Though talks are scheduled between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the Hollywood writers' strike has rolled into its third week. Those of you who watched the American Music Awards on Sunday saw Jimmy Kimmel host the ceremony without a single prewritten joke, while fans of The Office have already bid an indefinite farewell to their show. Here are some of the other strike-related developments:
- The Pencils 2 Media Moguls campaign, an effort to bombard top executives with unsharpened pencils all Jericho-style, has already raised money for more than 150,000 pencils. Every $1 donation buys a box of 12 pencils, which the writers hope will be donated to organizations that teach kids to write once their symbolic purpose has been served.
- Actors on 30 Rock, The Office, and Bionic Woman have been suspended, and most of Saturday Night Live's production staff has been fired.
- A recent survey says people will read more books or magazines if the strike knocks their favorite shows off the air.
- The Office staff has spoken out about the strike: The writers wrote a letter to fans last week, and Mindy Kaling (aka Kelly Kapoor) has blogged about her experiences.
- CBS News writers are striking now, too.
The writers of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart already recorded their take on the strike, so it was only a matter of time before the good folks at The Colbert Report got in on the action. To watch their video (the closest we'll be getting to a Threatdown for a while), just