Friday, November 16, 2007

Writers Guild Strike 2007, Week Two

Picketing continues at the studios in Los Angeles: CBS Radford Studios (photo above), CBS Television City, Disney Studios, Fox Studios, NBC Burbank, Prospect Studios, Paramount Studios/Raleigh Studios Hollywood, Sony Pictures Studios, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studios. The Tuesday Wall Street picketing of the WGA East and Universal Studios picketing of the WGA West ("Picketing with the Stars") was the big news this week.

Entertainment Weekly brought up a point in regards to Oscar season, that of the hosting duties by Jon Stewart, who's respecting the strike. If the strike should last until the Oscars, the ceremony may be without a host. Last year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, is having enough troubles hosting her own show in light of the strike (Variety article), and would be unlikely to fuel the controversy by taking the Oscar hosting reigns. Could Billy Crystal return as host? Possibly, if he had the blessing of the Hollywood community for this one-time bending of the rules in honor of Oscar's 80th.

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