Add Apple’s Loot to the list of programs affected by the writers’ strike.
Tell sources The Hollywood Reporter that the Universal Television-produced Apple comedy has been discontinued after picketers disrupted filming of the comedy starring and exec produced by Maya Rudolph. Production is currently on hold and it’s unclear when – or even if – it resumes.
Representatives for Universal Television producers declined comment and Apple did not immediately respond THR‘s request for comment.
A source close to the production said protesters from the Writers Guild of America arrived at the Bel-Air mega mansion which is used for filming the Friday series, and Rudolph is said to have retreated to her caravan, unwilling to return to work.
The nearly 12,000-member writers’ guild began striking on Tuesday when their contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expired. Both parties failed to reach a new deal. It is unclear when talks between the two parties will resume.
The WGA is seeking pay raises, additional compensation for streaming, viewer transparency, and protection against the burgeoning practice of mini-rooms and the use of artificial intelligence.
Booty was in production on its second season. The series was created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard, who previously worked with Rudolph on Amazon’s Forever. The series revolves around a billionaire whose seemingly perfect life falls apart when her husband of 20 years betrays her and her public spiral becomes tabloid fodder. After learning she has a charitable foundation, Molly (Rudolph) and her no-nonsense head Sofia (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Attitude) come up with a plan to give away much of her fortune.
A number of scripted productions have suspended or paused production during the writers’ strike.