I dunno. I’ll look into it today. But everyone I’ve talked to thinks this will be a long and hard strike that will still be going on well past the big-deal 80th Academy Awards. Use the monitored comments here for an Industry-only discussion about that or anything else strike-related. After all, Hollywood is about to shut down. How long will this walkout last? ( I keep hearing this is a 6-month strike.) Who among Hollywood insiders should step in to solve it? Which contract compromises should be considered? What will writers miss most while they’re not at work? How do producers plan to cope? (I just heard an apocalyptic memory from a TV exec about spending strike days playing ping pong in his Warner Bros office. Sheesh.) I’d enjoy hearing more tales from the 1988 walkout and its professional and personal impact. Let’s keep this thread going all weekend. Please remember to be pithy. Over on my pal Sasha Stone’s Awards Daily blog, a commenter recalls that, in 1980, the Emmycast was “turned on its head” by striking SAG and AFTRA actors. “All three scheduled emcees canceled at the last minute, and Steve Allen and Dick Clark stepped in as cohosts. Only one Emmy winner in all the acting categories showed up to accept — Powers Boothe (Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones). All of the TV clip footage originally scheduled for use during the telecast had to be pulled because AFTRA refused to grant permission clearances.” Oscar host Jon Stewart will have lots to talk about in his opening monologue. But who will write his strike-related jokes?
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