Bye-bye Bionic, Battlestar

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The dominoes continue to fall as a result of the current Writers Guild of America strike. Although some shows, such as The Office and 30 Rock, shut down almost immediately, other programs keep on trucking because they still have a few scripts in the tank.

The ripples of the Hollywood rift have reached far beyond Southern California. Previous reports about endangered Canadian productions have now been confirmed by the Canadian affiliate of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Among the shows presently shuttered are NBC's Bionic Woman and Sci-Fi's Battlestar Galactica, according to The Vancouver Sun.

The two shows, which shut down last Friday and yesterday, respectively, employed approximately 200 people. More employees of the industry working in Canada are expected to be without work as other shows inevitably halt production while the strike continues.

According to vice president of the Canadian branch of the AMPTP Don Cott, the end is in sight for several shows. He estimates that Aliens in America and Reaper will stop production later this month, Supernatural will stop filming in early December, Men in Trees will shoot through mid-January, and Smallville will continue production through January 23. Psych, The 4400, and Kyle XY have all already gone dark.

The rise of the Canadian dollar and simultaneous plummeting of the American dollar are also causing complications. The Canadian dollar was valued evenly with the US dollar in mid-September and has continued to rise, reversing the idea of US studios opting for cheaper filming north of the border.

In response, several companies, such as hotels and equipment renters, are offering a one-for-one exchange rate to studios to keep the cameras rolling.

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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Holy crap i didn't know so many shows where shot in Canada.
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People keep talking about writers 'selling their scripts'. If it's anything like other writers (books) than they are selling rights to their work. Any long time book author eventually gets the rights to their books back, and can resell them to a new publisher. This is the main source of reprints for old titles. The scriptwriters just want to be paid for the 'reprints' in other media. As the profits writers get because of broadcast ads drop, the studios make up THEIR profits from other sources, the writers should be able to do the same. This really isn't about profits now, but preparing for the near future as their share of money from broadcasting dries up.
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What shows will be the next to go down because of strikes?! It can't go on like this!!
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Hello, I guess there should be some kind of equilibrium. Writers shouldn't forget why they write.... passion and getting people into a film's concept is actually having power, no need of greed. On the other hand film indusrty shouldn't forget that writers are humans, they got families, they got living expenses, and they shouldn't be underpayed. They are the base of the industry and the consequences of the strike just proves it.



Hope this gets over soon..... man! Bionic Woman rules... don't makes us miss it for so long.



CYA
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You're old enough to be married and the go-to show for your post was Kyle XY?
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what will a guy do, if all shows are halted?listen to the wife?hell no...hope that they solve this soon, so that i can continue to see kyle XY and stuff...
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NOoooo!! Psych!! :cry:
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Writers have always been kicked around in Hollywood. Which is amazing when you consider everyone works off a script. No script--no project.
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I never understood this. Actors get paid major bucks for their portrayals, but the only reason that they get paid so well is that, WE, the audience actually see these people which allows us to say, "I want to see more of them."



But, think about it for a second. How often do you find yourself saying, that's a great story or Wow! Those effects! If it wasn't for the writers, sound people, Costumers, set designers, and everyone else, there would be no production. In fact, if it wasn't for the script, no one else would have anything to do. It starts with the script. Now, let's jump to another industry as a comparison - Construction. The Architect gets paid for the work he does regardless of whether the structure is built, and they are paid quite hansomly for their work. So, my point is this TV Writers are grossly underpaid and have always been so. Most of them get paid scale which means the union negotiated wage which has always been low. I don't know if writers should get paid equally to the actors, but they should be paid pretty near what actors make. BTW.. I went to acting school, worked in the industry for a few years. Found that I didn't like acting and was going to turn to script writing and changed my mind because they get paid so lame.
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If the producers argument against paying writers is that they have no clue whether the 'new media' will ever produce any profits why don't they agree now to a percentage system? That way if the new media turns out to produce zip revenue in the future, the writers (and producers) get nothing. However, if it does....

