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Thursday, December 20, 2007

left or write

we all knew the hollywood producers were two-faced liars, but we didn't know they were ballsy enough to prove it in such a big way.

a dec. 19 story in the latimes by jay fernandez starts off with a blind quote from a hollywood exec, first reported in variety:

"for them, this is not a writers strike. it's about changing society," one unnamed executive griped about the striking hollywood film and tv writers in variety last sunday. "we are so frustrated. we're dealing with people who don't care about this community. they care about making social change in america."
but when it comes to acting upon their words, who are the ones to actually show up? nikki finke gives us the answer: the writers.

the los angeles city council’s housing, community, and economic development committee held a hearing on the economic impact of the writers guild of america strike on the local and regional economy, but the amptp declined to attend. "we asked them to testify, and they said they would consider it. but then last night they said no," an la city council source told me. "we were very disappointed." instead, on the amptp's behalf, the motion picture association of america inserted a statement into the record.

i asked why the negotiators for the studios and networks didn't show (a fact which variety buried in the 3rd paragraph of its account of the hearing). "mpaa got involved because they rep us before the city council, and because it was their area of expertise - economic impact," an insider told me. "the mpaa represents the companies before all levels of government throughout the world. mpaa also provides economic data and information on the motion picture and television business to the public, on behalf of our members. but you are right that no individual from mpaa or amptp took part in the actual hearing."

i asked why the negotiators for the studios and networks didn't show (a fact which variety buried in the 3rd paragraph of its account of the hearing). "mpaa got involved because they rep us before the city council, and because it was their area of expertise - economic impact," an insider told me. "the mpaa represents the companies before all levels of government throughout the world. mpaa also provides economic data and information on the motion picture and television business to the public, on behalf of our members. but you are right that no individual from mpaa or amptp took part in the actual hearing."
meanwhile, the networks may want to re-think their strategy of loading up their schedules w/reality/game shows.

so far this week, the two new and highly touted reality shows, duel and clash of the choirs, are losing out to...wait for it...reruns of written shows.

monday -- tv envy:

8pm

· approx. 8 million watched a repeat of house* (2.6/8 in 18-49).

· clash of the choirs (2.4/6) sang to the tune of 7.9 million.

· duel (2.5/7) narrowly came in third with its 7.7 million.

· how i met your mother* (2.3/7) kicked off cbs’ evening with 6.6 million; the big bang theory* (2.4/10) had 6.7 million.

· everybody hates chris* (1.9 million, 0.7/2) and aliens in america* (1.4 million, 0.5/1) were both down from last week.

tuesday -- tv envy

8pm

· ncis* (2.8/8 in 18-49 demo) was easily the hour’s largest draw.

· clash of the choirs (7.7 million, 2.4/7) was down 200,000 in its second showing.

· duel (2.4/7) challenged 7.3 million.

· bones* (5.9 million, 2.0/6) was about even with last week.

· crowned: the mother of all pageants* (0.6/2) strutted to 1.4 million

weds -- variety via game show newsnet:

cbs won a quiet night of primetime, with the reality competitions "clash of the choirs" and "duel" failing to make much of an impact but not losing much from their performances monday and tuesday.

"clash" (8.3 million, 2.4/7) remained steady in adults 18-49 all week while recording its highest viewership so far, according to preliminary estimates released thursday by nielsen media research. it also out-dueled "duel" (7.4 million, 2.2/7) when it went up against the abc game show between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. but "clash" met its match in a repeat "criminal minds" (11.6 million, 2.9/8).
as to nbc's plan to air howie mandel's hair or no hair on its scedule twice a week, we'd suggest they talk to regis philbin about what happened when abc expanded the #1 hit show who wants to be a millionaire from one night to four (hint: it wasn't pretty).

addendum: if you'd like to help out by donating to the wga union solidarity fund to help entertainment industry workers affected by the strike (and get something kewl in the process), check out writers strike swag.com

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posted by skippy at 10:32 PM |

3 Comments:

Surprised that Hollywood producers are ballsy? I'd be surprised if they weren't ballsy!
commented by Blogger Alicia Morgan, 11:30 PM PST  
Ever wonder why "reality" programs need writers?

DUH
commented by Blogger : JustaDog, 10:40 AM PST  
i'm just guessin, here, justadog, but could it be because they believed the liberal lie?
commented by Blogger skippy, 1:48 PM PST  

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