A strike vote had been looking like a real possibility this afternoon, according to Deadline’s Dominic Patten and David Robb, with one source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing talks saying, “That’s the way the wind is blowing.” A strike-authorization vote among senior WGA officials takes the situation to a precipice Hollywood has not really been at since 2007. Talks had been scheduled to continue Saturday, but that appears to be off.
I sympathize with the writers, but they need to be careful. With the advent of reality television cutting into prime time money, and Hollywood using algorithms for remakes, their days may be numbered. Quality writing seems to be a lost art in most movies and television shows. Also, those shows that rely on high quality writing will be the hardest hit and first replaced.