Tuesday, September 7th, 2010



Good morning. It’s Tuesday, September 7, 2010, and this is your first early morning briefing.  As always, if you prefer to watch this morning’s news instead of reading it, click here

Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC: The View
Big Ten Network: Big Ten Film Vault at 8p
IFC: 360 Sessions at 9p
FX: Sons of Anarchy at 10p
truTV: Rehab: Party at the Hard Rock Hotel at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
USA Network: White Collar (midseason finale) at 9p
FX: Louie at 11p & 1130p


Late on Friday, FOX announced Kara DioGuardi will not return as a judge for American Idol’s tenth season next January. DioGuardi was with the show for two seasons. DioGuardi said in a statement: “I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!” No updates yet on the new judges panel for the upcoming season.

Mike Darnell, President/Alternative Entertainment at FOX said in the same statement: “Kara was a great addition to our Idol family. I’ve been fortunate to get to know her well, and have always been amazed by her eye for talent and her commitment to developing and mentoring artists. She will be missed, and we wish her continued success.”

ABC News President David Westin notified colleagues in an email late last night that after 13 years he will be stepping down at the end of the year.  Westin offered as his reason that “there are some other things I want to do professionally — things I cannot explore while fulfilling my responsibilities here.”  Anne Sweeney followed Westin’s email with her own to staffers which read in part, “For the past 13 years, David proved himself a tireless advocate for ABC News, effectively guiding the group through some of the most seismic industry, and divisional, changes imaginable.  During that time, he helped reinvent our News organization, and positioned us for great success going forward.”

Nielsen based on its Total US Television Household Estimates by Race and Ethnicity: 2010 and 2011, estimates Hispanic TV homes will increase by 3.07% to 13.348 million or 40% of new US TV homes this season will be Hispanic households. African-American TV homes are on pace for a modest increase of 0.54% to a little more than 14.0 million homes and Asian TV homes will rise by 0.62% to just over 4.8 million homes. Overall, as previously reported, the total TV households bumped up by 1.0 million total from the previous television season to 115.9 million or a 0.87% increase.

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Top 10 Weekend Box Office Estimates: September 3-6, 2010 – LABOR DAY WEEKEND
The American (Focus Features)              $16.4 million  1 wk total $19.5m
Machete (20th Century Fox)                   $14.0 million  opening weekend
Takers (Sony)                                      $13.5 million  2 wk total $40.0m
The Last Exorcism (Lionsgate)               $8.8 million  2 wk total $33.6m
Going the Distance (Warner Bros.)         $8.6 million  opening weekend
The Expendables (Lionsgate)                 $8.5 million  4 wk total $94.1m
The Other Guys (Sony)                         $6.7 million  5 wk total $108.1m
Eat Pray Love (Sony)                            $6.3 million  4 wk total $70.4m
Inception (Warner Bros.)                       $5.9 million  8 wk total $278.4m
Nancy McPhee Returns (Universal)         $4.7 million  3 wk total $23.5m
Source: Rentrak


MTV’s new 30m comedy pilot, I Just Want My Pants Back from Universal Cable Productions, commenced production in New York recently. I Just Want My Pants Back is based on the novel of the same name by David J. Rosen, who also wrote the TV pilot. The plot centers on 20-somethings who try to create a life for themselves in New York City, despite not having established a career path. Starring in the lead role is Peter Vack as Jason Strider; Kim Shaw as Tina; Elisabeth Hower as Stacey; Jordan Carlos as Eric; and Chris Parnell will recur as JB, Strider’s boss. The project is executive produced by Doug Liman who also directs, Dave Bartis and Gene Klein via Hypnotic, Inc.

McG is working with Paul Scheuring (creator of Prison Break) on the development of a private eye series for ABC, reports Variety. The new one-hour project is titled I, PI about a guy who has learned everything about being a private eye from watching TV shows like Magnum, P.I. and Simon and Simon while growing up. Then when he’s on a case, he subconsciously imitates those TV characters. Warner Bros. Television and Wonderland Sound and Vision will produce. McG, Scheuring and Wonderland’s Peter Johnson will executive produce.


Thursday  A18-49 Analysis: UNIV was the solo winner Thursday night at 1.9/6 with the A18-49 demo, according to final national ratings from Nielsen. CBS ruled during 8p with Big Brother at 2.3/7 and UNIV’s Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe was next at 2.0/6. UNIV took over the lead at 9p with Soy Tu Duena at 2.4/7 and ABC’s Rookie Blue placed second at 1.1/3. UNIV nicked in a close win at 10p with La Rosa de Guadalupe at 1.2/4 while NBC’s repeat of Law & Order: SVU posted a 1.2/3 in the second spot.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, September 2, 2010  time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 3.5/6      Big Brother 12 4.0/7, CSI [r] 3.0/5, The Mentalist [r] 3.4/6


ABC: 2.7/5       Wipeout [r] 2.7/5, Rookie Blue 3.0/5, Nightline Primetime: Secrets 2.4/4

UNIV: 2.2/4      Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe 2.3/4, Soy Tu Duena 2.7/4, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.5/3

FOX: 2.0/3       Bones [r] 2.4/4, Fringe [r] 1.5/2

NBC: 1.8/3       Community [r] 1.5/3, 30 Rock [r] 1.5/2, The Office [r] 1.6/3, Community [r] 1.4/2, Law & Order: SVU [r] 2.5/4

