Strike Source: The Shows Must Go On!

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Unless you've been living under a rock or simply prefer curling up to a book to following the unfolding events of the Dharma Initiative, the romances at Seattle Grace Hospital, or the news from Jon Stewart, you are aware of the current writers strike that has put a halt to the television industry.

This TV.com feature will include information for understanding the strike, a list of how shows have been affected and how many episodes they have left, strike-related news stories, and exclusive quotes from actors and writers (click on the appropriate tab above to navigate).

We'll start off with the basics: What is the strike, and why is it happening?

Introduction

The entertainment industry is coping with evolving technology, and for those who have been involved with the business for a long time, the game is changing in a major way. The music, film, television, and games industries are seeing both positive and negative impacts from the digital age, and no one seems to be able to decide on a good way to sell goods that aren't physical products.

Corporations control the flow of money (yes--surprisingly, the entertainment industry is run by corporations), and now that the Internet is looking more and more like the way future generations will consume goods, things are getting a bit wacky.

Who is involved?

The Writers Guild of America (WGA)--The WGA is composed of two parts: The Writers Guild of America, west (WGAw) and The Writers Guild of America, east (WGAe). The WGA represents film, television, and radio writers in the US. Most reality show writers are not considered to be part of the WGA, though it's a bit blurry.

The Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP)--An organization founded in 1982 representing more than 350 movie and television production companies and studios in negotiations with entertainment industry unions such as the WGA, the Directors Guild of America, and Screen Actors Guild.

Why are the writers striking?

As pretty much with any strike, the main point of contention is the almighty dollar. The writers want more compensation on DVD sales and any compensation for profits made off of new media. Currently, writers don't see any financial compensation from shows purchased and downloaded onto iPods or any other handheld device, ad-supported episodes streamed online, or, except for a few rare cases, any unique "webisodes" made to promote a show.

Writers are asking for twice as much from DVD sales from their last contract; they want eight cents per DVD (note: per DVD, not dollar) as opposed to four cents. For digital sales, studios want to keep the same rate for residuals as DVD sales, even though digital sales require little to no production, shipping, and warehouse costs. Because new media has only really taken off in the last decade, the previous contract between the AMPTP and WGA didn't include it at all.

The AMPTP, on the other hand, says it is too early to establish a fair deal with regards to new media residuals. The group also says that streaming episodes are a form of promotion, and therefore writers aren't entitled to any profits from them. The WGA is quick to counter that idea by pointing out that ads are included in the stream, so that revenue must be made off them somehow.

Could it have been prevented?

The strike wasn't really a shock; the threat of a walkout had been looming for months before any scribe took to the picket lines. The two sides worked hard to avoid a strike, but in the end, neither could find any middle ground both could stand on.

When the contract between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) expired on October 31, the two sides took a step back and television fans held their breath. The beginning of the following week, Monday, November 5, saw the strike official.

Has this happened before?

Yes, twice--and if history repeats itself, we're in for a long, dry winter. In 1960, writers walked the picket lines to establish residual payments, a practice that wasn't previously established. That is why studios do not have to pay writers on reruns of 1950s shows such as The Honeymooners and I Love Lucy.

In 1988, writers went on strike over residuals again, this time for shows being broadcast in foreign countries and reduced residuals for some hour-long programs. That strike helped launch reality television and saw the demise of some of television's then-most popular shows, including Moonlighting, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Both strikes lasted 22 weeks, with the 1988 strike outdoing the 1960 walkout by one day. If the current strike follows suit, television will be writer-free until the beginning of April 2008.

What's next?

Both sides have openly said they are ready for a long fight, and no one seems to have any real idea when a resolution may come. The Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild may find themselves in a similar situation soon, as both organizations' contracts with the AMPTP are set to expire next year. The relationships between the DGA, SAG, and WGA are extremely tight-knit, and should all be unable to reach an agreement with the AMPTP, Hollywood could be shut down almost completely.

The strike is affecting each show differently. Late-night talk shows immediately went dark when the strike hit, reality shows continue on, and prime-time scripted programs are all over the map, with the majority losing about half of a season.

Most shows went as far as they could with the number of scripts they had written, some were cut short by actors who refused to cross the picket line (The Office, for example), and others were extremely efficient and almost got in a whole season of shows (Friday Night Lights, Men In Trees).

