Tuesday, May 02, 2017
The WGA strike has been averted... and other random topics
I’ve always been proud to be a member of the Writers Guild but never more than today. My extreme thanks to everyone from the negotiating team to the strike captains, Guild officers, and to the membership whose 96.3% strike authorization vote was I’m certain the reason we DID get a deal and avert a strike.
Also, thanks to the AMPTP for being reasonable and practical and getting it done. Like I’ve said, the ball is ALWAYS in their court.
Thank God Trump didn’t negotiate the WGA contract. We’d be on strike for four years.
But forget the WGA negotiations. The BIG story that has the entire industry buzzing is Ryan Seacrest announced as Kelly Ripa’s co-host. A year of auditions and speculation and rumors and lobbying for THIS???
Only seven more rounds of NBA playoffs before the finals.
Had a fantastic weekend mentoring at the WGA Veterans Retreat (along with David Isaacs and Peter Casey). I would put our military up against any other military in the world – in preparedness, in strength, and in comedy pilot writing.
HOUSE OF CARDS returns. I’ve always loved HOUSE OF CARDS but since the election I can’t stomach to watch any White House themed show. Maybe after the impeachment.
Cynthia Littleton of Variety.com had the best WGA strike coverage.
Might Aaron Judge be the real deal? Yankee fans think so. Of course they felt that way about Steve Balboni.
Shake Shack or In N’ Out?
I’m loving season three of BETTER CALL SAUL, but I’m tired of Chuck. Every time he’s on the screen I pray for an electrical storm.
Check out my podcast this week, especially if you ever plan to fly on a US airline again. Find out what “calculated misery” is and why you’re the victim of it. “Fly the fiendish skies.” Click on the big gold arrow above.
Sean Hannity has threatened to leave Fox News. That’s like O.J. threatening to leave Brentwood.
I will be on 790 KABC radio talking with Doug McIntyre about the WGA strike this morning at 9:06 PDT. I have no idea what time that is in Iceland. Sorry. I was hoping maybe I could use this to audition for Kelly Ripa’s co-host, but now, what’s the use?
I hope you didn’t fall in love with YOU THE JURY. Fox pulled it after two airings. Even I WANNA MARRY HARRY and THE SWAN lasted longer than that.
Fox also cancelled PITCH. Haters will blame Joe Buck.
Does anybody need 2,000 picket signs?
Hackers kidnapped the new season of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and is demanding ransom from Netflix. $1,000,000 but Netflix has countered with $12.95 a month for 76,924 months.
How does the NBA Playstation game announcers give up to date info on games that actually took place the day before? Siri is nothing compared to these guys.
The pilots are in, speculation is rampant, and soon we will know which shows got picked up and which shows didn’t. Like I always say to the writer/creators – the winners go to work and the losers go to Hawaii.
The President of the United States knows nothing about the Civil War. I guess he didn’t go to “Ask Mr. Lincoln” attraction at Disneyland.
Loving FARGO. This year the story takes place in Minnesota. If you haven’t seen FARGO, it’s like JUSTIFIED but in a Blue State.
Yay. No strike. Finally, some GOOD news!