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TNT has passed on renewing Trust Me for  second season.  The Erick McCormack/Tom Cavanagh dramedy debuted in January to 3.4 million viewers, tho that number fell off considerably thru the season. (Cynopsis 4/13)


MTV Networks and BET will launch HD feeds of many of its networks on the DISH Network, reports THR.  Of the network involved are BET, CMT, Spike, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CMT.  All will be available to those DISH subscribers who have the Classic Bronze 100 HD package. (Cynopsis 4/13)

Also on DISH, the NFL Network and the satellite provider have settled their issues – terms were not fully disclosed, but we do know that it includes carriage of the NFL Network on DISH in a new multiyear deal. (Cynopsis 4/13)

Showtime had four pilots in front of it for possible development, and has decided to pass on all four.  One of Possible Side Effects, written and directed by Tim Robbins and starring Josh Lucas; others included Ronna and Beverly from Lionsgate; The Farm, a spin off of The L Word; and The End of Steve starring Matthew Perry. (Cynopsis 4/13)

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Nickelodeon‘s “2009 Kids’ Choice Awards” attracted 7.7 million viewers Saturday night, the largest audience ever for the annual franchise. After the awards show, Nick debuted “The Penguins of Madagascar,” which pulled in 6.1 million viewers, a record for a premiere on the network. TVWeek.com (3/30) , Mediaweek (3/30)


MTV has ordered four more seasons of its long-running “The Real World” series. The current iteration, “The Real World: Brooklyn,” will wrap up Wednesday night, and producers already are at work on the show’s next stop: Cancun, Mexico. The Hollywood Reporter (3/30)

Haven’t we had enough? The Real World would be more interesting if we could periodically vote people off.


NBC invested two more seasons into high school football drama series Friday Night Lights. NBC and DirecTV have completed a 26-episode order agreement (13 eps per season) for the series produced by Universal Media Studios. The deal also allows Friday Night Lights to premiere on DirecTV with a second window on NBC. (Cynopsis 3/31)


Monty Python fans get ready for a new six-part, original documentary series, Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) is set to air on IFC this October from Eagle Rock Entertainment. Coinciding with the comedy troupe’s 40th anniversary, surviving members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will participate in this retrospective anthology taking viewers from the beginning through the end. (Cynopsis 3/31)

ABC barely got the new baby changed and diapered when it announced it cut the episode order for new midseason comedy In the Motherhood, per Variety. ABC will air just six episodes this season including the pilot, despite the network originally ordering 13 episodes. This news comes directly after ABC premiered the series last Thursday night to lukewarm reviews and ratings results: a 2.1/6 among A18-49 and 6.7 million viewers. ABC, though, says there isn’t room on the schedule for all 13 episodes as Ugly Betty returns in the time slot it has temporarily left open as of May 7. (Cynopsis 3/31)

ABC and Mark Burnett are working on a reality series Shark Tank, an adaptation of the British hit Dragon’s Den where ambitious entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to five multimillion tycoons in hopes of receiving investment money. ABC ordered seven episodes and this marks the first time the network partners with Burnett who has successful shows on the three other major broadcast networks. The format originated in Japan and is now a global hit with Dragon’s Den airing on BBC Two in the UK for six seasons and here in the US on BBC America. ABC has not yet set a premiere date for Shark Tank though sometime next season is probable. The five “sharks” have been tapped: Robert Herjavec (internet security systems), Kevin Harrington (infomercials), Barbara Corcoran (real estate), Kevin O’Leary (top Canadian investor) and Daymond John (FUBU sportswear). (Cynopsis 3/31)

The BBC version is so intriguing to me.  To anyone who counts themselves as an entrepreneur, you will deeply appreciate this series.

