The writer’s strike looks to be over. The WGA (Writers Guild of America) board voted to approve the new contract, and will send it to the membership for ratification. It looks like all writers will be back to work starting Wednesday.
All week I’ve been trying to reconcile myself to Hogan being gone, all his scriptwriters being gone, and Higley being the new headwriter.
Now that all might be for naught. Variety reports that industry sources say the WGA contract reached with the majors “includes a provision that will allow scribes who were force majeuered from ongoing series to return to their old jobs.” “Force majeure” refers to a clause in their contract that writers could be fired after 90 days of striking—without having to pay off their contracts.
Our poor Days writers even got a specific mention: Melissa Salmon, a writer involved with the negotiations between the WGA and the majors, “told a daytime writer that the staff of Days of Our Lives, who had all been fired last week, were getting their jobs back. And that a striking writer, if fired, had to be replaced by a striking writer. Not a scab, and not a fi-core [non-union] member.”
If true, this means that Higley–because she was a scab—cannot remain headwriter at Days after the strike is over. Does it mean Hogan is coming back? Maybe, maybe not. Speculation is running rampant over whether Corday will fire Hogan after all (legally this time—that is, buying out his contract), or whether Hogan would even want to stay after being so unceremoniously fired. And naturally the message boards are in a frenzy over who would possibly replace him.
Why would Ken Corday force such a major shake-up one month before NBC makes its decision about renewing Days? Oh, right, because he’s an idiot.
To invoke Sami’s painfully written but appropriate words from Friday: “It is just a confusing mess. And I am really confused and messed up because of it.”