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What the Writers' Strike Means for Winter TV

What the Writers' Strike Means for Winter TV

We've been hearing it since even before the Hollywood writers' strike officially began last month: No writers means more reality TV, more game shows, and more series the networks weren't sure they wanted at all.

Now there's proof.

CBS has released its schedule for January and February programming, and pieces of NBC's plan are emerging as well. So far, it's good news for fans of Law and Order and Big Brother . . . and not so great for everyone else. Some of the plans:

  • Law and Order will air Wednesday nights starting Jan. 2. Law and Order: Criminal Intent, which NBC pawned off to USA for the fall, will return to NBC on Jan. 9. The CI episodes will be the same ones that have been airing on USA.
  • The first-ever non-summer edition of Big Brother will air Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays starting Feb. 12.
  • Also returning Feb. 12: Jericho, which was given seven more episodes after fans launched a nut-buying campaign in the spring.
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine will take over the 9:30 p.m. slot in the Monday comedy lineup starting Jan. 28. It will be joined by The Captain, a comedy about the eclectic crowd living in a famous Hollywood apartment building starring Jeffrey Tambor, Chris Klein, and Raquel Welch.

Fox, which is not as hurt by the strike over the winter because of American Idol, was the first to announce its schedule, while ABC's plans are still under wraps. The networks and writers are returning to negotiations today after the producers' most recent proposal was slammed by writers last week. But even if a deal is struck soon, it still looks like we'll be stuck with replacement programming come January.


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TASTEthiss TASTEthiss 9 years
the strike means winter will be dominated by reality tv.. great =/
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I get Movie Network and Comedy, among other channels all with my cable. I'm also willing to give other shows I haven't seen a chance, and many will be running in reruns. Got to try and make the best of it. :)
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
looks like netflix and blockbuster are going to be getting oodles of money. with no new tv and a lot of dvds still to be released... i have a feeling people will turn to the seasons of certain shows on dvd and new movies. :)
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
QUESTION!!!!!!! is gossip girl affected by this??????? when is the last ep of the season??? anyone know?
jimmalou1978 jimmalou1978 9 years
Ok, I'm buying "The Girls Next Door" on DVD and watching that. Seriously, though...I don't even HAVE network TV, so it's not that big of a deal to me. Unless Food Network, HGTV, and TLC get shut down...
lala788 lala788 9 years
i hate this strike ! that all i have to say!
demeter demeter 9 years
I just want my 24 back!!!
maddiemay maddiemay 9 years
I LOVE Big Brother and even though I take a lot of heat for it I'm sticking to it!:-) I'm happy to watch the several episodes a week which will be much easier to catch in the winter than during the summer!
carito8 carito8 9 years
Well I'm glad I have my DVR, Netflix the Latin Package of my cable company :pray:!! I'm gonna watch more brazilian soap operas!! :D
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Big Brother is my guilty pleasure so I'll be looking forward to that! I still can't believe Evil won the last one.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Great plan looseal, I think I will join you.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Whip — not yet. ABC hasn't announced much of the winter schedule, but I think they'll have to soon.
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
OMG BIG BROTHER!!!!! I am so excited. This is my all time favorite reality show. I am bummed that Grey's won't be back on but having Big Brother will help ease the pain.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Any news on Lost?
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Haha, I don't even get HBO or HD or anything fancy like that, and my cable bill is still pretty outrageous. Hmm... renting some HBO series sounds good.
kia kia 9 years
I hope the Freaks and Geeks season is shown again on NBC... was it NBC that originally aired it? I never saw it on network.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
That's a good idea looseseal. I can catch up on the stack of books i have. Although The Wire starts in January on HBO so at least i will have that to watch and i do like American Idol even though i like the try outs the best because of all of the people that think that they can sing and they are terrible. The Shield usually starts in the winter. I wonder what will happen with that?
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Okay, I'm totally cutting off the cable. No need to waste $$$ to receive crap like Big Brother and American Idol on my TV. The money saved can go toward DVD rentals of quality old SCRIPTED television series I never did get a chance to watch. That, and this possibly gives me a chance to get out more, read more books, get me a life... Hee.
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