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Writers Strike Officially Over

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the sick-of-reality-tv dept.

Television 499

CNN is reporting that the 100-day Hollywood writers walkout is now officially over. The new contract managed to snag two of the three major points the Writers Guild was looking for. The writers will now have "jurisdiction" for content created especially for new media (Internet, cell phones, etc) and will get paid for the reuse of content on new media when the studios get paid. "Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corp., told The Associated Press, 'At the end of the day, everybody won. It was a fair deal and one that the companies can live with, and it recognizes the large contribution that writers have made to the industry. [...] It's unclear how soon new episodes of scripted programs will start appearing, because production won't begin until scripts are completed, the AP reported. It will take at least four weeks for producers to get the first post-strike episodes of comedies back on the air; dramas will take six to eight weeks, the AP said.'"

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First post (2, Funny)

shentino (1139071) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408702)

And I'm just hoping that my favorite shows like Numb3rs and NCIS weren't affected.

I really don't care what happens as long as my shows keep coming and nobody gets hurt.

Thanks to scuttlemonkey for posting my submission.

Re:First post (2, Interesting)

ThinkingInBinary (899485) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409056)

Yay Numb3rs. It's cool to see that other geeks like it -- I'm a college freshman in CS, and I'm so tired of hearing that my classmates either haven't heard of it or think it's crap and not worth watching. Personally, I'm willing to suspend enough disbelief to enjoy the show despite the far-fetched uses of math.

Crisis Averted! (5, Insightful)

Mickyfin613 (1192879) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408704)

Future generations will look back at this strike as "the year we almost lost Hollywood and no one really gave a crap."

Re:Crisis Averted! (5, Insightful)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408934)

Honestly, I cared. I really cared. Why?

It sent a goddamned message to the public. The fact that this was such a big deal for so many people was absurd; less of life needs to be focused around what happens on TV. My only regret is that it's over in time for the Academy Awards. I think not having that ceremony would've sent a strong message to people about silly and over-hyped this whole culture is.

Re:Crisis Averted! (4, Insightful)

monoqlith (610041) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409134)

While I agree that American culture revolves too much around television and other distractions, I think what this deal represents is much more than that. Organized labor has managed to mount an effective protest against executive management and work out a deal that favors both parties. That's the first time that's happened in awhile.

This should give organized labor across the country a little bit of confidence.

So it represents something big even if it is just the television and film writers.

Re:Crisis Averted! (0)

FUCK-U-MODS (1238216) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409278)

"Organized labor has managed to mount an effective protest against executive management and work out a deal that favors both parties."

I'm not sure I'd call "striking while the world fails to notice or care" an effective protest.

Re:Crisis Averted! (2, Interesting)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409300)

I see it as much less than the triumph of organized labor. The masses can always take over the executives if need be, and that's not necessarily a good thing. Living in NYC, I think of the times when the garbage men and subway operators basically held the city for ransom while striking.

Rather, it's an admission of the changing environment the arts operate in. It's indicative of a realization of executives that the current technological climate is radically different than it was even a decade ago, and the business model needs to change accordingly. This is a triumph for internet transactions and dissemination of artistic works.

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

veganboyjosh (896761) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409340)

Living in NYC, I think of the times when the garbage men and subway operators basically held the city for ransom while striking.

You may see it as ransom, but didn't the downtime during the strike make you think twice (or once) about what they're paid (or whatever else they were asking for before striking...)?

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409318)

Not all forms of organised labour get to air their grievances on screen via the conduit of Letterman or endless news reports. Hardly a surprise that the TV writers' strike was all over the TV news.

Re:Crisis Averted! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409214)

"...less of life needs to be focused around what happens on TV..."

No doubt. And, for the record, I didn't even notice the strike. I don't have a TV subscription or capture the "free" stations out the air. The 45%-48% commercial air-time pushed me over the edge and I said screw that.

Three years of not paying a cable subscription has bought me a HD TV for watching movies.

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409268)

It sent a goddamned message to the public. The fact that this was such a big deal for so many people was absurd; less of life needs to be focused around what happens on TV.

Your goddamned message was completely lost on me -- I watched just as much television during the strike as I did before, and had completely forgotten the strike was happening. Just last night, I happily watched the last period of the Bruins-Hurricanes game and the new episode of Anthony Bourdain Crawls Back To The Food Network. That there was no new episode of CSI: Tuscaloosa went completely unnoticed.

Incidentally, don't *you* have more important things to do with your life than get worked up over how much television I watch?

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409270)

Sorry, I didn't get the memo. Still I'd have to disagree with you. It wasn't that many people and it wasn't that big a deal.

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

timster (32400) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409310)

The fact that this was such a big deal for so many people was absurd

Agreed! In fact, to make sure the message gets across, we should close down musical writing next. Society would be better off if there wasn't any new music being made, since we all know it's not important. And then we could get authors to stop writing, video game makers to stop making video games, sculptors to stop sculpting. Before long we'd DEFINITELY have a clear idea of what's really important.

