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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, January 4, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E Network: Dog the Bounty Hunter at 9p & 930p; Steven Seagal Lawman at 10p
Cooking Channel: Not My Mama’s Meals at 9p
Discovery Investigation: Fatal Encounters at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
Discovery Channel: Moonshiners at 10p



Original police drama Flashpoint was renewed by ION Television for a fifth season containing 13 episodes.  Production begins on the new episodes in February.  Flashpoint has aired on ION in primetime since October 2011 following the network’s acquisition of all episodes from seasons 1-3 as well as 11 original episodes from season four.  The series is produced by Pink Sky Entertainment and Avamar Entertainment in association with CTV and ION Television.

TV One premieres new docu-drama series Find Our Missing beginning January 18 at 10p.  The 10-episode series focuses attention on stories about people of color who have disappeared without a trace and will encourage viewers to action by contacting police and FBI if they have vital information about the missing persons.  Find Our Missing is hosted by actress S. Epatha Merkerson (NBC’s Law & Order) and is produced for TV One by Towers Productions.

A new original eight-episode series will premiere next month on Netflix as Lilyhammer starring Steven Van Zandt opens on February 6.  Van Zandt, best known for his role on HBO’s The Sopranos plays a New York mobster who is relocated to rural Norway. Van Zandt will also serve as one of the series’ executive producers.  Lilyhammer was developed and produced by Norway-based Rubicon TV AS.  The series will be available to Netflix streaming subscribers in the US, Canada and Latin America. 

To promote upcoming new series Full Metal Jousting, premiering February 12 at 10p on HISTORY, the network is partnering with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) to offer live jousting exhibits at six PBR events this month and next.  The first demonstration will take place this Saturday during intermissions at New York’s Madison Square Garden Invitational and then be on the opposite coast at the Anaheim Invitational at the Honda Center on January 14. HISTORY’S new series will also be promoted at PBR events in Portland, OR on January 21-22; in Sacramento on January 28-29; in Baltimore on February 3-4 and in Oklahoma City on February 10-12. 

Monday’s one-hour debut of novela La Que No Podia Amar (The One Who Couldn’t Love) on Univision tallied an average audience of 4.1 million total viewers in addition to 2.3 million among A18-49 and 1.4 million with A18-34. 

On New Year’s night, OWN premiered its new primetime series Oprah’s Next Chapter with a two-hour episode at 9p that earned the network’s highest Sunday debut ever with a 1.1 rating among W25-54 and 1.1 million total viewers.

Program Call:  Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual NATPE Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, January 19, 2012, the week before NATPE Market and Conference 2012 opens at the Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach. If your company is an official exhibitor at NATPE 2012, please send us only the following info for your top 5 shows:  title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e. series, special, movie, etc.), genre (comedy, drama, lifestyle, etc.) and your terms (barter, cash, etc.) as well as your company’s stand/booth location.  To be included in this free and highly-read special edition, please send your submission to Lisa Ball at: [email protected] no later than Thursday, January 12, 2012. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).

New year, new awards! Check out the Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards ( and learn how to enter your preschool, kid and tween targeted TV series, TV movies, and websites, apps and games, and the marketing, public relations and advertising campaigns, which support that content, for our first annual awards program. To enter the Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards your kid-targeted content or support campaign must have taken place (in part or in full) between October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011. The deadline to enter the Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards is January 11, 2012. We look forward to seeing your entry and honoring the winners at the June 2012 Awards ceremony in New York City.


Making a comeback to series television, Cybill Shepherd was cast to co-star opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in Lifetime’s drama The Client List.  Shepherd is reprising her role as the mother of Hewitt’s character as both actresses had previously starred in Lifetime’s original movie of the same name.  Sony is producing the 10-episode one-hour series.

Simon Cowell is returning as full-time judge for the sixth season of Britain’s Got Talent this coming spring.  During the last season, Cowell judged only the live shows as his time was filled with launching The X-Factor in the US on FOX.  Cowell joins David Williams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden on the show. 

Casting Call: ABC’s The Revolution is looking for participants in several categories to appear on their show: Moms interested in learning more about the ingredients in energy drinks and the show will give you the information you need; women in their 40’s who are interested in learning more about breast health; and women who have serious foot problems.  If you fit the bill in any of these categories, please send an email to: [email protected].


