03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Show Runners" Forced To Pick Sides In WGA Strike

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?

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