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Not so happy any more: Happy Days' icons sue CBS for their cut of merchandising bonanza
UK Daily Mail ^ | April 19 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 04/19/2011 2:02:26 PM PDT by iowamark

They were once so happy they brought joy to millions of households all over the world.

But the cast of Happy Days are currently far from being anything close to happy. In fact they are angry.

For they are claiming that CBS has deprived them of much-needed money the network made from the merchandising bonanza the show spawned.

They are now suing for fraud and breach of contract.

The legacy of the show, which was one of the most popular on television for a decade, lives on even 30 years after it ended.

Happy Days T-shirts, playing cards, mugs, board games, lunch boxes and dolls are still popular items in many countries of the world.

But it was when the Happy Days slot machines were brought into casinos that the cast started to wonder where their share was...

The cast members involved are Anson Williams, who played Potsie Weber, Don Most who played Ralph Malph, Marion Ross who played Marion Cunningham and Erin Moran who played Joanie Cunningham....

Marion Ross told CNN: 'It takes a lot to make me angry because so often my expectations are so low. But the other day someone came up to me and said, "You must be cleaning up on those casinos". And I said, "Well, what are you talking about?" And he said, "If you get five Marions, you get the jackpot".'

She lost her California home to foreclosure recently and said the money would have made a difference....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 04/19/2011 2:02:28 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
For they are claiming that CBS has deprived them of much-needed money the network made from the merchandising bonanza the show spawned.

I vaguely recall Happy Days running on ABC. Does CBS own the rights now or something?
2 posted on 04/19/2011 2:04:02 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: iowamark

I never realized that Bill Maher played Ralph Malph.


3 posted on 04/19/2011 2:10:32 PM PDT by Vasilli22
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/happy-days-cast-sues-cbs-179852
“”The show originally ran on ABC from 1974 until 1984 and has been a staple in TV syndication and on various cable outlets since. It was originally produced by Paramount, but after a corporate split in 2005 became part of CBS Studios.””


4 posted on 04/19/2011 2:11:02 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Happy Days cast to CBS, “Sit on it!”


5 posted on 04/19/2011 2:11:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Hmmm.....Same CBS Charlie Sheen is screaming at...


6 posted on 04/19/2011 2:13:21 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: iowamark

So the cast wants to copyright ‘jump the shark’ ?


7 posted on 04/19/2011 2:14:11 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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To: iowamark

Didn’t Happy Days run on ABC?

I have no sorrow for Ron Howard.


8 posted on 04/19/2011 2:18:07 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: iowamark

It seems to me that the “older” sitcoms were all screwed out of royalties.

Now a days, everyone one has at least 5 attorneys representing them, knowing the “industry” will try to screw them every chance they get.

The old timers expected honesty and got stabbed in the back for it.


9 posted on 04/19/2011 2:18:59 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (“Too often, Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep"...RUN SARAH RUN!!)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Marion Ross told CNN: 'It takes a lot to make me angry because so often my expectations are so low. But the other day someone came up to me and said, "You must be cleaning up on those casinos". And I said, "Well, what are you talking about?" And he said, "If you get five Marions, you get the jackpot".' She lost her California home to foreclosure recently and said the money would have made a difference....

Marion Ross lost her home to foreclosure? How does that happen?

10 posted on 04/19/2011 2:19:30 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

The article lists the members who are suing and it appears Ron Howard and Henry Winkler are not involved.


11 posted on 04/19/2011 2:20:46 PM PDT by Watershed
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To: Vasilli22

>>>I never realized that Bill Maher played Ralph Malph.

He didn’t. The actor’s name is Don Most.


12 posted on 04/19/2011 2:22:12 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

How instructive that we must read the BRITISH media to learn this USA news.


13 posted on 04/19/2011 2:22:12 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Recovering_Democrat

>>>Marion Ross lost her home to foreclosure? How does that happen?

Poor financial management. Same reason many former pro sports players end up on skid row.


14 posted on 04/19/2011 2:23:45 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: max americana

According to the original article the cast is claiming they had been promised 2.5% of net merchandising revenues if shown in a group appearances, 5% for solo appearances. CBS is claiming they made only a few thousand dollars that way. The CBS accounting sounds, er, fishy given what a meme Happy Days is. But I don’t know if Happy Days merchandising is the near billion dollar business it would have to be in order for the cast to be due millions a year. And for the cast to have ignored money of that magnitude? Why didn’t they have a law office to represent them from the word go?


15 posted on 04/19/2011 2:24:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Another sucker in the housing bubble who bought too much house with an overextended mortgage.


16 posted on 04/19/2011 2:25:59 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: iowamark

Somebody really cleaned up on those family friendly sitcoms in those days and it wasn’t the actors.


17 posted on 04/19/2011 2:28:50 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Watershed; AnotherUnixGeek

Prolific directors have a habit of not wanting to PO a major network. Both probably think that having a major network mad at them could cost more in the future then they would ever get from this lawsuit.

The show was originally on ABC but CBS could own the rights to it now.


18 posted on 04/19/2011 2:29:34 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Keith in Iowa

It was also a case that if you wanted to work in Hollywood, you had to pretty well live in Hollywood and those houses, even back then were pretty expensive.


19 posted on 04/19/2011 2:35:11 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Keith in Iowa

It was also a case that if you wanted to work in Hollywood, you had to pretty well live in Hollywood and those houses, even back then were pretty expensive.


20 posted on 04/19/2011 2:35:16 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Keith in Iowa

“She lost her California home to foreclosure recently and said the money would have made a difference....”

I’m sorry to hear Marion Ross lost her home to foreclosure. I remember a few months back reading that Erin Moran was also in foreclosure.

This isn’t just poor financial planning. This is also not doing other work to generate revenue. Marion may be too old to find meaningful employment now, but Erin Moran isn’t.


21 posted on 04/19/2011 2:37:07 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: passionfruit
Marion may be too old to find meaningful employment now

I know she recently did voice-overs as SpongeBob's Grandmother.

22 posted on 04/19/2011 2:38:15 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Remember “Married with Children”?

I know of an acquaintance who worked years ago for CAA, specifically the agent for Ed O Neill who played Al Bundy. My acquaintance now works for Dell Los Angeles and we see each other once in awhile.

Anyhow, there was a reason why Ed O Neill got a portion of the profits from the show. Just like Ted danson’s deal with Cheers, their agents were able to negotiate a fraction off the profits for the show while the agents for Christina Applegate etc being goody 2 shoe agents, negotiated in good faith with Fox.

Fox blindsided them and gave the money to O Neill as profit sharing while the rest of the cast got nothing. They were promised a percentage but words are nothing unless it’s in black and white.


23 posted on 04/19/2011 2:39:32 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO)
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To: iowamark

Where is Fonzi? Why does Richie wear that hat? We know you are bald dude.


24 posted on 04/19/2011 2:46:42 PM PDT by KMG365
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To: max americana

Also, a lot of actors are just grateful to get the work, and especially if at the time, they don’t think the show is going to go anywhere, they don’t think about such things.


25 posted on 04/19/2011 2:49:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KMG365; iowamark
Here's Fonzi..........


26 posted on 04/19/2011 2:53:37 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: Recovering_Democrat
CBS owns the rights from the CBS/Paramount/Viacom merger and then separation. Kind of hard to sort out.

Just saw this on CNN Entertainment. Ron Howard's publicist game a “No comment.” Nothing from Winkler who I have seen recently on some CBS shows.

27 posted on 04/19/2011 2:55:02 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: iowamark

Where's Chuck?

28 posted on 04/19/2011 2:56:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
I heard this story on Cavuto. I think he's rushing home to look in his mom's attic for his lunchbox.


29 posted on 04/19/2011 2:57:06 PM PDT by Daffynition ("Don't just live your life, but witness it also.")
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To: iowamark

30 posted on 04/19/2011 2:59:28 PM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: dfwgator
He's driving the boat.


31 posted on 04/19/2011 3:01:15 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark
You know, that's the episode when the show really jumped the shark ...

Hey, wait a minute ....

32 posted on 04/19/2011 3:35:45 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Watershed
The article lists the members who are suing and it appears Ron Howard and Henry Winkler are not involved.

They might've had residuals and merchandising profits written into their contracts.

33 posted on 04/19/2011 3:43:03 PM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: passionfruit

They may have run into crooked or incompetent financial advisers. Lucky for me, Jim Cramer has my back.


34 posted on 04/19/2011 3:53:17 PM PDT by BipolarBob (I fell asleep during my air traffic controller job interview and still got hired. Cool!)
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To: max americana
Fox blindsided them and gave the money to O Neill as profit sharing while the rest of the cast got nothing.

If you don't mind offensive, vulgar humor, there's an episode of Star-ving (google it) where David Faustino has to go beg Ed O'Neill for money. Funny stuff --as is the MWC reunion episode where Faustino learns he is replaced by Seth Green in the role of Bud Bundy.

35 posted on 04/19/2011 4:00:38 PM PDT by Gena Bukin
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To: Keith in Iowa

Just kidding. They could be twin brothers.


36 posted on 04/20/2011 6:38:25 AM PDT by Vasilli22
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I think that may be an error. It was Erin Moran (Joanie) who lost her home to foreclosure.

http://www.tmz.com/2010/10/09/joanie-cunningham-erin-moran-not-so-happy-days-fonzie-foreclosure-debt-chachi-arcola-scott-baio-mortgage-auction-sunday-monday-happy-days/


37 posted on 04/20/2011 12:53:11 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: iowamark
The legacy of the show, which was one of the most popular on television for a decade, lives on even 30 years after it ended.

That's pretty good for a 1970's show based on nostalgia for the 1950's.

38 posted on 04/20/2011 1:04:46 PM PDT by Moonman62 (If gullible, uneducated and uncivilized people didn't exist, politicians would create them.)
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To: Keith in Iowa; Vasilli22

It was a joke. In the photo of the cast, Most looks a lot like Bill Maher.


39 posted on 04/20/2011 1:11:10 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: Richard Kimball

Attempted Humor = FAIL.


40 posted on 04/20/2011 1:12:40 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

It was humor like the funny kind. Only different.


41 posted on 04/20/2011 1:14:34 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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