Monday, November 12, 2007

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Many writers depend on residuals for a stable income, and that income shouldn't be based on an outdated formula which ignores the existence of new media and all but a tiny percentage of DVD sales.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:

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

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

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

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 on the 13th, 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...

Thanks so much for your support. Everyone in the WGA appreciates it. You rock!

Anonymous said...

You go right ahead and support the writers. While most people couldn't give a good crap. Real people enjoy the shows that are on tv, but they don't live for them like you do. A perfect example of why this is a bad idea is hockey. Look at the numbers pre-strike and post-strike. There is no comparison. Go ahead and support this this, but most people will not support either of you.

Jennifer Smith said...

Please add and to the list of those going dark tomorrow. We'll do anything we need to do to support the cause.

Anonymous said...

Add my thanks. Writers really do appreciate your support. FYI also a petition on a site called Jericho Monster. Perhaps you could consolidate. And the guy railing about the hockey strike? Most likely an AMPTP poster.

Anonymous said...

You bloggers have such an over-inflated view of yourselves. Going dark to support a strike. What a bunch of dipshits. "Oh my god, the strike has taken my favorite show off the air. OH MY GOD, but even WORSE! I can't read any blog posts about it! Oh the humanity." LOL, give me a break.


Anonymous said...

Count me in the group that hopes this strike drags on forever and cripples the union. Ingrateful employees. Be happy you have a job. Some of us actually have to go out and work until we are exhausted. We don't sit around a table doing bong hits, writing stupid jokes, and then taking a 3 hour lunch break.

Here's your chance to call me "Most likely an AMPTP poster."

Anonymous said...

There's 120 good people in the unemployment line today because of the unions. They won't get residuals when the Nets go into reruns. But the bong hitting writers will.

Anonymous said...

DO PEOPLE EVEN CARE !?!? Who cares if "bloggers" strike - there are a million plus lame ass blogs out there today that won't go on bloggers want money now too? for writing pointless crap that is their opinion and that no one gives two shits about? its hilarious! way to go bloggers! score one for the home team queers!

Toby said...

Inner Toob, at has put up the TV Bloggers strike sign for the day, joining in the support for the writers.

Without them, there'd be no TV Universe for me to explore!

Mark said...

Well, it's obvious that the homophobe doesn't have the balls to sign his name.

You and the other anti-union posters who also don't have the balls to sign your names sound like you soak up every lie that Fox News Channel gives you. Guess what, wingnuts--more people watch network entertainment programming than EVER watch your buddies Loofah Felafel and Sean Insanity.

Oh, did Loofah promise you some of Andrea Mackris' pussy?

And what's your opinion of African-Americans, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, Jews and non-submissive women--as if we didn't already know?

Berrio Productions said...

Add me to your list
Lets face it, nothing happens in Hollywood until a writer types the words FADE IN.

In solidarity

Tony Figueroa

Tom said...

Great idea... I have posted a "Rerun" post today in solidarity with your blackout.

Thanks for this.

Temple Fugate said...

Mark - Wow, what a stereotypical, response! Good thing you don't fit any stereotype. Your little liberal rant was cute...though very very unoriginal. Yes all anti-union people are conservatives, that is not a broad sweeping statement. It is possible to not be a conservative and anti-union. Alas, I digress.

As to this strike...I hope no one cares for there are many better things in the world than TV. Books. Books are great. Your family. Talk to them. Interactive media...i.e. video games. Pick up a Wii. Time is valuable. Yes the fact that NBC calls full episodes with ads 'promos' is moronic but who cares? In a world with so much to offer, the fact that something as meaningless as TV is going to be showing repeats is pathetic. People make fun of Trekkies but at least they have to go out to have a convention. All you couch potatos are the ones that need lives. Oh, one last thing to signed your first name. Wow. You rule!

Mark said...

If you hate TV, why are even reading this blog?

Wingnut troll. AMPTP sockpuppet.

Kyle said...

I can't believe some of you idiots. In a couple months, when you're sitting at home watching nothing but reality shows, your opinion of this strike is gonna change REAL fast. I don't care about the writers. The fact is, nobody in Hollywood does. They are, and will always be the bottom of the food chain. If the studio heads had any backbone, they would fire all the writers and hire non union members, or scabs. That's what I would do, anyway's. I hope this cripples the WGA, and I hope it drives its members into the poor house. Be grateful for the work you have, you greedy little weasels. And for the record, I'm a blue collar, working American. Unlike a lot of you, I've already learned that nothing good comes from unions or strikes. It doesn't hurt anybody but you. The money the studios lose will be a drop in the bucket compared to what it costs you.

Kyle said...

Oh yes, one more thing that slipped my mind in the previous post....

You are aware that numerous people, who don't even make as much money as the writers, are now being laid off because there's nothing to do? Think of all the non acting or producing jobs there are on a TV set. Interns, caterers, make up people, assistants...
I could go on.

All losing their jobs because of your selfishness and greed. I hope you can live with that.

Vance said...

Whoa! What responses!

Temple Fugate said...

Mark - I don't read this blog. You are correct. I did link here from another site because I was curious as to what was hoped to be accomplished with a blog strike.

I don't hate TV, I just do not see what the big deal is if there are no new shows. It seems that it could be a good time for people to open up other avenues of entertainment that do not involve simply being entertained by a glowing box.

Berrio Productions 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