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The Writers’ Strike Is Over!

Per CNN:

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Striking Hollywood writers will be back at their keyboards Wednesday after voting overwhelmingly to end a 100-day walkout that essentially shut down the entertainment industry.

More than 92 percent of the Writers Guild of America members who cast ballots Tuesday in Los Angeles and New York voted to end their work stoppage over residuals for writing in the digital age, including new media and the Internet. The new deal is for three years.
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As a proud consumer of TV and film, I look forward to sampling the dramatic and comedic delicacies once again being cooked up in the heads of our talented writers.

All kidding aside, it’s good to have you back.

The Writers’ Strike Is Killing Infotainment

…And I for one would like to thank the writers.

I caught some of the Golden Globes awards “show” last night on NBC. It puts the superfluousness of these awards in perspective when all the winners are announced in a spartan broadcast anchored by Access Hollywood fluffsters Nancy O’Dell and Billy Bush. Apparently, there was a press conference by the Hollywood Foreign Press carried live on other networks that was broadcast in advance of NBC’s show. I guess I was getting unnecessarily secondhand information from people I would be leery of asking for driving directions.

No glitz, no celebrities, just the occasional asinine comment from Billy Bush (“Entourage is a boutique show”?). By the way, I am considering using “Billy Bush!” as an interjection. And yes, according to his Wikipedia entry, he is related to Dubya. I feel like I have to tie this post into politics in some manner for all you Bush/Cheney scenesters that read this blog.

I think the only thing the 65th Golden Globes Reading-The-Winners ceremony was missing was the occasional cutaway of a leering Jack Nicholson in dark shades. I’d like to imagine he was at his kitchen table grinning widely at his TV. Oh, Jack, you devil!

A Reality Show You Probably Won’t See

As the Writer’s Strike enters its third week, I’m guessing that a lot of reality show ideas are being discussed by the television network heads as a (temporary?) replacement for fictional drama and comedy shows.

I have a reality show idea that I would love to see get made.

How about a reality show that follows a group of writers on strike?

Just thinkin’ about Hollywood,

Splotchy

Whoops, My Earnestness Is Showing

As so many bloggers I read are great about analyzing, critiquing and clamoring about aspects of the Bush Presidency (I give praise to them for doing so), I often feel whatever I would say about it has already been said.

However, seeing as there doesn’t seem to be a great amount of activity about the ongoing writer’s strike in what I regularly read, I guess I’ll just step up to the microphone for a bit.

SIGN the petition to support the WGA strike.

READ about the latest strike news

LISTEN to Billy Bragg – There Is Power In A Union

While you’re at it, read this and VOLUNTEER — the writers need support, but there are plenty others who need it more.

Miscellaneous Writer’s Strike Stuff

Hiya,

I don’t know if you have been keeping track of the ongoing writer’s strike, but I find it interesting in a variety of different ways.

1. Labor asserts itself against management, usually something I can cheer for.
2. One of the core issues of the strike involves digital rights and online content.
3. I may not get paid for it, I may not be great at it, but through this blog I am an “online writer”.

There’s some lively intersection that can occur between my tiny blogoworld and the world of these striking writers, I just haven’t figured it out yet. There’s a way of coming together, of supporting a group of people, but I don’t know how to do it. Any ideas are welcome.

I did make an offer to any writers to create a story featuring the iSplotchy, but have only had one taker thus far. Yes, I’m pathetic, I’m glad you pointed that out. I did finally locate the WGA’s strike rules (at least for their east coast branch). From what I can tell, I am not a “struck company”, so a story featuring the iSplotchy would not constitute a violation of strike rules.

Regardless of the iSplotchy stories about to leap from the pale stubby fingers of the striking scribes (alliteration…suffocating…me), there are some busy online-content-generatin’ writers generatin’ online content.

Here’s a couple links:

A nice little video put together by some Daily Show writers (link via BoingBoing)

Another link of interest: an ongoing writer’s strike blog by some Late Show writers (link via Reel Fanatic)

Long Live Labor,

Splotchy