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On the 10th day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 6th 2006 4:54PM
Lost TV...ten Lost mysteries in need a-solving

Lost is one Pandora's Box that doesn't look like it's ever gonna shut. The mysteries unleashed by the series are hardly in short supply, and they are well cataloged online.

In an attempt to not appear entirely redundant, I've decided to focus on the 10 mysteries that I think even the writers can't solve. These are the mysteries that I doubt we'll ever get a truly satisfying conclusion to because, frankly, I'm not sure the writers always know what they're doing. Even if they do, the chances that Lost's eventual payoff could ever equal the energies fans have poured into decoding the show are slim. A false lead here. An obscure reference there. Lost's loose ends are going nowhere.

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Jane Espenson answers your Battlestar questions

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 6th 2006 10:27AM
jane espensonI can't begin to thank Jane enough for taking time out to answer some of your questions regarding the Battlestar Galactica episode she wrote for this Friday: 'The Passage'. It's likely I'll have more questions to ask once we've all been able to watch it, and if you've got any of your own then, be sure to ask them in the comments of my episode review Friday night/Saturday morning.

Read on after the jump for your questions and Jane's responses!

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The Simpsons: Moe 'N' a Lisa

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 20th 2006 8:01AM

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You'll never take me alive, Grim Reaper! --Grandpa Simpson

Damn, this episode had a lot of guest stars: Tom Wolfe, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Franzen and Gore Vidal*. Oh yeah, and John Updike and Thomas Pynchon both make cameos on a writer's panel, sans dialogue. Pynchon, whose book Gravity's Rainbow I actually heaved to the ground and did victory laps around because I finally made it through the damn thing, was decked out in his usual paper bag mask. The best guest appearance of all goes to J.K. Simmons, who reprised his role as the fast-talking editor from the Spider-Man movies, this time as the editor of a poetry publication. The man should do more voiceover work. Hell, bring him back for more episodes of The Simpsons, give him a reoccurring character like Fat Tony or Sideshow Bob.

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Anything But Love coming to DVD

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2006 11:15AM

Anything But LoveI have to admit, this is one show I thought I'd never see on DVD, so maybe there's hope for other short-lived shows from the 80s.

Anything But Love, the ABC comedy that ran from 1989 to 1992, will be released on DVD February 6. The first set will be the first two seasons (28 episodes total). Here's the info, including episode titles.

If you can't place the show, it starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis as writers at a top Chicago magazine. They're friends at first but eventually (of course) they become more than that. The show costarred Ann Magnuson as their boss, as well as Holly Fulger, Richard Frank, Louis Giambalvo, and Joseph Maher. It was a solid little show, smart and funny, so I'm really glad it's coming to DVD. The set will include commentaries by Curtis and Lewis.

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Top Model strikers quietly end picketing

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 16th 2006 9:28AM
America's Next Top ModelFor the two or three of you who are wondering how things are going with the writers' strike over at America's Next Top Model, here's the scoop: it's not going.

If you recall, the writers and editors at ANTP went on strike in July over issues like health benefits, pensions, etc. It was the first attempt by the Writers Guild of America to bring reality writers into the union, and the show's staffers thought that going on strike would get everyone's attention. It did... at first. But according to this TV Week article, the picketers have decided to stop protesting in front of the show's offices -- the show's on hiatus, but they won't come back after the show resumes production -- and start looking for other jobs. The show has shifted the strikers' responsibilities to show editors.

Technically, the strike continues, but I'd imagine it's like Kramer's strike on H&H Bagels on an episode of Seinfeld; after a while, even the protesters are going to forget they're on strike.

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America's Next Top Model writer-producers on strike -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 24th 2006 5:34PM
america's next top modelThe twelve writer-producers for America's Next Top Model have lived up to their threat to strike. They are protesting management's refusal to allow them to unionize. On Friday, the writers picketed outside Top Model production offices in Los Angeles. They all wore red shirts and carried signs that said things like, 'Reality Needs a Rewrite' and 'Tyra is union. Why not me?'

The writer-producers are demanding healthcare, residuals, pension, better pay and writing credits (they're currently credited as producers). The writers argue that they should receive similar treatment as writers in other genres, such as dramas and comedies.

So far, executive producers are steering the writer-producers toward government mediation, but the writers say that's a stall tactic to get them to conclude the next two seasons and then can them all. Americans Next Top Model is currently in the middle of season seven, so this could get real interesting.

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America's Next Top Model's writers threaten to strike

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 21st 2006 10:53AM
America's Next Top ModelTyra Banks revealed on her talk show that she's afraid of dolphins. Now I wonder if she's going to add writers to that list. Why? Because the writers of her other show, America's Next Top Model walked off the job for an hour yesterday, and are threatening to strike, if they're not allowed to join the Writer's Guild.

This LA Times article details the dispute. Only a few episodes of season seven have been produced, and, considering the CW is kicking off its fall schedule with the show, this might become a big problem for the new network.

I think the interesting part about all this is that it's not even surprising anymore to learn that a reality show has writers. Also, why shouldn't they be in the union? I would think it's harder to make models interesting than to make Jim Belushi funny. Well, maybe that's a bad example.

[via Mediabistro]

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California Supreme Court sides with Friends

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 21st 2006 9:09AM
friends castWhere's the one place on earth that you can totally talk trashy while at work? Yes, probably the set of a porn movie. And at a strip club. But, another place is in the writer's room of a sitcom. This week, the California Supreme Court rejected a sexual harassment claim by a former assistant against the writing staff of Friends. In a unanimous ruling, the court decided the assistant was not harassed, supporting the rights of the writers to have raunchy, profanity-laced conversations all in the name of the creative process.

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Actors, writers protest product placement

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 9th 2006 9:17AM
advertising age wga sagYeah, I hate it too. The Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America staged a joint protest in Los Angeles yesterday over product placement. The two organizations have been united against the same cause since November. They picketed and chanted in front of a building in Beverly Hills where an advertising summit, sponsored by Ad Age, was taking place. SAG and WGA weren't allowed in the meeting, despite their requests to be allowed in. Both groups are pushing for regulations, or a "code of conduct" on product placement in television and movies. At the very least, they want more money for not only being storytellers but also advertising copywriters.

While Pepsi cans and Fed Ex trucks in the background are all strategically placed, the writers and actors have a problem when the powers-that-be require them to work products into a story or even write an entire story around a product.

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