It is official: the Writers’ Guild of America is back to work to stay.
Reuters is reporting that the WGA has officially ratified the contract offered to them earlier this month, with 93.6 per cent of voters in favour of the new contract.
Patric Verrone, WGA president, called the deal “a new beginning for writers in the Digital Age.”
The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers also issued a statement saying that now that the writers are back at work it is their top priority to create quality work.
The WGA strike put a halt to television and movie production when they went on strike in November.
David Letterman will return to late night television very soon – and, he’ll have writers!
The 60-year-old host owns his show, as well as being the producer. So Letterman was able to arrange his own contract with the Writer’s Guild of America, which is still on strike. Letterman is also a card-carrying WGA member.
“Late Night With David Letterman” will be the only talk show that has the luxury of staff writers. It is expected that NBC will soon announce the writer-less return of Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno’s shows in January.
Letterman also made waves by being the first of his late night cohorts to pay his staff out of his own pocket during the WGA strike.
Angela Kinsey, star of “The Office,” has announced that she is pregnant.
Kinsey confirmed on her Myspace page, saying, “I am so excited! They say when you stop trying that’s when it happens and that’s how it went for us… [My mom] has already sent me baby booties and is quilting like a mad woman. I probably won’t do a lot of press during my pregnancy. The minute I found out I was pregnant I went into this ‘Momma Bear’ mode of wanting to protect this little guy or gal that is growing inside me. I want it to have as normal a childhood as possible.”
Kinsey’s character, the mean, anal-retentive Angela, may become a little softer because of Kinsey’s pregnancy. While Kinsey noted she wasn’t sure whether it would be written into the show, Kristin Dos Santos announced on E! News that it would indeed be included in the storyline.
The biggest questions: is the father Dwight or Andy? And how far into her pregnancy will Kinsey be by the time production resumes after the WGA strike?