Fox is said to be planning to launch a Saturday late-night show featuring comedienne/actress Wanda Sykes. The show is believed to be more in the mold of Bill Maher’s show on HBO than a typical talk show. It will air Saturdays at 11 p.m. ET and will be an hour long. (Iwantmedia 3/31, http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/191000-EXCLUSIVE_Fox_Eyes_Wanda_Sykes_For_Saturday_Late_Night.php 3/31)


FOX is getting back into the reality dating/competition genre on a new series titled More to Love, reports THR. FOX along with partner Mike Fleiss, producer of The Bachelor, will focus on “average looking” people who are overweight and looking for love. The series will copy the format of The Bachelor as a group of real women compete for the attention of one guy who, according to producers, looks more like a Kevin James-type. (Cynopsis 3/31)

Starz Media tapped UK-born actor Andy Whitfield to portray the warrior hero Spartacus in the new action series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. In addition, Lucy Lawless was cast as Lucretia, who along with her husband Batiatus, own the Ludus or gladiator camp and thus Spartacus. Production on the series begins Wednesday in New Zealand and will open on Starz next January. Starz Media produces with Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Joshua Donen as executive producers. (Cynopsis 3/31)

Time Warner and Time Warner Cable began trading independently Monday, marking what Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes called “a new era for Time Warner.” Bewkes went on to say that his company is “committed to investing more money than last year in the top-notch content that defines our brands — while we run our businesses more efficiently than ever.” The Hollywood Reporter (3/30)

Time Warner’s spinoff of its cable division dropped the owner of Time magazine and Warner Bros. to third place among U.S. media companies, behind Disney and News Corp. Analysts say: “It’s better to be Disney than a company that’s a third of the size like Viacom.” (Iwantmedia 3/31, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a6m8W1j7WL9g 3/31)

(Below) The problem isn’t “supporting the infrastructure.” The problem is figuring out how to maneuver in a world with new entry-level competition encroaching in markets where your audience generally despises you.  This shouldn’t help that problem.

The newly spun-off Time Warner Cable will impose premium rates on big users of broadband in Web markets in Texas, New York and North Carolina. “We need a viable model to be able to support the infrastructure of the broadband business,” says CEO Glenn Britt. (Iwantmedia 3/31, http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/mar2009/tc20090331_726397.htm 3/31)

News Corp.’s Fox Soccer Channel is beating out Disney’s ESPN for the rights to show European Champions League soccer games next season. ESPN held the right since the 1994-95 season. ESPN shares Major League Soccer rights with Fox and other networks. (Iwantmedia 3/31, http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Fox-wins-US-TV-rights-to-apf-14796331.html 3/31)

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Nickelodeon will premiere the computer-generated series “The Penguins of Madagascar” on March 28. The series, based on the movie “Madagascar” from DreamWorks, will debut at 8 p.m. for a couple of weeks before settling into its regular time slot of Saturday mornings at 10 on April 18. TVWeek.com (3/11)


Comedy Central has secured the rights to televise comedian Dane Cook‘s latest stand-up special, “Isolated Incident.” The Viacom network will premiere the special May 17 at 10 p.m., release a related CD two days later and then follow that up in the summer or fall with a DVD. Variety (3/11)


BET’s second season premiere of its gospel competition series Sunday Best last Sunday at 9p, delivered a 1.3 coverage rating and attracted 1.7 million total viewers. In addition, the Sunday Best season opener was the #1 primetime original series on television among Black households. (Cynopsis 3/12)


CBS ordered four new scripts of its Monday night comedy How I Met Your Mother, per TVWeek. The early order is for the 2009-2010 season, allowing producers time to plan the show’s fifth season. The announcement also gives fans of the show a hopeful reprieve as the series will most likely be back in the fall with a full order. (Cynopsis 3/12)


FOX picked up the new 13-episode medical/mystery drama Mental from Fox Television Studios. The 60m series, slated to premiere this summer, is produced in association with Fox International Channels (FIC) and was shot at Fox TeleColobia last year in Bogota, Colombia. The series stars Chris Vance (Prison Break) as Dr. Jack Gallagher, a young psychiatrist who becomes Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital and subsequently butts heads with his new conservative boss and former lover, hospital administrator, Nora Skoff played by Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos). (Cynopsis 3/12)

