Strike already taking toll on shows

By Tim Surette

Nov 06, 2007

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The Writers Guild of America strike isn't even a day old yet, and television schedules have already changed.

As predicted, the first programs to be affected are late-night talk shows, which typically tape five nights a week with shows airing the same day. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Last Call with Carson Daly are all currently scheduled to opt for repeats rather than go ahead without their scribes, according to the Associated Press.

CBS said its two late-night offerings, Letterman and Ferguson, will be repeating through the end of the week, but will almost certainly extend that date as it deems necessary. The fate of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, which could try to go ahead with Kimmel winging it, was still up in the air as of this afternoon.

ABC also revised the premiere date of one of its new shows. Cashmere Mafia, starring Lucy Liu, will no longer debut on November 27 as originally planned. Instead, the drama's release date has been given the nebulous "to be announced" stamp.

NBC's Heroes is preparing for the worst. According to TVGuide.com, the superhero drama is reshooting the final episode of the season's first half--also known as Volume One or "Generations."

Originally scheduled for multiple volumes, the second season of the drama may be halved, and the reshooting of the December 3 episode is designed to wrap things up nicely...by transforming the episode into a potential season finale rather than a midseason cliffhanger. The strike was allegedly also the cause of the indefinite postponement of the Heroes: Origins spin-off.

In a strange bit of irony, it isn't the lack of writers' words that cut production of one show short, but rather writers' words. Noise and disruptions from the strike brought shooting of Cane to a halt in Los Angeles, says The Hollywood Reporter.

An upcoming episode of the CBS drama was being filmed at a café near the network's lot, but "about 20 writers chanted, screamed, and used a bullhorn" close enough to the action that the cameras were forced to be turned off. According to the Reporter, "After the shoot was stopped, writers cheered and rejoined picketers around the corner at the studio."

For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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  • guinn75 Feb 10, 2008

    Isn't this strike like an episode of the Simpsons when cartoons were banned for violence and all the kids went out and played and led healthier lifestyles...until the ban was over? Maybe it's a good thing to not watch as much television!

    I'm sure everyone has a claim for DVD sales - the writers, the actors, the musicians, the dvd case inventors...All I know is that they make a whole lot more than I do and probably a lot more than the majority of their viewing audience so I don't have any empathy. I'm afraid they are all hurting themselves. I think maybe strikes should be reserved for really important things if you want them to be taken seriously (like poverty and poor working conditions and schools and discrimination issues). Some people who used to be avid fans don't care much for baseball after the strike - they thought the players were too greedy. It makes the average person angry to think they are barely making ends meet and there are people who can but it's not good enough!

    You don't have to agree with my opinion - I just wanted to share it!!!!

  • kitten_girl_979 Dec 13, 2007

    When will the strikes ever end? It's hurting the shows that people watch.

  • scubesteve Nov 21, 2007

    Leave the Heroes midseason cliffhanger alone. Thats the way it was written for the future episodes so leave it alone. Its would be off the air until next year anyway. I'll wait 2 months or 6 months for the second part of the season. Or better yet, give the writers what they want. Without them you have no great shows like Heroes, Bionic Woman, Battlestar Galactica. We would have stupid shows for people who don't think like I Love New York, The Fattiest Loser, and The Singing Bee. From what I am reading they want 4 more cents per DVD sold...You can't even buy a piece of gum for 4 cents anymore.

  • ssgoku1010 Nov 19, 2007

    The strikes are a tough situation but it's unfair to always picture a network as the bad guy. The network can't create a product without writers, and in turn the fans become angry at the network - I don't think we actually know enough about the issue to really comment. People have been saying 'let the writers have the extra few cents of DVD sales' but we don't have any realistic idea as to what that will cost the networks - can they even afford to have this happen. I'm just saying that I doubt most people commenting really know enough about the issue to suggest resolutions.

    That being said, I think the writers are only going to punish themselves through this strike. I ask you what is televised when there are no writers.... thats right, reality television! Scripted TV has already been threatened by reality TV in the last decade, and this strike will only serve to exacerbate the situation. Just like in 1988 when the writers strikes lead to the creation of COPS - a reality show still around today!

    On the other hand, there's the fact that in the 88 strike I think like 10% of all television audiences were lost and they still haven't recovered those viewers today! - that is bad for the networks!

    So it seems both sides of the camp have reason to settle. I've got my money on the writers accepting a deal which today may seem ok but 20 years from now they're going to get screwed over yet again, once more heading down to the picket lines. Strikes in the 60's, the 80's and now the 00's - these writers are intelligent enough to come up with great television but couldn't negotiate their way out of a box!

  • Trustyj Nov 11, 2007

    For those of you who support the writers, check this out.



    http://www.fans4writers.com/participate.shtml



    Spread the word! If the studios don't have writers or viewers then they have no power. The execs need to learn who is REALLY responsible for all that money they make. That would be us, the fans/consumers.

  • BiniBeans Nov 10, 2007

    Well, with some of the ideas and thoughts portrayed here it is no wonder if the networks think they can get away with hoarding all revenues to themselves and disrespecting the creative talents actually delivering their shows. ...'hiring independent witers', ... ,poor viewers aren't treated as important enough, so end the strike now'? Really guys, don't you care that you try to undermine the very people that are creating the very shows you are loving so much? If all the viewers would go ahead and let the network know what they want them to do and actually refuse to watch television during the strike and write the sponsors of the shows to help make the networks decide on giving in the really reasonable demands of the writers guild, maybe then some here needn't talk about their unappreciated viewer selves.

  • sweetysmart0505 Nov 09, 2007

    What are all the shows being affected. I can't beleive Heroes is getting affected. I hope it doesn't spread to my fav show, Supernatural. Let this stop now.

  • wadingo Nov 08, 2007

    The writers do deserve the extra 4 cents that they're asking. With that said, when it comes down to money, no one else is considered but those who give the money and those who receive the money. In this strike, the viewers aren't important. They're pushed off to the sidelines and are forced to watch in dismay as their TV shows get postponed or shortened. The networks need to find a way to keep the shows going. Be it give the writers what they want, or hire new ones. Whatever. Our TV shows cannot be stopped. They're in the entertainment industry. And if they cannot provide entertainment, then they shouldn't be in the industry in the first place.

    End the strike.

  • lidtu Nov 08, 2007

    is it so hard for people to share what they got

    with another person or group?

  • outoffog Nov 08, 2007

    I've already seen one result of the strike, as far as late-night programming is concerned: General Motors has pulled its "Pontiac Garage" I.D.'s {"The 'Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Series'...powered by Pontiac!"} from "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE". They're not inclined to sponsor "stale" repeats of musical groups featured on the show...and that's going to hurt ABC because General Motors is their biggest advertising support on Kimmel's series....

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