Wednesday, June 25th, 2008



The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show Host (4th Consecutive Year)
Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show – Morning Program
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction / Set Decoration / Scenic Design
Outstanding Achievement in Live & Direct to Tape Sound Mixing

The Tyra Banks Show
Outstanding Talk Show – Informative



Good morning. It’s Wednesday, June 25, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.

The Democratic National Convention Committee made Comcast Corporation the Convention’s official cable television and VOD provider. Comcast will provide complete Spanish-language coverage of the Democratic Convention from the Pepsi Center in Denver from August 25-28 via online streaming at This is the first time a national political convention has been simulcast in Spanish and made available to a worldwide audience. Additionally, Comcast will offer speech highlights and Spanish-language content from each night through its national VOD service to its more than 16 million Comcast digital cable subscribers. The VOD content will also be available for distribution on other cable systems across the U.S.

Tonight’s Premieres:
PBS: Great Lodges of the National Parks at 89, Nova Science Now at 9p
NBC: The Baby Borrowers at 9p
PBS: NOVA ScienceNOW at 9p
ABC:  Primetime Crime at 10p
Bravo: Shear Genius at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
ABC:  Wife Swap at 8p
The CW: Farmer Wants a Wife at 9p

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Beginning soon after the July 4th holiday, Food Network will introduce the first of six new series this summer:

  • Grill It! with Bobby Flay – Thirteen viewers auditioned for the chance to grill beside Chef Bobby Flay. Premieres July 6 at 9a.
  • How’d That Get On My Plate? – Host Sunny Anderson follows a single ingredient from its origins to the plate. Premieres July 7 at 930p.
  • Road Tasted with the Neelys – Pat and Gina Neely visit several cities where they put the spotlight on family-owned specialty food product businesses. Premieres July 22 at 930p.
  • Food Detectives – Ted Allen hosts this show that uses science to test various food myths. Premieres July 29 at 9p.
  • Ask Aida – Aida Mollenkamp cooks while solving viewer’s cooking problems in this interactive series. Premieres August 2 at 1230p.
  • The Cooking Loft – Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli invites four cooking students to her cooking loft for lessons and tips. Premieres August 31 at 12p.

CBS ordered six more episodes of Million Dollar Password hosted by Regis Philbin. Airing on Sundays at 8p, the game show so far has averaged 9.46 million viewers, a 2.0/6 among A18-49 and a 2.6/8 with A25-54. FremantleMedia North America Inc. produces.

FX will pay approximately $11 million for the exclusive cable network-window rights to air the Sony film You Don’t Mess With the Zohan starring Adam Sandler, reported Variety. FX’s window opens in 2010 following the exclusive pay-TV run on Starz. Sony may also try to sell one or two runs of Zohan to a broadcast network within the license terms of the cable contract.

Discovery Communications and Blockbuster Inc. formed a partnership where nonfiction series and programs from Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Kids and The Military Channel will be sold in more than 2,500 participating Blockbuster stores nationwide. More than three dozen titles in total will be offered such as Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild and Dirty Jobs; Animal Planet’s Meerkat Manor; TLC’s Best of Little People Big World; The Military Channel’s Wings and Battlefield Diaries; and other specials like Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and Planet Earth. Some Blockbuster stores will also have dedicated Discovery-branded displays and trailers promoting the shows will air on its in-store television network.

Broadcast Evening News Ratings Wrap-Up: The final results for the week of June 16, 2008:
NBC: 7.99 million total viewers and 2.1/9 A25-54
ABC: 7.04 million total viewers and 1.8/8 A25-54
CBS: 5.71 million total viewers and 1.4/6 A25-54

Starting July 15, TLC is offering viewers a wedding block as season two of Say Yes to the Dress produced by Half Yard Productions opens at 8p followed by the series debut of Rock the Reception at 830p. In each episode of Rock the Reception, married choreography team Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo work with two different couples as they rehearse a first dance routine for the wedding reception.

