As Scripts Run Out, Reality Kicks In


The Hollywood writers' strike, which has been wreaking havoc on late-night TV since early November, is now breaking out in prime time like a bad rash.

Pockmarks created by vanishing scripted shows are being filled with reality-series concealer. Beloved Oscar-walk-up trophy shows are succumbing -- the Screen Actors Guild said on Friday that its members would not cross picket lines to attend this weekend's Golden Globes ceremony broadcast on NBC.

Mid-season scripted series are so short of episodes that they'll play like miniseries with missing endings -- you know, like that final season of "The Sopranos."

On the bright side, some of those mid-season shows -- once thought of as the flotsam and jetsam of the 2007-08 TV season -- are now being fussed over like precious cargo with which the networks hope to salvage this season and possibly next, as this pilot season is on the verge of cancellation.

(Source: Washington Post)

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