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WGA Strike 2007: Notes from Above Ground Underground

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Desperate Housewives has run out of scripts, and will shut down production today. The shows already in the can won’t last until Christmas. Marc Cherry, creator and show runner, is also on the negotiating committee of the WGA. Wonder if he regrets giving this quote:

“What sustained him in the fallow years, before his desperation inspired ABC’s 2004 hit “Desperate Housewives,” were the little green envelopes that showed up in his mailbox. Reruns of “The Golden Girls,” which got a second life on the Lifetime cable channel, brought residual checks that one year totaled $75,000…Without residuals, Cherry said, he might have been forced to “get a real job.”

EW has a diary of a non-famous writer who’s worried about having any job.

Ray Richmond got grief from a picketer at the Warner’s lot, too.

Nikki Finke’s got a compendium of news and anecdotes up (her readers were getting carpal tunnel with all that refreshing. We loved this one:

Several writers walking the line and who have kids at expensive Westside private schools discussed wearing red strike shirts when they drop off and pick up their kids as a means of sending a message to studio execs and moguls who are dropping and picking up their own kids at the same schools.

Take it to the Crossroads!

Her comenters are worried that the writers are losing the PR battle.
(photos and more from Walking the Line.)

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