Wednesday, December 21st, 2005


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Good morning.  It’s Wednesday, December 21, 2005, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Fox scheduling change:  Part of the mystery is solved as far as what happens after American Idol (8-9p) on Thursdays in February. The answer comes with the new Thursday lineup on Fox as of January 12:  That 70’s Show will air back-to-back at 8p, followed by The O.C. at 9p.

CBS title change:  Formerly known as The Jenna Elfman Show, the sitcom is now titled Courting Alex and is scheduled to debut on January 23 at 930p.

Tonight’s Finale:
     Martha Stewart: The Apprentice at 9p

* MORE GOOD STUFF *Roger Ailes will stick around with Fox News for at least the next five years after signing a new deal that will pay him in the neighborhood of $6 million per year.  Yes, that’s million, according to Variety. And if that paycheck isn’t enough, there are also incentives and targets to meet, which could double his annual take.  Ailes carries with this deal multiple titles: Chairman/CEO of Fox News Channel, Chairman/CEO of the Fox Business Channel that is on target to launch in 2006, Chairman/Fox TV Stations Group, 20th Century Fox Television and as Editor-in-Chief of

Elsewhere E! is in the process of finalizing a new hire:  Ryan Seacrest, as lead anchor of E!’s daily news show, E! News, along with current anchor Giuliana DePandi. E! is looking to finalize a three year deal with Seacrest that would include his developing new programming via his Ryan Seacrest Prods. shingle. Seacrest may be one of the busiest on-air guys in the business — consider this:  American Idol three times a week, a daily radio show on KIIS-AM from 4a-10am, annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC, and now E!’s daily news program as well as key man for the cable network’s coverage of the Golden Globe Awards red carpet.

So, let’s say you’re a Commander in Chief fan.  And let’s say you miss a few episodes.  ABC has good news for you – effective immediately, you can download Commander in Chief episodes off iTunes, to the tune of a buck-ninety-nine – same price as all of the other TV Shows available on iTunes.

Interactive Television Networks, Inc. has teamed with the National Lacrosse League to launch LacrosseTV on January 1, 2006.  The all-lacrosse all-the-time network will air both live and archived games, college games and other related content to subscribers via broadband internet.  The network is scheduled to broadcast at least 20 live NLL games during the 2006 season. LacrosseTV will also include dedicated team channels for all eleven NLL teams, which will also include archived games plus team news, blogs and other team information.

A TiVo Moment:  The final game after a 36-season run of ABC’s Monday Night Football on December 26 will feature the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.  It will also feature taped segments with Dandy Don Meredith and Frank Gifford bidding farewell to Monday Night Football, per Hollywood Reporter. Other segments airing during the course of the game and at halftime will include a variety of favorites, and plenty of past Are You Ready for Some Football? moments.  MNF makes the shift to ESPN next season, and will take with it its music and booth favorite Al Michaels.

Note to self:  duh….the Redford/Newman gig on Iconoclasts is tomorrow night at 10p.  Sheesh.

* NEW ORDERS / CASTING / DEVELOPMENT / PRODUCTION *ABC‘s new sitcom series Emily’s Reasons Why Not scheduled to debut on January 9 at 9p, has added cast member James Patrick Stuart as a regular.  Stuart plays a consultant working with the publishing company where Emily is employed, and has regular run-ins with Emily, played by Heather Graham. Additionally, Bill Diamond joins the Sony Pictures Television series as showrunner/exec producer.

* EXECUTIVE MOVES *Eileen Murphy has been named Gemstar-TV Guide’s SVP/Corporate Communications.  In this role, Eileen will support all operations of the company by overseeing media relations and internal and external communications. 
Krupp Kommunications, Inc has named Kelly Kimball to the newly created position of SVP.  She will oversee the agency’s media relations, marketing, lecture and event management teams and will drive the company’s overall corporate brand strategy, which includes K2’s philanthropy efforts.  Kelly will be based in the New York City headquarters and will report to Heidi Krupp/President and CEO.
Maryland Public Television has appointed Philip J. Marshall as an Executive Producer/National Productions.  In his new post, Philip will be responsible for developing, funding and overseeing production of original, high quality television productions. 

The Retro Television Network has named Nathan Stamp VP/Programming for the network.  Nathan will oversee all program acquisitions and scheduling. Nathan was Corporate Director of Programming for Equity Broadcasting Corporation where he oversaw all program acquisitions for the group’s stations.

