Shonda Rhimes Supports Striking Writers

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As with its parent series, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice sure doesn't appear to be exempt from the repercussions and ripple effects of the ongoing strike being staged by the Writers Guild of America (WGA).

Shonda RhimesIf the writers' walkout endures, Private Practice, like many other series, may be forced to go off the air, or resort to reruns.

Despite such a grim possibility, Shonda Rhimes, its creator and executive producer, has given her complete support to the writers' cause.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, most new shows like Pushing Daisies and Private Practice, which had been picked up for full seasons a few weeks ago, will be able to churn out no more than 10 to 11 episodes of their debut seasons if current boycott continues.

But Rhimes, the woman behind both Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice, has sent an e-mail message to the members of the WGA stating she would "choose not to render my services as a producer" while they walk out.

"I absolutely believed that I would edit our episodes," Shonda Rhimes wrote in her e-mail, which was widely circulated earlier this week.

"Until a thought hit me: how can I walk a picket line and then continue to 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?"

In a separate statement, Rhimes was quoted as having been of the opinion that the disgruntled writers truly do want to return to their duties.

"I feel like the writers really want to go back to work," Private Practice creator and executive producer Rhimes said during an event in New York.

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I'm already sick of re-runs across the board and they've barely started. I think Hollywood is clueless about how sick and tired viewers are of broadcast TV in general. I'd rather watch re-runs of Dexter on Showtime and even Six Feet Under or Entourage on HBO any day than watching the same broadcast network re-runs on broadcast TV WITH commercials. Pay the frickin' writers you cheap suits. Maybe by the time Hollywood is ready to pay the writers their won't be any more viewers left. No sense rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Maybe you should take a naughtier Private Practice to HBO or Showtime. Kate Walsh is the best thing on broadcast TV... and cable.


Good for Shonda Rhimes. Only Hollywood, with it's Enron-like accounting practices, who can claim that movies like Forest Gump made no profit would believe that they can get away without sharing online ad dollars for advertising in between the shows WRITTEN by the WRITERS. Unbelievable. Sure, writers aren't as "sexy" as celebs... but stories and characters don't exist without writers. Especially in "TV land." TV is not a Director's medium. PAY THE WRITERS. As liberal as Hollywood is, like the advertising world, it is notoriously a laggard when it comes to change. They are so bent on issues like piracy, that TV and movie studios may soon end up like the Sony Betamax. Obsolete... event hough technically, it was the superior product. PAY THE WRITERS. RIGHT NOW, THE STUDIOS LOOK LIKE THE BIGGEST GRINCHES ON THE PLANET.