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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Bionic Squirrel, Nov 3, 2007.
I don't think so.
I highly recommend everyone find the link to save Journeyman and sign it! I never understand why it seems the shows that the networks say are struggling, are the ones that everyone is talking about. Check out Friday Night Lights as well.
I think the concept here is... that pilots need time for writing & development, and if the strike prevents new pilots for next season from being delivered timely... then the networks may favor renewing current shows over new shows next season.
Of course the strike has to end for any new shows... but once the strike ends it will be easier to write for a 2nd season of an existing show that already has been approved with a budget than to try and get a bunch of new pilots from concept to preview stage in the short amount of time once the strike ends.
New York Daily News reported that Life will be picked up for the entire season today.
Thank you - you've summed it up perfectly.
It would be an interesting byproduct of this strike if some marginal shows got renewed this year when they wouldn't otherwise... and if some of those shows had increased popularity in their second season. The silver lining on this strike cloud *could* then be networks taking a closer look before they pull the plug on shows too early.
I've read discussion in this thread about how some people agree with why the writers are striking and some don't. I came across the following quote from Ron Moore (Producer/Writer/Director) of Battlestar Galactica that might give folks a real world illustration of the writers situation:
As you can see, this quote illustrates that the studio (NBC Universal) did not want to compensate or credit anyone involved in the BSG webisodes that preceded season 3; not just the writers but the actors as well.
The strike is not necessarily about getting more for what they have already done. It is about being fairly compensated for all their work. Which isn't happening now.
Update on the strike:
This hopefully will be the end of it. The writers are taking till Tuesday to make a decision.
Well continued talking is always good, and the parties aren't really that far apart at this point. But the tone of the article isn't as positive as I'd hoped it would be.
I agree too, I'm just hoping that they will agree soon. I'm still mad at this whole thing and missing out of 24.
From an article in the Financial Times at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/49e3d7a8-9e1c-11dc-9f68-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1
Something to fight over, I guess.
The WGA is "confident" that a deal is close.
Well I'm confident that I'll get handed a check for a billion dollars this afternoon but that doesn't mean it's gonna happen.
Damn, I guess I'll just have to give that check to somebody else.
It seems to me there is a lot of negotiating still to be done.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Those who are worrying about a new show with low ratings may find some comfort in this rumor.
Yup. Word is that every show that did passably good (i.e., would have gotten a back-nine order) would be renewed, if contracts permitted it, while they'd run a pilot season over the summer for mid-season replacements come January (2009).
However, I think folks should still be concerned if their favorite hasn't received a back-nine order (i.e., Journeyman).
The one thing that is abundantly clear is that after this amount of time we haven't even begun to see the impact of this strike, and we may yet be feeling it this time next year.
While admittedly Journeyman has been uneven, this would be a good time to pick it up and change some writers.
Now that a few of my shows have nothing in the can, the reality of the writers strike is starting to set in. Perhaps it's old news, but I was also saddened to hear that 24 will not be airing this year due to the writers strike.
What has yet to be considered is the June 2008 expiration of contracts with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA). In my opinion, the AMPTP never had any intention of settling with the Writers and is not bargaining in good faith. SAG and DGA are expecting to have to strike to get the piece of the action they want. So, in essence, they are slowly being "locked out" before their contract is up in an effort to weaken their resolve.
From List of Pre-Strike Films Getting Made:
See also: DGA Appoints Negotiating Committee Chairs (February 08, 2007)