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WGA Strike Watch

24 ticks closer, scheduled to premiere in the US on January 13, but with only 9 episodes at the ready. And Kiefer is headed for jail time beginning December 21 too. Yikes.

As the Writers’ Guild of America strike takes hold there are lots of question marks hovering over our favourite shows. So what’s in the can? What’s the likely fate if this drags on?

Here is a comprehensive list of where each show stands:

Unscripted shows — such as “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” and, when it returns in January, “American Idol” — would continue uninterrupted.

Soaps
ABC Says its soaps are written “well into the new year,” however, and that they will “continue to produce original programming with no repeats and without interruption.”
CBS Expected to continue through February.
NBC(“Days of Our Lives”) Expected to continue through January.

Syndicated Shows
“Ellen” Decided not to tape her show Monday in support of the striking writers. Some writers on her show are guild members. Monday’s and Tuesday’s shows were taped last week, a spokesman said. DeGeneres has yet to decide whether to go ahead with further shows this week.
Late Night
“Colbert Report,””The Daily Show” and”Saturday Night Live” Will go into repeats immediately.
“The Tonight Show” and “The Conan O’Brien Show” Will go into repeats immediately.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” Staffed with WGA writers, so it would probably go to repeats. But Kimmel could also decide to wing it and do the show himself.
“Nightline” Will remain live and in originals.

ABC
“Desperate Housewives” Has nine episodes written, which should last through the first week of December.
“Grey’s Anatomy” 13 episodes of 23 episodes written, 11 of which have been shot and six have aired. This means there are five more episodes in the can.
“Boston Legal” Will have 14 or 15 of 22 episodes completed.
“Lost” Expected to have eight out of 16 episodes ready.Midseason, none have aired yet
“Cavemen” Expected to have 12 out of 13 episodes completed; has not received an order for a full season.
“Men in Trees” Has five episodes left over from last season, 10 new episodes shot, four more scripts to shoot; adds up to 19 out of 27 for the season.
“Cashmere Mafia” The premiere has been delayed because of the strike.
“The View” Will continue uninterrupted, according to a spokesman.
“Dirty Sexy Money” Expected have between 11 and 13 episodes completed.
“Brothers & Sisters” Expected to have either 11 or 12 episodes completed.
“Eli Stone” Will have 13 of 13 ordered. Midseason premiere date is undetermined.
“Brothers and Sisters” 12 episodes recorded. ABC plans to air new episode as normal this Sunday.
“Dancing with the Stars” Production continues; host Tom Bergeron to ad-lib.
“Ugly Betty” 4 eps.

CBS
“CSI: Miami” Will have 13 out of 24 episodes completed.
“Criminal Minds” Will have 12 of 22 episodes completed.
“Moonlight” Expected to have 11 out of 12 episodes completed; has not received an order for a full season.
“Cane” Expected to complete all 13 episodes; has not yet received an order for a full season.
“Jericho” Will have seven of seven episodes.
“Cold Case” 10 episodes out of 24 ordered taped.
“CSI” 9 episodes out of 24 ordered taped.
“CSI: New York” 11 episodes out of 24 ordered taped.
“Ghost Whisperer” 9 episodes out of 22 ordered taped.
“NCIS” 10 episodes out of 24 ordered taped.
“Rules of Engagement” Production shut down.
“The Big Bang Theory” Production shut down.
“The Late Show with David Letterman” On hiatus.
“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” On hiatus.
“The New Adventures of Old Christine” Production shut down.
“Two and a Half Men” Production shut down.

NBC
“My Name is Earl” Has 13 out of 13 episodes completed.
“Medium” Will have nine of 22 episodes completed.
“30 Rock” Has nine out of 22 episodes completed, with several days of shooting for the 10th episode scheduled for this week.
“Friday Night Lights” Expected to complete 15 of 22 episodes.
“Scrubs” Expected to complete 12 of 18 episodes.
“Journeyman” Expected to complete 13 of 13 episodes; has not yet received an order for a full season.
“Heroes / Heroes: Origins” spinoff suspended. 11 episodes taped. It is understood that NBC is planning for the December 3 episode to serve as a season finale in the event of a protracted strike, with the show returning for special episodes in the run-up to 2008-09.

