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Do You Care About the Hollywood Writers' Strike?

Do You Care About the Hollywood Writers' Strike?

As of 12:01 a.m., Hollywood writers are officially going on strike. Some TV shows — mostly late-night shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart — will be affected immediately, while others won't show wear and tear from the strike for a while (here's a great chart breaking down which shows are doing what). Movies won't feel the effects until early 2009. How are you feeling about the strike so far? Are you worried, or is it too soon to care?


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htiduj htiduj 9 years
its not just that i dont want to miss out on my favorite series -- and dont want to be left on a cliffhanger. its that the writers are RIGHT! you can take the best actors and actresses and the best producer - but without a great idea and an amazing script, the show will bomb. the writers had to take a pay cut a few years ago because of a little project that "wasnt going to be so profitable" known as putting tv shows on video and dvd. they lost out big time on that one. and the way tv is going nowadays, we will all soon be watching is on the web from giant media centers. i already watch some shows online! the writers work really hard, and are the reason shows are successful. they should get residuals from the internet and from dvds! they earned it!
tipnboots tipnboots 9 years
I'm really bummed about the strike. I think the writers deserve to get what they are asking for! The actors in our favorite shows make good money and continue make money long after the show is over. These shows wouldn't be the same with out the writers!! Hope all of it works out soon~I don't like reruns!!
bugness bugness 9 years
ThePit, I'm pretty sure that a MAJORITY of the writers are NOT making $200,000 a year. They don't ALL have cushy write-at-home jobs. There are some actual hard-working writers in the WGA, and they're the ones that are needing the changes that they're striking about. That's not even mentioning the people that are still waiting to sell a script to get into the WGA. They have other jobs too that compete with their writing time. You can't schedule creativity like most other jobs.
ThePit ThePit 9 years
"hmmm, so the writers make $200,000 or so a year and the studio heads make millions and people are complaining about the writers???" I love that people forget just what the studio heads do. They run the whole studio. They oversee hundreds of films, while putting in more hours than most people can imagine. Most writers make that 200 grand "or so" a year by working from home, on their own schedule, while taking couple hour lunches, and (if its in film) they likely make that much money off ONE script. From there they get additional pay for rewrites, edits, new drafts, money when the film gets released, part of the box office, part of the DVD sales... the list goes on. Are you really going to compare jobs that are so drasticly different. Most produciton jobs don't get money on the backend like the writers do. And hundreds of non-union workers (Production Assistants, Office Assistants, Secretaries, Set PAs...) barely even make minimum wage and put in between 60 and 95 hours a week. I bet all of these guys would settle for even half of what the writers get for one script.
wednesday181 wednesday181 9 years
It affects the Daily Show, and that annoys me. And I think it also affects The Soup, so that REALLY annoys me (I need my weekly new dose of Joel!). Grrr... greedy studio bosses.
lala788 lala788 9 years
i hope it will end soon , b/c i don't want to miss out on my shows, but, i understand why the are on strike and i totally agree and 100% behind them!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
This is gonna suck. :/
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
I hear you, alillee - what about House? My most immediate gripe is that there won't be new Daily Shows and Colbert Reports, but beyond that House is the only thing I need. I can deal without some new episodes of 30 Rock and The Office for a bit. I'm really glad that this issue is being brought to light, though. It's crazy that writers aren't getting anything from internet releases. As far as it hurting the "little people," yeah, it does suck. It pleased me to see that Jon Stuart is planning on paying the Daily & Colbert writers for the first couple of weeks, anyway. I think that says a lot about him. I just really hope this gets resolved efficiently. It's so strange to think about what it would be like with no new programming.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
To be honest, I could do without TV and think this is a blessing. Buuuut, I do feel bad for the employees.
popstar popstar 9 years
How long is it going to last?
figurine figurine 9 years
I definitely don't care yet. I don't watch anything on TV and when it comes to movies, there's loads of old stuff to catch up on. But I hope things are resolved soon for everyone directly affected by the strike. :)
alillee alillee 9 years
That chart didn't say anything about House. What's gonna happen with House? I'm sad for all those people that this strike is gonna effect but hopefully the strike won't last long and everyone will benefit from it.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I'm bummed about Conan...I love Conan. I watch him pretty much every night. And the only other one I'm sort of bummed about is Scrubs. I mean, it's the last season and they have most of their episodes filmed so it's a little early to get "upset".
darkbeauty darkbeauty 9 years
I have a friend who's a film screenwriter but luckily she's been prepared for this thing so hopefully she will ride it out alright. I mostly look forward to getting caught up on the 30 Rock, Brothers and Sisters, and Beverly Hills, 90210 episodes piling up on my dvr. :)
nicachica nicachica 9 years
hmmm, so the writers make $200,000 or so a year and the studio heads make millions and people are complaining about the writers??? i mean, if you wrote something, shouldn't you get a share of the profits? stop being so greedy you big stupid studios! i don't wanna miss Colbert/Stewart!!!
leilanidream leilanidream 9 years
not really... i dont do network tv on the NET
Greggie Greggie 9 years
"I was listening to the radio this morning and they were saying that it will "hit the viewers the hardest" which annoys me because it's simply not true. People tend to forget that there are thousands being put out of work by this strike." ITA. The focus being on losing shows is really disgusting, in my opinion. Who cares about new episodes when people are losing their income, or at least a good portion of it? This is why I dislike strikes in general - so many people outside the issue are affected in a huge way. I understand why the WGA is striking, and they're not the ones I dislike in this situation. They should've been given more money and this should've been headed off a LONG time ago.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Yes I care, and it is totally going to suck come January when we run out of new shows, but in the end I support the strike because they deserve to be paid right.
boxem180 boxem180 9 years
i guess i've missed out on something - why are they striking again?
CalGirl3 CalGirl3 9 years
Yes, I care a lot!! I watch Leno, Colbert and Stewart almost every night and will miss new material... and a few other regular shows that might be in trouble like "24" and "Lost". Yikes! I hope they can get this resolved fairly quickly.. it's not just the writers but a whole industry affected. It could really hurt the LA economy with a ripple effect. Good luck, PhaseKitty!
em1282 em1282 9 years
Ouch, PhaseKitty...hope everything works out. You're right, a lot of people tend to forget that it's not just the people at home who are takes a lot of people to put shows/movies together!!!
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
i guess i'll be bummed about old shows but it'll just give me an excuse to get out and do something worth while or read a book! i hope that the people who are affected by it will get their jobs back and then some.
esk4 esk4 9 years
and its not even just people who work for on the shows... going with what kiddy said, its everything in the area where those people live, shop ect... retail, food and service industries, everything will suffer in one way or another..
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Thanks, kiddylnd for the kind words! :)
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
MandyJoBo- Jon Stewart can and does write a lot of his own stuff, but he's in WGA too, and therefore has to strike with everyone else. It might be interesting if you live in the area to check out the pandemonium going on at the studios, plus there are a lot of directors and actors that are in the WGA. I read somewhere that it's mandatory that members picket 20 hours a week, but I can't imagine Jay Leno or Jon Stewart standing on the picket line for 4 hours a day! I can see the picketers from my office window right now- it's sorta crazy.
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