WGA Strike Day Three

Right now it’s still pretty much all strike news all the time out there in TV land. Here’s a roundup of what’s been happening as we enter day three of the writers walkout, starting with a video of The Office writing staff on the picket line courtesy of United Hollywood.

Advertisers watch for TV reruns as strike starts
“Original episodes do better than reruns. As soon as the networks resort to reruns is when they may have problems,” said Jack MacKenzie of Frank N. Magid Associates, a TV research firm. He said some sponsors may seek to renegotiate their deals to obtain more commercial time as compensation.

Wisteria Lane converted to writers’ block
A standoff on Wisteria Lane, a day off at Dunder Mifflin, two-week notices at the late-night shows and a winter edition of “Big Brother” are among the top TV-related headlines from Day 2 of the Writers Guild of America strike Tuesday.

‘Lost,’ ‘Moonlight’ Among Possible Strike Casualties
Just ask the cast and crew of “Jericho” how much losing momentum could be a killer.

Scenes From a Strike: Checking in with Hedges, Coffey and other NYC scribes on the first day of the WGA work stoppage
There was strength — or, at the very least, volume — in numbers on 48th Street as picketing scribes scuttled production on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and other New York TV institutions.

Writers strike! Are you lonely tonight?
The absence of writers from TV right now might mark a good time to surmount your wounded feelings, and take measure of what writers bring to television.

Late-night reruns put damper on promo campaigns
For film publicists who rely on the oxygen of late-night television to breathe life into their campaigns, the strike has been a punch to the gut.

The Spirits of TV Past, Present and Future
The difference between the previous strike, in 1988, which lasted for more than five months, and today’s is that viewers don’t have to resign themselves to network reruns or sports events and old movies on what was then a far more limited cable. There are thousands of other choices all across a multiplatform media landscape that includes on-demand cable, Internet sitcoms, DVDs and DVR.

Public face key as writers’ strike goes forward
As the strike wears on and writers no longer control the airwaves, they will need to find another way to make their case to the public. In most strikes, a prolonged stoppage tends to create indifference if not a backlash against the strikers.

Late-Night Talk Shows in the Dark After Writers’ Strike
Should the shows return during the strike, it will be with formats that have been tinkered with to varying degrees, depending on how much the show relies on writers. Expect no scripted bits, but lots more celebrity interviews. Oh goody.

Strike about to cost jobs
The major studios are hitting back with plans to suspend scores of long-term deals with television production companies, jeopardizing the jobs of hundreds of rank-and-file employees whose names never appear in the credits.

Check the Status of Your Favorite Shows:

Seat 42F: Strike Update – Status of My Favorite Show?

The Futon Critic’s Guide to Scripted Programming

TV Week’s Sitcom Strike Shutdown Rundown

Blogging from the Front Lines:

Deadline Hollywood Daily’s updated news and sightings on the lines in L.A.

Joss Whedon’s report from the picket line

AICN’s roundup of sightings on the picket lines

United Hollywood: We are all on the same page

WGA America’s YouTube channel

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3 thoughts on “WGA Strike Day Three

  1. I…have so much love for “The Office” folks right now. Hee!

    Also, I’ll be curious to see about any reality shows that aren’t already in the can. Because they usually have writers, and storylines that are outlined, so I’m not sure why the networks seem to think reality will fill the void. I don’t like nor watch reality shows (except Supernanny, I do admit I Ioves me some Supernanny), but for those who do, I don’t suspect they’ll be as good without the writers crafting the story.

  2. I guess because reality show writers aren’t part of the WGA everyone’s assuming they’ll continue to show up for work. Boy, wouldn’t it have been nice if the WGA had been able to get them under their umbrellas–the networks would be in a fine pickle, then.

    It’ll be interesting to see if any of the reality show writers do choose to stand down.

  3. Well, here’s the thing though. It’s not that reality show writers aren’t members of the WGA, it’s that they aren’t covered by the WGA MBA while working on a reality show. So some of them may not be members of the guild, but some are. Granted, they can get other non-WGA members to write it, but I imagine you’ll still see an impact in the quality…and I use that term very loosely. 😉

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