It's Captain Caps, with an important note for anyone who enjoys even one single currently-running program on TV today (Not including documentaries, newsmagazines, "Millionaire", "Weakest Link", Discovery, TLC or reality programming). The Writer's Guild is in the twilight hours for negotiating a new contract. Effective Midnight, no more scripts shall be produced for TV or the Silver Screen. A litany of TV shows are under the barrel. Unless a contract is reached in the 11th hour, it's... *Farewell, "Friends"!* *Later, Leno and Letterman!* *Sayonara, "Sesame Street", "Saturday Night Live" and "Simpsons" (You read that last part right. The show's writers are with the Writer's Guild!)* *Exit, Stage Left for "Ed" and "Everybody Loves Raymond"!* *Danke Scheon, "Daily Show"* *Regis and Rosie: Runnin' Out Of Time* *March on out, "Mad TV"!* In other words, it's a full-bore termination of scripted TV as we know it. Despite general feeling, there are many pearls around the swine. Now the gleam and the pig are going to the meatgrinder, where reality TV will eat up the final product. Ladies and gentlemen, soon it shall be time to... *Go to the videotape!* *Demand the DVD!* *Burrow the beak in a book!* All of a sudden, my mind's alternating between the songs "Who Wants To Live Forever" by Queen and "Don't Dream It's Over" by Crowded House. Well, as Simple Minds once said-"Don't you forget about me!" First the writers, then the actors are out of the game in June. I shall report news on the strikes as they come. As a lover of entertainment, I, with all solemnity, take the position of strike reporter. If you read this, I am serious when I ask to report on this news as it comes and as I can post it. I now leave you with the following note: After I write the words, Sincerely, John "Captain Caps" Kilduff ------ It will be 8:36 PM on the East Coast, according to the clock on my TV. It is now 3 hours and 24 minutes to the first lethal blow to the modern-day entertainment industry.