or


[02/27/04 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Set to Oust 'Will & Grace' Creators
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- Will and Grace are set to get some new company.

NBC is expected to announce shortly it plans to replace "Will & Grace" executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, who also created the series, with new showrunners as early as next week.

The news, first reported by trade publication Daily Variety, is seen as the end result of a messy legal battle between the duo and the Peacock.

Kohan and Mutchnick filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against NBC back in December, claiming the network failed to negotiate a fair license fee for the NBC Studios-produced series due to NBC and NBC Studios falling under the same corporate umbrella. "While (NBC Studios) purported to engage in arm's length and good faith negotiations with NBC, NBC in fact effectively sat on and controlled both sides of the 'bargaining' table," the complaint read. "NBCS' executives in the purported negotiations ultimately reported to NBC."

In addition, the suit claimed a host of additional improprieties including preferential treatment to series director James Burrows, reducing fees owed to the duo's reps at Vision Arts Management as well as threatening to cancel Kohan and Mutchnick's other series at NBC, "Good Morning, Miami," should they follow through with their lawsuit.

NBC and NBC Studios worked out a $5 million per episode deal for "Will & Grace's" fifth, sixth and seventh seasons back in March of 2002 in a pact valued over $300 million. That's reportedly on par with the license fees for "Friends" and "Everybody Loves Raymond" at the same point in their respective lives.

NBC said at the time they carefully documented the entire process and even hired independent consultant Chuck Larsen to work on the deal, adding they were fully willing to take the complaint all the way to court. Now industry insiders are saying NBC is set to file its own lawsuit against Kohan and Mutchnick, claiming the duo breached their contract with the network. Their suit, specific details of which were not revealed, will reportedly argue along the lines that Kohan and Mutchnick planned to sue NBC all along as they were offered and agreed to an independent third party to oversee the negotiations.

Regardless of the outcome of either lawsuit, Kohan and Mutchnick are not expected to continue with the series next season. A replacement showrunner (or showrunners) is expected to be announced in the coming days.

As for "Miami," an NBC source has confirmed that the series won't return to the Peacock's schedule until after May sweeps and that production was shut down after the show's 18th episode this season. While technically not canceled, the news more than likely spells the end of the sophomore comedy. The show's cast members also appear to be moving on as Constance Zimmer has already signed on to the CBS drama pilot "Cooking Lessons."





  [february 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· COOKING LESSONS (CBS)
· EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· GOOD MORNING, MIAMI (NBC)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)











[08/26/14 - 07:49 AM]
"The 66th Primetime Emmy(R) Awards" Posts NBC's Highest-Rated Monday in Metered-Market Households, Excluding Olympics, In Seven Years
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, August 25.

[08/26/14 - 07:01 AM]
Little Big Town Joins Darius Rucker to Announce Final Nominees for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" on ABC's "Good Morning America"
"The combination of Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announcing the final nominees for the 2014 CMA Awards is something you don't want to miss," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

[08/26/14 - 06:15 AM]
CNBC Renews "Restaurant Startup" for a Second Season
10 original hour-long episodes will premiere in January 2015.

[08/25/14 - 08:01 PM]
66th Emmy Awards Winners List
"Breaking Bad" was honored as Outstanding Drama Series while "Modern Family" was named Outstanding Comedy Series.

[08/25/14 - 01:04 PM]
"The Kelly Cutrone Project" Premieres Saturday, September 6 on CW Seed
"I wanted to create a show that would thrive and live on the internet that spoke directly to young people, and CW Seed was the perfect place to open that discussion," says Cutrone.

[08/25/14 - 12:30 PM]
New Era of "Doctor Who" Begins with Highest Rated Season Premiere Ever on BBC America
BBC America spins the numbers for Saturday, August 23.

[08/25/14 - 12:24 PM]
China's Dragon TV to Air 10 Episodes of The Goddesses' New Clothes Based on NBC's "Fashion Star"
The 10-episode series, "The Goddesses' New Clothes," premiered on Dragon TV on Saturday, August 23.

[08/25/14 - 12:05 PM]
"Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend" Arena Tour Teams with Discovery Education and Step Up to Provide Tickets for Outstanding Educators, Mentors and Mentees Across the U.S.
In each of the eight U.S. cities the tour will visit this fall, pairs of tickets will be distributed via Discovery Education and Step Up.

[08/25/14 - 10:13 AM]
The Fourth Season of the Hub Network's Emmy(R) Award-Winning Series "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series" Returns with Outstanding New and Returning Guest Stars, October 4
China Anne McClain, Sean Giambrone, Mason Cook, Luke Benward, Nolan Gould, Joey King, Freya Tingley and Margot Kidder are among those on tap.

[08/25/14 - 09:48 AM]
Animal Planet's Going Into Labor This Holiday Weekend with the "Labor Live" Multimedia Event
Plus: look for the return of "Mud Lovin' Rebels" this Sunday beginning at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/25/14 - 09:46 AM]
Destination America Dares to Find the Most Petrifying Beasts in America in the All-New Series "Alaska Monsters"
The network's latest entry bows Friday, September 12 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/25/14 - 09:42 AM]
Last Night's "Big Brother" Is the Biggest Brother of the Summer
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, August 24.

[08/25/14 - 09:25 AM]
We're Not in Kansas Anymore: ID's New Series "Dead on Arrival" Features Big City Dreams Turned Deadly Nightmares
The newcomer launches Wednesday, September 3 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[08/25/14 - 09:19 AM]
Lifetime Orders Glen Mazzara's "Damien" Straight to Series
Based on the classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him.

[08/25/14 - 09:16 AM]
All Facets of the World Wide Web Will Be Explored and Exposed When "Tosh.0" Returns with New Episodes Debuting on Tuesday, August 26 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT
In addition, "Tosh.0" checks in on a few people from past "Web Redemptions" and "CeWEBrity Profiles" including X-12, Antoine Dodson, Bad Finger and of course, Fanny (a.k.a. Risky Business Girl).