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Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 9:55PM EDT
Continuing Roseanne without Roseanne Barr is "a long shot" -- "possible but not probable"
Executive producer Tom Werner is expected to meet with showrunner Bruce Helford and Sara Gilbert in a few days after cooling off from the Tuesday's abrupt cancelation "to kick around possible ideas for continuing the show without Barr," according to Deadline. It makes sense for Carsey-Werner Television, which owns and produces Roseanne, to want to keep the series going since the stars are already under contract for next season and they love working together. "Still, there are a lot of hurdles, from coming up with a concept that will live up to the high creative bar set by the original series to changing the name of the show," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, pointing out that ABC is not involved in any discussions to continue the series without Barr. She adds: "An informed source close to the situation said pulling off an offshoot series with the rest of the Roseanne cast is 'possible but not probable.' Another source called it 'a long shot.' If it comes together, Roseanne 2.0 would likely not be ready for fall. if it doesn’t, the focus will shift to who will get paid for the aborted Season 11. I hear there have been no conversations yet with the Roseanne cast, writers or crew about compensation but such talks should be forthcoming if the Hail Mary pass to salvage the show does not work." There is also the issue of Barr and her Twitter account. She's already attacked co-stars Michael Fishman and Gilbert. If Roseanne carries on without Barr, says Andreeva, her "shadow will be looming large in the background."
- ABC/Disney could be on the hook for "tens of millions of dollars" since Roseanne stars should get their full Season 2 paycheck -- but it's unclear if the writers will be paid
- Roseanne writer Bruce Rasmussen says "it was just brutal" being connected with the show: "It was hard for us once we started airing and we started to see some of the stuff that came out. It was just brutal: ‘How dare they give her a show? How dare they write for her?’ It was a certain amount of pressure. You’re the No. 1 show, and people are coming after you on the web and you’re getting attacked by 50 percent of the press.”
- A writer's assistant says Roseanne Barr was unlike her Twitter persona in the writers' room: pleasant and considerate
- Why Roseanne without Roseanne Barr won't work: "There’s a reason why the Roseanne reboot was so popular, for better or worse: Roseanne Barr," says Joel Keller. "Her unique stamp on her original show built up millions of fans over the nine years it was on the air the first time around, and the 25 years it was on in syndication." Plus, he adds, "without Barr, they’d likely see The Connor Family as just a bunch of 'snowflakes' complaining about not having healthcare. Given Roseanne‘s ratings decline from its premiere as the show went on, losing almost half of the premiere’s audience, ABC likely would have seen a further decline as people checked out the re-reboot and decided to switch to something else."
- Tom Arnold says Roseanne Barr "wanted" the cancelation to happen: "If it hadn’t happened yesterday, this season would have been so awful for everyone every day because she would have felt like she was (being) taken advantage (of), just like when I left the show."
- Jimmy Kimmel was criticized for defending Roseanne on Twitter: "What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible, but angrily attacking a woman who is obviously not well does no good for anyone," he tweeted. "Please take a breath and remember that mental health issues are real. The Roseanne I know could probably use some compassion and help right now."
- Why Sara Gilbert and Emma Kenney were "delusional," displaying "phony smarm," with their response to Roseanne's tweets
- Lecy Goranson tweets she's "devastated" by cancelation, "but more devastating are the effects of hate speech and racism on individuals and society"
- Former Trump campaign aide wants to hire Roseanne Barr for his new online streaming platform
- A TV critic regrets not taking Roseanne Barr's past tweets seriously enough in her positive reviews of the Roseanne revival
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says "The Bad-Taste Joke defense just doesn’t work in this case": "You can’t have read a book or newspaper, watched a movie or a television show, or just lived in America for the past 200 years without knowing that any reference to an African-American and an ape is textbook racism. Also, her odd, inaccurate and deliberately inflammatory reference to the Muslim Brotherhood to her average Twitter follower will seem like a slam to all Muslims."
