Wednesday, July 18th, 2012


Good morning. It’s Wednesday, July 18, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
DIY Network: America’s Most Desperate Landscape at 9p
VH1: Mama Drama at 11p

Tonight’s Finales:
BBC America: Inside Men at 10p
Bravo: Around the World in 80 Plates at 10p


A new series on TLC introduces viewers to sister and brother, Bridgette (Bri) and Bradley (Brad) Jordan, who also are the world’s smallest siblings when Big Tiny premieres August 13 at 10p.  Bri and Brad may be the smallest siblings, weighing in at 18 and 35 pounds respectively, the pair have larger-than-life personalities and tons of self-confidence.  The 20-something siblings live in Sandoval, IL with their mother, Christy Jordan and their older sister, Brandi who is average-sized.  Big Tiny is produced by Wild Dream Films for TLC.

Lifetime set the premiere date for its social experiment series, The Week the Women Went for August 15 at 10p.  Narrated by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, the five-episode unscripted series examines modern-day gender roles and discovers the consequences when all the women depart their town of Yemassee, South Carolina, leaving the men to run the households, businesses and the community.  BBC Worldwide Productions produces the one-hour series which is based on a British social experiment format from the BBC.

Original real-life series Shipping Wars returns to A&E network with a second season starting August 7 with back-to-back episodes eat 9p and 930p.  The series follows six independent shippers who transport items that are considered unshippable.  Shipping Wars is produced by Megalomedia for A&E Network.

Asian American entertainment network, Myx TV is bringing back the anime series, Voltron with a third season bowing July 23.  Myx TV first debuted the classic 1980s anime cartoon series in April 2011 and holds the exclusive rights to the series nationwide.  Voltron will air on weekdays on Myx TV at 8p.

Once TV Mexico, owned and operated by Instituto Politecnico Nacional will launch its new original series Idolos del deporte mexicano (Mexican Sports Icons) via its international broadcast signal starting July 29 at 1130p.  The series features sports journalist Edgar Valero as he interviews Mexico’s top athletes during 16 half-hour episodes.  Once TV Mexico is available in the US on DirecTV in addition to various cable systems including Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Grande Communications, Wave Division and San Bruno.

Larry King has a new talk show, Larry King Now available on Ora.TV, a new on-demand digital TV network streamed on Hulu.   Episodes of Larry King Now will air Monday-Thursday and King will interview politicians and entertainers.  During his first week, King will chat with Seth MacFarlane, Meghan McCain and Matthew McConaughey.

Veteran television creator and director, William Asher has died at the age of 90 in Palm Desert, CA.  Mr. Asher helped create the classic ABC sitcom Bewitched which starred his then-wife, Elizabeth Montgomery and ran from 1964 to 1972.  He also co-created The Patty Duke Show and directed hundreds of episodes of various series including I Love Lucy, The Danny Thomas Show and The Colgate Comedy Hour among many others.  Mr. Asher’s television career continued into the 1970s where he directed and helmed episodes of The Paul Lynde Show, Operation Petticoat, Alice and the television adaptations of The Bad News Bears and Private Benjamin.  In the realm of film, Mr. Asher directed a series of popular beach party movies that starred Annett Funicello and Frankie Avalon including Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini.  While working on these films, he developed the pilot for the comedy Gidget starring Sally Field set on the beach and directed many of the episodes.  Mr. Asher was married four times, first to actress Dani Sue Nolan; to Montgomery (which ended in 1973); and to his third wife actress Joyce Bulifant.  His survivors include his fourth wife, Meredith; a son and a daughter from his first marriage; two sons and a daughter from his marriage to Montgomery; four stepchildren; nine grandchildren; and eight-step-grandchildren.  A memorial service for Mr. Asher will be held September 29 at Desert Springs Church in Palm Desert.

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GSN picked up the off-network rights to 68 one-hour episodes of the game show Minute To Win It from NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution.  Guy Fieri (Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) hosts the series where contestants participate in simple, yet nerve-wracking games to win a $1 million prize.  Minute To Win It will air in four-hour blocks on Tuesdays nights on GSN starting July 24 at 7p. 

