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Yes Of Course There’s an American Idol Lawsuit

Oh, Lord, how I love American Idol season. The drama behind the scenes is always better than the on-camera dramz!

Up now: A group of former employees of Fremantle Media, which produces the show, have filed a class action suit against Fremantle, alleging that the company systematically overworked employees without paying the required overtime, falsified time cards and denied staffers meals and rest periods.

“There’s no Hollywood glamour for the below-the-line people who work on ‘American Idol’ and other reality shows who are grossly underpaid, worked 24/7 and receive no rest or meal breaks and no health coverage — contrary to California labor laws,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney Jonathan Biddle.

The complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court strongly resembles a class-action suit against reality companies and broadcasters that recently was settled for $4 million. The earlier suit was launched in conjunction with the Writers Guild of America, which has been going after reality production companies and networks in an attempt to organize the writers who shape the story lines of reality shows.

“For each reality television series subject to this suit, defendants hired plaintiffs based on a flat weekly or daily pay rate,” the suit reads. “Plaintiffs were required to falsify their time cards … worked in excess of 40 hours per week during virtually every week of their employment, but they never received any premium overtime play … plaintiffs were routinely denied appropriate meal and rest periods as required.”

You go get ‘em, kids! If anyone has cash in this economy, it’s the Idol producers!

These Should Be A Huge Seller

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Someone who hates me gave my kid an American Idol microphone for Christmas a couple years ago.  I keep throwing it away but like the Friday the 13th movies, Jason, as I’ve named the microphone, keeps on fucking returning.  Now, the continuing stream of annoying American Idol merchandise continues.

On April 21st, you will be able to purchase American Idol trading cards.  138 cards will feature the four judges, current and past contestants and if we’re really lucky, Ryan Seacrest.  There will also be six autographed cards randomly placed somewhere in the trillions of packages on the shelves.

Expect lines to wend out the door and around the corner of your local mass merchandise retail store on the release date.  Seriously-can you even control yourself thinking about the possibility of having a pocket Paula that fits right in your wallet?