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Something to Ponder

November 14, 2007 by  

One word and that word is “UGH”.

“If this strike lasts longer than three months, an entire season of television will end this December. No dramas. No comedies. No Daily Show. The strike will also prevent any pilots from being shot in the spring, so even if the strike is settled by then, you won’t see any new shows until the following January. As in 2009. Both the guild and the studios we are negotiating with do agree on one thing: this situation would be brutal.”

Lost co-creator and head writer Damon Lindelof

Filed under Writers Strike


15 Responses to “Something to Ponder”

  1. Something to Ponder — All This Nonsense on November 14th, 2007 1:35 pm

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  2. Seat42f on November 14th, 2007 1:41 pm

    I’m confused… how does TV end in December? am I reading that right? I’m not taking a dig at DL or the WGA but there is still plenty of new scripted stuff to air in 2008. FNL will roll well into February for example and a bunch of new shows haven’t even aired an episode yet.

    Confused part two… why no new shows next fall? Fox has already greenlit Whedons Dollhouse for 7 episodes and as soon as the strike ends it goes into production. Even if the strike ended in June 2008 Joss could easily have eps for fall 2008. It will just be a different development season.

  3. Kat on November 14th, 2007 1:46 pm

    “UGH” and “YIKES!!”

  4. DorkyDancer on November 14th, 2007 2:07 pm

    no new tv until january 2009???!!!! nooooooooooo

  5. Give Me My Remote on November 14th, 2007 2:20 pm

    Seat42F – I think Damon might have been speaking to a traditional television season. Yes, the schedule could (and hopefully will) change but based on the Sept-May schedule we’ve seen for years now, the TV landscape will change.

    As for the new shows, there are many scripts out there but with no writers on set and how showrunners available they are in jeopardy.

    There are a few shows that will go into the new year but VERY few. FNL and Sarah Connor are a few examples but there aren’t many examples to choose from.

  6. Emily on November 14th, 2007 3:07 pm

    its times like this when i just have to do my mantra of “i support the writers i support the writers i support the writers”

  7. Seat42f on November 14th, 2007 3:47 pm

    In re-reading his quote I wonder if he meant an entire season of television ‘production’ will end in December. I know a number of shows are still filming and will wrap things up that first week of December. Quote just doesn’t make sense the other way. Outside of the Office and Heroes almost every show will have new episodes on in 2008.

  8. Liz on November 14th, 2007 3:56 pm

    OMG! You mean we might have to actually, I don’t know, read a book? Go for a walk? Or, dare I say it – talk to a real, live person??? I don’t think the world is ready for it.

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  10. Alison on November 14th, 2007 4:43 pm

    Hey GMMR, I’ve been wondering what you’re going to do if this strike does last for a long, long time. Are you going to blog about the crappy reality shows the networks are likely to make? I really hope not, but I will miss visiting your site if you don’t update much. I can’t decide what I hope your response is. 🙂

    I personally will not watch any tv once my favorite shows do run out of episodes.

  11. Sus on November 14th, 2007 4:48 pm

    This gets more and more depressing the longer I think about it so I’m just going to stop.

  12. Liz on November 14th, 2007 6:37 pm

    But doesn’t this just mean “new” shows as in shows we have not seen before? Shows like The Office and Grey’s Anatomy could still have their new season start in fall, correct, because couldn’t they just start filming in March or April or whenever the heck the strike ends? I am less worried about not getting to see the crop of new shows for next fall than I am about the new shows I’ve already fallen in love with never coming back from the strike-forced hiatus (Chuck, Pushing Daisies).

  13. jenn on November 14th, 2007 6:47 pm

    I guess I will get alot of reading done because I won’t watch reality shows. Maybe we should all take up a musical instrument and form a band-who’s with me?

  14. Billiam on November 15th, 2007 12:01 am

    I wish the studios would just throw the writers a bone. They’ve withdrawn their demands for more DVD residuals, but the studios are unwilling to give an inch.
    If the strike continues, I’m pretty sure the only thing I will be watching on live TV in the spring will be Sarah Connor Chronicles. And Lost (but I’m hoping ABC decides to save it and air the whole thing at once like it is meant to be aired).

  15. grumpyoldman on November 15th, 2007 10:37 am

    There’s always some sports action on all year long. And the WWE writers aren’t in the union. So there will be plenty to entertain us on the television, even if this is never settled.