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post #1 of 19
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So here's the deal the WGA is on strike and most major TV studios are set to run out of scrips by January. What does that mean? More reality TV, no new episodes of The Office or The Daily Show. Soon film will be impacted, so our summer movies will go from big budget garbage to even worse. (If you don't think that movies can get worse watch Glitter and then think of a whole summer of nothing but that movie.)

What is this all about? Compensating writers for downloads and for web-shows that they created. The studios have said they have no way of being able to do this, but somehow they are able to collect all the revenue from the ad content that they sell.

Why am I posting this? Because if you are watching Dancing with a Monkey, or Cops 2.0 in February and wondering where all your TV went just know that it really came down to greed.
post #2 of 19
It's not all bad. It may get some couch potatoes off the couch and doing something constructive or even healthy! Now there's a novel idea.
post #3 of 19
The writers strike is a bummer because we love to watch our shows...
But hopefully everything with the writers works out
post #4 of 19
I am going to be watching a lot of movies come January and picking up books again

Dancing with a Monkey doesn't sound that bad

post #5 of 19
The home made shorts on YouTube and google videos is much, much better than most of the TV being shown now anyway
post #6 of 19
The writers are not being fairly compensated for their work. I fully suport their right to strike. Maybe we can all spend a little more quality time with our families. Let's bring back family board game night.
post #7 of 19
I didn't know what it was about, but I think they should strike. They're the genius behind all these tv shows we love so much, but they're the last ones to make money off of it.

The Office did an entire webisode on it, and why they're striking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6hqP0c0_gw
post #8 of 19
Overall, I'm rather against unions in general. However there are certainly exceptions and areas where unions are still needed. I have to say, Hollywood writers are one of those professions who will get hosed by those in a position in power (the studios) at every opportunity.

I fully support their strike and they should be getting their share of the profits from the DVD and web sales of their brain-children.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by valanhb View Post
Overall, I'm rather against unions in general. However there are certainly exceptions and areas where unions are still needed. I have to say, Hollywood writers are one of those professions who will get hosed by those in a position in power (the studios) at every opportunity.

I fully support their strike and they should be getting their share of the profits from the DVD and web sales of their brain-children.
Right on all counts. Couldn't have said it better.
post #10 of 19
The Big Studios are just being greedy. They should give the writers their fair share of the profits. After all, if it weren't for the writers, there wouldn't be anything to put on TV or the Screen. The writers are the ones who actually create all of the entertainment we enjoy.

I hope they settle soon, because they said the last writers strike lasted 4 months. Another thing is that a lot of studio employee's are losing their jobs, and that's not good, especially during the Holiday Season.
post #11 of 19
All I know is that my ONLY network TV show that I care about, 24, with Kiefer Sutherland is not going to start as scheduled in January and I am NOT happy about that.
post #12 of 19
Well, perhaps if people appreciated the writers more, 24 would air.

I think they should absolutely be doing what they're doing. They, after all, are 90% of the reason behind the success of these shows.

Apparently Jay Leno is fully supporting this strike - even though it's costing him something like $17 million a week. He knows where he'd be without his writers. Not that he isn't a vast talent on his own, but his show (and countless others) depends on the writers. They deserve to be properly remunerated for their efforts. After all - if the host can get up, tell someone else's jokes and make squillions, why can't the writers get a share?

Perfectly fair - in fact should have been done a long time ago.
post #13 of 19
I don't watch many new shows so the writers strike isn't going to impact me much at all. I'm quite happy to tune into a biography channel for a rerun or watch reruns of other shows like CSI or Law and Order, or most anything on TV Land.
post #14 of 19
Why would anyone watch TV when we have TCS???

I agree that there are way too many bad television shows out there. Perhaps this is the opportunity for new writers to come on...oh wait that happened to our local papers 10 years ago and the news was never the same again there.
post #15 of 19
you know, We watch to much TV in this country, hehe maybe someone will pick up a book.
post #16 of 19
I see our buddy Ellen DeGeneres crossed the picket line. But I don't really care one way or another.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I am going to be watching a lot of movies come January and picking up books again

Dancing with a Monkey doesn't sound that bad

Don't give the studios ideas!
post #18 of 19
hehe outside of stargate, and battlestar. the only other tv show i watch is dr.who.
normaly i just watch, history channel and other shows like that.
post #19 of 19
I had JUST got started on watching Heroes. (Daughter and I had a marathon Heroes 1st season weekend last weekend. We loooove Hiro.) And now the new season is going to get cut short or something.
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