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Don’t miss the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. August 2015, only on AMC.
While a union dedicated to just comic creators has been discussed for decades (and probably be a while before one happens), the production and writing team behind the show Comic Book Men have been attempting to. The effort is being organized by the Writers Guild of America East.
Original Media is the company behind Comic Book Men, Swamp People, Inkmaster, NY Ink, LA Ink, Miami Ink, The Rachel Zoe Project and much more. In 2014, the writers and producers voted overwhelmingly to unionize and join the Writers Guild. The vote was 42 to 9. It was a part of a campaign by unions to organize writers in the reality television business. The goal is to provide the kind of benefits and working conditions writers on scripted shows receive. The claim is reality show writers put in long hours without extra pay (some work up to 70 hours a week) and denied insurance and other benefits.
Since then the WGA East has said that Original Media has “refused to bargain in good faith.” Original Media is also being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board for “failing to bargain in good faith, and by the wage and hour authorities for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their freelance workforce.” The Writers Guild has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with at least three other nonfiction television production companies.
In 2013 the editorial crew of Swamp People walked off the job due to a dispute with Original Media. The walkout was due to “unfair labor practice … unlawfully interfer(ing) with employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act by interrogating employees about union organizing activity.”
The WGA East is currently running a campaign to have individuals post labor-friendly tattoos on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #InkMasterUnion to show support. Below is some suggested text from their alert.
- Workers on @SpikeInkMaster deserve a fair contract. @OriginalMedia needs to ink a deal #InkMasterUnion
- I have ink. I watch@SpikeInkMaster. I want @OriginalMedia to stop #Unionbusting & sign a fair contract #InkMasterUnion
- I Support @OriginalMedia Workers right to a fair contract #InkMasterUnion
We have reached out to the stars of Comic Book Men and Kevin Smith for their comments. The show airs on AMC.
Fear the Walking Dead premieres August 2015. Only on AMC.
The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing now that the weather’s warm? While you figure that out, here’s some news to keep you busy.
Around the Tubes
The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Walking Dead’ Creator Inks Overall Deal at AMC – Not too shocking considering the success he’s had for them.
CBS News – Inside “Fun Home,” graphic novel turned Broadway musical – Can’t wait to see this.
Around the Tubes Reviews
CBR – Archie #666
CBR – Bizarro #1
The Beat – Nonplayer #2
Talking Comics – Secret Wars #3
CBR – Spider-Woman #8
CBR – X-Tinction Agenda #1
Seth Rogen has been teasing regularly photos from the production of the Vertigo comic turned television series Preacher. Today we have the latest tease. The show will air on AMC.
Seth Rogen is keeping us up to date on the filming of Preacher, the television based on the celebrated comic series. The series stars Dominic Cooper and will air on AMC. The photo looks like our first look at the characters Jesse Custer and Arseface.
The comic follows a small town preacher who is possessed by a creature called Genesis who is the child of an angel and demon, and since it’s neither good nor evil, it’s a new type of being.
The series was announced in February 2014, and the comic was published by DC Comics‘ Vertigo imprint.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise but The Walking Dead continued to flex its muscles as television’s highest rated series. The season finale pulled in a best 15.8 million viewers of which 10.4 million were adults 18-49. That’s great, but doesn’t match the series high, which was this season’s opener which saw 17.3 million viewers.
The series’s 16 episodes ranked in the top 20 entertainment telecasts across all of television for adults 18-49. When you add in sports and specials, the 16 epsiodes all rank in the top 50 telecasts, the first time a series has achieved this in cable history.
The show ended the season as the number one show in adults 18-49 with an average 14.4 million viewers and 9.4 million adults 18-49 live/same day. That’s an increase of 9% in adults 18-49.
The success spilled over to the after show, Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead. That show saw its best episode to date and pulled in 7.5 million viewers, of which 4.9 million of them were 18-49.
The evening also saw the first teaser ad for The Walking Dead spin-off show Fear the Walking Dead which will debut this summer.
The Walking Dead wrapped up its season with an extra long episode. There’s tons to wrap up, or take on, and the episode kicks off with two big mysteries, what are the “W”s and where is Morgan?
Sitting out in the forest, Morgan is enjoying a meal when he’s approached by an individual with a “W” carved in his forehead, referring to himself as a wolf, he’s there to wake Morgan and everything he has. Soon Morgan is kicking ass and taking names. Two answers, sort of, checked off.
Back in Alexandria, the fate of Rick is up in the air, and while there’s lots of politicking, there’s also plans made in case things go south when it comes to the fate of Rick.
Aaron and Daryl are out scouting when they come across a person in a red poncho. Following them, they wind up in a trap, surrounded by walkers. Morgan comes to the rescue at the last moment, and saves them. Daryl figures out a connection between Morgan and Rick, after Aaron invites Morgan back to Alexandria.
Father Gabriel though is acting a bit weird, and wanders outside killing a few walkers. In a white tshirt, which I’m sure we can argue is symbolic in some way, he stumbles back into the compound, but leaves the gate slightly open.
Glenn follows Nicholas who sneaks off, and a bit to the death begins after Nicholas shoots Glenn.
Next up is the fate of Rick, who finally tells Michonne the plan, and we learn where her loyalty is. Where is it all going, the tension ramps up to crazy levels as the episode builds and builds.
The episode quickly gets into “dark mode” with four plotlines playing out. The community gathering to talk about Rick, the battle between Nicholas and Glenn, Rick taking on walkers, and Sasha and Father Gabriel fighting as Gabriel has gone batshit insane. Then, there’s the guy in the red poncho, who is with the Wolves but not for long.
The last moments are absolutely amazing. That’s how you end the season. Bring on season 6.
Overall rating: 9
A strange virus is going around… Fear the Walking Dead premieres this Summer 2015. Only on AMC.