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A good list of what’s affected (on TV) by the strike

Posted by gnn1 on Monday, 5 November 2007

Copied from ShowBuzz

The Writers Guild of America contract expired Halloween night, and the thought of a strike by its 12,000 members has spooked a lot of television viewers. Writers, who announced Nov. 2 they were set to strike Nov. 5, are seeking more money from the sale of DVDs and the distribution of shows via the Internet, cell phones and other outlets. Producers are resisting, arguing profits from DVDs just offset the increased cost of production.

If the writers walk, how will this affect viewers? It depends on the kind of show.


Talk Shows

If there is a strike, talk shows will be especially affected. The absence of monologues and skits will probably force such shows as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report”on the Comedy Central channel, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on NBC, and “The Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS to run repeats.
(Photo: AP)


Soap Operas

Soap operas will start disappearing two to three weeks after a strike, since that is how much in advance they work, and because they rarely run repeats; advertisers don’t like soap reruns.
(Photo: CBS)


Television Series

Scripted television series will run out of new episodes in about six weeks, since that is how long in advance of broadcast they are put together. After that, the networks will probably run repeats, or replace these series with reality shows or news programs. Rumor has it that in place of new episodes of “The Office,” NBC might run old episodes from the British version of the series.
(Photo: AP Photo/NBC, Justin Lubin)


Reality Shows

Reality shows such as “Survivor” will not be affected by the strike — and indeed may replace some of the scripted series.
(Photo: CBS)

“American Idol” has finished the season, but if there is a strike, will there be a season eight? The answer is yes. The Fox Network, with its heavy proportion of unscripted shows is reportedly the least vulnerable to feeling the effects of a writers’ strike.
(Photo: AP)


News

News and “magazine” shows such as “60 Minutes” and “Primetime Live” will not be affected by a strike by the members of the Writers Guild of America.
(Photo: CBS)


Game Shows

Drew Carey is the new host of the old game show “The Price is Right,” and also of a new game show “The Power of 10.” Since game shows are largely unscripted, they will not be much affected by a writers’ strike.
(Photo: AP)


Animated Series

The Simpsons will continue for fellow couch potatoes. Since animated series take a long time to produce, the scripts for “The Simpsons” are ready as much as a year in advance. Even if the writers strike for a year, Homer will not disappear. The longest-running animated TV series began a year after the last Hollywood writers’ strike, in 1988, which lasted for 22 weeks. Viewers were treated to repeats and a delayed season; ten percent of them stopped watching television for good.
(Photo: AP)

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2 Responses to “A good list of what’s affected (on TV) by the strike”

  1. Danny said

    Unfortunately, all of the late-night shows (including SNL) are off the air this week…I just hope that the new shows that will be coming on the air soon won’t suck. Reality TV has really gone down the toilet in the past few years, and nobody needs any more game shows.

  2. LCP Intern said

    yep. but we’ll always have the simpsons -_^

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