Quote of the Day

From a post by mayor_of_tv, on explaining the writer’s strike to children, on how to answer the question “Will my favorite show return?” (actually, the quote is from Lisa del Giocondo and Agostino Vespucci):

“Instead, tell your child: ‘Remember when Grandnana died after months of getting skinnier and skinnier and calling everyone “Sebastian?” Like her, your favorite shows will never return, either. But, just as you will always have pleasant and fond memories of Grandnana, you’ll also have happy memories of going to movies and sitting for hours in front of the television, watching fresh and original quality scripted material. And you’ll cherish those memories.

“But, slowly but surely, those memories will dim. And by then, you’ll be an adult, and the economy will have collapsed, and the environment will have been devastated by the effects of global warming, and militarized viruses will have wiped out seven-eights of the Earth’s population, with feral gangs of rabid zombies feeding with an unprecedented bloodlust upon those unlucky few who still remain, and you won’t have time for nostalgic memories of Grandnana or quality original scripted material. So lighten up already.’”


Musings on the Writer’s Strike

While I wait for my tea to steep and cool, a few musings on the writer’s strike — in particular, on late night hosts and award shows:

  • Couldn’t Jay Leno and the other hosts that have gone back without their writers (i.e., all but Letterman) get around the monologue flap by just performing the monologue in a comedy club or other public venue a few hours before the show? After all, the writers strike doesn’t prevent writers from writing and performing their own material for stand-up in-person performances. He can then just reuse the material.
  • What’s preventing hosts like Jay Leno from turning to the Internet? Not for broadcasting the stuff they write, but for having their fans support them by sending in jokes. After all, a fan-base donating jokes aren’t covered by the contract. As long as he doesn’t change the jokes, couldn’t he just do them as “Submissions from Viewers”?
  • As for the award shows… has anyone asked why the writers are needed at all? After all, no writers are needed to read a list of nominees and announce the winner. No writers are needed to establish the order of presentation. No writers are needed to present the montage of folks that died (that’s a film editor’s job). They only thing you need writers for is the opening monologue, and the scripted banter between presenters. There’s no reason what that banter (and the thank you speeches, if they are also covered) couldn’t be extemporaneous. Move these shows to a reality show contract, and drop the writers. We might actually end up with better awards shows.

I’m not trying to say we shouldn’t support the writers. I think the producers doth protest too much, and should produce a fair contract. But in the areas discussed above, I’m having trouble seeing why folks are fighting when there are reasonable workarounds.

P.S. It’s National Delurking Week. Would it kill ‘ya to come out from where you are hiding and comment on this post?


Interesting Strike Links

Some interesting links on the TV Strike, courtesy mayor_of_tv:

Some other good sources of strike information are United Hollywood and mark_evanier.