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Videos out, comics in on NBC

HOLLYWOOD, California -- December 29 will be the day the music dies on NBC. The network plans to cancel the music video series "Friday Night," ending its 17-year run, and replace it with a standup comedy showcase.

"Friday Night" debuted in 1983 as "Friday Night Videos," NBC's attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the then-fledgling MTV. The network eventually added standup comedy acts and in-studio musical performances.

The new comedy series, which has yet to be named, will debut January 5. Each episode of the new show will feature five emerging comics performing at the Hollywood branch of New York City's famed Knitting Factory nightclub.



Actors' union, studios meet for contract talks

HOLLYWOOD, California -- The leaders of two actors unions will meet with studio and network heads Monday in hopes of laying groundwork for talks on a new film-TV contract.

The current contract for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) ends June 30. SAG president William Daniels said the meeting reflects his hope to avoid a strike by starting negotiations as quickly as possible.

The meeting comes just a month after SAG and AFTRA settled a six-month strike against advertisers.





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