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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by phrelin, Mar 30, 2008.
I know that feeling very well :lol: :lol:
Eva Gabor was still alive in 1990?!? Wow. No wonder it was ill-fated. I think most people didn't even know she was still around. Is she still around???
Sure seems that way doesn't it?!
More like, it's just that everyone wants more money. Consumers and employers want to pay less; suppliers and employees want to be paid more. And in cases with collateral damage potential, like this, both sides want the other side to "give way". Both sides see the other side as the ones who are hurting (in this case) the viewers, the viewer-base, whatever.
She is not -- my recollection is that she died within a year or two of the pilot. She was rather . . . challenging . . . to work with. I joined the cast in the final week before we shot on a Monday. The shoot was for Friday. When I came in to work on Thursday, which should have been for the final blocking rehearsals and run-throughs, we found out that, at network insistence, the show had been completely re-written, some parts recast (not mine) and some actors fired (including co-star, Darrin McGavin, also now deceased I think). Eva was (understandably) a little freaked out. The next day, with only one full day's rehearsal, we did a dress rehearsal before a live studio audience, which was taped, and then, in the afternoon, we shot the show. At the dress rehearsal, Eva fluffed a line in a scene that I had with her (stars were allowed this luxury -- I was not ). When she realized what she had done, I saw her eyes flash and, for a moment, I really thought she was going to hit me. I actually flinched. Then she seemed to remember there was an audience present and made a joke. The studio audience and I laughed and, at least for the moment, I was safe.
Notwithstanding this experience (and one other), I found, as a general rule, the bigger the star, the nicer they were. This is a business were you don't succeed by being difficult to work with.
Eva Gabor and her filmography: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001247/
She died in '95.
Last work was Burke's Law, three years prior she did Dream On. And who knew in 1990, there was "Return to Green Acres"?!
more time spent on my Apple TV
maybe they won't be quite as money hungry...
!rolling ... for real ... guess I'll have more time to catch up on stuff around the house...
From The Holloywood Reporter:
But its worth noting the following from MediaDailyNews:
Gawd, I just hope they realize this could end up costing them (the actors) some big bucks. My prediction: If they (as in: writers, actors, etc) strike long enough and this ends up in a pause of say, over a year, in scripted TV, there is going to be an even bigger onslaught of reality TV. While it won't bring in the viewship and ad revenue that a scripted show would, it will still get something to pay the bills. The networks will eventually just move more programming to that format since it's easier and cheaper to produce and the actors and writers will either be out of work, or have to lower their rates. Then of course, there's going to be the stagehand strikes, janitors strikes, cafeteria workers strikes....
That's my take, as a consumer of TV. I don't like it, but I think it's where we're heading. Look at all the new reality shows that have come out or will be coming out this year as a result of the writer's strike.
See Zucker Warns Actors Strike Could Be 'Devastating' and Studios pressure SAG with letter.
With the SAG leadership including mostly those still angry about the DVD thing the last time, I don't understand the studios trying to provoke a war of words in the press. Between now and June, I suppose they could force a strike and lay off a bunch of people they missed earlier this year.
The politically correct terms are "limeys", "canucks" to a lesser extent, "aussies".
Hmmmm. You may have pointed out the obvious studio strategy.
I worked in the TV industry for 10yrs and I know the people I keep in touch with all say they are dreading the prospect. They still havent gotten right since the writers strike and things just started picked up in the last couple of weeks. Another strike will be very rough on the L.A. economy.
I can only hope they can work something out, but there is less money from advertising due to DVR's etc so the fight for the pie is fiercer than ever.
To understand why the producers’ alliance wanted the Writer's Strike for a few months followed by a settlement with the Director's Guild, read the article in the NYT is headed Guild Chief for Actors Is No Pacifist
The whole industry was made to suffer by the producers’ alliance in order to create as much pressure as possible on the SAG leadership. But SAG may not capitulate.:nono2:
The pressures on SAG are building. See
TV crew members still feeling effects of writers strike
Actors guild in tough spot just 9 days into talks
The question is whether the more militant SAG leaders can stand the heat and whether the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers has saved some bone they can throw to the actors so those leaders can save face.
Welcome to the nightly news for March 1, 2009.
While it's clear that the DTV transition went very smoothly, industry insiders are claiming that the real reason for the smooth transition is that no one is watching television anyway.
In other news, NBC Universal announced plans to spin off hulu.com for $645 million, to shore up the cash-starved company that has seen so few ad sales since it switched to a 24-hour-a-day "Deal-or-No-Deal" format.
I agree with the first part, but don't underestimate the likely success of NBCU on the web. Zucker appears to have a big plan (as does Disney and Fox). Meanwhile Viacom and CBS fight over dwindling premium channel income and The CW takes it's stuff off the web in a really stupid attempt to shore up TV viewing among the 10-to-16 year old demo.
I guess I wasn't clear enough... I meant to imply that hulu would be NBCU's only success and they would need to sell it to finance their other operations.