The Writers' Strike Diary

05/25/2011 12:15 pm ET
  • John Ridley Emmy-Winning Commentator and Writer for Esquire

Forget about hitting the picket lines. Sometimes the writers' strike comes to you. From one friend:

"So I'm doing bills in my living room, trying to figure out how the hell we're going to survive this strike, when I see dozens of WGA strikers walking down my street. Well, I throw on my strike t-shirt and pull out my megaphone and we all go to a house where Desperate Housewives is shooting and try and shut it down!"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wanda Sykes were there. Lots of press.

"The teamsters gave us very nasty looks. Eva Longoria did not stop work to help us, though she did issue a brief statement and bought all the strikers pizza."

This from me: I've still heard nothing from the writers guild regarding Strike Rule #8. All the working membership of the guild that hasn't turned in scripts by tomorrow will be in violation!

How did Wall St. react to the strike? With a big shrug.

Read more about the strike on the Huffington Post's writers' strike page.