The following list of the status of prime-time scripted shows was compiled from various sources around the Internet and news outlets (with large portions from The Los Angeles Times and TVGuide.com), and should be taken as a guideline only. The actual status of each show is subject to change at any time.

ABC [UPDATED 2/20]

According to Jim--Currently airing
Big Shots--Looking like it's done for good
Boston Legal--Returning April 8 with six new episodes
Brothers & Sisters--creator Jon Robin Baitz left showrunner duties in January because of strike and differences in opinions with network, picked up for next season, returns April 20 for four more episodes
Cashmere Mafia--Currently airing
Cavemen--Still some episodes unaired, outlook for renewal is grim
Desperate Housewives--Comes back with first of five new episodes on April 13, finale will be two-hours
Dirty Sexy Money--Will return next fall
Eli Stone--Currently airing its run of 13 episodes
Grey's Anatomy--Returns with five new episodes starting April 24
Lost--Eight of 16 episodes completed, will try and get 13 done with other episodes going towards next season; moves to 10 p.m. on April 24
Men In Trees--19 of 22 episodes finished, first five were unaired from season one, still has unaired episodes for this season
Miss/Guided--Midseason launch, no date released yet
Notes from the Underbelly--Unknown
October Road--Unknown
Private Practice--Will be seen next fall
Pushing Daisies--Held until next fall for proper relaunch
Samantha Who?--Returning with six new episodes beginning April 7
Ugly Betty--Back on April 24 with first of five new episodes
Womens Murder Club--Producers recently let go, outlook not so good

CBS [UPDATED 2/13]
Big Bang Theory--Nine episodes expected beginning March 17
Cane--Currently on hold
CSI--Six new episodes coming April 3
CSI: Miami--Eight new episodes starting March 24
CSI: NY--Seven new episodes beginning April 2
Ghost Whisperer--Six new episodes starting April 4
How I Met Your Mother--Nine new episodes March 17
Jericho--Currently airing its second season
Moonlight--Picked up for four more episodes, beginning April 11, no word on a second season
NCIS--Seven new episodes starting April 8
Numb3rs--Half dozen new episodes coming April 4
Rules of Engagement--Six episodes coming April 14
Shark--Four new episodes ordered, air date not announced yet
Welcome to the Captain--Currently airing
The New Adventures of Old Christine--Currently airing
The Unit--Currently on hiatus
Two and a Half Men--Nine new episodes starting March 17
Without a Trace--Six new episodes starting April 3

CW [UPDATED 2/13]
Aliens In America--Several unaired episodes remain, no word on second season pickup (cross your fingers)
Everybody Hates Chris--All 22 episodes complete
The Game--As many as nine new episodes coming as soon as March
Girlfriends--Looking done for good
Gossip Girl--CW hoping for five or six new episodes to air in April
Life Is Wild--Looking wildly done
One Tree Hill--CW hoping for five or six new episodes to air in April
Reaper--CW hoping for five or six new episodes to air in April
Smallville--CW hoping for five or six new episodes to air in April
Supernatural--CW hoping for five or six new episodes to air in April

Fox [UPDATED 2/20]
24--Season seven delayed until 2009
American Dad--22 of 22 episodes complete
Back to You--Returns for special post-Idol showing February 25, 26; more new episodes coming starting April 6
Bones--Returns with new episodes April 14
Canterbury Law--Debuts March 10
Family Guy--Continuing with new episodes
House--Returns April 28 with new episodes
K-Ville--No word on full-season pickup, return
King of the Hill--Continuing with new episodes
New Amsterdam--Will debut March 10
Prison Break--Completed its season, no word on renewal
Return of Jezebel James--Debuts March 14
Unhitched (previously Rules of Starting Over)--Debuts March 2
The Simpsons--Back in "production on future episodes"
Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles--Currently airing as planned
Til Death--One new episode March 25, followed by more beginning April 16

