Many of our Seattle Grace favorites, while shooting an episode of Grey's Anatomy inside their studio, spent their lunch breaks on the picket line in support of striking TV writers, reports Kristin Veitch of E! Online.
In attendance were Grey's Anatomy cast members Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo, T.R. Knight, Katherine Heigl, Eric Dane, Sara Ramirez, Brooke Smith, Justin Chambers and James Pickens, Jr.
"We want to support these writers and what they do," James Pickens, Jr., said. "They are the artists behind the words actors and performers speak every week. They're the ones who have made this show such a huge success. It's just incredible what they've done with us for the past four seasons, and they should be compensated for their talent. They just want an equitable share of this huge pie."
T.R. Knight (who blushed a bit when asked about how he feels about George and Izzie, saying "I've seen more than you, and things happen in the next few episodes, so I can't comment or I'll get in trouble") had this to say:
"Corporations, they make money, that's their job. So I suppose they think that the more they make, the better it is for them. But in the meantime, they have to treat the people who help them earn their money properly."
"If the fans want to support the actors and the writers, do not download shows on the Internet," Ellen Pompeo said. "Because the writers of the show aren't paid for them."
As for how much longer we'll get our Grey's Anatomy fix?
"Episode seven airs this week. So we just have a few more left ... and then there will be no new episodes of Grey's Anatomy. I think everybody's really worried. You know, the actors don't have as much to worry about obviously, we're very well compensated for what we do. It's the crew that has a lot to worry about," Ellen Pompeo said. "This affects everybody involved, and they can't afford to have four or five months off. It's Christmas, they have mortgages.""The thing is, I watch a lot of TV on the internet," Katherine Heigl admits.
"I download everything, including my own stuff, when I'm sitting at home, when I'm on set, I can watch it on my laptop for free on ABC.com, or NBC or any [of the sites]. And they're putting in commercials, they're putting in big blocks of advertising and they're making money off re-airing these episodes online."
"When an episode airs more than once on TV, actors and the writers and the directors get residuals for that. And right now, the [studios] are allowed to repeat these shows [online] for the people that didn't catch them the night before without giving out a fair share of the profits."
As Katherine, Ellen and Sandra point out, this is really also an issue for actors, whose current SAG contract will come up for review in June.
"We're fighting the same fight," Sandra Oh said, just before the cast's lunch hour came to an end and she was called back to set.
The cast will continue shooting until they complete the 11th episode Tuesday, when production is expected to shut down. Grey's Anatomy writers and show runners have been picketing and not working since Monday.