Would seem to be the fairest solution...unless of course this is just an excuse from the producers not to give writers a fair share of the profits.
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gutted its happened ( I love bstar) but this is the same problem all over the people who 'make and do' get little compared to those who manage them and front it. Why artisans get so little compared to the others is porbably cos the doers of this world are more concerned with the 'doing' rather than whats in it for them. Same story every place go out there and win writers!
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Why don't the writers get the same contract as actors, directors and producers? So what ever the medium is, they get paid across the board. Sure the web and DVDs (inc Blu and HD and the next big thing), but the old mediums as well as print as well. Now that the Canadian dollar is more then the US, I notice that magazines and books, haven't adjusted to the new prices. Does this mean if I have to drive across the board just to get my magazines because A) the US price is much cheaper, and B) the Canadian is stronger then the green back? Getting back on track, all this writer strike is causing companies like FOX to bring out more reality shows, like we need that like a more holes in my butt, and soon for my favorites (south park first to go) animated series.. (now western, but soon eastern). Sure the scripts have been done in advance so the voice overs and animation can be done, but soon the well will run dry, THEN WHAT? When writers do a series, say like The Office, they get paid for only the material that airs, not the deleted scenes that show up the DVD or the extended content that now appears on NBC.coms web site. Is that fair? Yet, is journalist write a column and it get shaves for print, and gets picked up by other print and media (i.e. Tv and web) in full, do they see any more dollars? Even if Dick Wolf and the Writers take it, and puts in a Law and Order: XXX episode? Is that fair????????

P.S. Does the Adult film writers get the same deal as well now?? I wonder if it change the out come of Shciendler's Fist???
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Good on the writers for doing this, why should they not go for more money. Look at it this way, if you do well at work a promotion or raise would be the first thing on your mind (be honest now, it would be). SOME may earn 200k most DONT (god knows where people are getting their informational averages from, its simply not true) In my opinion they should go for what they feel they've earnt. Studio's and Networks earn hundreds of millions rolling into billions off these shows, they most definately can afford it. Actors get paid millions, so they should back the writers guild. They keep them employed not to mention make them seem intelligent because of their scripts. Heres a cheeky idea for those who are moaning because their missing out on their favourite shows. Get off your A*se turn the idiot box off and go for a walk. Then maybe us poor saps who dont live in the U.S. won't have to see on the news fat americans blaming fastfood companies for being fat. Stay on strike writers or should I say Creators. The Networks will buckle when they start losing viewers and by extension advertising dollars and realise your worth. Its YOU that keep THEM on their big salaries employed.
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I really hope this strike will end before the episode 11 'Powerless' (Heroes)airs, because that is now the supposed season finale thanks to this strike.Why don't the networks cough up the money and just give the writers the hard-earned money that they deserve.
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Hopefully the writers strike will end next week, they start talks on Monday. Being without The Daily Show is the worst.
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nice
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There are plenty of good writers around! don't wait to long to settle guys or you will find someone else doing your job. I will have a few scripts ready for review soon, so WATCH OUT!!!!!
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I think maybe some of you are missing the point. When someone sells a script (or a book for that matter), they get to set the terms. If they don't want to negotiate on something, they don't have to sell it (or write it). In the case of this strike, the writers are saying that they refuse to write until their *property* is properly paid for (in their eyes).

Now, for those of us in America, one of the things guaranteed us in the right of ownership. If I don't want to sell my home, my car, my work for a certain price, it's my civil (and God-given) right not to.

That said, royalties are important to writers (a good script will make 'tons' of money, but a bad one might not even let the writer live off it - consider it incentive). Even if they make tons of money in comparison to other folks, they still have the right to demand a higher price for their work, the same way the studios have the right to refuse.

As for the cop vs. writer argument..you realize this is all your fault, right? We pay $8 to buy a movie ticket, $20 for a dvd, etc. If we, as consumers, boycotted movies and tv shows for months to demand fairer prices (and demand that actors and studio heads quit making hundreds of times more money that truly important figures), then we might get what we want. Or, in a different light..if we took the money we spent on film and directed it towards taxes to pay cops (teachers, etc), then you'd quickly see those individuals making 'good' money. Ultimately, the salaries of the people who work for networks and studios are based upon what consumers and advertisers are willing to pay. If you have a problem with that, you only have yourself to blame.
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If actors get royalties for acting what the writers wrote then why shouldn't the writers get the same treatment (personally I think no one should). I think that once a show is sold to the network that should be it though. No royalties for anyone unless it is part of the agreement with the network. Or everyone should get a once off bonus if the show is syndicated or distributed on DVD etc for making something that is good enough to get extra sales.

