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
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.
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.
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.
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.
blacklist is quickly becoming the stuff of legend.