Writers Strike

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
November 21, 2007 10:58am CST
I can't speak for anyone else but I get the feeling that they really are not in a hurry to settle the dispute between the writers and TV shows. It's probably just as well since much of the stuff they crank out is garbage anyway. I know that it will affect a couple of the shows I watch regularly, but that might not be such a bad thing. With less TV we'll all have more time to do some of the things we don't do enough of anyway. What is your feeling on this subject?
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
21 Nov 07
I don't watch much TV anyways, so I really haven't been effected by the strike. Do they have a real grip or reason for the strike, or did it just seem like the things to do? Most of the tv shows out there aren't worth much anyways.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
22 Nov 07
The strike started, Aurone, because the writers demanded their fair share of the pot. They feel that the money they make is a pittance compared to what the movers and shakers make.
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Well, perhaps then the movers and shakers should take them seriously and let them have their fare share. I am all about writers getting what they deserve. Its hard to make a living as a writer as is. They should get what is due them. They are doing a lot of the work anyways. Without a good writer your TV will be bad.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
21 Nov 07
I really could care less. Maybe it will give some writers time to grow some intelligence and creatye some better programming. I am at the point where TV matters little in my life compared to decades ago.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
22 Nov 07
I think they are "giving the people what they want", sigma. None of these lame shows cojuld survive if they didn't get the ratings, so evidently this junk is what the majority of people would like to see.
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• United States
22 Nov 07
It does seem that way. I am sad because it won't be long before my favorite shows are effected. Already it seems Big Bang Theory has run out (they re aired the pilot on Monday)--it is a really funny show. I am going to be so bored once all the shows go into reruns.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
15 Mar 08
I am just really down on TV right now, 4monsters. I'm trying to wean myself off of it so that I will have more time to read.
@pismeof (855)
• United States
22 Nov 07
I believe the Broadcast Networks have devised a schedule that they will be able to milk for at least the next 3 or 4 months,with the holidays upon us and the award show malarky after that they'll get by for quite a while. I do think the writers should hold out though, because it is only fair they get a reasonable share of the revenue that they provide through DVD sales.Their original contract only payed them about 2 cents a copy.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
22 Nov 07
I agree, pismeof, that they are entitled to their fair share of the pie. I think it's just too bad that they are targeting a younger audience with the shows they are bringing out, because not everyone wants to watch that tripe. I exercise the right to use my remote controls quite frequently.
@Wingedman (238)
• United States
21 Nov 07
As someone who has attempted several times to make a break in Hollywood as a writer the Strike is a subject of interest. It sucks that there is a strike because a lot of good people who are not writers will be out of work because of it. Gaffers, Properties folks, Best Boys, all teh support people like Kraft service, etc. You are right that the networks are churning out a lot of crap. That is because people watch it. Americans in general are Stupid. The just chuck down the latest drivel as soon as it hits the screen with no sense of what is good or bad. For this reason we have reality TV. People need to turn off the tube when the crap is on and only watch the good stuff. They also need to be smarter so shows that require a thought or two in your brain like Firefly actually have a chance rather than be doomed to fail.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Ah, Wingedman, I know of which you speak. I strictly curtailed my consumption of the trash they show on TV some time ago. It really pains me to see the crap they keep coming out with while the good shows don't stand a chance. You are right. Until the consumers become more discriminating there won't be a change.