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Chelsea Handler Signs New Two-Year Deal With E!

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 8:50AM
Last summer Chelsea Handler was feeling pretty relaxed about upcoming contract negotations with the E! Network, hinting that she might quit if things didn't work out to her satisfaction. "We'll see how it goes," she told 'THR.' "It may turn out that I'm done altogether. I can't keep doing the same thing, my brain is bleeding."

Well now it seems as thought things have gone her way. And how! Deadline reports that Handler's just inked a very lucrative two-year deal with E!, which will not only see her talk show, 'Chelsea Lately,' renewed through 2014, but also gives her production company, Borderline Amazing Prods, a first-look deal with E! and parent company NBC Universal.

The price tag? A whopping $25 million, which surely more than makes up for any feelings of boredom or fatigue that may arise. Announcing the new deal, Suzanne Kolb, President of E! said, "Chelsea is an extraordinary talent whose smart, clever, no-holds-barred point of view has clearly been embraced by viewers."

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Ellen Pompeo Says She'll Stay on 'Grey's Anatomy' if She's Wanted

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 7:20AM
Ellen PompeoIt seems as though behind-the-scenes contract wrangling is continuing to dog ABC medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy.'

Earlier this summer Patrick Dempsey seemed confused as to whether McDreamy's coming or going, and now Ellen Pompeo says she could be persuaded to stay on after the upcoming season 8.

Pompeo told TV Guide that she's open to the idea of continuing to play Meredith, but that her contract will soon expire and no one's actually asked her to stay on. "I would love the opportunity to discuss it," she says.

"I would never turn up my nose at 'Grey's.' ... If I hear from the fans that they want us to keep going, then I would continue because we owe them everything."

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'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm Signs New Contract, Banana Republic Launches 'MM' Clothing Range

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 22nd 2011 6:15AM
Jon Hamm'Mad Men' fans struggling through the dry spell between Seasons 4 and 5 can rest easy in the knowledge that Don Draper will be on the show until the end.

And, for those fans looking to maintain the 'Mad Men' mood through the long wait, Banana Republic has announced that in August it will launch a range of clothing and accessories inspired by the '60s-set drama.

Deadline.com reports that in the wake of 'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner's new three-year deal, star Jon Hamm has renegotiated his contract with Lionsgate-AMC.

He was previously committed to a further two seasons, but that's now been upped to three in exchange for a whopping pay-day -- estimated to be an eight-figure sum -- which makes him one of the highest-paid actors in a cable series.

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Thomas Gibson Renews His Contract With 'Criminal Minds' For Two More Years

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 21st 2011 5:00AM
Thomas Gibson'Criminal Minds' fans can rest easy: Hotch will be back for Season 7. It's been reported that after a series of lengthy and tense negotations, star Thomas Gibson has finally renewed his contract.

According to Deadline.com, Gibson has signed on the dotted line in an 11th-hour deal just two weeks before production's due to get underway on the upcoming season.

He has agreed to stay with the procedural drama for two more years in a deal that will net him a mid-to-high seven-figures, plus a signing bonus.

Gibson is reportedly doubling his salary, which is currently estimated to be $100,000 per episode. The pay hike puts him in the same scale as 'Bones' star David Boreanaz, Jeffrey Donovan ('Burn Notice') and Julianna Margulies ('The Good Wife').

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Ashton Kutcher's 'Two and a Half Men' Deal Is Only for One Year

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 23rd 2011 7:55AM
Jon Creyer, Ashton Kutcher and Angus T. JonesLast week it was all smiles as Ashton Kutcher attended CBS's annual upfront presentation in New York as the new face of top-rated comedy, 'Two and a Half Men.'

Now it seems as though Warner Bros. and CBS may not be making longterm plans for the veteran series with Kutcher.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Kutcher's new deal, which will net him an estimated $750,000 per episode, is only for one year, even though executives are still said to be keen to continue the money-spinning 'Men' for at least another two or three years.

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'NCIS' Contract Dispute Update: David McCallum's Signed

by Allison Waldman, posted May 1st 2010 2:30PM
david_mccallum_ncis_ducky_cbsReports of Ducky's departure have been premature. In an update on the 'NCIS' cast dispute that we reported the other day, David McCallum is signed for next season. That's right, his manager told TV Guide that the previous stories had incorrectly put him in the same boat with Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette.

McCallum's manager explained, "I'm sure some of the others are negotiating, but he's not affected by it. He falls into the Mark Harmon/Rocky Carroll category. He's signed on for additional seasons. He's excited to be coming back to the show and can't wait to see everybody."

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Is Charlie Sheen Leaving 'Two and a Half Men'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 1st 2010 5:55PM
Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen is reportedly done with 'Two and a Half Men.'

No, this isn't an April Fools joke. Sources tell PEOPLE that the embattled actor is "done" with the show after its April 9 taping. "He wants to move on," added another source, who claims that the decision is "100 percent his idea."

And while he didn't confirm or deny the news, Sheen's rep, Stan Rosenfield, had this ominous quote to say: "Charlie's deal is only through this current season."

'Two and a Half Men' is the top-rated comedy on television, averaging about 15 million viewers an episode. In his seven seasons on the show, Sheen has been nominated for an Emmy four times, although he's never won.

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Fox Gives Reilly Three More Years

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 27th 2010 10:35AM
kevin_reilly_fox_TVLast spring, Fox TV did something pretty radical. It decided to air the first episode of a new fall series in May. That was a long lead time for a series, but Fox was confident in the new program. The show was called 'Glee' and the success of that preview coupled with the breakout status when it officially re-premiered in September made Fox's year.

