Some 'Office' stars affected by WGA strike

Nov. 5, 2007 at 10:57 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Several stars of "The Office," who also write for the U.S. comedy series, will be affected by the Writers Guild of America strike, reported.

WGA members B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling and Paul Lieberstein are officially on strike, however, as the actors who play Ryan, Kelly and Toby, they are faced with the decision of whether to go to work as expected.

Numerous other creative professionals who juggle multiple tasks, including producing, are in the same situation.

"The official line on all of our shows is we expect you to show up," a senior network executive told Variety. "We've told them that it's required under their contracts and they'll be in breach if they don't show up."

But one top writer-producer or show-runner predicted to Variety that: "Showrunners will not show on Monday or all week. No one likes to leave a crew unsure of whether or not they have work, or assistants wondering where their next paycheck will come from. And no one wants to leave their baby in someone else's hands. It's a difficult time. But I will not cross a picket line."

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