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Writers Guild Names The Sopranos The Best Written TV Show Ever

The Writers Guild of America has named The Sopranos — horrible last episode and all — the best written television show ever. In a list ranking 101 shows, the HBO series was followed up by Seinfeld (should have been number one!), The Twilight Zone and All in The Family.

The rankings were determined by online votes from Writers Guild members, who must need to re-watch Seinfeld. Are you picking up how mad we are that Seinfeld didn’t get the top spot? Because we could go on.

Here’s the list’s top 10:

1) The Sopranos
2) Seinfeld
3) The Twilight Zone
4) All in the Family
5) M*A*S*H
6) The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7) Mad Men
8) Cheers
9) The Wire
10) The West Wing

Notice anything missing?

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Modern Family‘s Mitch and Cam to Co-Host West Coast WGA Awards

The Writers Guild of America has tapped Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet to host the WGA Awards’ west coast ceremony. Ferguson and Stonestreet play the adorable gay couple Mitch and Cam on ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family.

The WGA press release contained statements from the actors. From Eric Stonestreet:

I am humbled, honored and excited to be asked to host the WGA Awards. I’m also thankful that the WGA has recognized me as an individual apart from my co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. I am very fond of Jesse but also very sick of him. Did you know we’re not an actual real couple? And I’m tired of people thinking I can’t exist without him. Anyway, I look forward to a great evening.

From Jesse Tyler Ferguson:

I am honored to co-host the WGA Awards with Eric. I love Eric so much and any opportunity I have to be around him in the public eye or in private I will jump at. I love that he can’t exist without me. I feel like we are an actual couple sometimes. He doesn’t know it yet but I am having a custom three-legged tux made for us later today. Anyway, I look forward to a great evening. With Eric.

The awards will be held Feb. 5th in both Los Angeles and New York.

Hat tip Entertainment Weekly.

WGA Awards Want ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ And Tina’s ’30 Rock’

tinafey.jpgTina Fey is likely to be lauded for more than just impersonating Sarah Palin with the Writers Guild of America awards nominations already announced, Variety reports.

Fey, “Breaking Bad” and “The Simpsons” led the nominations that were announced today.

Winners will be announced Feb. 7 in simultaneous ceremonies in L.A. and New York.

Nominations are listed below:

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Tom Short Says Sayonara to the IATSE

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Thomas Short, president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (that’s the guild representing all those unwashed below-the-line workers), yelled an outright “CUT” Thursday to his career atop the IATSE.
He offically retired, ending his 14-year stint as top man at the union.
Though he was a powerful negotiator and had strong opinions about union strength, Short had a checkered career with the IATSE, occasionally drawing the ire of other unions like the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America. Short was frustated by the WGA during its 100-day strike this spring, because it delayed contract talks and the Guild refused to apologize for the strike’s economic impact.
But Short has always been a man of the people in the IATSE. The former Cleveland stagehand always had an open ear for any union member who had something to say.
On a studio tour that I accompanied him in the mid-1990s, Short went from studio to studio, glad-handing and taking note of working conditions.
“Don’t you just love these people,” he exclaimed at the end of the tour. “To me it’s so important to listen to what the union members have to say.”
Short will be replaced by IATSE executive Matthew D. Loeb, who has been an International VP since 2002. He was one of the labor execs credited with devising and implementing the organizing and bargaining strategices under Short.
“I am not leaving for political or for health reasons, but rather because I have learned that life is short and there is a great deal that I have yet to experience and enjoy,” Short said in a statement.
Short had a year left on his four-year term as president. Loeb has been in charge of the film and TV production units for the last decade.
Membership in the IATSE blossomed under Short, increasing more than 50% to cover more than 400 locals and more than 110,000 members in the U.S. and Canada.
“I have put forth my energy and every effort to enrich this organization and enlisted the help of what I believe to be a phenomenal staff of intelligent, sophisticated and progressive individuals who have stood ready to work hard and assist in accomplishing the goals I believe we had to achieve in order to survive the many challenges facing this International,” he said.

