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(The Street)   Instead of sharing the massive profits from The Big Bang Theory with its actors, CBS and Time Warner should have cancelled the show. **gasp** Bazinga. **canned laughter**   (thestreet.com ) divider line
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2014-08-19 12:33:16 PM  
And this is why you're writing for The Street instead of being in Hollywood you dumbass writer.
 
NFA
2014-08-19 12:33:21 PM  
Mr. Mallas (fake name?),

Who are you to besmirch the name of a good company like CBS?  You could cause them harm and a loss of stock value with your reckless rant.  It's scary to think of what could happen to the 1700+% gain I've made on my investment in CBS stock since 2009 (absolutely true).
 
2014-08-19 12:43:44 PM  
Right, because it's better to pull the plug on the billions of revenue you are going to make from additional seasons of Big Bang and show the talent they can't get away with demanding more money.

Sure there may be another hit around the corner that is cheaper to produce.  But can you guarantee that?  Can you guarantee that the next big thing won't be for another network and another production company?

I get that there are instances where you have to draw the line, but I really don't think this is one of them.
 
2014-08-19 12:47:26 PM  
We should break all the unions too.
 
2014-08-19 12:50:36 PM  
In before nerd blackface.
 
2014-08-19 12:52:02 PM  
I have never watched a moment of that show.
 
2014-08-19 12:55:14 PM  
That sounds insane certainly, but standing up to Hollywood talent and withstanding the pressure from all sides to cave to the demands of the celebrities involved should be the mission statement for executives.

Yes, you're absolutely right. That certainly does sound insane.

As unthinkable a move it would be to cancel "The Big Bang Theory," it might dissuade other agents and stars from asking for too much.

Is Steven Mallas the dumbest person on the planet? All signs point to yes.
 
2014-08-19 12:55:43 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.


So.  There's that, then.
 
2014-08-19 12:57:48 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.



i65.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-19 01:02:44 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.


Yet you feel the need to tell us.
 
2014-08-19 01:12:21 PM  

ManateeGag: Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.

Yet you feel the need to tell us.


Just needed to get that off my chest. That's all. It was cathartic.
 
2014-08-19 01:15:43 PM  

ManateeGag: Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.

Yet you feel the need to tell us.


He doesn't even OWN a tv
 
2014-08-19 01:15:58 PM  
I wonder how long you'd have to watch to be counted as EXACTLY one single moment.  No more, no less.
 
2014-08-19 01:17:46 PM  

Chariset: ManateeGag: Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.

Yet you feel the need to tell us.

He doesn't even OWN a tv


Oh, heavens, no. I'm not one of those supercilious twits. Granted, my TV is mostly tuned in to Disney Junior these days.
 
2014-08-19 01:19:05 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I wonder how long you'd have to watch to be counted as EXACTLY one single moment.  No more, no less.


Per Wikipedia:

"A moment is a medieval unit of time equal to 1.5 minutes or 1/40 of an hour. This reckoning is derived from the work of Bartholomeus Anglicus, writing in 1240 that each hour was divided into four points, each point into ten moments, each moment into twelve ounces, and each ounce into 47 atoms."
 
2014-08-19 01:20:32 PM  

Nabb1: Granted, my TV is mostly tuned in to Disney Junior these days.


i109.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-19 01:23:00 PM  

Nabb1: Relatively Obscure: I wonder how long you'd have to watch to be counted as EXACTLY one single moment.  No more, no less.

Per Wikipedia:

"A moment is a medieval unit of time equal to 1.5 minutes or 1/40 of an hour. This reckoning is derived from the work of Bartholomeus Anglicus, writing in 1240 that each hour was divided into four points, each point into ten moments, each moment into twelve ounces, and each ounce into 47 atoms."


Well, that's.. one way to tell time, I guess.
 
2014-08-19 01:34:24 PM  
Rejecting demands for overpriced contracts might provide dividends in the future, however. As unthinkable a move it would be to cancel "The Big Bang Theory," it might dissuade other agents and stars from asking for too much.

It may also dissuate other agents and stars from, y'know, signing on to CBS shows in the future.
 
