According to Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily, Hollywood's most reliable source for strike news and updates, Monday's WGA/AMPTP negotiations went remarkably well.
I don't want to repeat the entire post here (but you can click here to check it out), so here are some optimistic highlights to whet your appetite...
• "It was very
productive, very level-headed, and it seemed as though the producers
came ready to bargain. Reasonableness
ruled the day."
• "Over the course of the session, the producers addressed every
single issue, and the writers listened and kept getting up to caucus."
basically went through all the proposals on the table: what they'd
already agreed upon, and where they needed to go from here. Tomorrow, they really start advancing the ball
• "Today, they spent time on old business.
Tomorrow, they handle new business -- and that's where the rubber can
really meet the road."
Of course, while much of Hollywood has been awash in a wave of hope and optimism, it's important to remember: it ain't over till the fat lady sings, and in this case, the fat lady is Rupert Murdoch, Jeff Immelt, Jeff Bewkes, Bob Iger, Sumner Redstone, and Les Moonves. John Aboud sums it up best when, in his latest blog post at UnitedHollywood.com, he warms us not to "book the back room at El Coyote" just quite yet.
Stay tuned for more updates...