As some of you may or may not know the WGA is on strike. There have been a lot of headlines on this issue as well as a few casualties, and so I have decided to weigh in on the situation. First off, the reason for a strike. Basically writers who are not as rich and powerful as you would think are losing out on residuals from new media. One being iTunes and internet episodes. To add to the mess, their residuals on DVD sales are literally pennies per unit sold. Talks to resolve this problem now that these media types, such as iTunes and internet episodes seem to be the wave of the future have gone way south. Hence the strike. I completely agree with the writers stand on the issue and the big money media networks need to cough up the cash. Writers don’t make a ton of money and the way the business works there is no steady future for most. So if the networks want to keep making a butt-load of money on well written programs they need to share it with the people that make that happen.
So how does this effect us as viewers/fans of network television and movies? Basically, everything that has been written as of last Thursday, will air or be made into a movie. Everything else…dead in the water. A few examples are a few of my favorite TV shows. Smallville has enough episodes written to get them to Feb. If the writers don’t settle before then, the show will end on a cliff hanger until next season. In terms of episodes it looks like about 15 or so. You can find more about that here . The Office has already shut down and there are two episodes left on that show. Once those episodes air, the season is done! Heroes, will end in December. Lost is dead in the water unless the strike is settled before the seasons premier in January. The same holds true with 24 I believe. Also I should note that late night TV is done. Jay Leno, David Letterman, and all the others are on reruns.
As far as movies go, the JLA movie is written I believe, as well as Batman: The Dark Knight. However Superman may be tabled until after the strike because my buddy Derek has only written a treatment so far and that has yet to be picked up.
So here’s to hoping this thing get resolved within the next few weeks. This is such a bummer.