Thursday, December 13, 2007

Writers on Strike?

I don't understand writers going on strike. I do understand writers wanting more money for what they do, or more payoff for residuals of their work as it goes into other forms. But striking? How can a writer strike? A writer has to write.

But all that aside, I also wonder about the television networks planning to throw reality programming at us since they don't have any new episodes of Grey's Anatomy or Heroes. Or whatever people are watching these days. Who do they think they're kidding with this? Are we supposed to believe that Ryan Seacrest makes up his own lines? Somebody WRITES what he says.

"The tribe has spoken." Who came up with that? Somebody wrote it.

My good friend Digby Diehl had a story that he loved to relate. A friend of his wrote a popular soap opera. When the friend got pulled over for speeding, the police officer asked him what he did for a living. He explained that he wrote a soap opera. The cop replied, "I didn't know anybody wrote those!"

Sombody writes your evening news, the Jeopardy! answers, and Dr. Phil's intro.

So why does network television think it can get along without writers? It can't. Don't even try.

Now go read something.



Mark Wolfgang said...

Reminds me of the 1992 Tim Robbins movie "The Player." I vaguely remember some studio squabble over writers. The producer sits in a meeting and lays out his plot and when the subject of a writer comes up he barks "this story can write itself!" I wanted someone to throw a pencil and a sheaf of paper in the middle of the table and sit back to wait and watch for this miracle. --Mark

Mark Wolfgang said...

BTW, all those striking writers are probably working on their own screenplays now. --M