PlanetOut Inc. upped Jeff Soukup to the newly created position of COO.  He will retain one of his current positions as EVP with a search for a replacement for his CFO position to begin shortly.  Jeff will be responsible for the company’s worldwide growth, including strategic planning, operational efficiencies and financial and operational goals.  Product development and technology, business intelligence, finance and accounting, legal, human resources, administration and facilities and corporate development divisions will report to him.  The soon-to-be CFO will also report to Jeff, who will continue as acting CFO while the search is underway.

Dan Harrison has been named SVP/Emerging Networks, where he will oversee and develop Sleuth, the NBC Universal Television Group’s new crime-mystery cable channel set to launch on January 1, 2006. The announcement was made by Jeff Gaspin, President, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Cross-Network Strategy, to whom he will report.

Joe Peyronnin, Telemundo’s EVP/News, will be leaving the network by the end of December to spend more time with his family.  He has worked at the Telemundo’s Miami office for 6 years while commuting to his New York home.  Telemundo has not  yet announced a replacement.

WEA Corp., Warner Music Group Corp.’s US sales and distribution company has undergone a strategic reorganization.  Over the past several years, WEA Corp.’s role has grown to include the oversight of its independent distribution network, its incubator initiative, a digital-only label, and the e-Commerce group, as well as the global management and distribution of WMG’s digital assets.  The new WEA structure will encompass four units, each of which will report into John Esposito, President/CEO, WEA.  Asylum and East West, WMG’s incubator labels, and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) will continue to report directly to Esposito and are not impacted by today’s announcement.  Additionally, exiting is EVP/Sales & Marketing, John Madison.  He is headed for a position at the Entertainment Distribution Company.  Madison’s position will not be filled, and there will be no staff reductions as a result of these announcements. WEA’s four new units:

  • Operations & Administration: This group will be led by Mike Jbara who has been upped to EVP/COO.  Jbara was recently SVP/Production & Media Operations, overseeing all operational aspects of the pre-production, production and distribution of WMG content.
  • Sales Analysis, Credit & Finance:  This group will be led by Matt Signore who has been promoted to CFO/GM.  Signore joined WEA in August 2005; he was previously CFO/GM, Island Def Jam.
  • Sales Marketing & Developing Markets: Todd Van Gorp has been upped to SVP/Sales & Marketing and will lead this group.  He most recently served as WEA’s VP/Field Sales for the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest regions.
  • E-Commerce: Adam Mirabella, SVP/e-Commerce will continue to be lead this group, which includes overseeing WEA’s account managers who coordinate with WMG’s digital service providers and wireless carrier partners.

 * RATINGS *Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among Total Viewers for the week of 12/12-12/18/05:
Primetime      (000)    Total Pgm Day   (000)
ESPN             2927     NICK              2239
USA              2888     NAN*              1699
TNT              2417     USA               1360
LIFETIME         2136    TNT               1334
TBS              2046     CARTOON 1185
ABC FAMILY      1945     LIFETIME         1092
NAN              1810     TBS               1071
CARTOON 1726     ESPN             1034
FOXNEWS 1709     ADULT SWIM*     1010
HALLMARK         1429    ABC FAMILY      947
 Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 109,600,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of 12/12-12/18/05:
Primetime     (000)     Total Pgm Day   (000)
ESPN             1378     NAN*              741
USA              1270     TNT               668
TBS              1255     USA               646
TNT              1063     TBS               640
ABC FAMILY      821      ESPN              587
FX               809      NICK              556
LIFETIME         735     LIFETIME         459
SPIKE TV         608     ADULT SWIM*     455
DISCOVERY        579     FX                410
COMEDY  556      ABC FAMILY      386
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 109,600,000 homes
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Primetime listing only includes those networks broadcasting more than 51% of the primetime hours (M-Su 8p-11p)

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 12/12-12/18/05:
ESPN     Falcons/Bears            5316
TBS     Forrest Gump             2769
ESPN    Broncos/Bills             2641
USA     WWE Mon 10p              2628
USA     WWE Mon 9p               2482
FX      Nip/Tuck                  2425
ESPN    NFL Prime Time           2209
ESPN    Sportscenter              2116
ESPN    Sportscenter Sat 12m    2032
MTV     RW/RR The Gauntlet II   1980
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 109,600,000 homes

