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Could There Really Be an Actors' Strike?

Could There Really Be an Actors' Strike?

I've been trying to ignore reports that the Screen Actors Guild, which represents 120,000 actors, could go on strike. Just not listening. If I don't pay attention, they'll go away, right? La la la . . .

Except, well, those reports just keep rolling in. Come Monday (June 30), SAG's contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (yup, the same group the writers struck against earlier this year) is up. And that means we could once again be punching our tickets to picket-land.

If the contract expires on Monday with no deal, that doesn't automatically mean a strike is in the works. The SAG membership would have to vote to authorize one, and they haven't been asked to do that yet. Plus, there's a smaller union that represents actors that will vote on a contract July 8, and the thought is that SAG won't do anything official till the results of that vote are in. But already, Hollywood is getting ready for work to stop again. To see what's happening right now, just


According to a story in today's New York Times:

  • Most movie studios are planning to shut down production by Monday.
  • TV series are rushing to get episodes finished so the Fall TV season could still theoretically launch on time.
  • A ton of pilots are being shot now for shows that aren't expected to air till 2009 — much earlier than usual.

If there were a strike, some TV shows (24) would be able to start the season as normal, while others (Grey's Anatomy) wouldn't. Presumably, we'd also have to brace ourselves for lots more picketing, some delayed movie releases, and another spate of reality shows.

Could you handle another Hollywood strike?


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LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 9 years
That would make me sad. The writer's strike (although I support it) was such a pain in my viewer butt!
tralalala tralalala 9 years
Sigh. Sadly enough, the strike would probably actually benefit me. The writers strike got all the Canadian shows actors strike would probably bring some shows back. That being said, I have too many friends working in the American industry to hope for that, so I realy really hope it gets settled soon.
lala788 lala788 9 years
no , not another strike, i can't take it !!! i hope they will resolve it soon , and not get in to another strike , that will cause the studio to loose a lot of money. and i'm going to loose my mind .
misslilad misslilad 9 years
i really hope that they can resolve this and not have another strike. i had so many friends affected by the last one, that i am not sure that they could financially survive if it happened again so soon. i am not saying that i don't support the actors, but it usually is the crews that are hit the hardest
couture-yourself couture-yourself 9 years
This would suck. Really, really suck. Granted, I understand.... but hopefully it will not come to this.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Please God, NOOO!!! I'm sick of these strikes, its not that I am not siding with the actors but I just hope they can come to a fair agreement before they have to resort to another strike.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Last year's strike I was able to get by because I was on a show that already had a script, but if the actors went on strike I would be out of work immediately. Here's hoping they get it all resolved and won't have to put thousands of people on CA unemployment...again.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Say it isn't so. Hopefully much will have been learned from the previous strikes. No one ever truly "wins" in these disputes.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I should rephrase- I'm not FINE with a strike. I hope it doesn't come to it and lots of people (crew too) are out of work again. But if it comes to it, so be it. I understand why.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
Hopefully they can resolve it soon. Think of all the money the will lose if there are not shows on AGAIN! Please don't mess with my shows again, please don't make me watch reality tv! OK I am done whinning (sp?)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I already heard about this awhile ago because Zooey Deschanel mentioned it in an interview. I support it but would this mean no TV shows...again? Hopefully this would be resolved quickly and like someone else mentioned not ALL actors are super rich celebrities.
jasmint jasmint 9 years
I hope it doesn't come to another strike, but if it does, so be it. I'll support it. And thanks for clearing that up, colormesticky, so many people don't realize that. Everyone deserves a fair deal.
erinflower erinflower 9 years
I would hope the studios learned from the last strike. I really hope there isn't another one.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
The vast majority of actors are not the uber famous, overpaid ones we always see. I'm fine with another strike.
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
i'm so sick of these over paid- whiney actors striking. i say good riddance.
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