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Writers Strike News Roundup: Mon., Dec. 3

Optimism For Speedy Strike End Wanes
Industry insiders are skeptical for a quick end of the writers strike, even in the face of renewed contract talks, Daily Variety reports.

Most are looking at March for the soonest end to the strike, as a media blackout that was lifted last week revealed both sides returning to lashing out against one another, the newspaper reports.

Leno Covers Laid-Off Staffers
Jay Leno joins Conan O’Brien and David Letterman in paying salaries of non-working staff members as Mr. Leno as pledged to pay the salaries of nearly 100 staff members of “The Tonight Show” on a week by week basis, Daily Variety reports.

Staff members on “Tonight,” as well as “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” received pink slips from NBC on Friday, due to inactivity from the writers strike, the newspaper says.

Writers To Counter Producers’ Offer
The Writers Guild of America is planning to counter the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ new media proposal laid out on Thursday, the Hollywood Reporter says.

The WGA, who lambasted the AMPTP’s offer as nothing but rollbacks, is entering its 29th day of a strike, the newspaper reports. Talks of a counter-offer did spur optimism among some Hollywood insider, hoping that the two sides are looking to actually start bargaining, HR says.

Winter Critics Press Tour In Jeopardy
The Television Critics Association has until Dec. 13 to decide whether to pull the plug on its winter critics press tour, set for January, the Hollywood Reporter reports.

Numerous networks have flirted with dropping out of the event due to the writers strike, and plans are usually cemented about a month before the event, the newspaper says. Unless the writers strike concludes before Dec. 13, the TCA’s winter event is becoming increasingly unlikely, HR says.


Clinton Receives Pass During Writers Strike
With late-night talk shows out of session, presidential candidates are being given a reprieve from the jabs of Dave’s or Jay’s monologue. And presidential Hillary Clinton is getting the largest reprieve, as a study from the Center of Media and Public Affairs concludes Sen. Clinton was slammed nearly twice as much as her Democratic peers, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In a survey of the monologues of “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night,” “Late Show,” “The Daily Show,” and “The Colbert Report” from Jan. 1 to Oct. 10, Sen. Clinton was joked about 186 times versus the 197 times the rest of Democratic field were joked about, the Times reports.

Comments (6)

Robert Keil:

GET THE DAMN STRIKE OVER WITH ALREADY!!!!!

Margaret:

Its going to be a long winter at this rate, but who knows maybe the family will start to play games and learn about each other again.

Belinda Metz:

It is about high time that the writers fight for a fair deal....I was one of the Canadian actors fighting for a fair deal last year with the same producers....it is about high time all the people that make their productions soar into the millions get their share of the benefits....
The word respect comes to mind....and their hasn't been any.
The producers drive their Lexus to pick up their Ferrrari, so pay the percentages to people who create these shows instead of lining all your pockets and claiming you are not making any money....the profits you make are huge so pay up!
Without the writers creativity what are you ging to do when you can't afford your Lexus anymore?

Suzanne:

I'm thinking they just might "respect" themselves out of a job. The internet is powerful and the demographic who influence and watch TV are part of the computer generation.

All I care about is Jerico. Once that's over I'm onto NetFlix. One thing I like right now is that there are a lot more movies; ones I haven't seen. And maybe I'm in the minority, but I like the reality shows.

I don't care if the rich are rich; this is a boring old story from people who aren't. Kind of like communism, blaming the rich for you being poor. Get out there man, and get your piece of the pie and stop blaming those big bad networks! And for christ's sake get some experts that can tell you exactly what is fair and what is not as far as compensation for downloads or you will be caught in the forever.

Once the fans are gone, a lot of them won't come back, at least not enough to draw advertisers. Everything has to change and I think it's time for TV to become something different. When 90% of the stuff on TV is those ratty sitcoms and stuff like House and Desperate Housewives (and speaking of that exactly WHO is getting rich? could it be the actors?) Wasn't it Friends where they were making $800,000 an episode?

My son worked on movie sets and has had to go on and get another job. He decided it was an opportunity to change his life when he was stuck in something he didn't really like.

james:

Well in the end the writers are hurting them selves.Once you lose the people who watch what you write, you won't write what they watch anymore.It will be canceled and thats that.So the longer there are no new epps, the less likly they will have a job to go back too.I know i have hundreds of movies and cartoons i have collected over the years and really don't watch tv now except for a few shows and i can never catch on.so I say good luck for your cause but in the end is it really worth it?

james:

Well in the end the writers are hurting them selves.Once you lose the people who watch what you write, you won't write what they watch anymore.It will be canceled and thats that.So the longer there are no new epps, the less likly they will have a job to go back too.I know i have hundreds of movies and cartoons i have collected over the years and really don't watch tv now except for a few shows and i can never catch on.so I say good luck for your cause but in the end is it really worth it?

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