Writers Reach Tentative Deal, Strike May Be Over Soon

Categories: TV Business,WGA Strike

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February 9th, 2008

With reports that the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal, the 3 month old writer's strike may end very soon and writers may be back on the job by Monday.

2/10 UPDATE: The writers will vote on Tuesday whether to end the strike, and so they could be back at work by Wednesday.

How does this effect all your favorite shows? Our Show by Show Strike Status list will now become the Post-Strike Show Status and will track the production ramp up and airing schedules for new episodes of the big 5 broadcast networks. Check back frequently, we will update continuously as information comes in.

 
  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php# Jon V

    Would dearly love to see this strike over ASAP. I am not a voting member (I lapsed in 1990), but I was struck by what appears to be the most important issue of the settlement as currently negotiated. The producers have EXCLUDED reality and animation from the contract.

    This would bother me as a Guild member and it bothers me as a TV and Movie viewer.

    Guess what we will be seeing more and more of as the next several years go by?… more of these crap reality shows and more animated movies – neither of which I watch – and both of which are much more cheaply made and tend to be at or near the top end of the ratings and box office indexes. Which direction do you think producers and networks will take our fair mediums?

    Oh, woe are we.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php# Jon V

    Would dearly love to see this strike over ASAP. I am not a voting member (I lapsed in 1990), but I was struck by what appears to be the most important issue of the settlement as currently negotiated. The producers have EXCLUDED reality and animation from the contract.

    This would bother me as a Guild member and it bothers me as a TV and Movie viewer.

    Guess what we will be seeing more and more of as the next several years go by?… more of these crap reality shows and more animated movies – neither of which I watch – and both of which are much more cheaply made and tend to be at or near the top end of the ratings and box office indexes. Which direction do you think producers and networks will take our fair mediums?

    Oh, woe are we.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Jon, the strike is over. The vote on Tuesday is just a formality, although it's not clear to me at all at what the WGA actually got out of the strike, one thing is clear to me:

    whether I, you, Bill, Rena or anyone else likes it: the name of the game is to make money. That's the ONLY game and so MARGIN is KING, and the margins on reality are quite often…better.

    We'll have to suck it up and live with it because it isn't going away until the public at large decides it wouldn't rather laugh at other people's stupidty than spend time making themselves better people.

    If the last 13,000 years or so of recorded history tell us anything it's this: we won't likely get our wish anytime soon. :)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Jon, the strike is over. The vote on Tuesday is just a formality, although it’s not clear to me at all at what the WGA actually got out of the strike, one thing is clear to me:

    whether I, you, Bill, Rena or anyone else likes it: the name of the game is to make money. That’s the ONLY game and so MARGIN is KING, and the margins on reality are quite often…better.

    We’ll have to suck it up and live with it because it isn’t going away until the public at large decides it wouldn’t rather laugh at other people’s stupidty than spend time making themselves better people.

    If the last 13,000 years or so of recorded history tell us anything it’s this: we won’t likely get our wish anytime soon. :)

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php# Jon V

    You said it Robert. Here is the key…

    “…it isn’t going away until the public at large decides it wouldn’t rather laugh at other people’s stupidty than spend time making themselves better people.”

    Remember the movie 'Network' when people started screaming “… and I'm not going to take it anymore?” We need something like that to get people away from this 'Dancing with Idols' mentality. Every chance I get, I DON'T watch a reality show and I DO call it a bunch of crap. Let's get the word out and hope that this is just one of those 'pendulum swing' type 'fads'… you know like flappers and discos.

    I'm watching The Grammys (kinda) as we speak and I can't believe how 'down hill' this and everything else seems to be running these days. Maybe the settlement will start the pendulum back the other way.

    I wonder how many writers are going to have jobs to go back to in the coming weeks, months and years.

    Here's hopin'

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php# Jon V

    You said it Robert. Here is the key…

    “…it isn’t going away until the public at large decides it wouldn’t rather laugh at other people’s stupidty than spend time making themselves better people.”

    Remember the movie ‘Network’ when people started screaming “… and I’m not going to take it anymore?” We need something like that to get people away from this ‘Dancing with Idols’ mentality. Every chance I get, I DON’T watch a reality show and I DO call it a bunch of crap. Let’s get the word out and hope that this is just one of those ‘pendulum swing’ type ‘fads’… you know like flappers and discos.

    I’m watching The Grammys (kinda) as we speak and I can’t believe how ‘down hill’ this and everything else seems to be running these days. Maybe the settlement will start the pendulum back the other way.

    I wonder how many writers are going to have jobs to go back to in the coming weeks, months and years.

    Here’s hopin’

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