Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Jericho, Viva Laughlin, and Writer's Strike

"After a disastrous Thursday preview, Viva Laughlin didn’t magically improve when it debuted in its timeslot last night. The series dipped even further, with downright embarrassing ratings in every account. The beneficiary could be fans of CBS’ almost-canceled series Jericho."

"It's official. Viva Laughlin has been canceled. CBS will air a rerun of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in the time period this week before bringing back the slot's last year occupant "The Amazing Race." The reality veteran will return for a 12th cycle Nov. 4."

"With the largest voter turnout in the history of the union, the Writers Guild of America, West reported late Friday afternoon that nearly 5,000 ballots had been cast by its members, delaying by several hours the announcement most of Hollywood assumed was a foregone conclusion: 91.3% of WGA members voted to authorize a strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers."

"The first victims will be late-night TV and pseudo-news gabfests such as "The View" and "The Daily Show," where a strike will have "an instant impact," said David Miner, executive producer of "30 Rock" and manager of numerous comedy writers on "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and other late-night shows. Said Mr. Miner, "Based on where you get your daily fix, you're either headed elsewhere or you're going to bed earlier."

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