Writers' Strike Update: Showrunners Walk Out
Showrunners like Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof ("LOST"), Marc Cherry ("Desperate Housewives") and Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy") joined the writers on strike. Meanwhile, no talks between the feuding parties have been scheduled as network honchos are said to be livid with the writers union for starting the strike while negotiations were still under way.
Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), Steve Carrell ("The Office") and Ellen Degeneres also refused to work on Monday showing solidarity with the writers.
Actors William Baldwin ("Dirty Sexy Money"), America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams ("Ugly Betty"), Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters") as well as late night host Jay Leno brought coffee, candy or doughnuts to writers on the picket lines.
Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy") who originally wanted to stop writing but continue producing, said she changed her mind and decided not to render any services, completely walking out of "Grey's Anatomy."
The cast and crew of "LOST" and "24" are working on respective episodes #8. Although ABC is expected to air "LOST," FOX may completely delay the 7th season of "24" till 2009, if the strike is not resolved quickly.
Production on sitcoms like "Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory," "Rules of Engagement," "Back to You" and "Till Death" was suspended effective immediately, although most hour-long dramas continue production on finished scripts.
No talks between WGA and AMPTP have been scheduled as both sides are still said to be livid with each other.
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