NBC [UPDATED 2/13]
30 Rock--Returning with new episodes April 10
Bionic Woman--Looking not so bionic, may be done
Chuck--Will return for second season, relaunch in fall
ER--Returning April 10 with new hospital adventures
Friday Night Lights--Finished 15-episode run, outlook is looking not so good...on NBC anyway
Heroes--Held back until next fall
Journeyman--Looking almost certainly done
Las Vegas--Unknown
Law & Order--Returning April 23 with new laws, and new order
Law & Order: SVU--Coming back April 15 with extra-special victims
Law & Order: Criminal Intent--moved to NBC from USA Network, begins Jan 9
Life--Held until next fall
Lipstick Jungle--Debuted February 7, currently airing
Medium--Currently airing
My Name Is Earl--Back with one-hour episode April 3
The Office--Returns to work immediately, airing April 10
Scrubs--Checks in April 10 with new episodes

The strike has obviously affected much of the industry, and the fallout has been the main topic of conversation among those involved in television since the strike began. Promised shows have been stopped before they even began production, several production crews have been laid off, and execs have scurried around to get programming into their schedules.

The following is a list of strike-related news stories in reverse chronological order:

February 13, 2008
Office, Earl, L&O; coming back soon--Heroes, Chuck, Life return next fall; new eps of other shows begin April.

CBS asks for more CSI, others--Network unveils post-strike schedule with several new episodes; Moonlight picked up for four more episodes.

February 12, 2008
Hollywood writers vote to lift 14-week strike-- Film and television writers voted Tuesday night to lift their 100-day-old strike.

CW puts six back to work--Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Smallville, more will target mid-April return; Game, Wild likely done.

Lost won't stop at eight episodes--Producer Carlton Cuse will make "as many episodes as possible" of hit ABC show when they return to work.

Report: Daisies, Heroes done 'til fall--Bryan Fuller says his forensic fairy tale won't be back this season; Hayden says Heroes also on hiatus.

Post-strike show statuses unclear for most--Industry watchers predict bubble shows are gone, new shows will be held until fall, and vets will be back in April.

February 11, 2008
Lost, Daisies among early ABC pickups--Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives also among nine shows returning this fall.

WGA board approves deal, strike near end--Guild members to vote to approve deal between WGA board and studios and officially end strike as soon as Wednesday.

February 6, 2008
Strike almost over?--Report says a deal between WGA, AMPTP near done; WGA meeting scheduled for Saturday.

January 25, 2008
Lionsgate deal ends strike for two shows--Interim deal with WGA means Weeds can grow, Mad Men can continue to go mad.

ABC cuts scripts, NBC isn't--Alphabet network follows CBS, Fox, CW; Peacock won't cut script orders, despite saying it will trim pilots drastically.

January 23, 2008
Writers make concessions in talks--WGA will not picket Grammys, pull reality and animation proposals off the table.

Networks tighten wallets, make more cuts--NBC dropping "most pilots," CW, Fox, CBS cut scripts currently in development; one estimate puts strike cost at $1.5 billion.

January 22, 2008
Oscars will happen after all, noms announced--Officials for gala say "red carpet is going to be rolled out"; No Country, Blood lead noms.

Strike negotiations are back on--Feuding WGA, AMPTP reportedly agree to resume "informal" strike talks as early as middle of this week.

January 18, 2008
Grammys could be next strike target--WGA is reportedly asking artists affiliated with the Screen Actors Guild, including Timberlake, 50 Cent, and Beyoncé, to skip Feb. 10 ceremony.

January 15, 2008
Studios kill writers' contracts--Money-saving move indicates studios think strike will not end soon; pilot season inches closer to oblivion.

January 9, 2008
Dexter bleeds onto CBS--Serial-killer drama from Showtime confirmed for broadcast on strike-ridden network; show will be edited, but mostly for language, says cable channel.

January 8, 2008
Stewart, Colbert return to late night--Hosts poke fun at writers, actors, and studios alike..

January 7, 2008
Golden Globes downsized--Major awards gala falls in the face of writers' strike..

January 4, 2008
WGA wags finger at Leno--"Tsk, tsk," says guild, after Leno delivers pre-written monologue in both shows since return; NBC claims Leno got permission from guild.

January 2, 2008
Late-night shows return tonight--Letterman, Ferguson will have writers thanks to unique deal with WGA; Leno, O'Brien, Kimmel will have to improvise.

December 19, 2007
Globes, Oscars stricken--Writers guild says awards shows won't get their support or permission to use old clips; stars ponder attending.

December 18, 2007
Monk, Psych see way onto NBC's schedule--Pair of comedies from NBC-owned USA Network to be repurposed for network's primetime.

