Will writer/actors from The Office strike?
What would Ryan do? B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan on The Office, is also a writer for the show. So, will he show up for work today? He belongs to competing unions: The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) has stipulated that actors must show up for work. However, as a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), he could be fined by his union if he crosses the picket line.
Bob Sassone has already reported that 30 Rock's Tina Fey, bless her soul, is out on the picket line.
Novak isn't the only writer/actor on the show who faces this difficult choice: Mindy Kaling (Kelly) and Paul Lieberstein (Toby) will also be in the crossfire. Hopefully they all had the good sense to write themselves out of future scripts with the strike looming.
I have been wondering about SAG's official position on the strike. I am a little disappointed that they aren't supporting the writers in this strike, particularly given the discrepancy between actors' and writers' salaries. It seems as though the actors would be able to stay afloat during the strike period much more easily than the writers.
Variety reports that many sitcoms will probably stop production this week because so many edits are required during shooting. Showrunners -- as combined writer/producers are called -- will probably be filling in as many of the editing and re-write gaps as they can. However, they are also put in an also untenable position during the strike, due to their dual roles.
|I'd strike.||759 (68.6%)|
|I'd cross it.||348 (31.4%)|
Update: Steve Carell did not show up for work today, and neither did Novak, Kaling, or Lieberstein, which essentially shuts down production of the show.