UPDATE: Post Crew On NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Win IATSE Contract

By | Tuesday April 22, 2014 @ 8:14pm PDT

last-comic-standing__140321195619-275x340__140421164340UPDATE, 8:14 PM: No joke — the strike is over. After a day-and-a-half labor action on the part of the Motion Picture Editors GuildIATSE Local 700, the postproduction crew of Last Comic Standing now have a union contract, I’ve learned. With that over, everybody is heading back to work tomorrow on the soon-to-debut NBC reboot. The roughly 15 editors, assistant editors and other briefly striking post employees have won the health and retirement benefits IA700Bug__130219205555-150x150__131123212333__140421164529plus vacation and holiday pay they sought when they walked out on Monday. A day of picketing today outside the Glendale postproduction facility of the NBC Studios show also saw significant wage increases for the assistant editors. Last Comic Standing is set to premiere on May 22.

1625566_747449085300490_4296235683794707443_nPREVIOUS, APRIL 21, AM: Just more than a month before its reboot is set to debut, NBC‘s Last Comic Standing today has been knocked down by a labor action. About 15 editors and assistant editors walked off the job today in a no-joke strike organized by the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700, I’ve learned. Hired by NBC Studios on a non-union basis, the editors are seeking a union contract that includes industry-standard health insurance and pension benefits. Read More »

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NBC Press Day: ‘Last Comic Standing’ Producers, Judges On Twitter, Upcoming Season & More

Twitter is not a comic’sNBCUniversal Events - Season 2014 best friend, the producers and judges of NBC’s exhumed Last Comic Standing said today at NBC Press Day.  “I want to see you on stage with that mike, then I’m going to get it,” judge Keenen Ivory Wayans said. “I don’t know where the jokes come from when they’re online. It’s not real to me unless I see you with a microphone.”

“I enjoy it, because I like to provoke people and get them pissed off,” judge Roseanne Barr jumped in. “The whole heckler thing is why I got into it. I like being fast with the retort…I like to block people too.”

Next month, NBC returns Last Comic Standing, with new judges Barr, Wayans, and Russell Peters, new host JB Smoove , new format, new celebrity guests, and invitation-only auditions. This reality television talent show aired its first seven seasons from 2003 to 2010. Last November, NBC announced the show’s latest 13-episode order. Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz of Push It Prods. executive produce for Universal Television through their deal with the studio, along with The Marriage Ref‘s Javier Winnik. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ Returns May 22 With New Judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans & Russell Peters; JB Smoove To Host

By | Friday March 21, 2014 @ 12:58pm PDT

last-comic-standingNBC‘s reality series Last Comic Standing resumes its search for America’s funniest comic on May 22 at 9 PM with new judges Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), Keenen Ivory Wayans (In Living Color) and Russell Peters (Notorious) and JB Smoove (Curb Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: So-So Debut For ABC’s ‘Bachelor’ Spinoff ‘Bachelor Pad’

Nellie Andreeva

For any other new reality series, the premiere number for ABC’s Bachelor Pad (2.2 rating/7 share) would’ve been a solid number. But being part of the network’s hit Bachelor franchise automatically raised expectations for the spinoff, whose two-hour debut last night was down 21% from this summer’s premiere of The Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘The Bachelorette’ Gains & Wimbledon Coverage Up

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s The Bachelorette continued its impressive summer run with a 3.1 rating/9 share among adults 18-49 last night, up 15% from last week. But its lead-out, True Beauty (1.7/5) continues to move in the opposite direction, down 15% from last week for its lowest-rated telecast this summer. NBC’s Last Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ABC Up, Fox/NBC Down

Nellie Andreeva

ABC’s reality lineup of The Bachelorette (2.7 rating/9 share among adults 18-49) and True Beauty (2.0/6) was up a tick from last week, with the two shows growing 5% and 4%, respectively, and lifting the network to a nightly win in 18-49 (2.5/8) as well as total viewers (7.3 million)

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