Pencil in Dec. 7 for some margaritas. That's the day the strike will end.

OK, so we don't actually know this for sure. But one major Hollywood manager we trust has worked out a scenario in which labor peace will come to Hollywood by the first week of next month.

The way he sees it, next week's WGA-AMPTP negotiations should go smoothly. He argues that the outlines of an agreement were hammered out last week during the backchannel negotiations involving key agents, moguls and showrunners.

Anyway, he thinks a tentative deal could be announced within a few days of the talks resuming. It'll then take a few more days for the WGA to poll its membership, leaving Dec. 7 as the day the WGA declares the new contract has been ratified.

Wishful thinking? Perhaps. Plenty of other insiders remain doubtful that a deal is even within reach. But hey,a little hope during the holidays never hurt anybody.

–Josef Adalian

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