FOX said today that due to a back and forth bitchfest with Time Warner Cable, customers may be unable to see FOX programming next year. That includes House, 24, and American Idol (if you care about singing competitions). According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Fox said it has for the past nine months attempted to "negotiate in good faith" with Time Warner Cable, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, which serves some 14 million customers, and said those talks are ongoing.
But there is a "very likely possibility that Time Warner Cable may choose to no longer carry Fox Broadcasting, Fox Cable and Fox regional sports programing," Fox said.
Time Warner Cable confirmed that the talks are ongoing but said Fox’s current demands "are unreasonable and excessive, especially in this economic climate."
"We hope Fox won’t punish our customers by taking their programing away while we try to reach an agreement," said spokeswoman Maureen Huff.
Hey Time Warner, how about YOU don’t punish your customers by pulling the plug on my House stories that I look forward to every week? Nine months should be long enough for two entities to figure out who pisses better. Come up with a number, reach an agreement, and let’s get this thing done. The world wants to see Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell fight about the Idol contestants’ sexual orientation this Spring!