Fashion Star Shuts Down Production After Crew Members Strike

Production on the show's second season has been shut down until union crew members are given contracts.
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Production on the show's second season has been shut down until union crew members are given contracts.
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In case you haven't heard, NBC's fashion competition show Fashion Star is set to return for a second season with new host Louise Roe. But there've been some setbacks.

Having already lost Elle Mcphearson and H&M, the show has now, at least temporarily, lost its crew, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A taping of the show last weekend had to be completely shut down, and the live audience sent home, because over 70 crew members who are part of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union started picketing the show for pension and health benefits.

IATSE official Vanessa Holtgrew told the Hollywood Reporter, "We’re on strike against this show until we have a contract."

Considering how valuable those crew members probably are to this show (Fashion Star's ridiculously--and perhaps unnecessarily--high production value can't be denied), we imagine they'll reach some agreement soon--though according to THR, neither NBC nor Fashion Star's production companies could be reached for comment and no discussions are in the works.

Perhaps the show could scale back on the insanely high production (come on, those motorcycles and flames were a little much) and instead put that cost towards crew members' pensions? We think Nicole Richie's hair accessories are usually visually arresting enough in our opinion.