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Writers' strike would affect TV shows

Contract talks between Hollywood writers and producers broke off last night before the midnight deadline for their current labor package to expire. So what does that mean for you as you sit down to watch TV? If entertainment writers go on strike, which many in the film industry predict will happen, production on some of your favorite TV shows could come to an end. The biggest rift between writers and producers is over recent advances in technology in which studios that make the movies and TV shows are profiting from, but the people who write for them are not. Wilmington Film Commission Director Johnny Griffin said, "Six years ago we didn't have the ability to download movies on iPods, downloading movies from the internet." Griffin says if the Writers Guild doesn't get what it wants out of contract negotiations, some of your favorite TV shows may be no more. "Dramatic television shows such as One Tree Hill have enough scripts where they could keep producing shows for about another three to five weeks. After that, they will be out of scripts," Griffin said. "Immediately it will affect our television viewing, your viewing habits, you may see a lot of reruns out there and a lot of reality shows." The series to suffer most would be shows that film day-of, such as Jimmy Kimmel or David Letterman. "Without writers those shows would not be able to exist anymore, they would have to be reruns as well." Griffin says it's not just the entertainment business that would suffer from the strike. Ad agencies and companies that advertise their products on TV would also take a hit. "Then the promises that were made to the advertiser would no longer hold true and so now the networks have to make good for lost revenue for the advertiser." The last time the writers guild went on strike was in 19-88, that strike lasted about six months. The strike caused the fall TV season to start late and cost the industry about $500 million. The Writers Guild plans to meet with producers again in Los Angeles Thursday night to discuss negotiations further.

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All of you indie film

All of you indie film is an opened door of opportunity...jump on it!


We do not even watch network TV at all, only the news. There are no shows that keep our interest. BBC America is great, the Brits have more adult senses of humor if you like that sort of thing as we do. Also, get a DVR so if you do want to see a show on network TV you can get through it without watching 20 min of commercials, love that Fast Forward button. The REAL Zippy!!


Wilmington water supplies will have a break from the added people here consuming it. Also we in southeastern NC will have a break from the child-porn film making that goes on here. Like the Dakota Fanning movie...

tv shows

thats because todays tv shows are geared towards the 20-30 somethings and there are no shows with any quality. most of the shows and movies today rely on shoot em' up and explosions. i remember watching dr quinn for example and it was highly entertaining and you got to know the characters. you rarely see any shows that depict traditional values, because they are written by young right-out-of college kids. they are full of raw humor and quirky characters that most people cannot relate to. the situations and dialogue are not believeable. i cant remember when my husband and i faithfully watched a sitcom every week. look at some of the most "successful" sitcoms-cheers (set in a bar) friends (young 20 somethings shacking up) etc. unfortunately hollywood will not and cannot relate to the middle class hard working traditional american. how sad.

tv writers

You may think programming is targeting 20-30 yr olds but its really targeting the 10-12 yr old mentality.

tv writers

Who cares! It's been YEARS since there were any GOOD tv shows were written and produced.

Good idea...the town was a

Good idea...the town was a lot better off before all these hollywood druggies and such moved in



I would say that the good

I would say that the good people who feed their families by working in the film/tv business care. Wouldn't you care if the fast food industry went on strike?