Strike Watch: Best of the Blogs

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–The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ellen DeGeneres is scrapping her plans to tape her talk show in New York next week. Instead, The Ellen DeGeneres Show will tape in Burbank. The comedienne came under fire last week for taping her show, breaking the WGA strike. The WGA East followed up by revoking Ellen’s Big Apple privileges, saying that Ellen wasn’t welcome in New York. From WGA East, November 9:

”We certainly intend to let Ellen know our dissatisfaction in person if she decides to proceed with the shows she has scheduled in New York on November 19th and 20th. We will also make our voices heard the preceding week if she tries to pre-tape comedy segments on location.”

— After spanking FishbowlNY, mysterious striking blogger ”Hoffa” gently raps Silicon Alley Insider’s Michael Learmonth on the knuckles for comparing bloggers to TV writers, then, briskly takes a swipe at Gawker Media’s office digs. Hoffa’s getting punchy.


— In less than 24 hours CBS faces a strike ”on a second front.” About 500 news writers, editors, artists and producers will vote tomorrow on a strike authorization. The WGA East news writers — who work in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Chicago — are expected to authorize the strike.

DailyKos has a lively discussion on American labor history and the strike. The WGAE and WGAW support the Theatrical Stage Employees. Today WGA writers rally on Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Disney Store on 5th Avenue and 55th Street.

(image via wgaeast)