2014-08-19 01:46:38 PM  
But these actors were mostly unknowns beforehand. Letting them get modestly rich from profit sharing helps insure there will continue to be masses of new talent to pick out, underpay while a series develops to prove profitable or not, and eventually throw a few scraps later on if the profits are sufficiently epic.

It's like the idiots buying lottery tickets, only with a career -- though most of the losers at least get starvation wages for a consolation prize.
 
2014-08-19 02:13:47 PM  

abb3w: But these actors were mostly unknowns beforehand. Letting them get modestly rich from profit sharing helps insure there will continue to be masses of new talent to pick out, underpay while a series develops to prove profitable or not, and eventually throw a few scraps later on if the profits are sufficiently epic.

It's like the idiots buying lottery tickets, only with a career -- though most of the losers at least get starvation wages for a consolation prize.


tavernofterror.com

Really
 
2014-08-19 02:16:13 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.


It has its funny moments, but to me, the "nerdiness" and the intellectual jokes come across in a very contrived and forced way. It's hard to explain. They're walking a fine line between making it intelligent enough for the educated, but simple and stupid enough for your "average dumb American" -- you know -- the reason the evening local newscast is written at a 6th-grade level. It feels ham-fisted, like it's being written by a demographics committee. And really, the science in that show isn't above the level of a high school graduate who had decent science teachers.

Frasier was elegantly written. They kept the funny coming for most people but slipped the nuance in for the more-educated. You really had to know your humanities if you wanted to get all the jokes.
 
2014-08-19 02:16:59 PM  

ManateeGag: In before nerd blackface.

Curses!!
s2.quickmeme.com
 
2014-08-19 02:23:05 PM  
Like other actors in wildly successful and equally awful shows, the laws of supply and demand suggest you pay them what they want.
 
2014-08-19 02:24:34 PM  
And when starving-for-a-sitcom-hit NBC picks up the order from the production company and uses the show to counter-program a CBS show also enjoying success, CBS can lose twice!

It takes a special kind of business idiot to refuse billions in revenue over millions in expenses.
 
2014-08-19 02:25:00 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Frasier was elegantly written. They kept the funny coming for most people but slipped the nuance in for the more-educated. You really had to know your humanities if you wanted to get all the jokes.


The brilliance of "Frasier" was how they accomplished that and then put in some very good physical comedy, even slapstick on occasion, and the cast handled it just as deftly.
 
2014-08-19 02:40:45 PM  

Nabb1: ecmoRandomNumbers: Frasier was elegantly written. They kept the funny coming for most people but slipped the nuance in for the more-educated. You really had to know your humanities if you wanted to get all the jokes.

The brilliance of "Frasier" was how they accomplished that and then put in some very good physical comedy, even slapstick on occasion, and the cast handled it just as deftly.


That, too. Niles ironing his pants is one of the most beautiful bits of comedy ever filmed.
 
2014-08-19 02:46:04 PM  
Selfish bastards, taking away money from those hard worker share holders.
 
2014-08-19 03:02:33 PM  
Every once in a while I realize that I miss Frasier. It's a weird feeling.
 
2014-08-19 03:03:22 PM  
Unless you work for yourself, we're all talent to our employers. The Big Bang Theory talent just happened to find themselves in the enviable situation where they could do what we all wish we could do -- walk in and demand a raise or else..
 
2014-08-19 03:12:53 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: And when starving-for-a-sitcom-hit NBC picks up the order from the production company and uses the show to counter-program a CBS show also enjoying success, CBS can lose twice!

It takes a special kind of business idiot to refuse billions in revenue over millions in expenses.


Please. NBC would order 5 episodes, run them out of order on a single Tuesday at 3:37 PM, and never tell anyone about them.
 
2014-08-19 03:25:18 PM  
I like The Big Bang Theory, and I am glad the stars are getting more money. Considering how huge it has gotten, between first run, syndication, merchandising and DVD/BluRay, the stars deserve to get paid enough so that when it is over they can either retire or pick and choose pet projects. They are certainly making Check Lorre and Les Moonves even richer than they already were.
 
2014-08-19 03:48:12 PM  
He's right  you know. If you don't nip this in the bud, people everywhere will expect to be paid based on what they contribute. Worst case: college football players might think their entitled to something.
 
2014-08-19 03:56:25 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.


