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WGA strike

it's a good thing i don't give a crap about Lost or 24. or watch too much telly in general, i suppose. I wonder if SGA will be impacted. I wonder if Heroes will be impacted. Glad i didn't start watching the new season of that.

(For those that are in the dark, [the Writer's Guild of America went on strike].) Although i have yet to look deeply into the issues, in general i say, "good for them."

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toastercookie
Nov. 7th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
What's pretty cool is that John Stuart agreed to pay all of his writer's salaries while they are on strike.
bubbles83
Nov. 7th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
SGA shouldn't be impacted. The writers there aren't part of the WGA.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
you are the bearer of good news. :)
kitsuneracer
Nov. 7th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Heroes *is* being affected. They only produced 11 episodes instead of 23 in anticipation of the strike. :(
lifeofmendel
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
according to one of my friends who has a friend in LA closely monitoring all of this:

'I asked him about Heroes and his reply was, "Heroes will be affected in
unusual way. They will have an early finale. So the storylines will be
complete, but less episodes. Most other television shows aren't doing
that, as far as I know."'
kitsuneracer
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
That makes me feel like they turned 23 episodes into 11... which means there probably isn't going to be very much plot of character development. We're already on.. episode 6? I feel like its about to get really intense..
kitsuneracer
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
plot *or* character development

grr
lifeofmendel
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
more like a british season then.

*shrug* it's a shame, but that's how it goes. maybe i'll get to watch it all sooner than i thought.
kitsuneracer
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
speaking of british, Doctor Who starts up again next week, huh?
kitsuneracer
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
MONTH* geeze my brain isn't working today
lifeofmendel
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
oh okay.

it'll probably be similar to last year in that the christmas special is the only thing that airs until maybe april or may. Torchwood series 2 might fill the gap although there isn't a confirmed airdate for that.

i'll stick with SGA for now. i have enough dumb crap to worry about with work and work outside of work to be too distracted by the tube.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
i doubt it. pretty sure that the Christmas special is the next thing in line, Series 4 isn't going out until 2008.
kitsuneracer
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
I meant month... my brain is lagging really bad today and I have a midterm in 2 hours :/
bubbles83
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Butting in for a moment. I don't think it's quite as bad as turning 23 episodes into 11. From what I understand, they were always going to have sort of two mini-seaons(volumes) with the first ending in December. So I think they just did a little retooling to make it fit for an actual finale better. But I could be completely misunderstanding things that I've read.
kitsuneracer
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
That would make me feel SO MUCH BETTER :)
girfan
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
I heard a lot of shows got produced very quickly to try to beat the strike. It appears that the talk shows and The Daily Show (topical humour) are the ones most affected.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 7th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
yup. apparently those have already started reruns.
taren_
Nov. 8th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
At first I thought they were just being whiny bastards, but once I found out that there was a contract involved, it all made sense. My mom is a high school teacher and recently went on strike in August over the renewal of 3-year contracts, as well, so it's more of the same to me.

Personally, I don't watch TV. I think at least 90% of what's on is garbage. I would like to see this strike continue for a long time, just because it would be interesting to see what people do once their "TV feeding tube" gets severed.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 8th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
my initial thought was similar, that it was a whiny/greedy thing, but the more i read into it, the more i realized how wrong that was, that the writers truly are just getting blatantly ripped off.

Most telly is indeed garbage. i'm pretty picky about what i watch too, and also prefer to watch them via torrented downloads so i can mainly avoid adverts.

analysis shows that TV is on the decline anyway, so this is a double-crushing blow. Since internet downloadable content and youtube and such have gained so much popularity, less people are inclined to actually sit in front of the tube than find other means to get their entertainment. i suspect that this strike will have a huge impact on that and could take a while to recover, or maybe further revolutionise the role telly has in our lives.

what's unfortunate is that the true Crap of telly is the least affected, which is reality tv shows. i wish that stuff would go on permanent strike.
taren_
Nov. 8th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Who needs writers when you can have joe-blow perform diarrhea at the mouth for free!
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