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[big]Strike Update: When Are My Favorite Shows Coming Back?[/big]

[smaller]Posted on February 11, 2008

by Neil Miller

neil@filmschoolrejects.com

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The strike could be over soon. In fact, it could be over on Tuesday when the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) finishes voting on the “tentative agreement†that was reached over the weekend. So for fans, the spotlight turns from the strike itself to what happens when all the writers go back to work. People want to know when they are going to see their favorite shows once again.

According to a report by TV Guide, it could be a while for some shows. As you will see below, shows like Bionic Woman have already fallen off the chopping block. Others, from Chuck to 24 could have long delays before returning to the small screen. But rest easy folks, as The Big Bang Theory should be back rather soon. Oh, and did I mention that The Office will be back in the spring as well? That’s enough to have me giddy like a little schoolgirl. But enough about my weekend, let’s have a look at this list.

24

Expected to return this fall or January ‘09.

30 Rock

Expected to shoot 5 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

Back to You

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future TBD*.

Bionic Woman

No new episodes expected. Ever.

The Big Bang Theory

Expected to shoot 5 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Big Love

Expected to go into production on Season 3 in March. Airdate info is TBD.

Bones

Four pre-strike episodes left. Unclear whether additional episodes will be produced for this season.

Brothers & Sisters

Expected to shoot 4 or 5 new episodes to air in April/May.

Chuck

No new episodes until fall.

Cold Case

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Criminal Minds

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

CSI

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

CSI: Miami

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

CSI: NY

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Desperate Housewives

Expected to shoot 4 or 5 new episodes to air in April/May.

Dirty Sexy Money

No new episodes planned until fall; three remaining pre-strike episodes will undergo some tweaking and kick off fall run.

ER

TBD.

Everybody Hates Chris

Twelve pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Friday Night Lights

No new episodes expected for this season. Future TBD.

Gossip Girl

Expected to shoot up to 9 new episodes to air in April/May/June.

Greek

Kicks off second half of Season 1 on March 24. Still awaiting Season 2 pickup.

Grey’s Anatomy

Expected to shoot 4 or 5 new episodes to air in April/May

Heroes

TBD.

House

Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

How I Met Your Mother

Expected to shoot 5 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Jericho

Seven episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Las Vegas

Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Law & Order: SVU

TBD.

Life

No new episodes expected until fall.

Life Is Wild

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Lost

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Six additional episodes could air this season.

Medium

Six pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected this season.

Men in Trees

Eleven pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected this season.

Moonlight

No new episodes expected until fall.

My Name Is Earl

Expected to shoot 8 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

NCIS

Expected to shoot 5 to 7 new episodes, only three of which may air this season.

The New Adventures of Old Christine

Seven pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected this season.

Nip/Tuck

Season 5 concludes Feb. 19. Production on the show’s eight-episode sixth season expected to start up this summer. Airdate TBD.

Numbers

Expected to shoot 5 to 7 new episodes, only three of which may air this season.

October Road

Five pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

The Office

Expected to shoot 5 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

One Tree Hill

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Prison Break

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Private Practice

Expected to shoot 4 or 5 new episodes to air in April/May.

Pushing Daisies

No new episodes until fall.

Reaper

Three pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Samantha Who?

Three remaining pre-strike episodes could possibly surface this season, or be held until fall (see Dirty Sexy Money).

Saturday Night Live

Could be back on the air as early as Feb. 16.

Scrubs

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Four additional episodes will likely be shot; unclear whether they’ll air on NBC or go straight to DVD.

Smallville

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 3 to 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Supernatural

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 3 to 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Five pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Two and a Half Men

Expected to shoot 5 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Ugly Betty

Expected to shoot 4 or 5 new episodes to air in April/May.

Without a Trace

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Women’s Murder Club

No additional episodes expected for this season. Future TBD, although one Club member admits, “We’re terrified that it’s over for us.â€

* TBD = To be determined

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I don't know whether to be happy or sad that I haven't missed any of these shows. Usually, kids shows are on at my house, and when I do get time for TV, I watch reruns on Nick at Nite while I fold laundry, do crosswords, etc. I do watch "Don't Forget The Lyrics" and am looking forward to "Dancing with The Stars".

Some nights I read in silence or with the radio on.

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I used to never watch any ABC TV shows, but since the writer's strike, I've been checking out the following:

"October Road"

"Men In Trees"

"Lost" (The flash forwards are verry interesting.)

"Eli Stone"

Note: The local cable TV service provider sometimes displays full screen "video static" with ABC shows, so I have to visit the ABC.com site to catch up on the "lawyer/prophet" and the poison gas cliffhanger on "Lost.")

"New Amsterdam" looks like this season's "Raines." :stars:

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Has anyone heard of a Canadian show called Kenny vs Spenny? I think it is geared toward men, because I find the humour quite gross (my husband busts a gut laughing every time he watches it). It is set up as a competition between two roommates, such as: who can take the most torture, who can be tied to a goat the longest, who can blow the biggest fart... you get the picture. I think it is becoming available in the US, but it is in its 4th season in Canada, ugh.

BTW, the loser of the competition for the week has to submit to a "humiliation"; Kenny often cheats, so the uptight Spenny is quite often the loser (with hilarious results).

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a few years ago there was a German show like that called "Elton vs. Simon"

I didn't watch it too much, but I think it wasn't that gross here...

they had competitions like who can stay awake longer, who can gain more weight in three days, who can earn more money in three days, who can stay longer under a cold shower, etc

and I don't remember anything about a humilation or reward, but I could be wrong here

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I'm watching Cribs on VH1....they just showed Ted Nugents house....He has dead animals all over the house...stuffed of course...kind of cool, but kinda creepy too though....and he's got a chandelere (spellling?) made out of horns and antlers too....interesting show, I've never really watched it till tonight.

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Grrrrr...I just got watching a really good movie "Fracture" with Anthony Hopkins and then I didn't get to watch the end....had to leave for work....Good movie...I'll have to wait till tomorrow to see the end I guess....

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^^^ Yep another one of my favorites...and Primal Fear is another favorite....I really liked Edward Norton in Primal Fear...he played the part well...and I'm not too crazy about Richard Gere, but he was good in that movie...Brilliant Ending!!! :thumbsup:

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