Delivering good news? With extra cheese?
Also, unless you were really searching for them, a lot of the writers' protestations stayed on the fringes of the Internet, with a few high-profile PSA's (featuring Sean Penn, David Schwimmer, the cast of "Ugly Betty," among others) getting some bigger play last week. However, this LA Times article interestingly points out how striking scribes are winning the PR smackdown through viral video, or "getting the message out about the strike through the very thing that (writers are) fighting for. The response just shows you how ingrained (the Internet is) in people's lives."
In potentially "breaking" news that might be nothing more than a game of telephone gone horribly awry, there appears to be hope for a resolution. In fact, Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily is already claiming a well-placed source (who may or may not have been lurking in the shadows of a D.C.-area parking garage) told her that "there appears to be a deal seemingly in place between both sides."
"It's already done, basically," the "usually accurate" insider said to her. Still, she cautions that things could fall through and to not expect an agreement this week. Who knows, maybe before Christmas you'll get to enjoy some Dwight Schrute with your Grandma's fruit log? Or as a wise Magic 8 Ball once told me, "ask again later."
Finke has been on top of strike business from the start, and according to this article on Bloomberg.com, is THE only source writers, producers and media members unanimously turn to. Still, insiders love to call their shot early, so don't fire up the DVR for new "Letterman" Top Ten lists just yet.
(You can, however, go here and read what the show's writers have been up to while picketing ...)
-- Thomas Rozwadowski, firstname.lastname@example.org