FX Picks up LOUIE for Another Season

…’Cuz there’s been a, you know, blow job in 5 out of the 6 episodes so far. (Yeah, we only saw one, but it was from an actress who just about a year ago won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar so that makes up for anything lacking anywhere, right?)

FX Orders Two More Seasons of It’s Always Sunny, Renews Wilfred and Louie by Hanh Nguyen

Let’s celebrate at Paddy’s Pub! It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphiawill be around for two more seasons.

John Landgraf, FX’s president and general manager, announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews that the network has renewed Sunny for two seasons, and also picked up Wilfred and Louiefor another 13-episode season apiece…

Wilfred, the oddball comedy starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann as a guy in a dog suit, debuted this year and is watched by 5 million viewers a week. Louie, created by and starring comedian Louis C.K., has increased its ratings to 3 million viewers, up 56 percent over its freshman season.

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Notice how, OldMedia bastion that it is, TVGuide.Com just sort of tosses LOUIE (and WILFRED) in as add-ons? Well, we always knew the old folks had problems with B.J.s and bestiality. Except maybe Bill Clinton, although we may be imagining the bestiality thing. Now that they’re both in NY, wonder if Bill hangs with Louis C.K….

The Doctor Puppet Salutes the Olympics

…And so do we:

I’m enjoying the London Olympics

But I feel like someone was missing from the Opening Ceremony. Oh well. Go everyone!

A 2012 Trailer for 2001

Don’t get all snippy, people. We’re perfectly entitled to show you this movie trailer on a television writing site. This clip is all about appealing to the contemporary audience, and for God’s sakes, everybody knows that the reason we all have such short attention spans is those ADHD writers from SESAME STREET.

Courtesy of FilmSchoolRejects.Com

The Adventures of Jack Kirby & Ed Wood

Not a true life adventure! Totally made up! But a real video that will make any fanboy squee!

‘The King & The Worst’ – by TeamTVWriter Press Service

One of our minions sent us the URL to this astounding work. How he found it, we don’t know. Here’s what the YouTube entry has to say:

During the Second World War, terrible things happened but what was never known was that the fate of the world depended on two soldiers: «The king of comics», Jack Kirby and «The worst director ever» Ed Wood. Their mission was to embrace their unusual fate. Bats, dead nazies, evil beings and a strange mentor will change their lives, but not in this world, it will all be on the other side of the mirror.

Directed and written by David Galán Galindo
Cast: Pilar Rubio, Pepe Macias, Luis Yagüe, Jose Benedicto, Jose Luis Chavarria, Verónica Bagdasarian
Producer: Pilar Iglesias
Edited: Ignacio Yrizar
Sound: Carlos Heras
Music: Arnau Bataller
Sound postproduction: Carlos Heras y Miguel Martín
Postproducton: Fernando Marcilla & Moisés Cambra

What’s that? You’re wondering about the names? Yes, they’re Spanish…and the video’s in Spanish too, with English subtitles to increase the weird, alien, WTF? factor. Try it and we’re sure you’ll agree with the only English comment on YouTube: “just awesome.”

Image from the Kirby Museum; Not even the evil mages know from whence it came

EDITED TO ADD: We’re kind of stoked by the fact that David Galán Galindo, the writer-director of this short, has posted an interesting and edifying comment that you can read for yourselves below.

EDITED AGAIN TO ADD: We’ve seen several of David’s videos, and they’re not only funny, they’re professional as hell. You can see them too.

Secrets of TV Series Negotiating

Ken Levine explains (even though he still can’t explain, erm, us):

The MODERN FAMILY cast holdout – by Ken Levine

This is a Friday Question I’ve received so often this week that I want to devote the entire post to it…

“It sounds like the cast (at least the adults) on Modern Family are working together (well, actually NOT working together) in an effort to renegotiate their contracts (and did I use enough parentheses in this sentence?).

 “What are your thoughts? As a showrunner, what effect does this have on planning? Do they get support from the writers?”

First off, I have no dog in this race. I feel bad for the producers and writers because of the inconvenience. Under the best of conditions, when things are going swimmingly, it’s still a bitch to knock out a good product every week, much less Emmy-winning quality. If this holdout stretches, then showrunners will have to scramble.   There’s the possibility of missing air-dates.  Some scripts might have to be rewritten.  It sucks.

But in this case, that’s not going to happen.  This will be settled soon, maybe even by the time you read this.

Some backstory: When an actor signs on for a pilot he agrees to a seven-year contract. There are salary increases built in but they’re usually 4-6%. In a previous post I explained just how hard it is to evenget hired in a pilot. (You can find that post here.) And if you are the lucky one, you have to sign your life away.

Two questions you might be asking:

“Why seven years?” So actors can’t do what the MODERN FAMILY cast is doing.
“Isn’t signing a seven year contract a good thing because it means security?” No because it’s not a guaranteed seven years. If the show gets cancelled that’s it. If the studio, producers, or network wants to replace you, or kill you (a favorite of TV dramas) they can. You however, can’t just say after year three you want a big raise because the show is making billions or you’re tired of being a Klingon.

Not so fair, is it? And this is on top of committing seven years to producers you don’t know in most cases. They could be assholes. They could be insane. Or they could be great guys but they’re replaced in two years and the new producers are assholes.

There’s also the danger that playing one role for seven years could typecast you and ten years from now your career consists of appearing at the Nostalgia Show at the Burbank Marriott signing pictures of yourself next to the table where the robot from LOST IN SPACE is signing way more photos than you are.

So I’m torn…

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We like this post – especially the rest of it – because it goes on to reveal one of the more ruthless sides of showbiz, which might in fact make some writing hopefuls rethink their career choice. Not that we want you to quit. But this can be such a tough haul that we do want you to be sure.

EDITED TO ADD: Ken was right on the money (and we mean $$$) about the outcome of the MODERN FAMILY Feud. Variety (which is a pay site so we aren’t linking because why should you, our beloved visitors, have to pay?) announced just a few hours ago that the dispute had been resolved and the show is continuing as scheduled. We doff our baseball caps to you, dood.