Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Who's really to blame over that whole spoiling-Glee-on-twitter thing?

I gave up on "Glee" a long time ago, but apparently a lot of people still watch it. It is one of the highest rated programs on television right now. Getting a role on the show, even a small one, would be very exciting for a young performer. So exciting that said performer might actually want to tweet about it.
[A] rogue extra answered fan questions about the episode on Twitter the other day and spoiled the outcome of the heated prom race...

"K is PQ and Ka is PK," tweeted Nicole Crowther, a Los Angeles actress who worked as an extra on the show. The "K" she's referring to undoubtedly stands for Kurt, and the "Ka" stands for Karofsky -- meaning Kurt will be crowned prom queen and his closeted torturer will be crowned king.

A Tumblr user with some sort of connection to the show confirmed the news (the post has since been taken down), writing, "It's true. Karofsky wins Prom King and Kurt wins Prom Queen. And it is meant to be mean. But Kurt takes the moment and kicks its ass. It is a much better moment for Kurt than Karofsky."
Someone asked her to spoil the show for him/her. She obliged. I don't know why she did such a thing. It seems particularly dumb given the fact that she must have had some kind of language in her day player contract stating that she was not to reveal any insider information about the program, or she was at least not to reveal any plot details about the program. That is just basic contract stuff, right?

But according to a source close to the show, the standard SAG day-player contracts Glee uses don’t contain “NDA” (non-disclosure agreement) language providing for punishment when plot secrets are revealed. So while the studio and network might never hire a leaking extra again, the legal ramifications of spilling secrets are probably less serious.

The Screen Actor's Guild provides the contracts, apparently. And those contracts do not contain language protecting the productions from leaking "spoilers" (but you can't spoil something that's already rotten! ha!) by those actors. Those SAG actors.

Don't the producers of these programs read through the contracts they give to their own employees to sign? Perhaps the producers should take this as a "teachable moment," and learn from their mistake.

Or they could just be petty and vindictive:
In response, Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk quickly took to Twitter to slam Crowther, writing “hope you’re qualified to do something besides work in entertainment…Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create?”
So this Brad Falchuk character, a producer responsible for running the show, didn't require his day players to sign non-disclosure agreements. One of his day players then disclosed something. So his response is to... threaten the day player with blacklisting.

One mistake. One little, perfectly legal mistake, and the producer who made that mistake is now taking out his frustration on a young performer trying to scrape by in the cut-throat world of Hollywood. Sadly, that is the way it works. Someone makes a mistake, and it's the "little people" who have to pay the price.

And, grovel for forgiveness:
She's also been posting a steady stream of apologies since yesterday's incident, including a response to Falchuk. "I'm truly sorry. I was being completely thoughtless and made a horrible mistake. I'm deeply & incredibly sorry Brad."
If I were Fox, I would fire the producer who didn't require his day players to sign NDAs. That's just ridiculous.

(By the way, who is the mystery Tumblr user who "confirmed" the spoilage? Anything happening to him/her? )


No comments: