No, not me, I’m talking about the Writers Guild strike. Does anyone not support this? How do the studios expect to “win” this when public opinion seems to overwhelmingly be in support of the writers getting their due pay for downloads, rebroadcasts, and DVD sales? Who wouldn’t support that?
My only concern is that right now everyone supports it because it’s easy to support. There’s nothing, or very little, to give up. New shows continue to air and will do so for weeks to come. But come January or so, TV is going to dry up and we’re going to be faced with reruns and a whole slew of reality TV programming at a level of terrible that we’ve never before experienced. Will everyone still feel so positive about supporting the writers then? They’re going to need the support – I think this strike is going to go on a long, long time. And what will happen when the writers win and DVD prices shoot up to compensate for the increase the studios have to shell out – because you know the studio heads won’t be taking a cut to help absorb the impact.
I have serious fears that when the last of the new episodes end, that may be it for this season. The networks have considerably more crap to toss our way than they did 20 years ago – reality TV wasn’t even a thought back then and the strike lasted five months. I think they could last far longer as long as they’re able to pay the little overhead that reality shows cost. So, aside from the always-on reality shows like American Idol, Survivor, and The Amazing Race, don’t watch whatever new crap they offer. I can’t think of any other way to send the message that we, the public, want the writers to be paid for their efforts.
If you want to keep up on the latest on the strike, check United Hollywood often. There are some entertaining videos there from striking writers – The Office writers’ piece especially.