Rushfield: 8 Faultlines for a Long, Hot Summer
Who gets stabbed in the back as conflicts engulf more than writers?
The picket line trudges on. The parties remain, to all appearances, as far from the negotiating table as they ever were. And now all eyes turn to the directors
As the stalemate settles in and both parties digs trenches, the cracks on both sides are starting to show — or at least be whispered about. The shutdown is revealing fissures between former BFFs and frenemies alike. Which of those are bound to rip open in two, three, six months? That's what a strike is all about, applying a pressure test to see what (and who) cracks. In the meantime, a series of other faultlines in the industry have begun revealing themselves this week, encompassing showrunners, Netflix, SAG and even broadcast TV (remember that?). Let’s roll through them and what is being whispered behind the scenes: