TV Land Awards- Perfect Timing

 Of all the dialogue and research I have been having about syndicated shows, it’s the perfect time for the TV Land Awards. The TV Land Awards show premiered this evening on TV Land, and it is nice to see former TV stars receive well-deserved honors.

Home Improvement was the first to get an honor for its originality and wit that came from none other than Tim Allen, who brought perfect timing for laughter. He knew when the audience needed to laugh.

Besides the wonderful cast that included former heartthrob, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, *sigh.* Unfortunately he wasn’t there to receive his TV-shaped award, but the rest of his colleagues were there to get the attention. Of course I’m always curious to know if either one of the former TV brothers receive residual checks. We all know that Tim Allen was the star of the show, so he’s getting enough to sit pretty, but what about the rest of them?

Taken from the research I’ve done on Screen Actors Guild Web site, if an actor was not the main character or “star player” then they only were paid for the shows they appeared in verses the main character who would still receive residuals 10 years after the show goes into syndication. Interesting, huh? 

So does that mean Will Smith is the only person receiving a residual from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Well, I also found that depending on how many times the person appeared or how of a regular the actor was on the show, can be a determinant on if that person would receive a residual check. However, if there aren’t a lot of  cast members, actors will be paid more in their residual checks and if there is a myriad cast then actors may see less when it’s time to receive a residual. It still presents another question as to what does that say for shows who have equal amount of appearances. What if everybody is the star?  Who is the star in Desperate Housewives? Grey’s Anatomy? The Office? Scrubs? House? Obviously, Hugh Laurie would be the star in House, but are there more? How do Networks or SAG rate that? If they don’t then who does?homeimprovement

Published in: on April 27, 2009 at 12:53 AM  Leave a Comment  

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