Here's an update on the writers strike
This is getting serious.
Both sides are still far from agreement on a new deal, and a strike by the Writers Guild of America could start in a couple of weeks (the last offer was rejected by writers). That means that scripted shows (Lost and House, for example) and late night talk shows would suffer the most. Some shows have a schedule that means they won't be affected that much, like The Simpsons, but most other scripted shows will be hurt in some way. As for daytime, Martha Stewart wouldn't be affected at all, but The View uses union writers so that should could be hit. (The View uses writers? So that means a writer actually puts those words into Elisabeth Hasselbeck's mouth?)
But there's a bright side: more reality TV! Since reality shows don't need a writing staff (though as we've found out, many of them do indeed have writers), several shows are waiting in the wings, and if ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX absolutely have to, they'll put more reality shows on the air. The CW, for instance, has five completed reality series just waiting to air, including a new season of Pussycat Dolls Present and the new shows Farmer Wants A Wife (ugh) and Crowned. I've been hoping for more reality television, so maybe this whole story has a happy ending.
Movies won't be affected that much since they film so far in advance.
We have a plan here at TV Squad. If for some reason we can't review shows, the web site will change to a knitting blog for the duration of the strike.