OK, maybe you don't like this particular art form, but what's interesting about the motion picture as culture is the way it requires so many players to put together. On the opposite side of the art spectrum we have an author or painter who works alone and creates something that's an expression of themselves, and there is a lot of value in that, but the collaborative art can have a lot of value too.

Of course, 90% of it is crap, but that doesn't mean that it's a GOOD thing that this happened. In fact, in the end it will probably have a disproportionate effect on interesting and creative shows, as those sometimes need more time to establish an audience -- time that has now been lost.

I know being a sourpuss can be popular here on Slashdot these days, but insightful it ain't.

Re:Crisis Averted! (2, Insightful)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409388)

Honestly, not having any new music for a while wouldn't be such a bad thing. People wouldn't be able to just latch on to the next cookie-cutter artist out of the box, and would instead have to explore their tastes and find something that they can actually listen to for more than three months worth of binge drinking.

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

San-LC (1104027) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409370)

I'm sure everyone will take your advice as they watch Britney Spears make headlines for thinking babies can bounce on concrete.

Re:Crisis Averted! (3, Interesting)

TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408978)

Very true.

To quote my good friend, "I've been bored lately, so I started law school, built my own first computer and learned how to use Ubuntu. The writer's strike is the best thing that's ever happened to me!"

Really, didn't this strike seem kind of like a bad move. This is how I see it.

Writers want revenue from "new media" sources (the internet, namely). The writers strike, forcing "old media" sources to stagnate - but "new media" sources continue to flourish. Individuals find more entertainment online than with the old media sources and thus move over in greater numbers.

In other words, the writer's strike has only hastened the demise of the old media, and shown that new media can be entertaining without either the television companies or writers.

I'm sure this won't kill television by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think that a lot of viewers' eyes have been opened to other outlets of entertainment, and outlets that are in fact less passive, and probably more rewarding as there is the "hey, I found this. It didn't find me" feeling.

I do think that active (vs. passive) entertainment does actually appeal to people. Perhaps it's just that active entertainment in the recent past (television era) has required some physicality (board games, sports) - not so with the internet. I can sit on my couch physically inactive, but actually have an active mental experience.

Maybe the writer's strike has made us all a little bit smarter?

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409374)

To quote my good friend, "I've been bored lately, so I started law school, built my own first computer and learned how to use Ubuntu. The writer's strike is the best thing that's ever happened to me!"

That must be quite a selective law school your friend attends, where you can walk into the admissions office and say "There's nothing new on TV tonight. Can I enroll as an L1 in the middle of the year?"

Is he going to stay enrolled, or drop out when the new episodes start airing?

Re:Crisis Averted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409034)

That's exactly what I thought ... did anybody really notice?

But I'm sure plenty of people did. People plan their lives around when their favorite programs are on. Hard to imagine. Hard to believe I used to do it also. Damn - I can still remember some of the schedules from years ago - X-Files was Sunday nights @ 9 on FOX, ER thursday nights @ 9 on NBC.

Wow

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

ccguy (1116865) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409078)

Well, maybe you didn't give a crap, but some of us still enjoy TV (and have no problem admitting it) and are glad that the strike is over.

It would have been interesting if some writers had started a joint venture with actors and produce something without studios, though.

Re:Crisis Averted! (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409302)

Really. I never noticed a difference anytime I happened to flip on the television. *shrugs*

YAY! (4, Funny)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408714)

Now I'll get to see the new episodes of Star Trek!

What? What do you mean "cancelled?"

OK Battlestar Galactica. No? How about Babylon...

Oh hell. Somebody please point to a nerd show I can watch tonight?

Re:YAY! (2, Informative)

Xentor (600436) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408814)

Tonight? Can't help ya there...

Just wait for Heroes to come back. Only major show I still watch.

Re:YAY! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409014)

Heroes - The dumbed down show full of pretty people that tries to appeal to every market.

Coming in season 3...

The pensioner heroes like Reginald has the power to kill just by talking. He starts about the war then mentions how things aren't how they used to be back in the day.
Eastern European minority hero Svetlana who has the ability to setup a soft-porn website in just 22 seconds and can scam your credit card details by knowing your name.
CGI heroes like Jar-Jar Binks who has the ability to make all viewers watching a show turn channels instantly.

Re:YAY! (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408828)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), not sure what day and when because my DVR records it for me.

While it is sitcom level tripe, the geek facts in this show are pretty accurate.....my non-geek wife enjoys it and so do I.

You can catch all of the prior episodes on CBS.com, too.

Layne

Re:YAY! (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408884)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS), not sure what day and when because my DVR records it for me.


It was on Monday night at 8:30, right after 'How I Met Your Mother' but a recent rerun was on a Wednesday night at 8:30.

That said, new episodes will be coming out March 17 according to this article [msn.com] .

