Writers Strike TV Impact

The writers’ strike which began Monday is taking an immediate toll on television viewers’ favorite programs, setting back shows that are written day-to-day as well as scripted programming already underway or about to go into production:

The Los Angeles Times has come up with a complete list of how the strike effects basically ever major show and the results are surprising.

Night talk shows like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, etc. are in repeats until the strike is over. Same with “Saturday Night Live” and potentially “Ellen”.

Most prime time network shows have between 9-12 episodes able to air which will take them through til the standard mid-season break in late November/early December. Shows like “Lost” and “24” which premiere mid-season have 8-9 episodes completed.

Most new shows which premiered this fall have a similar number of episodes in the can, and thus many could be cancelled despite missing their original 13-episode production orders by a few episodes.

complete list to find a specific show and it’s current status.