The Strike Is On!

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  1. Shifty

    Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    So no new late night talk shows tonight. Then it will be the soaps in about three weeks. Then some primetime shows will go into reruns in December and 2008 will be a mess of reruns, new reality shows and some shows who prepared airing new episodes.
     
  2. Shifty

    Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    Here's a look at where many shows stand:

    Late Night
    "Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show"
    Would go into repeats immediately.
    "The Tonight Show" and "The Conan O'Brien Show"
    Would go into repeats immediately.
    "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
    Staffed with WGA writers, so it would probably go to repeats. But Kimmel could also decide to wing it and do the show himself.
    "Nightline"
    Would likely stay in originals.

    ABC
    "Lost"
    Expected to have eight out of 16 episodes ready.
    Midseason, none have aired yet
    "Cavemen"
    Expected to have 12 out of 13 episodes completed.

    CBS
    "Moonlight"
    Expected to have 11 out of 12 episodes completed.
    "Cane"
    Expected to complete all 13 episodes.

    NBC
    "Friday Night Lights"
    Expected to complete 15 of 22 episodes.
    "Scrubs"
    Expected to complete 12 of 18 episodes.

    CW
    "Supernatural"
    "Gossip Girl"
    and the rest of its lineup Has 10-12 episodes completed;
    Those shows also have roughly five scripts that are ready to shoot.
    "America's Next Top Model,"
    "Beauty and the Geek"
    and new shows such as "Crowned" (the mother-daughter beauty contest)
    Three of a number of reality shows that have already been ordered up, meaning they are covered for the rest of the season

    USA
    "In Plain Sight"
    New show, episodes are nearly wrapped
    "Psych" and "Monk"
    Enough scripts in hand to guarantee a full second half of each season
    "Law and Order: Criminal Intent"
    Enough for first half of the season (10); the second half (12) will be affected (meaning not enough scripts to guarantee production start as scheduled.)
    "Burn Notice"
    Scheduled to start production of Season 2 in January
    "Starter Wife"
    Scheduled to start production in March

    Sci-Fi
    "Stargate Atlantis"
    Expected to go on as scheduled.
    "Battlestar Galactica"
    Has 10 hours of episodes, plus a two hour movie to air this Fall.
    "Eureka"
    Will be affected.

    FX
    "Thirty Days"
    Completed, not expected to be affected.
    "Nip/Tuck"
    5th season, the 22 episodes were planned for two cycles: 14 to run from now to February and eight next year. All 14 in the first cycle have been written. So, only the second cycle could be affected.
    "The Shield"
    The final season is written, no date set for airing.
    "Dirt" and "The Riches"
    Production is underway, and they could be affected.
    "Rescue Me"
    5th season, just announced, would be affected since production is expected to start in early '08.
    "Damages"
    No word yet on whether it would be picked up
    -- L.A. Times
     
  3. Shifty

    Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    The fewer episodes aired means fewer episodes available to put on iTunes, other online sites and on DVD sets. This is a mess.

     
  4. Darthphere

    Darthphere Kneel before 'Drox!

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    I'm totally going to be a scab writer.
     
  5. Prison Mike

    Prison Mike Don't drop the soap!

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    what's a scab writer?
     
  6. Dr. Evil

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    Maybe it's a Screenwriter not a member of the Writers guild?
     
  7. Shifty

    Shifty Chief of Surgery

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    A scab is a worker brought in by the employer to work while a union is on strike.
     
  8. BatMatt

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    what does this mean exactly for The Office? I'd hate to see that show hit in any way
     
  9. BatMatt

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    Nevermind, you can go to www.officetally.com and see for yourselves how The Office would be affected
     
  10. enterthemadness

    enterthemadness The Triumvirate

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    I would like to become one, too.
     
  11. Arkady Rossovich

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    In a way,i doubt people would care.In some ways,the television season has not been that good.
     
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    :dry: :dry: :dry: :whatever: :whatever:
     
  13. SapphirePrima

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    That's not a bad idea.:woot:
     
  14. bullets

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    damn strike is messin it all up hopefully it will be over by the end of the week.
     
  15. Webhead2006

    Webhead2006 The Web-Swinger

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    yea i hope the strike is resolved quickly and doesnt go to long. Cause i would hate to see the second half of current seasons of shows i am watching this season and shows in general get screwed out of their full seasons and all that. Hopefully the strike doesnt last as long as the one in 88 did which was 22 weeks. I really hope the studios give in on the guild's quickly and solve this within the month.
     
  16. Downhere

    Downhere Jeremiah 33:3

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    This definitely sucks, especially in relation to some of my favorite shows. Hopefully everything gets worked out soon.
     
