Write a letter (part 2)

Tonight I received this email from Michael Schur, writer and co-executive producer of The Office:

Hey tanster,

Saw this somewhere and thought TallyHeads might be into it.

This site, Firedoglake, has made it really easy to send emails to the companies on behalf of specific shows. I’d encourage them not only to do it for The Office, but for any show on any network they like and want to see come back.

Constant pressure on the networks is having an effect — and on advertisers, too. At least one large national company is considering pulling ads from shows because of pressure from consumers. (Unconfirmed but there’ve been a lot of rumors.)

Anyway, thought this might be something good for the site … as always, thanks.

If you wrote and sent a letter the first time around, you are a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Now it’s time to do it again. Tell those network execs to get back to the negotiating table!

Do it for The Office. Do it for Mose.


  1. There are some grammatical mistakes in the form letter. One sentence even ends in a preposition. Make sure to proofread it before sending. I’m SURE Tanster would! :)

    I added at the bottom: DO THE RIGHT THING!

  2. I am no longer supporting the writers so I’m going to make sure I don’t send any letters like this to them. Having a strike is one thing, but maybe if all the writers in general (minus the office staff of course) would put out a better product, maybe the networks would find it easier to come to a fair deal. No offense to writers, but most of what is put out there these days is pretty terrible. I feel like the writers are being very selfish in putting others out of work, other people who will never make nearly as much as some of the writers will make with or without a new deal.

  3. Great idea! And I really hope those rumors Michael heard were true…that would move negotiations along much quicker if the money stopped rolling in.

  4. Someone should make a list of everything advertised during The Office timeslot and we should sign a petition to boycott those products. If you threaten their advertising revenue, they have nothing left.

  5. This was great! I sent several letters at the start of the strike, and this post made it so easy to fire off three more in a matter of minutes. Here’s hoping it works. I’m in serious withdrawal.

  6. As a warning, that firedoglake site is a strongly left-wing site — which is fine, but it does so in a rather…controversial way. Write your letters if you’d like, but just know that using that site comes with a lot of baggage for any convenience.

  7. Thanks for the link. In the words of Stanley, “Game On!” I will begin every workday with sending out as many emails as possible in support of all the writers!!

  8. There’s also a group on Facebook that does generally the same thing. You post your letter on their “wall” or comments page, and they send it to Zucker for you.

  9. Ooo I like this, it’s much easier to send many letter to many different people and networks. Hehehe I wonder what the inboxes look like over at NBC. I think our favorite CEO is probably having a heck of a time

  10. I’m so glad that you posted this website. Not that I hadn’t planned on sending in a letter, but being the Christmas season, I’ve been really busy. So this site has made it MUCH easier to release some steam and inform the heads how this effects the viewers as well! Thanks again Tanster, you’re the best!

  11. This is awesome, I’ve already sent 5 about the Office, and a couple for 30 Rock. Just imagine if all of us Tally heads sent 5 each for the Office? Guys..it’s so easy!

  12. Done… and done. :)

    I still feel ridiculous, though, because I wrote a letter to Jeff Zucker a few weeks ago and now I just sent that e-mail, but it just doesn’t seem like enough. I want to go picket with the WGA, dangnabbit, or egg NBC’s building! (totally kidding… sort of)

    Here’s hoping for a resolution soon!

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