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Since: 24.2.02

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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.15
Shows like that that are established are probably safe, but this is probably really bad news for anything new.
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Since: 24.3.02
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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by The Vile1
    I hope this isn't bad news for Big Bang Theory which just got picked up for a full season of 22 episodes.

I heard someone say that struggling scripted shows should be worried. If they get replaced by reality tv, and the reality tv gets better ratings, then the network might very well decide to cancel the scripted show and go with the cheaper reality tv.
I get the feeling that the strike is the reason that very few shows have been canceled so far.
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Since: 4.9.02
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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.91
The best news from that LA Times article is that season 2 for Burn Notice, the only show on TV worth watching besides The Big Bang Theory, is safe from the strike and begins production in January. Bruce Campbell will still be getting work this year and that makes me a happy panda.

(edited by The Vile1 on 3.11.07 2302)



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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.57
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    But aren't most producers writers anyway and thus members of the WGA? Marc Cherry, Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, the 24 guys, Shonda Rhimes, Tim Kring, David E. Kelley, Greg Garcia, Greg Daniels...all of the show creators/executive producers started as writers and have WGA membership. Cuse is even on the WGA negotiating board, I believe.


Just wanted to note that a bunch of show-runners (including Cuse/Lindelof, Rimes, Kring, Garcia, Seth MacFarlane, and about 90 more) took out an ad in the Hollywood Reporter today confirming that they will not write for the duration of the strike.

http://www.wga.org/subpage_member.aspx?id=2529

I'm a bit concerned about what might happen to shows that haven't even started their seasons yet, like Lost and Battlestar Galactica. But I've waited this long, I can wait longer...






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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by Shem the Penman
    Just wanted to note that a bunch of show-runners (including Cuse/Lindelof, Rimes, Kring, Garcia, Seth MacFarlane, and about 90 more) took out an ad in the Hollywood Reporter today confirming that they will not write for the duration of the strike.

    http://www.wga.org/subpage_member.aspx?id=2529

Oh, no, the writers for Cavemen are on the list. Whatever are we to do?!?

Conspicuous by their absence are the following shows: Big Shots, Cane, CSI: Miami, Ghost Whisperer, Life, Life is Wild, Numb3rs, Prison Break, Pushing Daisies, Scrubs, Supernatural, The Game, Without A Trace.
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.83
Last minute negotiations yesterday broke down, so, the writers are on strike. So, now the waiting begins to see exactly what gets shut down.



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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.34
Word is that Heroes is shooting an alternate ending to an episode that would run in December. The new ending would allow that episode to serve as a truncated season-ender.

With a number of scripts "in the bank" and/or in various stages of production, should be at least a month before things start getting really tight for producers. Of course there's nothing to suggest that negotiations will get serious until push comes to shove, either.

(edited by TheOldMan on 5.11.07 1147)



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Since: 9.1.03
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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.64
    Originally posted by Leroy
      Originally posted by odessasteps
      I thought NBC left iTunes to start their own video portal.


    From what I've read, the impetus to leave iTunes was that Apple refused to allow NBC to even experiment with charging $4.99 per episode. Jeff Zucker recently blasted Apple publicly, charging them with making money off the backs of the music and television industry. NBC also wanted a cut of every iPod sold. I've never understood why the music or television industry thinks Apple will agree to that.

    Anyway, here's comments from Zucker.

    NBC's Zucker: Apple used us! (Shh, we used Apple too) (Ars Technica)

    NBC President: Apple iPods Sold On The Back Of Our Content (Wired)


I think NBC/Universal thinks they can get away with it because last year, they struck a deal that gives them a percentage of revenue for every Microsoft Zune sold. Their rationale is that people use MP3 players to listen to illegally downloaded music from Universal's catalogue, so it's time they start making money off of it. I know that Microsoft is not Apple in the online music world though.



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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.22
go lock 100 drunken monkeys in a room full of laptops and I am sure that you can have a season of shows like the Big Bang Theory written by the end of the day



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Since: 25.1.02
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#30 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80
    Originally posted by komarkaze
      Originally posted by Leroy
        Originally posted by odessasteps
        I thought NBC left iTunes to start their own video portal.


      From what I've read, the impetus to leave iTunes was that Apple refused to allow NBC to even experiment with charging $4.99 per episode. Jeff Zucker recently blasted Apple publicly, charging them with making money off the backs of the music and television industry. NBC also wanted a cut of every iPod sold. I've never understood why the music or television industry thinks Apple will agree to that.

