Beginning yesterday, the Writers Guild of America or WGA began their strike which literally pulled the rug under most television shows today. Many of the shows are now dangling with uncertainty as their unwritten episodes have flown out the window due to the strike. Moreover, those shows who are either in their freshman or follow-up seasons are in danger of losing it, and even top-rated and highly-acclaimed shows such as Grey's Anatomy are also pressured to help fix this problem. |
Many are bracing for a chilly Thanksgiving as the production of various shows have gone cold, and may as well lead into an even colder Christmas season. Producers and actors have early on expressed their views on this matter.
Grey's Anatomy's very own Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd, Patrick Dempsey admitted that he is worried about the repercussions of the writers strike on the award-winning show.
"The problem is that we're not that far ahead, script wise," Dempsey explained. "I think we'll have enough shows that take us through Christmas, and, after that, we'll see if that's the season or not. I think there's a real chance of that happening. It's going to be very bad for television, certainly. The season will be wiped out."
"My concern is not so much for myself really, because I'll be alright, but I think how long this strike lasts is going to affect a lot of people that are living paycheck to paycheck - they are going to be damaged profoundly by this, and I think that's a real tragedy," the Grey's Anatomy star said. "I think a lot of people and a lot of families are going to be in a difficult place in their lives; hopefully we can come to some sort of understanding and resolve this soon enough that it doesn't affect those people."
Apparently, Dempsey isn't the only one who is sympathetic towards the lesser paid television crew and production personnel who are groping to hold on to the end of the entertainment line. Bill Lawrence, creator and executive producer of Scrubs, also shares the same sentiment.
"Right now, I fear that a lot of the writers have no real clue just how tough this is going to be. I'd imagine things will get very grim sometime after Christmas," Lawrence admitted. "I've kind of won the lottery in having a few shows that went to syndication in both Scrubs and Spin City , so anything I say about my own sacrifice would drip with selfishness. This is such a bigger deal for the guys who work below the line and largely live hand-to-mouth and the younger writers who can't go without a paycheck for very long."
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