TV writers stepped up their protest of the plan to
cut some writing awards from the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards telecast, calling it a
"symbolic attack" on the value of writing.
WGAW released a copy of a protest letter signed by over 150
writers and producers from primetime broadcast and cable
shows from A (Army Wives) to Z (Zeke & Luther).
The letter was short and to the point: "We, the
undersigned showrunners and executive producers of television's current line-up
of programs, oppose the Academy of Television Arts and Science's decision to
remove writing awards from the live telecast.
"This decision conveys a fundamental understatement of the importance of
writers in the creation of television programming and a symbolic attack on the
primacy of writing in our industry. We implore ATAS to restore these
awards to their rightful place in the live telecast of the 2009 Emmy