Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
In its opening weekend:  $101.4 million*

Available exclusively from Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution
WBDCD.com: Get with the programming  online.*Domestic estimate



Good morning.  It’s Tuesday, November 22, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

As expected, CBS has picked up the back nine of Close to Home, it’s drama series which recently enjoyed two well-received weeks on Friday nights following Ghost Whisperer where it averaged a 3.2/10 among Adults 18-49, up two share points from its Tuesday time period. Additionally, following the why-mess-with-success theory, Close to Home will now stay on Fridays at 9p.  Close to Home is from Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. TV.  As for Threshold (Paramount Network TV) now airing on Tuesday’s at 10p, the show originally received a 13 episode order, and last month had three more scripts ordered.

And on board for a third season will be NBC’s The Biggest Loser (Reveille LLC, 25/7 Productions, 3 Ball Productions and NBC Universal Television Studio).  The show currently airs on Tuesdays at 8p and thus far this season has averaged a 3.6/10 A18-49 with 8.8 million viewers.

Tonight’s Premiere:
: Holiday Home Invasion at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
ABC:  ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel
(of course, the show continues, Koppel exits) at 11:35p
MTV: Real World Austin at 10p

* MORE GOOD STUFF *Lifetime has picked up the basic cable rights of the NBC drama series Medium, from Paramount Domestic Television.  Lifetime will begin airing the off-net series in 2009.  Medium is from creator/exec producer Glenn Gordon Caron and is produced by Picturemaker Productions, Inc. in association with Grammnet Productions and Paramount Network Television.

As of January 1, digital cable network TRIO will no longer exist – as a television service.  Instead it will be re-launched as a broadband initiative under the BravoTV.com banner, designed to become the internet’s destination for arts and pop culture. TRIO programs – including Brilliant, But Cancelled, OUTzone and its various OTOs – all will be carried on the new alternative and exclusive platform.

Fox Reality Channel has gained carriage on the Echostar DISH Network satellite service, effective immediately. A variety of off-net series are carried on the network, and as announced just yesterday, the channel has ordered its first original series Solitary. Solitary puts its players through a variety of personal punishments including solitary confinement and sleep deprivation.

More clearances for King World‘s new syndicated daytime talker for Fall 2006 – Rachel Ray.  The show has now been cleared in New York and Philadelphia, both on the local ABC stations, WABC and WPVI.  Other clearances to date include KCBS/LA, WBBM/Chicago, WBZ/Boston, WTVD/Raleigh-Durham, WJRT/Flint, WTVG/Toledo and KFSN/Fresno.

New York’s WB11, the Tribune-owned WB affiliate, will air up to 25 New York Mets games beginning next year.  WB11 signed a three year deal with SportsNet New York (SNY), the new network set to launch this spring as home to the New York Mets as well as the NY Jets.  The deal with WB11 also includes the local station carrying promotional messages on-air, in print and on its website.  Financial deal points were not disclosed.  The games will be produced by SNY, and providing play-by-play coverage will be Gary Cohen, SNY’s voice of the Mets.

Verizon FiOS‘ second market to debut its 330+ channel service will be in Herndon, Virginia, outside of Washington DC. The service launches this week. The first market to carry Verizon FiOS was Keller, Texas which launched in late September.

* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *America‘s Next Top Model is headed north.  The 10 x 10 Entertainment /Bankable Productions program has sold the format rights to Chum TV in Canada in a deal cut with CBS Paramount International Television.  Set to host the Canadian version will be supermodel Tricia Helfer.  Canada’s Next Top Model will debut in May, produced by Temple Street Prods and May Street Prods, in association with CBS Paramount Int’l TV and Chum TV.  The search for models began yesterday in Canada.

The U.K. version of E! Entertainment Television‘s The Soup will debut on November 25 during primetime.  The new Celebrity Soup will be a weekly 30-minute program with comedian Iain Lee as host.  It will air on Sky and NTL.  Optimistic Entertainment and its CEO, David Brook, will exec produce the U.K. version.

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Lifetime Entertainment Services has named Trez Thomas as VP/Creative Director.  In her new role, Trez  will oversee all broadcast design for Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, along with Lifetime Real Women. She is based in New York and reports to Gerry Logue, SVP/Executive Creative Director.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has named Cheryl Daly as Director/Communications. Peter Price, President, made the announcement.  Cheryl will oversee communications for the Emmy Awards, including the Daytime Emmy, Sports Emmy and News and Documentary Emmy, as well as the professional organization’s other educational initiatives, including the National  Academy of Television Arts and Sciences  Foundation. 

