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Monday, February 11, 2008

Strike update: It’s over!

Although it won’t be official until Tuesday night after members vote on the deal, by all accounts the writers’ strike is over.

Whew! It’s been a LONG three months.

Boards for the WGA tentatively approved the new contract on Sunday, and some showrunners are expected to be back to work today.

So what does this mean for you, the average TV viewer?

Some of your favorite shows will be back this spring with new episodes. Other shows, won’t surface again until next year (if ever) in some cases. (Yes, Bionic Woman, I’m talking to you.)

According to Kristen at E!Online, here’s a rundown of what shows will be back and when. For those of you who e-mailed asking the fate of Scrubs, creator Bill Lawrence has said he will write the finale, whether NBC will air it is still unclear.

Returning this season

Lost – The show is expected to produce more new episodes this year, in addition to the eight they already had in the can. The actors “are on standby.”

The Office – It will be back with six to 10 new episodes this season. Woo Hoo!

Grey’s Anatomy – The actors are ready to go back to work to produce a “handful” of new episodes that will air this season. Josh Jackson (Pacey, to all you Dawson’s Creek fans) is expected to do his guest stint. Yay!

Gossip Girl – The CW wants more episodes this season, says Gossip Girl.

Desperate Housewives – The housewives will be forefront for May sweeps with six new episodes.

Supernatural – It’s “likely” that she show will resume production and fans will get three or four more episodes.

Won’t be back this season:

Pushing Daisies - Don’t expect any new episodes this year. (That sound is my heart breaking.) Those involved in the show will not be reporting back to work until March to begin working on season two.

Friday Night Lights – Don’t expect any new episodes this season. And FNL fans have plenty of reasons to worry that the show won’t return next season, either, after NBC head honcho Ben Silverman’s comments. Fan campaigns are under way to keep the lights on, and I’m hoping it works. But the ratings for Friday’s show were less than 2 million. Not good.

Chuck – It won’t return until next year with season two.

Heroes - It’s not likely the show will return until next season.

Don’t see your favorite show listed? Then check out TV Guide’s nifty post-strike chart that details pretty much any show you’re interested in watching.

4 comments:

Kim said...

Pacey on Greys!!!!! Yay. I can't wait for that episode.

Jeff said...

Ben S. obviously has no love for FNL. What a tool. 30 Rock? Please. It couldn't touch the quality that is FNL on its best day.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean by Chuck not back till next year for 2nd Season? Did you mean, 2009? Please say isn't so.

tube talk girl said...

No, no, no on Chuck. Sorry for the confusion. I meant next season! It will be back in the fall. No worries.

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