Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Writers Won't Work on Awards Show

It was announced today by AP that the WGA is not allowing their writers write for this season's awards shows. This could prove to be problematic for the studios as Jon Stewart, an active member of the WGA, was slated to host the 2008 Academy Awards.

I haven't really been following the WGA strike, but I do follow my Jon Stewart news, because I desperately miss the Daily Show. It's a slightly bizarre situation for me because I don't actually watch the show on TV- I usually watch all the clips on the Comedy Central website. So it seems, for me personally, that the writers' demands for compensation for the new media is a valid point.

About a month ago, the New York Times published a diary of a striking Daily Show writer, Rachel Axler. I smiled while reading– it was some classic Daily Show humor.

"12:15 p.m. A man in a suit passes by. He yells, 'I hope you all get fired!'"

"Look — this is weird for us, too, you know. Writers are not a naturally combative species. We’re used to sitting in front of our computers and crying. Fresh air is like poison to us. If protocol didn’t dictate otherwise, it’s very likely we would never wear pants. But we’ve given up our salaries and our jobs — easily the only jobs we’re qualified for — to stand outside and yell at people. So, for the sake of decency, could you please not yell back?"

But I really do miss Jon Stewart delivering it. Last week (I believe), the Daily Show showed up on Foxtrot! I was so excited and so relieved to know that the other mediums (cartoons!) were affected by the WGA strike as well.

Reading the diary of Axler, it felt good to know that the writers miss us too.

"1 p.m. Back on the walkin’ oval. I wear four sweaters on my torso and one wrapped around my head. If I were at work today, what would I be doing? Probably working on a headline about Musharraf. Watching videotape of Bush urging another leader to rethink martial law. Ingesting vile amounts of Boo Berry cereal to stimulate the joke-writing process.

Do I actually miss that? Yeah, I actually miss that."

Links: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Hollywood-Labor-Awards-Shows.html
Links: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/fashion/11strike.html

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