I must admit I’m pretty tense and nervous this time of year. There are incredible numbers of deadlines, much more than usual and an impossible amount of work to be done.
The fact that there is so little daylight to go buzzing around in contributes to the sense of urgency as do the cars and crowds everywhere at every time of day. I find it almost claustrophobic.
I have a whole crowd of places to be and people to see too. Folks want me to hang out with them for some reason, so the mail is full of invitations most of which I have politely declined. I’ve done the 4 parties in 3 days Thanksgiving to New Years about as much as I really need to satisfy myself.
Family is of course not easily put off and this year as usual the Gilmores will visit my sister and her kids for a few days right on the 25th. It may not be so easy for me to get internet access right from the 23rd to the 26th. After that I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to spend some time with my Aunty Mame (who really likes this blog much better than the orange one, says it’s more relaxing) in the frozen north.
She has good ‘net, I’ve used it before, the problem is that the TV is across the hall in the other room and if I turn it up too loud it disturbs everyone else.
And of course I watch TV all. the. time.
That’s why it grieves me so much to bring you the following discouraging news from Reuters on the Writer’s strike-
Prolonged writers strike a nightmare for TV biz
By Paul J. Gough, Reuters
1 hour, 12 minutes ago
|NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – Television executives’ nightmare scenarios for 2008 are coming closer to reality as the Hollywood writers strike enters its sixth week Monday.
Renewed contract talks between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) broke off abruptly Friday, and industry executives see no end in sight to the worst Hollywood labor dispute in almost two decades.
If the strike lasts another four to six weeks, it could spell the end for 2008 pilot production. The most-circulated scenario in that case involves the networks renewing all their existing series for next fall, producing their pilots in the summer and launching their new crop of shows in midseason 2009.