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Hollywood Writers Strike Reaches 100-Day Mark

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Today on Wednesday August 9th makes it officially 100 days since the WGA strike began, which has impacted every scripted television and streaming series and motion picture production.

Chris Keyser, the co-chair of the Writers Guild of America’s negotiating committee, is calling out the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for allowing this to go on and the work stoppage saying today is “shameful” and “a day of infamy.” This comes five says after both sides attempted to get back to the negotiating table.

The last writer’s strike back in 2007-2008 lasted exactly 100 days, and Keyser spoke to the Hollywood Reporter on what length of time he is expecting this to continue in the 2023 version. Chris expressed: “There’s no way for me to know that. Once they get into a room and they’re open to having real conversations, you do go very fast. Real negotiations don’t take very long. It’s really a question of how long it’s going to take the companies to say, ‘We understand that we have no choice but to sit down and have a real conversation.’ I can’t determine that. When the broadcast season begins to evaporate, when Sony moves all of its movies from 2023 to 2024, when you look ahead to next year and you say, ‘What is Warner going to program on HBO once they get through this?’ How do they manage that, month after month after month? They’re going to make a deal with us. That deal is going to be some version of what we’re looking for. If they keep us longer, that price doesn’t go down. All that’s going on now is they’re compounding their losses.”

Keyser and David A. Goodman, the other co-chair of the WGA negotiating committee, offered up this statement to Deadline: “The refusal to take writers’ reasonable proposals seriously has caused the WGA strike to last 100 days and counting; it serves only as a milestone of shame for the AMPTP. They and their member studios are wholly responsible for the over three-month shutdown of the industry and the pain it has caused workers and all others whose livelihoods depends on this business. The cost of settling the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes is far less than the damage their intractability has caused. Ultimately, the studios have no choice but to make a fair deal. Until then, we remain resolved and united.”

As for the soap operas, as of now they will continue to be written by Fi-core writers, or ‘scabs’ and in most cases, temporary writing teams until the daytime drama staff writers can return to work. Fi-Core, according to how the WGA West terms it, is a writer who ‘over the years have chosen to resign their membership in the WGAW to become “financial core” non-members.’  That list in 2023 has included soap writers: Sheri Anderson, Michael Minnis, Mark Pinciotti.

So, what are your thoughts of what will happen to the writing on your favorite soaps if this strike continues on into the fall? It will already reach an all-time record by tomorrow. Comment below.

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If they hold a strike and nobody cares, does it make a sound?

I think a lot of mortals are going to “care” in about a month or so, when there’s not a single thing on TV. Other than football season. And if this keeps going there won’t even be a delayed TV season starting up after the Hellidays….

And with 2024 being an election year and an Olympic year, the TV schedule there is going to be screwed 666 ways from Sunday already.

Bored mortals with nothing to entertain them might actually start paying attention to what’s really going on. I don’t think that’s what the corporate criminals want to see, but their own greed might lead to exactly that.

A lot of people care. Anyone that has a sense of fairness and decency, and believe that writers should be paid fairly for their work from greedy corporations that rake in billions of dollars of profits off their backs every year should care. Which is the same as any other worker, whether you’re a TV or movie writer, a delivery driver for Amazon, or stock shelves at Walmart.

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The sub writers on GH are actually doing a good job. GH has gotten alot more interesting. There are tons of retro tv shows to watch so i really don’t care how long they strike to be honest. How about increase pay for our nurses, policemen and first responders.

The WGA may want to start wrapping up this strike or the temp writers may show them up! And where is my Daytime Emmy telecast for 2023? Many deserving nominees need to be rewarded! You don’t need that lousy writing before the presentation of each Emmy. Just announce the category, the nominees, and the winner! Don’t need their political agenda.

The temporary writers only apply to daytime. Nighttime programming will not use fi-core. Even if both the writers and actors settled next week, we’d be looking at the start of the fall season being late October/early November.

No sense having a daytime Emmy presentation when a large chunk of the nominees won’t show.

The strike is beginning to show ! Does anyone care about Brook’s , yet another, wedding dress. She may as well just find a clothe borrowing site to rent one. She’ll just need a new one next year !! BT W, Beth was born in January, not August !! The writers need a history researcher !!!

Tired of being jerked around by the writers. After being a faithful fan for decades, I’m done.

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Anne Heche in Her Final TV Performance to Air on ‘All Rise’

It is hard to believe that now one year later, television fans will see the final performance of Daytime Emmy winner, Anne Heche (ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World).  The talented actress passed away from injuries sustained in a car crash back on August 5th, 2022.

Heche was officially declared ‘brain dead’ on August 12th, when her reps shared that Anne was “peacefully taken off life support.”  Before she passed, Anne taped what would be her final TV acting appearance in her recurring role on the legal drama, All Rise.

The series formerly with CBS and now airing on OWN, will air Heche’s last performance this Saturday, September 30th at 9pm ET/8 pm CT.  On All Rise, Heche plays lawyer Corrine Cuthbert.  Since season 2, Heche has taken on the recurring role. She appeared in six episodes.

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In story, Corrine has had a fraught professional relationship with Judge Lola Carmichael played by Simone Missick.  For her final appearance, Heche’s Corrine shows up as part of a trial case.

All Rise dedicated the episode to Heche. As the hour comes to its conclusion, they express: “In Memory of Anne Heche, Our Friend and Wonderful Artist. You Are Missed.”

After this, Heche will star posthumously in the independent movie feature Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse, slated for release in November.

Will you be watching Anne’s final television performance on All Rise? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first, check out a teaser for the episode which also features former Y&R star, Wilson Bethel who stars on the legal drama as Mark Callan.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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