Don't freak out, but some of your favorite television shows are in GRAVE DANGER
Remember how you breathed a sign of relief learning that [insert your favorite TV show] had been renewed for the 2017-2018 season? Well, not so fast.
You might not realize this, but a handful of your favorite TV shows are in serious danger right now. That show that was renewed that you love might not see the light of day again. Or, at show you were eagerly anticipating returning in September might not be back until January — or even worse, it might come back and be [whispers] pretty bad. There’s a reason for this, and it’s not a great one:
The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) just authorized a strike should negotiations between them and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP) fail to reach an agreement. The strike has been authorized for May 1st.
Basically, to put it simply: The writer’s contracts are up, they want (and deserve) more $$$ — along with better health care, among other things — and unless AMPTP can deliver, they’re going to stop working. And by stop working, they’re going to stop writing, and if they’re not working, that means no one writes the script for American Horror Story Season 7, and there’s no way American Horror Story Season 7 can get made if there’s no script.
See why this is something you need to worry about??
This isn’t the first time a writer’s strike has happened. Three actually happened back in the 1980s, but television was VERY DIFFERENT back then. More recently, a strike happened in late 2007 and lasted until early 2008. That writer’s strike lasted for 100 days, and sent shockwaves across all channels. Remember that beloved ABC show, Pushing Daisies? Yeah, it was canceled because of the writer’s strike. Any show could be the next Pushing Daisies — Supergirl, Jane the Virgin, Legion. Anything.
Not all your shows are starring down a barrel, though. Game of Thrones is already completely, so it will air without interruption this summer. Same goes for Orange is the New Black and Stranger Things...but Jessica Jones was slated to begin production this summer. It can’t begin production this summer if there are no writers to write the scripts, which means Season 2 could be pushed back even future and THIS IS A PROBLEM.
We love the television writers out there, because they bring us the television we love. We want them to get all the 💰 so they continue to make amazing television. Negations between the WGA and AMPTP are ongoing, and we’re seriously hoping for the best. Fall TV depends on a mutual, good agreement.