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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, October 11, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Court TV has picked up the 13 episodes of Dick Wolf’s off-net series Law & Order: Trial By Jury. The show will make its Court TV debut in December, airing on Saturday evenings from 7-9p. Of the 13 eps, four are crossover eps with Law & Order and feature Jerry Orbach. Those four eps will also be seen on TNT.
Current TV launched on August 1 with 20 million subscribers, and according to its Chairman, Al Gore, plans to raise that bar to 50 million in five years. Ad based Current TV is targeted at a youthful audience, typically 18-34, who are not passive participants, but prefer to become active players in the network. Approx 30% of the network’s programming is created by Citizen Journalists, people armed with a digital camera have created their own 2-10 minute pieces of work and submitted them to the Current TV website. There, they are vetted by online users, voted on and if lucky will appear on the network. In Al Gore’s words, this is all part of Current TV’s process to “democratize the dominant medium of television” and to “restart a multi-way conversation” between the network and its viewers. Current TV is currently carried on DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast Cable, among others.
Weekend Box Office Estimates: October 7-9, 2005
Comedian/actor Louis Nye died on Sunday at the age of 92 after a long struggle with cancer. Most recently Nye was seen on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm as the father of Jeff Garlin’s character. His first television role was on The Steve Allen Show where his line Hi Ho Steverino became a national catchphrase. Through the years, Nye guested on many television series including Love Boat, Starsky & Hutch, Love American Style, The Jackie Gleason Show, Cosby and St.Elsewhere. His also lent his voice to many episodes of Inspector Gadget, and teamed up with Steve Martin on two TV specials.
Okay podcast fans – this one’s for you. Yahoo has launched Yahoo! Podcasts service, which allows users to search and listen to podcasts via the Yahoo player (bypassing iTunes). Users can also download podcasts to their PCs, mp3s etc. (although you will need a media player for playback on your PC). Among the podcasts available – Cynopsis: In Your Ear, Cynopsis: Kids! and Cyn: MCE. Check it out: http://podcasts.yahoo.com/
* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *TLC has ordered two one hour unscripted pilots, both from Red Dog Entertainment. The first called Family Anatomy focuses on the Herreras family who are like most Los Angeles families, that is except they run an independent autopsy agency. And when they aren’t hard at work,t hey have their own family dynamics to deal with. The second pilot is called Tabloid Busters, where a team of experts work to bust the far-fetched and whacked out tabloid headlines (the Kangaroo Lady, two headed dogs, etc.).
CBS has ordered 13 episodes of a new comedy for next season called The Class from David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, and produced by Warner Bros. Television, according to Hollywood Reporter. The Class features an ensemble group of 20-somethings who are brought together after years of not seeing each other since they all attended the same third grade class. The show then follows how the lives of these six continue to intersect. David Crane is one of the creators of Friends; and Jeffrey Klarik a creator of Half & Half.
A casting change in ABC‘s midseason crime drama Evidence – Rob Estes will be joining Martin Landau and Orlando Jones, replacing Nicky Katt. Estes will portray Inspector Sean Cole. Evidence is from John Wells Prods and Warner Bros. Television.
Steven Bochco will be taking over Commander in Chief for ABC, produced by Touchstone Television. Commander in Chief’s exec producer/creator, Rod Lurie stays on with the show, while also developing new series for Touchstone. Bochco will oversee the production.
Paramount Network Television has signed three year production deals with Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, the creative pair who wrote/produced The Sopranos for the past several years. The deal kicks off in June,.
The WB has trimmed its midseason order of Bedford Diaries from its original 13 ep order, back to 8 episodes, including the pilot, says Variety. Bedford Diaries is set in a fictional NYC college, with a high concentration in the class taught by Matthew Modine’s character on elements of sex education. Bedford Diaries is from Levinson-Fontana Co., HBO Indep Prods and Warner Bros. TV.
Exec Producer Mark Tinker has joined HBO’s Deadwood where he will act as exec prod as well as direct several episodes.