NBC is rolling out a new reality competition series that embraces the family road trip, reports THR. Great American Road Trip, produced by BBC Worldwide, will focus on seven families as they drive cross-country to iconic tourist destinations like the Grand Canyon and at the same time watches as they compete in various elimination challenges. (Cynopsis 3/12)

Viewers will get a free preview of CBS College Sports Network starting this Friday through April 7, cites Multichannel News. The network, with 30 million subscribers currently, will be available during the preview to an additional 20 million subscribers. During the preview window, viewers can take in coverage of Men’s Division 1 college basketball tournament including two first-round out-of-market games and the tournament’s official highlights show, NCAA March Madness Highlights powered by Pontiac. Some of the affiliates participating in the preview are Dish Network, Charter and Comcast in Seattle and San Francisco as well as Time Warner Cable in New York City, Los Angeles and Texas. (Cynopsis 3/12)

Former Jericho star, Skeet Ulrich was picked to head CBS‘ drama pilot Back, reports THR. Produced by CBS Paramount, Back is about a man (Ulrich) who returns home after being reported missing for eight years following 9/11. (Cynopsis 3/12)


Ashley Jensen, seen recently on ABC’s Ugly Betty, was tapped for CBS‘ pilot Accidentally on Purpose, per THR. Jensen will play best friend to Jenna Elfman’s character, a movie critic who gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a younger man. (Cynopsis 3/12)

According to a study by Rider Research, the US pay-TV market is doing well as the number of pay-TV subscribers increased by 362,000 during fourth quarter 2008. The report bases its findings on data found in quarterly financial reports from phone, cable and satellite TV companies. The three companies that did the best were Verizon with 303,000 new subs, followed closely by DirecTV with 301,000 and AT&T with 264,000. Losses for fourth quarter were also reported from Comcast at -233,000 subs, Time Warner Cable at -197,000 and Dish Network at -102,000. (Cynopsis 3/12)

Comcast has used an array of aggressive pricing, innovative features and “triple-play” packaging to become the third-largest domestic phone company, the firm said. The country’s largest cable TV provider began offering phone service in the spring of 2005 and now has just under 6.5 million subscribers. Reuters (3/11)

Cablevision, the cable provider with the highest penetration of digital service in the country among the major cable players, has announced that it will stop offering customers analog TV service by the end of the year. Cablevision, which already has gone all-digital in parts of New York, said just 5% of its 3.1 million video subscribers currently were on the analog expanded-basic tier. Reuters (3/12) , The New York Times/GigaOm (3/12)

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E! registered more pre-Oscar viewing on its network as 3.2 million total viewers watched its two-hour Live from the Red Carpet show Sunday night at 6p, up 14% from a year ago. The show additionally captured a 2.43 HH rating. (Cynopsis 2/24)


In the ongoing battle for the attention of America’s youth, Nickelodeon has built a business model that, the Viacom network admits, borrows a thing or two from rival Disney Channel, the latest of which was Nickelodeon’s Feb. 16 launch of “Spectacular,” an upbeat musical that resembles Disney’s “High School Musical.” “I think they tapped into a genre that had been sleepy,” said Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami. “Now, it’s a genre that is open for everybody.” The New York Times (2/23)

The cast of “Glen Martin DDS,” about an eccentric dentist’s family, which will start on Nick at Nite this summer.


