Tuesday, October 9th, 2007



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Good Morning.  It’s Tuesday, October 9, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Being showcased on Oprah worked well for Dr. Phil, so now Dr. Phil will showcase others in hopes they’ll become the next big hit for syndication and CBS TV DistributionThe Doctors features a panel of five medical experts who will discuss a variety of medical issues.  Couched as a Dr. Phil spinoff, the doctors will be seen several times this season on Dr. Phil to introduce them to viewers. Casting of the five medical experts is still underway.

Tonight’s Premieres:
MTV: A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila



Mark your calendar – Drew Carey makes his debut as new host of CBS’ The Price Is Right when the 36th season of the game show opens October 15.

USA Network’s seventh season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent last Thursday night (10p) drew in 1.7 million A18-49 viewers, 1.9 million A25-54 viewers and 3.8 million total viewers.

Retro Television Network (RTN) is teaming up with Barrington Broadcasting Group to launch three new RTN affiliates this Thursday on the digital streams of WNWO-NBC/Toledo; KXRM-FOX/Colorado Springs; and WPBN-NBC/Traverse City. RTN is nationally owned and distributed by Equity Media Holdings Corporation.

ION Media Networks, Inc. made an affiliate distribution deal with Mediacom which includes carriage of ION Television Network and the digital launch of qubo and ION Life networks to Mediacom’s national cable customers.

It’s the fall semester and you know what that means — Cynopsis Weekender College Edition is coming back on November 15th!  Here’s how it works — if you’re currently a college student here or abroad, submit to Cynopsis your essay of 350 words or less on any topic relating to television.  If your essay is one of four chosen as the most insightful, original, humorous and/or well-written, it will included in a special College Edition of Weekender.  All four winning essay writers are awarded $350.  Hello!  Did you hear that?  $350 bucks!  All entries must be emailed no later than Friday, November 9th to me at
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IMHO:  Life is Wild is an updated Daktari, sans Clarence the cross-eyed lion. Basically, it’s 7th Heaven meets Born Free.  Not that that’s a bad thing, but may not be a widely viewed thing. I’m just sayin’.


Spike TV signed a talent and production two-year agreement with multi-media automotive and motorcycle guru Jesse James, President of Payupsucker Productions and Payupsucker Publications. The deal includes two specials and two primetime pilots per year produced by Payupsucker Productions. In addition, the pilot Metal Church, a hands-on show featuring Jesse’s welding and fabricating skills is part of the deal. The first special is scheduled to air second quarter 2008 with Jesse appearing on the show and serving as executive producer.

A new series for Sci Fi Ghost Hunters International – is set to debut in first quarter.  As the name implies, the show follows our intrepid team of ghost hunters across the pond as they attempt to shed light on some of the most notorious haunted locations.  This project comes from Pilgrim Films and Television.
A new workplace comedy is in development at HBOIntelligence stars Bradley Cooper and Patton Oswalt and is set in a counter-intelligence unit, says Hollywood Reporter.

ABC Family‘s newest project The Middleman about a woman who is hired by a secret government agency to fight comic book villains, has named Natalie Morales to the female lead, and Matt Kesslar as a superhero who is also known as the Middleman. 

Joining the cast of 24 in the upcoming season as a recurring character will be Carly Pope as the president’s son’s girlfriend.

Atlas Media Corp. signed a book deal with Crown Publishing Group based on the company’s original television series Dr. G: Medical Examiner which is in its fourth season on Discovery Health Channel. In this new deal, Atlas will develop a second TV book by Dr. Jan Garavaglia, How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer and Healthier from America’s Favorite Medical Examiner. The new book will use modern forensic pathology to teach viewers how to lead a longer more healthy life.



Most-watched telecast in CMT’s history among the key P18-49 demo & Total Viewers (P2+)

More than 3.1 million Total Viewers, DALE ranks as the most-watched cable telecast for the day among P18-49 & Total Viewers

Across its three plays, DALE posted a cume of 9.8 million total viewers (cume P2+ / one minute qualifier)

Source: Nielsen Media Research. Based on all historical CMT telecasts & Competitive Cable Networks Total Day for 9/4/07. P18-49, Live+7 (000). Subject to qualifications upon request.


MTV advanced Momita Sengupta to SVP/MTV Series Production and Andy Portnoy to VP/MTV Series Production. Both will supervise the production of pilots and series, however, Momita will be based in Los Angeles and will specifically handle West Coast projects and Andy, based in New York, will manage East Coast projects. Both will report to Chris Linn, SVP/Series Development and Programming, MTV.

NFL Network Committee appointed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as Chairman. This committee acts as the executive board of the league’s television service that operates year-round.

