Fan Follies: The Debate/Smackdown At The ReelBlog

Whoa!

Reading the comments in the latest posts at TheReel seems to require a thick skin *plus* some extra protective padding…doesn’t matter if you’re a fan, a CI cast member or Dick Wolf (or a network executive/pinhead).

From the innocuous sounding post entitled Contest:Find The Emmy

comes this pithy comment that has me laughing louder than what people are saying about a certain nameless celebutard and jailbird (although the people who have called her one of the ‘Three Bimbos Of The Apocalypse’ have both my bemusement and my utmost respect for their cleverness)

“Right now, I’d like to soundly beat Dick Wolf and the NBC money-men over the head with an Emmy…” -Diane

Oh and if the comments to a post entitled No-raise offer irks “Criminal Intent” stars doesn’t leave you feeling a little emotionally jostled, you’re either a robot or you really *don’t* care about LO:CI.

I’d say the fan sentiment over what will happen to CI, its cast, its crew, and its creative direction is far from unified and *very* touchy right about now.

Tread cautiously everyone.

Music ‘Cruel To Be Kind’ by Nick Lowe

Bonus cut ‘Go Insane’ by Lindsey Buckingham

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The Negotiations Saga: The Sequel: They’re Back…All *Three* Of Them…

Music with a coded message: ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ by The Police

Bonus message/track: ‘Your Latest Trick’ by Dire Straits

…you can color me a little surprised but these days I guess any paycheck is better than no paycheck, and (maybe?) mediocre scripts are better than no scripts even (especially?) in an industry as arbitrary as the entertainment industry

Here’s hoping they clean house on the show runner/writing/ creative side of things at LO:CI to *improve* the downward spiral that was Season 6

I seriously doubt that will happen (because chances are to do that *properly* also costs money) but one can always hope and dream, can’t one?

Hollywood Reporter Article Link:http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i74b211e4087bceb965f9b4ed0eddf42c

“‘CI’ stars returning without raises
By Nellie Andreeva

June 9, 2007

Good intentions have prevailed in the salary dispute between the stars and producers on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Sources said Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Noth and Kathryn Erbe all agreed Friday to return to the series next season without a raise. Wolf Films and NBC Universal TV Studio had set a Friday 5 p.m. deadline for them to accept the offer. (HR 6/8)

The actors are said to be disappointed because leads on returning series get at least 5% salary increase every year. In the end, it came down to wanting to come back to the show and understanding the financial strain posed by the series’ move from NBC to USA Network next season, sources said. (Repeats of the show will air on NBC.)

It’s belt-tightening time on the “Law & Order” franchise. Sources indicated that below-the-line crews members are taking 5% to 10% pay cuts next season.

Reps for Wolf Films and NBC Uni TV declined comment Friday.”