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Good Morning. It’s Wednesday, July 5, 2006, and this is your first early morning briefing.

NBC Sports and the Arena Football League (AFL) have parted ways amicably as both organizations did not reach an agreement to extend their broadcasting contract. The AFL will begin immediate talks with other entities to find a new broadcasting home.

Tonight’s Premiere:
CBS:    Rock Star at 8p


Donald Trump is getting fully into the television business with the news that he is launching his own LA-based production company – name not yet finalized.  According to Variety, the prod house will be headed by former Apprentice competitor Andy Litinsky who has been biding his Trump time in the real estate development business these last couple of years.  First project to come out of the new shingle is likely to be the Monopoly-based show being developed by RJ Cutler and Trump.

A couple of programming notes from ABC:  The fall Tuesday 9p series has been retitled from Let’s Rob…. to Knights of Prosperity.  And as of Wednesday, July 26, ABC will add a second edition of Primetime to the primetime schedule, this one dubbed Primetime: Medical Mysteries, and running for at least five weeks.  

TV One will air a premiere episode of Living It Up With Patti LaBelle on July 16 at 1030p, airing regularly thereafter on Saturdays at 11a and Sundays at 230p.  The episode will take a behind-the-scenes look of a historic reunion of the 1970s girl group Labelle, the trio of Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx. Leading up to the premiere, TV One will air a classic episode of It’s Showtime at the Apollo with Patti LaBelle, Kashif and host Sinbad as well as a mini-marathon of season two episodes of the Patti show.

Who do you think should be the fifth chatter on ABC’s The View replacing Star Jones?  The majority of your votes went to – in rank order – Gayle King, Kathie Griffin, Aisha Tyler and Connie Chung.  And on the guy side – two possibilities came up more than a few times – Tony Danza, Mario Cantone and Harvey Fierstein.

In other news – Murray Janofsky, better known to audiences as comedian and game show host Jan Murray, passed away on Sunday at the age of 89.  Murray’s television career began in the early 1950s as a game show host on Sing it Again, Treasure Hunt and Jan Murray Time, among others. He made numerous guest appearances on shows including Dr. Kildare, TheMan from U.N.C.L.E., all the way up to more recent shows such as It’s a Living and My Two Dads in 1989, and as a popular participant in celebrity hosts.  He is survived by his wife Toni, their son Warren and two daughters Diane and Celia.

And an update on Roger Ebert who was taken in for emergency surgery on Saturday evening.  He is in critical condition but stable, and according to his wife, the doctors say he is responding well.  Ebert had undergone surgery in mid-June to remove a non-life threatening cancerous growth. It was a complication from that surgery which required emergency attention this past weekend.

Loooooooooong Weekend Box Office Estimates: June 30-July 4, 2006
Superman Returns (Warner Bros.)          $73.9 million – opening week total $106m (opened last Tuesday w/preview)
The Devil Wears Prada (Fox)                 $39.6 million – opening weekend
Click (SonyRevolution)                         $29.0 million – 2 wk total $87.5m
Cars (Buena Vista)                              $22.1 million – 4 wk total $190.1m
Nacho Libre (Paramount)                      $9.5 million – 3 wk total $68.3m
The Lake House (Warner Bros.)             $6.7 million – 3 wk total $40.9m
Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift (Universal)    $6.3 million – 3 wk total $53.4m
Waist Deep (Rogue Pictures)                 $4.6 million – 2 wk total $16.5m
The Break Up (Universal)                      $4.6 million – 5 wk total $111.8m
The DaVinci Code (Sony)                      $3.7 million – 7 wk total $211.2m
Source: Box Office Mojo


Morgan Fairchild will join the cast of MyNetworkTV’s drama series Fashion House opposite Bo Derek. The series, about corruption and greed in the fashion industry, will debut on the new primetime general entertainment network September 5 at 9p. Fairchild’s character is the long-time enemy of Derek’s character, and the two plot revenge on each other at every turn.

