Sign Up for the Daily TV Fodder Newsletter       
buy prednisone online no prescription buy zithromax buy strattera online no prescription payday loans buy clomid buy valtrex online buy buspar no prescription buy atarax online buy diflucan buy buspar no prescription

WGA Strike Report: Day 3

Well, the unthinkable actually happened. The Writers Guild of America actually went on strike and now everyone is scrambling to figure out what to do next. There's a lot happening both on the picket line and at the networks, so here's a recap of some interesting developments through Day 3 of the strike:

Entertainment Weekly is keeping close tabs on the strike on its website, and has reported several ways the strike has already changed the television landscape:
-The 2008 Academy Awards may actually be shorter, if the strike lasts through next February, since writers for the show are part of the writers union.
-Leno, Letterman, O'Brien, Daly, Colbert and Stewart won't be airing new episodes of their late-night talk-shows for the immediate future. SNL is also off the air until further notice.
-"Big Brother" may air a special winter edition as CBS runs out of original programming. The network is always casting for the show, so it may be easy to put together in the event the strike lasts a long time.
-Four shows have already stopped production: CBS's "Two and a Half Men," "Big Bang Theory" and "Rules of Engagement;" as well as Fox's "Til Death."

-The Associated Press reports that production has stopped on CBS's "The New Adventures of Old Christine," that Fox's "Back to You" will probably not return from hiatus and ABC's "Carpoolers" has finished its first-run order and no plans have been made to renew it.

-E! Online says "Desperate Housewives" may stop filming soon, and will run out of new episodes come Christmas, if the strike goes that long.

-TV Guide's Michael Ausiello answered several questions from fans November 7 on his spoiler blog. Here's some tidbits he gave away: "Lost" could go one of two ways: since the show has already filmed 8 episodes, it could potentially just show them as part of a ‘mini-season,' or it could just stay off until the fall or even 2009; "Heroes" reshot the ending of its finale for the "Generations" arc to serve also as a season finale if the strike goes too long.

-The Los Angeles Times put together a pretty comprehensive list of how many episodes are left of your favorite shows. See it here.

Here are some famous people who have either joined the picketers or are supporting them:
-EW reports the following: Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino, creators of "Gilmore Girls," picked up strike signs on Monday; Jay Leno passed out doughnuts to the strikers in Burbank on Monday; "Lost" Executive Producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof walked the picked line on Monday; "30 Rock's" Tina Fey and "SNL's" Amy Poehler also walked the line on Monday; CSI actress Marg Helgenberger joined the cause on her day off and walked the line; two actors from "Reno: 911," Tom Lennon and Ben Garrant, were set to march Wednesday in full costume in front of the studio that produces their show
-The AP reports that several "ER" cast members, including John Stamos, Maura Tierney and Mekhi Pfeiffer, joined the strike line on Tuesday in support of the writers; AP also said Julia Louis-Dreyfus joined the picketers, and Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives" passed out pizza to strikers outside the television's location shoot.

More to come, unless of course the strike is settled in the next few days. Post your comments below on what you think will happen. Will the strike last a long time, or will it be resolved shortly? Which shows will you miss the most? What do you plan on watching if the strike continues? --Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on November 7, 2007 3:36 PM
Permalink |

Got something to say? Post a comment:

I wholeheartedly support the WGA in their efforts. I too enjoy the privilege and art form of writing and have also been a casualty of union busting in another industry, the Newspaper Drivers Union in New York City at the vicious hands of the New York Times and Attorney General Robert Morgenthau. As usual, the legitimate workers always suffer the worst.

Hail to the Writers, may their efforts be amply rewarded. It's high time that the corporate moguls feel the pendulum swing back in America and that they recognize who the real heroes in America are... the Workers!!!

-- Posted by: Joe Piervincenti at November 7, 2007 4:32 PM

I hate that this strike could affect new shows that are just trying to get off the ground. It's not fair. They're selfish.

-- Posted by: Emily at November 8, 2007 10:18 AM

stupid girls.

-- Posted by: steve at November 8, 2007 10:37 AM

Got something to say? Post a comment:

More Recent Stories:
ABC Cancels "Ugly Betty"
3 Words: Steven Seagal Contest!
Pernell Roberts Dies
"SNL" to Air Sports Special
TV Land Loves "Raymond"
"30 Rock" Blogger Wanted
It's Official: Conan is Out
Stand-Up DVD Giveaway!
Sarah Silverman Coming Back in February
Sara Rue & Bruno Campos Stop by "Private Practice"