The last few days, I've gotten word (in writing) that layoffs have started and will continue on Simpsons, American Dad, King of the Hill, and Family Guy because no writing is being done during the WGA strike.
I didn't need letters. I knew it was coming, as did the crews. But I went up to Starz Media yesterday anyway, to find out what was going on. I thought the down-sizing would be starting after the first of the year. No such luck. A layout artist set me straight:
"Our first wave of people got it last week, another group goes this week, and more people will be going after New Year's."
On King of the Hill, I'm told that layoffs will be pretty close to their normal hiatus time. A few revisionists are going just before Christmas, with other personnel shifting over to take up some left-over work, then departing early next year.
Happily, most folks have been told that they'll be back after the strike is settled. So I guess there's a kind of a silver lining.