I've seen just enough to be secure in the knowledge that I'm not missing anything
 
2014-08-19 03:56:53 PM  
It's not just the money directly from the BBT.  BBT's ratings may also carryover to the rest of the CBS lineup for that night thus earning the network additional profits from other programs.  And maybe it keeps Chuck Lorre working with CBS rather than pitching  a potential new hit to another network.
 
2014-08-19 03:57:49 PM  
Yes, because the people who make the show as great as it is (the writers, actors, etc.) shouldn't be rewarded for doing that.  The owners, who simply make the decision one time to invest in the show based off a hunch, should reap the benefits.

And this is why we have a feeling of class warfare in our country right now.
 
2014-08-19 03:58:54 PM  

damageddude: Unless you work for yourself, we're all talent to our employers. The Big Bang Theory talent just happened to find themselves in the enviable situation where they could do what we all wish we could do -- walk in and demand a raise or else..


Well, technically, there's nothing stopping you from demanding a "rasie or else" right now.  It just means being willing to accept the "or else"....
 
2014-08-19 03:59:02 PM  

BadReligion: I like The Big Bang Theory, and I am glad the stars are getting more money. Considering how huge it has gotten, between first run, syndication, merchandising and DVD/BluRay, the stars deserve to get paid enough so that when it is over they can either retire or pick and choose pet projects. They are certainly making Check Lorre and Les Moonves even richer than they already were.


DVD/BluRay?

Why ????
 
2014-08-19 04:00:40 PM  
I read that article as "I'm jealous of the money those actors make and CBS should have canceled the show to stick it those greedy bastards".
 
2014-08-19 04:00:58 PM  

mcreadyblue: BadReligion: I like The Big Bang Theory, and I am glad the stars are getting more money. Considering how huge it has gotten, between first run, syndication, merchandising and DVD/BluRay, the stars deserve to get paid enough so that when it is over they can either retire or pick and choose pet projects. They are certainly making Check Lorre and Les Moonves even richer than they already were.

DVD/BluRay?

Why ????


Most popular TV shows are released by the season on DVD and BluRay. I assume because it makes them money.
 
2014-08-19 04:01:58 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.


I yet your professed ignorance made you feel like you needed to comment.

Interesting.

Tell us about your mother.
 
2014-08-19 04:01:59 PM  

DubyaHater: I read that article as "I'm jealous of the money those actors make and CBS should have canceled the show to stick it those greedy bastards".


But at the same time, the billionaire deserves more money because he is the only reason people watch CBS. I know Les Moonves keeps me tuning in.
 
2014-08-19 04:04:22 PM  

Nabb1: Chariset: ManateeGag: Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.

Yet you feel the need to tell us.

He doesn't even OWN a tv

Oh, heavens, no. I'm not one of those supercilious twits. Granted, my TV is mostly tuned in to Disney Junior these days.


I am one of those twits. If I want to watch something I have Netflix or YouTube.

Speaking of the show. I have seen several moments and even 1 full episode. Put me in the cap that doesn't care for it.
 
2014-08-19 04:08:35 PM  
Translation: "People like what I don't like, so I'm creating a bullshiat business sounding excuse so I can tell people I want it to go away without sounding like a sniveling choad."
 
2014-08-19 04:09:33 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: It takes a special kind of business idiot to refuse billions in revenue over millions in expenses.


This says it most elegantly and succinctly.
 
2014-08-19 04:11:30 PM  
When visiting S. America last time for family reasons, it was one of the only shows in english so I watched several espisodes.


Unfunny shiat
 
2014-08-19 04:11:45 PM  
This is why you are an armchair network exec behind a writer's desk rather than a real network exec. Shut your incompetent mouth.
 
2014-08-19 04:13:58 PM  
You're a true sage, Steve Mallas. And they say that they give MBAs to just any jackass idiot.
 
2014-08-19 04:14:43 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.


Lucky you
 
2014-08-19 04:16:46 PM  
this guy sounds like he'd cut his nose off to spite his face
kill the golden goose because it wanted better feed
 
2014-08-19 04:17:18 PM  

Nabb1: I have never watched a moment of that show.


I tried to, since everyone seemed to think it was funny.

It wasn't funny. It wasn't even clever.

I want my 30 minutes back.

Without the laugh track
 
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