Seven Shows Are Shut Down

by Paul William Tenny

A writers strike isn't supposed to start shutting down shows until those shows start running out of scripts that were finished before the strike started. In this case, that was supposed to be sometime in January, although some were behind and only had one or two scripts ready, the bulk was supposed to come later - and the bulk may yet still drag on.

But a number of shows are shutting down right now due to walkouts by the writers, writing-producers, and not an insubstantial number of actors as well. Not to be a party pooper, but aren't a lot of these people violating their SAG contracts? Way to go! That's what I call labor unity.

Here's the list as of Tuesday evening, care of the Associated Press:

  • Desperate Housewives (won't make it through Christmas)
  • Back To You
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine
  • 'Til Death
  • Rules of Engagement
  • The Big Bang Theory
Desperate Housewives was 6th in the prime time ratings last week, 4th if you discount one-off sports programs, with 18.5 million viewers - that's huge.

I've also read that Cane and Journeyman have been shutdown or are on the verge of it. A lot of these are new shows that may not survive the strike, even if they didn't have to shutdown before everybody else does. Obviously the biggest hit here is Housewives, which is a ratings getter unmatched by these other shows. After just two days we've got seven shows down and others probably teetering on the edge.

What is going to be the next to fall?
in Labor, Television


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