There's a war going on in Hollywood, and reports of casualties are piling up by the minute. The Writers Guild of America strike began Monday, and both sides have dug into their trenches. Neither the WGA nor the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) are budging.
As the two factions trade shots, several television programs are being shut down as a result of on-set distractions, stars not showing up for work, and other factors.
NBC's The Office has been able to shoot only two scenes since Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And it appears that The Office will be one of the first scripted shows to be cut off as a result of the strike. Producer Greg Daniels told the Reporter that the last new episode of The Office will air next week.
Star Steve Carell (who plays clueless boss Michael Scott) hasn't shown up to work since the strike began because he refuses to cross the picket line, and Rainn Wilson (beet farmer Dwight Schrute) has called in sick. Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor) and B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard), who also serve as producers on the show, are likewise on strike to show which side of the argument they support.
Day two of the strike saw even more shows go down; several sitcoms have all stopped production. 'Til Death, Rules of Engagement, Back to You, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and The New Adventures of Old Christine have all stopped shooting, according to E! Online.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of New Adventures of Old Christine, has been very prominent on the picket lines, and has helped picketers disrupt shooting of a scene from ABC's Desperate Housewives. "I'm really here because I'm a union member," Louis-Dreyfus, a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), told E! "If we prevent them from working today, that's a small victory."
Among those who worked on the set of Housewives was star Eva Longoria, who did her best to appease striking writers by bringing them pizza, reports the New York Daily News. However, a few large pies were far from the support the picketers wanted, and the actress was allegedly sent back crying to chants of "We write the story-a, Eva Longoria" and "No Justice, No Pizza!" (They're supposed to be striking and yet they came up with those zingers?)
But it doesn't look as if Longoria will be working for long. "Housewives is shutting down," she told the Daily News. "We're going to be on the lines. I care about people losing their homes, you know, my hair and makeup artists who can't make ends meet if they don't have a paycheck."
The scenes from the front lines are getting uglier and uglier, and several more shows are expected to stop shooting over the next few weeks.