Maybe it's just because I only hang out with people who watch TV and love TV and make TV, I kind of feel like the result of the WGA strike has been to turn public support toward the producers of content as opposed to the wieners in the giant offices with the gianter annual bonuses. But if that were the case, any notion that NBC and/or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association might sue the Guild over the cancellation of the Golden Globes would never get any further along than some goober's fevered dreams. And yet, here we are. Huh.
As you may have read elsewhere, it looks like the WGA and the producers have gotten quite a bit closer to hammering out a deal. What that means for the remainder of the '07-'08 scripted season isn't clear, but it's a good sign for next year's programming -- like, that we will see some -- and of course for all the folks on the picket lines (and elsewhere in the industry) who can look forward to going back to work.
Knocking wood, of course.
I don't know that it's the most compelling argument in favor of the writers' strike I've ever seen, but I'll give the creators of the cute animals on strike video, apparently Colbert Report writers, all the credit in the world for the sheer amusement of the dog not riding the skateboard.
I've never seen the absolute vapidity of The Hills exposed quite as expertly as it is here. It's not until you hear people speak these lines on purpose that you appreciate the hilarity of the fact that people "spontaneously" saying the same things makes such weirdly addictive and awful TV. James Franco in a Justin-Bobby wig is also my favorite visual of the week. It seems intended as a sort of "reality television is all so horrible that we need to support the writers," which is not my favorite argument on the site of the strike, but it's still funny.
It's increasingly looking like the hopeful news from Nikki Finke regarding the possible settlement of the writers' strike was wishful thinking, and things perhaps look bleaker than ever. I have long subscribed to the belief that there would either be a short strike settled by Christmas or a long strike not settled till summer, and I'm now anticipating the latter, which will make for a bleak time for the shows you love. According to United Hollywood, the AMPTP's latest is a rollback, and they don't seem to have any interest in it at all. Settle in, folks; I think it's going to summer. Once positions begin to harden like this, even more than they already were, you're not going in the direction you want to be going.
With the holiday shopping season upon us, we fans of Things I've Bought That I Love -- the shopping blog maintained by Mindy "The Office" Kaling -- may have feared that Kaling would fall into strike panic and curtail her consumer updates. Fortunately, we needn't have worried.
In fact, when you're bored by the absence of new Office episodes, you should treat yourself to her archives. They're brilliant.
Different writers spent their ninety-day down time during the WGA strike in different ways. Our Pamie, for instance, got heavy into crafts. Whereas My Name Is Earl executive producer Greg Garcia apparently spent a month working at an unnamed fast-food restaurant. He says it helped him to get back in touch with his audience, and that he worked with great people in an impeccably clean location. So...we can probably rule out Taco Bell as his erstwhile employer, then.
Facing the sad news that virtually every scripted show in L.A. has shut down production due to the WGA strike, you can't help wondering what depths the studios will sink to in order to keep ramming new episodes into the pipeline. You have to wonder; we actually know.
Sorry. But apparently Angela Kinsey -- who plays Angela Martin, late of Dwight & Angela, on The Office -- is pregnant. Now, real-life Angela is married, but fictional Angela is not, which forces one to speculate on how the show will handle the actor's pregnancy. Admittedly, they've given themselves some leeway with the character -- though she is a Christian, and extremely judgmental, we know she has engaged in premarital sex -- and though her long-term relationship with Dwight (Rainn Wilson) just broke up, she might be starting something new with Andy (Ed Helms), so there could be a whole storyline over the possibility that she's not completely sure whose baby it is, depending on whether Andy's rounded the bases or not. It'll be something to look out for...you know, whenever the show is back in production after the WGA strike.