Joining the cast of CBS‘ series NCIS is Cote de Pablo as a series regular playing Officer Ziva David, who is an Israeli exchange officer. Her first appearance on the show will be tomorrow night’s episode called Silver War.
Casting Note: USA Network is bringing back NASHVILLE STAR for a fourth season, set to launch in Marh 2006. Auditions will soon be held across the country for men and women over 18 who think they have what it takes. Get the information you need to audition at http://www.usanetwork.com/nashvillestar/ .
* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Patrick Mullen has announced his resignation and will be leaving Tribune Broadcasting. Mullen was President of the group, overseeing Tribune’s 26 local stations. A successor has not yet been named.
Three uppings at MacNeil Lehrer Productions: Lester Crystal has been named President/MacNeil Lehrer Productions after serving as executive producer of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer for the past 22 years. Lester will focus on identifying and executing strategies to secure long-term corporate and non-profit production funding of The NewsHour as well as developing other programming and multi-media projects. Linda Winslow has been upped to Executive Producer/The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. And Dan Werner has been named Executive Producer/MacNeil Lehrer Productions. Dan will concentrate on two MLP endeavors — the By the People civic engagement project, and the.News, a non-commercial venture developed to provide a daily, multi-media news feed to middle and high school students nationwide.
Red Dog Entertainment has named Brian Fassett as its first VP/Production. Brian will be responsible for running the New York operations and liaising with Los Angeles on company production.
* RATINGS *Thursday — A18-49 Analysis: CBS nearly sucks all the air out of Thursday night, or at the least nearly all the A18-49 viewers. According to final numbers from Nielsen Media Research, CBS averaged a 7.7/20 A18-49 for the night, followed distantly by NBC 4.7/12, Fox 2.5/7, ABC and WB 2.2/6, and UPN 1.4/4. At 8p Survivor led with a 6.3/17. Joey/Will & Grace were #2 with a 3.4/9, Smallville and Alias tying at a 7 share, and Everybody Hates Chris at a 2.2/6. CSI at 9 dominated with a 9.8/24, and Without a Trace beat ER for the first time wtih a 6.8/17 vs. ER’s 6.3/16. The game on Fox ended at 11:06p and drew an overall 2.5/7 in the demo.
FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS: Thursday, October 6, 2005, for all Networks – program averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 14.1/22 Survivor: Guatemala 10.8/17, CSI 17.8/27, Without a Trace 13.7/22
NBC 7.1/11 Joey 5.2/8, Will & Grace 5.9/9, The Apprentice 6.5/10, ER 9.3/15
FOX 5.3/8 Major League Baseball Division Playoff Game #2 Houston v. Atlanta (11:06p) 5.3/8
ABC 4.4/7 Alias 5.1/8, Night Stalker 3.9/6, Primetime 4.3/7
WB 3.1/5 Smallville 3.6/6, Everwood 2.6/4
UPN 2.4/4 Everybody Hates Chris 3.8/6, Love Inc. 2.1/3, Eve 2.0/3, Cuts 1.8/3
A18-49 CBS 7/7/20, NBC 4.7/12, Fox 2.5/7, ABC and WB 2.2/6, UPN 1.4/4
Friday — A18-49 Analysis: CBS led on Friday night with an overall 2.8/9 A18-49 according to fast affiliate numbers from Nielsen. At 8p Ghost Whisperer on CBS led with a 2.8/10, while ABC and Fox averaged a 6 share. At 9p CBS and NBC tied, each posting a 7 share, with ABC close behind with a 6 share. The debut of Hot Properties on ABC at 930p delivered a 2.2/6, on par with its Hope & Faith lead-in (1.9/6) and ranking 3rd behind NBC and CBS. At 10p ABC’s 20/20 tied with CBS’ Numb3rs, each earning a 9 share. NBC followed with a 7 share (up from last week’s Inconceivable which averaged a 5 share).