Also premiering on July 15 will be MTV’s latest reality competition series From G’s to Gents at 10p. Fonzworth Bentley will mentor and life-coach the young male contestants as they participate in various challenges to drop their bad boy images and make changes that will alter their lives. The winner will receive $100,000 to start their new life.

Telemundo announced plans to debut a new live two-hour show, Levantate in the morning day part. Produced by Telemundo’s WKAQ/Puerto Rico, the show will be a combination of talk with entertainment news, current events and viewer interactivity woven in. Levantate will premiere after Telemundo finishes covering the 2008 Olympic Games.

Spike TV’s live finale of The Ultimate Fighting Championship last Saturday (9p) punched in a 1.9 rating with M18-49 and a 2.3 rating among M18-34.

Raycom Media is selling WTVR/Richmond to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $85 million, according to TVNewsday. Sinclair already owns the FOX affiliate in Richmond, WRLH. Since the FCC prohibits the single ownership of two top-rated TV stations in a market, Sinclair will spin-off WRLH to Carma Broadcasting. Both deals are expected to close this third quarter and are pending FCC approval.

Fred Powers, 49, News Reporter at WGCL/Atlanta, the CBS affiliate owned by Meredith Broadcasting, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held today at 1p at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church in Atlanta. 


Joining the cast of Law & Order: SVU as the newest Assistant District Attorney is Michaela McManus, who most recently was seen on The CW’s One Tree Hill in a recurring role. 

Laurie Metcalf is cast in The CW’s new drama series Easy Money which will air on Sunday nights at 9p and is programmed for the network by MRC. The series is about a family of loan sharks dominated by the mother played by Laurie.

Also for The CW, Anne Archer will co-star in the drama series Privileged (formerly titled Surviving the Filthy Rich and How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls). Anne, who replaces Marsha Mason from the pilot episode, will play Laurel Limoges, a wealthy grandmother raising her twin granddaughters. The series is scheduled for the Tuesday 9p time slot this fall.

GSN has named hosts of its revivals of classic gamers The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.  Signed on to host The Dating Game is actress Kim Coles, and comedian Judy Gold will take the emcee duties at The Newlywed Game, per THR.

Casting Call: NBC’s The Biggest Loser will host an 11-city search for contestants to appear on season seven. For this edition, producers want pairs from family members and spouses to dating couples, co-workers and best friends. All candidates must be at least 18 years old and legal U.S. citizens. The audition cities include: Louisville, Oklahoma City, New York City, Detroit, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, Charlotte, Miami and Los Angeles. Those auditioning in person must bring a non-returnable photo of themselves and their partner. The show’s casting team guarantees the first 500 applicants in line will be seen in each casting city. For more information or if you cannot attend one of the 11 casting calls, visit .


CYNOPSIS DIGITAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY: Nokia offered to buy the 52% of mobile software firm Symbian it doesn’t already own for about $410 million. The company plans to create a consortium with Sony Ericsson, Motorola, NTT DoCoMo and others to release Symbian’s software to manufactures royalty-free in an attempt to simplify the fragmented mobile software marketplace for developers. Nokia is fighting for its life as Apple gears up for the subsidized launch of the 3G iPhone in more than 70 countries and Research in Motion works with manufactures on more refined BlackBerry devices. Symbian is one of the leading operating system creators for smartphones worldwide with about 60% of the installed market (most of it in Europe and Asia.)   Full edition: CYN DIGITAL.

CYNOPSIS KIDS – TODAY’S TOP STORY: DreamWorks picks up the feature film rights to The 39 Clues, a multiplatform adventure series from Scholastic Media, per Variety.  Steven Spielberg, who might direct, is set to produce the movie with Scholastic Media President Debra Forte.  Targeted to Kids/tween 8-12 The 39 Clues, which launches September 9, encourages kids to read and solve the mystery of the central family in the property.  The 39 Clues includes a 10-book series by author Rick Riordan, which will be released over the course of the next two years, as well as an online game, trading cards. Full edition: CYN KIDS.

Idol‘s Nigel Lythgoe to accept NATPE’s Innovator Award at LATVF – Jul 31 – Buy Ticket .

