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Bill Lawrence on the Writers Strike

Published November 13, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of NBC.
Scrubs Scrubs

For most viewers, the Writers Guild of America strike will only create a temporary nuisance, a longer wait for new episodes of shows. If big hits miss a season, they'll catch up. However, Scrubs' last season on the air was already a gift as the cult hit hung on at NBC. With show runner Bill Lawrence joining the picket lines, he may be sacrificing the culmination he fought so hard for.

Lawrence Scrubs the Writers Strike

"If the strike doesn't go away, I would imagine there won't ever be a finale of Scrubs which is a drag, but that pales in comparison to all that we're trying to get done here," said Lawrence. "I'll figure out a way for our most loyal fans to tell them how the show was going to end, even if that means writing the script and putting it online. If this strike ends, I'm going to do everything I can, no matter when it ends, to fight for them letting me finish the show but nobody can say what's going to happen."

That is, everything but writing a "just in case" finale before the guild went on strike. "I wasn't going to do it, man. Someone called and said, 'You should have the two characters do this or that in the last episode' but I'm not going to do that."

Lawrence shares the sentiments of other big show runners who are out on the picket lines with their entire staffs. "We're writers first. Damon [Lindelof]'s a writer first, I'm a writer first. I'm going to be here every day. Unfortunately, I think on some level, there's a direct equation between the amount of commitment people show and how quickly this goes away, so I'm going to be out here all the time."

At the top of the writing food chain, Lawrence is thankful to be in a position to help his union. "Any showrunner that talks about how hard it is for them, yeah there are some personal sacrifice and disappointment, but a lot of us have already won the lottery. Like Damon and I, you'll never catch either of us complaining about this because we're so lucky and we aren't the rank and file of the writer's guild. We're people that essentially lightning struck and we got to win the lottery so I'm sticking it out until the end. It's not my decision."
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