Another “Reba” crisis has been narrowly avoided.
Turns out production on the WB laffer has been delayed for the past several weeks, apparently due, at least in part, to fallout from a salary dispute between series star Reba McEntire and producer 20th Century Fox TV. Skein’s season premiere should already be in the can by now, but instead it’s yet to be shot.
The salary standoff comes just a few months after the WB and 20th tussled over a new license fee for “Reba.” In the end, the two sides worked out a new two-year deal that would also include enough coin to allow the studio to give McEntire a healthy raise.
But that would have been too simple.
While 20th wasn’t talking Thursday, it’s believed that after pacting with the Frog, 20th did offer McEntire what one industry insider not associated with the studio dubbed “a very generous raise.” The McEntire camp, however, apparently wasn’t happy with the offer.
Production on the new season was set to begin in mid-August. But due to a series of events that included some last-minute ab-sences by McEntire, taping of the season premiere had to be pushed back several times.
Not all of the delays involved McEntire, insiders said. And as with past salary disputes, it’s sometimes impossible to say whether any of the recent production “incidents” were tied to the salary negotiation or were simple coincidences.
Late Wednesday, 20th and the McEntire camp agreed to a new deal, one that still provides the actress with a big raise. It’s un-clear whether McEntire’s new salary will be higher than what the studio originally offered her.
Assuming there aren’t any more unforeseen delays, 20th insiders expect “Reba” will be able to complete production on the first episode of the new season in time for the skein’s plann