I’m almost all caught on last week’s TV but I fear that I won’t get Best in Week out before the new week begins. Ah, well, no one’s perfect, right?
Which, of course, means this post is once again going to be about the strike. Only this time I’m curious about how fans feel about something. This was third tidbit in Nikke Finke’s post about Day 4 of the Strike:
“There’s a widely circulating rumor that a very famous producer is flying in scab writers from the UK to work on his “bloody” TV hourlong. And that, in gratitude, a certain network gave the show a back 9 order. I heard the producer put out blue pages on the show and told crew that the next entirely new script was forthcoming. Some on the picket line encountered the showrunner who confirmed that non-union people were being hired. I’m trying to confirm so I can name names.”
Ignoring for the moment the particular show she’s referring to (since it’s rather obvious and just confirms everything I’ve ever heard about that “very famous producer”), what do you do if you’re a fan of any show that hires scabs? Does that depend on which side you support? I don’t think it would to me but maybe that’s because of the side I do support. Honestly, the very thought of it puts me off.
Since I have no clue how we (the viewers) would be able tell, I hope the WGA finds a way to get information like that (shows with confirmed scab writers on the payroll) out there. I don’t support boycotting shows right now but I can’t imagine myself watching episodes written during the strike. In fact, I worry that it’d forever taint the show for me.
No. Strike that. I don’t just worry about it. It’s already happening with the show referenced in Nikki’s report. I’m not loving it as much as some of you but I do like people on the show and know people involved with it. I don’t want to hope it fails but, if the rumor turns out to be true, there’s some part of me that will do exactly that.
I’m curious how others feel on this topic. The majority of viewers won’t have this problem because they aren’t as aware of what’s going on behind the scenes of their favorite show. But we do and it does affect how I view my shows. What about you?