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WGA Strike and AI – Can ChatGPT Write a Funny 30 Rock Scene? – The Hollywood Reporter

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“AI could be crypto, or it could be the Internet. We don’t know if it’s going to shit the bed and become nothing or replace all of us.”

That’s how one writer-producer described the specter of synthetic intelligence as they walked the picket line in entrance of the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, on the primary day of the Writers Guild of America strike.

In interviews with WGA members this week, many singled out AI as one in all their central considerations within the ongoing battle with the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers, which represents Hollywood’s studios and streamers. The guild desires to ban studios from utilizing AI to write down or rewrite literary materials, ban its use as supply materials and outlaw the usage of WGA writers’ work to coach AI.

Whereas the present battle isn’t about what the tech can do right this moment however relatively defending writers in opposition to future tech, it’s additionally true that studios is perhaps tempted to make use of AI sooner relatively than later if the writers strike continues. We needed to see how a lot of a aggressive danger the present chatbots pose to writers. So The Hollywood Reporter turned to ChatGPT for an AI-generated scene for an iconic present about TV writing itself, the NBC Tina Fey comedy 30 Rock.

THR entered the next immediate into ChatGPT: “Write a 30 Rock script about Liz Lemon, Two-fer, Lutz and Frank going on strike and how it impacted TGS.” The chatbot generated the unedited textual content, beneath, in lower than 15 seconds. Quick, sure. However how good is it?

To reply that we turned to the human THR TV critic Dan Fienberg, who additionally generated his textual content with a single immediate in underneath 30 seconds: “The shape of the scene isn’t exactly horrible. It’s setting up something farcical that never actually materializes, but the idea is a fully respectable C-. The dialogue, though, has no punchlines and no recognizable voices connected to characters with VERY recognizable voices. I’m fairly confident that Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski could read the phone book and be funny, but I’m equally confident that they couldn’t make this funny if they tried.”

His backside line: “Asking an AI to write a comedy script is definitely something Jack Donaghy would do before learning a valuable lesson about the importance of Lutz.”

FADE IN:

INT. TGS WITH TRACY JORDAN – DAY

Liz Lemon, Two-fer, Lutz, and Frank are huddled collectively in Liz’s workplace, wanting critical.

LIZ LEMON Okay, guys, we have to speak. It’s time for us to take a stand.

TWO-FER I agree. We’re not getting the respect we deserve.

LUTZ And I’m uninterested in being the butt of each joke.

FRANK Plus, we’re not getting paid sufficient to place up with this crap.

LIZ LEMON That’s proper. We’re happening strike.

TWO-FER However what are we putting for, precisely?

LIZ LEMON Respect, truthful remedy, and higher pay. It’s time for TGS to acknowledge our contributions.

LUTZ And we’re not going again to work till we get what we would like.

FRANK Yeah, we’ll present them who’s boss.

CUT TO:

INT. TGS WITH TRACY JORDAN – DAY

The strike has been happening for just a few days, and the TGS crew is struggling to maintain the present going with out Liz, Two-fer, Lutz, and Frank.

TRACY JORDAN What the hell is occurring? We are able to’t do the present with out them.

JENNA MARONEY I don’t know, Tracy. They’re not budging on their calls for.

PETE HORNBERGER And we are able to’t simply exchange them. They’re too beneficial to the present.

TRACY JORDAN This can be a catastrophe. We have to do one thing.

CUT TO:

INT. LIZ’S OFFICE – DAY

Liz, Two-fer, Lutz, and Frank are nonetheless on strike, however they’re beginning to really feel the consequences of being out of labor.

TWO-FER I don’t know the way for much longer we are able to preserve this up. I want the cash.

LUTZ And I miss being a part of the present.

FRANK However we are able to’t hand over now. We now have to see this via.

LIZ LEMON I do know it’s powerful, however we have now to remain robust. We’re preventing for what’s proper.

CUT TO:

INT. TGS WITH TRACY JORDAN – DAY

Tracy has an concept.

TRACY JORDAN I understand how we are able to finish this strike.

PETE HORNBERGER How?

TRACY JORDAN We’ll present them how a lot we’d like them. We’ll do the present with out them.

JENNA MARONEY That’s loopy, Tracy. We are able to’t do the present with out Liz and the others.

TRACY JORDAN We now have to strive. It’s the one option to get them to return again.

CUT TO:

INT. TGS WITH TRACY JORDAN – DAY

Tracy, Jenna, and the remainder of the TGS crew are doing their finest to placed on a present with out Liz, Two-fer, Lutz, and Frank.

TRACY JORDAN And now, a sketch about… um… Lutz, I assume?

The sketch falls flat with out Lutz there to play alongside.

JENNA MARONEY This isn’t working, Tracy. We’d like Liz and the others again.

TRACY JORDAN I do know. However we have now to maintain making an attempt.

CUT TO:

INT. LIZ’S OFFICE – DAY

Liz, Two-fer, Lutz, and Frank are watching the present on TV.

TWO-FER That is horrible. We now have to return.

LUTZ Yeah, they want us.



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