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Writers' Strike Puts Fox in the Catbird Seat

But it's not like stockpiling scripts on all the other shows is any help if your hyphenates -- writer-producer, writer-showrunner, writer-star -- have walked off in support of the writers.

NBC's single-camera comedy "The Office" was felled when writer-star Steve Carell, who is a WGA member, announced he would not cross the picket line.

"Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" creator-writer-showrunner Shonda Rhimes put out an e-mail -- a long one -- in which she announced her intention to stay off the job until the strike is over, explaining: "I absolutely believed that I would edit our episodes . . . until a thought hit me: How can I walk a picket line and then continue to essentially work? How am I supposed to look at myself in the mirror or look at my child years from now and know that I did not have the courage of my convictions to stand up and put myself more at risk than anyone else?"

No word as yet from the "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" cameramen, costumers, lighting crew, etc. -- some of whom will be laid off if the shows go dark -- in reax to multi-millionaire Rhimes's "more at risk than anyone else" gag.

Shawn Ryan, showrunner of "The Shield" and "The Unit," also declared an unwillingness to finish up episodes.

On Wednesday, the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" joined the picket line at the studio where their show is shot, during their lunch break from, um, crossing the picket line to shoot an episode of their series.

"We were all working because we have to, but we wanted to show our support," T.R. Knight said. "It's all very disturbing." He said the show would shut down once that episode wrapped.

Meanwhile, striking writers with nothing to do have taken to making funny little videos they're posting on YouTube. For which they're being paid nothing.

And it's supposed to rain today.


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