Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hey, GSN... KMA!

So I’m watching a little “High Stakes Poker” last night on GSN (the Game Show Network), and a promo comes on for GSN’s late-night reruns of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

It shows a contestant answering a million-dollar question, followed by screams and balloons and confetti. And then these words flash on screen:

“You can’t write this stuff.”

Ummm... say what?

An hour later, another GSN promo... a different contestant answering a million-dollar question on “Millionaire”... more balloons and confetti. And again, the tag line:

“You can’t write this stuff.”

Oh, hells no... Are they mocking Hollywood’s on-strike writers? Is GSN saying: “Who needs scriptwriters to tell you a story when you can sit back and enjoy some fuggin’ eight-year-old game-show repeats?

Not only is that a ridiculous insult, but I got news for you:

The Writers Guild of America includes game-show writers.

So, in a sense, the GSN tag line is utterly accurate: As long as this WGA strike is on, you game-show writers can’t write that stuff!


VDOVault said...

Hey UBM (or UCBM)

Great post! You are so right that the best game shows have writers. And who doesn't love a good game show?

You are more than welcome to join our community of 2100+ viewers fans strike supporters a couple of WGA members and even a strike captain or two (we've always got room for more)


Undercover Black Man said...

^ Cool! Thank you so much for the support.

Lola Gets said...

Keep up the fight!

Matt said...

I haven't seen the spots, but as someone who may well be appearing in one of them, I should note that I, too, support the writers. Because of the release I signed, obviously, ABC owns all the content.

Undercover Black Man said...

Holy crap, Matt... I didn't know you won a quarter-million on "Millionaire"! Is that common knowledge at ALOTT5MA?

Anyways, I appreciate the support.

(Any chance you folks could rock a "We Support Writers Guild of America" badge, of the sort available at the United Hollywood blog??)