Writers strike could begin on Monday
So far, Hollywood writers are back at work today but union reps hinted that they might be asked to stay home from work beginning on Monday morning. Union leaders did say that there are some "back channel" negotiations happening so a strike could still be averted.
The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting little story about which networks are screwed if the writers do go on strike. Basically, FOX and ABC are sitting pretty. ABC made the unprecedented move of ordering 14 scripts for several series way back in May. ABC also has the most to lose because its new fall schedule is doing so well (Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Samantha Who?) that viewers may forget to return to those programs when new episodes begin airing again.
FOX is in the best shape because it has fewer hours to program, airs a bunch of reality shows, and can schedule American Idol for three nights a week. FOX also has six scripted series are ready to go for the midseason. The nail-biter for FOX is with 24, which is only two-thirds of the way through writing and filming of this season.
NBC and CBS are looking at having the least new programming on the air if the writers do strike. According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS will be alright because its many procedurals do well in reruns and the network has a couple of un-scripted programs in the works. At NBC, reruns are also in order and the only new programming will come from Deal or No Deal unless the network can speed up production on American Gladiators.