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WGA Strike Report: Day 95 Recap

Even though the very thought of hitting Day 95 (or Week 13) of the writers strike seems like the end of the world for television junkies, it's possible the strike may be nearing an end!

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers may be close to hammering out some sort of deal this coming weekend. Or at the very least, they may stop bickering for a couple days and listen to each other's proposals.

If that's the case, EW reports the current television season could be saved. It would be shortened significantly, but at least show-runners and writers could resolve plotlines for season finale time. Here's some quick facts and figures from EW, TVWeek and TV Guide:

-The total cost of the strike so far: $1.9 billion and the loss of 11,000 jobs

-TVWeek reports that despite the good news, WGA members will still picket Disney Studios today.

-If the strike ends by the middle of February, the producers of this year's Oscar celebration MAY have enough time to get everything ready for the show on February 24 (but that's a BIG maybe).

-Good news: Shows like "Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost" could start filming within two to four weeks after the end of the strike and produce a month's worth of episodes to finish out the season. Also, "Two and a Half Men," "How I Met Your Mother," "Back to You" and "Samantha Who?" could all complete more episodes, between seven and nine.

-Bad News: Shows like "Heroes" and "24" probably won't be back for a long time. Both shows deal with long story arcs and wouldn't have a chance to complete them in such a limited time. While "Heroes" could just come back in the fall, EW speculates that "24" might not be back until 2009! (Side note: Maybe Jack Bauer could conveniently show up somewhere else. Doesn't John Connor need some help kicking "Terminator" butt over on Fox's other show?)

-Worse News: According to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello, both NBC's "Scrubs" and "Friday Night Lights" are in danger of never returning to the air. In "Scrubs" case, the final few episodes do not have an air date. As for "Friday Night Lights," while the show may finish up the season, it's possible it won't return next season.

So, have you television watchers been impacted at all by the strike, or are you enjoying the freedom from your former frenzied TIVO lifestyle? Also, if you are in television withdrawal, which shows are you missing the most? Post your comments below! --Chris Sardelli

Posted by Chris on February 7, 2008 3:35 PM
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errr.. what about Entourage?!?!?

-- Posted by: Niko at February 7, 2008 5:08 PM

I have been waiting what seems like a lifetime for Heroes and Scrubs to return. I am completely addicted to Heroes and can't wait for it to start up again. I am also addicted to Scrubs and I don't think I could handle it if they never aired again. I was really depressed when I heard that this was going to be their last season, and a short one at that, but I don't think I could handle Scrubs ending where it is right now. I have to have closer. J.D. has way too much going on to even try to wind it all up in a few more episodes. The show must go on!

-- Posted by: Erin at February 7, 2008 9:51 PM

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