And the guy who gets credit for that and now a new three-year extension is entertainment chief Kevin Reilly. Here's an executive who was dumped by NBC -- great move, Jeff Zucker -- and has done really well at Fox. It's not only 'Glee,' but that's the most flashy, current ratings and pop culture hit.

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Meredith Vieira Sticking With 'Today'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2010 11:00AM
Meredith VieiraTV Guide is reporting that 'Today' co-host Meredith Vieira has signed a new deal with NBC that keeps her in the co-anchor seat alongside Matt Lauer until the end of 2011.

The fact that Vieira re-upped with 'Today' isn't surprising (she has settled in quite nicely over there), though it is a little surprising that she only signed on for one more year. I don't know what type of contract Lauer has with the show (though The New York Times says his last contract extension in 2006 was for five years), or Robin Roberts at ABC or Harry Smith at CBS, but I would have thought that the network would want to lock Vieira in with a multi-year deal. So the fact that Vieira is staying with 'Today' isn't news, but I think the length of her contract might be.

Maybe she just wants to take it year by year and see how things go.

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CBS Locks Up CEO Les Moonves Through 2015 - UPDATE

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 24th 2010 9:41PM
les_moonves_ceo_cbsIf Les Moonves were a playing craps at a Las Vegas casino, he'd be the guy with the dice on a hot streak. You would put your chips down to let it ride and that's exactly what the CBS Corporation did. CBS has given president and CEO Leslie Moonves a new contract through February 22, 2015. He's being asked to keep on doing just what he's been doing, that is keeping CBS as a powerhouse network. They want him to continue being the anti-Jeff Zucker. Moonves with the Midas Touch is how you might describe him because things are just good and getting better at the Tiffany network.

Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone had nothing but good things to say about Moonves in the Wall Street Journal story about the new contract. He said, "This agreement not only secures the future of the company for many years to come, it also further aligns and strengthens the interests of the chief executive with those of our shareholders."

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Jeff Probst Wants More 'Survivor' (But Not Too Much More)

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 9th 2010 3:09PM
Jeff Probst
When 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst renews his contract, it's usually for two years (which comes out to be four seasons of the show). But when he renewed his contract with CBS and the show last week, he only renewed it for one year (two seasons). I'm not sure if this is because he doesn't want to commit to several seasons of the show or if it's a negotiating/contract thing. Could 'Survivor' continue without Probst as host? Or is he too big a part of the show?

'Survivor: Heroes & Villains' debuts on Thursday.

Could Survivor survive without Jeff Probst?
No, he's a big part of the show.463 (58.8%)
Sure, anyone can be replaced.190 (24.1%)
I think Conan should host Survivor!135 (17.1%)

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Who really got Eric Braeden back on The Young and the Restless

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 16th 2010 9:03AM
eric_braeden_cbsToday was a big day on The Young and the Restless. It wasn't just that Fridays are always big for story revelations -- and there were some doozies today! -- it was the return to the show of one of the biggest stars in the business. Eric Braeden, as his alter ego Victor Newman, made a dramatic entrance just as his two sons were beating the crap out of each other in Victor's office. In typical Victor fashion, Braeden strode into the office and growled, "What the hell is going on here?"

Ironically, Y&R fans were saying the same thing a few months back when Braeden quit the show after a contract dispute. Instead of remaining quiet, the fans spoke out and according to Braeden, there were two major influences that got him back. One was Les Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS Corporation.

"But who essentially stepped in was Les Moonves, who has always been a friend and supporter," Braeden told TV Guide's Michael Logan.

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Sorry, Notre Dame, Jon Gruden's committed to ESPN

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 16th 2009 4:04PM
jon_gruden_ESPNThings are not going well for Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis. He's in the midst of a rough season, not likely to make a bowl game, and rumors are rampant that he will be fired after a five-year-term that has not brought the university a national championship. The number one name on the lips of everyone to replace Weis is ESPN analyst, and Super Bowl-winning head coach, Jon Gruden. However, this morning ESPN locked up Gruden with an extension on his current contract which expands his responsibilities as an ESPN talking head.

In addition to sticking with the ESPN Monday Night Football color commentary role -- in which he's pretty much been Mr. Enthusiasm -- Gruden will be working the NFL Draft, the Pro Bowl, Super Bowl week, and on radio the Rose Bowl and the BCS game. Basically, if Gruden is talking football, he's doing it on ESPN air.

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Will The Young and the Restless really kill off Victor Newman?

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 30th 2009 11:00AM
eric_braeden_CBSIs it even possible to imagine The Young and the Restless without Eric Braeden as hero/villain Victor Newman? You would think not, but then Days of Our Lives moved on without Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, didn't it? Still, Braeden and his alter ego Victor is still a front and center presence on the show, an integral part of the storytelling. Therefore, the news that The Young and the Restless is contemplating killing off Victor if they cannot resolve the contract dispute with Braeden is a shocker.

Braeden is working now under a contract that lasts till 2010, and his reps have said that he would take a pay cut once the term is up. However, producers are asking him to take a pay cut now. That, my friends, is the rub. Braeden wants to help the show stay on the air, but he's not ready to take an economic hit until he has to. That's understandable.

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Jorja Fox back on duty at CSI...for a little while

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 19th 2009 9:23PM
jorja_fox_csiWhen last we saw actress Jorja Fox on CSI, her alter ego Sara Sidle was deep in the Costa Rican jungle, happily reunited with the love of her life, Gil Grissom. Well, apparently Sara's going to have some very good reason to leave that romantic idyll because come this fall, Jorja Fox is returning to CSI for five episodes.

There's no indication that William Petersen's Gil is joining her, although since Petersen is still connected to the show as an executive producer, he could decide to pop in for a show or two.

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