When you think about it though, its like a mechanical engineer demanding money everytime a new engine is made based on a design they contributed to on top of their yearly wage, or everytime a car with that engine is sold from that point forward. The only time that should happen is if you invented something new and innovative like the rotary engine and then patented it. That said, I don't know much about the showbiz industry so I may be way off.
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Alright. I am new to this thing and from the looks of it, I am not the last to share my opinion either. I am not going to choose side, rather try and understand what exactly the problem is. I can see where both parties stand and where the general consensus is. What I don't understand is why? Television is a business, a multi billion one at that. The shows that are aired are for us the consumers, the people who back them are the studios and companies. The people who create them are the writers. I see where everyone is going with this argument and for those who are sticking up for the companies, all I have to ask is do you have a heart? If you do then you would realize that these writers are people like you and I. They have to work to support their families and are only asking for a fair share of the pie. I guess the question then becomes is how big is fair? thats what they should be talking over. The only thins I am heated about is that they chose now; close to mid - season of many of the shows to shut down. I haven't watched tv in so long due to the programming content . It wasn't until I saw Supernatural and Heroes and Bionic Woman and Kyle XY that really made me tune back in. I wish they had taken this matter up before the new seasons were launched because I would have waited to watch the full season of a tv program then to have to go through this.
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If all the shows shut down does that mean that tv.com will also shut down?
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Blame the people who runs things. For once the writers get to defend them selves and now we blame them that other people lose their jobs. Why ? Because writers don't deserve anything and are on strike just because they are bored? Humor me. Instead of people who deserve better to stand and fend for themselves, one party does and the other will blame the first one for doing it. Ofcourse there has to be control. I doubt anybody would mind is the writers who made up "dragon wars" (D-WAR) lose their jobs, but those who produce quality should readly get more from the pot. And for those losing jobs - well if they realy thought they deserve them they would be out supporting the writers to change the fact that most of the proffits doesnt go to the "Creators" of movies.
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Hopefully the strike can end soon, the writers should get what they are asking for, they work hard and should share in the profits.
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I agree with John Oliver from the DAILY SHOW. If web content isn't worth anything, why did Viacom sue YouTube to remove DAILY SHOW and COLBERT clips from their site? And if it has worth, then the writers are entitled to enjoy a part of the earnings, current or future.
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I do understand why the writers are striking, I really do. But this isn't only about them anymore. Hundreds if not thousands of people will lose their jobs just before Christmas, people, who have nothing to do with the writers. And that is what's really sad about this strike.
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without writters there are no ideas for shows. the producers should just give them the small percentage the writters are asking for from DVD sales and online viewing. point is no scripts no shows. yes writters make alot of money but until you come up with the next great show idea PAY THEM!
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This strike is soooo stupid!! The writers are selling a script to these companies. They should be able to do with them what ever they want! There is a lot more that goes into tv then just the writing. Now if they were renting the script out, then yeah. But in my book when you sell somthing its no longer yours.
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NOOOO, even though I didn't saw much of season 2 (and lots of episode of 4400 and Psych) I still want to watch them. Oh the horror
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ALL of them simply have an obligation to solve this ASAP!
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Oh boo hoo i feel soo bad for these guys who drive mercedes benz while holding up a picket line. As if they need even more money or noteriety then they do have already. How about giving some of amatuer writers a chance at taking their place.
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NOOOOOOOOO!
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You know people change, and thats a good trait. And if writers are gonna hold up like this then people are gonna move to something other than watching tv, its for good... I have been stuck up with taht idiot box quite long, now I will have no worries of ever missing any episodes from now on... keep up the good work writers srtike for another year and I would have quit watching **** tv...
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Writers don't make 200K on average!! It's close to 30K. Where do people even get these numbers?
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If they won't compromise, this will stretch out for a long time... Hmjavascript:submitPostAjax('edit_message', 0);
Submit.. what would evenings be like if there's nothing on except the news and commercial? I guess people would have more time playing video games than watching tv. hehe.
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Wait who's being greedy here? they make 200K a year, in average!? and all they've been giving us are crap shows? I kinda think some of them are overpaid now, and they want more cut? from what? people like me downloading their crap shows for free? Give me a break! They make so much money thats why they can afford being on strike for months, NYC cab drivers can only afford a day or two. If south park writers go on strike, then I'd say there's something serious going on. So would you all Please, just go back to your job and be a little more serious about your work and wrote some good scripts!
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I hope this ends really soon.
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I am so over hearing about this bloody strike!
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Although I support the writers, this strike is taking too long. I really hope the TV execs and the writers come to an agreement. I can't wait for this strike to end.
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I support the writers strike. The world has been digital for the past 10 years with tv shows(via piracy). They need to benefit from the legitimate digital process now. This isn't rocket science. Only monkeys buy DVD's now. Such as your grandmother, and your touch of handicap cousin. I support the strike for 3 reasons.

