Picketing Events for Wednesday, Feb 6

Jaime Paglia, co-creator of "Eureka" is inviting fans to join the writers, producers and cast members from Sci Fi Channel's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, EUREKA, FLASH GORDON, PAINKILLER JANE, and others for a rally at NBC Studios.

12 noon - 2 pm at NBC STUDIOS, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA.

For the last two Thursdays writers of various genres have been invited to join us at Gate 2 at Warner Bros, making themselves available to discuss story, structure and everything in between.

This week it's SPOOKY WEDNESDAY! Writers from SUPERNATURAL, MOONLIGHT, THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, plus a few surprise guests, will be there to answer all questions and more.

9 AM-12 PM, Warner Bros Gate 2. For more info email wbteachingthursdays@gmail.com.

All members of WriterAction, the WGA members-only message board (especially you lurkers!), are invited to Paramount Studios this Wednesday. Sign in at the Windsor gate, grab a nametag and meet the faces behind your favorite Avatars from WriterAction.

10 AM - 2 PM. For more information: http://www.writeractionbbs.com/


-Tube said...

Hey that's awesome! What a great idea, if I were less than 2000 miles away I'd so be there :D

Any local fans/reporter types plan on going, and can share some of the discussions with us fans from around the world?

Anonymous said...

I wish I lived in LA so I could go to some of these things.I just wanted to say I love your blog and I am a big fan of television and the great writing that goes on. Keep up the good work and make sure you get what you want during these negotiations.(big fan of the Ugly Betty writers)

David said...

Things are getting dicey for the networks. The following article was on CNN this morning:

NEW YORK (AP) -- As broadcast networks head into the February sweeps period, the prolonged writers strike is starting to be felt in prime-time ratings.

Viewership on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox was down 9 percent during the first four weeks of the year compared with 2007. CBS and ABC were particularly hard-hit as the stockpile of episodes for favorite shows was depleted.

During a Super Bowl week dominated by Fox, neither ABC, CBS nor NBC was able to average above 7 million viewers last week, according to Nielsen Media Research. During the same week last year, average viewership for the three networks that didn't carry the Super Bowl ranged from 7.4 million to 11.4 million.

"The strike has definitely had a detrimental affect on the ratings," said Marc Berman, an analyst for Mediaweek. "All of the shows that people watch every week and that they are into aren't there anymore."

The typical prime-time viewer probably didn't even realize there was a strike until after the holidays, said Alan Wurtzel, NBC research chief.

Now it is becoming obvious.

CBS has taken the toughest hit, with its audience shrinking 22 percent from year to year. Analysts said CBS appeared to do the least to prepare for the strike. CBS said it purposely held back some of its contingency programming -- another season of "Big Brother," a network airing of the Showtime hit "Dexter" -- for February.

ABC, which is off 14 percent, has more new programming rolling out. But it has been hit hard by the absence of hits such as "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy," which don't repeat well.

ABC began a partial season of "Lost" episodes last week, drawing 16.1 million viewers for the premiere. It was the most popular show last week that didn't air on Fox. ABC also had a promising 11.7 million viewers for the debut of "Eli Stone."

NBC has weathered the storm fairly well, losing only 4 percent of its viewers so far this year. Among the youthful demographic it craves, NBC has the best year-to-year record. Alternative series such as "Celebrity Apprentice," "American Gladiators" and "The Biggest Loser" have led the way.

That hasn't necessarily made the advertising community happy.

"If you think of the shows they are putting on instead, and we all remember when NBC stood for quality programming and upscale viewers, these shows are anything but," said Shari Anne Brill, programming director at the Madison Avenue firm Carat.

Wurtzel said NBC would love to be able to choose from many options including scripted and alternative series. That's not an option now, he said.

Although there is talk that striking writers may be close to a deal to return, the lag in production means it may not be until April when scripted programs return with new episodes. And that's if everything goes right.

"It's going to get grimmer and grimmer," Berman said. "The viewers are going to get more disgusted by what's on the air and stop watching. It's like the summer now. It's summer in winter. The schedules are all full of reality and repeats."

With nearly four months of "American Idol" on the way, Fox has the most to look forward to this spring.

Led by the Super Bowl and its record viewership of 97.4 million, Fox had a dominating week last week. A special post-game episode of "House" attracted 29 million viewers, and Fox has already scheduled a rerun for a week from this Friday.

Fox averaged 33.6 million viewers in prime-time last week (16.4 rating, 26 share). CBS led the also-rans with 6.9 million viewers (4.7, 7), while ABC had 6.7 million and NBC had 6.4 million (both 4.2, 7). The CW had 2.2 million (1.4, 2), My Network TV had 13.3 million (0.9, 1) and ION Television had 570,000 (0.4, 1).

Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision averaged 3.4 million viewers (1.7 rating, 3 share), Telemundo had 1.2 million (0.6, 1), TeleFutura had 650,000 (0.3, 1) and Azteca had 180,000 (0.1, 0).

NBC's "Nightly News" won the evening news ratings race, averaging 9.7 million viewers, while ABC's "World News" had 9.4 million (both 6.5 rating, 12 share). The "CBS Evening News" had 7.2 million (5, 9).

A ratings point represents 1,128,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 112.8 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.