American Idol: Not affected. The show is unscripted.
24: Premiere postponed. FOX would rather that the season go uninterrupted, so instead of airing the already-made episodes, they will postpone until they can ensure an uninterrupted season.
As to shows such as Prison Break, House, Bones, K-ville, and The Simpsons, FOX is juggling the schedule. According to FOX, they will start airing episodes of Bones, House, and ‘Til Death on Fridays, starting January 4. The shows may or may not air on their original night again; FOX has plans to do so but who knows at this point. There will be a mixture of repeats and new episodes (whenever the shows do air).
FOX does have a number of reality shows, such as Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Don’t Forget the Lyrics, Cops, and America’s Most Wanted. These shows will continue to air original episodes throughout the strike.
Midseason premieres, such as New Amsterdam and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, are still planned but their airdates will probably change. Check your TV schedules.
Many NBC shows have come to a halt. Most, if not all, reality shows should continue.
Nine of 22 episodes have been completed for Medium; no word as to whether they will start airing in January, as previously planned.
Twelve of the 18 ordered episodes for Scrubs have been filmed. The series finale may not be produced; in that event, it is likely that the creator, Bill Lawrence, will try to get it on the DVD release.
On a different note, actor Steve Carell refused to cross picket lines, effectively shutting down filming for his comedy, The Office. He has also turned down jobs writing for The Daily Show and The Drew Carey Show.
Actress Tina Fey also joined the picketers, thus stopping production for her comedy 30 Rock.
Shows have scripts but no definite word as to whether they will be filmed and, if filmed, whether they will be aired before the strike is over. Here’s a list of some shows and their current status:
Desperate Housewives has nine scripts and Grey’s Anatomy 13.
Boston Legal has 14 or 15 episodes completed.
Lost is expected to have eight of the 15 episodes prepared and will likely be premiering in February of 2008.
Private Practice has nine episodes written.
Ugly Betty has at least nine episodes completed.
Samantha Who has seven episodes and Women’s Murder Club eight episodes.
Dancing With the Stars is planning to continue, with hosts Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris ad-libbing their lines.
Production has stopped on the following shows: The Big Bang Theory, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Two and a Half Men, and Rules of Engagement.
Big Brother moved production up. They are expected to move the premiere date of the new season to just a few weeks from now.
Most talk shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman, and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, began immediately airing repeats November 5th, the day the strike began.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show originally began airing reruns but will continue new shows. Talk show host DeGeneres explains that while she supports the writers, it is sweeps, which is also important. She also explained that she felt she had to give something to the people who traveled across the country to be in the audience of her show. To show her support to the writers, she did not do a monologue on Thursday’s episode.
Soap operas should be relatively unaffected for a long time, as most have scripts written for episodes until January 2008.
According to a blog about Hannah Montana, the Disney show starring Miley Cyrus, the strike should not affect Disney shows as most of the shows have scripts enough to last for the remainder of the season.
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How long will the strike last?
Who knows? The last strike, which occurred in 1988, lasted 22 weeks. If both sides continue to drag their feet, we may be in for an even longer strike. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
Some more not so good news:
The whole entertainment industry may go on strike. The contracts for the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America are set to expire in July 2008. Let’s hope the writers and the AMPTP are able to sit down to work this out before the actors and directors strike as well. If they don’t, all three unions could join forces against the AMPTP and effectively bring the film and TV industry to a complete standstill.
For now, I don’t know about you, but I plan to watch all the James Bond movies, the Godfather movies, and play board games with my family.
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This post was written by jjanvrin on November 12, 2007