CBS starts to outsource writing
CBS has teamed with Canada's CTV to produce a police drama called Flashpoint. Mind you, this is far from the first time an American company has partnered with a production company from another country. HBO and the BBC have several shows they have co-produced, including Extras.
The difference with Flashpoint is that its the first scripted series to be ordered by a network since the writers' strike began. CBS has given assurances that this is not intended to be strike-related programming and the 13 episodes of the series would likely air in May or June. It will be shown simultaneously on CBS and CTV.
While this is a method of getting scripted shows without writers, there is a whole new level of corporate and union politics in doing this. First, there are now two sets of producers fighting over the show with different values and ideas. Second, I don't think American actors would be too keen on having the next generation of American television stars being Canadian (William Shatner being the exception, of course). Most likely this is filler until the strike is settled. What do you think?