The Writers Strike that Never Was

It was the year 2008 and the Oscars were pushed back, TV was in a slump and reality shows were at their peek!! That was the first writers strike. It was far too long and very unnerving. Hollywood took a turn and I’m glad the past few years has brought more scripted TV shows. There has been more than enough quality shows not only on network stations but add in streaming and cable, who has the time. 
When it comes to my shows, well I am a little overboard you can say. I love to organize and so I do that even with my TV watching. You might say buy a TV guide or just look online, but I have a system that works. That system includes an excel with a master list of show names, channel, time, day of week and season they come on. Taking it one step farther, I have tabs for each day of the week with the show name and each episode, date aired, and title. I highlight to know when I’ve watched an episode to make sure I don’t miss anything. I watch a lot of shows and I cut the cable cord so it is how I get by. 

Well, last week the news started to gossip about another potential writers strike. What is this? Could it be? For a moment, not that a strike is good, but is that a break I see possibly on the horizon?! The demands, more pay, the typical, but writers have good reason. Good for them, make sure you get what you should be getting for the hard work you aren’t appreciated for. I say from one writer to another. 

Earlier today, the news broke that no strike would occur even after the guild voted for it. An agreement was reached. I am glad, really I am, can you read it in my words, I am. So let’s leave it at that. 

Honestly, a strike would have been bad and I am glad it was avoided, but a little break would have been nice. My excel could have used it. Summer is coming but that means more time to find and watch the shows I have had yet to have time for then fall will be here before you know it and the madness begins again. I hear you, just stop watching. It is simple right? 

TV, movies, and books have always meant something to me. These are the things that have never left me. It might sound simple and childish, but growing up my “friends” always left. They would move away or transfer, it happened so much it became a running family joke. So where did I turn? Hollywood. The place with the best friends in the world. They wouldn’t leave or go anywhere. They entertained and I could watch them always, over and over again. 

I think that feeling stayed with me. That feeling of connection and safety. I still turn to my shows as a means of connecting and escaping. These shows are like a friendship in a way. When I need a lunch date, turn one on or a way to make it through a boring afternoon, push a button. Just like friendship though it is also work. I just wanted a slight break, is that too much to ask? 

The writers didn’t go on strike. There is no 2017 strike to write or care about, but the possibility made me think. Where would I be without my shows? Where would we all be? Maybe this can remind us to appreciate the things and people we love just a little more. It all goes by too quickly so we have to remember the work just means we are doing something we care about and we should try and find the joy in it somewhere. Happy uninterrupted channel surfing!

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