No Scabs, No Scrubs

I’ve got this idea for a new television show… It’s about a group of three young television writers — two best guy-pals from college (one writes wacky sitcoms and the other writes serious medical dramas) and an insecure blond girl from Connecticut (who writes night-time dramas) that join the WGA just before the guild decides to go on strike. The strike lasts for a number of years and we learn, laugh, and love with these three young television writers as they cross the picket line to write for a off-beat, yet endearing, one-camera hospital sitcom. The wacky sitcom writer is prone to daydreams, and is often taught life-lessons by a hardened and brash, narcissistic feature film writer forced to cross the picket line as well. The medical drama writer falls in love, and eventually marries a production assistant. The frazzled night-time drama writer falls in and out of love with the daydreaming wacky sitcom writer. The narcissistic feature writer is always budding heads with the show’s producer who feels that the show must go on and at whatever costs — even the integrity of the writers forced to cross the picket line. And, to top it all off, the daydreaming wacky sitcom writer is forever besieged by one of the studio’s security guards. I call the show Scabs.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Scrubs diagnosis unclear and a strike could cancel planned finale.

“On a personal level, yeah, it would be nice to finish work on ‘Scrubs’ the way I wanted to,” creator-executive producer Bill Lawrence said. “That it looks like it’s not happening is certainly disappointing, I can’t lie. But it’s also not the end of the world. The last thing anybody wants to hear right now is some idiot saying, ‘Hey, I worked really hard on my show, I want to end it the way I want to end it!’ It’s hard to care right now about any legacy.”

Lawrence hasn’t done much in the way of stockpiling “Scrubs” episodes in anticipation of a writers walkout. There are two scripts written and ready to shoot, “and with a single-camera show, once a script is locked, you have no real rewrites,” he said. That will take “Scrubs” up through Episode 12, six episodes short of the ending Lawrence had envisioned for the show.

Now, I support the WGA a hundred percent, and I’m ready to hunker down and go without any new scripted television programing and feature motion pictures should the strike drag on — but damnit! My favorite all-time television show looks as if it’ll fall six episodes short of fulfilling their seven season run. After a few different seasons of not knowing if Scrubs would actually be renewed for an additional season we’ve come this far to only fall just so short.

Again, I’m in the WGA’s corner on this one. But, I’m just bummed that one of the strike’s potential first victims has to be something so dear to me personally. I don’t mean to come off as selfish. The writers are only asking for what seems fair. I don’t blame them. In fact, I had hoped to be in within their ranks by now and would be there toting a sign in a picket line without hesitation if I were a member. I’m hoping that the differences are resolved soon and everybody can go to work and make the living that they deserve — and that I get to see the final six episodes of my favorite show.


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6 Responses to “No Scabs, No Scrubs”

  1. Mark L. Says:

    good riddance writers. its my hopes that this strike will sink you, your average scripts and union. if i were to drop $10 million on a hotel, i can’t imagine having to pay the framers, the plumbers, the electricians or the designers everytime i rent out a room. do your job, get paid for it and go away. if you’ve done a good enough job, i’ll hire you again. if you haven’t, go teach at the local college. tv sucks and you and your union are the reason.

    why the hell can’t your scripts be as witty as your bloggings? why the hell can’t your monologues be as funny as your picket signs?

    i can only hope that 20 weeks from now i find an article on the strike buried deep somewhere and the ratings are shooting through the roof.

    same for SAG. i will relish the day they can completely animate your sorry a** and you have to join my sorry a** from 9 to 5 – building hotels.

  2. Lee W Says:

    Hey…will the WGA allow US writers to write for Canadian development Producers? Hey…I just have to say…from a Producer’s P.O.V., figuring out how money is made off the Internet is an even bigger question than what should everyone be making from the Internet. For the BIG studios…all it’s doing is furthering the brand, exploiting the property a little further, but whether that’s actually or can be quantified by causing more and more people to tune in or subscribe to a particular cable package…does anyone have those figures. Obviously Pay TV, or Internet Pay download can be quantified…but if ABC Online shows a day-old “Desperate Housewives”, does anyone see it? Does actual money trickle down to anyone? Are there firms setting up to start collecting this info to quantify residuals? I’m only concerned that the WGA strike is a wee bit pre mature. Just a wee bit…probably about 2 years too early.
    Anyhoo…getting back to my first question…can US Writers write for Canadian Producers in development on some wild prime time animated series?

    Lee Williams
    Boomstone Entertainment Inc
    Ottawa, ON Canada

  3. Lee Says:

    Hey…don’t get me wrong, I support the right to Strike…but has the WGA contracted a third party accounting firm to quantify the trickle down resids from those digital ancillary area not in the WGA agreement…rather than speculating?

    Lee Williams
    Boomstone Studios

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    They’re streaming all episodes of Scrubs live over at for free if you wanna watch it online.

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