Which top television writers are the least supportive of a strike? Some people in Hollywood are wondering if an unusual advertisement holds the answer.
On Thursday, the day the Writers Guild of America's contract with producers expired, the union placed full-page ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Listed under the headline "Pencils Down Means Pencils Down" were the names of 118 writer-producers, including Tina Fey of "30 Rock" and John Wells of "ER."
Writer-producers, sometimes called show runners, have been the subject of scrutiny leading up to a strike because of their dual roles. Since show runners would be required to continue performing their managerial duties in the event of a walkout, might they also tweak finished-but-not-polished scripts to keep shows running?