The movie is a cult classic, and the TV show that followed was the biggest hit Logo has ever seen with a scripted show. So what happened to Sordid Lives and why is there no season 2? The show that brought such separate actors and actress' together like the late, beloved Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rae, Leslie Jordan, Olivia Newton John and yes even Del Shores' husband Jason Dottley is a victim of the economy allegedly.
According to Del Shores, whom we did an interview with, he says that producer Stan M Brooksis the only reason why there is no season 2 on the horizon. He says that Logo in fact did orderanother season and that the overseas partners were selling the series to a few other countries but everything would have fallen into place if Stan had been paying the artists. Del explains in his own words"I'll keep this short or maybe not. LOGO ordered a 2nd season contingent on the other financial partners coming back on board. Our foreign distributor, IMG, wasn't ready yet... they were still selling the show. It would have happened, I believe, though, since we are now in 17 countries. BUT, Stanley M. Brooks, the producer of the show and owner of the production company ONCE UPON A TIME FILMSdecided to not pay the artists (actors and myself) their residuals when they were due. It got very messy (and still is) with the Guilds."
The story however gets a bit murkier as Stan M Brooks and his Once Upon A Time production company are declaring bankruptcy tonight at 5:01 pm if the unions Directors Guild Of America (DGA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG), AFTRA, and Writers Guild Of America (WGA) don't accept his $500,000 settlement offer. According to Stan he is as much of a victim in all of this as everyone else. He says that payroll company Axium screwed him over and he had to then pay everyones pay checks out of his own pocket. "As you know, during that production, in the first week of January 2008, with three weeks left in the production, we learned that our payroll service, AXIUM, had filed for Chapter 7bankruptcy protection. What you may not know is that 24 hours earlier, a representative of Axium notified us that Axium had changed its policy on security deposits and that Axium would not be releasing the upcoming week's payroll unless the production wired them an additional $200,000 - bringing the amount on reserve up to over $500,000. Unbeknownst to that executive (and to us), a two billion dollar New York "Hedge Fund" had forced Axium to insist on the deposit of additional funds from all its payroll clients, just moments before forcing Axium into bankruptcy. The Hedge Fund then swept all of Axium's payroll accounts. In the end, when all of the paychecks that hadn't already cleared then bounced - the production ended up having to cover over $700,000."
Del has issued a stern "No comment" while the unions are negotiating terms and who not today. Many of the people who know about the story say that it is quite sad, and are siding with Del and the cast of the once great show. One person said that this was "just desserts" for Stan. Yet another wishes the cast and crew "luck", and agrees with most people that Stan needs to leave show business forever. What a twisted Sordid story.