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Like scabs through the hourglass: Daytime drama as some soap scribes cross the picket lines

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Here’s something likely to get WGA strikers into a lather: Some soap scribes have decided to keep writing.

As Variety.com reports here, a high-ranking writer-producer on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” has informed the WGA that he plans to go “financial core” — that is, give up full membership in the guild and withhold the dues spent on political activities in order to continue writing during the strike.

He’s not alone. It’s believed two or three other “Y&R” scribes have also decided to keep cranking out scripts, while one writer on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” may also be considering crossing the picket line.

Another source with knowledge of the situation added that two other scribes on “Y&R” have also opted for financial core status, and one other is considering it. A writer on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” may also be considering crossing the picket line.

It’s worth noting that these scribes are still very much the minority, even among daytime drama writers.

–Josef Adalian

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