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“The Dirty Girls Social Club” Author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez Alleges Racist TV Adaptation Of Her Book

Most authors would die to see their book made into a movie or TV show. But not Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez — not anymore. The author of The Dirty Girls Social Club got ahold of a script based on her book and was shocked to see that: 1) all the black characters were removed and changed to be of other races, and 2) all the Latina characters are sexually promiscuous, even described as “sizzling.” Seeing The Dirty Girls Social Club adapted on TV, she said, now “holds zero appeal for me.”

“The Dirty Girls Social Club,” in development with NBC, will be written by Luisa Leschin for Ann Lopez’s Encanto Productions (also known as Ann Serrano, as she is splitting from comedian George Lopez). Over a year ago, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez optioned the rights for her book to Lopez, who, with Alisa’s help, got a development deal with NBC. But the script adaptation she covertly saw when a “no one” within the company leaked it to her was so racist, sexist and overall offensive that Alisa wrote on her blog today, “I’d rather no show get made than to have my name attached to Luisa’s bastardizations.” Keep reading »

Playboy Bunnies Now Headed To NBC

NBC has figured out a way to get women in Playboy Bunny outfits airtime during that vital primetime time slot. The network is developing a drama called “Playboy” about women working at a Playboy club in NYC in the 1960s. According to TVGuide.com, it will focus on changing sexual mores of the era and the beginning of the sexual revolution. Also, bunny tails!

But wait? Haven’t we seen something like this before? Keep reading »

Isaiah Mustafa Gets Spicy NBC Deal

We’d like to think we had something to do with Isaiah Mustafa‘s fast rise to fame. I mean, we did interview him back when he was simply that “Old Spice guy.” But let’s face it, Isaiah’s comedic delivery and good looks are what got him noticed. NBC has inked a talent deal with Isaiah that will most likely land him on one of the network’s sitcoms. And he says NBC was a natural fit for him. “I grew up in that ‘Cosby Show,’ ‘Family Ties’ era, and kept that going even through college with ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Friends,’ ” he said. “To me, they controlled comedy and dictated my life on Thursday nights. And I think that’s my strength, doing comedy.”

Big things are happening for Isaiah, indeed. Not only will he appear on the silver screen and the small screen soon, but he also will be featured in another Old Spice commercial, which is set to air in the next few months. [Variety via CNN] Keep reading »

All Up In The Upfronts: 5 Shows We Can’t Wait For This Fall, Part 1

Does your television take up a high percentage of your living room? Have you ever bailed out on plans to cook pasta to watch an episode of “Lost“? Do you often run into situations where your DVR gets overloaded because there are just too many shows you want to record? No, I am not here to chastise you for being a coach potato or to tell you that so much TV-watching is actively decreasing your brain cells. I am here to congratulate you for being a TV head!

For us TV heads, the third week in May rivals the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve for everyone else. It’s upfronts week! Keep reading »

Conan O’Brien Could Get $32 Million In Severance Pay

On the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday night, Tina Fey joked, “It’s not rain—it’s just God crying for NBC.” She of course meant that her network is not only sagging in ratings, but got itself in a pickle by creating a 10 p.m. “Jay Leno Show” and moving Conan O’Brien to “The Tonight Show,” only to go back on that decision a few months later and try to rejigger their late-night lineup. When Conan stood up to them and said that the switcheroo would “seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting,” he seemed to win in the court of public opinion. And now it appears that his bank account will win, too. A deal is being worked out between NBC and Conan as we speak. And insiders say the severance package would give Conan $32.5 million dollars to exit gracefully. This deal would block him from further bad-mouthing NBC and would keep him from penning a contract with another station for a year. After that, he’d be a free agent. The deal also takes into account Conan’s staff—giving them $7 million in severance pay. While this sounds like not a terrible deal, given the situation, I’m sad that we won’t see Conan’s red hair on late-night TV until 2011. What do you think—fair or no? [Huffington Post, NY Post] Keep reading »

NBC Takes The “Glee” Out Of Thanksgiving Day Parade

Could network wars be responsible for crushing the hearts of Gleeks, “Glee” fans, across America? The popular Fox show won’t be rolling down Central Park West this November, as NBC has reportedly put the kibosh on their performance plans at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

According to an internal Fox memo, the network and Macy’s were “already discussing wardrobe and choreography” and picking out a float for the “Glee” cast to ride on when the store told them the offer would have to be rescinded because “it did not want the Fox series…getting a big fat plug on NBC’s parade broadcast,” according to The Washington Post. A network insider claims the department store had worked out the deal before consulting NBC. Keep reading »

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