Single? Stop by the WGA picket lines

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Striking writer Hunter Covington said he was looking for "someone to be broke with" when he came up with the idea for a picket line for singles.

"I'm looking for a low-maintenance female who doesn't enjoy the finer things in life," he joked Thursday outside the Fox studio gate in Century City.

The writer for NBC's "My Name is Earl" was joined by about 50 other people for the impromptu event dubbed "Singles' Strike."

Charles Heit, a writer for the Sci Fi Channel's "Painkiller Jane," said he was dreading picket duty until he met Cara Delizia, a petite actress. Then it didn't seem so bad.

The two planned to go to dinner and a movie after putting down their picket signs.

"It's all about solidarity, right?" Delizia said.

For many, the only thing more difficult than making it big in Hollywood is finding true love there.

Organizers of the singles picket thought writers should take advantage of their newfound free time while demanding a better contract from producers.

Unlike other picket lines around Tinseltown, the strikers at Fox chatted instead of chanting and ambled outside the studio gate instead of marching in a circle.

"It's kind of like a grade-school dance," said Stacey Traub, 35, a mother of two and a producer-writer of the show "Notes from the Underbelly."

"You walk by sort of eyeing each other. But I don't know how you make a move besides hitting them with your sign," she said.

Traub suggested drinks and dim-lighting would improve the atmosphere on the sidewalk. Other women pondered how to look cute while wearing the same Writers Guild of America T-shirt every day.

Some writers said the strike could last a long time and allow relationships to develop.

"By the time this strike is over, we'll be married with kids," said Erik Oleson, 34, a writer who was working on a pilot for Fox before the strike.

Writer Kristin Newman said her personal ad might go something like this: "Single picketer with splinters from holding a sign all day seeks soft hands to hold."
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