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StrikeWatch: Cautious Optimism Are Today's Buzzwords

I've gotten several emails from readers asking if the WGA strike is over and I just have to clear the air here and say: it's not over until we're told by the WGA that it's over.

While I want more than anything for the strike to come to a swift conclusion and the writers to walk away with a fair deal, I don't think we should be breaking open the champagne just yet. While all signs point to progress in the ongoing talks between the WGA and the AMPTP, we all know that nothing in this life is for certain and progress is just that: progress.

When there is a tentative agreement between the two camps, I will cheer with abandon and when that deal is ratified by a majority of the WGA West and East's 10,000+ members, I will break open the Bollinger. In the meantime, I am advocating maintaining an air of cautious optimism.

Can this season still be saved? Possibly. But until there's something concrete, in writing, from the AMPTP that the WGA accepts, talking about which series will go back into production first, etc. it's just wishful thinking.

Let's all hope for the best and continue to support the striking writers, still on the picket lines, but let's be honest about what's going on here and not jump the gun.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Fingers crossed. If they don't come to some sort of agreement by mid-February, chances are this TV season will be a lost cause.
Unknown said…
I really hope the writers get a fair deal. They've said that a 3-month strike means they'll never recoup their lost wages, so they're doing this for writers-yet-to-come; I think that shows real dedication and selflessness. Too bad the studios don't (yet) respect that.
Anonymous said…
Agreed. I want a resolution to the strike and I want the writers to get their fair share of the revenue. But let's not jump the gun (like Pop Candy did) and say that the strike is over. 'Cause it ain't.

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