And so it begins, the shutdown scenario no one wanted to see. Sunday’s marathon talks between writers and producers couldn’t move the sides close enough together to prevent the pickets from going up all over town and key sites in Gotham (click here for the WGA’s list of L.A. picket sites).

No new talks are on the horizon, as Variety’s Dave McNary reports, but here’s to hoping that will change soon. The local weather report forecasts a cooling trend during the next few days for the L.A. area, but we all know the temperature is going to rise several degrees as those pickets hit the street at 9 a.m. Of course, the big question now is how the Teamsters-repped showbiz workers react to pickets, and how showrunners and the multihyphenates a la "The Office" writer-thesps respond to a professional dilemma, as Variety’s Josef Adalian and Michael Schneider report.

For a flavor of how workaday scribes are feeling during this season of discontent, check out United Hollywood, a blog maintained by several WGA members. And check Variety.com all day for updates.

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