Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The CW doesn't care about black people.


I first heard about this today on "Big Boy's Neighborhood's Liz Hernandez".

Sitcom Saga: No Finale For 'Girlfriends' and Litigation Looms, by Jawn Murray, BlackVoices.com.

. . . The CW had opted to cancel [Girlfriends] without fulfilling its remaining nine episodes.

Well I've now learned exclusively that The CW made the cast members an offer to return for a "retrospective" episode that would feature recaps of the previous shows and cast members reflecting on those shows.

The CW apparently only offered to pay the actors half of their episodic salary to shoot the makeshift finale, thus the stars collectively opted not to participate.

In addition, several people close to the show tell me that The CW refuses to honor the contracts of the principal cast members and does not intend to pay the actors for the nine episodes that will not be taped.

Now the show stars have hired a litigator who will file a joint lawsuit on behalf of the talent, suing the network for the money they are due.

"The network told them point blank, 'Sue us!' After using this show to help build its name, The CW has turned their back on them and disrespected them in the most horrible way," said someone associated with the show, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.


This is some nonsense. I don't even watch Girlfriends on The CW, because the show has gone downhill since Toni left, and Joan and William got together, then broke up. However, the show did bring over a solid audience base from UPN to this redheaded amalgamated stepchild of a network.

First Dawn Ostroff came for Everwood. Then she came for Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars. Now Girlfriends is getting the Ostroff treatment. Shame on you, CW. Shame!

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9 comments:

brian said...

Do you really think this has anything to do with it being a "black show"?

Stephanie said...

That sucks! I only have seen it on reruns but still it has been on FOREVER!!! They seriously should be giving it a better send off than that! It's been the longest running show on UPN / now The CW. Actually I think it is the longest live action comedy on TV at the moment!!

Chrissy said...

I agree it went downhill after Toni left. I usually saw the show in reruns on UPN (I probably saw a full 5 seasons) but since it went to the CW haven't watched it at all. I think the show should have definitely had a finale that show was on for like 8 or 9? seasons!

I don't understand why CW wouldn't pay them. I am sure the contract states they get paid for a certain number of episodes. CW can't truly believe they are going to win that lawsuit?!?

Bianca Reagan said...

Since the CW began its run by lumping all the "black shows" together on Sunday night, and since the network has yet to create any new shows with a cast of more than three nonwhite lead characters at a time, I do think this is because Girlfriends is a "black show", brian, if that is your real name. I'm sure the CW would willingly do this to any of their shows; however it's always easier to dispose of a show whose audience you didn't respect in the first place.

brian said...

Yeah, they were so racist in the way that they kept renewing it and kept putting it on the air for 8 seasons and made it the longest running sitcom on the air and made all the people working on it rich. i guess they should've kept it on the air permanently no matter what the crappy ratings or how much money it was losing, cause black people should never have a show canceled.

Racist CW bastards!

Stephanie said...

Brian - It had "crappy" ratings because once it moved to the combined UPN/WB - The CW they moved it to Sunday when it had been performing solidly on Mondays for UPN. They then started putting it with shows (Aliens in America etc) that no longer appealed to the same demographic as the ones paired with it on UPN.

The CW has never promoted it or The Game or given them the kind of attention they gave to Gilmore Girls or are giving to Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill.

Irwin Handleman said...

Stephanie, that has happened to a million shows. 98 percent of which haven't been "black shows". So now it happens to a black show and it's a racist thing? Only to people who blame racism for everything that happens in the world.

Miss Curly Bee said...

Hey there, I love it when celebrities stop by at my blog :) Thanks.

PS: They shouldn't have canceled the show!

Bianca Reagan said...

miss curly bee, welcome to my blog! I'm sooo not a celebrity, considering there are still 700 books available. But someday maybe. I'm enjoying your MBA blog, even though I already know how some things have turned out for you. I like the journey and the destination.

Mr. Handleman, I understand your point of view, and I addressed it in both my post and my comment. Time movement and cancellation have happened to most shows, including some of my favorites, like 3rd Rock from the Sun, Freaks and Geeks, and Everwood. During its final season, Everwood moved to a new night, and The CW didn't bother to tell anyone until the week before. However, I haven't heard of a network cancel one of its longest-running shows by refusing to honor the actors' contracts, then requesting they do a retrospective show for half of their salaries. That's insulting. Plus, The CW isn't replacing Girlfriends with another "black show" or a show with a predominantly nonwhite cast. This isn't so much to ask, considering that most of their shows are predominantly white, even though they are targeting a younger audience, which is increasingly diverse demographic. The CW should have more Latino and Asian characters, since those populations are the fastest growing ones in the US. Last I checked, the network had two and 1/2 maybe.