American Idol: WGA Still Trying to “Represent”


As the American Idol production team winds through the country for audition season, the Writers Guild of America is in hot pursuit. Having chartered a “Truth Tour” bus to shadow AI auditions, the WGA hopes go get attention for its long-running battle against the hit TV show over the right to represent reality show workers.

Has it worked? Not so far. A quick scan at coverage of the WGA’s first stop yields a whole lotta nothing.

Why? Well, let’s see, the media could write stories about sticky labor disputes starring sickly-looking writer types, or they could focus their attention on the 8,000 lithe and lovely 20-somethings sleeping in piles on the ground outside this country’s biggest auditoriums. Hmm. Good luck, WGA.

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34658670-0v9231722.jpgJohnny Grant Memorialized: Fittingly, a memorial was held over Johnny Grant’s star on the Walk of Fame.

34672367.jpgBig Day For Bob and Harvey: Weinstein Co. signed an interim deal with the Writers Guild of America, which will allow the companies projects to go ahead and get a few more writers back to work. We wonder what this piecemeal approach to negotiations is going to mean in the long run.

34672698.jpgStars Are Just Like Us! They don’t know who to vote for in the primaries. Tina Daunt notes that “Half the town was ready to run off with Obama last week after that Iowa cornfield joyride. Some sobered up a bit with Clinton’s win in New Hampshire. Now, like most of the nation’s pollsters, they’re just confused.”

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32373556.jpgElizabeth Snead’s Big Weekend: The Dish Rag makes us feel dirty… and, worse, somehow culpable in the destruction of Britney Spears.

sseagalp.jpegSteven Seagal Buries The Hatchet: A six-year battle between Steven Seagal and former business partner Julius R. Nasso ends with an out-of-court settlement, in which Seagal agrees to pay Nasso $500,000. With that headache out of the way, Seagal can now get back to the business of being completely irrelevant.

tomcut.jpgYesterday’s News: Yes, this is a day-old, but we were too hung-over yesterday to report: “United Artists, the independent production unit of MGM controlled by actor Tom Cruise and his producer partner, Paula Wagner, is expected to become the first movie company to reach an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, enabling the recent start-up to hire union writers despite the continuing strike.”

Golden Globes: Show Will Go On?

16writers-60v0.jpgDeadline Hollywood Daily seems to think so, reporting that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is in the process of making an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, not unlike the WGA’s agreement with David Letterman.

It’s hard to tell which way, strategically, WGA should go on this one.

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33885041.jpgFractious Or Fictitious? There appears to be dissent among members of the Writers Guild of America, with “key members” pushing union leaders to get back to the bargaining table. But WGA officials say they haven’t received many complaints and accuse the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers of “trying to create the impression that there was a schism.”

34228653-12035139.jpgSick Puppies: Someone at Pets of Bel Air must have pissed off the wrong well-connected client. The head of the Humane Society of the United States accused the Westside pet store (favored by Britney Spears and Denise Richards) of selling puppies obtained from puppy mills. And the L.A. Animal Services shut down the shop for selling pets without a proper permit from the city and for not having veterinary records available for inspection.

twoodsbp.jpegTame Tiger: Columnist Bill Plaschke is amazed that Tiger Woods isn’t a dick.

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gilroyjpg.jpgNew Hyphenate On The Block: The ever-entertaining columnist-reporter Patrick Goldstein suggests that out-of-work/striking writers seek a new hyphenate to secure their would-be futures: the writer-entrepreneur.

pencilshard.jpegWho’s Gonna Write Up the Story? Writers, graphic artists and other staffers who work for CBS news operations voted “by a wide margin” to authorize a strike, according to (who else?) the Writers Guild of America.

33865511.jpgDeal Or No Deal? The owner of Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, Hudson Capital, has a preliminary agreement to buy KTLA-TV’s home in the former Warner Bros. studio.