Tuesday, November 25, 2008

News Brief

Write Move? Wrong Move? Illegal Move?
Few issues divided the WGA more than the leadership's post-strike publication on April 18th of the names of its 28 members who went fi-core during the strike. It turns out that the AMPTP took advantage of the discord and filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, which has now sided with the Hollywood CEO negotiating clique against the WGA.

It's Grant Showtime on PRIVATE PRACTICE ... and MELROSE 2.0?
Grant Show talks about his guest appearance on PRIVATE PRACTICE ("I come into town because I miss Addison") and a possible return to MELROSE PLACE:

"I play golf with one of the executives at the CW, and I was on the 18th green and he was on the 9th. He goes, 'Hey! Do you want to come on MELROSE PLACE?' I said, 'Hey, do you have $150,000 an episode?' He said no, so I go, 'There's your answer!'"

In the Heights' Merediz to guest on ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Olga Merediz, a 2008 Tony nominee for her performance as Abuela Claudia in the Tony-winning "In the Heights," will will play Sister Mary Claire on the Nov. 26 broadcast of the long-running serial.

E4's HOLLYOAKS spinoff starts with 743,000 viewers
Spinoff show HOLLYOAKS LATER had a decent start for E4 last night (Monday), drawing 743k (4.8%) to the channel in the 10pm hour. The five part series, which follows Craig Dean (Guy Burnet) and sister Steph (Carley Stenson) on a remote holiday in Scotland, is being stripped every night this week on the digital channel. A further 166k (2%) watched an hour later on E4+1.

"Don't get me wrong, this was monumental dross, like a towering and teetering pile of dog-shit waiting to topple over into various gaping mouths... but it was kinda fun. I need a shower."

SAG Strike Could Spell Disaster for TV
While its effect would not be as far-reaching as this year's strike by the Writers Guild of America -- a SAG walkout would only affect scripted prime-time fare -- it would derail the broadcast season for a second straight year, this time in the midst of a severe economic crisis.

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