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Posts Tagged ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Watch the Box: What Women Want

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Suzanne Daniels piles on the reality for Lifetime.

The Week the Women Went = Lysistrata in the suburbs. January viewers will also find Matched in Manhattan and Top This Party.

We suggest: Before Doris Knows You’re Dead–great funerals across the country.

Corbin Bernsen asks How Much is Enough on his new GSN game show.

America’s Next Top Model gives us Paulina Porizkova as a judge to replace Twiggy. She’ll inspire the girls who want to marry a funny-looking rock star.

Former OC housewife Jo De La Rosa gets a Bravo series. Viewers get to watch her start her singing career in LA. Or not.

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WGA Strike: Truth and Fiction in the NYT

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Brooks Barnes, the NYT’s guy in LA, is once again ever so wrong. Dancing With The Stars is a union show.

And his quoted source, Deborah Blum, hasn’t had a writing credit since 1999, and that one just might not be a union gig.

Jennifer Pozer tries to explain the differences in the Huffington Post, but gets a little tangled. Yes, reality shows have “writers” who are usually credited as story producers. The WGA does not represent them, and doesn’t have any contracts with the production companies that employ them.

Many reality writers are rather bitter at the WGA’s mismanagement of the short lived strike of the writers of America’s Next Top Model. Some reality story producers are WGA members, and either can’t get hired in episodic or sitcoms or like the reality genre. Plenty of picketers are of an older generation, and thus the residuals issue means a lot–especially as they can’t get hired in the notoriously agist world of TV writing.

Brian Stelter, late of mb.com, blogs about the fate of talk show guests, but he means only late-night talk. Some day-time talk shows use WGA writers, like Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Others, like the Oprah Winfrey Show or Disney-ABC’s Live With Regis and Kelly do not.

ET and The Insider writers labor under separate WGA news contracts. So do writers on NBC Universal’s Access Hollywood, which will continue.

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America’s Next Top Model Premier Tonight

America’s Next Top Model starts its 9th cycle tonight on the CW.

In The Trades: Real Life, Re-Makes, Real Weird

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Shirley McLaine and Olympia Dukakis reteam in a black comedy Poor Things, to be directed by Ash Baron Cohen (brother o’ Borat). They’ll play two con-artist women who befriend and murder homeless men in order to collect their life insurance policies. Paul Pringle reported the real story in the LAT. The NYT isn’t the only true-life story source in the world, just the only Man-Date source.

Harold Ramis is on board to direct Atlanta, CBS’s comedy pilot about a couple who meet cute at a funeral. Scott Winant might replace Brett Ratner as director of ABC’s drama pilot Women’s Murder Club, starring Angie Harmon. Ratner is too busy doing whatever to Rush Hour 3.

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The Weinsteins, Sydney Pollock and Anthony Minghella are all good for another three years. Pollock and Minghella’s production company, Mirage, will re-make The Lives of Others, the Oscar-winning German film about the Stasi, as well as I Don’t Know How She Does It and The Amulet of Samarkand, both based on the novels. Minghella will direct a tv pilot based on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, too.

America’s Next Top Model had its best premiere ever, and gave the CW its best night yet with 5.4 million viewers overall. American Idol won the night with 29.6 million viewers overall. If Idol fans had their own country, it would be larger than North Korea. And even weirder. (And what if Idol-nation had nukes? Yikes!)