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WGA Strike Report: Day 88 Recap

The writers strike just hit its 88th day and the mood seems to be brightening in Hollywood. Ever since the Directors Guild signed their new contract two weeks ago, many people feel an agreement between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers should come soon. Until then, though, here's the newest developments in this strange new world the strike has created:

-TV Week reports Oscar producers are currently planning a Plan B in case the WGA decides not to grant a waiver to the broadcast and decides to picket the show. The producers plan to include more film clips and other out-of-the-box ideas for the February 24 show, if the writers strike is not resolved. TV Week also reports that 250 of the lowest paid writers in the WGA will soon lose their health insurance because they won't qualify for the earnings threshold.

-The Orlando Sentinel says that many industry insiders hope a deal can come to pass by mid-February, because there would still be time to let the Oscars air in all its glory, as well as a small bit of time left to complete a shorter television season.

-According to Reuters, primetime viewership is down almost 17 percent across the five big networks. The reason viewers have been turning off their televisions? Most broadcast shows have run out of new episodes because of the strike, and many are now in reruns or have been replaced by reality shows.

-TV Guide's Michael Ausiello compiled a Strike Countdown Chart which lists how many original episodes are left to air of your favorite shows. Click here to see the chart. So far, the shows with no episodes left include "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Bionic Woman," "Chuck," "Criminal Minds," "CSI," "CSI: Miami," "Desperate Housewives," "ER," "Gossip Girl," "Grey's Anatomy," "Heroes," "How I Met Your Mother," "Law and Order: SVU," "NCIS," "Numbers," "The Office," "Private Practice," "Pushing Daisies," "Shark," "Ugly Betty," "The Unit" and "Without a Trace."

What do you think of the strike? Has it impacted you at all? What are you doing instead of watching TV? Post below! --Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on January 31, 2008 3:16 PM
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