WGA Strike: Shows Shutting Down
Writers are in their third day of pickets Wednesday as they strike over residual payments for work distributed over the Internet and other issues. Rank-and-file scribes have been joined by a large number of writing-producing showrunners, and their presence has helped lead to the shuttering of a number of shows.
Several multi-camera sitcoms, whose writers tend to be on set every day, have already gone dark, among them
On the other side, the major studios connected to all five broadcast networks are planning to suspend deals with production companies, stopping payments to writers and producers as well as their development and support staffs. Companies without shows in production are likely to be hit first.
The thinking on both sides is that drying up the flow of content (on the writers' side) and money (the studios) will help bring them back to the negotiation table. No new talks between the Writers Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.