CYNOPSIS INTERNATIONAL – TODAY’S TOP STORY:  BBC Worldwide is acquiring Australia’s subscription TV channel, UK.TV with the official takeover happening on July 1.  As one of three stakeholders in the company (formerly with a 20% share), BBC Worldwide’s Channels business has bought the remaining shares from joint partners FOXTEL and FremantleMedia to become UK.TV’s 100% owner. BBC Worldwide and FOXTEL also teamed up to launch 3 new channels in Australia from the new BBC-branded international portfolio. BBC HD launched earlier in June as the first on the new FOXTEL HD+ service. BBC Knowledge and CBeebies will be the first BBC channels to launch on FOXTEL in the middle of 2009. BBC World News, already available on FOXTEL, is the last of the BBC Worldwide’s 5-channel availability.   Full edition: CYN INTERNATIONAL.


Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Network Rankings among A18-49 for the week of: 6/16-6/22/08
Primetime      (000)        Total Pgm Day           (000)
USA               1337         NAN*                       655
TNT               1066         TNT                          637
TBSC              915          ADSM*                     620
SPK                762          USA                          618
DISC              681          NICK                         565
CMDY             661          TBSC                         496
FX                  658          ESPN                         427
LIF                 655          LIF                            422
AEN               647          AEN                           375
SCIFI              551          SPK                            374
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 112,800,000 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 Total Viewers for the week of: 6/16-6/22/08      
Primetime       (000)         Total Pgm Day              (000)
USA                2985         NICK                          2248
TNT                2234         NAN*                          1540
NAN               1662         USA                            1334
TBSC              1599         TNT                            1285
LIF                 1584         ADSM*                        1183
FOXN             1542         TOON                          1177
TOON             1391         LIF                               923
SPK               1386         TBSC                             863
SCIFI              1350         FOXN                             835
ESPN             1330         ESPN                              794
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 112,800,000 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: 6/16-6/22/08
TNT     Sprint Cup Racing/Sonoma                         2749
USA     WWE Entertainment 10p                            2679
USA     WWE Entertainment 9p                              2672
USA     Law & Order: CI                                        2094
LIF      Army Wives                                              1978
DISC   Deadliest Catch                                         1881
USA     In Plain Sight                                           1877
ADSM   Family Guy 6/16 1130p                              1829
HIST    Ice Road Truckers                                     1803
ADSM   Family Guy 6/22 11p                                 1685
Source Turner Research from Nielsen Media Research Data.
All ratings based on Total U.S. Television
Universe of 112,800,000 homes

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of 6/16-6/22/08
ABC    NBA Finals on ABC  Game 6                     6.9/20      
FOX    Hell’s Kitchen                                       4.0/11      
NBC    America’s Got Talent                             3.7/10
FOX    So You Think You Can Dance  WED          3.3/10      
FOX    So You Think You Can Dance  THU           3.1/9        
FOX    House  MON 9P                                     2.8/8
CBS    Two and a Half Men                               2.7/8
FOX    Family Guy                                           2.7/8
ABC    The Bachelorette                                   2.5/7
FOX    The Moment of Truth                             2.4/8       
Source Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Saturday – A18-49 Analysis:  FOX was the victor Saturday night at 1.7/7 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. With its “bad boys” FOX led at 8p with two Cops episodes averaging a 1.6/6 and through 9p FOX stayed in the top spot with America’s Most Wanted at 1.8/7. CBS’ encore of 48 Hours Mystery won during 10p with 1.2/4.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, June 21, 2008 time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 3.2/6            Crimetime Saturday 3.4/7, Crimetime Saturday 2.5/5, 48 Hours Mystery [r] 3.7/7

FOX: 3.0/6           Cops 2.7/6, Cops [r] 3.0/6, America’s Most Wanted 3.3/6

NBC: 2.9/6             Olympic Trials: Women’s Gymnastics 2.9/6, Law & Order: CI [r] 2.9/6