December 17, 2007
Conan, Leno going back to work--NBC's late-night talk-show hosts will return to their shows; both say keeping their staff employed was most important.

December 14, 2007
ABC's midseason schedule moves Lost--Jack, Sawyer, Kate will change nights, times; Mondays are Dance-fueled; Cashmere premieres January 3.

Striking writers mess with Carson--WGA members plant themselves in audience, heckle picket-line-crosser Carson Daly during talk-show taping.

December 11, 2007
TCA tour officially axed--Television Critics Association winter press tour cancelled due to strike; "We just ran out of time," said rep.

December 10, 2007
Strike negotiations crumble--Talks between WGA and AMPTP collapse in a bitter heap; studios get nasty, call WGA proposal "completely unacceptable."

December 5, 2007
Kimmel was paying staff incognito--Report says that Jimmy Kimmel has paid his Live staff since strike began; paper estimates Leno, Letterman paying $200k/week.

December 4, 2007
Dexter may cut up CBS--CBS announces intentions to repurpose Showtime hits for prime-time programming...with edits, of course.

Pair of Laws ordered back to NBC--Law & Order and Criminal Intent spin-off return January; both airing back-to-back, taking over "Bionic Wednesdays."

December 3, 2007
CBS details new schedule, Jericho return--Cult show returns to The Eye on February 12; net touts game shows, reality programs, confirms reruns.

Leno joins ranks of salary-paying hosts--Tonight Show host Jay Leno will pay the salaries of his fired staffers for at least one week.

Next strike victim: TCA press tour?--The alcohol-soaked press party that is the Television Critics Association press tour could be canceled due to strike.

November 30, 2007
Conan paying staff out of pocket--Late-night talk-show host Conan O'Brien compensating production staff during strike-induced production halt.

WGA calls AMPTP proposal a "bad deal"--Deal offered by AMPTP called "a massive rollback" by WGA; sides to break from talks until Tuesday to let WGA mull over proposal.

November 27, 2007
Carson Daly crossing picket line--Last Call with Carson Daly will resume production this week; Daly not a member of WGA.

November 19, 2007
Writers, producers will talk again--Negotiations between feuding parties to resume again after Thanksgiving; is end of strike near?

November 16, 2007
SNL, 30 Rock hitting stage--One-off theater performances of NBC comedies being held in New York City this weekend; Michael Cera hosting SNL.

Bye-bye Bionic, Battlestar--Canadian television productions, including Bionic Woman and Battlestar Galactica, shut down as strike hits Canada.

November 15, 2007
Dave paying employees during strike--Letterman's Worldwide Pants paying idle crews of Late Night, Late Late Show during strike.

November 14, 2007
Poll: 63 percent support writers in strike--Almost two out of three surveyed say striking writers aren't in the wrong; only a few support studios.

Family Guy moving forward without creator--Fox will continue to produce hit animated comedy without striking Seth MacFarlane; showrunner calls it "a colossal dick move."

November 13, 2007
Daisies, Trees pruning seasons--Men In Trees, Pushing Daisies prepare strike-shortened season finales...just in case.

Soap writers turn scabs--Handful of soap opera writers cross picket lines to save jobs; sources say more are working "in the shadows."

November 12, 2007
Scrubs series finale striking out?--Series creator declines request to write alternate ending to serve as strike-shortened series finale, says he will battle ABC to have show end as he intended.

November 9, 2007
Studios begin legal action against strikers--Show runners walking the lines are reportedly sent breach-of-contract notices by execs; layoffs begin.

November 8, 2007
Office writers, others explain their side on YouTube--Writer-producers B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Paul Lieberstein use strike's main point against producers; Grey's stars also protest.

November 7, 2007
Fox adjusts fall schedule; 24 delayed--Prison Break won't break for long; Amsterdam will air; House fills holes.

Family Guy not so strike-proof--Striking Seth MacFarlane says there is only one fully finished new episode in the can; Fox hopes he finishes "non-writing obligations."

Office among shows halted by strike--Big Bang, Christine, more shutter production while writers walk; Longoria flamed for working on-set.

November 6, 2007
Lost may lose half-season--Picketing showrunner says ABC hit may only get through eight episodes if strike is prolonged; 24 also in jeopardy.

November 5, 2007

Writers Guild of America strike officially begins

Strike already taking toll on shows--Late-night talkies going to repeats, Heroes prepping shortened-season finale, Cashmere Mafia delayed.

