Insider Leak: “Writer’s Strike to be OFFICIALLY Over Sat, Feb 9th”
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We know that the strike is not officially over quite yet and there have been no press releases or news stories about this. This is coming from the mouths of some very high level TV Executives. A source that would like to remain anonymous has spoken to both Jeff Zucker, President/CEO of NBC Universal and Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and NBC Universal Television Studio. Both Zucker and Silverman have stated that the Writer's Guild of America will be accepting the latest offer from the AMPTP and that an official announcement will be made on Saturday, February 9th sometime in the evening. Jeff Zucker is someone who would definitely know this information well ahead of time. I think it is very safe to say that come Saturday night, the Writer's Strike will be officially over and many of the WGA members will be back to work on Monday.
That being said, it is not quite certain which shows will resume production right away. Furthermore, on average, one episode of a television show takes about 4-6 weeks to be completed. What will this mean? Well, for shows such as Chuck or Grey's Anatomy that are currently off the air or running repeats, we will not see new episodes until mid-March at the earliest. For shows such as Lost that are currently running new episodes, it is a race against the clock to complete as many episodes as possible before the end of the TV season in May. It is projected that Lost will be able to produce 5-7 more episodes before that time comes. That means that we could be missing the last few episodes, BUT it has also been rumored that ABC might actually extend their normal season so that Lost and other shows can air their full seasons. This is by no means going to be a normal year for television. Expect the networks to pull all sorts of tricks to give their shows the best fighting chance.
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