- TV Guide magazine's 1989 cover featuring Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby goes viral
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Norman Reedus is in talks for a $20 million Walking Dead deal as Andrew Lincoln exits
Reedus is set to replace Lincoln as the face of The Walking Dead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reedus "is in the midst of negotiating a rich new deal that will pay him more than $20 million as he will become the new No. 1 on the call sheet." Reedus has already begun working on Season 9 amid the negotiations. Meanwhile, Lincoln will be phased out of the AMC series over six episodes, just like co-star Lauren Cohan. With Lincoln's exit, as Miles Surrey notes, "The Walking Dead has entered genuinely uncharted territory for the first time in its history. Leaning on Reedus to carry the load is sensible, but make no mistake: This will be a different show seven episodes from now. And while AMC has happily and unironically embraced the idea of continuing The Walking Dead for another 100 episodes, losing Rick could be the first time the show’s endgame is seriously considered. The Walking Dead has always been The Grimes Show, and now it’ll be forced to find a new way to tell a story. After seasons of drudgery, it’s hard not to look at that as a positive."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Poldark producer defends Aidan Turner making more money than co-star Eleanor Tomlinson
Tomlinson recently pointed out the unequal pay, telling Red magazine: "While at the beginning that might have been okay – he was a bigger star than me – now I don't think so," she said. "We're equal leads of the show, so I'd be pretty upset if the gap hadn't closed." Poldark producer Mammoth Screen defended its decision to pay Turner more, noting that Turner is playing the title character of Ross Poldark and he has "significantly more screen time than any other character."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Arrested Development cast to get a pay bump for remixed Season 4 episodes
Producer 20th Century Fox will compensate the actors for seven episodes. The remix expanded Season 4 from 15 to 22 episodes.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
Emilia Clarke: I've always had pay equality with my Game of Thrones co-stars
Clarke, speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, said she found Claire Foy's The Crown pay disparity to be "shocking, actually shocking." She added: “On Game of Thrones, I have always been paid the same amount as my male co-stars. It was my first job and I was not discriminated against because I was a woman, in my paycheck.” ALSO: Clarke says it's sexist to refer to female characters as "strong women."
Posted Sunday 5/13/18 at 2:39PM EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch: I'll turn down any role unless my female co-star has equal pay
“Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” says the Patrick Melrose and Sherlock star. “Look at your quotas. Ask what women are being paid, and say: ‘If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.’”
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 8:06PM EDT
Arrested Development Season 4 remix sparks cast pay dispute
Creator Mitch Hurwitz is making extra money from the 22-episode, 22-minute recut Season 4 episodes, dubbed Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences, which is aimed at making that season more syndication-friendly. But the rest of the cast isn't, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which points out that the remix uses footage that wasn't part of the original 15 episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, "Reps for the cast have asked for additional fees to correspond with the additional episodes but 20th has balked, arguing that it has the right to re-edit the existing episodes that have already aired however it chooses without paying the actors more. The cast position is that the additional episode count effectively reduces the pay-per-episode that was negotiated, especially since the studio stands poised for a financial windfall thanks to a possible syndication pact. "
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Stranger Things star Sadie Sink got a $1,000 per-episode raise for Season 3
The 16-year-old actress was making $23,000 per episode for Season 2. But she didn't get a big raise for Season 3 because she wasn't part of the original cast.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Report: Claire Foy to receive "back pay" to plug The Crown's salary gap with co-star Matt Smith
Foy, who reportedly earned £29,000 per episode, will receive an additional £200,000 for her work.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Claire Foy says The Crown pay-gap controversy "really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about"
“It definitely opened my eyes to a lot," she tells The Associated Press. "And I certainly won’t be naïve about those things,” Foy said in an interview on Monday in Las Vegas. “It’s really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I’m allowed to stand up for myself about. And I think that’s really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It’s been only a positive thing — even though, embarrassing.”
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Thandie Newton confirms she, too, will receive equal pay for Westworld Season 3
“They’re all happening right now, and yeah, we’re all equal across the board,” Newton said following Evan Rachel Wood statement saying she would be receiving equal pay with the HBO drama's male stars. “It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented. It’s—goodness; it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration. It just shatters it.” Newton says HBO's decision to ensure pay equality has inspired her to only work on projects in the future with a similar pay philosophy. “I wouldn’t do anything if it didn’t. Definitely not,” she said. “F*ck that. It literally sets a precedent, and (HBO is) leading the way, which is amazing.” ALSO: Westworld creators want AI designers to "Stop."
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
The Crown's Matt Smith finally responds to Claire Foy pay-disparity controversy
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood: "It only took 25 years" for me to have equal pay with my male co-stars
The Westworld star spoke to Jimmy Fallon about her recent salary bump that would pay her as much as her male co-stars. “I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I was like (gasp). And I almost got emotional,” Wood said. “I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.’” She added: “I’ve been an actor since I was a kid, so it only took 25 years.” ALSO: Watch a Westworld Q&A abruptly end when a questioner asks Jonathan Nolan to read his screenplay.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Evan Rachel Wood: I'm now earning the same pay as my male Westworld co-stars
“I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay,'" she tells The Wrap. "And I was like,” she said, miming a gasp. “And I almost got emotional. I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.'”
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Judge Judy says her $47 million yearly salary wouldn't have been questioned if she was a man
Watch Judge Judy Sheindlin's reaction to last week's victory over a talent agency that claimed it was owed profits from her syndicated show.