Just a note to let everyone know I will be out of touch until Oct. 13th. Mom-in-law had a stroke and we are leaving for Virginia Thursday. 13 hours so we will have two hotel stops with wireless but once there the don't live in the 21st century so No INTERNET.
Been a bad autumn for my family. Hopefully Mom won't have a crisis. Will catch up when I get back.
Still hurting over this Vincent thing. I know change happens, shows change, cast change and I finally think I know why this is worse for me. I loved the man in his movies for years before he took a TV show. Then I had him every week for nearly 8 years. Now nothing. Its like he was simmering on the back burner, the pulled the the front to a full boil and now someone took the pot and dumped it in the sink.
God I miss him already. Can I even bear to watch his last episode? I don't want closure I want BOBBY.
I have been trying to reach my friend who is the administrative assistant to one of the vice presidents of scheduling at NBC. Lo and behold the sweet woman called me last night. SO here's a little of the inside dish for LOCI.
This is in my language no Television inside Lingo she used at me. Apparently there was a HUGE meeting of the powers that be in Los Angeles between NBC and all its affiliates. Ignoring the other stations I'm concentrating on what she said about USA.
All their shows but LOCI got the automatic 5% raise and signed quickly. Monk of course was Tony wanting to move on so he agreed to final season now he's done.
The greedy bastards of the PTB have taken months to work this out.
This business with LOCI is all about the bottom line of course. LOCI made USA therefore NBC stockholders the most money for a scripted drama or comedy on USA, so they did not want to cancel it. However, where the other USA stars make at the most $200,000 an episode and most much less, Vincent & Kate were making around $350,000 an episode plus Vince took a percent of the show last season in lieu of a raise. Goldblum pulled fair ratings at $175,000 an episode. So the decision was made to slash the stars salaries and make more money for the stockholders while keeping the shows numbers up. More money is paid by advertisers for new LOCI episode than any other new episode shows.
There were several proposals made, presented to the stars and rejected by brass by the stars or by Dick Wolf.
Kate and Vincent take a half pay cut--rejected.
Goren is killed and the circumstance cause Alex and Ross to quit.--rejected
All three killed in bomb blast or shoot out--rejected.
Let Kate go and Vince stay without a partner--he rejected.
Vince disappears like Logan. Kate stays as Jeff's partner--she rejected.
So they hashed and rehashed and finally came up with keeping status quo for the March half of season. 3 Stars leaving then -- writers to work out. Goren to leave where he can come back an make guest appearances. HOW that's for the writers to figure out.
This way they hold on to Vincent in the event Goldblum bombs and the show tanks they will have Vincent to bring the numbers back.
Vince gets a percent of the show to hold him to a loose contract.
So there you have it. We should have Bobby, Alex and Ross for the first episodes and then Bobby as a special guest star during the last half.
Vincent has supposedly given a verbal agreement to this. NOTHING has been signed. Not even Goldblum.
She got to meet him in NYC. She said he was unbelievably sexy and charming AND THAT VOICE. Said when he talks to you he stares deep into your eyes and your knees turn to jelly. He kissed her hand. Such a gentleman. She says she's in love with him and she's only 26.
Well I guess we will wait and see NBC's PTB seem to believe movie star Jeff Goldblum will pick up the gauntlet and keep LOCI as a hit for USA. We'll see.
Will you watch the TV guide for episodes where Vincent is Special Guest Star?
If you see in your GOOGLE Alerts NAVARO's post ignore skip run delete from the SITE. My blood pressure shot blood out my ears. one word M O R O N. Does Google not read these things before they send them to us?
That said I have been wondering about something character-wise and am curious about what you think. From the time Ross came to the MCS he was weirded out by Bobby. Thought him crazy. A career destroyer.
Now he arranges for Nichols (Who has his own eccentricities) to come to MCS and we learn he was his partner for years. SO, Ross had been used to dealing with eccentric geniuses. And staying in trouble. Shouldn't he have been more able to understand and deal with Bobby? WTF? Any comments?
Or again its just poor writing from the new not watching old episodes?
DISCLAIMER: ALL PROPERTY OF DICK WOLF, NO PROFITS MADE ON THIS END FAITHFULLY, Ross popping a pill, irritating his detective, Ross questioning Bobby's logic and you can just see his anger with himself as he realizes Bobby's right again. I JUST LIKE THIS SCENE. SCENE 33.........MAJOR CASE SQUAD VENDING ROOM
Ross, "Just a sec..."
Just a tongue shot.
"You know when I noticed Kevin Paxton just like for Dr.Conlon,"
"...made me overlook some things."
"...his...his, his statement."
Ross reads aloud the hi-lighted area."
"Hard to cram it all in like that, some people talk like that."
"Yeah. But...not him not usually."
"He uses the phrase..."
"Mm mm mm..."
"He uses the phrase as a stop, you know, to keep from stuttering."
"He would have learned that in speech therapy."
"So being interviewed stresses him out. I don't get the significance?"
"Well, the Reverend's wife..."
"...Mrs. Wyler was a speech therapist."
"Loyal and deeply indebted to the person who taught him how to speak."
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ALEX IS MOST AMUSED AT THE EXCHANGE, BRIMMING WITH LAUGHTER AS SHE PUTS HER PURSE AWAY.