Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The writers' strike continues along

Colbert Roasts Bush
Originally uploaded by tangent.
Aside from the fact that the only television show I've found intriguing in years, NBC's Journeyman, is going to die in part because of the writer's strike, I don't give a hoot much about the Writers' Guild strike. I agree that they're likely not getting a fair shake when it comes to new media and the conglomerates are taking advantage of them, but isn't that what for-profit mega-businesses do?

The late night shows are coming back on the air, either under a bye from the WGA or without writers. The Comedy Central line-up reappeared last night.

An interesting tidbit from Bill Carter and Jacques Steinberg in the New York Times, Comedy Central Hosts Return to TV:
Like the other hosts whose shows have been picketed by the guild, including Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien on NBC and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, Mr. Stewart and Mr. Colbert had been paying the salaries of nonwriting staff members out of their own pockets.
I wonder how long that sort of support will be coming to the writers. And aren't they lucky that their bosses are so supportative. Not everyone is in the same boat, I'm sure.

Meantime, I've decided not to stop writing. I'm sure there are plenty of readers who wish I would stop and the WGA would start.

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