Let us enjoy this strike-free period (until the actors threaten to strike, that is) and see who’s going to be attempting to do what with genre TV, now that the writer’s strike is over. This is gleaned from various sources.
- Battlestar Galactica – They managed 14 episodes before the strike. It looks like they’ll show the first 10 in the April 4 run and then pick up the last 10 in the fall or early 2009.
- Bionic Woman – No big surprise. She’s dead, Jim.
- Chuck – It won’t be back until the fall, but it will be back!
- Heroes – They’re going to forgo new episodes in favor of regrouping with a series bible and moving things back to the Season 1 vibe. But it looks like they’re going to try for a late summer start.
- Journeyman – Also dead, Jim.
- Lost – No game plan announced, as of yet, but signs are pointing to trying to finish out this season.
- Moonlight – Could be back with some new episodes this season? Could be cancelled? Apparently, this show’s looking a little shaky.
- Reaper – Some new episodes in April or May
- Smallville – Some new episodes in April or May
- Stargate Atlantis – Never really affected by the strike, but Carl Binder’s back and they start filming next week.
- Supernatural – Some new episodes in April or May
- Terminator – Maybe some new episodes? Not much news on this one.
Reaction to the proposed deal looks “very positive,” Nikki Finke reports.
Even if a vote to end the strike is reached within the next few says, pilot season still may be threatened. But that may mean Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse may be among the shows to profit, or at least be given a better chance to thrive from FOX.
There is a tentative agreement in place – WGA members will get the details at their meetings today.
CNBC is reporting that a deal has been reached between the media companies and the Writers Guild:
“It’s over,” [Michael] Eisner said. “They made the deal, they shook hands on the deal. It’s going on Saturday to the writers in general.”
The WGA has scheduled bicoastal meetings on Saturday to go over the new agreement. Ratification of the contract could take up to two weeks.
ETA: Or not.
Friday saw a breakthrough in talks between Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Writers Guild, reports the New York Times:
Informal talks between representatives of Hollywood’s striking writers and production companies have eliminated the major roadblocks to a new contract, which could lead to a tentative agreement as early as next week, according to people who were briefed on the situation but requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak.
We can only hope…
LAist (via Slacktivist) has photos from Mutant Enemy Day on the Writers Guild picket lines. Joss Whedon, Mutant Enemy employees, actors from Whedon’s shows and fans from around the world turned up in L.A. on December 7 to show their support for the striking writers.
Meanwhile, the Writers Guild has denied requests for waivers from producers of the Golden Globes and Oscars.
The strike is in its seventh week with no end in sight.