While most shows are still trying to figure out how to patch up this broken television season, a few apparently have already thrown in the towel.
Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller won't be speeding back to work like other showrunners, says The Contra Costa Times. The online arm of the newspaper says it received an e-mail from Fuller, who said new episodes of the critically acclaimed show will be saved for next fall.
Though no more Daisies for months will have fans of the quirky, colorful comedy-drama up in arms, they will be extra-angry at the reason for the hiatus: American Idol. Fuller and ABC allegedly see no reason to compete with Fox's ratings black hole, which will be in its prime in a few months because it was never affected by the strike. Fuller also doesn't see Pushing Daisies gaining anything as a series as a whole by tacking on a few more episodes.
"That's not to say there won't be some informal meetings with the writing staff beforehand to discuss arcs for season two, but we're essentially on hold until March," Fuller told E! Online.
Another show allegedly holding off until the next season is NBC's Heroes. According to fanboy site Ain't It Cool News, star Hayden Panettiere confirmed no more Heroes until the fall while promoting her new movie Fireflies in the Garden at the Berlin Film Festival. The move was expected by many, as Heroes' serialized nature doesn't lend itself well to being fragmented.
But creator Tim Kring won't just be sitting around the house. The Heroes head is allegedly crafting a series bible (something the show badly needs) that will arc out the next several seasons of the show, says E! Online.
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.