  17. TheVileOne

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    It's time for everyone to move to Hollywood and sell your scab writing skills to THE LOWEST BIDDER!

    Think about all the amazing plots we could put together for our favorite shows!
     
  18. enterthemadness

    enterthemadness The Triumvirate

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    I know...too bad I live on the east coast instead of the West.
     
  19. Superfreak

    Superfreak Gramaton Cleric

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    totally, I don't even know why the strike is an issue. I say the studios should screw them.

    hiring scabs is the way to go. There are 6 billion people on the planet... and I'm sure atleast a million of those, can write better than those writers for TV and movies we already have. There are only a small number of regular tv shows that I would consider to have good writing anyway. As far as superhero shows... most writers can be canned. Any show on CW would actually profit from having freelance scabs come in and replace its regular idiot cast of writers.

    I say producers cut the union out of the picture... and hire new talent, that can easily be found.
     
  20. StrainedEyes

    StrainedEyes All the way up it!

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    And shows that have ran for 5-6 years with the same writers would not show any ill effects of this at all. :whatever:
     
  21. Superfreak

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    obviously it depends on the show... but I can garentee, WB went to a university campus... in 5 minutes they could find an entire crew of writers that could surpass and replace the current writers already on their roster. Example: Smallville would have profited from having a new roster of writers after the 2nd season, and now it's on its craptastic 7th season (maybe the strike, will help the show, by replacing all their dumb ass writers, with people with a little more literary and dramatic writing skill)

    really, it's the more involved narrative shows that will suffer: BSG, Lost, Heroes, Prison Break, 24. These are the shows that will be hit hardest by a strike I think.

    one shot wonder shows (ie. those without an involved major ongoing narrative), it doesn't really matter. The writing is usually at a lower level than those listed above. And if the writing is on par, the aggregate quality of these shows generally fluctuates from episode to episode.
     
  22. SouLeSS

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    You do realize that the producers/director/studio's basically tell the writers (most of the time, shows like The Office and what not not so much) the basic things to write, and expect them to write it in the quality of the network, right?

    Fox has always had the fast action semi-high paced and semi-emotional shows.
    CW has always had the 'love' shows (Dawsons Creek, Girlfriends, even Smallville, and don't dare try to say it's not)
    NBC's had the dramatic shows with huge character developments more than plot twists or shock/awe.
    ABC's always had that small glimpse of being a family network...

    I mean seriously, it's not like the writers come in and just write some of these shows and then it goes on air. It goes though tons and tons of cuts drafts drops edits and rewrites before it's done, and during all that theres a huge producer/director/studio/even actor influence on what goes in and what doesn't.

    Some of you seem to think that it's incredibly easy to just plop out a 44 minute episode of Heroes or Smallville or Boston Legal that you could just do it week after week and your work would never get old or tiring or start to overlap with your previous work.

    Wake up. It's not that easy. Scripts for 44 minute shows like Jerry Springer (yes, that show does have a script. It's not a 'reality' show, it's basically just a way for deadbeats to act.) are 30 pages long, and more wordy shows like Boston Legal or House are easily in their high 80's. Could you write 80 pages worth of dialogue true to every single character in almost every single way, as well as wrap up a one and done episode, and on top of that keep underlying plots for the entire season/series going week in and week out?

    No. You couldn't. Theres a small amount of people in the world that can, and because they're basically getting ****ed in the ass with this whole money thing, you can bet that they know all of this, and they know the studios hiring scabs would be suicide.

    This isn't something like a mill strike or a power plant strike where most of the jobs can be learned in about a week.
     
  23. Superfreak

    Superfreak Gramaton Cleric

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    I think we all know that.

    But in the end, I don't care about them. I just care about how it affects my life. I want my TV. So there are really two options... get people who are willing to work for what is offered, who are equally as good as the writers who want more. Or, give more to those who are striking.

    I really don't care how its solved, as long as its solved now.

    I was just sayin, that there are billions of talented writers out there, who could do as good as, or a better job than those writers demanding more. So why not bring in new blood, new talent, for cheaper, and forget the union
     
  24. Son of Sun

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    This is so wrong in so many levels that it just plain hurts, but like you said, some just don't care. One of the reasons that the good writers stay away from TV or movies is the fact that they do get pissed all over, even if they're basically the very reasons why anything even happens!

    These people write books.
     
  25. amazingfantasy15

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    It's only a good idea if you want to write during the strike then never again, the strike will be resolved and once it is anyone who crossed over the picket lines will be blacklisted from working as a writer in Hollywood for the rest of their lives.
     

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