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Sheryl Lee Ralph Puts Positive Spin on Emmys Delay Amid Strike: “My Reign Has Been Supreme”

Sheryl Lee Ralph went viral when she sang part of her acceptance speech upon winning the Emmy for best supporting actress in a comedy series last year. Now, with the 2023 Emmy telecast delayed until the new year because of Hollywood’s dual strikes, the Abbott Elementary star is relishing the opportunity to bask in the […]

Actors React to Studio Talks Breaking Down After 90 Days of Strike: “It’s Just So Disappointing”

Morale following the breakdown of the negotiations between the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and SAG-AFTRA on Wednesday evening seemed depleted as actors and supporters walked back and forth in front of Hollywood studios, carrying “SAG-AFTRA on Strike!” signs that have been omnipresent at company entrances over the past three months. Outside of […]

Ted Sarandos: SAG-AFTRA Talks Fell Apart After Proposal of Levy on Each Streaming Subscriber

Ted Sarandos, co-CEO of Netflix, said the talks between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP fell apart Wednesday because of an additional “levy” the actors union was proposing to put on every streaming subscriber.  Sarandos has been one of the four CEOs, alongside Bob Iger, David Zaslav and Donna Langley, who sat in on negotiations with the […]

Don’t Call ‘Frasier’ a Reboot, Say Creators: “This Is His Third Act”

Thirty years ago, the series Frasier opened with elitist Dr. Frasier Crane recanting why he made his way from Boston to Seattle as a divorcé who had been duped by his equally snobbish brother into caring for their cantankerous father. The series would run for 11 seasons, win 37 Emmys and end as being recognized […]

Pete Davidson Surprises ‘SNL’ Cast by Popping Up to Host in First Promo for Show’s Return

Pete Davidson is hosting Saturday Night Live thanks to an apparent loophole, as seen in the NBC series’ first promo for the show’s return following the end of the writers strike. Davidson is set to make his hosting debut during the season 49 premiere this coming Saturday, with Ice Spice as the musical guest. Davidson, […]

Now What? The Five Crises Confronting a Post-Strike Hollywood

As brutal as 2023 has been for the entertainment industry, it’s possible the town will someday look back on this moment wistfully. And not just because of the picket line solidarity or cozy mogul hangs in the bargaining room. The strikes helped earn gains for Hollywood workers in such areas as streaming residuals and AI, […]

Writers Guild Ratifies Strike-Ending Contract With Studios

It’s officially over: The Writers Guild of America has ratified the three-year contract deal that ended the second-longest strike in the union’s history. Ninety-nine percent of union members voted to support the contract in a vote that ended on Monday; the WGA says of the 8,525 valid votes cast there were 8,435 “yes” votes and […]

Bob Odenkirk Talks End of Writers Strike, $25K Fan Lunch With David Cross

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross will be joined by a fan for a very expensive lunch in Los Angeles. During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote his upcoming children’s book Zilot, the Better Call Saul star discussed the lunch he and Cross auctioned off on eBay to raise money for […]

Film and TV Business Has Lost 45K Jobs Since Labor Strikes Began, U.S. Labor Report Says

The Writers Guild of America strike is over, and there appears to be progress in negotiations between SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP, but the impact of the strikes on the entertainment business writ large is still being felt. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its September jobs report on Friday and, while it was a […]

Dick Wolf’s NBC, CBS Shows Reopen Writers Rooms

Dick Wolf, the procedural king behind nine shows across two networks, is getting back to work. Writers rooms for NBC’s Chicago trio of Fire, Med and PD, as well as Law & Order and its spinoff, SVU, and CBS’ FBI, Most Wanted and International are all reopening this week. New showrunners have also been installed […]

‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ Writers Decline to Return (Exclusive)

The Drew Barrymore Show is once again readying its return — though a trio of WGA writers have chosen not to return to their old gig.  Barrymore found herself in hot water last month when she announced that her daytime talk show would make its fourth-season debut without its striking writers. A week later, after Barrymore faced backlash […]

Drew Barrymore Sets Talk Show Return Date After Writers Strike Controversy

Drew Barrymore is back (again). The actress-host has set Oct. 16 as the return date for the fourth season of her eponymous daytime talk show. After initially announcing, and strongly defending, her show’s plan to return amid the writers strike on Sept. 18, Barrymore (along with those involved with other WGA-covered shows that had planned […]