The Aftermath of the Writer’s Strike

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Writer's Guild of America Strike, which started a little over 3 months ago on November 5th, 2007, has come to an end. The WGA members have voted by a 92.5% margin to lift the strike during the ratification process of the new deal. Writers across the country will now be returning to work on Wednesday morning (Feb 12, 2008), ready to get your favorite TV shows and movies back into production. On Monday, many of the showrunners (people who are both a producer AND a writer on their own show) were already permitted to go back to work performing their non-writing duties. Many shows are already ramping up to pump out more episodes ASAP, but some, however, are not. Is your favorite show coming back on the air soon, will you have to wait until the Fall or was it canned altogether? You may be surprised. Keep on reading for all the details!

Any fans of Bionic Woman, Journeyman, Life is Wild or Big Shots? We hate to break it to you, but these shows are mysteriously missing from the tentative Fall '08 Schedules. These four freshman series have not been picked up and are not currently scheduled to go back into production. Hope you didn't get too attached.

Aside from those shows, everything else has at least a fighting chance. Here are some of our favorites and when you can expect to see them back on the air with brand new episodes!

  • 24 - Most likely, we won't be seeing Season 7 until January '09. Sorry 24 fans!
  • 30 Rock - Back in production, expected to complete 6-9 new episodes, which should air in late April/early May.
  • Back to You - There are two episodes that have yet to be aired, not clear when production will resume.
  • Chuck - Sorry, the season is as good as over. Look for new episodes in the Fall.
  • CSI (all of them) - Back in production, expected to complete 5 to 7 new episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Gossip Girl - Back in production, expected to complete 5 or 6 episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Grey's Anatomy - Back in production, expected to complete 4 to 7 episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Heroes - Season 3 will air in the Fall.
  • House - Back in production, expected to complete 4 to 6 episodes, airing in April or May.
  • How I Met Your Mother - Back in production, expected to complete 7 to 9 episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Jericho - Started airing its seven episode season on 2/12/08. Future dependent on ratings.
  • Lost - Started airing its season on 1/31/08. Eight episodes were completed before the strike. 5-6 additional episodes expected to be completed. May very well avoid any gaps.
  • The Office - Back in production, expected to complete 7 to 9 episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Prison Break - Two unaired episodes left. Not currently planned to go back into production.
  • Pushing Daisies - Nothing new until the Fall.
  • Reaper: Three unaired episodes left. Back in production, expected to complete 5 or 6 additional episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Saturday Night Live: Returns live on Feb. 23.
  • Supernatural - Two unaired episodes left. Back in production, expected to complete 4 or 5 additional episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Currently airing. Four unaired episodes left as of this writing. Not currently scheduled to resume production.
  • Two and a Half Men - Back in production, expected to complete 5 to 9 additional episodes, airing in April or May.
  • Ugly Betty - Back in production, expected to complete 4 to 7 additional episodes, airing in April or May.

As you can see, many shows are resuming production right away, yet some are not. For now it is not quite certain what the fate of these shows will be. Some could end up back in production soon, while others will probably hold off until the Fall where they can have another shot at proving themselves without the threat of a looming strike. As we reported previously, ABC is considering extending their season into June to allow its shows to air a full season. If ABC decides to do this, it's likely that at least CBS and NBC will follow suit and do the same. Who knows, we may be able to have a proper season 4 finale for Lost after all!

Things may seem uncertain for now, but all will be clear soon. Upfront season is almost upon us. Will the major networks have their big Upfront Presentations this year or will it all be tamed? We'll let you know as soon as we know, but all we know is that we're anxiously awaiting for the invites to arrive!

For the full list of show statuses and more great media news, be sure to tune in to Episode 16 of The Media Junkyard when it is released on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 17th.

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