Latest Strike News: November 9

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November 9th, 2007

Studios Try to Force Showrunners to Work

At least two television studios, 20th Century Fox and CBS Paramount are taking legal action to force "show runners" (writers/producers) back to work on their production duties.

The strike is bringing to light the difficult situations show runners face.

The WGA has a major rally planned for 10am (PST) this morning at Fox Plaza.

New York Times updates on how specific shows are affected.

Both Family Guy and Desperate Housewives are now feeling the strike's impact, and more issues with show runners.

ABC says it can only ride out the strike for the rest of the month without feeling impact.

The strike is already tanking ratings for Late-Night shows.

Variety reports London is abuzz with gossip about American producers scouting for non-WGA writers in the UK.

 
  • David

    The link to the LA Times article is where I lose all sympathy for the writers. If you want to stop work and strike, that's fine. But intentionally disrupting the shooting of a show and preventing other people from working who aren't on strike is vile. Just be patient. The shows will run out of scripts in few weeks and then nobody will be working.

  • David

    The link to the LA Times article is where I lose all sympathy for the writers. If you want to stop work and strike, that’s fine. But intentionally disrupting the shooting of a show and preventing other people from working who aren’t on strike is vile. Just be patient. The shows will run out of scripts in few weeks and then nobody will be working.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    David,

    I agree with you. The writers [and the on-air talent supporting them] seem to be behaving in a “maximum PR pressure early wins the strike” mode. Maybe that's inevitable based on the dynamics of the situation, but I don't think it's likely to prove useful.

    I think the studios are in this for the long haul and that most of the activity at this point ends up being just noise. The WGA needs to be planning for months of activity not days or weeks if they want to be successful.

  • Strictly Cynical

    The studios are indeed in this for the long haul – but for all the wrong reasons. Refusing to pay the talent means you don't get the talent. And they've seen what happens when they try to cheap out: their ratings drop.

    They try to blame it on the net – but the real reason they're failing is they're putting on less of the good product, and audiences have a choice.

    The people capable of providing that good product are the WGA writers, and the professional actors. That's why AFTRA and the other performers' unions are so heavily supporting the WGA, and the DGA – which comes next.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    David,

    I agree with you. The writers [and the on-air talent supporting them] seem to be behaving in a “maximum PR pressure early wins the strike” mode. Maybe that’s inevitable based on the dynamics of the situation, but I don’t think it’s likely to prove useful.

    I think the studios are in this for the long haul and that most of the activity at this point ends up being just noise. The WGA needs to be planning for months of activity not days or weeks if they want to be successful.

  • Strictly Cynical

    The studios are indeed in this for the long haul – but for all the wrong reasons. Refusing to pay the talent means you don’t get the talent. And they’ve seen what happens when they try to cheap out: their ratings drop.

    They try to blame it on the net – but the real reason they’re failing is they’re putting on less of the good product, and audiences have a choice.

    The people capable of providing that good product are the WGA writers, and the professional actors. That’s why AFTRA and the other performers’ unions are so heavily supporting the WGA, and the DGA – which comes next.

  • http://yahoo.com Eva G.

    OMG!!! Robert does this strike mean MAD TV will be re-runs? The Show just premiered their 13th season last Friday, and if the strike is going to last a few months, then that means no MAD TV until 2008? SNL too, right? What am I supposed to record on Saturday night? I know… how could this just hit me today, right?

  • http://yahoo.com Eva G.

    OMG!!! Robert does this strike mean MAD TV will be re-runs? The Show just premiered their 13th season last Friday, and if the strike is going to last a few months, then that means no MAD TV until 2008? SNL too, right? What am I supposed to record on Saturday night? I know… how could this just hit me today, right?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Maybe you just wanted to delay the pain, Eva! It does mean re-runs. :(

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Maybe you just wanted to delay the pain, Eva! It does mean re-runs. :(

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