First the good news: the show was picked up and another show was renewed. But as you know, everything is on hold. I learned the good news when I talked to the senior and striking writing member of the family, namely Buz Kohan, who had just come off picketing duty at Hollywood Studios on Las Palmas. Daughter Jenji, who was also out in line, learned that her “Weeds,” which completed filming for the season, just got a pickup for another, which will have to wait. And the Kohan’s son David, creator and exec producer of “Will & Grace,” who was out picketing at CBS-Fairfax studio, learned of a “go” from CBS for another sitcom, which will also have to wait. Rhea Kohan has decided to continue writing. . .her novel, “Low Heart in the Hole.” And poppa Buz is writing a show where there’ll be no worry of pickets — it’s Cedars-Sinai’s Board of Governors’ “A Road To The Cure” tribute to NBC’s Entertainment chief Ben Silverman. It is set for Nov. 15 at the Beverly Hilton. “American Idol’s” Ryan Seacrest presents and the program’s performers includes Vanessa Williams, Jason Alexander, Joey Fatone and “The Singing Bees” and “Dancing With the Stars” hoofers Joey Lawrence, Drew Lackey and Joey McIntyre
In other news, Walter Mirisch receives a Lifetime Achievement award from the Academy’s Sid Ganis and Arthur Levine and Lauren Leichtman receive Humantiarian Awards. George Schlatter produces the strike-free show. And while the strike goes on, award-winning writer Hal Kanter has resumed completing his book — “Doing It in Public.” It’s a compilation of dozens (maybe hundreds?) of his comedy speeches, including those he’d given before the WGA, DGA and Academy awards, plus the bon mots he’d written for politicos of their day including: Adlai Stevenson, Jimmy Carter and Hubert Humphrey.