Law & Order Chief Chimes In

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Nov. 25 2008, Published 12:43 p.m. ET

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Dick Wolf, creator of the insanely successful Law & Order franchise, has this to say about a possible actors' strike early next year:

"It's so out of touch with reality. Strikes very rarely accomplish what they set out to do, and it is a different situation than the '40s and '50s, when certain things had to be achieved."

Like actually getting work.

This strike, which could occur in January, is about whether the networks have the right to use non-union actors for web-videos. Right now, they do. Which means less income for Screen Actors Guild members.

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"So does a strike," a TV producer told Radar. "If they do this, TV shows will shut down and won't be returning. Viewers will move on to other things. More reality shows will be made costing union jobs. Already, movies aren't going into production for fear they'll be shut down midway through."

For the record, the late megastar Charlton Heston -- who was president of the Screen Actors Guild for 6 years -- taped a message opposing just such a union position.

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