“The New Adventures of Old Christine” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus hit the picket line with series exec producer Jen Crittenden and other staffers to support them and her husband, scribe Brad Hall.
“My husband is a member of the WGA and I’m a member of SAG, so I’m here in solidarity,” she said.
Louis-Dreyfus noted that many of the issues that the WGA is dealing with will also be on the table when the SAG contract expires next year.
“How this negotiation is resolved will have a tremendous impact on the SAG negotiations,” she said. “I stand behind the WGA and their statements on all the issues.”
“Mad TV” scribe Brian Bradley said he was encouraged Sunday by the lengthy talks between the WGA and AMPTP.
“I think there seemed like a positive moment was there,” he said. “People are realizing that this is bad for everybody. And I think the producers see us committed. The pencils are down.”
Bradley said the strike comes at an inopportune time for “Mad TV,” which is looking to reinvent itself this year.
“We don’t have a ton of shows ready in advance and we’re trying this new format,” he said. “All of our staff is unable to write. Things are still taping, but we’re not able to generate anything new.” — MICHAEL SCHNEIDER