In recent months, Outdoor Channel has launched in hi-def on XFINITY TV in several Comcast systems in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  From March to June 2012, Outdoor Channel is now available as a hi-def channel, Outdoor Channel HD in Charlottesville, Danville and Martinsville, Virginia; in Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania; and Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties in New Jersey.  Outdoor Channel is available in standard-def to XFINITY TV subscribers in these areas as well.



JUST ANNOUNCED: Sports Luminaries To Be Honored at Cynopsis Sports Media Awards in August

Cynopsis Sports will honor 3 executives who changed the way their sports entities connected with fans around the country:

LEGACY AWARD — David Hill, Chairman and CEO of FOX Sports Media Group
AWARD OF DISTINCTION — Mike McCarley, President of Golf Channel
VISION AWARD — Larry Scott, Commissioner of Pac-12

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CMT approved four new series for production including Redneck Intervention, a one-hour reality series where a former redneck is confronted by his family and friends and persuaded to return to his roots.  Pink Sneakers is producing and the first of eight episodes will premiere September 15.  Series two is Chainsaw Gang, a ten-episode reality series slated to debut this fall featuring chainsaw artists and produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions.  Two more series will roll out in 2013 and they include Full Metal Racket (wt) spotlighting the Sumner family who operate the Knob Creek Gun Range in Kentucky and Rock Raiders (wt) about collectors Robert Reynolds and Stephen Shutts who travel the country to locate rare music memorabilia.  These four series join CMT’s previously-announced series Trinity 911 (wt) and Bounty Hunters in production.

Kevin Corrigan (Fringe) will remain on the FOX network as he joins the network’s new fall series The Mob Doctor in a recurring role.  Corrigan will play Titus Amato, described as clean-cut, business-casual mobster.  Jordana Spiro stars in The Mob Doctor produced by Sony Pictures Television which will premiere on FOX September 17. 

A familiar face from 1970s television, Bonnie Franklin (One Day at a Time) will appear on CBS’ daytime soap, The Young and the Restless playing a street-savvy nun.  Franklin begins production on her episodes this week and they will air starting in mid-August.  Franklin has also recently appeared on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.


Sundance Channel is now available via iPhones and iPads through Movistar Imagenio in Spain.  The network also recently launched in Spain on Android and Blackberry smartphones.  Since June 2011, Sundance Channel is available in both standard-def and hi-def as a 24/7 linear channel in Spain on Telefonica’s IPTV service, Movistar Imagenio. 




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Top Ten Ad-Supported Basic Cable Network Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 7/9-7/15/12
Primetime    (000)        Total Pgm Day     (000)
TBSC            1065          ADSM*               727
USA              1022          FX                     474                    
ESPN              964          HIST                  474                      
HIST              913          TBSC                  454
FX                 868          USA                    444
TNT               795          ESPN                   422
AEN               731          AEN                     410
ADSM             724          TNT                    410
TRU               574          NICK                    351
FOOD             571          TOON                   350
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data.
All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 114,700,000 homes.
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day.
Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8P-11P and Sun 7P-11P. Total day is Mon-Sun 6A-6A for household and demographic performance.

Top Ten Ad-Supported Basic Cable Network Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 7/9-7/15/12   
Primetime    (000)      Total Pgm Day            (000)
USA              3075        NICK                       1494
TNT              2486        ADSM*                    1421
HIST             2396        TOON                      1420
FX                1891        USA                        1237
ESPN            1879        TNT                         1145
TBSC            1840        HIST                        1137
AEN              1769        FOXN                       1053
FOXN            1710        FX                            991
ADSM            1582        AEN                          888
DISC             1199        TBSC                        799
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data.
All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 114,700,000 homes.
* = Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day.
Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen data stream; Preliminary: Live+SD. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8P-11P and Sun 7P-11P. Total day is Mon-Sun 6A-6A for household and demographic performance.

Top 10 Cable Programs among A18-49 (000) for the week of: 7/9-7/15/12
ESPN     Home Run Derby                        3402
VH1      Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta            2377
ESPN    Home Run Derby Prelude               2350
AEN      Storage Wars 1030p                    2216
HIST     Swamp People                            2123
HIST     Pawn Stars 1030p                       2093
AEN      Storage Wars 10p                       2065
USA      WWE Entertainment 10p               2003
HIST     Pawn Stars 10p                          1971
AMC      Breaking Bad                              1941
Source: Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total US Television
Universe of 114,700,000 home; Ranked by Delivery (000); Preliminary: Live+SD

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share and (000) for the week of 7/9-7/15/12
FOX    MLB All-Star Game                                  3.2/10              4123
NBC    America’s Got Talent  TUE                        2.8/9               3631
CBS    The Big Bang Theory  SPC                        2.8/9               3540
CBS    Big Brother 14                                        2.6/8               3347
ABC    The Bachelorette                                    2.5/7               3221
FOX    Hell’s Kitchen  MON                                 2.5/8               3176
FOX    MasterChef  MON                                    2.5/7               3215
CBS    The Big Bang Theory                                2.3/8               2879
CBS    Big Brother 14  SUN                                 2.3/7               2897
NBC    America’s Got Talent  WED                       2.0/6               2559
FOX    So You Think You Can Dance                    2.0/6               2535
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Broadcast Evening News Weekly Average Ratings (week of July 9, 2012)
NBC:     7.81 million total viewers; 1.7/7 and 2.11 million A25-54
ABC:     7.01 million total viewers; 1.5/6 and 1.77 million A25-54
CBS:     5.78 million total viewers; 1.4/6 and 1.72 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Saturday A18-49 Analysis:  CBS led Saturday with a 0.6/2 among the A18-49 viewers, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen.  Double Cops encore episodes averaged a 0.5/2 to win the 8p hour for FOX while three other networks shared second place at 0.4/2 each: ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition repeat, CBS’ Crimetime Saturday and Telemundo’s Cine de Impacto.  CBS did best at 9p with a second helping of Crimetime Saturday at 0.6/2 and FOX’s Mobbed rerun followed closely at 0.5/2.  CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery encore was #1 during 10p at 0.9/3 and Univision’s weekly Sabado Gigante was #2 at 0.5/2.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, July 14, 2012  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 2.9/6             Crimetime Saturday 2.3/5, Crimetime Saturday 2.9/6, 48 Hours Mystery [r] 3.4/7

ABC: 1.2/2              Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [r] 1.3/3, Ball Boys 1 [r] 0.8/2, Ball Boys 2 [r] 0.8/2, Castle [r] 1.7/3

NBC: 1.2/2              NBC Movie of the Week: American Girl: McKenna Shoots Stars 1.1/2, The Firm 1.2/2

FOX: 1.0/2             Cops [r] 1.1/2, Cops 2 [r] 1.1/2, Mobbed [r] 0.9/2

UNIV: 1.0/2             Sabado Gigante 1.0/2

ION: 0.5/1               Psych Sat 8P 0.4/1, Psych Sat 9P 0.5/1, Psych Sat 10P 0.6/1

TF: 0.4/1                 Cineplex 3 Sat [r] 0.4/1

TELE: 0.3/1              Cine de Impacto: First Blood [7p start] 0.3/1, ESP: Confes Novela Pablo 0.3/0, ESP Pablo Escobar Pat Mal 0.3/1

A18-49:  CBS 0.6/2, FOX 0.5/2, UNIV 0.4/2, NBC 0.4/1, TF 0.4/1, ABC 0.3/1, ION 0.2/1, TELE 0.2/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis:  ABC and FOX shared the top ratings Sunday at 1.4/4 each with A18-49, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen.  ABC was the solo winner at 7p with an America’s Funniest Home Videos rerun at 1.2/4 and CBS’ 60 Minutes encore was next in line at 1.0/4.  CBS’ Big Brother was in charge at 8p with a 2.3/7 followed by FOX’s back-to-back The Simpsons repeats at an average of 1.6/5.  FOX then moved into the top spot at 9p with two Family Guy rebroadcasts at an average of 1.8/5 with Univision’s Pequenos Gigantes 2 following at a bit of a distance at 1.4/4.  ABC then was back in the winner’s seat during 10p with Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition at 1.5/5 and NBC’s America’s Got Talent repeat was in second place at 1.1/3.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, July 15, 2012 time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 3.6/6            60 Minutes [r] 4.9/9, Big Brother 3.8/7, The Good Wife [r] 2.7/4, The Mentalist [r] 2.9/5

NBC: 3.0/5            Dateline 3.5/6, America’s Got Talent [r] 2.4/4

ABC: 2.9/5            America’s Funniest Home Video [r] 3.0/6, Secret Millionaire 3.5/6, Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition 2.6/4

FOX: 1.8/3            American Dad [r] 1.2/2, The Cleveland Show [r] 1.2/2, The Simpsons [r] 1.9/3, The Simpsons [r] 2.0/3, Family Guy [r] 2.2/4, Family Guy [r] 2.3/4

UNIV: 1.5/3           Familia P. Luche 3 Sun 1.1/2, Pequenos Gigantes 2 Sun 1.7/3, Sal y Pimienta 1.3/2

ION: 0.5/1             Leverage Sun 7p 0.6/1, Sunday 8p Movie: Slumdog Millionaire 0.6/1, Sunday 10p Movie: Slumdog Millionaire [r] 0.4/1

TELE: 0.4/1           Cine Millonario: Kung Fu Panda 0.4/1, Cine Millonario II: Shrek the Thrid 0.5/1

TF: 0.3/1               Cine de Las Estrel Sun [r] 0.3/1, Cine de Las Estrel Sun 2 0.3/1

A18-49:  ABC 1.4/4, FOX 1.4/4, CBS 1.1/3, UNIV 1.0/3, NBC 0.9/3, TELE 0.5/1, ION 0.2/1, TF 0.2/1

Monday A18-49 Analysis:  FOX heated things up with the A18-49 viewers Monday at 2.6/8, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen.  At 8p, Hell’s Kitchen won the hour for FOX at 2.6/8 while ABC’s The Bachelorette flirted in second place at 2.2/7.  Univision debuted new primetime series Por Ella Soy Eva at 8p which tied for third place along with NBC’s Fear Factor at 1.5/5 each.  Per Univision, Por Ella Soy Eva also averaged 3.7 million total viewers and 1.9 million with A18-49.  FOX leveled a second win during 9p by posting a 2.6/7 for MasterChef and The Bachelorette on ABC held steady in second place at 2.3/6.  Finally at 10p, Univision stepped into the top spot with La Que No Podia Amar at 2.0/6 and CBS’ Hawaii Five-O repeat was trailing in the #2 position at 1.1/3.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, July 16, 2012  time period averages.  Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.


ABC: 3.9/6             The Bachelorette 5.0/8, The Glass House 1.6/3

FOX: 3.6/6              Hell’s Kitchen 3.6/6, MasterChef 3.5/6

CBS: 3.4/6              How I Met Your Mother [r] 2.8/5, 2 Broke Girls [r] 2.9/5, Two and a Half Men [r] 3.5/6, Mike & Molly [r] 3.2/5, Hawaii Five-O [r] 3.9/6


UNIV: 2.4/4             Por Ella Soy Eva [p] 1.9/3, Abismo de Pasion 2.3/4, La Que No Podia Amar 2.5/4

NBC: 2.2/4             Fear Factor 2.4/4, American Ninja Warrior 2.5/4, Grimm [r] 1.6/3

ION: 1.1/2              Criminal Minds [r] 1.0/2, Criminal Minds [r] 1.1/2, Criminal Minds [r] 1.2/2

TELE: 0.9/2             Una Maid en Manhattan 1.2/2, Rosa Diamante 0.8/1, Corazon Valiente 0.7/1, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal 1.1/2

CW: 0.5/1               The Batmobile 0.8/1, The Batmobile [r] 0.6/1, Remodeled [r] 0.3/0

TF: 0.3/1                Cine en Familia Mon [7p start r] 0.2/0, Cine de Las Estrellas Mon [r] 0.3/1

