ANTM on strike!

posted by catherine / July 27, 2006 /

for myself and other fans of fabulous reality tv show america's next top model, you might be interested to read this interview over on television without pity with one of the show's writers about the strike the writing staff is currently on. it's actually kind of interesting - the writing team is striking because currently, basically no reality show writers have been allowed to join the writers guild of america and get all the benefits that come with that - little things like health insurance and pensions. apparently reality tv show writers aren't considered real writers, or something, by the industry in general, and this strike by the ANTM writing crew could have really far-reaching effects on if reality show writers are allowed to unionize. kind of interesting. there's also a bit of insight into the process of how the show - and other reality shows - are "written." my take is that the CW better up and let the ANTM folks do what the hell they want, as the show is basically the flagship of a fledgling network that's gonna need a lot of help come fall.

but let's face it: ain't no writer talented enough out there to come up with the line "bitch poured beer on my weave."

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We have a friend who wrote for Real World: Key West. there are writers for EVERYTHING.

Posted by: the g on July 27, 2006 02:56 PM

Are you watching Project Runway? Even more awesome than ANTM. (Which, sadly, has been slipping the last couple of seasons.)

Posted by: Becks on July 27, 2006 03:32 PM

i have been! it's fantastic. but i was highly disappointed when they kicked malan off instead of vincent or angela. i always really did think they generally chose talent over personality/potential drama creation and i was super disappointed by that move.

Posted by: catherine on July 27, 2006 03:34 PM

Dan is asking friends to call the network and express solidarity with the writers:

So we're going after the network directly. And if you do nothing else to help in this effort, this would be the time to do me a personal favor. And it only takes ten seconds! And you get to talk to a real live network exec! Or, at the very least, her very stressed out assistant.

On Thursday, June 27 (that's now today), we are going to flood the
president of the network -- Dawn Ostroff, formerly the head of UPN --
with calls asking why this strike is still going on. Unlike other
"Save This Show" campaigns, this one is VERY MUCH on the network's
radar, and they are running scared from the power of twelve very nice
people with a few simple requests.

So tomorrow between 9 and 7 Pacific Time, pick up your phone and do
the following:

1) Dial the switchboard number for The CW at 310-575-7000.

2) Ask for Dawn Ostroff's's office.

3) When an assistant answers, state your name (or make one up, if
you're so inclined) and say something like the following: "Hi. I am a
fan of the show America's Next Top Model, and I am worried that the
current writer's strike will jeopardize the show's quality and even
its ability to make it on the air this fall. Can I leave word for Ms.
Ostroff making my concern very clear?"

4) If you get stonewalled and sent to a general voicemail box about
the show, LEAVE A MESSAGE.

Posted by: mrh on July 27, 2006 03:50 PM

No way they'll let reality writers into the union. That's the raison d'ĂȘtre of reality television: you don't have to pay union writers and actors.

Posted by: Kriston on July 27, 2006 04:17 PM

i think they'll have to eventually...i mean they do do an awful lot of work setting up the plot lines and making it interesting. not the idiots who subject themselves to the filming, though.

Posted by: catherine on July 27, 2006 04:18 PM

And surely union actors are much more expensive than union writers, so this isn't exactly the nail in the coffin of reality TV.

(That said, a "reality television participant" union is pretty funny to contemplate.)

Posted by: mrh on July 27, 2006 04:40 PM

The first time I was in LA, we went to the bar where the "bitch poured beer on my weave" incident happened. It was like an ANTM pilgrimage.

Posted by: chrisafer on July 27, 2006 05:00 PM

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