Stars show support for writers--Some big names weigh in on Hollywood's civil war; Daily Show's Stewart rumored to be paying staff out of pocket.

November 2, 2007
Writers' strike reality is viewers' loss--Backlash of writers' strike means television season will change--more reality TV! How will your favorite show be affected?

WGA: We're striking--AMPTP, WGA fail to reach agreement; strike confirmed, beginning of next work week will be start date for work stoppage.

November 1, 2007
Strike talk downs Heroes: Origins--Potential writers' walkout forces NBC to indefinitely postpone anticipated Heroes spin-off.

People have different opinions on the strike, but the public seems to be largely in favor of the writers. While the studios haven't been too vocal on the issue, actors, writers, and producers have been exactly the opposite, opting to make as much noise as possible rather than stay quiet. TV.com asked some actors and writers about their thoughts on the strike, and this is what they had to say.

Quotes

Kevin McKidd, star of NBC's Journeyman

"It's affected everything, because we can't have a writer on set to complain about lines [laughs]. But it hasn't really affected production so far, we're still filming, we're one of the only shows still to be filming. We're really thankful for our writing staff who were so efficient and so talented, they mange to get these scripts out in time for us to shoot them and basically we're just looking forward to when the thing gets resolved and we're back to finishing the rest of the season, you know, to complete the first season. Because by the end of the first season you get to find out why all these stories, why all these people in the first episodes that Dan saves, it wasn't just a random act."
November 10, 2007--Satellite interview with TV.com

Milo Ventimiglia, star of NBC's Heroes and former star of Gilmore Girls

"I really hope the writers get what they want and they're deserving of it. But I really have a hard time when my crew is not working. I'm not in favor of strikes, but I do understand them. It's an upsetting thing when there are lot of people who are out of work who don't make the kind of money that big names do. I hope it gets resolves quickly. I really think [the strike] could have been avoided."
December 7, 2007--Phone interview with TV.com

Eric Kripke, writer and creator of The CW's Supernatural

"It sucks, man. It sucks out loud. We want to go back to work. We have written 12 episodes, we have now shot all 12, that's 12 total for season three. [Our production up in] Vancouver had to shut down last Wednesday, and things are very quiet here at Supernatural. It's a terrible, awful thing, I have to say that my reason I find it so awful and tragic and depressing has nothing to do with telling the story of the show. Last week about 250 crew members who work on Supernatural went out of work...pretty much everyone in the Canadian production offices. These are brilliantly talented people who bust their ass on the show and have sacrificed so much working day in and day out on Supernatural, and [executive producer] Bob [Singer] and I had to put them all out of work. It bad, it's bad for everybody, it's painful. I happen to agree with the reasons why we're striking, but that doesn't make it any less painful. I just hope that the powers that be on both sides can settle as quickly as possible so we can get back to work. Yes, part of it is because I want to continue telling the story and I want to keep on telling the stories of Sam and Dean, and I want to create more product for the fans, but the driving impulse is I just want my crew to work. I hate that they're out of work going into the holiday season."
December 10, 2007--Phone interview with TV.com

Strike-related links around the Web

Writers Guild of America West Official Web Site

Writers Guild of America East Official Web Site

Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers Official Web Site

Deadline Hollywood blog--Nikki Finke's is a well-known Hollywood insider and writer for the LA Weekly.

United Hollywood--a pro-WGA blog featuring videos, pictures, and information.

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I looked at some of the recent "post-strike" episodes of "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE", and I thought to myself during his comedy segments, "For THIS he needed his writing staff?". Whatever talents they demonstrated before the strike aren't being used to best advantage now...
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so just out of curiosity when is new episodes of ncis supposed to start back, my tuesday nights has been lost with out that show, lol let me know if anyone knows
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You forgot CBS's Criminal Minds in that list.

