order: SVU. Mariska Hargitay has signed a new deal to return to the long-running NBC procedural. Hargitay announced the news on Twitter: “Happy weekend. It’s official. Season 15–I’LL BE BACK!”

CCH Pounder (The Shield) has been tapped to appear on a multi-episode arc of FX‘s Sons of Anarchy, when the series returns this fall. Pounder will play Tyne Patterson, a San Joaquin County District Attorney who runs into the area’s violent biker ways. She’ll make her first appearance on the second episode of the show’s new season.


CBS Studios International has inked a new multi-year volume deal giving MTV3 Finland broadcast rights to series, including Reckless, The Millers and Reign, as well as premium content from Showtime. The deal expands the existing relationship, which includes the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation franchise. CBS Studios International has also signed a multi-year multi-platform volume deal with Amedia Russia, giving Amedia telecast rights to  Elementary, Beauty and the Beast and CBSs newfall and midseason series. Amedia will also broadcast the latest premium content from Showtime, including Ray Donovan, The Borgias and House of Lies. In addition, Sky Atlantic HD has finalized a deal with CBS Studios International for the exclusive UK television rights to the US drama series Ray Donovan. The show’s 12-episode first season will launch in July.

Independent Television Service and the World channel have announced the lineup for season six of Global Voices, the critically acclaimed international documentary. The weekly series, which begins airing on Sunday June 2 at 10p, will present the U.S premieres of nine documentaries funded by ITVS, as well as encore presentations of other acclaimed ITVS programs. In addition to the World channel broadcast, each episode will be available online, post air date, beginning the following day for 21-30 days at worldchannel.org. This season’s Global Voices spans the globe to offer rare insights into the lives of people in countries as far away as Indonesia, India, El Salvador, Iraq, Tanzania, Japan and Ethiopia.



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Friday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX won the night among A18-49 viewers Friday with a 1.8/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen was #1 at 2.2/8, while CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men combined at  2.0/7 for the #2 spot. Univision’s Amores Verdaderos took the top spot at 9p at  1.9/6. FOX’s Does Someone Have to Go and ABC’s Motive tied for second at 1.3/4. ABC’s Rookie Blue and Univision’s Que Bonito Amor tied for the top spot at 10p at 1.2/4, followed by Telemenudo’s Senor de los Cielos at 1.1/3.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, May 23, 2013 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.6/8        The Big Bang Theory [r] 5.8/10, Two and a Half Men [r] 5.0/8, Person of Interest [r] 4.4/7, Elementary [r] 3.2/6

ABC: 3.5/6             Wipe Out 2.5/4, Motive 4.1/7, Rookie Blue 4.0/7

FOX: 2.7/5            Hell’s Kitchen 3.4/6,  Does Someone Have to Go 1.9/3

UNI: 1.9/3            Porque el Amor Manda 1.8/3, Amores Verdaderos 2.4/4, Que Bonito Amor 1.6/3

NBC: 1.7/3           Save Me 2.2/4, Save Me 2.0/3, The Office [r] 1.4/2, Parks and Recreation [r] 1.3/2, Hannibal 1.8/3

TEL: 1.0/2             Pasion Prohibida 0.7/1, La Patrona 1.1/2, Senor de los Cielos  1.1/2

ION: 1.0/2             Criminal Minds 0.9/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2

CW: 0.6/1               Vampire Diaries [r] 0.6/1, Beauty and the Beast  [r] 0.5/1

UMA: 0.2/0            Cineplex Fri [7p start r] 0.2/0, Heroes Del Norte  0.2/0, Sin Ellas No Paraiso  0.2/0

A18-49:  FOX 1.8/6, CBS 1.5/5, UNI 1.5/5, ABC 1.2/4, TEL 0.8/2, NBC 0.7/2, ION 0.5/1,  CW 0.3/1, UMA 0.1/1


Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, is leaving the network at the end of June. “I’m extremely grateful that FOX has offered me a new long term contract (and anyone who knows me won’t believe I’m saying this), but I’ve decided it’s time for a change,” said Darnell in a statement. “With my current deal ending in June, and having been here for 18 years (kind of a record in Hollywood), I had to make a decision: either stay (and basically admit to myself I was going to retire at FOX… not a terrible choice) or leave and try something new. I’ve been in ‘Reality’ since before it was even called that, and it has truly been an amazing ride. However, the world has changed drastically over the last few years and now with hundreds of channels and limitless ways to watch television, I’ve decided this was the perfect time to take advantage of the rapidly changing marketplace.” Darnell, who joined FOX in 1994, has overseen the launch of such hit shows as American Idol, The X Factor and Hell’s Kitchen

ABC Media Group has announced that Rachel Miskowiec has joined Katie as Executive Producer. Miskowiec, who last served as a development executive at Telepictures Productions, has an extensive background in daytime television production.  She served as executive producer on The Tyra Banks Show, garnering two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Informative Talk Show, and executive-produced Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers and OWN‘s Your Best Life Now.


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ABC: Extreme Weight Loss [p], Body of Proof [f]
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: Los Angeles [r], Brooklyn DA [p]
CW: Hart of Dixie [r], America’s Next Top Model [r]
FOX: So You Think Your Can Dance
ION: Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
MyTV: House, House
NBC: The Voice,  The Voice, The Office [r]
PBS: In Performance at the White House, CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal, Frontline
Telemundo: Pasion Prohibida, La Patrona, El Senor de los Cielos
UMA: Eragon, Los Heroes Del Norte, Sin Ellas no Hay Paraiso
Univision: Porque el Amor Manda, Amores Verdaderos, Que Bonito Amor

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