Saturday, November 03, 2007
Hollywood Writers to Strike from Monday
A long anticipated and feared prospect comes to bear on Monday as movie and TV writers lay down pens and strike. With their role being undermined by reality TV and also not getting a cut of the profits TV networks are making from putting shows online, Hollywood will experience its first strike since the 5 month walk out in 1988. The immediate impact will be on show like The Daily Show and the late night talk shows (Leno, Letterman etc.) who are obviously scripted daily based on the days events - repeats of each show will begin airing on Monday evening bar a last minute deal. Otherwise TV shows like Heroes and Greys Anatomy should have a reserve of episodes built up to deliver until January, then TV screens will look pretty barren. The impact on movies is uncertain as of yet. I will be following this one.