Friday A18-49 Analysis:  Univision handily won Friday night among A18-49 with a 1.4/5, according to final national ratings from Nielsen.  Univision took the 8p hour with Una Familia con Suerte at 1.4/5 followed by a repeat broadcast of Kitchen Nightmares on FOX at 1.1/4.  During 9p, it was the same two networks facing off as Univision’s Una Familia con Suerte continued to do best at 1.6/5 and CBS placed second with a CSI: NY repeat at 1.2/4.  Univision capped off the night a winner through 10p with La Rose de Guadalupe at 1.4/4 and NBC’s Dateline was next in line at 1.2/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, December 30, 2011 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.3/8           A Gifted Man [r] 4.0/7, CSI: NY [r] 4.6/8, Blue Bloods [r] 4.3/8

ABC: 2.4/4            ABC Friday Movie of the Week: The Chronicles of Narnia [r] 2.4/4

NBC: 2.4/4             Chuck 1.9/3, Grimm [r] 1.7/3, Dateline 3.6/7

UNIV: 1.6/3          Una Familia con Suerte 1.7/3, La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.5/3

FOX: 1.3/2             Kitchen Nightmares [r] 1.7/3, Fringe [r] 0.8/1

ION: 0.7/1            Flashpoint 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1

CW: 0.5/1             The Secret Circle [r] 0.6/1, The Secret Circle [r] 0.5/1

TELE: 0.5/1           Festival de Cine V 0.5/1, Festival de Cine VI 0.5/1

TF: 0.3/0              Reto de Mujer 0.2/0, Correo de Inocentes 0.3/1, El Capo 0.3/0

A18-49:  UNIV 1.4/5, ABC 1.0/3, CBS 1.0/3, NBC 0.9/3, FOX 0.7/2, TELE 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1, ION 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1






Matt Anderson was named Chief Strategy/Business Development Officer with Yell.  In his new role, Matt will drive the company’s digital strategies while developing international partnerships and working closely with the company’s digital team.  Previously, Matt worked for Booz & Co. where he served as Partner in the consumer media and digital practice. 

As of January 1, 2012, Jeff Pomeroy left his position at Turner Sports to become President of JDP Communications, a full-service boutique PR sports and entertainment company based in Atlanta. 

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. has tapped four executives to join its publishing and digital division:

  • Russell Brown was hired as SVP/Consumer Products Licensing in charge of developing and negotiating new merchandising opportunities for all MSLO brands.  Russell previously worked for Marvel Entertainment and Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
  • Charlie Tiersch was named VP/Business Development joining from NBCUniversal.
  • Colleen Nowers joins as AVP/Business Development also from NBCUniversal.
  • Claudio Goldbarg takes on the new role as SVP/Publishing and Digital Media Operations to spearhead all financial duties for MSLO’s Publishing practice.

CBS Sports Network hired former Michigan State basketball player Mateen Cleaves as a College Basketball Studio Analyst.  Mateen will work with analyst Wally Szczerbiak, insider Jon Rothstein and host Adam Zucker on Inside College Basketball each Wednesday.

Effective immediately, Lorri Leighton was promoted to SVP/Programming with Atlas Media where she reports to Bruce David Klein, President/Executive Producer.  In her new position, Lorri will spearhead all current programming at Atlas and focus on managing showrunners, developing production teams and being the company’s liaison with network clients. 

Starting January 3, Walter Augustin took on new responsibilities as VP/Regional Sales Manager for FOX Stations Sales in Chicago, overseeing all national sales activity. Prior to this appointment, Walter was NSM for WFLD FOX Chicago.

CBS News appointed Jeff Glor as Anchor of the Sunday edition of the CBS Evening News.  Since November 2011, Jeff has served as Special Correspondent for CBS This Morning and he will continue in this role.  Most recently, Jeff was the News Anchor of The Early Show since January 2011 and he has been the anchor of the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News and a national correspondent across CBS News broadcasts.  He joined CBS News in 2007.





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Awards Event: June 2012 (NYC)

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This day in History: 1754 – Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC).

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Robert Downey Jr. was a regular cast member on two TV series and one mini-series. Name the two TV series. Saturday Night Live and Ally McBeal. Kudos to: Barbara Rosenthal-Tiffany Outdoor/NY; SteveKurtzer- Zimmerman Advertising/Fort Lauderdale; Greg Scordato-GJS Media/NYC; Linda Grillo-Viacom/NYC;Tom Giesen-Freelance Producer/Writer/Show Developer/Denver; Cynthia New-Charter Media/Cape Girardeau, MO; John Wood-JWHR/LA; Brett Ashy-The Ashy Agency/LA; Susan Nessanbaum – Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Sonia Jauregui-Paramount Pictures/LA.

Today’s Trivia Question: What is Thirteen’s last name on House? (Email [email protected] 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.)

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ABC: The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Revenge
AZTECA: Cosas de la Vida, Al Extremo, Lo Que Callamos Edicion Especial
CBS: I Get That a Lot, Criminal Minds [r], CSI [r]
CW: Secret Circle [r], Secret Circle [r]
FOX: Glee [r], Mobbed
ION: Rob Roy, Criminal Minds
NBC: Up All Night [r], Whitney [r], Harry’s Law [r], Law & Order: SVU [r]
PBS: Nature, Nova [p], Nova
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Flor Salvaje, La Casa de al Lado
UNIV: Una Familia con Suerte, La Que No Podia Amar, Rosa de Guadalupe

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