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Trying not to shut down

November 7, 2007 |  1:25 pm


Some protesters do NOT want their shows to shut down -- at least not yet.

"Our objective is not to shut down the show," Bill Wrubel, a writer on "Ugly Betty," said today outside Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach where the comedy, as well as other shows such as "Private Practice" and "The Closer," film. "But we do intend to show our resolve. And our cast has been very, very supportive. We want to show loyalty to the crew. They come out and march with us when they get a break."

Much of the cast, including star America Ferrera, was scheduled to march with the writers later in the day, he said.

Wrubel said writers had completed about 13 scripts when they walked off. "So they can definitely shoot 12, maybe 13. We worked hard to complete those scripts. We want to be loyal to the crew. But that will be it."

The strikers' spirits picked up when agents from CAA drove up in a BMW station wagon bearing oranges, water and snacks.

The scene at historic Paramount Studios was a little more crowded and lively. Instead of marching, some writers were dancing at the Bronson Avenue gate, bouncing to Cypress Hill's "Insane In the Brain." Motorists honked their approval.

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-- Greg Braxton