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Possible Writers' Strike Threatens To Delay 'The Walking Dead', 'Jessica Jones', And More; 'Game Of Thrones' Is Safe

By Shor M. Rae , Apr 28, 2017 04:30 AM EDT
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The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have yet to reach an agreement but the situation's still bleak. Because of this, a writers’ strike is possibly happening soon and this will highly affect many television shows.

Writers’ Strike Might Take Place Next Month

After postponing talks for a week, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) still haven’t come to an agreement after finally resuming talks on April 25. The bad news is members of WGA have voted to push through with a strike if the two parties can’t make it into a new agreement. They have to reach a new agreement before May 1, which is the date of expiration of the current contract.

The writers are trying to put a new contract with better arrangements. The writers’ guild is reportedly asking for an upgraded health plan for writers and of course, bigger earnings since they do a lot of work in creating plots that make it possible to produce shows and movies. The guild is reportedly also asking that writers working on cable, streaming shows, and limited series should have better compensation, a figure closer to what writers working on broadcast shows earn.

Potential Writers’ Strike May Hurt Countless Shows

The last writers’ strike took place in November 2007 and lasted until February 2008. Within those short months, the effect on the entertainment industry was devastating. Without scripts being produced, new shows were difficult to make and without profit, it resulted in various shows getting delayed with some popular ones even getting canceled. The industry would clearly have to make amends soon before things get out of hand again because a potential strike can affect many popular shows and TV series.

“The Walking Dead” Season 8, “Jessica Jones” Season 2, “American Horror Story” Season 7, and even the highly awaited Marvel series, “Inhumans” are in danger of getting delayed or canceled because these are scripted series that has yet to start its production. Along with them, popular TV shows like “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, “Saturday Night Live”, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” are going to get the first hard blows from a writers’ strike. However, for now, “Game of Thrones” Season 7 and new seasons of “The Flash”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Empire”, and “The Big Bang Theory” are safe because their scripts are already done. The new season of “Game of Thrones” will not be affected at all since the show is in its post-production stage so it’s still on for its July 16 premiere.

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