Tuesday, November 06, 2007

No Residuals, No Peace

New York/Los Angeles (AP) -- The forecast is in from Hollywood: Get ready for a long, cold winter of repeats and reality TV.

Tuesday afternoon, the AP reported that Fox's "Back to You" and "Till Death," and CBS' "Rules of Engagement" will stop production and go on hiatus because of the Hollywood writers' strike. This a day after the late night comedy shows -- including those of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel -- went into reruns.

Members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike early Monday morning after failing to reach an agreement with the major TV networks and movie studios on their contract, which expired Nov. 1. The WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group representing the major TV networks and movie studios, are at odds over how much of a cut writers should get for online distribution and DVDs of TV shows and movies.

According to experts, unless the two groups meet back at the negotiating table this week, the writers probably won't pick up their pens anytime soon.

Despite the dire predictions for television's immediate future, at least one business seems to be thriving in the wake of these most recent developments: the strike is said to be a boon to New York City's "ubiquitous, giant inflatable rat" industry. (See picture, to the left of slightly smaller rat-like creature Tina Fey.)

9 comments:

RottweilerTOM said...

Although I know shit about the behind-the-scenes of studio work, why can't the likes of Letterman and Leno ad-lib? I mean Stern pretty much did it for so many years, and perhaps real humor would ensue.?.?.

Then again, what do I know.

Brian H said...

Letterman was hilarious during the '88 writers strike.

Danny said...

I'd like to a take a stab
at being a scab...(?)

...hell...we all know Law and Order watchers are on the edges of their seats each week for 'fresh' episodes...what will THEY do? (evil grin)

sparksinner said...

You mean "...won't fire up their MacBook Pros anytime soon" right?

They'll just have porn to look at.

Wait, does that require union writers too? Shit, now that would be a disaster of international consequence.

james said...

Every time I see one of those giant rats I think "oh their must be a health code violation in that place, a bad one too to put a giant disgusting rat in front of the place." ten minutes later I remember what their really there for and think I'm not this dumb but alas apparently I am.

Calitri said...

Come on, Chez. Tina Fey isn't that bad. Sure, her face is slightly unfortunate, but she's a writer damn it! She was never meant for the screen.

Chez said...

Oh I kid -- I like Tina Fey.

Lorenzo said...

I'm just glad the writer here at Dues Ex Malcontent isn't joining in on this strike. . .

Mika aka Xeyli said...

to be honest, I'm kind of uninterested in the recent writings of Hollywood. maybe I just haven't seen anything new that's good.