While Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy walked the picket lines, Variety as well as some blogs are reporting that actress Frances Fisher, who was walking the line at Paramount with fellow SAG board member Valerie “Rhoda” Harper, has found someone to blame: The SAG national board, led by then-president Melissa Gilbert, of Little House on the Prairie fame, for its decision in early 2004 to agree to a one-year extension of its deal that de-linked with SAG’s expiration date from the WGA’s and placed in synch with the DGA’s.
The SAG and DGA contracts both expire next June 30; the WGA’s expired on Halloween.
“What we did was put the WGA in a less powerful position, which led to this strike,” said Fisher. “And I think Melissa Gilbert should be out here apologizing to the WGA.”
And in brief strike updates: The last new episode of The Office will be next week; Family Guy might not have another episode, and Desperate Housewives might have just a small few. And 24‘s premiere has been postponed, with no new date given. Variety also reported the strike is likely to last well into 2008.
UPDATE: 24 will not air this season at all.