A18-49:  FOX 2.6/8, ABC 1.8/5, UNIV 1.8/5, NBC 1.4/4, CBS 1.2/3, TELE 0.7/2, ION 0.4/1, CW 0.3/1, TF 0.2/1



Sony Pictures Television (SPT) elevated Bob Billeci to EVP/Technology and Operations, Networks.  Bob will spearhead the technical infrastructure, workflow and operations strategy for SPT linear networks globally while reporting to Andy Kaplan, President/Worldwide Networks.  SPT also upped Bob Connolly to VP/Advertiser Sales where he will work closely with the sales and planning departments to spotlight opportunities for advertisers in SPT’s shows including Seinfeld, The Dr. Oz Show and the upcoming The Queen Latifah Show as well as the emerging cross-platform network, FEARnet.  Bob reports to Stuart Zimmerman, EVP/US Ad Sales.

Sonar Entertainment, formerly known as RHI Entertainment, appointed David Ozer as EVP/Head of Global Sales.  Reporting to Stewart Till, CEO, David will supervise the daily operations of the worldwide sales team which has offices in New York, Spain, the UK, Germany and Australia.  In addition, Sonar moved John Alexander into the new role as SVP/Head of International Sales, reporting to David Ozer; and Torquil Macneal who departed RHI in 2010 returns to Sonar as SVP/International Sales.  David is based in New York while John is based in London and Torquil is located in Sydney.

The New York headquarters of Leopard Films USA hired Laura Deen as Associate VP/Development to manage the newly-established food division for the company.  Laura will manage the development and production in this unit as well as be an executive producer of its programming. 

WNET, parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV, promoted Donald Lee and Natasha Padilla to Senior Publicist and Lindsey Bernstein to Junior Publicist.  Donald, Natasha and Lindsey all report to Kellie Specter, Senior Director/Communications.  Furthermore, Debbie Falk has joined NJTV as Director/Communications
Los Angeles-based Citizen Skull Productions tagged Bret Schafer as a Development Producer to be involved in developing both international and domestic properties.  Bret is joining after working in the international television market in addition to Cartoon Network US.

Beginning this fall, Laura Gibson takes on the newly-minted role as Creative Director/Comedy Entertainment with ITV Studios.  Laura will oversee the development and serve as executive producer of unscripted comedy entertainment formats for ITV network as well as non-ITV network channels.  She will also be involved with nurturing new comedy talent and manage a new comedy development team.  Laura reports to Shu Greene, Director/Entertainment.



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INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED: Summer Intern (NYC/LI). Outgoing college sr.w/strong credentials. Comm.Major exp.TV editing,sports announce/writing. Seeks position w/possible career potential. Resume on request. [email protected] (7/24)

SITUATION WANTED: AFFIL SALES/MKTG: 10+ yrs as Sr Dir/Dir building relationships & generating increased sales & results. Available for domestic & international travel/relocation. & [email protected] (7/21)

SITUATION WANTED: DOCUMENTARY RESEARCHER/CONTENT DEVELOPER: Researcher, interviewer, and project/content developer w/ exp. in TV, indie film, and major prod. co. seeks full/part-time, also projects. 347-313-4335. (7/21)

SITUATION WANTED: EXPERIENCED MARKETING PROFESSIONAL: MBA grad seeks marketing position. Previous experience in sales, account management, retail marketing and theatrical distribution with the NBA and film studios. [email protected] (7/19)

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 888.702.3858 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email [email protected] for specs.


ABC: The Middle [r], Suburgatory [r], Modern Family [r], Modern Family [r], Final Witness
AZTECA: Quiero Ser Grupero, Al Extremo, Fabrica de Huevos, Fabrica de Huevos
CBS: Big Brother, Criminal Minds [r], CSI [r]
CW: America’s Next Top Model [r], America’s Next Top Model [r]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
ION: Cold Case, Cold Case, Cold Case
NBC: Betty White’s Off Their Rocker [r], Up All Night [r], America’s Got Talent, Law & Order: SVU [r]
PBS: Nature, Nova, Nova
TELE: Una Maid en Manhattan, Rosa Diamante, Corazon Valiente, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal
UNIV: Por Ella Soy Eva, Abismo de Pasion, La Que No Podia Amar

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