Letter From America

Marion McKeone: Back-to-work Drew Barrymore draws writers’ fury as she breaks ranks with strikers

The actress and chat show host is among a trickle of big-name producers and presenters returning to work, but at least a new law may allow the strikers to claim the dole

The show must go on: Drew Barrymore has broken ranks with the strikers

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike has entered its fifth month, and the prognosis for the film, TV and steaming industries in 2024 is grim. Just as well Americans can tune into the 2024 reality TV election, with its blockbuster criminal trials, cartoon villains and narcoleptic incumbent. Because the way things are going, there won’t be much else on the telly.

Among the writers and actors, there was a widely held belief that Labour ...