If the writer’s go on strike in the coming days, what happens to [insert my favorite show] here?
Thankfully, the strike will have little effect on the remaining 2007 television season. November sweeps will continue as planned, with December filling out with your regular mix of Holiday specials and reruns. The problem starts in the new year. When shows run out of completed scripts and programs.
If the strike continues for an extended period, what will networks air?
Expect a lot of reality television and game shows, which don’t traditionally rely on the written word [shocking, I know!]. Other possibilities should the strike continue into the new year include networks running British shows [ie. Ricky Gervais' version of THE OFFICE], cable shows [NBC could run cable shows within the NBC Universal family — BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, MONK] and of course sports.
Why is the Writer’s Guild of America going on strike
The short answer — Money. The longer answer involves me spelling out over two dozen contentious issues, the most important of which include:
1. The Home Video Market. WGA members want a larger share of the profits from the booming DVD market.
2. The New Media Market. Currently WGA members are not compensated properly for their work in the digital world. The WGA would like a larger share of the developing digital downloads, online streaming and cell phone video markets.
What’s going to happen to theTVaddict.com?
Rest assured, this TV Addict isn’t going anywhere and will endeavor to inform you on all the latest strike related developments. The only difference being that I’ll be doing so drunk! No LOST, BROTHERS & SISTERS, 30 ROCK and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER means more time with an old friend… Jack Daniel’s.
But seriously, if you have anymore questions, feel free to post them in the comments below.