ABC: 2.0/4             Wonderful World of Disney: Camp Rock 2.0/4

UNIV: 1.2/2          Sabado Gigante 1.2/2

TELE: 0.6/1          Cine en Casa [7p] 0.5/1, Rumbo Pregame 0.3/1, Rumbo al Mundial: Mexico vs. Belize 0.7/1

A18-49: FOX 1.7/7, NBC 1.1/4, ABC 0.9/3, CBS 0.8/3, UNIV 0.8/3, TELE 0.6/2

Sunday – A18-49 Analysis:  NBC was the overall winner Sunday night with 2.1/6 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. As a preview for the upcoming Olympic Games, NBC won at 7p with the Women’s Gymnastics Olympic Trials coverage at 1.7/6 and again at 8p with 2.3/7. FOX took the 9p hour with an average of Family Guy and America Dad at 2.4/7. Then it was back to NBC for the final win of the night as Dateline posted a 2.5/7.   

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, June 22, 2008 – time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 5.3/9        60 Minutes [r] 6.2/12, Million Dollar Password 5.4/9, Cold Case [r] 4.9/8, Criminal Minds [r] 4.6/8

NBC: 4.7/8      Olympic Trials: Women’s Gymnastics 3.9/7, Dateline 5.5/9

ABC: 3.1/5     America’s Funniest Home Videos 3.1/6, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [r] 3.7/6, Desperate Housewives [r] 2.0/3

FOX: 2.3/4      Don’t Forget the Lyrics! [r] 1.5/3,  The Simpsons [r] 2.5/4, King of the Hill [r] 2.5/4, Family Guy [r] 3.3/5, American Dad [r] 2.7/4

UNIV: 1.6/3     Horo Pico 1.0/2, Familia P. Luche 1.0/2, Gran Final Yo Amo a Juan Querendon 1.8/3

CW: 0.6/1         One Tree Hill [r] 0.5/1, Everybody Hates Chris [r] 0.5/1, The Game [r] 0.5/1, The Game [r] 0.7/1, Girlfriends [r] 0.6/1

TELE: 0.3/0       Cine Nuestro 0.3/1, Cine Millonario 0.2/0

A18-49: NBC 2.1/6, FOX 1.8/5, ABC 1.6/5, CBS 1.5/4, UNIV 1.5/4, CW 0.3/1, TELE 0.2/1

Monday – A18-49 Analysis:  CBS began the week in #1 Monday night at 2.3/7 A18-49, according to final national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. Starting off though, it was ladies night as The Bachelorette on ABC won at 8p with 2.2/7 and again at 9p with 2.8/8. CBS was secure during 10p as the CSI: Miami repeat came in first with 2.2/6.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, June 23, 2008 – time period averages. Source: NTI Galaxy, as dated. Live+SD.

CBS: 4.7/8          The Big Bang Theory 3.4/6, How I Met Your Mother [r] 3.5/6, Two and a Half Men [r] 5.8/10, Rules of Engagement [r] 4.5/7, CSI: Miami [r] 5.5/10

FOX: 4.5/8            Bones [r] 4.1/7, House [r] 4.8/8

ABC: 4.4/8             The Bachelorette 5.3/9, The Mole 2.8/5

NBC: 3.5/6           American Gladiators 3.1.5, Nashville Star 3.8/6

UNIV: 2.1/4          Al Diablo con los Guapos 2.3/4, Fuego en la Sangre 2.2/4, Cristina 2.1/4

CW: 0.8/1            Gossip Girl [r] 0.9/2, One Tree Hill [r] 0.7/1

TELE: 0.7/1          La Traicion 0.5/1, Victoria 0.8/1, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso 0.6/1

MNT: 0.5/1           Celebrity Expose [r] 0.5/1, Celebrity Expose [r] 0.5/1

A18-49: CBS 2.3/7, ABC 2.2/7, FOX 2.1/6, NBC 1.8/5, UNIV 1.8/5, CW 0.5/2, TELE 0.4/1, MNT 0.3/1


A&E Television Networks (AETN) advanced Robert DeBitetto to President/GM of A&E Network and Bio Channel. Robert will manage content across all platforms for A&E, Bio as well as Crime & Investigation Network and the brand extensions of each. In addition, Robert will supervise programming, strategic planning, acquisitions, consumer marketing, brand development, public relations and on-air promotions for the three networks, as well as overseeing the company’s feature documentary unit, A&E IndieFilms. Robert reports to Abbe Raven, President/CEO, A&E Television Networks.