It returns April 3rd, but I don't know for how many episodes.
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I just want House back
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belleblood cold case has been renewed for another season and it is currently showing new episodes..one new episode aired over this past weekend (feb 17) and the next new scheduled episode to be aired is march 30

http://www.tv.com/cold-case/show/16989/story/10861.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=headlinessh&tag=headlines;title;0om_act=convert&om_clk=headlinessh

http://www.tv.com/cold-case/show/16989/episode_guide.html?season=5&tag=season_dropdown;dropdown;4
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This is just getting ridiculous. I just want my tv shows back!
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what about Cold Case on CBS? another news article here mentioned it's been picked up for next season.
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They might be getting some of their demands but every time they go on strike the reality tv market gets stronger and they might get hurt in the long run.I am very glad that the strike is over...though
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Hey to all, I actually do sympathise with the writers and don't think it's huge increase to ask that the double their pay on DVD's to 8 cents, surely they deserve more than this! As for the 'suffering' of the viewers, well I'm sure we'll survive, and rekindle an aquaintance with the written word perhaps? At the end of the day, strikes are a necessary part of the modern post industrial society to ensure we're paid fairly for what we produce, whether though hand's on work or imaginative craft, too many fat cats get too much of the profits whilst those that put the hours in trail behind in terms of pay. Yes it may be a drag waiting as a viewer, but at least feel proud for attempting to achieve equality of wage for all sectors!
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well according to Eisner, the strike is apparently now over and the deal was official shook on Saturday, lets hope it's not too late to renew Reaper and bring the 4400 back to life....
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I really like what everyone has said here. I'm sorry other people are being hurt by the strike - and these people won't seem to benefit by the results of the strike! I'm afraid that when it's all said and done we (the viewers) will just end up paying more for out DVDs and downloads! Who's getting hurt then? We won't get an increase - maybe we should just stop buying new DVDs! I'm not on either side - I'm on the viewers side! Maybe they should start having "write the next episode" contests! I bet there is some great talent hidden out there (especially if they aren't looking for a job in Hollywood after the strike!) Will this strike affect the commercials? Don't know if taht's good or bad! ;)
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brandonkennard: Fair is fair. The strike is not without a reason, neither the writers are stupid, but the strike is ruining TV for us viewers.
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I just want My Name is Earl back! Theyve left everyone hanging with Earl lying in the street! Im dying to see what happens next. Otherwise, I dont miss most network shows.
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So sick of the strike now. Didnt sympathise much with the writers to begin with and now its seriously looking like a lot of series will only do half a season - just go back to work!

I think people should only strike over serious issues like safety anything else should be sorted out in their contract negotiations.

How do dumb entertainment 'news' shows like The Soup keep showing when talk shows and award shows are effected?
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Mr. MojoRising: All the Strikers are doing is ruining TV. Eventually it's all gonna be reality shows b/c of the stupid strikers. Union's just ruin things. They're eventually gonna 'strike' themselves out of a job. Do you even know what the strike is about? Why they felt the need to pull such a HUGE move? They are not doing it for fun.... no one wants to be on strike, none of them want to be jobless. There are very solid reasons for them doing what they are doing, and the same goes for the AMPTP. Get a little info before posting that stupid strikers are ruining TV. Because thats just nonsense.
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All the Strikers are doing is ruining TV. Eventually it's all gonna be reality shows b/c of the stupid strikers. Union's just ruin things. They're eventually gonna 'strike' themselves out of a job.
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This has been a terrible time for all us tv fans. What more can go wrong? :(
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All in all, good news for online advertising networks. As the eyeballs move from TV to anywhere but, advertisers will need to figure out where to put their money. And as any good ad guy knows, they've been underspending in online for years now.
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To igotbupkis: as you quote me I will respond to you! Well as you know Gilmore Girls, Dark Angel and Firefly are over so reruns again, to the others you mentioned, I have my favourite mid '80 and mid'90 shows and I do own them on DVD but it doesn't mean I am interested in everything so it comes to the same resolution to me I want new episodes of the shows I like, so please end the strike as many people on this board want the same thing, it is not unreasonable right? I'm not into pirating things, when I can buy them so please do not tell me what I can watch instead because I'm not interested
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While I did support the writers when they first went out on strike, its becoming something that I wish would just end. I realize what the strike is about and what they want, but since the directors reached a settlement over the same things that the writers are striking over, I just wish that they would settle. I hope that they realize that the support that they once had at the beginning of the strike is starting to wane and starting to look selfish. But there is nothing that we can do about it, even writing to the producers and the writers wouldn't help, even it were on en masse. I am starting to fear that there might not even be a season next year and that a lot of the shows will have lost momento and therefore a lot the shows that are currently on will lose viewership and therefore be pulled off the air. They are just a bunch of greedy selfish pigs that don't realize the impact of their strike. Surely there is a medium that both sides can live with. Hopefully this doesn't mean that advertising is affected...
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please someone tell me that lady with sunglasses and dark red shirt who is laughing irritatingly in the picture on the tv.com's strike home page.