CBS has ordered up a pilot with executive producer Ben Stiller and starring Stiller’s wife Christine Taylor. Stiller will also appear from time to time on the show in a recurring role. The show will be based on Taylor’s life as a small town girl who made it big in Hollywood.

NBC has also just given the go-ahead for a new pilot from Dan Fogelman, writer of the feature film Cars. Per Hollywood Reporter, the comedy is called Lipshitz Saves the World about a teenage guy named Adam Lipshitz, who may not be the coolest guy in school, but he feels he is destined to save the world.


Mitch Feinman has been upped to SVP/Fox Mobile Entertainment, where he will identify and create new distribution channels for the company’s content worldwide. Since the company’s inception in January 2005, Mitch, in his previous position as VP/Digital Content, was responsible for coining the term Mobisode – short episodes created exclusively for mobile phones – and produced a series of them surrounding the show 24. Mitch reports directly to Lucy Hood, President/Fox Mobile Entertainment.


Thursday – A18-49 Analysis: CBS took the reins Thursday night to win with a 2.5/8 A18-49, according to fast affiliate ratings from Nielsen Media Research. FOX was a close runner up at 2.3/8, followed by NBC 1.8/6, UNIV 1.7/5, ABC 1.6/5, UPN 0.7/3, WB 0.6/2 and TELE 0.4/1. At 8p, competition was thick yet CBS with Game Show Marathon prevailed with 1.8/7. Then at 9p, FOX broke away from the pack to win with So You Think You Can Dance? at 3.2/10. CBS’ repeat of Without a Trace topped off the night at 10p giving the network a second #1 at 2.8/9.
Live + Same Day Ratings: Thursday, June 29, 2006 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS     6.5/12    Game Show Marathon 4.9/9, CSI [r] 7.2/13, Without a Trace [r] 7.3/13

ABC      3.8/7    Master of Champions 3.2/6, Primetime (2 hours) 4.0/7

FOX      3.8/7     That 70’s Show [r] 2.1/4, That 70’s Show [r] 2.5/5, So You Think You Can Dance? 5.2/9

NBC      3.0/5    My Name Is Earl [r] 3.3/7, The Office [r] 2.5/5, The Office [r] 2.6/5, My Name Is Earl [r] 2.7/5, Windfall 3.3/6

UNIV   1.9/3   La Fea Más Bella 2.2/4, Barrera de Amor 2.0/4, Noticias Univision Presenta 1.5/3

UPN     1.3/2   Everybody Hates Chris  [r] 1.8/3, Love, Inc. [r] 1.3/2, Eve [r] 1.1/2, Cuts [r] 0.9/2

WB       1.1/2   Smallville [r] 1.3/3, Supernatural [r] 1.0/2

TELE    0.6/1   Tierra de Pasiones 0.5/1, Amores De Mercado 0.6/1, Decisiones 0.7/1

A18-49:  CBS 2.5/8, FOX 2.3/8, NBC 1.8/6, UNIV 1.7/5, ABC 1.6/5, UPN 0.7/3, WB 0.6/2, TELE 0.4/1

Friday – A18-49 Analysis: ABC and CBS tied on Friday night, each earning a modest 1.5/6 A18-49 rating according to fast affiliate numbers from Nielsen Media Research.  NBC was #2 with a 1.4/5, followed closely by Univ 1.3/5, UPN 1.2/5, Fox 0.8/3, WB 0.7/3, Tele 0.3/1.  At 8p NBC’s edition of Dateline led with a 1.6/7, just a single share point ahead of both ABC and CBS for the hour. At 9p ABC’s repurposing of ABC Family’s newest series Kyle XY won the hour with a 1.6/6. #2 at 9p was a horserace between CBS, UPN and Univision, each of whom posted a 5 share. And at 10p CBS was in from with a repeat of Numb3rs earning a 1.7/6.

