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Published: 6 years ago

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We’ve had our fair share of strange events throughout 2008 but next year is gonna open with some crazier choices.

Case in point: NBC announced the other day its January schedule, as in only January, not mid-season schedule.

Life, Chuck and Heroes won’t be back in January.
They will probably premiere around mid-February for a continuous run without repeats similar to Lost’s.

Kings is still unanounced.

Without much surprise, My Own Worst Enemy, Lipstick Jungle and Crusoe won’t be back at all.

Wondering what’s replacing those shows?
Two words: Howdie & Dancing.
Meaning a hidden-camera show hosted by Howdie Mandel and another, again, dancing competition.

Oh and there’s the usual L&O repeats.

FNL’s season 3 is on Fridays but chances are if you’re a fan, you’ve already seen it.

SNL will try to re-create the Election magic but with sports, bringing Saturday Night Live Sports Extra to NBC’s Sundays.
They’ll also try to revive Saturday Night Live Film Festival.
Is SNL Fashion Edition next?
God I hope not.

Meanwhile, Crap Rider will be back in Jan., still showing on Wednesdays.

Prepare to be bored to death in January on NBC.

Published: 6 years ago

Why, oh why?

Can someone explain to me what is up with the Twilight phenomenon?

At least with Harry Potter, I knew about the books years before the first movie came out. Not so with Twilight. It was only when I found out about the movie that I found out about the book.
And that was less than a year ago, thanks to EW.com.
Or should I say EtWilight.com?
The amount of Twilight articles posted every single day on that site! Wow.

I still don’t get what all the fuss is about.
The book as far as I know is far from selling as well as HP did before its movie adaptations.

Yet MovieTickets.com reported that Twilight had sold more tickets on its site earlier this week than Bolt, Quantum of Solace, Australia, and Milk combined!

It’s like with High School Musical 1.
Why was it one of the most-watched TV movies ever at the time?

The everlasting mysteries of teenage girls’ favorite things eva’.
Or is that tweens now?

And I’m off.
Gonna go throw up.

Published: 6 years ago

Farewell Pushing Daisies

Published: 6 years ago

Two Strikes and who’s out?

As the reality of a looming SAG strike seems even more palpable each day we pass, a lot of discussion is being made about the possible impacts such a strike would have on workers, as well as a broadcast world already doubly-crippled: by the WGA strike, and by the economic crisis.
And that is without mentioning (but let’s) catastrophic ratings linked to a cable gaining strength every day as well as “the axis of new media”.
Whoopsy daisy.

Temp X has posted an open letter to the SAG leadership talking about the serious unemployment ramifications the strike will have on thousands of people.

THR’s Nellie Andreeva wrote an article on how such a strike would impact even more the nets’ downfall.
It would also “further cable’s momentum”, as most of the scripted cable shows are AFTRA, not SAG.
The “Big Five“‘s primetime series on the other hand, for the vast majority, will only have completed about 60 to 75% of their episodes before the holiday break.

Sharon Waxman has also reported that five “big name” actors met in a private Italian restaurant à la Godfather.
These actors being Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Annette Bening and…Nick Nolte (what?).
They all secretly wrote on a piece of paper their views on why/whether or not a strike should happen.
According to Waxman’s source the majority of them thought that “the guild should move toward a strike.”

As to the actual vote made by the 120 000+ members, it should happen in the next few weeks.
A strike-vote will not necessarily mean an immediate strike as it will probably take about a month for the SAG to process it.
Still, if a strike is voted, then there’s a pretty good chance that the strike will happen in 09.

Meanwhile, on the WGA side, the “fi-core battle” continues as the AMPTP ruled the letter naming of 28 fi-core writers (the WGA blacklist) as a “direct violation of federal labor law”.
Washington’s National Labor Relations Board sent the case back to the L.A. regional director with instructions to issue a complaint.

I guess that’s another Wait & See for us.