Mutiny on The Sarah Silverman Program
Sarah Silverman and her two executive producers are threatening to quit The Sarah Silverman Program after Comedy Central said it plans to slash the show's budget by 20 percent, The Hollywood Reporter said.
Although the series has yet to receive a third-season renewal, Silverman, along with Dan Sterling and Rob Schrab, informed network brass that they cannot continue the show at the reduced price because it will compromise the integrity of the program. Comedy Central wants to cut the budget due to the dire economy.
The proposed budget will drop the cost to $850,000 per episode from $1.1 million. The budget for a live-action series of Silverman's nature is typically between $1.5 million and $2 million.
Both sides are reportedly still negotiating.