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TV Blogs Go Dark in Solidarity with the Writers Guild of America

On November 13th, this blog and the blogs listed below will be on strike for the day in solidarity with the Writers Guild of America.

As fellow writers and as TV fans, we are coming together to express our strong support for the writers and their goals. We believe that when a writer's work makes money for a company, that writer deserves to be paid. Many writers depend on residuals for a stable income, and that income shouldn't be based on an outdated formula which ignores the existence of new media and all but a tiny percentage of DVD sales. The talented writers responsible for so much of what we love about television should and must be paid fairly and equitably, and we will stand with them until they reach that goal. For everyone's sake, and for the sake of television, we hope both sides can come to an agreement quickly.

To further that goal, we are calling on our readers to sign this petition and to contact the following television networks, voicing support for the writers and for a return to the negotiating table:

10201 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 369-1000

7800 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 575-2345

500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
(818) 460-7777

NBC / Universal
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000

After the blackout, we intend to continue our campaign to support the WGA until the dispute has been resolved fairly. Since we will not be posting any new content tomorrow, we encourage our readers to visit United Hollywood instead for frequent updates about the strike.

In solidarity-

The CineManiac
Daemon’s TV
Ducky Does TV
Gabby Babble
Give Me My Remote
Glowy Box
I am a TV Junkie
The Media Pundit
Mikey Likes TV
Pass the Remote
The Pie Maker
Ramblings of a TV Whore
Seriously? OMG! WTF?
Silly Pipe Dreams
Tube Talk
The TV Addict
TV Series Finale
Watch with Intelligence


Anonymous said…
At what point in your life did someone say your opinion meant anything? There are millions of people with online opinions. You are not a writer! And for you to support writers is goofy. Ninety percent of what is currently on television beyond sucks. The studios need to CLEAN HOUSE.
Anonymous said…
Gosh, it's always times like these in which the idiots come out of the woodwork. Anonymous (you have to love that people with rude comments never sign a name), I'll ask you, at what point in your life did someone say your opinion meant anything? Why did you feel the need to comment then? Why is Jace's opinion and less valid than "the millions of people with online opinions?"

I come to this site for the intelligent commentary and reviews. It's not a fan site, it's not a hard news site, it's a site for people who love TV. I am not a writer and I don't work in Hollywood but that doesn't change that I love TV and support the writers. They are after what is fairly due to them.

Next time you get your paycheck imagine if your employer told you that you'd be getting only half now and would have to wait until later for the other half, only to stiff you then. That's what the studios are doing with residuals.

Get a clue, get informed, and get a life.
Anonymous said…
@Anonymous: Les Moonves, is that you? Seriously, do you have nothing better to do but go around to the sites listed in the release and post the same idiotic comment about clearing house on all of their sites?

At the end of the day, we come here because we want to hear Jace's opinions about the shows we watch. If he wants to stand up for an issue he believes in on his own platform no less, then we should support him.

This is a red button issue and I realize that there are bound to be people who are anti-Hollywood, anti-TV, and anti-writers. I never thought I'd see people who were anti-bloggers.
Anonymous said…
your not a writer so why are you doing something stupid like this hollywood sucks and writers should be out of the streets with their drugs
Anonymous said…
We're not a TV blog, but we're joining you in solidarity as another blog shutting down in support of writers at JVoices
Anonymous said…
I think it's a good thing that bloggers are showing their support of the writers. Studios have begun to use bloggers as components of online marketing campaigns for films and TV shows so it's only fitting that these same bloggers state their support for writers earning their fair share.

As for the trolls like Anonymous #2, all I can say is wow. Punctuation will really change your life. Look into it.
Anonymous said…
Anonymous #1, a blogger is a writer. That is what they do. They write.

