I just came across this post on TV Squad: The SAG Strikes Back. No, the Screen Actor’s Guild has not yet decided whether or not to strike, but things really aren’t looking good. You all know my opinion: I will kick them in the face. But it still worries me.
TV Squad got their info here, which was just posted yesterday. Looks like they might be taking a vote on January 2. Of course, this doesn’t mean we’ll know then. Votes will be counted and then we’ll know their yes or no responses on the 23rd. Again, this won’t mean strike, but it won’t mean good things either.
A strike could mean the stopping of our favorite shows…again. What irritates me is that a strike could basically lead to the end of creative programming as we know it.
It sounds like a leap, but think about it. Because of the Writers’ Strike last year, a lot of sophomore favorites got cut short this fall: Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone are two shows deserving of more seasons. Ironically, two shows that show more writer creativity than many others out there.
And if you think about it, what do you put on the air if the actors won’t show up? Reality TV. You can bet a lot of those contestants aren’t SAG members, even if the hosts are.
Can shows go on without actors? Probably not. No one’s going to watch The Office without Michael, Dwight, and Jim. So why not start new shows?
Who’s going to write them? No one. With the Writers’ Strike, you can bet that the actors were there supporting the writers, hauling picket signs through the trenches (and in our Cambridge rally, there were slushy snow trenches). What would the actors think if the writers turned their backs now?
That’s right, it’s a close-knit community, and writers would get put in the middle. They wouldn’t be at work either.
So if we can’t write new shows and shows now don’t survive–and there’s additional reality television–where is television going? Down the crapper. The art is being taken away from it. There’s nowhere left to go.
So, actors, if you ever want to deserve those awards you get, don’t strike. Let the art of the performance remain.
I’ll leave you with this, actors. Just to show you the lack of support around you right now. the beginning of TV Squad’s great post:
Remember the good old days when dock workers, air traffic controllers, teachers, and strike placard makers went on strike? Good, hard-working people who didn’t make much money but put their bodies and well-being on the line every day to improve themselves and their community. In exchange, they received measly little things like health insurance, safe work conditions, and a vending machine in the break room that didn’t eat quarters, dollars or fingers.
Those Norma Rae days are long gone.