Which is to say that NBC's The Office is the first major show to close production due to the writers' strike. Apparently the reason is that the cast and crew refused to cross the writers' picket lines. Star Steve Carell called in "sick" with the greatest work excuse ever:
Additionally, I've been told that Steve Carell informed NBC he is unable to report to work because he is suffering from “enlarged balls.” Not just enlarged, I'd say, but brass ones. The source on this one adds, "We wish him a happy, slow recovery."