Monday, November 05, 2007

 

The Writer's Strike

So why were there only 22 episodes of season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation when all other seasons had 26 episodes? The 1988 Writer's Guild Strike. The last strike was 19.5 years ago and it shut down Hollywood for 5 months delaying the 1988 until October/November.

What is the immediate result? All the daily shows are off the air for now. Ellen, The Daily Show, and The Tonight Show will be in repeats all week and presumably until the strike is over.

The result on the rest of the season will depend on how long the strike lasts. Ugly Betty and Heroes and all the others could have a shortened season. Shows through the end of the year are fine. If the strike continues into 2008, network television will start of grind to a halt. The only thing we could be seeing for a while is reality TV.

Who knows what will happen to LOST with it's scheduled 16 episode season. If they can't make all 16 will they add more episodes in the future? We will have to wait and see.

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