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Friday, October 7, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 6.6/11 Ghost Whisperer 7.3/13, Threshold 5.4/9, Numb3rs 7.1/12
NBC 4.8/8 Three Wishes (2-hours) 4.7/8, L & O: Criminal Intent 5.0/9
ABC 4.6/8 Supernanny 4.0/7, Hope & Faith 3.9/7, Hot Properties [p] 4.2/7, 20/20 5.9/10
FOX 2.8/5 The Bernie Mac Show2.5/5, Malcolm in the Middle 2.2/4, Killer Instinct 3.1/5
UPN 2.6/4 Friday Night Smackdown 2.6/4
WB 1.7/3 What I Like About You 1.5/3, Twins 1.6/3, Reba 2.1/4, Living with Fran 1.7/3
A18-49 CBS 2.8/9, ABC 2.3/7, NBC 2.1/6, Fox 1.6/5, UPN 1.5/5, WB 1.1/3
Saturday — A18-49 Analysis: NBC was in front on Saturday night with a fist full of repeats earning a 2.4/7 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen. NBC either won or tied every hour of prime. At 8p NBC and Fox tied at a 6 share. At 9p it was NBC tied with CBS, each delivering an 8 share. And at 10p, NBC was all alone on top with a 2.8/8. The game on Fox posted a 1.9/6 A18-49.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Saturday, October 8, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
CBS 5.9/11 NCIS [r] 4.5/8, CSI: Miami [r] 6.8/12, 48 Hours Mystery 6.3/11
NBC 4.2/7 Most Outrageous Moments 3.5/7, My Name is Earl [r] 3.3/6, My Name is Earl [r] 3.7/6, My Name is Earl [r] 3.7/6, Law & Order: SVU [r] 5.4/10
FOX 4.0/7 MLB: Division Playoffs Braves v. Astros 4.0/7
ABC 2.6/5 Lost [r] 2.5/5, Invasion [r] 2.4/4, Desperate Housewives [r] 2.9/5
A18-49 NBC 2.4/7, CBS 2.2/7, Fox 1.9/6, ABC 1.3/4
Sunday — A18-49 Analysis: ABC dominated Sunday night, as usual, with an overall 7.0/17 A18-49 rating according to fast affiliate ratings. (Fast Affiliate Ratings from Nielsen Media Research do not take into account sports runover (i.e., NFL and/or MLB), but rather measure only time period averages, not program averages.) The game on Fox between the Yankees and the Angels drew an overall 4.5/11, ranking #2 behind ABC for the night. At 7p Fox kicked off the night with NFL runover for the first hour delivering a 6.2/18 from 7-8p. ABC’s AFHV was #2 with a 3.0/9. At 8p ABC’s EM: Home Edition earned a 6.1/15, five share points ahead of both CBS and Fox. At 9p Desperate Housewives left the others cold with a 10.9/24, tripling its closest competitors – Fox and NBC. At 10p ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy dominated with an 8.2/19, well ahead of the final hour of the baseball game on Fox earning a 4.3/10.
Fast Affiliate Ratings: Sunday, October 9, 2005, for all Networks – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research.
ABC 10.4/16 America’s Funniest Home Videos 5.3/9, Extreme Makeover 8.7/13, Desperate Housewives 15.7/23, Grey’s Anatomy 12.0/19
FOX 7.8/12 Fox Sports Special: Major League Baseball Division Playoff Game #4 – Yankees vs. Angels 7.8/12
CBS 7.3/11 60 Minutes 7.4/13, Cold Case 10.3/16, Movie: The Hunt for the BTK Killer 5.7/9
NBC 6.8/10 Dateline NBC 5.4/9, The West Wing 5.3/8, Law & Order: CI 8.0/12, Crossing Jordan 8.4/13
WB 1.8/3 Reba [r] 1.4/2, Reba [r] 1.8/3, Charmed 2.5/4, Blue Collar 1.6/2, Blue Collar [r] 1.4/2
A18-49 ABC 7.0/17, Fox 4.5/11, NBC 3.0/7, CBS 2.8/7, WB 1.1/3
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