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'Desperate Housewives' to halt production


Eva "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry says the ABC prime-time soap will shut down tomorrow to send a message. "We're the most high-profile writers in television. If we all band together, we're sending a not-so-subtle message to the powers that be that without us, there is no TV. Period."

He said he knows what it's like to be without work, since he once survived on $25,000 to $45,000 a year when he couldn't get a better-paying TV gig. He also cautioned the public not to believe everything they hear about writers' salaries. Sure, someone could make $100,000 a year -- but then be out of work for two years.

-- Lynn Smith

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well, that's the big problem here isn't it? everyones mad because the writers make more money than they do. but no one seems to remember that the studio execs make far more than the writers, so why are you pissed at them? Cherry made a mistake here. well two actually. the first is talking about salary because it's not relevent. they deserve to be paid for their work, period. how much they make now is beside the point and shouldn't even be an issue on the table. if you want to talk salary, let's compare cherry's salary to the nbc execs. second mistake is forgetting that there are in fact a lot of people who would love to make 25-45k a year and don't. so you can't throw out numbers like that and expect sympathy for your cause. what's wrong with admitting that youwant residuals because it's right, not because you'll be poor without them? that's the truth, let it speak for itself. he's not a great public speaker. i agree with that, but in principle he's still in the right about the issue that matters. poor guy. i bet if he weren't on stike he could have written something much better than that!

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