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Dec 05, 2007

Your pet is invited to join the writer's strike

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Yeah, I've seen this everywhere. David Cross ees sooooo qte! Hee!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:08 AM

Love it!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:10 AM

Funny. Not Cute.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:16 AM

animals are so sympathetic to others needs

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Uh oh. Is it double post Wednesday?
Can my pet still write his own material? He's not in the union...?

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:26 AM



 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:29 AM


 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:30 AM

Is that 'Chocolate Rain', the acoustic version, playing in the background?

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Ben, if you are reading...TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK. It is considered rude, though I'm sure you don't mean to be.

That having been said, SUPPORT THE WRITERS. You know what the best way is? STOP WATCHING NETWORK REALITY TV!! And boycotting sponsors. And writing letters.

I have way too many friends out of work! Viva C.O.!! Viva WGA!! Viva los artistes!!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:35 AM

Dah! The scab at the end was sooo weird haha. Clever mashup.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:37 AM

So, ummmmm... Exactly who wrote this bit if the writers are on strike?

Picket-crossing scab, that's who.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:41 AM

LOL! I love the scab kitten at the end. What is that guy's name again? I know I've seen him in a few comedic roles.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:42 AM

LOL at David Cross in a kitty costume! That guy is freaking hysterical. I miss Arrested Development. Which, without WRITERS, would not have been the wonderful series it was...

jess e.
 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:47 AM

LOL I soooooo needed this laugh ... Thanks non writer animals and people who made this video possible. ; )

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 11:53 AM

OMFG!! David Cross on Cuteoverload!!! Two of my favorite things at ONCE!?!!1

I just can't handle it!!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:04 PM

"Post a video response of your pet not being cute."

I cannot comply. My kittehs are incapable of not being cute. That said,

amy j
 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:09 PM

can someone tell me why carson daly is here???

chet's momma
 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:12 PM

list of some show directors:

news about the strike

no good shows no fuzzy (or funny) animals.

what to doooooooo!!!!!!!!

Eater of Shades
 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:12 PM

Goofy: The writers are striking against the studios represented by the AMPTP.

The strike does not prevent them from creating material that does not benefit the studios. So free Youtube movies are perfectly okay.

Evan Waters
 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:16 PM

i dont own a tv, i dont watch movies, so i really couldnt care less about the strike.

maybe if no 'good' tv comes out, everyone will get off their butts and live a real life instead of watching a pretend one on tv????

the video is funny though. but i bet the dogs will have more time to ride skateboards and the cats more time to play piano if their people arent watching tv....

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:25 PM

Ehh. I'm not giving up cute so writers can get paid more by old media. Sorry.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:29 PM

I <3 David Cross!!!
But this is sooooo sad! We must save the cuteness!!!!!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:30 PM

I love how 'Chocolate Rain' is playing in the background and I'm incredibly relieved that it's only instrumentals! This was hilar!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:41 PM

i already suspected my dog is in solidarity with the writers. he just sits around on my bed eating cookies and watching maury until i get home from work. hmmmm....

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:47 PM

HILARIOUS. I didn't even realize that was David Cross until I read the comments, haha..

The writers' main issue isn't to get more money from old media, but to make sure they don't get screwed on new media (Internet ad revenue). When VHS came out, the deal gave less than a nickel to a writer for every copy sold. I think that holds true for DVDs as well. Correct me if I'm wrong on any of that.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:49 PM

it was made by a writer, Frank Lesser, WGA Member and Writer for the Colbert Report

see unitedhollywood.com

with that said, although i love david cross, i think this gets a bit creepy near the end. i still love it though!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 12:50 PM

That was funny! and poignant!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 01:01 PM

i love the overly dramatic music.

and the "prairie dog not emoting" made me burst out guffawing!!!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 01:06 PM

rachel, get off your soapbox.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 01:21 PM

Not to be an off-topic Nuff, but do those of you who don't support the strike really understand what this is about?

When you watch a rerun of "I Love Lucy" or "The Addams Family" or "Gilligan's Island" or any number of shows from the '50/'60s/'70, you need to know that those actors and writers get NO FINANCIAL COMPENSATION from that airing. They were paid for the first broadcast and (maybe) one or two reruns. PERIOD.

Back then, the incredibly lucrative "back end" money (via syndication, tape/DVD/cable) was unknown. Consequently, the studio/production entity garnered ALL the money from the ongoing success of that TV show. John Astin (as Gomez) gets nothing; Tina Louise (as Ginger) gets nothing; etc. Makes you understand why the cast of "Seinfeld" fought like hell for million-dollar salaries-- they seemed greedy at first glimpse, but the TRUTH is that they offered to the studio the option of giving them a (tiny!) percentage of the "back end," and the studio told them to go fuck themselves.

Well, now we know ALL about the moneymaking potential of "new media," and the networks/studios are doing everything they can to screw the writers out of their MORE than fair share of new media profits.

THIS, in short, is what the strike is about.