Razor & Tie Entertainment upgraded Iris Pagan-Frank to Controller up from Assistant Controller. Based at the company’s headquarters in New York City, Iris reports to Angela Alvino, VP/Finance and Operations.

Peter Marks was appointed VP/Development with Chicago-based Towers Productions, Inc. Peter will manage the creative and business development functions as well as client relationships and the Development Department personnel. He will continue to report jointly to Jonathan Towers, Chairman/Executive Producer and William Fisher, CEO.

Robin Thomas was added as SVP/Strategic Research with Disney-ABC Domestic Television (DADT). Robin will head all market and program research for DADT involving first-run and off-net programming, cable and new media. Based at the company’s Burbank headquarters, Robin will report to Janice Marinelli, President, DADT.

Relativity Media tapped Tom Forman as CEO for Relativity Real, a new reality and alternative television production, sales and distribution unit. Tom will manage the daily operations and also be Executive Producer on many Relativity Real projects. Tom, who led Tom Forman Productions, brought over his staff that includes Jonathan Karsh as SVP/Creative Affairs, Brad Bishop as EVP/Production and Julie Link as VP/Development.



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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Wednesday, June 25, 2008

ABC: Wife Swap [f ], Supernanny, Primetime: Crime [p ]
AZTECA: Vidas Al Limite, Historias Engarzadas, Bellezas Indomables
CBS: Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular [r], Criminal Minds [r], CSI: NY [r]
CW: America’s Next Top Model [r], Farmer Wants a Wife [f ]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
ION: Quantum Leap, The Dead Zone, ER
MNT: Under One Roof [r], Whacked Out Videos [r], Meet My Folks [r]
NBC: Deal or No Deal, Baby Borrowers [p ], Celebrity Circus
PBS: Great Lodges of the National Parks [p ], Nova Science Now [p ], Carrier
TELE: La Traicion, Victoria, Sin Senos No Hay Paraiso
UNIV: Al Diablo con los Guapos, Fuego en la Sangre, Don Francisco Presenta

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Cynopsis 04/18/24: “For All Mankind” gets a spinoff

"For All Mankind" gets a spinoff

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM NEXSTAR ADVERTISING NEXSTAR ADVERTISING We are the home of the next generation of athletes, entertainers, icons, influencers and thought leaders CW ENTERTAINMENT, CW SPORTS, NEWSNATION, THE HILL, ANTENNA TV, AMERICA’S #1 LOCAL BROADCASTER 100% U.S. linear + digital presence. 200+ Owned or Partner Stations in 117 markets. 220M Americans reached every […]

04/17/24: Cynopsis Jobs

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DIRECT RESPONSE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE TV One NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Carry out the entire sales process from initial contact to deal close as well as build and maintain exceptional relationships with advertisers and agencies by communicating TV One Network’s values and brand strength. Full info HERE *** […]

Cynopsis Digital Out of Home 04/17/24: SambaTV and GSTV team to analyze ad effectiveness; Vistar Media expands in Latin America

Wednesday April 17, 2024 SambaTV and GSTV have teamed for a national quick-service restaurant brand and a national CPG brand to analyze the reach and frequency of GSTV campaigns compared to national and local TV schedules. “Our collaboration with GSTV unifies the impact of advertising effectiveness both in and out of the home,” said Samba […]

Cynopsis 04/17/24: Amazon picks up Travis Kelce-hosted game show

Wednesday April 17, 2024 Today’s Premieres Hulu: Under the Bridge; See You in Another Life Netflix: Our Living World; Don’t Hate the Player; The Grimm Variations; The Circle Speedvision: Helping Hands Garage at 8p TVMonde5USA: Sortez-mol de moi at 11:30p IN THE NEWS Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) want details about […]