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As the strike winds down, what's next?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 8th 2008 9:35AM
Honk 4 writersDepending on who you want to listen to -- or believe -- the end of the writers' strike is a done deal. Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO and current CNBC host, thinks "it's over," as he told the network's Fast Money show. Nikki Finke, in her usual subtle way, takes pains to debunk Eisner's expertise on the matter, saying that "Eisner hasn't mattered since 2004-2005 when he was kicked to the curb by Disney and its shareholders."

Still, Finke does give a timeline of how she's been informed the next few days will go; tomorrow seems to be the crucial day, as the WGA membership on both coasts will have "informational meetings" before the governing board of each coast's guild decides whether to put the tentative deal up for a vote. If the informational meetings go well, the union bigwigs may call off the strike before the vote, anticipating the deal will win with the rank-and-file.

So, what will happen when the writers get back to work? According to multiple sources, the shows that are the biggest, most reliable hits for their networks will likely come back starting in late March (though more likely in mid-April), airing a limited number of episodes before the season officially ends in late May. Newer shows with full-season pickups, like Chuck and Pushing Daisies, will likely not resume until shooting for the fall season begins. Mike Ausiello at TVGuide.com has posted a list of what the networks' tentative plans for each show are. As he says, everything is subject to change, but it does look like the pattern mentioned above will hold.

Hey, an 18-episode season is better than an 11-episode season, right? I just hope these episodes don't look or sound like they're rushed into production. Either way, looks like there's good news all around.

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Four pre-strike episodes remain. Four additional episodes will likely be shot; unclear whether they'll air on NBC or go straight to DVD.

WAHHH!! I want my series finale! And I want it to be good! I don't want to by the stinkin' DVD!

February 09 2008 at 10:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Who gives a rip!!

Most of the crap these people write and promote are not worth watching.

February 08 2008 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if I can find some of those strike placards on eBay.

February 08 2008 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

So SAG is going to strike this summer after going through this? The public is going to be darn upset.

February 08 2008 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Even if the strike is called off, we may still not see a lot of fresh episodes of our favorite shows this spring. The chances that the Screen Actors Guild will go out on strike this summer are strong, and the networks are facing a wipeout of their fall schedules. As a result, the nets will have some of their shows resume production (that is, if the WGA strike is settled), but will hold the episodes until fall.

February 08 2008 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Since they're new, but seem to be popular with viewers, it would seem a better decision to go ahead and produce new episodes of Chuck and Pushing Daisies than more established shows. I fear these, and other new, popular shows, might suffer from a Jericho-like loss if they're off the air for so long.

February 08 2008 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ric Kaysen

I find it hard to believe the writers just sat around during the strike and never took pen to paper. On the first day, post strike, a truck will back up and dump a crap load of scripts off at the producers. I think the only delay will be in getting the scripts produced. Sorry if that obvious point has been discussed already...I don't visit every day.

February 08 2008 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let's hope the networks are nice and allow most of the shows to come back. It would be a total bummer to have to wait till fall for most of these shows. Hopefully NBC will be forced to stop making up shows like My Dad is Better than your Dad nonsense.

February 08 2008 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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