33246369.jpgButterfly Effect: Were it not for residuals, writes Richard Verrier, the world would never have had Desperate Housewives. It’s a nice gambit, trying to win public opinion for writers in the impending strike, but the TV-viewing public doesn’t have a vote, so writers will probably still get screwed.

33239054.jpgThe Sex Is Awful: Freelancer Michael Ordona reports that all that graphic Hollywood sex has lost its sexiness. Maybe it has something to do with the mores of our time… or maybe it’s just sublimation: writers are expressing their angst over residuals by taking the joy out of the best thing we’ve got.

dchen.jpegYou Don’t Know Dick: Frontline tackles Dick Cheney in Cheney’s Law,. It’s bound to be probing and interesting, and not nearly as fun to watch as this.