Since I have been writing about the strike off and on, I might as well give the latest update. First, the good news: the strike is officially over!
Second, the weird news: Hogan Sheffer and Meg Kelly went fi-core, that is, they gave up their union status permanantly. That means that Kenny is not obligated to bring them back, as he would be if they had stayed with the strike.
Why would Hogan do this? Going fi-core means he can never get back into the union. He may have just committed career suicide, because there is a stigma to going fi-core. Some people are saying he wanted to write for Days so much that he thought it was worth it. Others are saying he just wanted to be paid the rest of his contract. Neither choice makes sense to me. The timing suggests the latter (he went fi-core only a few weeks before Kenny made his announcement that Hogan was fired). But why would he jeopardize his chances to be hired by another soap (which I feel sure would have happened) just to be paid out the rest of his Days contract?
Either he just wanted to stick it to Kenny—which I can understand, though it’s incredibly short-sighted—or he plans to get out of the writing business. Or maybe Kenny manipulated Hogan into it, and this is some grand conspiracy by Kenny to get Hogan out and Higley in while the strike was in place.
There may be hope for the other fired writers. Word is that the WGA is investigating their firings.
Higley, on the other hand, has come out of all this smelling like a rose. Her husband, Mark Christopher, also a soap writer, went fi-core, but Higley did not. Speculation is that she wrote for Days during the strike using her husband as a cover. So she got her stories in place during the strike, she is still a writer in good standing with the union, and is eligible to be named the new headwriter. I only hope her plotting on the show matches what she can do in real life.