oopies, clicked submit my accident.. Anyway, despite the writing being on the fly, their finances aren't. The costs aren't a surprise: they know how much they're spending before production actually happens. And with high-tier designer ware, it's not as if the studio pays full retail price that Vera Wang charges. The studio negotiates for discounted pricing in exchange for on-air advertising.
@Anonymous On-location shoots and name-brand designer wear can get expensive, but it's not as if those expenses come as a surprise. Budgets have to be pre-approved and planned out. Despite the writing being on the fly,
Nate is revealed as Gossip Girl?! LOL No, but this is again more bait and switch from Safran and co. Wasn't the 100th episode supposed to be life-altering as well? This huge reveal that by episode 101, it was nothing really that huge. Fool me once Safran...
@Anonymous The CW's streaming model was crap to begin with. The CW player took a week, if not more, to replay their episodes after airing, when most networks offer next-day availability, not to mention that the CW player's stability was next to nothing with constant buffering issues. Getting on the Netflix/Hulu wagon was at least a decision that did make sense to increase bottom-line revenues while allowing their recently aired shows more exposure via Hulu. The Netflix deal allows for previous season watching by Netflix members which increases their demo beyond the Monday night CW consumer.
@Anonymous Most drama shows have all their costs front-loaded. They're in the red for most of their run until their 100th when they begin to break-even on costs. It's why most on-screen talent has contracts that last through 5-8 seasons to guarantee a return on the production studio and the network. Salary increases over-time is built-in the show's overall running budget. Anything production accountant half their salt would know to account for expected increases, especially on-screet talent since it doesn't count as labor, so the costs are fixed into the contract on-screen talent signs.
The CW will most likely renew GG for a sixth and final season. I've said it before that reaching 100 episodes allows production to break-even with its costs since most dramas are front-loaded in the earlier seasons. Despite lackluster viewership, the CW will renew GG if only to shop the show to other networks as they can sell per-episode at a higher rate. GG is all profit now as their costs have since marginalized from ep 100 and will continue to go in the black, even if not in greater percentage but black nonetheless, that will allow for a sixth and final season. Given that May sweeps is around the corner, announcements should start coming in on what gets renewed: my money is that GG will be a mid-to-late announcement of renewal.
@momo83 True. Wrong is wrong, and right is right. Dan -has- made mistakes, I'm not denying that. I'm simply saying that it's not okay to vilify Dan's mistakes and yet Chuck gets a pass. Just like our criminal system doesn't treat jaywalkers and murderers the same way, although both are still illegal acts, Dan's mistakes shouldn't be lumped in with Chuck's when the latter's are on a much more massive and damaging scale. There are levels of right and wrong. There are no absolutes.
@Anonymous LOL I -don't- think that Nate has any storylines! Hence, why he's the pretty face of Gossip Girl. Not really acting... doesn't have to be.
7. CeCe Rhodes, may your fortune still be as valid after your death and may your senility not compromised your decision-making when you adjusted your will.
6. I think mommy dearest has toned her down. We'll just have to wait and see because so far, she has yet to deliver.
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