Talking 'Bout My Generation
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
WRITERS ON STRIKE: DAY 3
SO THE WRITERS STRUCK, and we're already starting to experience the after effects. Almost all talk shows went into immediate shutdown, including those of Jay Leno and David Letterman. Some remain in production, like Ellen, but without their key opening monologues. Shows like THE DAILY SHOW and THE COLBERT REPORT were also forced to shutdown indefinitely. On the insider track, some of these late night shows have already given out their 2 weeks notice to their employees, saying if the strike continues past November 19th, then they're out of the job. On the opposite end of the spectrum, showrunners like Jon Stewart of The Daily Show have promised to continue paying their writers for at least two weeks while they remain on strike, a noble promise indeed. Numerous celebrity writers can be found on the front of the picket lines like Tina Fey herself of 30 ROCK, and even other celebrities have shown their faces on the lines in support of the writers, delivering pizzas and water for all to see. Most shows remain in production, as many writers struggled to get in their final script deliveries before the strike. Its expected that normal production will continue through the end of November before coming to a sharp halt. Still, many shows have been hit with some curveballs like drivers refusing to cross the picket lines and actors refusing to act. All of these factors will continue to make it difficult for production to run smoothly. The strike is making news nationwide, and even leading democratic presidential candidates BARACK OBAMA and HILLARY CLINTON have stepped forward to lend their voice in support of the writers on strike. One cannot be sure how long the strike will continue and how badly we will all be affected...only time will tell.
I support the writers in their fight. Emerging Media is a booming business and its only fair that writers should recieve some compensation for their work that is so freely distributed online as streams and downloads, on mobile devices, and on DVD.
It's great to see people sacrificing and standing up for what they believe in for once. Go Writers!! Now if only people were so animated about the WAR...
Hit NBC Show "The Office" On Strike