April 7, 2008
: MediaTakeOut.com is hearing whispers that the cast of the hit show Girlfriends
may be on the verge of suing the CW network. According to people close to the cast, the CW apparently owes each of the castmembers tens of thousands of dollars in back pay. Here’s how AOL is reporting the story:
The CW apparently only offered to pay the actors half of their episodic salary to shoot a makeshift [series] finale, thus the stars collectively opted not to participate.
In addition, several people close to the show tell me that The CW refuses to honor the contracts of the principal cast members and does not intend to pay the actors for the nine episodes that will not be taped.
Now the show stars have hired a litigator who will file a joint lawsuit on behalf of the talent, suing the network for the money they are due.
“The network told them point blank, ‘Sue us!’ After using this show to help build its name, The CW has turned their back on them and disrespected them in the most horrible way,” said someone associated with the show, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
A rep for The CW was unaware of a pending lawsuit or the latest developments with the show’s finale.
“To the best of our knowledge no lawsuits have been filed. Nor is there any new word on finale special,” said show publicist Paul McGuire via e-mail