Steeerike (day) Two!!!

Today I swung by Sunset Gower, where the numbers were lighter, but the strikers more aggressive, than yesterday’s picket line at CBS Radford.

At the front entrance, a bullhorn was passed around like a hot potato where each handler tried unsuccessfully to start a chant, such as “Big producers, you’re the Scrooge; Nicholas Counter is just a stooge.” Any vehicle that attempted to enter was given a little bit of a hassle before the picketers made space for entry. Rick Dee’s sedan limo was stopped at the entrance and surrounded (see pics below), but in spite of verbally committing support he still had the driver pull onto the lot. A flower delivery guy wasn’t given much resistance, but his claim, “I’m a playwright – I feel you!” was met only with moans.

However, support from honking cars passing by was non-stop – even a fire engine slowed down to blow its horn.

A small squad of protesters stationed at a parking lot entrance down a side street seemed a little more lax, telling me that one guy they allowed in without a problem was their inside man. Noticing the guys here were mainly WGA members on the “Heroes” staff, I asked if they’d considered trying to get their fan base to come out and picket with them. “We respect them too much,” was the response.

I called my buddy Phil, who works a bit as a SAG extra, and he said he’d heard that the WGA was paying some extras $50 to walk the picket line (I haven’t been able to confirm this). He also felt a bit conflicted – he’s struggling to pay rent as is, and isn’t sure if he should still go on the set of a series he was called into a couple weeks ago.

Apologies for the dry report… pics after the jump.



Tour buses are in for a treat this week. The writers have been let out of their cages!


Flower delivery guy-playwright. Yet another hyphenate.


Rick Dees crosses the picket line! Last time anyone listens to him… when was the last time anyone listened to him?


7 Replies to “Steeerike (day) Two!!!”

  1. Thanks for the update. Save yourself a few key strokes so you have the energy to keep this up. It is going to drag on a long, long time. Fortunately I have plenty of tivo’d stuff to view and get caught up on.

  2. Attention writers: you’re writers! Make up some creative signs. Show us why we should be on your side. I want to see some wit, some whimsy, some soul in your protest signs. These pre-printed jobs just aren’t going to cut it.

    Hey brother, can you spare a pun?

  3. Although Nietzsche once blathered something about suffering the idiocy of millions that a genius not be killed (was that not in “Beyond Good and Evil”?), I argue that were Philosophical Fred alive today, a few months of the televised tripe churned out by 99.99% of these “writers” would prompt our syphilitic hero to recant by way of demands to show him the missiles. (Granted, there might not be a SEVENTH season of “Curb. . . “, but I have yet to see the sixth one, and I still have loads of grotty olde BBC programmes that have been remastered as well as have restored scenes, that I can fit between a few thousand books.)
    In the meantime, how about a “reality” show whereby Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie are reunited to redo–wait for it!–not “Black Adder” but YET ANOTHER revision of “Bedazzled!”

    As for RumoursDaily: he is correct.
    Here is what an olde acquaintance of mine, Danny Weizmann, once succinctly stated during a live show at Largo’s, or some goddam club on Fairfax:
    Although Nietzsche once blathered something about suffering the millions that a genius not be killed (was that not in “Beyond Good and Evil”?), I argue that were he alive today, a few months of the tripe churned out by 99.99% of these “writers” would prompt our syphilitic hero to recant. (Granted, there might not be a SEVENTH season of “Curb. . . “, but I have yet to see the sixth one, and I still have loads of grotty olde BBC programmes that have been remastered as well as have restored scenes, that I can fit between a few thousand books.)
    In the meantime, how about a “reality” show whereby Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie are reunited to redo–wait for it!–not “Black Adder” but YET ANOTHER revision of “Bedazzled!”

    As for RumoursDaily: he is correct.
    Here is what an olde acquaintance of mine, Danny Weizmann, once succinctly stated during a live show at Largo’s, or some goddam club on Fairfax (if you can find a copy of “Hollywoodland,” then get it):
    “…but I bumped into my old pal, Tim, the actor. I said, ‘Hey, Tim, how’s it going?’ Tim said, ‘I’m doing great. It’s going great. I’m great. I just finished my run at The Actor’s Sweatshop performing my brilliant self-written monologue called “Gimme A TV Series NOW!”
    ‘I’m currently appearing at the Actors’ A-Hole work-shopping my second work. It’s gonna be called, “L.A. Riots: It Wasn’t My Fault!”‘

    Well, you get the picture. It goes on, and it encompasses every ass–, er, aspect of Hollywood.

    Write on, schmuckers.

  4. Hmm. I wonder if I can get the Heroes writers to promise me a set tour in exchange for some time picketing on the line.

  5. I love it how everyone, like RumorsDaily, is on the writers about their signs. “You’re writers! Make up some creative signs. Show us why we should be on your side.” When a plumber strikes, do you expect him to clear your drain? I’m on their side because they’re right. End of story.

  6. Besides, these are SCRIPTWRITERS not copywriters.

    Besides the joke asking writers for better signs has been regurgitated again and again.

    Speaking of regurgitated, whats up with Bustard’s comment above? Very odd.

  7. Were I a plumber, I would protest with a huge and rusty, non-corrugated pipe. End of story–for morons, eh?

    Then again, my fundamental desire to artfully illustrate my plight may not be recognised by those eagerly awaiting the DVD release of “Full House” and who label everything they cannot comprehend as “odd.” Odd.

    Perhaps the SCRIPTWRITERS should team up with the copywriters and hire some real writers to convey the difference, and hire some typographers to suss it out artfully, then have the newswriters tell us what the hell you two twats mean about “plumbers” and “odd.”

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