CW
“Everybody Hates Chris” Expected to complete 22 of 22 episodes.
“Gossip Girl” Expected to complete 13 of 22 episodes.
“Supernatural” Has 10-12 episodes completed;Those shows also have roughly five scripts that are ready to shoot.
“America’s Next Top Model,””Beauty and the Geek”and new shows such as “Crowned” (the mother-daughter beauty contest) Three of a number of reality shows that have already been ordered up, meaning they are covered for the rest of the season

Fox
“24” Will have eight or nine out of 24 episodes completed. Season delayed.
“K-Ville” Will have 10 of 13 episodes completed.
“Back to You” Production shut down with 9 episodes taped. On hiatus.
“Prison Break” 12 episodes completed. Ends Nov 12, returns Jan 14, moving forward from an April return.
“‘Til Death” Production shut down.
“Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles” replacing 24 from January 13.
“American Idol” premieres unaffected Jan 15.
“Bones” premieres Jan 4
“House” new eps thru November then returns Jan 22
“Unhitched” premieres March 2 for 6 weeks
“When Women Rule The World” March 3
“Hells Kitchen” April 1
“Canterbury’s Law” April 11
“Family Guy” 1 ep completed. Showrunner Seth MacFarlane has said that he will not assist with the production of further episodes during the strike.
“The Simpsons, King Of The Hill, American Dad, Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Don’t Forget The Lyrics!, Cops, America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back” All unaffected.

USA
“In Plain Sight” New show, episodes are nearly wrapped
“Psych” and “Monk” Enough scripts in hand to guarantee a full second half of each season
“Law and Order: Criminal Intent” Enough for first half of the season (10); the second half (12) will be affected (meaning not enough scripts to guarantee production start as scheduled.)
“Burn Notice” Scheduled to start production of Season 2 in January
“Starter Wife” Scheduled to start production in March

Sci-Fi
“Stargate Atlantis” Expected to go on as scheduled.
“Battlestar Galactica” Has 10 hours of episodes, plus a two hour movie to air this Fall.
“Eureka” Will be affected.

FX
“Thirty Days” Completed, not expected to be affected.
“Nip/Tuck” 5th season, the 22 episodes were planned for two cycles: 14 to run from now to February and eight next year. All 14 in the first cycle have been written. So, only the second cycle could be affected.
“The Shield” The final season is written, no date set for airing.
“The Riches” Seven of 13 are written, reportedly good through Dec. 10
“Dirt” Production is underway, and it could be affected.
“Rescue Me” fifth season, just announced, would be affected since production is expected to start in early ’08.
“Damages” No word yet on whether it would be picked up

HBO
“Entourage” and”Big Love” Are currently in the writing stages and were scheduled to air in the summer of 2008.
“True Blood” and”12 Miles of Bad Road” Have begun production.
“The Wire” Completed and will air as scheduled.
“In Treatment” New series will air as scheduled.

Showtime
“Dexter,” “Weeds,””Californication” and”Brotherhood” Have ended or will be ending their season runs.
“The Tudors” Second season returns in late March, completed production Nov. 1 on 12 episodes.
A new Tracey Ullman series Five-episode series is shot.

This section updates.

WGA Strike: Talks break down
Kath and Kim readies amid strike action.
Day 5: It’s the Tonight show with [insert guest]?
Day 4: Showrunners thwart network plans
Can Seven’s Heroes save our world?
Day 3: Clock stops on 24
Day 2: Housewives to stop over strike
Day 1: Talk Shows off air
Official: Writers’ Strike begins
US Writers poised to walk
NBC halts Heroes spin off
Thursday = Strike
Scary strike could cripple US TV

Sources: LA Times and Digital Spy with thanks!

6 Responses

  1. I’m curious to know if they would adjust a series mid-production..

    Example: If a scheduled series was authorised to produce 22 episodes, could they adjust that season to 16 episodes mid-production?

    I’ve just been wondering if they’ll allow these strikes to go on for a while to allow the networks and producers to take such actions (as described) to adjust the production and create fewer episodes, then allowing them to make twice as much money from a shortened seasons with DVD/Download/Streaming sales!?

  2. The plans mentioned for “Heroes” could spell doom for the show. It relies so heavily on carefully-paced long story arc (though is nowehere close to being as adept at that as “Lost”) that an extended break might kill interest in it completely – they’ve spent most of season 2 setting things up, and viewers will undoubtedly feel cheated if they do another seaon-one-finale disaster and just nuke it all in one 40-minute “finale”…

    As for My Name Is Earl… this current season is a 25-episode order, not 13. Indeed a few of the figures above are a bit out; this page below (on Futon Critic) is an excellent resource for keeping up to date with which shows are in trouble strike-wise:

    http://www.thefutoncritic.com/guide.aspx?id=strike_scripted

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