The Office's Last New Episode is Nov 15
UPDATE: Most Soap Operas are fine through at least January, if not beyond.
Showrunners [writer-producers] vow to not perform production duties to help shorten the strike.
Ed Martin thinks that cable networks could benefit from the strike. I agree, if they move quickly.
NBC's The Office will stop broadcasting new shows and enter repeats after Nov 15, and Law & Order:SVU has finished production of available scripts. ABC's Desperate Housewives is expected to stop filming tomorrow. CBS's Two and a Half Men and The New Adventures of Old Christine have stopped production, but have "several weeks or months of episodes" waiting to be shown, reports the New York Times.
Fox's American Idol will return as scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on January 15, followed by the game show The Moment of Truth on Wednesday. Another reality show When Women Rule the World will join the schedule in March. The New York Times also reports:
Several scripted midseason shows will debut in the winter, beginning with “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” in January. It will be previewed on Sunday, Jan. 13 and will normally air on Mondays beginning Jan. 14. Other previously announced programs — “New Amsterdam,” “Unhitched,” “The Return of Jezebel James,” and “Canterbury’s Law” — will premiere in late February and early March.
Fox expects to broadcast a mix of originals and repeats of “House,” “Bones,” “‘Til Death,” and “Back to You” in the spring. The latter two shows have already postponed production.
The low-rated cop drama “K-Ville” is not shown on the winter/spring schedule.
Grey's Anatomy is effectively done shooting for the duration of the strike.
The networks have much better alternatives and resources than during the last WGA strike in 1988. I completely agree. I think the writers that think this strike will end early will be disappointed.