The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types can care about. Today: Chelsea Handler signs a new deal, the Oscars are charging a lot for ads, NBC ditches a good show (not Community), and Bethenny Frankel is in trouble.
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Always pleasant E! late night host Chelsea Handler already has lots and lots of money. Now she has more! She's signed a new deal to continue Chelsea Lately through 2014 that's worth a cool 25 million bones. You hear that, internet commenters who make lots of jokes about how reality show stars are stupid?? Someone is getting paid $25 million to do the same exact thing! Doesn't that make you feel good? It should make you feel good. In these troubled times, it's nice to know that at least one person is making a fabulous living from making jokes about how the Olsen twins are skinny. And hey, whaddaya know, elsewhere some of us make money by making jokes about Chelsea Handler! Crazy how that works. It's a truly wonderful time to be alive, isn't it? [Deadline]
Speaking of money well-spent, the new Brian Grazer/Billy Crystal Oscars are raking in $1.7 million for each 30 seconds of ad time, which means that by the end of the broadcast the network will have earned... let's see, three minutes per commercial break... a commercial break every ten minutes... carry the one... and... $673,000,000,000,000. (The joke here, and it's a very new and original one, is that the Oscars are long. They are long! They're longer than Titanic. Not the movie, but the actual ship! And that ship was long! Just ask all those people who fell off of it the long way down. Oh wait you can't because they died a hundred years ago and are in the ocean. But if you could they would tell you: the Oscars are long.) [EW]
The owners of a Malibu mansion (calls are out to Barbie's people) are suing NBCUniversal and the producers of Bethenny Getting Married because apparently the show filmed in the house without the consent of the owners. It had something to do with current tenants sub-letting the place or something, but actually let's just pretend that Bethenny Frankel broke into a house in Malibu and her camera crew followed her in and they wandered around creepily filming all the furniture and family photos and everything and Bethenny ominously left a single mouse skull on the bedroom pillow and now the owners are terrified. That's way more fun than some lame old thing about tenants and landlords and whatnot. OK? We in agreement? Bethenny Frankel broke into a house through a window and rummaged through the owners' things, then peed in the shower and left a dead bird in the refrigerator and disappeared out another window. All while being filmed. That's the story that we're sticking to. [THR]
Forget the boring old traditional news media, or even the boring young blog media. For our Occupy Wall Street reportage, we want to go right to the people that matter: Celebrities. Lucky for us, there is a roundup of what all the celebrities said on Twitter last night as Zuccotti Park was raided and emptied out so nice old Mayor McBloomsbury could come in and clean the place up for the kids. It's the most important stuff you'll read about OWS all day, this is for sure. It's one of those things that makes you glad there is Twitter at all. And celebrities! Thank heavens for them too. [EW]
CBS has ordered three more episodes of its Friday night semi-success A Gifted Man, the show about Jennifer Ehle being a kindly ghost who haunts Patrick Wilson but, unrealistically, doesn't spy on him when he's getting dressed. This doesn't necessarily mean the show will be back next season, just that this first run of episodes will have 16 rather than 13. Good luck to it! [THR]
Boooo. NBC has officially shut down production on their cop show Prime Suspect, which is really too bad because it was a pretty decent show and Maria Bello was great on it and now what will become of her hat? Well, truth be told, her hat was the worst part of the show, but still. It's a hard business for hats. Not a lot hat roles these days, unless you're one of those old-timey hats and can be on Mad Men, but even those are getting phased out as the 1960s progress. Just not a good time to be a Hollywood hat. Or Maria Bello. Or anyone else who worked on this show. Sorry, guys. [Deadline]