At 10 a.m. today, hundreds of Buffy, Angel and Firefly fans will converge on Fox Studios to walk the picket line alongside some of their favorite writers and actors, in yet another example of how the WGA is enlisting the support of television viewers to send a message to the studios.
United Hollywood’s Pencils2MediaMoguls campaign is already nearing the half million pencils mark and several television showrunners over the last two weeks have stepped forward to up the ante, raffling off prizes to fans who buy pencils in the name of their shows and creating some friendly competition between fandoms.
Lost showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have offered up autographed scripts and DVDs, as well as a personal thank-you call from the duo and actor Matthew Fox “where we shall do our bestest to answer your questions about the show’s mysteries.” Battlestar Galactica‘s Ron Moore is raffling off a hockey game in Vancouver with Aaron Douglas, phone calls from Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan, and Michael Trucco, and three autographed towels donned by Jamie Bamber in a notorious season two episode. Smallville fans can win a personal phone call from Lex Luther himself–Michael Rosenbaum–while Eureka fans can win call from actor Colin Ferguson and co-creator Jaime Paglia. And one lucky pencil-buying Jericho fan will receive the Cheyenne Flag which flew over Camp Liberty in the season one finale.
Now the WGA has teamed up with progressive blog Firedoglake to launch a special web site–http://firedoglake.com/wga–where viewers can select their favorite shows and send the producers a personal message in support of the Writers Guild. In addition, they’ve organized an ad campaign supported by several leading progressive blogs including Daily Kos, Raw Story, Crooks & Liars, Democratic Underground, and AlterNet.