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Office Closing: Carell, Others Won't Cross Picket Line

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Steve Carell by Ron Tom/NBC
With many of its employees refusing to show up for work, The Office did what any regular office would have to do — shut down, the latest series to cease production in light of the WGA writers' strike. According to the AP, executive producer Greg Daniels said filming stopped after series lead Steve Carell refused to cross picket lines. Instead, in order to educate the public on the situation and the nature of the Guild's grievances, writers, actors and writer-actors from The Office made a video (watch here).

Kate Flannery, in her latest entry to her celebrity blog for TVGuide.com, says, "While I am very sad about not working, I agree with the writers. I think they need to fight for these issues on the table. The Internet and DVDs are making someone a lot of money, but not the writers or actors. I have no idea when this will get resolved, so please be patient. We have to stand up for what we believe. Let's hope the resolution comes quickly without much job loss."

Flannery ends her blog saying, "If you don't pray, maybe you should start," and then — à la Meredith — "If you don't drink, maybe you should start." — Matt Webb Mitovich


Posted by TV Guide Staff
Nov 7, 2007 4:26 PM
that really sucks. i heard there's only two more already-shot episodes. so much for the 30 we were supposed to get this season... :(
Posted by hotpinkheels
Nov 7, 2007 4:40 PM
Everything about this strike sucks. I WANT MY TV!!!!!
Posted by kauf17
Nov 7, 2007 5:13 PM
We should start talking about me updating this blog since this happened yesterday, and I posted about it hours ago in my blog.
I know yours is better than mine though...:(
Posted by PassingProzac
Nov 7, 2007 5:30 PM
The ironic thing about this strike is that it may lead to greater DVD sales when the first-run shows run out!
Posted by NotMe
Nov 7, 2007 5:31 PM
Good for them!!! Go Team Office!
Posted by Casey Marsella
Nov 7, 2007 5:36 PM
I support the writers a thousand percent. And I love The Office. And that love is what is making me glad that they aren't working and not producing episodes.
Because those writers are BRILLIANT, and deserve a million dollars for all their work, because the internet and iTunes made this show the hit it is.
Posted by HunterJ8
Nov 7, 2007 7:43 PM
I am so happy to see the actors from the office standing up for what they believe in!
Supporting the union is the only right thing to do. Not crossing the picket line makes me like these people even more.
Posted by cordeliachase
Nov 7, 2007 8:30 PM
one could say the writers going on strike however i say the viewers should go on strike. i know i am not the only one that feels this but i am so sick and tired of sitting down after a hard day turning on the television and flipping through channels just to see sex and violence. come one please if a writer is getting paid for that then i could do that job to. i say that we should give the writers what they are asking for but include a stipulation that they need to start cleaning up the shows that they write for.
Posted by kakitaaya
Nov 8, 2007 2:21 AM
Yeah kakitaaya Because there is so much sex and violence on The Office.

I am in complete support of the writers and good Steve Carell for not crossing the line. I don't think I would if I were an actor.

By the way that has got to be the wittiest picket line ever.
Posted by crazyabouttv
Nov 8, 2007 11:58 AM
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