The Call Sheet sifts through the day's glut of Hollywood news to find the stories even non-industry types can care about. Today: Chelsea Handler signs a new deal, the Oscars are charging a lot for ads, NBC ditches a good show (not Community), and Bethenny Frankel is in trouble.
Always pleasant E! late night host Chelsea Handler already has lots and lots of money. Now she has more! She's signed a new deal to continue Chelsea Lately through 2014 that's worth a cool 25 million bones. You hear that, internet commenters who make lots of jokes about how reality show stars are stupid?? Someone is getting paid $25 million to do the same exact thing! Doesn't that make you feel good? It should make you feel good. In these troubled times, it's nice to know that at least one person is making a fabulous living from making jokes about how the Olsen twins are skinny. And hey, whaddaya know, elsewhere some of us make money by making jokes about Chelsea Handler! Crazy how that works. It's a truly wonderful time to be alive, isn't it? [Deadline]
Speaking of money well-spent, the new Brian Grazer/Billy Crystal Oscars are raking in $1.7 million for each 30 seconds of ad time, which means that by the end of the broadcast the network will have earned... let's see, three minutes per commercial break... a commercial break every ten minutes... carry the one... and... $673,000,000,000,000. (The joke here, and it's a very new and original one, is that the Oscars are long. They are long! They're longer than Titanic. Not the movie, but the actual ship! And that ship was long! Just ask all those people who fell off of it the long way down. Oh wait you can't because they died a hundred years ago and are in the ocean. But if you could they would tell you: the Oscars are long.) [EW]