One of the most popular shows in television history, Happy Days, has its cast members filing a lawsuit against CBS for not paying them according to their contracts.
Former actors and actresses from the television show Happy Days claim they are owed big bucks from television network CBS.
(editor's note: The show aired on ABC, but CBS, through production company Paramount, owns the show)
Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross, Erin Moran and the estate of the late Tom Bosley have brought a lawsuit against the network owes them a considerable amount of money.
Happy Days originally aired from 1974 to 1984 and “Represented to the public what the best of America has to offer”, Anson Williams stated. The actor, who played Potsie, adds, “Unfortunately, now Happy Days also represents the worst of America, of what major companies are trying to get from it, trying to use it for, and forgetting the family it created”.
All four actors of that actors and the estate of Tom Bosley claim they haven’t received merchandising profits from books, t-shirts, scrapbooks, trading cards, lunch boxes, toy cars, greeting cards and DVDs.
The actors revealed that they started seeing slot machines with their faces on them and began to wonder where all the money had gone.
“When these slot machines came out, it was like Barnum and Bailey came to town. We were bombarded with, oh look at these pictures, they’d be all over the country”.
The Happy Days actor’s contracts called for them to be paid 5 per cent from the net proceeds of merchandising if their sole image was used and 2 and half per cent if they appeared as a group.
Marion Ross, who played Mrs. Cunningham added, “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”.
The group of actors are reportedly suing CBS and Paramount Pictures for 10 million.