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Writers Strike, Day 1

7:30 PM: Arrive at home after running evening errands. Turn on the television set to see that the NBC Nightly News, at least, is still fresh and new (although an hour old from having been recorded on the TiVo). Surf the Internet.

8:00 PM: In desperation, put on DVD of the 2005 movie The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio borrowed from library. Watch movie to fill time. Charming adaptation, with interesting choices made the screenwriter/director, but not as good as the book.

9:40 PM: Panic. TiVo is recording NBC Monday night lineup. Are the shows reruns?

9:45 PM: Begin watching Heroes. Sigh of relief as we discover the episode is brand new. Enjoy plot twists and story ramp-up.

10:25 PM: Wonder how Tim Kring will actually manage to wrap this up by December 3. Take a few steady breaths to calm down.

10:30 PM: Begin watching Journeyman. Time travel plot, as usual, bends the brain and make us forget the lateness of the hour. Wonder what would happen if Dan Vasser and Sam Beckett arrived in 1988, during the last writers' strike. Would Probe still be on today? (Wonder if I wondered this before.)

11:15 PM: Attempt to make Jon Stewart-style joke in an effort to properly satire current political situation. Fail miserably.

11:20 PM: Pick up book to read before going to sleep. Hey, writers of books aren't on strike. Make a decision to read more.

11:21 PM: Books are boring. Sleep.


it should be several weeks before our favorite shows resort to reruns...dailies like letterman and leno get written that day so they're affected by the strike, but stuff like heroes and life and CSI are done at least somewhat in advance so they've got a bit to go yet.

i was pleased to note that "countdown" (on MSNBC) is considered a news show, and thus unaffected. i suspect i would go into withdrawl without my daily dose of keith olbermann.

meanwhile, "the daily show" (on comedy central) is confirmed as not news (tho there's a sizable young crowd who list it as their primary source of "news") and thus is affected.
so...if "the daily show" isn't news...I think that means that Fox News musta hired scabs.

-bb, not that we'd notice the difference.

December 2016

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