Sunday, June 16, 2024

Warner Media Dumps the SAG Awards from TBS & TNT in Latest Tin Ear Cost Cutting Move


That’s a wrap for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on the TNT and TBS Networks.

In the latest cost cutting move from Warner Media or Warner Discovery, the new owners have clipped a 25 year history based in the last two aberrational years of ratings.

Swell, huh?

But after Warner Discovery, the new entity, dumped CNN Plus without a tip of the hat, what did we expect? Last week the company decided to kill all scripted series from TBS and TNT, even with popular shows like “Snowpiercer” still in production. So the cuts just keep coming.

All awards shows went into decline with the pandemic and are just now pulling out of the ditch. The SAG Awards were a classy addition to TBS/TNT and certainly didn’t cost as much as the Oscars or the Golden Globes. It’s a two hour show, there are no big production numbers. It was just value added.

The other networks will kick the tires, and so will Netflix and Amazon and Apple for streaming. ABC can’t take them because of the Oscars. CBS’s Jack Sussman could be a hero if he picked them up, NBC is in a bind because of the Golden Globes although the SAG Awards would be an easy replacement.

So stay tuned. But not to TBS or TNT.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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