Some major casualties of the Hollywood writers' strike have been the non-writing staff and crews of the TV series that have stopped production. A few — like the late-night staffs — are still being paid, but crew members on many shows have been laid off without pay.
Fans of The Office have banded together to do something to help the 102 crew members laid off from the show. They started the Office Fans Christmas Fund, and now, with help from the show's producers, they've proposed one big-ticket item to get people to donate: a set visit to the show, which is being auctioned on eBay.
The visit will cost you; as of this writing, bidding is already over $5,000. But you don't have to front the money alone: The visit — including lunch with the cast and a special tour by co-executive producer Kent Zbornak — is good for four people.
If that's not in your budget, no worries: Everyone who donates any amount of money to the Christmas fund will get a special gift from Zbornak when production begins again.
Has anyone heard of any other novel ways fans are supporting their favorite shows?
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