Writers Arouse Little Sympathy HereNovember 7th, 2007

I can’t remember a strike in which I had as little sympathy for the strikers as I do for the TV writers’ union.  To judge from the quality of the product offered by their employers, they are uncreative hacks who are lucky to be working.  With rare exceptions, their creations are trite knock-offs that can only be meant as a backdrop for advertising.  The competent writers among them would probably agree that, in an enlightened world, the average Leno monologue or ER script would end up not in the outbox but in the wastebasket.   As for social conscience, you may see it on the picket line, but you’ll have a hard time finding it in the strikers’ scripts and gags.