“Crash,” the first original series from Starz, received a new 13-episode order that will make up the series’ second season. The show, which stars Dennis Hopper, will have a new behind-the-scenes creative team in its sophomore outing, and about half of the cast, including Hopper, will remain on board. The Hollywood Reporter (2/23)


Univision’s finale of its novela Fuego en la Sangre (Burning for Revenge) last Friday night at 9p was #1 for the hour with all A18-34 and A18-49 viewers, across all languages. The one-hour conclusion attracted 1.8 million A18-34 viewers, 3.2 million A18-49 viewers and nearly 5.9 million total viewers. (Cynopsis 2/24)

VH1 is developing a reality series that will feature some of the “most compelling female residents” of Aspen, Colo., a representative for the network said. And, according to this report, the show is part of a new programming trend that features conspicuous consumption by the country’s moneyed set. Broadcasting & Cable (2/23)

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Viacom is developing a one-hour documentary on what is arguably the media conglomerate’s most-prized asset: “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Details are scant, but, according to this report, the documentary will likely run in July to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the animated show’s debut on Nickelodeon. MediaPost Communications (1/19)


Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Entertainment movie studio is cutting nearly 800 jobs, or 10% of its global work force, and is examining further cost reductions. Time Warner says it will post a loss for the year due to a $25 billion write-down of its cable, magazine and Internet assets. (Iwantmedia 1/20, http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/090120/time_warner_cuts.html 1/20)

The FCC has issued public notice that the franchising authorities of local governments do not have the right to regulate the basic-tier rates of cable companies coming into a new market. Regulation on the basic tier typically is eliminated once the FCC deems there is enough competition in a given market. Multichannel News (1/19)

Microsoft is disclosing that it has sold its entire 7.3% stake in Comcast, the biggest U.S. cable television operator. Twelve years after Microsoft’s initial investment in Comcast, the software giant’s “vision of a Windows-based gateway to the television still hasn’t materialized.” (Iwantmedia 1/20, http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2009/01/20/microsoft-sells-entire-comcast-stake 1/20)

Cablevision has won the right to continue deploying its set-top boxes with SmartCards through 2010. The FCC, however, said the cable provider must begin phasing in set-tops with downloadable security by July 1 of next year and must rely completely on that technology by the end of 2010. Multichannel News (1/19)

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Showtime has made final an exclusive deal with Summit Entertainment to bring 42 films released by Summit between 2008 and 2012 to the pay-cable channel’s programming slate. The centerpiece of the deal is “Twilight,” the wildly popular book-turned-movie about romantic vampires. Variety (12/4)


MTV’s finale episode of Paris Hilton’s My New BFF Tuesday night at 10p nabbed the highest rating of the season among P12-34 with a delivery of 1.8. (Cynopsis 12/5)


On the heels of announcing its premiere date, ABC decided to only order nine episodes, including the pilot, of midseason drama Cupid instead of 13 episodes, per THR/Live Feed. ABC also reduced the orders for new dramas Castle and The Unusuals to 10 episodes each, including the pilots. In further ABC news, the premiere date of its new reality series Homeland Security USA is scheduled for January 6 at 8p. The series, formerly titled Border Security will replace an hour-long According to Jim on this night. (Cynopsis 12/5)

As a reminder, Jeremy Piven played Cupid in the original.  Click the image below for a trailer of the show.


Viacom announced it is eliminating 850 employees or 7% of its workforce and initiating a salary freeze for senior staff. These moves are expected to save the company between $200 million and $250 million next year. The cuts will affect all divisions such as MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, Paramount Pictures, Neopets, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, BET among others. (Cynopsis 12/5)

The growth of video on the Web will not diminish the appetite of people watching on TV, they’ll just view content on both platforms, according to research from ESPN. Artie Bulgrin, ESPN’s chief research executive, referred to this additional viewing as “new markets of time.” MediaPost Communications (12/4)

Magna’s On-Demand Quarterly report indicates that 44% of U.S. television households will have some kind of digital video recorder by 2014, which will increase total viewing, but erode viewing impressions across the board. “While DVRs will continue to disproportionately impact younger target audiences and network prime time, the aging of our society and the gradually eroding importance of network prime time will likely render such targets incrementally less important in the years ahead,” said Brian Wieser, director of industry analysis for Magna. TVWeek.com (12/4)