Debrah Lederman joined Zula USA, LLC, creator of The Zula Patrol children’s TV series, as VP/Marketing.

Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. named Larry Greenberg as SVP/Acquisitions to head up efforts to expand the company’s film and television library.  Previously with Showtime Networks as VP/Acquisitions, he will now be based in LA and report to Berry Meyerowitz, Peace Arch Home Entertainment’s President.

Laurent Dumeau has been pulled in as VP/Commercial and Network Development EMEA for NBC Universal’s Global Networks division.  In this newly created role based in Paris, he will over new channel business development in new territories across EMEA. Laurent will report to Greg Matson, Global Networks’ SVP/Commercial and Network Development. 


Today in Cynopsis Kids

  • 9 Story moves into live action
  • Aardman is producing Timmy, a preschool series
  • New Corp’s Fox International Channels acquires BabyTV

Today in Cynopsis International

  • FremantleMedia Enterprises inks 4-year partnership with Nelvana Enterprises
  • Animal Planet International to rollout a new global programming slate
  • Lots of Monday’s MIPCOM news from Disney-ABC International Television, VOOM HD Networks, and others

Today in Cynopsis Digital, listen to the audio version here or subscribe to the iTunes Cyn Digital podcast 

  • Google to use AdSense to syndicate and monetize user generated video
  • MSN makes its first acquisition Newsvine, the latest social news site to get snapped up
  • Jammie Thomas ordered to pay $222,000 in damages, reaches to the web for help


Sunday – A18-49 Analysis: NBC drove home a win Sunday night with 5.6/15 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. During 7p, CBS with its NFL Postgame/60 Minutes and NBC with Football Night in America tied for first at 2.9/9 apiece, while the season opener of ABC’s AFV was second with 2.6/8. The rest of the night belonged solely to NBC and its Chicago vs. Green Bay game: at 8p NBC did a 6.0/15 while the series debut of CW’s Life Is Wild posted a 0.4/1; NBC’s ratings soared to 6.8/16 at 9p then held steady through 10p at 6.8/18.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, October 7, 2007 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

NBC: 8.4/14          Football Night in America 4.5/8, Sunday Night Football: Chicago at Green Bay 9.7/15

ABC: 7.8/13        America’s Funniest Home Videos [p] 5.1/9, EM: Home Edition 7.0/11, Desperate Housewives 11.1/17, Brothers & Sisters 8.2/14

CBS: 7.6/12          NFL Postgame/60 Minutes 7.4/13, 60 Minutes 7.2/11, Cold Case 8.3/13, Shark 7.4/12

FOX: 3.7/6            King of the Hill [r] 2.4/4, The Simpsons [r] 3.2/5, The Simpsons 4.3/7, King of the Hill 3.5/5, Family Guy 4.9/7, American Dad 3.9/6

UNIV: 1.1/2          Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2007 1.1/2, Buscando a Timbiriche-La Nueva Banda Semifinales 1.2/2

CW: 0.9/2             CW Now 0.7/1, Online Nation 0.6/1, Life Is Wild [p] 1.2/2, America’s Next Top Model 1.0/2

TELE: 0.4/1          El Maravilloso Mundo de Disney 0.3/1, Cine Millonario 0.5/1

A18-49: NBC 5.6/15, ABC 4.4/12, FOX 2.9/8, CBS 2.6/7, UNIV 0.8/2, CW 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1



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This Day in History: 1701 – The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven. The name was later changed to Yale.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: In a 1981 television ad, what was the brand name of the product Meg Ryan “cheered” for? AIM TOOTHPASTE Kudos to:  Josie Kamras-Freelance Producer/NJ; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing/NY; Rich Hollis-World Wrestling Entertainment/Stamford, CT; Jessica Miller-The Martin Agency/NY; Kandy Hartsfield-KDAF/Dallas; Phillip B. Gittelman-Personal Management/West Hollywood; Lorrie Shilling-DIRECTV/El Segundo, CA

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Tuesday, October 9, 2007

ABC: Cavemen, Carpoolers, Dancing with the Stars (Results), Boston Legal
CBS: NCIS, The Unit, Cane
CW: Beauty and the Geek, Reaper
FOX: Bones, House
ION: Mama’s Family, Perfect Strangers, Who’s The Boss?, Who’s The Boss?, Wonder Years, Wonder Years
MNT: The Academy [r], Jail, Jail [r]
NBC: Singing Bee, The Biggest Loser, Law & Order: SVU
PBS: Nova, P.O.V.
TELE: Madre Luna, La Esclava Isaura, Pecados Ajenos
UNIV: Amar sin Limites, Destilando Amor, S.O.S: S#xo y otros secretos

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