Not getting too excited yet but... and the Random Ten
The news that the Directors Guild of American came to an agreement with the AMPTP, and that the AMPTP wants to return to "informal" talks with the Writer's Guild is good news--not good enough to save Bill Maher's show this week, but good news. The folks over at United Hollywood have a good breakdown of the summary of the DGA deal, and what it means to the Writers--good and bad, and dependent on the assumption that the AMPTP isn't going to yank stuff from the table that they ceded to the Directors. But movement is movement, especially since the AMPTP apparently gave the DGA a couple of things they'd told the WGA were off the table.
Side note--has anyone else noticed how much conservatives have dominated the shows where writers have been out on strike? I mentioned His Doughiness's appearance on The Daily Show below, but I also saw that John Bolton made an appearance, and on Maher last week, Catherine Crier was the closest thing there was to a liberal voice. Respecting that picket line has had a price, but a worthy one in my view.
So here's hoping the WGA is back at work soon, but only if they get a worthy deal. And meanwhile, tonight, no Bill Maher. I can't say it will hurt all that bad--his writers do a good job of tamping down the misogyny, but there's only so much they can do.
Here's the Random Ten--put the iTunes in Party Shuffle mode and post the first ten songs that pop up. No cheating to hide the Information Society--we all want to know what you're thinking. There are some things you can't hide.
1. Such a Much--Dr. JohnSo--which show are you looking most forward to getting back to watching when the Writers Strike eventually ends?
2. Call and Answer--Barenaked Ladies
3. Tight--The Coup
4. Bridge of Pain--Public Enemy
5. Nothing But the Water--Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
6. Lodi--Creedence Clearwater Revival
7. Freedom Walk--Lifesavas
8. I Want to Talk About You--John Coltrane
9. Can't Let Go--Lucinda Williams
10. Knock Loud--Neko Case