Day two of WGA strike

The Writers Guild of America strike is in day two, and The New York Times is reporting which shows are on cruise control and which ones will begin to feel the hurt.

The Writers Guild of America strike is in day two, and The New York Times is reporting which shows are on cruise control and which ones will begin to feel the hurt. According to the Times, late night shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno will be airing reruns during the strike, essentially shutting down the cottage industry that surrounds the studio-audience taping of those shows. Production also shut down on Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, among others.

Many taped comedies and dramas such as Grey's Anatomy and House, which are in mid-season, already have their episodes securely in the can, so there shouldn't be any disruptions from the strike. That is, unless the WGA doesn't come to terms with Hollywood brass before the start of next season.

Meanwhile Variety is running extensive blog coverage of the strike, including this funny little bit about strikers raising hell at the filming of Raising Cain. Apparently strikers heard the filming taking place in a nearby lot and ran to the set, Hunchback-of-Notre-Dame-style and started shouting with their bullhorns, making filming impossible. Variety provides a comprehensive history of the breakdown in negotiations here.


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Supermodel Gisele Bundchen stepped into a trap this week after a Brazilian magazine reported that 27-year-old Bundchen refuses to get paid in US dollars, due to the dollar's shrinking value. According to this blog Bundchen's manager is refuting the article in Veja and trying to quell the more sensitive editorialists who believe Bundchen's dollar-snub is anti-American.


PRWeek's Executive Editor Keith O'Brien solicited comments from PR pros in the wake of Wired editor Chris Anderson's decision to blacklist PR reps that “spammed” him with irrelevant emails. One commenter was Steven Blinn at BlinnPR, who said he was using the blacklist to poach technology clients of those barred firms and grab some business from them.

Apparently, the plan backfired. The Anderson blacklist is quickly becoming the stuff of legend.

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