Live + Same Day Ratings: Friday, June 30, 2006 – time period averages. Source: Nielsen Media Research

CBS     4.3/9   Ghost Whisperer [r] 3.7/8, Close to Home [r] 4.4/9, Numb3rs [r] 4.7/9

NBC     3.8/8   Dateline NBC 4.3/9, Las Vegas [r] 2.6/5, Law & Order [r] 4.5/9

ABC     3.4/7   AFV[r] 3.5/7, Kyle XY 3.4/7, 20/20 3.3/6

UPN     2.4/5   Friday Night Smackdown 2.4/5

UNIV    1.7/3   La Fea Mas Bella 1.8/4, Barrera de Amor 1.7/3, El Gordo y la Flaca (Edicion Especial) 1.6/3

FOX     1.5/3   24 [r] 1.4/3, 24 [r] 1.6/3

WB      1.3/3   What I Like About You [r] 1.1/2, Twins [r] 1.1/2, Reba [r] 1.6/3, Living with Fran [r] 1.5/3

TELE    0.4/1   Tierra de Pasiones 0.5/1, Amores De Mercado 0.4/1, Decisiones 0.4/1

A18-49           ABC and CBS 1.5/6, NBC 1.4/5, Univ 1.3/5, UPN 1.2/5, Fox 0.8/3, WB 0.7/3, Tele 0.3/1


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The History Channel presents This Day in History:
1946-At a swimming pool in Paris, Louis Reard, a French designer, unveils his scandalous creation: a skimpy two-piece swimsuit.  Reard paid a Parisian showgirl, Micheline Bernardini, to model the swimsuit, which he dubbed the “bikini” after the U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.

Answer to Friday’s trivia question courtesy of Brian Smith-WICC 600 AM/Bridgeport CT:  Who were the only four cast members of Laugh-In to remain through all its seasons? DAN  ROWAN, DICK MARTIN, GARY OWENS AND RUTH BUZZI   Kudos to: Mick Du Russel-Adavantage Productions/Lake Ronkonkoma, NY; Chris Jensen-Nielsen Media/ Clearwater, FL; David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NY; Roger Lyons-CBS4/Boston; Chuck Lomis-Starz Entertainment/Englewood CO; Joe E Dale-Me-TV/Chicago; Bob Dickinson-KDAF-TV WB33/Dallas; Alan PerrisTV Academy-North Hollywood, CA; Alan Perris-TV Academy/N. Hollywood CA; Shari Siskind-Koladich-The Comedy Network/Toronto


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JOB OPENING: SR MOTION DESIGNER/Natl Geographic Channel / Washington, DC: design & produce on-air promos and show graphics, 3+ yrs design experience in cable or broadcast motion graphic design experience req, (7/12)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES RESEARCH COORD/Natl Geographic Channel/NY: Provide research support for ad sls dept, maintain dbase, presentations, data runs, estimates, 1+ yrs in media research, strong PC skills, (7/12)

JOB OPENING: UNIT PUBLICIST/NY: Assertive/energetic unit pub/overall pt on court shows. Dev/execute local press, oversee unit, on-set activities. 5+ yrs & strong press, writing, talent rel skills req’d. Email: [email protected] (7/12)

JOB OPENING: EXPERIENCED PRODUCTION MANAGER/CG animated pre school-series. NYC: Contact: [email protected] (7/12)

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JOB OPENING: SR. MRKTNG MGR/Premiere Radio Ntwrks/NY: 5+ yrs Ad Sales Mktg & Client Solutions exp req’d, create sales tools, concept messaging for ad community, create mktg solutions for clients. (7/11)

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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT: Wednesday, July 5, 2006

ABC             George Lopez [r], Freddie [r], Lost [r], Lost [r]
CBS             Rock Star [p], Rock Star, CSI: Miami [r]
FOX             So You Think You Can Dance?
NBC             America’s Got Talent [r], America’s Got Talent, Law & Order [r]
i                       Sue Thomas F. B. Eye, Doc, Diagnosis Murder
UPN             One On One [r], All Of Us [r], Eve [r], Cuts [r]
WB              Blue Collar TV, Blue Collar TV [r], One Tree Hill [r]
TELE            Tierra de Pasiones, Amores De Mercado, Decisiones
UNIV            La Fea  Mas Bella, Barrera de Amor, Don Francisco Presenta

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