      Anyway, here's comments from Zucker.

      NBC's Zucker: Apple used us! (Shh, we used Apple too) (Ars Technica)

      NBC President: Apple iPods Sold On The Back Of Our Content (Wired)


    I think NBC/Universal thinks they can get away with it because last year, they struck a deal that gives them a percentage of revenue for every Microsoft Zune sold. Their rationale is that people use MP3 players to listen to illegally downloaded music from Universal's catalogue, so it's time they start making money off of it. I know that Microsoft is not Apple in the online music world though.


Different Universals, actually. Universal Music, who has the Zune agreement with MS (and its own troubles with Apple over iTunes distribution of their catalog) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vivendi. NBC Universal is 80% owned by GE with Vivendi controlling only 20%, and it's GE who calls the shots. They separated the two entities when Vivendi sold to GE.



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.86
You know, it could be debated that Saturday Night Live has been without writing ever since Will Farrell left the show. *rimshot*

People won't stop watching the idiot box, IMO. What's on might be stupid, but hell, so's half of whats on anyways.



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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.57
    Originally posted by dunkndollaz
    go lock 100 drunken monkeys in a room full of laptops and I am sure that you can have a season of shows like the Big Bang Theory written by the end of the day






100 drunk monkeys would be a vast upgrade over most network programming. I don't think I've watched a network non-sports program, except for a few early episodes of Deal or No Deal, in a few years. However, if CBS decides to use this as an opportunity to tap into the TVLand Vault and make a nightly schedule of the shows CBS used to have on that particular evening, I'd watch.
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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.60
IGN put up a helpfully informative piece that gives us all an idea as to the fate of some of our favorite shows. Among the tidbits...

24 is written up to Episode 10, but due to the strike, may not air AT ALL this season.

Lost is supposedly written through Episode 14, but the rest of the season could be screwed.

The Office will not film any new episodes for the remainder of the strike.

The Simpsons may or may not run the full 22, depending on whether some of the episodes need to be re-written. Ditto for Family Guy.

Battlestar Galactica is in the midst of its final season, but is only halfway through the season's scripts, which is sure to infuriate fans.

The Shield has all its scripts ready to go and will go on with its series finale, as scheduled.

And in some great news, South Park is NON-UNION, meaning the show will go on uninterrupted! And you can bet your sweet dollar that poking fun at the WGA strike will be at the top of Trey and Matt's to-do list for next season.

EDIT: I completely forgot to mention Heroes. Heroes will air its December 3 episode as its season finale, meaining those hoping the show would rebound from a shitty first-half of the season will be sorely disappointed. You almost can't help but feel sorry for (and by "feel sorry for", I mean "laugh at") G4 for endlessly hyping their "Heroes" deal and having it cruelly cut short.

(edited by It's False on 6.11.07 0005)


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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.33
hoenstly will it be that bad for them to just walk down the block, go up to some random people and say

" Hey you!, want to wright for ABC? we need to finish this seasion of lost."
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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.11
    Originally posted by It's False
    24 is written up to Episode 10, but due to the strike, may not air AT ALL this season.


That's the best news Keifer's had all week.



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#36 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.84
    Originally posted by It's False
    Heroes will air its December 3 episode as its season finale, meaining those hoping the show would rebound from a shitty first-half of the season will be sorely disappointed.

Shitty first-half? What show are YOU watching?

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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.63
    Originally posted by StingArmy
    Shitty first-half? What show are YOU watching?


It's been rebounding nicely in the last few weeks but with Hiro's amazingly boring adventure in Feudal Japan (which took until this week to finally have a point), Peter doing a whole lot of nothing in Ireland, Nikki and Paolo (or whatever they're called on this show) seemingly crawling across Mexico and doing the exact same plotline six weeks in a row and Sylar doing a whole lot of nothing, that does seem to be the general consensus.


EDIT: Hate double-quotes.

(edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 7.11.07 2307)
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Since: 24.3.02
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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
Just saw this on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6hqP0c0_gw
The writers of The Office talk about why they're on strike.
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#39 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
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Only show I still want to know about is how far House is going to get before they run out of scripts. Only thing IGN had to say was that they'll hold one episode back for after the Super Bowl.



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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.40
    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    Nikki and Paolo (or whatever they're called on this show) seemingly crawling across Mexico


That's excellent. I hate the plotline and I don't care at all about those two. I just want Sylar to eat their freakin brains already.



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