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of 12/12-12/18/05:
CBS:     CSI                                           7540
NBC:    Apprentice 4                      7360
CBS:    CSI: NY                            7190
FOX:    House                               6790
ABC:    NFL Monday Night Football       6640
FOX:    Simpsons                           6320
CBS:    Without a Trace                   6230
CBS:    2-1/2 Men                         6090
CBS:    Amazing Race                      6090
CBS:    CSI Miami                         6070
Source:  Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer

Monday — A18-49 Analysis:   CBS led the pack on Monday night with a 5.0/13 A18-49, according to final numbers from Nielsen Media Research.  ABC was #2 with a 4.1/11, followed by NBC 2.7/7, Fox 2.3/6, UPN 1.2/3, WB .9/2.  At 8p the premiere of Howie Mandel’s Deal or No Deal earned a 3.9/11, outpacing CBS by a share point.  At 9p CBS takes over with 2-1/2 Men (5.6/14) and Out of Practice (4.8/12).  The football game on ABC began at 9p and ended at 12:03am, averaging a 4.3/12 from start to finish.  At 10p CSI: Miami won the hour with a 6.4/17.

FINAL HOUSEHOLD RATINGS: Monday, December 19, 2005, for all Networks – program averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research. 

CBS     10.2/16  King of Queens 7.2/12, How I Met Your Mother 6.5/10, 2-1/2 Men 11.2/17, Out of Practice 9.8/15, CSI: Miami  13.3/22

ABC     7.7/13   Wife Swap 5.1/9,  ABC MNF:  Green Bay Packers v. Baltimore Ravens 8.2/14 (game ended at 12:03a)

NBC     4.8/8    Deal or No Deal [p] 7.3/12, NBC Special: Radio Music Awards 3.5/6

Fox     3.2/5    Arrested Development 2.5/4, Arrested Development [r] 2.1/3, Nanny 911   4.1/6

UPN     2.0/3   Everybody Hates Chris [r] 2.3/4, One on One [r] 2.0/3, Girlfriends [r] 2.0/3, Half & Half [r] 1.9/3

WB      1.7/3    7th Heaven [r] 2.2/4, Related [r] 1.2/2

A18-49:  CBS 5.0/13, ABC 4.1/11, NBC 2.7/7, Fox 2.3/6, UPN 1.2/3, WB .9/2

The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1937: Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs debuts.  It was the first feature-length animated movie and an instant classic.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Birds of a Feather was a working title for this 1996 film. (Hint: the film starred a person from Ally McBeal.)  What film was this?   BIRDCAGE  Kudos to:  Andrea Levy-Advance Internet/Jersey City NJ; Monica Marcott-NSM/Murphy NC; Kun Sun Sweeley-Neo AniCon Inc/Baltimore City; Mimi Pizzaro-Logsdon/NY; Pam Tierney-MMT/Chicago; Wil Allmendinger-Tribune/Chicag;  Lauren Eads-Rundel-Spot Plus Y Mas/Dallas; Robert Cass-Chicago Reader/Chicago; Todd Cameron-Bloc Agency/LA; Ian Kerner-Laser Pacific/Hollywood; Cheryl Johnson/LA; Charlie Ezelle-Entertainment Partners/Burbank


Men made of snow.
Canes made of candy .
Nog made of eggs.

These recent sightings can mean one of two things…
Either the world’s gone mad, or it’s that magical time of the year.
The holidays are coming!!
Court TV ® wishes you a happy, healthy holiday season.

Today’s Trivia Question: This week on NBC, Howie Mandel is hosting Deal or No Deal.  During the 90’s Howie was the voice of what animated character? (
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT:  Wednesday, December 21, 2005

ABC              George Lopez [r] , Freddie [r], Lost [r], Lost [r]
CBS              7th Annual A Home for the Holidays, Criminal Minds [r], CSI:NY [r]
FOX              That 70’s Show [r], Stacked, Trading Spouses
NBC              Deal or No Deal, The Apprentice Martha Stewart [f], Law & Order [r]
i                      Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, Early Edition, Doc
UPN              Everybody Hates Chris [r], Girlfriends [r], Veronica Mars [r]
WB                     One Tree Hill [r], Related [r]
TELE             El Cuerpo del Deseo,  Corazon Partido, Decisiones-Casos Extraordinarios, Decisiones
UNIV             Contra Viento y Marea, Alborada, Don Francisco Presenta

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