It’s hard, and hot, out here for a picket

It may be mid-November, but it’s hot out there when you’re pounding the strike pavement, folks.

The pickets were sweating by 10:15 a.m. outside the 20th Century Fox lot’s main entrance on Pico Boulevard. The turnout was strong this a.m. (Thursday), and so is the resolve — even two weeks in. James L. Brooks was walking the big loop on the sidewalk, so was Chuck Lorre, Bill Lawrence, Allan Burns, David Shore and at least 50 other people.

Strike captain Ashley (forgot to get her surname) said so many people have been showing up to 20th — some as early as 5 a.m. — that they’ve been redeployed to other picket sites.

“I’ve heard so many smart people that I respect say that the formula that could end this strike can be worked out on the back of a napkin,” Lorre said. “There is such phenomenal upside for (the studios) in the creative community. I can’t understand why they wouldn’t want to nurture it. Why not take care of the people who make everything happen in this business.”

After our conversation turned to more pleasant subjects — primarily how great his new CBS/Warner Bros. TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” is — Lorre looked up at his red and black WGA on strike picket sign, shook his head and said: “I want to go back to work!”

— Cynthia Littleton

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