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The latest video market share figures for September from Nielsen Online’s VideoCensus have been leaked to Beet.TV, and they show a huge 56 percent jump from Yahoo to 264 million videos streamed during the month. Yahoo’s share still pales next to YouTube’s 5.3 billion streams. But it pumped out 95 million more streams than in August, when Yahoo was trailing Fox (i.e., MySpace), MSN, and Nickelodeon, according to Nielsen Online. (Compare to comScore’s Video Metrix numbers from July, which had Yahoo in the fourth spot). (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/31/yahoo-does-something-right-leapfrogs-to-no-2-spot-in-web-video 10/31)

There is nothing like a downturn to force a company focus on the bottom line, even a company like Google whose bottom line is still growing at a healthy pace. Continuing its recent efforts to juice advertising revenues wherever it can, Google is changing the way ads are placed on its search results pages. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/31/google-tweaks-adwords-again-to-reward-quality-and-juice-revenues 10/31)

Google has announced that it will now begin including scanned documents in its search results – a feat that requires an immense amount of processing power and advanced image recognition technology. Unlike standard text documents, scanned files don’t contain any text data that Google’s spiders can index. Instead, Google has employed Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, converting photos of words into digital text files. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/10/30/google-now-indexes-scanned-documents 10/30)

The prospects for a Web-advertising partnership between Google and Yahoo are dimming, with both sides said to be considering walking away from the deal. The two companies are believed to be unwilling to make compromises to address the U.S. Justice Department‘s objections. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122540817013886075.html 10/31)

Microblogging site Twitter is teaming up with the blog techPresident to provide a useful tool for voters this year. The Twitter Vote Report will compile reports from polls on election day to help spread the word about broken voting machines, long lines and other problems that have disenfranchised thousands of voters in years past. (Cynopsis 10/31)

Youth targeted community site MyFirstVote.tv launched a “Wake Up Call” service, offering to call first time registered voters on election day to make sure they don’t space going to the polls. (Cynopsis 10/31)

David Lynch is at work on a web series for On Networks based on his very Lynchian book Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity, per ReelPop. (Cynopsis 10/31)

Strong growth in display advertising on CNET, increasing from $35.9 million Q3 2007 to $140.7 million last quarter, was a bright spot for CBS during an otherwise challenging time. Combining the uniques of CBS and CNET put the company at the #7 spot in terms of web brands. Adjusted net Q3 earnings from continuing operations were $290.3 million for CBS overall, versus $357.8 million for the same quarter last year. (Cynopsis 10/31)

Internet-age users overwhelmingly back Barack Obama for U.S. president, according to a poll by News Corp.’s MySpace. Survey data collected during a year of “unprecedented” online political discourse shows that 60% of the millions of eligible voters on MySpace prefer Obama. (http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20081031/tc_afp/usvoteitinternetcompanymyspace 10/31)5v556=5×5=6vx5

ESPN360.com has reached a new agreement with IMG Sports Media to stream Australia’s Hyundai A-League, delivering live coverage of up to 84 regular season matches as well as up to six playoff matches, including the Grand Final. ESPN will also stream select games on ESPN Mobile TV. (Cynopsis 10/31)

A collection of episodes from Gayborhood.tv’s web series The Box including the episode covering last year’s raucous West Hollywood Halloween Carnival will be featured tonight on Canadian LGBT network OUTtv. (Cynopsis 10/31)

Online ad company ValueClick reported a drop in net income of 88% during Q3 on revenues of $152.9 million, down from $156.9 million in Q3 2007. Income was impacted by a stock option tender offer and tax adjustments. (Cynopsis 10/31)

CBS trumpeted comScore Video Metrix rankings placing CBS.com first among TV websites for the second straight month in unique monthly viewers (6.1MM), video streams (44.4MM) and total minutes streamed (143 MM). CBS.com experienced double-digit growth in unique viewers month-over-month (16%) and year-over-year (60%), as well as triple-digit growth in streams over last year (107%). Separately a study by Magid Media Labs commissioned by CBS found that a typical advertisement on the CBS Audience Network receives a 33% brand lift and that viewers indicate a 26% lift in intent to purchase. (Cynopsis 10/31)

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