Brace yourself folks, we’re looking at months it seems.
Of course both sides have their versions of what’s happened. You can find the Writerâ€™s Guild of America (WGA) version of events here, and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) side of things is on the front page of their site currently.
There is a great breakdown of today’s events at DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com, and it seems that it was known the producers were going to try to pull a dirty trick today. It seems they were tired of being seen as the bad guys, so they wanted the writers to walk away from the table to show they were the unreasonable ones. Problem is, the story got out before they decided to give the WGA a list of demands that would bring the negotiations, such as they were, to a screeching halt.
As it stands, the producers have thrown down the gauntlet, they aren’t ready to budge. At this point we’re probably looking at months, and this television season is effectively over and done with.