WGA Fires Back; No Fan Rally Planned

TVWeek's James Hibberd: Rated

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First: AMPTP's accusation of using fear and intimidation to control its members: "Mr. Counter's charge is as offensive as it is untrue," the WGA said. "To accuse the Writers Guild of America of blacklisting, when it was we who suffered the most from it in the past, is simply Mr. Counter's desperate attempt to divert attention from the fact that it was he who walked out of the negotiations, and it is he who refuses every day to return to the table. The WGA has an offer on the table and is ready and willing to meet with the AMPTP any day, anywhere." ... Sure the statement effectively refocuses the conflict back on the key matter of resuming contract talks, but doesn't the "willing to meet the AMPTP any day, anywhere" line have an after-school-at-the-bike-racks-fight quality to it?

Second: Plenty of rumors about the WGA holding a fan event at Universal this Friday. Sources at the guild say no official rally is planned. The story started with a major entertainment news site reporting that thousands of "Battlestar Galactica" fans, in town for the convention, have pledged to join writers on the picket line. The report was referenced on several sites (this one among them). The publication issued a correction, claiming there will be a general fan day instead. But sources say the event, though having been discussed, is not happening this week.

Third: The Writers Guild of America claims more than 2,500 writers and actors marched earlier today at Universal City as part of its "Picket with the Stars" protest. The WGA says casts of "Grey's Anatomy," "Desperate Housewives," "Without a Trace," "Cold Case," "Dexter," "Las Vegas" and many other series attended.
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