Screen Junkies » cancellation http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 5 Reasons Fox Won’t Cancel ‘The Simpsons’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/5-reasons-fox-wont-cancel-the-simpsons/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/5-reasons-fox-wont-cancel-the-simpsons/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 22:14:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231163 We call bullsh*t!

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After a 23 season run, it looks like the current season of The Simpsons could be the show’s last. News broke today that Fox is threatening to cancel the show if the cast does not agree to a 45% pay cut (if my editor is reading this, don’t get any ideas). With ratings down and production costs the highest they’ve ever been, Fox alleges that it cannot continue to air the series without garnishing wages and would rather cancel the show than share a percentage of the back-end.

They’re playing hardball. But are they bluffing? Yes. Here are a few reasons why I think so.

They’ve Bluffed Before

This isn’t the first time that the network has been at odds with the cast’s paycheck. They threatened to fire cast members and replace them with sound-alikes when their contracts were up in 2008. Those negotiations ended in an outcome where the cast saw significant pay bumps to $500,000 per episode. Sounds pricey but this actually put their pay in line with that of stars of live-action sitcoms. And it only took 19 years to get there.

It’s An Institution

The Simpsons is an institution. The celebrated program has shaped an entire generation. In fact, there are adults alive who don’t know the barren television wasteland we all foraged through before The Simpsons existed.¬† Even though it’s not as great as it once was, the first ten seasons still rank as the best television series of all time. I don’t think television viewers are ready to say goodbye. At least, not in an abrupt way.

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NBC Cuts ‘The Cape’ Episodes, Show’s One Fan Is Outraged http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-cuts-the-cape-episodes-shows-one-fan-is-outraged/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-cuts-the-cape-episodes-shows-one-fan-is-outraged/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 04:53:09 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=23988 When "Heroes" crashed and burned, NBC made a bold move and launched another generic-seeming superhero show in its wake.

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When “Heroes” crashed and burned, NBC made a bold move and launched another generic-seeming superhero show in its wake. Like NBC’s other recent bold move of putting Jay Leno on every night in prime-time instead of scripted shows people aren’t nearly as annoyed by, this idea was doomed to fail. Now that NBC has cut its episode order for “The Cape” from 13 to 10, it looks like this superhero isn’t powerful enough to stave off evil Dr. Neville¬†Cancellarius.

Even star David Lyons (“ER”), a “Chuck” lead-in and borrowing a character surname from “Lost” didn’t help this show’s low ratings. As they say, “if you can’t spin the last name Faraday into TV ratings gold, you’re in deep trouble.” Maybe “The Cape” should pull a hail mary sweeps stunt and do a live episode where the lead character gets married and has to battle several mediocre guest stars. The production team will have to work around Greg Kinnear‘s schedule, of course. (Hollywood Reporter)

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