Things are about to suck for TV lovers – unless you happen to really like Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Deal Or No Deal and The Bachelor. The Writers Guild Of America – those folks who put the words in Hiro’s and Meredith Grey’s mouths – are set to strike. Something about not getting a piece of the DVD pie.
But it’s not quite time to hit the panic button yet. After all, a strike now will only affect what we see starting in 2008 as TV shows are typically in production four to six episodes ahead of air date.
So, given the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays most shows can continue airing new episodes until sometime in January. Then it’s reruns and new episodes of shows not covered by the WGA contract – aka reality series and gameshows.
There are a couple of bright spots. Both Lost and 24 weren’t scheduled to start airing their respective seasons until January or February, so they’ll have several new episodes ready to go, although it’s doubtful it would be the entire season, which probably won’t be able to hit the airwaves until after the strike is settled.
Now that’s a cliffhanger ending.