TV Writers go on strike

It’s official, just in from Variety, the Writers Guild of America will go on strike starting Monday morning against studios and networks.

The strike officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday. Members began receiving the official announcement Friday afternoon — at the same time that the WGA was holding a news conference at WGA West headquarters in Los Angeles.

Members were told that all writing covered under WGA agreements must cease when the strike starts.

It’s really hard for me to describe how I feel. So I’ll first start with trying to explain a little bit of what is going on.

Why is the WGA going on strike? It’s mostly about money… no wait it’s all about money. They want the residuals they get for DVDs sold and Internet distribution to be increased. Get more information from the ars technica article.

How will it affect TV shows? First, late-night shows will be affected because they need daily scripts.

Second, soap-operas will get affected, not really sure how or when.

Finally, around January, scripted series will start running out of written episodes and most likely will be replaced by reality TV shows and reruns.

Kristin over at E! has more details for specific TV shows.

What do I think? I don’t really watch late-night shows or soap operas, so the real scary thing for me will only come around January. Right now, I am hoping the strike doesn’t go on for very long. Not only is it better for us, it’s better for the writers as well. They all have families to feed and going on strike is certainly not easy for them to do, but it is necessary. I know that residuals can be a good contribution to income and it seems only fair that writers get their share of what they worked on. It’s just sad that they are forced to go on strike to get something they deserve.

Let’s just cross our fingers for the strike to be resolved as quickly as possible. Otherwise, it might be time to catch up on all those TV on DVD you have been putting off.

You can get more information on the WGA website.