December 17 2007

Writer’s Strike Week 7

Writer's Strike, Week 7We’re in week 7 of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike.  And we have a new wrinkle: The late night shows on NBC are coming back without the writers.

It seems the Peacock network is holding the support staff of and  The Tonight Show With Jay LenoLate Night With Conan O’Brien hostage.  If the shows did not return on January 2nd, strike resolution or not, the staffs of both shows would be released.  You really can’t hold the hosts accountable here.  It was either stand by their morals or see their staffs of 80+ people per show be jobless.

The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) and the networks are playing dirty at this point.  They are at fault for the talks breaking down, and they are still endeavoring to make the writers look like the bad guys.  Sorry, but I just don’t see it that way.  I know… I’m bias.  Oh well, so sue me.  David Letterman is pondering coming back, but he is in a different position as his writer’s are actually in favor of his returning to work so he can state their cause.

As we are going in to the holidays, there is little hope of the strike ending before 2008, and that means most of the prime time shows that ran out of episodes are done for the season.  Hope you enjoyed what we got.

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