Drew Barrymore’s Show Is Picketed as It Resumes Amid Writers’ Strike

Drew Barrymore’s Show Is Picketed as It Resumes Amid Writers’ Strike

The Drew Barrymore show will be returning to TV screens sooner than expected amid the writers and
actors’ strikes.
In a lengthy Instagram post,
Barrymore announced that her daytime talk show
will begin its fourth season soon,
in accordance with the rules of the Writers Guild of America
And SAG AfterStrikes.
However,
a spokesperson for the Writers Guild told The Hollywood Reporter
that Drew is a struck show,
and union members are set to picket outside of Barrymore’s studios
Monday and Tuesday in New York City.
A spokesperson said in a statement,
it has stayed off the air since the strike began on May 2,
but has now unfortunately decided to
return without its writers.
The Guild has and will continue to picket any struck show that
continues production for the duration of the strike.
Drew plans to premiere its fourth season
September 18.
The show will be produced without literary material,
similar to ABC’s The View.
A CBS Media Ventures spokesperson told THR,
the Drew Barrymore show will not be performing any
writing work covered by the WGA strike.
Barrymore pointed out in her Instagram post that she’s
making a conscious choice now to return to work amid both the writers’ and actors’ strikes,
because the show is bigger than just me.
I own this choice,
she continued.
We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting
film and television that is struck of any kind.
We launch live in a global pandemic.
Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned through what
the real world is going through in real time.
For WGA strike rules,
most daytime talk shows are allowed to continue to run
because a lot of them do not employ writers who are a part of the union.
Two exceptions include the Drew Barrymore show and The Talk,
which went dark at the
start of the strike and continues to play reruns as do the late-night talk shows.
For more updates to this story,
head to THR.com.
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keep watching The Hollywood Reporter News.

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