------------------------- Welcome Back, Dave
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Just saw the news that Letterman's World Wide Pants company has signed a side deal with the WGA and will be returning to the air with the entire writing staff.
Good for them and good for the WGA in cutting the deal.
There are some bitchy comments out there in the blogosphere from "unnamed" feature writers complaining that it's somehow "unfair" that Letterman's writers are going back to work and they're not. The Guild has already stated as a matter of policy that they're willing to negotiate deals with individual companies outside the umbrella (butterfly net?) of the AMPTP, so the fact that they've been able to pull off one such deal shouldn't be the occasion for whining about how "I'm not working and they are," it should be a time to celebrate the fact that at least one company doesn't feel the Guild's demands are ridiculous or particularly onerous. It should also be a time to congratulate the writers of the Late Show and wish them all well as they take back the airwaves and hopefully pepper the show with not-so-subtle digs at CBS, et al for keeping this strike going this long (they walked away from the table, you may recall -- twice, for those of you keeping score).
I know what's getting a season pass on my Tivo.