Ä° felt that she's so happy that we are going to miss our favourite shows. And one thing more is making a strike is a serious happening not a joke. Someone please tell me who is that women and which show she was work on. i will never watch anything that she has write even if it is one of my favs. (lost etc.)
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I'm glad The Big Bang Theory got picked up for a full season. can't wait 'til this strike is over.



No one can survive on reality shows.
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I, like many other production workers in LA, have been feeling the effects of the strike for months now. All of us "below the line" workers are getting screwed over more than anyone else, and it's taken it's toll. I have friends who've moved away after losing their apartments and homes due to the strike. They decided the inconsistancy of the industry wasn't worth it anymore. And now with Pilot season almost officially being canceled there won't be much new work until next fall. Doesn't matter if it all ends tomorrow, the damage is done. The people who produce the shows and the people who write the shows are not the only people who make them. And it's the rest of us not involved in the strike who have to pay the consequences. So, from one out of work TV crew emember to all of you, do us all a favor, write to the WGA and the AMPTP and tell them how frustrated you are and disappointed you are that this nonsense even occured. The more voices they hear the more likely they'll be to come to a quicker, more even resolution and we'll all be able to go back to work!
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I'd had enough of this strike on November 6th. Sorry guys, but it isn't as though the writers depend upon royalties and residuals for their existence. They GET PAID TO WRITE THE EPISODES of our favourite shows!
If they're entitled to anything further then they should nut that out when they contract to write for a show/director/studio whatever. Just like any contract worker.
And if they've been caught unprepared by e-technology then they should sack their union reps and get some more competent ones!!!!!

I agree with peabody2004. Take a look at the way the UK produces series. It works, and on the whole their programs seem to be of higher quality.
Where's the rule that says you have to churn out 22 eps a year? Why not release 12 really really good ones with actual content than 5 really good (the ones around the beginning and end of a season, 5 not too bad (general arc) and 12 mediocre fillers. And use the same writers - continuity would be great!
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Oh people, I hate the strike but I love the outcome. I spend so much more time on school now that I don't have so many shows to follow every day. I mean, this strike really couldn't be at a better time. And even though my DVD's of The O.C. and Veronica Mars are hitting the player every day, I'm spending nowhere near as much time on tv as I used to, perhaps this strike may even save my exams!
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This turning out to be a mess lot of people are not going to get to see much TV. But for those you who want to catch up this is the right time.
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You need not be a genius to know that the Internet streaming is the future. For the fact that it cost less to produce the shows and reaches more people, I can seem to understand what the "co-operations" got to loose by playing fair.
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I understand why there on strike but ppl fix it already. Missing my shows here.
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I agree it's time for the strike to end. I did support it at first but it really has gone on long enough. I mean sounds like they are just being picky I mean you can't tell me they don't make much money. They are hurting the actors too. They need to put that in consideration. I am hearing they did come to an agreement so hopefully they will get back to work.
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Only good about this strike is that i can catch up a bit on older series, However its beginning to worry me how prolonging the strike is getting.
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reruns are boring

does anybody have dates of when new episodes will air have found them for some shows but still wondering about some others,alot of shows still have finished episodes left,example:everybody hates chris has its season 3 complete,well then why not air the rest??give the writers what they want so you can give the people back the shows they love!!!if this goes on much longer i'm going to have to get a social life(LOL)
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A lot of people on here are making sense...pay the writers, they deserve it. I agree 100% with these people but some are saying that they should be replaced...now to you guys, that is freakin moronic to say. Good shows are only good because of the Good Writing...if you replace the people who write the Good Shows...what are the odds that they will stay good?

Anyway, to make this short...watch this video from the WGA that explains what they want and why. http://youtube.com/watch?v=oJ55Ir2jCxk
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> Well it is starting get on my nerves, I did support the writers but now I am only annoyed. How many times you can re-watch Bones episodes?



