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September 4, 2015


Why Charlie Sheen Must Return to 'Two and a Half Men'

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 7th 2010 1:03PM
My colleague Danny seems to think that Warner Brothers and CBS should show Charlie Sheen the door and let him leave the series, even though the network and production company are committed to two more years of 'Two and a Half Men.' And my other fellow TV Squadder Jason has kiddingly suggested seven characters who could fill Sheen's shoes. Well, to paraphrase the words of Dan Aykroyd on 'Saturday Night Live,' they are both ignorant sluts!

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Conan O'Brien talks stall over staff buyout

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 7:00PM
I've been waiting all day for an official announcement from NBC or Conan O'Brien or God on what the network plans to do with Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno and the late night dynasty that is The Tonight Show. It looks like we'll have to wait just a little bit longer.

Bill Carter of the New York Times reported on the paper's "Media Decoder" blog that the talks between the network and the show have reached a road block over how much Conan's staff should receive as a severance.

It seems the network isn't ponying up enough dough for putting Conan's people out of work in this wintry economic climate. Conan's people are trying to score his staff members who aren't under a network contract at least $12 million, a number the network has yet to put on the table.

Stay tuned, TV Squadders. An announcement about the announcement is bound to land soon.

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Time Warner Cable may not carry Fox

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 19th 2009 12:00PM
FoxWhile watching Dollhouse last night, I couldn't help but notice a bunch of commercials slamming Time Warner Cable. It turns out they're having difficulties at the negotiating table regarding rebroadcast fees for the free-to-air network. The last time the companies involved played this tune, it ended up being a bunch of hot air.

Seriously, at this stage of the game Fox is a pretty major channel. It would be somewhat prohibitive on both sides to not carry it. They'll likely reach some agreement between $.50 per subscriber (which is what Time Warner Cable wants) and $1 per subscriber (which is what Fox wants).

If negotiations do fall though and TWC stops providing the Fox Network, it's possible that more shows would simply go on the Fox website as streaming video so that people could see them anyway. If people could pick and choose their channels as I wished for Festivus, this wouldn't be a problem.

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Nigel Lythgoe really is in talks with Paula Abdul about her joining SYTYCD

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 6th 2009 12:45PM
Randy Jackson, Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell (l to r)Nigel Lythgoe really was serious about wanting to work with Paula Abdul again. Lythgoe used to be executive producer on American Idol, before he left to devote his full attention to So YouThink You Can Dance. This upcoming week, they'll be filming "Vegas Week" for the upcoming fall season six of the hit summer series.

But before that starts, Lythgoe has invited Paula Abdul to fly down to Vegas this weekend so they can talk about her possibly becoming a part of the show. He'd love to have her, of course, "If I can afford her," he says. The question becomes: was it the money over at Idol, or the fact that she felt disrespected?

As to what capacity Abdul could be involved in the show as it takes Idol's time slots in the fall, she could be very involved. Hell, if they agree to things quickly, she could be a part of the judging panel for "Vegas Week," meaning she'd only have missed the initial auditions, and she could certainly join the choreographer pool immediately.

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Trouble brewing on The Simpsons

by Allison Waldman, posted May 22nd 2008 12:36PM
The SimpsonsSay it ain't so, Ho. Homey, that's is. According to Variety, even though Fox has given The Simpsons a renewal for season number 20, the voice talent that make the show have not been re-signed. Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright and Harry Shearer -- the actors who are as integral to the success of The Simpsons as the writers and animators -- are looking for a new deal. The group make approximately $360,000 per episode. They want a raise to $500,000 per. While that sounds like a lot of money -- and it is! -- when you consider how much Fox and company are making off The Simpsons franchise, like the new ride at Universal Orlando, the talent have every right to expect their piece of the pie.

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AMPTP suspends negotiations with SAG

by Brett Love, posted May 7th 2008 8:22AM

Carlton CuseRaise your hand if you saw this one coming. The prospects for another strike went up as negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) once again broke down, with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers) moving to negotiations with AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). Among the issues causing the split, and stop me if you've heard this one before, DVD residuals, streaming, and new media. Go figure. One new wrinkle in these negotiations comes in the form of an AMPTP provision that would give them free and unlimited use of short clips of an actor's work in movies and television.

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The Screen Actors Guild begins contract negotiations with the studios

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 16th 2008 6:02AM

The Screen Actors Guild begins negotiations. Here's to a speedy resolution.Here we go again. We have barely healed from the wounds that the Writers Guild of America strike opened up late last year, now it's the Screen Actors Guild's turn to make us nervous about the television we watch.

Yesterday, SAG representatives began negotiations with the Hollywood studios by swapping contract proposals between the two parties. This is the first time in nearly three decades that the Guild is negotiating solo with the studios since the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has rejected combined talks. AFTRA is upset with the Guild over concerns that it is attempting to poach its members. The Guild is denying this accusation with the statement that it normally broils its members over a low flame with some butter sauce.

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WGA to seek individual deals to break impasse with AMPTP

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 17th 2007 9:01AM

AMPTPAs the strike lingers on and the Writers Guild of American (WGA) and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) seem no closer to bridging their philosophical and monetary gap, the WGA is set to try a new tactic. According to Variety, the WGA is going to make a "legal demand" today for individual members of the AMPTP to schedule bargaining meetings with the WGA. However, at this point it isn't clear if the companies are legally obligated to do so, and if not, will they?

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After four days of talks, WGA rejects studios' offer

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 30th 2007 9:01AM

Writers Guild of AmericaOur long, dark national nightmare ... continues. After four days of talks and media silence, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) disclosed the latest offer presented by Hollywood studios to the striking writers. But the WGA (Writers Guild of America) quickly rejected this offer, according to Yahoo! News. The studios described their offer as a "new economic partnership" with writers, who refer to it instead as a "massive rollback."

They went on to disparage the offer point by point. As an example, the studio offered less than $250 for a year's reuse of an hour long show for Internet streaming, one of the biggest catalysts for the strike in the first place, as compared to $20,000 plus for a single network rerun airing.

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Standoff: Circling

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 12th 2006 10:21PM

StandoffLast week I mentioned that Standoff was a lot like Bones. But after this episode, I'm wondering if it's not that Standoff is like Bones, it's more like FOX has a specific formula for the way they do dramas now.

That's not necessarily a bad thing. It's not a good thing either, but this episode is a vast improvement over the pilot, if only because the premise was meatier, a little less predictable, and it had some genuine tension.

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