The writers strike begins, officially, tomorrow morning, and many of your favorite scribes, scribblers, screenwriters, and showrunners will be pounding the streets in front of the studios, protesting the unfair system of residuals for writers. (In a nutshell, writers get almost nothing for DVDs of their work and squat for online releases, even if money is made from it, and oddly enough they'd like to change that).
This means two things. One, the face of television and cinema may change if this goes on for very long as shows run out of their pre-written scripts. Two, now is an excellent chance to meet your favorite writers in person. I suggest feeding them.
Here's where the strikes will be in Los Angeles. In New York, the strike will be around Rockefeller Plaza on 49th St. Writers will be marching from 9 am to 5 pm. If you're nearby, show up and thank them. Talk to them, tell them how much their work has meant to you, and show them (and any watching network execs) that you support their desire for fair treatment. And if you have a few bucks, send 'em some lunch. We're taking collections at Whedonesque to send pizzas to the strike line in front of Universal Studios (where Buffy-Angel-Firefly-BSG writer Jane Espenson will be marching tomorrow, among others) but any support at all would be fantastic.
We love the action, we love the drama, we love the romance and humor and suspense of our much-beloved shows. Now's our chance to thank the folks who thunk 'em up.