It's only day two, but already, the Hollywood writers' strike is starting to affect our daily viewing. Late-night shows went into repeats starting Monday; here's some of the other news from the picket lines:
- The start of Cashmere Mafia has been postponed. Originally slated to start Nov. 27, the show only has a handful of episodes completed, and the network is reportedly worried about starting a new show that could run out of ready-to-air installments quickly.
- CBS has apparently started work on a new season of Big Brother that could air in January or February if a strike is still going on.
- Among scripted shows, half-hour comedies shot in front of a live audience are the first to be affected; production has shut down on The Big Bang Theory, 'Til Death, Two and a Half Men, and Rules of Engagement.
- Scrubs might finish only 12 of its final 18 episodes if a strike persists.
- Many showrunners (aka head writer/producers) have stopped all work on their shows, including Shonda Rhimes of Grey's Anatomy and Tim Kring of Heroes.
- Only two scenes from The Office got shot yesterday, and protesters forced filming to stop on one scene of Cane.
As many of you have been saying, focusing on TV and movies is maybe the most shallow view to take during the strike; not everyone has that luxury. Let's hope for a quick resolution so everyone affected can get back to their lives.
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