So, today is the deadline on whether or not the Writers’ Guild Of America goes on strike or not and while signs point to a possible resolution to the negotiations that may not resort with a strike, there’s still plenty of time for things to change.
Visions of 2007 and 2008 are coming back into play here as we wonder what a writers’ strike today would mean for TV and movies, let’s go ahead and take a look. We’re gonna examine each and every aspect of where entertainment will be affected from first to last:
LATE NIGHT TELEVISION
You know those late night comedy shows like The Late Show, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, Full Frontal, and more? Yeah, say goodbye to those shows for a while now because those will be the first to be affected by the strike. So, by tomorrow, many of the late night talk shows as well as some daytime shows like Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey will be off the air because the writers will be striking.
Now, does that mean, the late night shows will be gone until the strike ends? Not necessarily.
The late night shows all came back during the strike about two months after it started with hosts David Letterman, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, they all eventually came back to their shows months after the strike started but without the writers and the recurring sketches they wrote, the performers had to write the shows themselves, a practice that dates back to when Johnny Carson had to write the show for himself when strikes happened in 82 and 88.
So, by July expect to see late night hosts returning but doing whatever it takes to stretch out the runtimes. Hey, Conan’s still on the air so maybe he’ll spin his wedding ring again:
The benefit of having a writers’ strike now is that most TV shows airing right now will not be affected as much as they were when the 2007 strike started in November, in the middle of the TV broadcasting season, which affected many TV shows to the point where hit shows the previous season were axed in this season because a lot of the viewers lost interest.
Shows such as Heroes, October Road, What About Brian?, Notes From The Underbelly, Eli Stone, Life, Lipstick Jungle, According To Jim, Women’s Murder Club, among many others got axed that season because the viewers couldn’t wait anymore. Strangely, the only show that debuted during the writers’ strike that did not get axed was, of all things, The Big Bang Theory, and yet today it’s still the top rated comedy on broadcast television. Most of the primetime shows had their seasons cut down from the usual 22 to 24 episode to 16 to 18 episodes.
However, we’ve got pilot season going on, we’re only a few weeks away from getting a primetime lineup here so we don’t know if networks will still rollout the fall lineup as planned if a strike goes on, which also leads to this…
THE FALL TV SCHEDULES
Like I’ve said, we’ve got two weeks until the fall lineups for the major networks get announced and we have no idea if the network will still have their usual fall schedule plans or will it get pushed back to after the strike. And what a fall TV schedule during the writers’ strike might look like leads into another thing we’ll see more of.
Reality TV could be making a massive approach back on the primetime schedule as it did in November, December, January, and February to fill voids from scripted primetime shows that would’ve filled the gap so look forward to seeing new shows coming and more seasons of veterans such as Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, The Voice and many more.
Many summer shows will not be affected too much from the writers’ strike since most of these shows have either already finished filming or the scripts are already written so shows such as Halt & Catch Fire, Fear The Walking Dead, The Strain, Game Of Thrones, among many others will not be affected by the writers’ strike too much.
Although some shows such as The Carmichael Show and Marlon among others starting late in the summer, it’s too soon to tell if they will have effects from the strike.
The summer movie season should not be affected by the strike at all, most of the films for this summer are already in the can or just finishing up on editing so there won’t be too much of an effect on the summer movie season this year.
MOVIES AFTER SUMMER 2017
After that, it’s a gigantic question mark. Many movies starting in the fall will either still be shooting or beginning prep work going ahead into next year and beyond. We don’t really know how stuff such as the Marvel, DC, and Star Wars movies among other potential blockbusters will be affected by the strike.
Let’s not forget, a ton of movies after the 2007-08 writers’ strike were affected such as Quantum Of Solace, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, The Wolfman, The Last Airbender, Iron Man 2, among many others were affected by the strike so if this strike goes on for a long period of time, expect upcoming movies to be affected heavily.
So, the clock is ticking on whether or not the writers’ strike will take shape or not but this gives you a little bit of an idea of what we may be heading in for if a strike goes through. Or, the WGA could agree on a new contract and this post will have been completely pointless…..ah, the powers of not knowing when shit’s about to go down.
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