ION: 1.0/2       Without a Trace 0.9/2, NCIS 1.1/2, NCIS 1.0/2

CW: 0.7/1        Vampire Diaries [r] 0.9/1, 90210 [r] 0.4/1

TELE: 0.5/1      El Clon 0.6/1, El Fantasma de Elena 0.4/1, Diosa Coronada 0.4/1

TF: 0.4/1          Fiesta de Pelicula 0.3/0, Regreso a La Guaca 0.3/0, Rosario Tijeras 0.5/1

A18-49: UNIV 1.9/6, CBS 1.4/4, ABC 1.1/3, NBC 1.0/3, FOX 0.9/3, CW 0.4/1, TF 0.4/1, TELE 0.4/1, ION 0.3/1



Kantar Media, for its Audiences sector, appointed Jeffrey C. Boehme to the newly-created position as Chief Research Officer for its North American operations. In his new role, Jeffrey will head the company’s research initiatives with an emphasis on methods and procedures, advanced measurement methods and modeling. Jeffrey will be based at Kantar Media’s North American headquarters in New York. Before this, Jeffrey was with The Nielsen Company serving as SVP/Advanced TV.

Linda Goldman was named Executive Producer at the Smithsonian Channel, joining from National Geographic Television where she was Senior Producer for Specials and Events programs. In her new position, Linda will report to David Royle, EVP/Programming and Production, Smithsonian Networks.

Portfolio Entertainment tapped Louis Fournier in the newly-created role as VP/Sales and Acquisitions. Louis will chart Portfolio’s multi-platform sales strategy for the company’s distribution division, Portfolio International. Louis will further be involved in expanding the company’s acquired international distribution rights in the factual and lifestyle genres. In his new position, Louis will work in tandem with the company’s Co-Founders and Co-CEO’s Joy Rosen and Lisa Olfman on the company’s growth plans.

Universal Networks International (UNI), in an effort to support its continued expansion of NBC Universal’s international pay-TV channels, hired Simon Presswell as SVP/Marketing and Digital Initiatives. Simon’s new position begins October 4 and in this senior leadership role, he will spearhead UNI’s brand marketing and digital efforts as part of an integrated growth strategy. Simon will manage the dual roles of VP Web Businesses and VP Marketing and Creative Services and will establish a strategic team alignment in support of growth among other duties. In his new role, Simon will report to Roma Khanna, President, Universal Networks International and Digital Initiatives.



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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Who am I?  I was born in Boston in 1833, but now live in Colorado Springs, following in my father’s footsteps.  I’m considered pretty independent and once told a revenuer “I’ll practice in the street if I have to. I’ll pitch a tent, I’ll work from my wagon, but I will never, NEVER give in to the likes of you!”.  Who am I?  MICHAELA “MIKE” QUINN, DR. QUINN MEDICINE WOMAN  Kudos to: Karen Yaldoo-Comcast Spotlight/Bingham Farms; Joanne Milano-RJ Palmer/NY; Leah Weber-ABC/NY; Ed Goode-Connelly Partners/Boston; Lisa Richards-Harpo Studios/Chicago; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Pam Tierney/CDT; Kitty DeLio-KUSA KTVD/Denver; Lauren Villa-Hsu-Disney ABC/Burbank; Aaron Paquette-Nielsen Entertainment/Hollywood; Jim Himmel/San Clemente; Kiri Clemence-Don Buchwald & Assoc/PDT

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FALL INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY:  Reality TV company seeks two interns fall semester. Students interested in development from beginning to end. Must be Mac & Powerpoint proficient; prefer Photoshop & video editing. Email resume: [email protected] (9/11)

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SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCTION ASSISTANT/COORDINATOR/NYC:4 years of work & intern exp. at ESPN, HBO, ABC Skills: logging, editing, prod scheduling, expense reports, rolling calls, social media mktg, and more. [email protected]   (9/10)

SITUATION WANTED:Experienced Web & TV Producer and Manager who can write, shoot, edit, and create compelling product for web or TV. Seeking work in L.A. area. Email: [email protected] (9/9)

SITUATION WANTED:BRAND MARKETER/Chicago: Internship experience with experiential campaigns for Pernod Ricard & on-air at Cartoon Network- Resume: http://www.twitres.com/939b8d Email: [email protected] (9/9)

SITUATION WANTED: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT film/TV (NY):  10 years experience: Interned for a President, Executive Assistant to SVP/VP/film director/celebrity [email protected] (9/9)

SITUATION WANTED:PROD ASST/PROD COORD/NYC:4 yrs of work & intern exp. at ESPN, HBO, ABC, WARNER BROS Skills: logging, cutting highlights, final cut pro editing, prod sched’g, expense reports, rolling calls, social media mktg, & more. [email protected] (9/9)

SITUATION WANTED: ACCOUNTING/FINANCE – 20+ yrs. experience in TV Broadcasting &  Cable.Seeking FT/PT or Temp-to-Perm position: [email protected] (9/9)

SITUATION WANTED: ANIMATION WRITER/INTERNET PRODUCER: Creative,  professional, too available. Lots of Prime Time, Sat Morning, Network, and Cable exp. Reliable, superb work ethic, and fun. Resume on request: [email protected] (9/9)

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ABC:  Wipe Out, Wipe Out [r], NightlinePrime: Secrets of Your Mind
AZTECA: Laura de Todos, Al Extremo, La Loba
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: LA [r], The Good Wife  [r]
CW:  One Tree Hill [r], Life Unexpected [r]
FOX: Glee [r], Glee [r]
ION: Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds
NBC: Minute to Win It, America’s Got Talent
PBS: Nova, Carrier, POV
TELE: El Clon; El Fantasma de Elena; La Diosa Coronada
UNIV:  Soy Tu Duena, Aqui y Ahora (OTO), Futbol: Mexico v Colombia (OTO)

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