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Writers Strike Disrupts TV Shows and Movies: What You Need to Know

NOTE: This article is 12 months old and may not include the most recent information.

The ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike has disrupted the production of several television shows and movies after negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) fell through. The strike has caused writers to picket in locations across Los Angeles and New York City. Demands include increased wage floors, viewership transparency from streaming platforms, and protections against mini-rooms and the use of artificial intelligence.

As a result, many scripted productions have shut down, either by choice or due to picketers’ disruption. Some of the affected shows and movies include Netflix’s Stranger Things, Apple TV+’s Loot, and Marvel’s Blade. The last writers strike 15 years ago also led to similar shutdowns, delays, and financial implications for both the industry and the California economy.

Late-night talk shows have been heavily affected, as they are often written up to the moment of broadcast. However, the impact on viewers may be less noticeable than in the past due to the prevalence of on-demand viewing options and the timing of the strike toward the end of the broadcast TV season. Studios have also been preparing for the strike for months, taking measures to mitigate potential disruptions.

Below is a list of TV shows and films impacted by the writers strike:

  1. Stranger Things – Production on the final season has been delayed.
  2. Blade – Marvel Studios has shut down preproduction on the upcoming vampire thriller.
  3. Loot – Production is on hold after picketers disrupted filming of the comedy.
  4. Late-night talk shows – Work stoppage impacts Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers, The Daily Show, Real Time With Bill Maher, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
  5. The Talk – CBS’ daytime show has stopped production as it employs WGA writers.
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As the strike continues, more productions may be impacted, causing disruptions to the entertainment industry and viewers’ favorite shows and movies. Stay tuned for more updates on the situation.

Trevor Decker
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