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Tomorrow night's Christmas tree lighting on NBC could be more interesting than usual

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 1st 2009 6:02PM
NBC logoI'm not quite sure what to make of this web site. It's called nbcstolechristmas.com and it has a How The Grinch Stole Christmas-ish rhyme that seems to imply that tomorrow night's live Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree lighting show on NBC might not go off the way the network wants it to.

If I'm reading the rhyme correctly, NBC is refusing to negotiate with employees over some dispute, and unless they agree to negotiate, "the crew may just might, do something that would be NBC's blight" and that "they'll be forced from 30 Rock." That's rather vague (and ominous). Could it mean the lights won't work? Dozens of NBC employees streaking live on national TV?

The poem also mentions hosts Jane Krakowski and Zachary Levi and suggests that music guests Shakira and The Roots might not be able to play. Hmmmm...well, it's one way to get people to watch the show, that's for sure.

(Update: The Live Feed has the story.)

[via Damian Holbrook]

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American Sun

here is an interesting P.O.V.

http://americansun.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/christmas-is-unethical/

December 02 2009 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mynameis

The lights are checked prior to being placed on the tree. And, the lights are checked each morning at about 3:00 AM. PS; I am oneof the techs who helped put up the tree, and all the lights

December 02 2009 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greatdanes

NBC is justing looking for viewers....since no one watches NBC any more. Just like the Whitehouse party crashers...Hype for NBC's Bravo Cable Channel. Smoke & Mirrors for the Idiots ( that would be us ).

December 02 2009 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

What did you really expect from a network that, as the parent, allowed the Sci-Fi Channel to become the Syfy Channel? Used to be a channel to watch every night, but not any more. One or two real science fiction shows and a lot of stuff that just isn't worth putting on TV anyway. Three Ghost Hunter series, Scare Tactics, Wrestling and then this past Thanksgiving holiday. Two days of James Bond movies. Considering all that, it's not at all surprising that NBC could potentially screw up the tree lighting.

December 02 2009 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
a1116571

Walk out if that is what you want to do. But I agree with others who say don't ruin it for everyone else. Sure won't get the public on your side if you ruin things for someone's child. The country is in bad shape now both financially and emotionally with all those who have been ousted from their homes and jobs; don't add to it already depressing season for many. There are those who see you whine over a contract while others have no jobs at all and feel no great sympathy for you.

December 02 2009 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

I hope they just do a walk out, anything on air could ruin things as there are kids watching and kids will be in attendance, including myself I'm just a big kid :) Seriously don't ruin people's holiday because NBC sucks, just walk out and make them scramble

December 02 2009 at 3:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wulfn1

well, with such "fair warning" I doubt there will be a hitch and NBC will have alternate help waiting in the wings. Would have been better if they just did it.

December 01 2009 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RAB

The story is that 3000 NBC writers, producers, and technicians have been working without a contract since March, while management hasn't been especially interested in negotiating a new contract with the union. Walking out on strike during a live broadcast -- or at least threatening to do so -- would be one way to get some public attention focused on this issue.

December 01 2009 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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