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    Ellen had cancelled a trip to New York this week for filming. I think anywhere she went she'd get blasted right now.

    Sigh, tv shows are starting to come to an end for the fall, for the season? I hope not.

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    Ellen is absolutely in a no-win situation with this one. In addition to the contract issues which are very real for her, she's also got the reality that in her genre of talk shows, she's the only one that employs WGA writers. So none of her competition would be in repeats or otherwise off the air to honor the strike. Letterman and Leno can both honor the strike with the comfort of knowing their competition is not gaining on them in their absence -- all the late night guys are out. But if Ellen doesn't show up, Oprah, Dr Phil, The View, Regis and Kelli, etc are all still on the air, and possibly taking her viewers who may or may not return when she came back.

    The sad part is that six months ago, Ellen was the only "Friend" of the WGA in that genre. The other shows use writers, but not WGA writers. So by coming down so hard on Ellen, the WGA is really biting the only daytime hand that feeds it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veruka;2669897;
    The sad part is that six months ago, Ellen was the only "Friend" of the WGA in that genre. The other shows use writers, but not WGA writers. So by coming down so hard on Ellen, the WGA is really biting the only daytime hand that feeds it.
    Right, and that's why it just sucks. I feel so bad for her. She does nothing but bring joy to the world. I hate the idea of her being hurt.

    canadian angel, the report on the news mentioned her cancelled trip, but that a move is still being considered. You're probably right about her being "blasted" wherever she goes.

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    DAVID LETTERMAN will pay staffers through the year's end out of his own pocket.

    A spokesperson for Dave's Worldwide Pants Inc., which produces both shows, tells ET: "Next week's tapings of 'The Late Show' and the 'Late Late Show' have been canceled and we will continue to make a week-by-week determination about future tapings. However, it is important to Dave that our staff members have some degree of support during this uncertain time. Therefore, Worldwide Pants, which independently produces both shows, will continue to pay the non-writing staff of the shows -- fully compensating lower-salaried employees, and providing a substantial portion of salaries for those at the higher end -- at least through the end of the year. Of course, we all want to get back to work as soon as possible, and it remains our hope that both sides in this dispute will make progress toward that end. In the meantime, we will continue monitoring this situation closely as we make decisions regarding our future production schedule."

    He is the first to guarantee employees a paycheck during the writers strike.
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    Good for him.

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    Dave is taking the high road. There's no way he won't support the writers, because as he says "without them I'm just a talking monkey". But he's also aware that you can't easily replace the kind of loyalty his extended staff have. He can afford to do it this way, because he's indecently rich, but of course not every executive producer / show owner has that option. Still, he does. So this is a good move all around. He protects his people from the capriciousness of the network, he protects his position with the writers, and he gives himself some good press as well. And its good press that's more deserved than, lets say, the brand that the crappy cast of Grey's Anatomy is getting from battling each other to get strike positions with the most cameras shooting it (did you guys HEAR about that? Some reports say that allegedly the "selfless" sympathetic picketing Grey's folks have been fighting with each other behind the scenes for the best "locations" to picket...)

    Leno has always been more of a network suck-ass than Letterman, so lets see if he matches this. He's been willing this time to give the appearance of defying the network, but lets see if he can follow through with more than coffee and donuts.

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    Garth Brooks, who recently released his first new album in six years, has canceled scheduled appearances on 'The View' and 'The Ellen Degeneres Show' in support of Writers Guild of America. The country star was set to appear on 'The Tonight Show' support 'The Ultimate Hits' but the show was canceled because the WGA cannot come to terms on a new contract and Jay Leno's show went dark.

    In other strike related news, Degeneres released a statement after being harshly criticized for crossing the picket line and filming her shows. Here is what her publicists released:

    "It is unfair and incorrect to compare The Ellen DeGeneres Show to late night shows such as Leno, Letterman and Conan, all of which are late night network owned and controlled programming. Ellen is a daytime talk show carried on a syndicated basis across individual television stations, no different than, and in direct competition with, Oprah, [Rachael] Ray, Phil, Live with Regis and [Kelly], the View, Martha, Tyra, Jerry, [Maury], and Montel, all of which are in first run daytime syndication and are continuing in production.

    "Ellen has not done anything in violation of the Writer's Guild of America agreement, or the WGA's internal 'Strike Rules'. Telepictures Productions, through its distributor Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, has contractual obligations to continue to deliver original programming to the 220 stations that carry the program.

    "We have asked Ellen to come back to work to fulfill her contractual obligation as host of the show because without original programs the stations can move the show out of its time periods or ultimately hold the company in breach of contract. The company in turn expects Ellen not to breach her contract to host the show. We also wish to preserve the 135 jobs of the staff and the crew whose livelihoods depend on the show continuing. We regret the Writers Guild has chosen to strike and we wish for a quick resolution."
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    I read today that Letterman, Leno, and O'Brien will be returning in December. None of them wants to be the first one back on, so they'll likely coordinate so they all go back at the same time - likely in the first two weeks of December.

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    Reuters Canada reported that Universal Media Studios on Thursday began notifying actors on The Office, 30 Rock and Bionic Woman that the studio is suspending them on half-pay for five weeks, due to the force majeure, or "greater force," provisions in their Screen Actors Guild contracts.

    Such a contract clause could be invoked for writers soon if the strike progresses. Many writers' production deals "trigger" the termination clause four to six weeks into a stoppage, but in some cases, it could only be two weeks. Friday, Sony began notifying the regulars on two of the sitcoms it produces, Fox's 'Til Death and CBS' Rules of Engagement, that they are being put on unpaid hiatus, remaining exclusive to the studio. This didn't sit well with SAG and AFTRA, the two main actors' unions.

    Reuters elaborated, "According to SAG's interpretation of Section 61 of its collective bargaining agreement, the studios have three options in case of a strike: Put series regulars on hold at full salary, suspend them for a period of up to five weeks at half-pay, or terminate them. If, like Universal, the studios opt for suspension, the performers themselves, according to SAG, can terminate their deals at the end of the five-week period. If they don't do that, the studios can choose to keep the regulars with full pay or end their deals." This means that actors can go off and do other projects, but if and when the strike ends, they have to drop everything and return to their network's show.

    Warner Bros. also got into the act; a letter sent earlier this week to employees by Warner Bros. TV said that if the writers' strike continues, all of its series which include ER, Without a Trace, Cold Case and Pushing Daisies will shut down in the next six to seven weeks, possibly leading to a loss of jobs.

    At least two other studios have considered the idea of putting actors on hiatus, but none has actually followed through since SAG and AFTRA's stern reaction to Sony's letters.
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    Now here's some good news... both sides have agreed to go back to the table on November 26th.

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