J. Bo
 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 01:26 PM

To clarify:

Carson Daly recently announced that he would resume production on his show, crossing the picket line (he is not a member of the Guild). He claims that he wants the other people on his show to continue to work, but his decision to air his 1:30 AM show against the wishes of his staff writers (and numerous other unions supporting the strike) has met with great derision, as no one watches his show anyway and he's not well-regarded as a talent of any sort.

Rachel, you may not care, but the studios and networks have used this issue to put thousands of non-writers out of work and cancel/abort numerous other projects that keep thousands of people employed. And guess what? TV isn't stopping, it's just getting WORSE without the writers, as networks recycle "reality" shows (which aren't real, by the way). It's only going to get worse in the next couple of months unless the strike ends. Good TV, like good movies, good theatre and good books, can be a reflection of a culture and something that gets people to think about themselves and their lives in an entertaining way. Regardless of whether or not it's necessary to you personally, I'm not sure why you "care less" about the artists in a culture being treated like dirt by international corporations who want to sell more toilet paper.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 01:34 PM

Amen, J.Bo...although, to be persnickety, "I Love Lucy" was produced by Desilu, so Desi and Lucy were compensated quite well for that series beyond what their fellow actors ended up making (and I believe they made a small fortune on the syndication rights).

And to the poster who asked before: writers get 4 cents on every DVD or VHS sold. They were asking for 8, but the producers turned that down. Currently, the writers are making NOTHING on internet/download revenue, and the producers are saying they "don't make any money" on these new revenue streams. LIES.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 01:38 PM

The non-skateboarding Jack Russell made my head explode. "Why are you pointing that little box at me? Did I do something ... wrong?" *tentativewag*

My old lady beagle will gladly stop clapping her paws in anticipation of treats to show solidarity with the writers! She'll still be mighty cute, tho.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 01:59 PM

"Otters NOT holding hands..."
Very, very funny!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 02:01 PM

Chicken pot, chicken pot, chicken pot piiiiiieeeee!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 02:12 PM

"writers get 4 cents on every DVD or VHS sold. They were asking for 8"

I may be wrong about this, but I *think* they were asking for 8 AFTER their product had already made the company $1 million. Not such an unreasonable demand, if you ask me...

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 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 02:21 PM

Dave, you're my hero! That's one of my favourite David Cross roles, and the best line of the whole show...PS, loved the animals NOT being cute, while still remaining very cute (conundrum?)

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 02:28 PM

David Cross in a kitty hat? Orchestral rendition of Chocolate Rain? Richard Belzer apologizing for his dog not riding a skateboard?

Internet, my day is made.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 02:38 PM


 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 02:44 PM

rachel - great, you don't watch tv or watch movies. But if you were getting screwed at your job wouldn't you get together with your fellow employees also being screwed and try to straighten out the wrongs being done to you? That's what the writer's are doing. They aren't writing for YOU. They are writing. You work, they work. They live to write. You live to not watch tv or movies..and whatever else you do.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 02:54 PM

Whardier, I'm about 99.9% sure it is Chocolate Rain playing in the background.

I knew I wasn't going crazy!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 03:17 PM

Detective Munch! On C.O.! With a puppeh!

This has seriously made my day. Though I'd have no luck getting my kittehs to stop being cute; it's impossible.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 03:36 PM

Am now going to be a 'nuff.

This was not even a little amusing. Guess I'll try again tomorrow.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 03:56 PM

To say the writers are getting "screwed" is a bit of an overstatement, especially considering how much they make. For example, "Among the Writers Guild’s 12,000 members are television writer-producers like Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” who take home up to $5 million a year." (New York Times, November 4, 2007) So, basically, I don't really feel sorry for them considering the average per capita income of the population is $25,000.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 04:05 PM

The MEDIAN income of the WGA writers is something like $5000/year. Yes, some make millions, and they bring the average up. But a whole lot of them work other jobs in addition to writing, just to make ends meet.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 04:41 PM

"great, you don't watch tv or watch movies. But if you were getting screwed at your job wouldn't you get together with your fellow employees also being screwed and try to straighten out the wrongs being done to you?"

anonnymouse, no, I don't.

When I get screwed at work, I get screwed. That's just the way the white collar world works.

There is no law that says we all have to support everyone else's labor dispute.

Sorry if that sounds cold, but I can't save the whole world, so I save my efforts for the causes I *can* do something about.

I will have to wait to comment about the video until I get home where they aren't blocked.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 04:42 PM

Is cute.

I'm so impressed to see the talking kitties in the middle. As I got them posted on here, I claim full responsibility for their popularity and famousness (it's a word in my world even if it's not a real word). And I love the part with Richard Belzer - yet another reason to love the man!

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 04:53 PM

The average WGA member makes $5,000 dollars a year.

I have not watched TV or any network affilated online content since the strike began (I miss the Office, sniff) and I miss it, but a picket line is a picket line no matter how virtual.
This strike is important because it will determine how much of a death grip big Studios will maintain as new media (our media) raises and old media decays. Be prepared for a SAG strike in June.
I personally am willing to do what it takes to make sure that creative and artistic men and women are allowed a fair percentage of that profit. I think Will Arnett should get a nickle everytime GOB makes me laugh.

 |  Dec 05, 2007 at 04:58 PM

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