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Burn Off: Showrunner Protest Planned

November 6, 2007 6:28 PM

Tomorrow morning at Disney Studios, a large group of showrunners are planning to picket, sources say.

The WGA has about 35 showrunners confirmed and are hoping for about 75 to make the protest. The rally stems from Saturday's showrunner meeting led by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd ("Back to You," "Frasier"), Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”), Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (“The Riches”), and Josh Friedman (“Sarah Connor Chronicles”) that helped convince writer-producers into largely adhering to picket lines during the first two days of the strike.

The Disney location wasn't chosen to target any particular project but because it has a favorable parking situation (really).

Also: "The Office" protest may be working. Strikers report that the production came to a full stop today, though this has not been confirmed.

Your burn off: Late night shows might return without writers ... Much in the way potato chips are technically vegetarian, Ryan Seacrest reminds us the E! schedule is strike proof ... "Nightline" may benefit from strike ... CBS eyes "Big Brother" for strike ... Is John Wells the man behind the Counter? ... Web video shops pounce on strike.

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