Jennifer Jones has been named Director/Business Development and Strategy for GSN.  Based at GSN’s Santa Monica headquarters, Jennifer is charged with the development and implementation of new business initiatives and industry partnerships. She will also focus on corporate strategy and growth opportunities for the network.

* RATINGS*Nov Sweep: Day #18 – Sunday — A18-49 Analysis:  ABC led the Sunday night charge with an overall 7.6/18 among A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research.  CBS was #2 with a 4.3/10, followed by Fox 3.8/9, NBC 3.1/7, WB 1.3/3. At 7p CBS had the tail end of the football game, as well as 60 Minutes, and earned a 6.4/17 for the 7-8p hour. Both ABC and NBC tied at a 9 share. At 8p ABC was in front, where it stayed for the remainder of the night.  EM: Home Edition delivered a 6.7/16, five share points ahead of #2 Fox with Simpsons and War at Home.  At 9p Desperate Housewives blew away the competition with an 11.0/24, 15 share points ahead of Family Guy/American Dad on Fox. At 10p Grey’s Anatomy scored a winning 9.5/23, again 15 share points ahead of NBC’s final hour of its original movie The Poseidon Adventure.

Fast Affiliate Ratings: Sunday, November 20, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research. 

ABC     11.5/17  AFHV 6.8/11, EM: Home Edition 10.2/15, Desperate Housewives 16.0/23, Grey’s Anatomy  13.3/21

CBS     10.9/17  60 Minutes 13.3/21, Cold Case 11.8/17, Movie: Snow Wonder 9.3/14

NBC     5.9/9    NASCAR [3] 5.8/9, NBC Movie: The Poseidon Adventure 6.1/9

FOX     4.8/7    The Simpsons[r] 3.5/6, King of the Hill 4.1/6, The Simpsons 6.0/9, The War at Home 4.9/7, Family Guy 5.2/7, American Dad 4.7/7

WB      1.9/3    Reba [r] 1.7/3, Reba [r] 2.1/3, Charmed 2.8/4, Supernatural [r] 1.5/2

A18-49            ABC 7.6/18, CBS 4.3/10, Fox 3.8/9, NBC 3.1/7, WB 1.3/3



New Evidence of Anti-aging DNA on Court TV® Forensic Files® !

The History Channel
presents This Day in History:
1963 – John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Just having reached his first 1,000 days in office, Kennedy’s promise was cut short as the nation looked on in horror. The youngest President ever elected in the United States, Kennedy was also the youngest to die at the age of 43.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question, courtesy of John P. Turner, IV–OM/Stratford:  Here’s the movie description:  1999 film, company called Inotech, a guy whose life is in total turmoil, and a really frustrating copy machine. Oh, and a bright red stapler.  What film is it? OFFICE SPACE    Kudos to:   Brenda Carty-OMD/NY; Synda Kollman-NBC/NY; John Harman-Screenvision/NY; Jay Jay Nesheim-Playboy/NY; Kelly Gale-Cuneo Advertising; Dave Lough-Charter Advertising/St Louis; Lucie Prann-The Richards Group/Dallas; Rachelle Westlund-Cuneo Advertising/Bloomington MN; Darlene Lieblich Tipton-Fox Cable Networks/LA; Al Ovadia-Al Ovadia & Associates Inv/Hidden Hills CA; Peter Keir-Horizon Media/LA; Tamar Seff-NBC Universal/Universal City; Guillaume Bouquet-France Televisions/Paris


Another new episode of Forensic Files® airs tonight proving that the series that made the case for Court TV® keeps getting better with age. That’s why Young, Smart, Involved viewers are tuning in  so why don’t you? Advertisers who want to learn more about our other programs and marketing ideas, check out www.courttvmediakit.com

Today’s Trivia Question:
In the film 13 Going on 30, starring Jennifer Garner stars as a young woman, reliving her high school days back in the 1980s.  During the scene when she begins to dance at a work-related party, she imitates the dancers of what music video? (click here 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.)


Some Girls Get a nose job for their Birthday.


Daddy’s Spoiled Little Girl – Premieres December 14th at 10p ET
Another True Original from WE.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT:  Tuesday, November 22, 2005

ABC              American Music Awards
CBS              NCIS, The Amazing Race, Threshold
FOX              Bones, House
NBC              The Biggest Loser, My Name is Earl, The Office, L&O: SVU
i                      Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Early Edition, Doc
UPN              America’s Next Top Model [r], America’s Next Top Model [r]
WB               Gilmore Girls, Supernatural
TELE             El Cuerpo del Deseo, Corazon Partido, Decisiones
UNIV             Contra Viento y Maria, La Esposa Virgen, Casos de la Vida Real: Edicion Especial

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