So rent old videos (or pirate them, if you prefer) from TV shows you've missed! Why do people focus so much on "new" to the exclusion of "old quality"? The "Three Musketeers" of the mid-90s blew in comparison to the 70s version, but if you were going to the store, which one would you see? Which would you rent?



How many of you have seen all episodes of:



Rome, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Carnivale, Daybreak, Coupling, Taxi, Cheers, Cupid, Briscoe County Jr, Deadwood, Dark Angel, Connections, Frazier, Sports Night, Band of Brothers, Firefly, Babylon 5, Entourage, Nip/Tuck, Fawlty Towers, Joan of Arcadia, Red Dwarf, The Shield, Gilmore Girls ??



There are lots of others which may appeal to the sense of others (I'd never watch Sex In the City, but it's obviously got appeal to many).



Take your pick -- there are vast quantities -- DAYS -- of EXCELLENT entertainment sitting out there waiting to be watched -- much of which is better than 90% of the dreck that is currently in the US TV schedule (yes, there are shows worth watching in every season).
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really hope this strike comes to an end soon! i really miss my favorite shows! just give the writers what they want!
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the writers should get paid less for this crap
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The script writers need more money.
They do all the hard work while all actors do is to remember 1 dialog at a time of each scene..
But the actors make millions while im sure the writers have a pretty crappy pay.
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Cordata - illegal strike? and you think he was honorable to break a union, and to put people with no experience in charge :?
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Its too bad for those fantastic shows Prison Break , Grey's Anatomy , Heroes , Lost, Scrubs ,House ,How I Met Your Mother(really bad hit for a fresh series , The Unit Writers plz ...
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I just want the writers strike over, I miss my fav shows so much!
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dang!
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peabody2004: the problem is, in shows like comedies, they rely on the presence of writers even after the script is written. during filming, a writer will help make sure the jokes are working and possibly re-work lines. also, i think the writers specifically chose an inconvenient time so that it would be most damaging and most noticeable to the public. if we had another system of writing/filming, they would have just chosen a different time to cause the same sort of problems...hence the point of striking
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I honestly never thought this strike would still be going on as I just don't understand, why "the powers that be" didn't consider these writers when they were "getting their own piece of the pie"? Who do some of these producers, studio heads, etc. have to be some dog gone greedy when they know situations like this can occur? Also, some of the "higher-ups" haven't made things any better by what they've done to us the viewing audience. Example:The head of ABC has determined (I guess within herself) that she "will not" show even one promo of 'Big Shots' no matter what, but 'will' run over and over again, and even change the day and time slot for other shows where the ratings are just getting by. In the beginning 'Big Shots' got about 3-4 weeks worth of promos, now, not even one mention. I'm absolutely baffled by this turn of events.

Lastly, something tells me that there is 'NO' guarantee that even 'after' this strike is over, things will 'return to normal'. I seriously think some of these shows and the studios themselves, will be in for some very rude awakenings before this is all over. Keep your eyes open for some real surprises here folks.
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enough is enough.... i live in Turkey and in here our channels already following the seasons way behind but thanks to internet i'm right on track. I support the writers. in a way they are right to ask a share for internet sales however soon they won't have any viewers to write something for.
The Show Must Go On!!!!
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You wrote this article? Scab!
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The DGA has come to an agreement with the studios. They said it was an excellent deal (and a fast one). Now that puts some pressure on the WGA, what will they do next?
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iva66:In case of a strike, the studios can fire workers without any penalties, that is part of their contract.
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How can people be so selfish to think the writers should be fired and the shows should continue. The soul purpose is money. Writers are human beings and they have rights and strike is one of them. I support them. I want the creative teams to be strong, the networks always can find another way to earn money.
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Perhaps it's time to look at the way shows are produced in the UK. Each show usually only has between 6 and 12 episodes in a season. These episodes are usually written by the same writer - ensuring consistent style and quality. The entire season is also written / filmed / edited before the season starts being aired. This allows the entire season to be shown without the ridiculous situation where episodes are repeated mid season. The producers of the US shows should lose the weaker writers who are only used to fill out the season to it's allotted 20 odd episodes, and start producing a shorter, higher quality, season of episodes instead.
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The writers strike has been going on long enough. They should come to an agreement befor everything has run dry.
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Some studios already fired a lot of people, writers and producers included. The big ones like lost, heroes, grays and etc are still standing. I wish they didn't though.
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