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August 28, 2014

Top TV Stories of 2007: Sanjaya

If you're scratching your head and asking "Sanjaya Who?" then you probably don't own a TV, or a computer for that matter. For two months, Sanjaya-hysteria ruled our television airwaves (sometimes three times a week). Thanks to a little show called American Idol, Sanjaya became one of the breakout reality TV stars of 2007. Like many breakout reality TV stars, Sanjaya Malakar was able to...

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American Idol season seven hype begins

It's not even December, and American Idol's seventh season is still a month and a half away -- but the hype has already begun. According to an interview with Extra, the American Idol judges - Simon, Paula, and Randy -- are in agreement: This is going to be the BEST SEASON EVER!! Last year, as you may recall, season six was often slammed by fans and critics as the WORST SEASON EVER. Who could...

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NBC picks up webseries 'quarterlife'

It's being called a "revoluntionary step" in television entertainment. Quarterlife, created by thirtysomething's Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick, has the honor of becoming the first webseries to be acquired for broadcast television. The hour-long drama will begin airing on NBC sometime in February. Herskovitz and Zwick reportedly launched the series (about a twentysomething video blogger and her...

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WGA Strike: Writers and studios agree to resume negotiations

Variety is reporting this morning that negotiations between the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) and the WGA (Writers Guild of America) will resume after Thanksgiving. However, the WGA will remain on strike, even though the AMPTP had originally insisted that they would only resume negotiations if the striking writers temporarily went back to work. A joint statement was...

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WGA Strike: soap writers won't cross picket line

Yesterday, Variety reported that several writers from the Young and the Restless had crossed the WGA picket line in order to keep their jobs. After the article ran, a spokesperson for the WGA-East condemned those planning to cross the picket line and warned them that they'd "never be full members of the Writers Guild again." However, the Variety article isn't true, according to a memo sent out...

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WGA Strike: week two updates

We've entered Week Two of the WGA Strike, and although we're not getting any closer to a resolution, there's still plenty of WGA Strike news to report: The WGA-East declares that "Ellen DeGeneres Not Welcome in NY." Lost's co-creator Damon Lindelof announces, "Television is dying" in the New York Times. Some soap writers are crossing the picket line to resume work. Today (Tuesday) was...

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Quarterlife: Part one and part two (webseries premiere)

(S01E01)"We blog to exist...therefore, we are idiots." (Dylan Krieger) I mentioned last week, that I am a huge fan of Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick (creators of thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again), and I was eagerly anticipating the launch of their new webseries, quarterlife. Lots of people have talked about producing programming for the internet, but nobody has been able to...

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Brothers & Sisters creator asks Governator to do something about WGA strike

The WGA strike continues. And it doesn't look like there's an end in sight (as all negotiations have stopped). The longer the strike lasts the greater impact it will have on the economy -- especially the California economy. So what is California's Governor Schwarzenegger doing about it? Nothing, according to Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz. In an open letter to the Governator, on...

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Thirtysomething co-creator explains reasons for leaving TV

Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick are responsible for creating some of my favorite TV shows: thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, and Once and Again. They've influenced my writing and even my desire to write for TV probably more than anyone else in Hollywood. They've been absent from the TV landscape for a couple of years, and I've definitely missed them. Luckily, Herskovitz and Zwick are back with...

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TV production halts as showrunners refuse to cross WGA picket lines

It's Day Three of the WGA Strike, and things are getting serious. Production on some scripted sitcoms and dramas is already coming to screeching halt -- despite the fact that completed scripts have yet to be shot. Sitcoms which have already gone dark are: The New Adventures of Old Christine, Back to You, 'Til Death, and Rules of Engagement. And with Steve Carrell refusing to cross the picket...

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