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Jimmy Kimmel secretly taking care of his employees!
December 4th, 2007 under Jimmy Kimmel, WGA Strike. [ Comments: 3 ]

Not only is Jimmy Kimmel sexy he is also the nicest late night TV talk show host out there. According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, unlike the other talk show hosts, he has been secretly not publicly (his people are still not confirming the story) been paying his lower level employees out of his own pocket while ABC has been paying the higher ups. Well today ABC suspended them all as long as there are no new shows produced and Kimmel has picked up everyones salaries out of his own pocket….big and small. Kimmel also unlike Letterman, Conan and Leno he is paid a lot less than them and his friends fear that he might be going for broke supporting them.
When this strike ends (hopefully soon) remember this and check out Jimmy Kimmel Live! Support someone who supports others!

Even the cute YouTube animals are going on strike
December 3rd, 2007 under WGA Strike. [ Comments: 3 ]

via United Hollywood
Is nothing sacred in the WGA strike?
I love the video that the Colbert Report writers put together. Hey wait a second did they write something that went on the internet during the strike? Ooooo they are going to be in trouble for breaking the strike.


Jay Leno agrees to pay his non-writing staff
December 2nd, 2007 under WGA Strike. [ Comments: 2 ]

After 24 hours of really bad publicity Jay Leno followed the suits of David Letterman (who is also paying Craig Ferguson's staff) and Conan O'Brien and paying the non-writing staff of his show out of his pocket for the next week according to The Hollywood Reporter. For obvious reasons the staff was not happy with Jay Leno who kept telling them would be OK if they were laid off. But when push came to shove they were laid off yesterday with a Christmas bonus of $100 for each year they worked for him. 

But "Tonight Show" insiders say Leno's actions have destroyed morale at the show and in the process dented the host's previously squeaky-clean reputation as one of television's A-list nice guys.

"A lot of people don't want to work for Jay anymore," another staffer said. "His true colors have shown. We were told he won't cross the picket line until David Letterman or Conan O'Brien do so that he can look like the good guy to the WGA."

All of the laid-off workers who spoke for this article asked that their names not be used.

Insiders said the source of the sudden hostility toward Leno is a conference call he held shortly after the WGA strike began.

"He was on speaker phone," a staffer said. "There were 80 of us. He told us not to panic. He said to trust him. He said: 'I can't get into details, but nobody will miss a car payment or lose their house. We're family. Trust me. I'm going to take care of this.' But that was the time we should have been looking for new jobs."

More recently, a letter NBC sent to now-laid-off staffers said, "If your services are needed, we will contact you."

"That's standard boilerplate," said Joe Medeiros, a striking writer who has worked with Leno for 18 years. "It's corporate butt-covering."

Corporate butt-covering or not I wonder if the staff will be going through this all over again when Jay Leno loses his show to Conan O'Brien? I also wonder if he would have paid the staff if all the negative press did not come out about him yesterday?


Carson Daly will back with new shows next week
November 27th, 2007 under Talk Shows, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

NBC announced that Last Call with Carson Daly will be the first late night talk show to go back in production since the WGA strike according to The Hollywood Reporter. Daly will be taping shows in the same place that Ellen tapes her, so that will make it easier for the protesters striking the shows for being new.
Last week there were reports that Jay Leno, David Letterman and Conan O'Brien were in talks to either return December 3rd or Demember 10th, but looks like Daly beat them to the punch. No word if they will be joining Daly with new episodes or when my boy Jimmy Kimmel will be back! Personally I hope that Kimmel follows the man he discovered and is back on the air soon because I am having major withdrawal and the repeats are just not hitting the spot. 

Greg Beeman explains the ending of next week’s Heroes
November 26th, 2007 under Heroes, WGA Strike. [ Comments: none ]

So for weeks it was reported that the ending of next week's Heroes was reshot because of the WGA strike, although that is partially true it is not the full story! 

Here is what Greg Beeman blogged after tonight's episode.

This episode is a penultimate episode on our “pod” of eleven. These kinds of episodes are always tricky because they are all about set up without complete resolution. Episode 11 will be (and always was designed to be the end of a chapter.) Season one, as we all know, had a 23 chapter “VOLUME,” as it were. But Tim Kring had come into this season specifically wanting to design smaller volumes. We knew well in advance how many episodes we’d run before our first break of re-runs and pre-emptions. After the eleventh episode on December 3rd, we’d take a break. This year, Tim wanted to resolve the story more completely at this first break than we had last year, and begin VOLUME 3 in the Spring. Well before the writers strike was a serious issue, we had always planned on ending VOLUME 2 next week. It is true that, on the eve of the strike, as it was becoming an inevitability, Tim did some quick rewrites on episode 11, so that it would be even more resolved and complete if, God forbid, the strike goes on so long that there is no more of season 2 than the first eleven. If that happens 11 will be a de-facto season finale and can function as such. But if the strike is resolved relatively soon, we will most certainly come back and present VOLUME 3.

I am glad that Beeman explained that because I was fearful that if the strike ended soon we would be without a new Heroes episode until the fall, now I know it could be back sooner than that.

Now I want to know what we are going to get in Volume 3???


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