How the WGA strike affects TV

About 99% of what I’ve heard about the strike from non-writers has been concern about favorite TV shows going off air. This is totally legit (and has in most cases been framed with support and/or admitted lack of knowledge about what’s going on). Television will be the first medium to suffer, and indeed it already has.

LA Times has the breakdown here. The good news is that The View will continue uninterrupted! In an update to the LA Times listings, Perez Hilton (whom I normally do not read) reports that Ellen has crossed picket lines. I understand her reasoning but I don’t like it.

I’m getting links and info from writersstrike on twitter and United Hollywood (not to mention assorted industry blogs).

(edited to fix my stupid homophone mix-up)

5 thoughts on “How the WGA strike affects TV”

  1. I’ve been watching United Hollywood closely…. but I’d also like to point out Deadline Hollywood Daily which is run by a reporter for LA Weekly who has been cast as THE neutral reporter/commentator on the strike.

    The writers at least keep referring each other and their supporters to read Nikki Finke’s viewpoints.

  2. That’s sort of sad that people care so much about bad writing. I support the WGA, because I think they are getting screwed, but I have absolutely no respect for the art of TV or mainstream movie writing. It’s crap.

    American TV is shockingly and excruciatingly bad and while people like to blame the producers for the quality, I don’t think the artlessness of TV is solely owing to the producers.

    The LA Times has blogs dedicated to TV shows. People watch the TV show and then critique it like it is art. I’ve seen blogs dedicated to TV shows. How sad does you life have to be when you are over the age of 10 and you care that much about TV.


  3. I have been catching up on Extras–I am moving this weekend, you see–and while I would not state that Gervais’ perspective on teevee is the way it happens everywhere (despite BBC being only slightly better than american teevee, satire not included), it is nevertheless fun how “Andy Millman” elected to maintain his sitcom.
    In any case, I doubt his predicament was unique.

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