Shonda Rhimes: Picketing “Private Practice”

Shonda A day after striking writers successfully disrupted production on “Desperate Housewives” in Toluca Lake, scribes woke up early Wednesday morning to picket outside a “Private Practice” shoot in Malibu.

Strikers were up as early as 4 a.m., in the hopes of preventing Teamsters workers from crossing the picket line. Included in the group were several “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” writers, including creator/exec producer Shonda Rhimes.

Insiders said some Teamsters honored the line, while others still went inside.

“My concern is the people who work for me, and the writers on the picket line,” Rhimes said. “We all would like to work, and we’d like the studios and the networks to make that happen.”

Rhimes said three or four more episodes are ready to be shot on both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” The scribe added that she supported her shows but would not cross the picket lines to do any showrunning work on those segs.

“My focus is this. This is the work we’re doing. It’s hard to do both things.”

— Michael Schneider

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