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Jersey Shore Cast Will Return to Work

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Cable, MTV, Gossip, Rumors,

Jersey Shore castYes, all of them.

After going on strike to increase their salaries, the entire cast has reached an agreement with MTV and will return to work.

The cast was scheduled to begin shooting on July 18, but when the reality TV stars refused to work.

According to reports, Snooki, JWoww and The Situation are now receiving approximately $30,000 per episode. They made $10,000 for each episode in Season 2.

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Strike! Jersey Shore Cast Not Filming

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Prime Time, Reality, Cable, MTV, Gossip, Rumors,

Jersey Shore Cast

Jwoww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny are refusing to shoot scenes for the third season of , which was supposed to begin production Sunday. According to sources on the set, the cast is holding out for new contracts from MTV.

Snooki and The Situation are scheduled to go to work Monday, but rumor has it that the Snooks will also strike when she gets the chance.

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Writers Strike Finally Over

Writers Guild of America logoWe can officially start the jig now.

After more than 3 months on the picket lines, the has finally announced an end to their strike.  Of the 3,775 votes cast, 92.5% elected to stop the walkout.  This means WGA members can resume doing what they do best starting tomorrow.

While it may be weeks before we see new episodes of our favorite shows, this news will immediately affect those programs that churn out daily fare.  This means we should expect to see the return of late-night monologues ASAP.  Meanwhile, the folks behind anticipate a brand new show come Feb. 23rd.  (Of course, in true SNL fashion, that will probably be followed up by a repeat the following weekend.)

Of course, we could be revisiting this whole work stoppage issue again at the end of June; that’s when the current contract between SAG/AFTRA and the is set to expire.

But let’s just think happy thoughts until then, okay?

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Writers Guild Has Tentative Deal

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: News,

WGA Key word: tentative.

Early Saturday, the bosses announced they have reached a tentative deal with the .  Details of the proposal were to be presented to union members in New York and Los Angeles today.  (A copy of the email sent by the WGA presidents can be found here.)

If the strikers react favorably to the proposed contract, union leaders will meet again on Sunday to finalize details.  Assuming a formal vote is not needed, the writers could theoretically be back to work this Monday.  Approximately 10,500 WGA members have been off the job since the strike began back on November 5th.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed…

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E! Online

Academy Says Oscars Won’t Change

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Awards,

Academy AwardIt seemed like a fairly simple issue to resolve. It looked pretty cut-and-dry. But that was back in November, when the first went on . More than two months later, the picture is much more grim.

Now, LA businesses are out $1 billion and stand to lose another $80 million when the as planned. Now, the strike is affecting more than , , and all those others. Now, it’s cutting into the .

But, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences isn’t going down that easily. Scheduled for Feb. 24, a spokesperson for the said things are being planned and arranged as they traditionally have been in the past - and that the show will go on with or without writers.  Meanwhile, the Guild has denied the use of film clips and past Academy Award broadcasts, and says no writers will work the event.  Should this show also be canceled, LA will lose an estimated $130 million more in revenue.

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E! Online

Proposed New Year’s Resolutions for Movie Studio Executives

New Year's Clock

A quintessential holiday morsel:

‘Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la … la la la la

And there must be no shortage of jolliness for big-name film studios as we enter the last days of the year—2007 has been one of the most lucrative in film history. But after the holiday parties end, and the final box-office spreadsheets have been tucked under the pillow (or thrown on the fire), the time comes for rebirth and renewal. After all, the target demographic will be looking for something new, and the critics certainly weren’t impressed with much of this year’s fare. Perhaps everyone can be happy in 2008, as the medium returns to its glory days of content-rich, engaging filmmaking.

Alright, you people aren’t buyin’ it.

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Surprises in Store for Late Night TV

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Late Night, Cable, NBC, Daily Show, The, Gossip,

Stephen ColbertIf you’ve attempted to watch TV at all in the last two months, you know there’s an active in the works. Despite the picket lines, lots of studios are “encouraging” their hosts to get and back behind the desk.

, , and (among others) all intend to bring their shows back to the air beginning in January - but this time, they’re doing it without their writers. When it comes to television, this action is very much like walking a tightrope in the circus…with no safety net.

The hosts are members of the themselves, meaning they’ll have to pass by their union brothers and sisters on their way to work every morning (or afternoon, as the case may be). This membership also means the hosts themselves must continue to follow union rules, and will be subject to the terms and conditions therein. For instance, monologues and talk segments (like Colbert’s The Word) may no longer be part of the program. So…what, then, will viewers see on late night in January? For one, you won’t be getting scripted segments.

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No Deal: Writers and Producers No Longer Talking

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Reality, News,

Writers StrikeAll the channel-flipping in the world doesn’t help when there’s nothing new to watch on TV. Despite an attempt by both parties to negotiate new contract terms, the writers and producers have again failed to reach agreement.

The new talks lasted a little over a week, but the situation isn’t at all improved. Neither side is willing to give in to the other, which doesn’t bode well for future TV-watching. There are over ten thousand writers on the picket lines, but they only represent part of the story. Many other workers in the industry remain without pay as the writers hold their signs, which puts a real damper on any sort of holiday cheer for these laborers. More than fifty shows have already been completely shut down by the strike, and there’s no end in sight.

FOX has already suffered programming gaps which pushed new reality shows to the forefront; if the strike continues to drag the entire 2008 season could be in jeopardy.

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LA Times

Daytime TV Hosts Forging Past Picket Lines

Writer's Strike pictureThe is still raging on, but several notable daytime TV hosts don’t seem to care. At least, they are walking through the picket lines to continue with their work. The writers’ guild has publicly rebuked Ellen DeGeneres for these actions, though she is not the only host to walk past the strikers. Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray are also keeping their shows going, so The Ellen DeGeneres Show still has some ratings competition.

Ellen has canceled some New York shows, but her studio in LA remains open. DeGeneres says she’s remaining open to support her staff, as a mind-boggling 135 individuals depend upon her show’s production to keep their own paychecks coming. Her actions, however, and the actions of other daytime hosts, are not endearing to striking writers.

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AOL News

Writers On Strike, Episodes Running Out

Get OUT! Elaine joins the picket lineWith the Writers Guild strike in full effect, it won’t be long until new episodes (i.e. completed scripts) of network shows run out. Entertainment Weekly reports that many popular series are on schedule to enter into reruns within the next several weeks (some sooner or later than others). The following is EW’s list of 10 popular shows and how many new episodes are left (including this week) until the well runs dry.


  • Brothers & Sisters: 6 episodes
  • Dirty Sexy Money: 6 episodes
  • Lost: 8 episodes


  • Chuck: 6 episodes
  • Heroes: 4 episodes
  • The Office: 2-3 half-hour episodes

See how many new episodes of popular FOX, CBS and CW shows are left after the jump.

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Entertainment Weekly