11/7/07

Strikers expect more from Eva Longoria

In a scene straight out of a Hollywood script, former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus led striking TV writers Tuesday as they picketed Eva Longoria for filming "Desperate Housewives."

Longoria, the sexy star of the ABC hit, was reduced to tears while the boisterous wordsmiths walked outside the Burbank set chanting, "We write the story-a, Eva Longoria!"

Louis-Dreyfus, whose CBS sitcom "The New Adventures of Old Christine" has been shut down due to the labor stoppage, implored Longoria to join her on the picket line. "I understand she is in a really tricky position, but it would be awfully nice if she'd said she wouldn't work today," Louis-Dreyfus said. "She's certainly in a financial position to be able to say that."

Longoria, the only top name on the star-studded cast filming yesterday, approached the writers just after noon bearing pizzas and a promise to join them today. "I absolutely support the writers," Longoria said. "Without writers, I wouldn't be who I am."

Her doe eyes welled with tears as the strikers grew louder, chanting, "We've got Julia, yes we do! Hey now, Eva, what about you?"

Longoria said she had to "honor my union and show up" to film the scene. "This show is shutting down," she said. "We're going to be on the lines. I care about people losing their homes, you know, my hair and makeup artists who can't make ends meet if they don't have a paycheck."

But Longoria's pizza pitch didn't pan out, as the chants changed to "No justice, no pizza!" and, "This isn't the piece of pie we meant!"

Comedian Wanda Sykes, who co-stars on Louis-Dreyfus' show, said Longoria had a lame excuse for working while other stars are walking. "I'm not working. She's working," Sykes said in defiance.

The standoff highlighted the second day of the strike that has turned late-night TV into reruns and shut down filming of most network shows.

No new talks have been scheduled to settle the walkout.

Writers want a share of what the big studios get from reselling shows on DVDs and on the Internet.

The coast-to-coast strike also brought out pickets at the Silvercup Studios in Queens yesterday. Stars such as Alec Baldwin of NBC's "30 Rock" brought doughnuts for the strikers, who vowed to walk for as long as it takes.

Chris Albers, a writer on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," invited the viewing public to join the picket lines.

Tim Carvell, a writer on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," said it's been tough having to set aside his pen.

"It's hard to come home at night and watch the news knowing we can't write about it," said Carvell, who plans to join pickets at studios at Chelsea Piers Wednesday.

Bring soup, he asked supporters.

(nydailynews.com)

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