And speaking of Ms. Finke, NY Observer has a non-story about some sort of omission. She wrote about someone without mentioning that the guy was with a law firm she’d retained. Whee. Spencer Morgan also thinks she’s become a household name out here because of the WGA strike and her inch by inch coverage. Well, maybe in his household, but in ours–we’ve been bandying her name for ages.
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Alexander Chow-Stuart has a nifty idea for all those thrown out of work by the WGA strike:
Put on a show!
I’m not suggesting that we try to create an alternative to network programming (although I wish we could), but why not at the very least take some of our best people OFF the picket lines and have them do what they do best: write and create hugely enjoyable entertainment?
I could see the SNL crew creating smart, funny, sharp sketches–or another rap video like Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg’s Lazy Sunday–about the strike, about the behind-the-scenes negotiations, such as they were–and about how this strike impacts ordinary people.
Is this genius or what?
Desperate Housewives has run out of scripts, and will shut down production today. The shows already in the can won’t last until Christmas. Marc Cherry, creator and show runner, is also on the negotiating committee of the WGA. Wonder if he regrets giving this quote:
“What sustained him in the fallow years, before his desperation inspired ABC’s 2004 hit “Desperate Housewives,” were the little green envelopes that showed up in his mailbox. Reruns of “The Golden Girls,” which got a second life on the Lifetime cable channel, brought residual checks that one year totaled $75,000…Without residuals, Cherry said, he might have been forced to “get a real job.”
EW has a diary of a non-famous writer who’s worried about having any job.
Ray Richmond got grief from a picketer at the Warner’s lot, too.
Nikki Finke’s got a compendium of news and anecdotes up (her readers were getting carpal tunnel with all that refreshing. We loved this one:
Several writers walking the line and who have kids at expensive Westside private schools discussed wearing red strike shirts when they drop off and pick up their kids as a means of sending a message to studio execs and moguls who are dropping and picking up their own kids at the same schools.
Take it to the Crossroads!
Her comenters are worried that the writers are losing the PR battle.
(photos and more from Walking the Line.)
Tabloid Baby takes a break from the picket lines, where Nikki Finke’s* been a topic of conversation, to point out that Michael Lohan is ready and willing to serve in the ranks of reality tv.
And Pops Lohan wrote the song you hear, as a response to Lindsay’s Daughter to Father.
*Writers are cranky that Finke’ reported the studios claim that the WGA walked out on them during negotiations.
FBLA was told by a very reliable source that Nikki Finke’s Friday post calling for a new LA Times reporter on the Pellicano story was heavily discussed at a late lunch by a Vanity Fair writer who’s familiar with the inside story. So news travelled to New York faster than it got to Spring Street? Finke’s got the goods; why doesn’t the Times?
Nikki Finke’s got the goods on the Broadcasting & Cable layoffs.
Among the casualties: editor Max Robins, Los Angeles co-bureau chief Jim Benson. MultiChannel News and B & C will continue under one editorial director, Tom Steinert-Threlkeld. Good thing he’s got two names.
Nikki Finke’s got the scoop on Anne Thompson’s move from The Hollywood Reporter to Variety, along with editor Cynthia Littleton. Littleton is the editor at THR but will be deputy editor for news development at Variety, and Thompson, FBLA has learned, will be deputy editor of Variety.com, working with Dana Harris.
Thompson’s blog won’t travel with her, but RiskyBusinessBlog.com will be launched.
Peter Bart announced the news, saying
Variety is delighted to welcome two important new voices to our organization.