So I'm sure you've all heard about this writer's strike going on. It's made it so reruns are currently being shown on all late night shows (Letterman, Leno, Colbert, Daily Show...although Jimmy Kimmel is still going on...hmmm). It means many TV shows are basically done showing new episodes for the time being. And for some shows, it means it's likely that no new shows will be seen this season, at the very least.
And this thing looks like it's going to drag on for quite some time. The last strike, back in 1988, lasted 22 weeks. If you're not familiar with this mess, let me give you a quick lesson. The writer's union is pissed about the amount of money they are getting from "new media" like profits made off the internet. They're also pissed about the amount of money they get from "DVD Residuals" i.e. the money they get when a show they've worked on airs in reruns or is sold for DVD purposes.
Thank God the writers have Robin Williams on their side. He was a great campaigner in Man of the Year.
The money-conscious CEOs of these major studios are doing exactly what they're paid to do: Make the most money possible for their respective studio. That means not giving into the writer's demands. Who's right in all this...well frankly, no one. The only people getting wronged are the viewers. The CEOs should probably give more money to the writers, but at the same time, the writers are writers. If they wanted more money, they should have become CEOs, not writers.
All I know is, Family Guy is done with all its episodes pretty much. 30 Rock is almost out of new episodes. Scrubs, which is in its last season, will likely not be able to show the series finale because it won't be filmed in time (For the record, it will be filmed and included in the DVD of this season). The Office is done with new episodes, too.
On the bright side, though, King of the Hill, now in its 12th season, has all but one episode written already. And for that, I just gave a silent fist pump. Great episode about the carnival tonight.