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Buzz In: What's Your Strike Plan?

Buzz In: What's Your Strike Plan?


Things aren't looking good in the Hollywood writers' strike. Talks broke down on Friday, and there are no plans for the writers and producers to get back to the bargaining table. It's starting to feel like this strike isn't going away anytime soon, so I'm readying my strike plan.

What's a strike plan? It's how I plan to entertain myself while I wait for a normal slate of TV programming to return. All those DVDs on my Netflix queue, TiVoed shows I haven't gotten around to watching, and books sitting untouched on my shelf factor into my plan.

First up, I want to polish off all four seasons of The Wire so I can be ready when the final season premieres Jan. 6. Then maybe I'll finally finish those last few episodes of The Riches that have been languishing on my TiVo. I'll still have a few new episodes of Friday Night Lights to tide me over, and I'll be ready when the Cashmere Mafia vs. Lipstick Jungle battle kicks into high gear. I'll also be testing out the new American Gladiators, and my library card will get a workout as I test out Gods Behaving Badly and Atonement. If all that fails, I'll go back and watch a classic series from my teenage years: Dawson's Creek, start to finish.

What leftover TV shows, movies, and books will you be counting on to get you through if this strike goes on much longer?

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craider199 craider199 8 years
Thank goodness "Lost" will be back in February. This has been my favorite show for a couple of years and I hear the show taped it's first several episodes, before the writers strike bagan.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
No more Dexter, Cold Case, Heroes, and Family Guy. I'll be okay. I can watch my DVD's, clean my room more, read some more books, etc.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
haha, i also got a few last episode of the riches from summer somewhere :)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
as last friday totally sucked (as did monday) i'vee been watching Veronica Mars all weekend. and it's soo great. today i even forgot to watch my lovely CSI miami, journeyman and how i met your mother. on saturday i watched the whole 2 season in just one sitting (i came down with a cold, it's all legal :)).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I planon watching on DVD: Dexter season one Six feet under the whole thing (again) Buffy and Angel (for the fifty millionth time) Battlestar galactica (again) Plus the original star trek seasons 1-3, and Enterprise.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
KerryG...Firefly is AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!! And I seriously heart Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin...woohoo!!!
Jinx Jinx 8 years
Some good choices there hepsmom, enjoy!
KerryG KerryG 8 years
Fandom always goes crazy during hiatuses so I will probably be spending a lot of time sitting in front of the computer eating popcorn and watching the wank. Otherwise, I'm about a third of the way through season one of Alias on DVD and maybe I'll finally get around to watching Firefly and a few other shows I've been meaning to try out, as well as reading and doing some (non-scab!) writing of my own.
MLipchick MLipchick 8 years
i plan on watching some dvds (Alias, West Wing) and catching up on tv shows i've wanted to see but never had the time to see. I also plan to spend more time reading as well. I am also reading Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and am thoroughly enjoying it. I still wish there was no strike. It is a fair argument, but so annoying.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
I will be watching a lot of BRAVO (Project Runway) and whatever other marathons they have. I'll be watching Celebrity Apprentice when it starts in January. Finish the 3rd season of Arrested Development. Maybe they can show AD reruns on Fox. That would be so grand!
Daisie Daisie 8 years
Reading a lot more, working out, and either purchasing a Tivo for educational shows and movies or returning to Netflix.
demeter demeter 8 years
I don't have one. =(
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
I'm in the same boat. I am checking out Veronica Mars and Alias while I wait for my fave shows to return.Also reading Ian McEwan's Atonement.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
"Gods Behaving Badly" is a good book....I read an advance copy of it and I loved it :-)
hepsmom hepsmom 8 years
I have a ton of "Oh my God, you haven't seen that movie?" movies on my DVR I hope to roll through. Cinderella Man, Boogie Nights, 21 Grams, High School Musical II, The War (the Ken Burns documentary--have seen parts and it's amazing), Pan's Labyrinth, The Battle of Shaker Heights, Capote, Elizabeth (the Cate Blanchett one), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and National Treasure. Additionally, I have some episodes of FNL, Pushing Daisies, and Criminal Minds to watch.
leahlarocco leahlarocco 8 years
am going to catch up on all the BBC programs I've missed!!! Also, these writers really deserve to be compensated for their work in the new digital era. I truly hope a fair agreement is reached for them. The actors are really nothing without the lines they say.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 8 years
I am probably going to watch every reality tv show they put on air. I love my regular tv programming but I can deal with reality tv until next fall.
megnmac megnmac 8 years
I finally Netflixed and watched Season 2 of Prison Break, and can now watch the DVRed beginning of Season 3. I also have a few movies and shows on there to finish off, but not a lot. I have a few books, but I read so much in my job I worry that that much close up work will kill my eyes. My Netflix queue is nearing 200 and I think I'll start plowing through that now that so many of my shows are going dark! The problem there is that Netflix starts an intentional slowdown when you're too frequent a user - when I was in school my husband and I were actually watching/returning our 3 a week (we've slacked off on movies lately) and the problem is that as a frequent renter you're somehow less likely to get the more popular movies in your list. (they admitted it a year or so ago, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11262292 and I really had the problem, but I hope they're not doing it as much anymore!)
erinflower erinflower 8 years
I just signed up for netflix and added Freaks and geeks, weeds and Friday night lights. I'm also going to rewatch Alias and Veronica Mars. I will be doing lots of reading, I just got the Twilight series and am excited to start that.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
Netflix, Netflix, Netflix! After we finish with Planet Earth, I'm excited to watch season 2 of Big Love, season 2 of Weeds, season 2 of Dexter, all of Heroes, Flight of the Conchords, and, of course, countless movies.
brittanybe brittanybe 8 years
Love the Dawson's Creek idea, Buzz! I'll be cursing the fact that Pacey's debut on Grey's has been delayed (hopefully not cancelled completely) by the strike. I'll be catching up on Big Love season 2, and I plan to check out Extras. I've never seen it. One more thing- am I the ONLY person here that uses Blockbuster Online instead of Netflix? When I signed up, Blockbuster was cheaper AND I get to exchange all the movies they mail me for a free in-store rental-- PLUS they still mail me the next movie in my queue. Anyone else out there using Blockbuster??
amers230 amers230 8 years
well, i got the complete set of Friends DVDs for my birthday in july, so maybe i'll actually sit down and watch those from start to finish (although i'm pretty sure i've seen them all already haha.) i also wanna get more into cooking, so i think the food network and yumsugar will be playing a large role in my life pretty soon. And I have a want-to-read list that keeps growing so i'm sure that'll keep my busy (Atonement and Gods behaving Badly are high up on my list too Buzz! And I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it but I want to read the latest book about Princess Diana)
pebby01 pebby01 8 years
fitsugar will be so proud that we're all going to work out more!! :)
Entertainment Entertainment 8 years
just_kelly, that's a great idea! I'll see if I can come up with some.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
just_kelly, There is no need to be embarrassed about watching "Saved By the Bell", what's embarrassing is being late for work 4 out 5 DAYs because you have to watch the 2 hour "Saved by the Bell" block on TBS every morning from 7-9 EST...oops :oops:
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