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Friday, June 06, 2008

Friday Riedel

"For a company whose latest show, 'The Little Mermaid,' received very few Tony nominations, Disney sure is getting a lot of time on the telecast."

-Michael Riedel, in today's Post, referring to all the "extras" in store for the CBS Tony broadcast this year, including homages to Lion King and Mary Poppins. To be fair, the non-Disney Rent is also getting a spot.

Again, repeat after me, it's not an awards show. It's an infomercial.

(And not even as entertaining as the Chuck Norris infomercials.)

Also in the column--Young Frankenstein's latest strategy to keep the monster alive after its Tony near-shutout is cutting the stars' salaries in half. As one outside observer is quoted as saying, "I've never heard of trying to get your stars to renew their contract by offering them half their salary...It's innovative. But everything they've done on this show is innovative."

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