Strike almost over?

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The writers' strike is pretty much over... Well, maybe.

The Associated Press today is reporting that sources close to the informal discussions between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have progressed to the point that an agreement could be reached later this week.

The two sides have been holding informal talks since late last month in an effort to settle the strike that has brought Hollywood to a halt since November. News has been scarce since the talks began, as a media blackout was implemented at their onset.

The AP cites a pair of anonymous sources as saying that both sides are now going back and forth over the final language of the agreement, but both sides are aiming to have things settled before the Academy Awards, which are scheduled to take place February 24. The Academy Awards ceremony will go on with or without a strike resolution, but an end to the strike would mean a much more star-studded event.

More proof of progress comes from the WGA itself, as the guild has scheduled a meeting this Saturday. Deadline Hollywood has a copy of a letter sent to WGA members from guild presidents that says, "We anticipate that we will be able to present the terms of [a tentative] agreement to you in the next few days."

At the heart of the strike were issues over revenues from digital media, such as online streaming of shows and sales of episodes over online stores such as iTunes. Writers are also asking for an increased share of DVD sales. Several small studios, including Lionsgate (which produces Weeds and Mad Men), have made independent interim agreements with the WGA, but none of the majors have budged.

Even with WGA heads penning a tentative agreement, the rest of the guild--which includes a faction that doesn't want to make any allowances--still needs to approve it.

It may not be a final resolution, but at least it is progress--and good news in an otherwise dreary strike.

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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Please, let this come to an end soon. The substitute reality shows are getting weirder and weirder. I'm certain if they can't fix this, we'll soon have to watch "Paint Drying: the Epic Battle."
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This all good as long as the writers get all the royalites they deserve otherwise they should keep the strike going strong.
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Nice, can't wait for television to return to somewhat normal!
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Just heard, WGA has reached a 'tentative deal' according to msnbc.com stating, "creates formulas for revenue-based residuals in new media, provides access to deals and financial data to help us evaluate and enforce those formulas, and establishes the principle that, 'When they get paid, we get paid."'
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This is good news, however... if they agree on something within February, are they still gonna be able to write and produce episodes in time for May? I think so. I hope so. :p
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that is good news
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So, Lionsgate reached an agreement with the writers for a percentage of dvd sales. I just hope they don't charge more money for the dvds to make up for the added cost.
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Is this article fact or fiction?
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Well, I did get my book reading on these past few months. Not to mention, YouTube has seen been my new hangout. They bet not do this crap again!
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While I have always been sympathetic to the writer's greivences, I never supported work stoppage. I hope that a resolution has been found that is satisfactory to all parties involved.



But I'm still pissed that some shows will probably never come back. Journeyman and K-Ville are at the top of my list.
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Watch FOX say no. But seriously I hope this isover soon.
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Hopefully this is wrapped up quickly so they can salvage some of the shows this season.
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I Am Happy As Long As The Writers Get What They Deserve :) & We Can Get Back To Enjoying Our Fave Shows :D
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i am really curious which side caved in
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*Weeps uncontrollably* Thank god this has been harsh I need my shows! Reruns and reality programs are driving me insane!!!!!!
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yay more ghost whisperer, brothers and sisters, heroes, desperate housewives
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that would be great a return of good show so we dont have to watch so much reality tv
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can't wait to see whats in store for house heroes and bones! oh and Weeds!
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Yeah, no strike = more Lost!
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Almost is good but Finished, Done, Gone is something I would like to read about instead of almost.
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YIPPIE, TV to return perhaps?
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I hope this means the end of the strike. I'd like to see Smallville finish and a few more episodes of some of my other shows.
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Awesome! Just awesome! I really hope the strike ends soon.
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If the strike over, it ll be great...
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this is good news. at least progress in being made. please let the strike be over soon!!!!!
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This sounds very iffy to me. I would like to believe that the strike will be over but there could be a change that the guild will not approve the agreement, especially if they don't get what close to what they want. I have my fingers crossed that the strike gets resolved soon so the start of the Fall 2008 season isn't affected.
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Bah. Report when you have something solid, not speculation.
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That'll be good. Then we can see something different.
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I think it's possible that Lost will see its back-half!
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END THIS STRIKE NOW!



I imagine that where Lost is concearned, they will pull the 8 episodes unaired for this season, to next season. They will air an 8 episode arc in the fall from October to November, and air Season 5's 16 episodes like usual from February on.
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Oh please let the strike be over!!
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We know for sure Heroes, Friday Night Lights, Chuck, Dirty Sexy Money, Moonlight, Pushing Daisies, Lost, Samantha Who, Law and Order SVU and probably Scrubs aren't coming back until next fall...

Still, if it ends now, at least we'll be getting SOME new episodes... Apparently, scripted dramas might come back in 6 weeks if the strike is called off and the writers go back to work on Monday... Sitcoms might come back even earlier... But that's best case scenario...

Fingers crossed :)
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I hope so too. I really want to see the strike over as soon as possible.
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If this turns out to be true.....best....story....ever....
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I can't say I am confident, but at least we have some sort of news. I am disgusted by the way negotiations are being conducted by all parties. The AMPTP and the studios for taking so long to open the wallet.

The WGA for the arrogance, terrorist tactics and stupid demands that had nothing to do with getting the writers more money.

With a little more effort and good will that strike could have being avoided. Even if the strikes ends today, the damage is done. I can only hope the fallout won't be even worse than the strike itself.
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That's really great news.
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please, please, please! *crossing fingers* i'm sure by now ppl are tired of the strike already
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Well, I think that's good news. The problem is when there aren't conversations at all... I completely understand WGA's motive, but can't help being sick of all this mess! Hope they come to an agreement soon and put our shows back onnnnnnn!! hehe
(sorry if i made any mistakes... english is not my primary language!)
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Does this mean that if they settle that NBC will put there shows back on itunes?
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I'll keep on optimistic and believe it will come to an end soon.
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I hope so!
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I have full confidence in this. Forget the millions of dollars that are being lost every single day, forget the hundreds of supporting staff being fired or without work. The Oscars, that's what drove them back to the table. How shallow is that?!?!
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Lets hope it is almost over
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Bring back the shows and since they had a 3 1/2 month break, they should not get the summer off but instead make the amount of shows that they were original suppose to. I know they won't but thats my thought
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i hope everything is resolved.
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*crosses fingers*
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not sure what to think of this
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