Office among shows halted by strike

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.

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please end the strike! I need my weekly dose of the office. all of my fav shows are gonna stop airing...
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Well, it's mainly about INTERNET residuals, and I think that since the execs are such Abutts about YouTube and "copyrite" for their precious shows then they had better share the profits with the writers.
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For those of you who support the writers, check this out.



http://www.fans4writers.com



Spread the word! If the studios don't have writers or viewers then they have no power. The execs need to learn who is REALLY responsible for all that money they make. That would be us, the fans/consumers.
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Selfish? Do you understand that they only want a little percentage on the earnings that their shows make outside of TV airing? I assume you don't. They only want what belongs to them. I say, all of us tv.com's surfers support them.
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Who cares what anyone else is making. 200K is plenty of scratch for writing a show. This is just selfish.
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Where are these sources on writers saleries?
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Ok, so I don't watch The Office, but the mere thought that any of my fave shows may take a hit from the strike, just pi$$es me off!!!
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The members of the AMPTP are a bunch of arrogant, greedy opportunists! I hope the WGA strike brings them to their knees. Go Writers - stay strong!!! "Network bosses, rich and rude, we don't like your attitude!"
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To my mind it's rather simple...if it weren't for writers there would not be any scripted show on television. If people here at tv.com want good television the most obvious way forward is to support the writers who are responsible for creating your entertainment for you.
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There are writers that make $30,000, there are writers that make $200,000 and there are some writers that are, get this, unemployed. And some make just a few thousand dollars a year from their writing. Did you think people just graduate from college and end up writing for a sitcom? This strike is for all writers to get residuals from their work, which they deserve. If an episode of a tv show is shown on tv, writers get residuals, if the episode is shown on the internet, writers get nothing. Anyone who thinks that the strikers are 'babies' has clearly never had to struggle for their work. Babies are people who can't handle that fact just because their favorite show isn't in production.
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I just hope this ends soon because I just want to be able to watch all my favorite shows
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The entry level pay for a writer is about $30,000. Some make a lot more than that, but definitely not a majority. I made $29,000 last year, as a Barista at Starbucks. That's telling. Everything is more expensive. Rent on a 3 bedroom townhouse is $1500-$1750. In California, $30,000 is nothing. In most shows actors make more per episode than he writers get the whole year. That's not right considering the writers are foundation of any show/movie an actor is in. No matter how good the actor is, without good writing they are nothing. Actors realize this, directors realize this. Now the studios need to. There is no reason these studio executives should be making so much, when a lot of writers can barely afford to live where they work.
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A lot of shows are in trouble now aren't they!?
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30,000 is what a low level joke writer for a late night television series makes a year. And that is bear minimum and if you don't get that many jokes on the air.
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the writers and the television producers must share

the profit they get from the tv show.

share share share don't be greedy
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This so stupid. Writers are the reason all those people are famous and rich. Without them they have nothing to say and are out of work. Just give them the money they deserve.
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I read that a beginning writer for a series makes $70,000 per year. Head writers have a salary that is in the low 6 figures. Since the cost of living is higher in LA and New York, writers are not living the high life. Writers deserve their fair share of revenues. Without residuals, many can't pay their mortgages or take maternity leave. By the way, I read that members of the SAG have contracts expiring in June and they are watching this strike very closely.
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What a bunch of babies? Yes. The least creative people should definitely receive the most amount of money. It's the American way!
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Thresher, i would like to see your source that they make $200k a year. Because that isn't the case. Also even if they did make 200k a year, why should the networks and others make millions of dollars off their work. The networks, actors and production studios all get profits from DVD sales. Why shouldn't the writers?
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The average is $30000
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Don't take away the Office!
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just give them what they want
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I agree dust, I read the average writer makes about $200,000 a year....and don't their spouses have a job?
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Damn, the strike was worse than I thought it would be. This year is a horrible year for TV.
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no pizza will tv.com be shut down too?
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this strike will drag out for months and then the AMPTP will suddenly realize that they are losing millions of dollars because there is nothing on tv and will give the WGA what they want. the main thing for the viewers is when will the AMPTP realize that. pretty much this tv-season is screwed.
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What a bunch of babies.
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