TV News Tidbits: ‘Modern Family’ Salary Renegotiations, McSteamy’s Exit, and More
After months of negotiations, a slight disruption in the return to production, and a lawsuit, the adult cast of Modern Family were successful in their salary renegotiation with 20th Century Fox TV. The performers were originally asking for $200,000 an episode each (up from the $65,000 they had before), and it seems the final deal is in the $170,000-180,000 range for an episode. [Deadline Hollywood]
A Senate Commerce Committee hearing held on Tuesday, July 24 in Washington D.C discussed problems in the communication industry. The issues included "higher-than-inflation annual pay TV price hikes, and contract disputes that sometimes result in blackouts of consumers’ favorite channels." There was a lot of pondering but nothing decisive. This is proof that senators watch TV and were also miffed by the carrier dispute between DirectTV and Viacom. [Deadline Hollywood]
AMC's The Killing has been cancelled. The basic cable channel will not be renewing the series for a third season, but the production company is determined to "try to find another home for the show.” Needless to say, the cancellation has started a wave of reporting trying to capitalize on the obvious connection between the show's title and the word "canceled". We will give it a pass.
Elisabeth Moss's Peggy Olson will return to Mad Men next season. It is not yet clear in what capacity, but the character only resigned, so it should be much less insulting to bring her back.
Eric Dane is leaving Grey's Anatomy to pursue other opportunities. Our guess is that the actor, whose character was dubbed McSteamy for good reasons, would have no trouble finding his way back to our small screens if he wished to.
Production on Fringe has been stopped for two weeks so that co-star John Noble can get treatment for a sleep disorder. The 63-year old actor has apparently had the condition for a while, but it was aggravated by his recent intense flight schedule.