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08 November 2007 @ 07:40 pm
Strike Survival Strategies – Save Our Shows  
 

There’s not much that I, as just one viewer, can do to affect the writers’ strike or the networks’ decisions, but I intend to do everything that I can to fight for what I love. In case you would like to do the same, I thought I would share with you my strategy for attempting to help my favorite shows survive the strike.

 

Let me say up front: I support the writers’ strike. If you want to understand why, visit http://unitedhollywood.blogspot.com and learn a lot. If you don’t have the time for that, sample this one account by Ron Moore of Battlestar Galactica that explains with a very concrete example why the writers are fighting: http://tv.ign.com/articles/833/833633p1.html

 

As a viewer, even though I support the writers, I fear the impact of the strike on my favorite shows. Supernatural tops that list by a staggering margin, but I also feel a lot particularly for Pushing Daisies, Numb3rs, Heroes, Chuck, Bones, Stargate: Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, Jericho, and Friday Night Lights, among others. At best, the strike may throw delays into the production and airing of new episodes after the next couple of weeks. If the strike drags on, it could mean a shortened season, potentially as short as half of the 22 episodes that were planned for Supernatural, for example. At worst, it could see the CW and other networks canceling shows in favor of cheaper, non-scripted reality programming for next fall to avoid having to deal with the writers, or in the belief that an extended break in the show’s schedule caused by the strike would lead to the audience not coming back when the show eventually returned.

 

This is what I’m doing to put my mouth, my eyes, and my money where my heart is, to hopefully ease the impact of the strike on my favorite shows.

 

1.  Show support for the writers.  I’m doing what I can, as a fan, to tell the networks, the studios, and the writers that I support the writers, and that I want both parties to get their asses back to the negotiating table to get this strike fairly resolved. In that regard, I have:

 

Signed the WGA support petition linked through the unitedhollywood website.

 

Adopted and displayed icons and banners in my Internet presence showing support for the writers. (If you want to find some, I would recommend http://www.lexigeek.com/blog1/2007/11/06/119,  http://community.livejournal.com/elliptica/67360.html and http://www.fans4writers.com/promote.shtml )

 

Spread the word through my personal blog on LJ and on TVGuide.com.

 

As the strike continues, I may also donate through one of the groups providing support to the writers, for example, through the fans4writers site (organized by the Whedonverse).

  

2.  Show support for my show.  I’m committing to do the following:

 

-- Write a polite letter to the network (to Dawn Ostroff at the CW, in the case of Supernatural) indicating my love and support for the show, my commitment to watching it whenever it appears (including reruns), and expressing my desire that the networks and the studios engage in good faith negotiations with the writers to resolve the strike promptly and ensure the continuation of the shows that we love. My Supernatural letter will also note that the fanbase is passionate and committed and will be there for the show whenever it returns, even if the strike causes a shortened season and multiple reruns.

 

Continue to blog the show whether new episodes are airing or not. Supernatural University will remain in session no matter how long the strike lasts. Continuing to blog the show and keep up the buzz about it in every possible forum is the best way I know to make certain that the network, the studio, and the beloved people who would be working on the show but for the strike are aware that the show is in demand and that the audience for it is still there, holding strong. Don’t let the show talk about your favorites die away! Keep your passions hot and your continuing interest in the public view. Heck, I’ll even comment in the CW Lounge, despite that forum being way too immature for me under normal circumstances – since it’s under the CW’s control, I can at least be sure that they’re aware of it, as they may not be of my LJ, the TVGuide.com community, or other sites.

 

3.  Boycott alternative programming.  If the networks introduce new unscripted reality programming to replace the scripted shows we love, DON’T GIVE THEM EYES. That’s no hardship for me, I’ll admit; “reality” programming does nothing for me, because what I want in entertainment is character, and drama, and stories, and people with whom I can become involved. But “reality” programming is a lot cheaper than scripted drama or comedy, and it doesn’t involve writers who are members of the Writers Guild of America, so it is likely to be an attractive alternative for the networks – unless we, as the audience, refuse to watch it. If the networks can’t point to eyes being on the screens, they can’t justify charging top dollar for advertising time, and that would cut the profits associated with having changed over to reality shows to replace the missing original dramas and comedies. Don’t let the networks fob off “reality” in place of the textured stories we really want!

 

4. Watch the reruns.  Hey – the best way to keep demonstrating support for scripted drama and comedy programs is to keep watching them, even when they’re in reruns, particularly in preference to watching replacement “reality” programming. Watch your own skeins, and catch up on other scripted shows you’ve missed! Think of reruns as the opportunity to relive what you love and make new friends. And if the reruns go away, stick with DVDs rather than the alternative reality programming.

 

Those are my initial four basic principles for dealing with the writers’ strike and trying to keep my shows alive. I encourage you to try them, and to think of others. I will also be using letters to share my love with the casts and crews of the shows I’m rooting for, as they wind up out of work pending the resolution of the strike.



 And watch Supernatural tonight at 9:00 on the CW! I will …

 
 
Current Mood: determined
Current Music: "I Shall Not Be Moved" by Mississippi John Hurt
 
 
 
Ubervirgin: credit goes to mspaint_lolz and sporkishubervirgin on November 9th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I am having difficulty finding the addresses to studios to send my letters of support to. Do you have any links that would be helpful resources?

I'd also like to write to support Supernatural. ^_^
whimsywinx: SupernaturalWGAwhimsywinx on November 9th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
*squishes you*

I was thinking of posting something similar. The only thing I'd add is boycotting internet downloads of our shows and purchising new DVD sets, as these are the two biggest points for the writers.
Danajainadurron on November 9th, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, could I possibly get you to link that banner to the page it came from? :)
bardicvoicebardicvoice on November 9th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Apologies, jainadurron - I'm still new to the techie part of this LJ game! I think I've got it fixed now ... and I thank you for your forbearance during my screwup!
Danajainadurron on November 10th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Hey, not a problem. :) It's just generally more effective if the banner links to the information it was intended to go with. ;D
Barbara Desmond: pic#67682473gloomybardgirl on November 9th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm going to put up a post like this on my blogs and I have more than one. I'm not too crazy about reality shows myself so I certainly won't be watching them and plan to stay loyal to shows I love like Supernatural and if nothing else is on I'll just turn to my DVD collection.
soydolcelatte: J2 Hugssoydolcelatte on November 18th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
I love you so hardcore right now. *hugs*
bardicvoice: Never alone by Galatheabardicvoice on November 19th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
And I love your *hugs* icon! Those boys are just so cute ... I'd be devastated if I didn't have them returning to my TV set!
soydolcelatte: Sam Not Drunk Enough for Thissoydolcelatte on November 19th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
Oh, I can't even think of the possibility. I'm actually taking comfort in a hiatus for once because I keep thinking, this is a planned hiatus and we have more episodes and that gives the strike time to work out. I think December 5th is when I really start to panic though.

I have big hopes for the talks on Monday. *crosses fingers*