The writers' strike won't pre-empt the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade coverage

By People Staff
November 15, 2007 09:30 AM
Jason DeCrow/AP

The big balloons will be filling your TV screens next Thursday as scheduled, as Today anchors Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira host NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

There had been some fears that the Writer’s Guild of America strike may have burst the balloon as far as televising the event is concerned.

“[The strike] is something Meredith and I were just asking about yesterday because it is scripted,” Lauer said in a Wednesday conference call to TV journalists, reports New York’s Daily News.

“I want to be very clear,” added Lauer, “because of the precise timing of things coming into Herald Square and being caught on camera, there is a large scripted element to it.”

But, according to an NBC spokesperson, those writing the parade coverage “are not involved in the union.”

Besides Matt and Meredith, the 81st annual live broadcast of the festivity that inspired the movie Miracle on 34th Street will also star inflatable versions of Sesame Street‘s Abby Cadabby, Hello Kitty and Shrek – as well as the real-life Ashley Tisdale, of High School Musical, and Jordin Sparks. – Stephen M. Silverman