There’s trouble a brew’n at TBS. Page 6 is reporting that Conan O’Brien’s writers aren’t happy with the pay being doled out by their new employer. Apparently they are under the impression that the network, which until recently conisisted of nothing but Atlanta Braves’ games and old Hanna-Barbera cartoons, is swimming in cash.
"This is no surprise," said an insider. "One show was broadcast network; the other is basic cable. It’s a different pay scale. It’s not just writers; it’s everybody."
Despite the complaints, no formal agreement has been made. The Writers Guild is still in talks with TBS, so it’s possible that the network will find a way to come up with more cash. Perhaps they could stop paying homeless drifters to be in the George Lopez studio audience and just switch to a laugh track. Although in all fairness, the technology to create laughter for that show is probably a few years away.