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John Wells: If he can pull it off…

JohnwellsGodspeed to John Wells and all of those who have been engaging in shuttle diplomacy during the past 48 hours in the effort to bring about a cease fire agreement between the WGA and the producers.

I sensed a shift in sentiment in the room Saturday night at Hollywood’s Cabana Club during the ironically-timed 300th seg celebration of the Wells-produced “ER” — a shining example of the kind of high-end scripted TV that is at risk in the WGA-Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers contract talks. (I confess to wondering if I wasn’t being hopelessly Pollyanna-ish with my post-party post below, but I also felt it couldn’t hurt to put some hopeful vibrations out there.)

If Wells, given his background and experience, is the one who can get the sides to build a bridge, or even some temporary scaffolding, to prevent the pickets from going up all over town on Monday, he really will be “the Eisenhower of all showrunners,” as Warner Bros. TV boss Peter Roth intro’d him on Saturday night. Fingers crossed…

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