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We’re Not Couch Potatoes: TV Fans Get Politically Active Online

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Fans protest in front of Fox Studios in Century City, Los Angeles.  Source: and

Fans protest in front of Fox Studios in Century City, Los Angeles. Source: and

The United States is a TV nation. On average, Americans watch about five-hours of TV everyday and each household owns two or more televisions. Passive? Lazy? That’s the general reputation. But that image was turned upside down in 2007 when TV writers went on strike… and the couch potatoes got active.

On this edition, we look back at the writers’ strike, and see how the largest political force in the country, television watchers, helped bring the networks to their knees.


Jeff Braverman, Nuts Online owner; Kevin Brown, “Roswell” producer; Carlton Cuse, “Lost” producer; Matthew Federman, Jericho writer; Amy Norman, Fans4Writers Food for Thought coordinator; Karen J. Wellenkamp, Fans4Writers co-webmaster.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Producer: Andrew Stelzer
Contributing Producer: Drew Himmelstein
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Associate Director: Khanh Pham
Production Coordinator: Elena Botkin-Levy
Interns: Asma Mohseni, and Patti Restaino

For more information:

Writers Guild of America, West

Writers Guild of America, East

United Hollywood

Nuts Online –┬áLinden, NJ

Jericho Junction


Jericho Central

Save Jericho Again



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Pete Seeger – Union Maid

Author: Radio Project

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