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Longtime TV Writer Bill Carter to Leave New York Times in Buyout

1 December 2014 10:18 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Letterman was still at NBC when Bill Carter began covering television for the New York Times.

On Monday, Carter disclosed that he will be leaving the Times after 25 years now that he has accepted one of the employee buyouts that the newspaper is offering in an effort to eliminate 100 staff positions. The deadline for employees voluntarily agreeing to buyout deals is today.

Carter told the Huffington Post that making the decision to leave the Times was a “wrenching and agonizing process.” He said the buyout offer was too valuable to turn down.

The buyout offers are said to include three weeks of salary for every year worked, for union employees, and another 35% payout of the total severance package for employees who have been with the paper for 20 years or more. Carter joined the Times in 1989 after 14 years as a critic at the Baltimore Sun.

The longevity and his perch »

- Variety Staff

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The End of “Being Human,” FX Commits to a “Sunny” Future and CBS Has Long Eyed Stephen Colbert As a Letterman Replacement

7 April 2014 4:35 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »


Here we go again, the season premiere of Game of Thrones managed to crash HBO Go. Not too long ago, the app crashed when people tried to use it to watch the season finale of True Detective.

Speaking of Game of Thrones, how about that Red Viper? (There are spoilers at the link, of course.) After the initial thrill faded, it felt like the status quo for me.

I don’t have many complaints about looking at Pedro Pascal, at least.

FX has signed a big deal with the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The deal includes two more seasons of Sunny (which will make it cable’s longest-running live-action comedy, in terms of seasons), an order for a new series starring Tracy Morgan (from all three Sunny creators) as well as ordering three scripts for potential comedy series. One of those series, We’re Good, »

- Lyle Masaki

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John Agoglia, Top NBC Exec in ‘Must-See TV’ Era, Dies at 76

18 March 2014 2:31 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Agoglia, a former head of business affairs at NBC who was instrumental in dealmaking at the network during the “Must-See TV” era, died March 14 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 76.

Agoglia, who also served as president of NBC Enterprises, was known for his tough negotiating style. He was a key player in everything from signing Jay Leno to host “The Tonight Show” to high-stakes jockeying with representatives for the stars of “Seinfeld” and Paramount over the renewal of “Cheers.”

In that capacity, Agoglia wielded enormous influence. He left the network in 1998, saying in an interview when his exit was announced “it’s sort of time.”

Agoglia relished his image as a brass-knuckled negotiator, drawing a hard line with talent and outside studios. He also maintained a sense of humor about the bruised feelings that often followed such skirmishes.

The executive’s intricate involvement in the latenight succession »

- Brian Lowry

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