1. Most of TV sucks.
2. I only download what I want to watch.
3. Writers are the only one's that make TV not suck at very rare times.
4. Only idiots like me and Studio Executives can't count.

Keep the faith liberal tornado bait 200K a year non-writing hippies. May the weak among you die and the strong among you feed off their corpses. Peace. :)
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I am pro-union and with the strikers. You have to admire the timing of the strike. Hitting during sweeps month, with some prime time and all the late night shows going off the air during sweeps. Plus the uncertainty of shows ready to run during February sweeps.

And remember, if the strike continues, and shows had shortened (number of episode) seasons, I am sure the studios will charge the same amount for a full season (22 for most shows) for the DVD box sets. At least it will reduce the likelihood that they will split the DVD season into 2 parts.
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ok lets end this stupid strike
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Okay, I'm not saying that the writers don't deserve credit for their work, I admire their skills, or that the TV execs don't make way too much money, but honestly, they only make an average of $200 grand a year? Are you kidding me? The average cop makes, like, a fourth of that and they put their lives on the line every day, so you know, just to put it into perspective for you. $200 grand a year is a lot. I don't disagree that they should get some of the profits from online sales and everything, but come on. It's not like they're starving or anything. I personally don't understand why they don't just split internet profits the same way they spilt DVD and on air profits.But again, $200 grand is an average, but that includes the ones that write crap, cause there is a lot of crap. Or writers that only do a few scripts a year. Anyone even want to guess what the writers for shows like CSI or Desperate Housewives make? Probably more than I'll make in the next decade or two. So for them to say that they're making next to nothing and to go on strike and basically compare themselves to factory workers that can barely afford to feed themselves and their families is pretty greedy on their parts. Yes, the entertainment business is full of overpaid morons, but that's because the entertainment business makes a lot of money. It's just supply and demand and a crapload of other economic factors. My Econ teacher would be so proud right now. Life is unfair, but these guys seem to be on the winning side, really. They're the lower class in the obscenely rich society of Hollywood. They don't live in the same world as the rest of us.
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I'm so sick of hearing people complain about the writers being greedy, simply because viewers are upset that their shows have been halted. All of the great TV shows that people watch have everything thanks to writers. Without these great writers the shows would not be as good. When the president of a television network is mak $20 million and the average writer makes $200 thousand, there is something wrong. The writers deserve more credit and more pay and it's the producers and networks that need to stop being so greedy. Without the genius of the Writer's Guild, we'll be stuck with mindless reality television. People need to start realizing that the writers are simply fighting for what they deserve.
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in finally with this strike we discover new show from europe and asia, are some TV show in Japan very good , so let's make this a lesson for american entertainment industry
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That's a lot of strong shows hitting the trash receptacle, I mean I understand they have their standards but they don't seem to understand they already have a lot of power. Just selfish!
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I think the writers are wrong. They need to stop being so greedy! Give up the strike!
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When will they just give the strikers what they want!? They deserve it! Its not an unreasonable demand!!!!! I cant believe Supernatural is going to end. I cant. this show is (quite sadly) one of the highlights of my week.
I am so angry.
Studios, stop being stupid, give the writers what they want. That would make us all happy!
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i peep hate WGA for this. im following Smallville, Supernatural, Kyle XY, 30 rock, the 4400, Bionic woman, battlestar galactica and reaper. and just becaus some retard mass MILIONERS want MORE millions. they are gonna shut them down, that just makes me so damn angry.
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That's the problem with this strike. The writers get messed around by the studios, so the writers mess around with the studios right back. Good for them! But now everybody else associated with making TV is slowly but steadily messed up too

(Note: I was originally going to use another word other than "messed" but censored myself at the last second before hitting "Submit"!)

(I posted this in reply to another article and I think it's worthy of posting here too.)
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I hope they get a raise. But i don´t hope the strike will keep onfor so much longer.
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