And as for your rude comment about this blogger's opinion not meaning anything? Well, who said that your opinion means anything? We all have a right to our opinions. At least Jace is intelligent and thoughtful in his opinions, unlike you. So why don't you back off the bloggers and go beat up a kitten or something. You obviously need some sort of outlet for all of that pointless anger.
Anonymous said…
The key issue to this strike is entertainment online and bloggers are a bridge between the TV and movie audiences and the online world. They help create buzz and influence what people watch. And they provide an online forum where people can discuss their favorite (or least favorite) shows and films. They are a huge piece of the online entertainment puzzle and I think it's only fitting that they should voice their opinion on the strike.
Anonymous said…
Bravo for showing your support through your own medium.
I think that it is important that other people who are invested in entertainment show their support. And by this I mean fans, bloggers, other unions, show runners. Its great. And I think that it needs to be done.
We'll miss you until you are back.
Anonymous said…
oh no, what will we do?
Asta said…
It's times like these that make me remember why I disallow Anonymous comments on my community. I'll never understand the people who find trolling fun or amusing.
Unknown said…
anybody dumb enough to want to make a living writing shit for tv faces an uncertain future. this is one of those times. I have heard so much drivel those douche bags should pay us. In fact, the no talent losers who wrote for Magnum PI or Welcome Back, Kotter should be shot.
Anonymous said…
David, what decade are you living in? Why would you even visit a TV blog if you so apparently hate television? Or did you just get off the welfare line to make that comment?
Anonymous said…
Unknown said…
If I was in a welfare line, I would be a democrat alongside my illegal alien buddies and striking writers.
power to the people! etc. and, since every single living breathing human being in Hollywood is left or further, what does that say about your so called principles? Hey! I see a sitcom here! Er, can I write and picket, too?
Anonymous said…
Awh. I think it's great you're supporting the WGA. I check this blog on a regular basis and I am sad I won't hear what you thought about yesterday's CHUCK. (But it's a worthy cause so I understand.)

P.S. People who post rude comments in blog comments section sound crazy and pathetic. Why don't you go start your own blog to complain in? (Oh wait, probably because nobody would read it.)
Anonymous said…
I am amazed at how many stupid, ill-informed, moronic people there are out there and I'm happy that they don't often visit this blog, which has always been a great source of commentary, criticism, and opinion from someone who works in the industry.

People like David obviously have nothing better to do then to visit a TV blog for the sheer point of proclaiming his disdain for the medium and its creators.

I have to give you credit for standing up for us, given that you work in TV and it's become a rather unpopular stance for execs to be making.

Thanks for your support and for spreading the word.
Anonymous said…
Hey I just thought you might be appreciative of this feature I just found on AOL...its a show by show status style, pretty informative stuff

I hope they don't have to update this that much more.
The CineManiac said…
I tried to leave you a comment on your blog, but strangely you don't seem to have one. Weird I know.

Anyways I'd like to let you know I was born and raised in Texas. I come from a Cristian family with very conservative beliefs. I went to a conservative Christian university and currently attend a somewhat conservative Law School.
I consider myself a conservative, even if I'm a bit towards the more liberal side of that equation, but a conservative nonetheless.
Yet I live in California, blog about Hollywood and support the writers strike, heck I've even been down on the picket line to show that support.
According to you though I must be a left wing, crazy or something, right? (or is that left)
This strike has nothing to do with politics, it's about giving writers their fair share.
I just thought you should know, you're wrong.
Anonymous said…
sadly everything is politics. The point is,
everyone in la la land is left or worse. They raise money for the current democrat . They give Al Gore every award they can. So , what I'd the disconnect here?
should they not be asking you guys how much you want?
And because they don't, what does that say about being liberal?
Are they allowing the writers of "Viva Laughlin" to picket?
The CineManiac said…
why would they ask how much I want, I'm a blogger not a TV writer, the studios don't make money off of me.
All of the WGA is striking which includes the former writers of Viva Laughlin, so yes they are allowed to strike as well.
The rest of your comments don't make much sense so I'll leave it at that.
Tony Figueroa said…
TV Bloggers need to let the world know what the media is not telling them and show the faces that belong to those names that scroll by so fast at the end of your favorite TV show. I hope to see you on the picket line. Those bloggers, who can walk the picket line, I encourage you to do so. If you are not in New York or LA, United Hollywood has artwork that you can post on your blog to help get the message out there and you can also walk a Virtual Picket Line on Myspace.

In solidarity

Tony Figueroa

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