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More Writer’s Guild Strike Whining

Aint It Cool News has a roundup of the self-righteous whininess pervading Hollywood right now as overpaid hacks treat a guild strike as the pivotal civil rights event of the century. I’m sorry but when you guys can actually turn out a script that doesn’t suck 9 times out of 10 for and still earn more than most people actually make working all day for a living, you get to whine.

They’re telling the striking workers down at CBS that Julia Louise Dreyfuss walked off the set of “New Adventures of Old Christine” today and promptly joined the picket line. I now love Ms. Dreyfuss.

Is there any chance Julia Louise Dreyfuss can just picket all her future shows, writer’s guild strike or not? It would significantly help improve television.

Outside of Universal this morning was the bearded one himself, [“Battlestar Galactica” showrunner] Ron Moore, picketing the Universal Studios Gates with the entire writing staff.

Next season on Battlestar Galactica… absolutely nothing. Except the final season of Battlestar Galactica to take place some time in 2012. But if Admiral Adama came to life and put Moore’s wife’s up against a wall and shoot her, would Ron Moore cave the way the Chief did?

I can confirm that the entire writing staff of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, including showrunners John Wirth and Josh Friedman, were out picketing at Warner Bros today.

Hooray. And nothing of value was lost.

“Desperate Housewives” showrunner Marc Cherry picketed Universal Monday, alongside WGA President Patric Veronne and lead negotiator David Young. Entertainment Tonight popped by as well. Marc will be back tomorrow, he is picketing with his entire writing staff.

Make sure they wear their L.L. Beans for maximum populism. I guess even hacks have to do something different now and then. But does Desperate Housewives really need writers? Can’t they just recycle the scripts from Days of Our Lives some more? I mean soap operas don’t exactly break new ground in writing.

Bryan Fuller was picketing Warner Brothers with the entire writing staff of PUSHING DAISIES.

Pushing Daisies will now be pushing daisies.

An email from “Grey’s Anatomy”/”Private Practice” mastermind Shonda Rhimes:

I have to tell all of you that this email directly reflects the stance I came to over a very long night in New York. I absolutely believed that I would edit our episodes. Until a thought hit me: how can I walk a picket line and then continue to essentially work? How am I supposed to look at myself in the mirror or look at my child years from now and know that I did not have the courage of my convictions to stand up and put myself more at risk than anyone else? So I choose not to render my services as a producer. I choose to honor the strike. And I am proud that you all stand with me.

Are we actually using the words Mastermind in the same sentence as Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice? The better question is how can Shonda Rimes look herself in the mirror years from now or her children or her cats knowing she was responsible for Private Practice? How can she look away knowing that she almost edited an episode for a series that is actually responsible for an 0.9 percent IQ drop?

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