Re:YAY! (2, Interesting)

Random BedHead Ed (602081) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408830)

It's on tomorrow night and is called Lost. And while it may look like a Survivor-themed soap opera on the surface, make no mistake: it's a sci-fi show. While I'm on the topic, the creators have mostly committed to making five more episodes this season (of an original eight that were held back by the strike). Expect about month's hiatus in between the eighth finished episode and the five new ones.

Re:YAY! (4, Informative)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408888)

Well, seeing as its Wednesday, there's a fresh ep of Mythbusters on tonight. Does that help?

Oh, and you all should be watching Lost. It's one of the closest things we've got to Sci-Fi on a mainstream channel right now.

Bonus: The end of the series has been plotted out and sealed with the studio, so no inconclusive endings a la X-Files, no cancellations before the show ends a la Serenity. Just an interesting story, from beginning to end. When was the last time you had a guarantee like that from a network show?

Re:YAY! (1)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409400)

...Mythbusters...
Or Mythbusters 2 even. Better known as Smash Labs. It appears that a lot of people hate it because it copies the idea of Mythbusters, but it has been okay so far. I certainly would want to see some credentials on their people. Just what sort of credential is "idea guy"? Can I put that on my resume? But then, the credentials of the Mythbusters aren't so hot either. They are hollywood special effects artists. What makes us think they have any clue on science?

Journeyman (1)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408900)

I'm surprised no-one's mentioned Journeyman. It's got time-travel and babes, and time-traveling babes.

Re:Journeyman (1)

kellyb9 (954229) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409296)

I'm surprised no-one's mentioned Journeyman. It's got time-travel and babes, and time-traveling babes.
That's not geeky enough... try Quantum Leap.

Re:YAY! (1)

everphilski (877346) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408962)

Not necessarily hardcore "Nerd" shows but the only three shows I really watch are "24", "the office" and "30 rock". I like the believeable action and format of "24" (although some suspense of disbelief is needed), and the comedy styles of the latter two, particularly 30 Rock. Different types of "geeks", more office and production humor, but still good stuff IMO.

If I'm feeling geeky, I pull out the computer, pull out some hardware, my Fischertechnik set, etc. I use my 2-5 hours a week of TV (more during football season) as my relaxation time away from the normal hobbies.

Re:YAY! (4, Informative)

click2005 (921437) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409170)

OK Battlestar Galactica. No? How about Babylon...

I know you're trying to be funny but BSG returns April 4 with first half of 20-episode final season. Production on second half could start as early as March. Airdate for those TBD.

B5 The Lost Tales (DVD #2) - no idea.

Re:YAY! (1)

HairyNevus (992803) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409224)

Most nerds should be watching webisodes*, like on http://www.superdeluxe.com/ [superdeluxe.com] . Tim and Eric NOT a nerd show? I do contest that!


*I do not contest that I should be killed for using that word. It slipped and my backspace is brkocen.

Eureka! The ultimate nerd show. (2, Insightful)

HTRednek (793937) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409350)

Now maybe they'll get started on Season 3, of course I still think they should bring Firefly back.... even though it won't be the same without Wash and Shepard...

Re:YAY! (1)

thanatos_x (1086171) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409364)

Tonight? It's been a long while since there's been one show on a night that I consider watching, let alone in the nerd genre.

Impressively enough the networks have gotten about 3 shows that I'll watch regularly (24, Heroes, Terminator), and I know of a few others I'm missing (BSG, The Office, some other cable shows) I'd probably watch more, but without a DVR I generally forget to watch most of them. At some point I'll probably pony up the money for a few DVD box sets, preferably in a year or two when HD is the rage and I can get them cheaply... I won't have a big enough TV and most of them I won't watch more than 2-3 times.

writers read... (4, Insightful)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408726)

It was a fair deal and one that the companies can live with...
Meaning that before it WASN'T a fair deal that the writers couldn't live with.

I'm still not going to rush back to my television set over this.

Re:writers read... (4, Funny)

SQLGuru (980662) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408868)

I think we need to unionize Slashdot posters so that we can get a better deal, too. If it weren't for us, this site wouldn't make any money and what do we get for it? Articles 3 days after Digg had them? Typo's and grammatical errors in the summaries? ASCII porn?

Layne

Re:writers read... (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408954)

Absolutely! I propose that all Slashdot posters get a 35% increase in pay right now!

Re:writers read... (0)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409012)

Absolutely! I propose that all Slashdot posters get a 35% increase in pay right now!
Yeah.. and what's 35% of nothing again? I think we'll get that... Now, if we seek no flash ad on the site without having to use Ad Blockers...

Re:writers read... (1)

Firehed (942385) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409306)

I went ahead expecting you to ask for this and pre-negotiated you a 45% pay raise, retroactive since sign-up. Check is already in the mail.

No summer reruns? (2, Interesting)

Ilan Volow (539597) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408728)

If the TV shows I watch were several months behind due to the strike, does this mean that the season will be shifted several months ahead and this summer won't be a graveyard of reruns like it usually is?

Re:No summer reruns? (2, Informative)

Mickyfin613 (1192879) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408772)

You may see a few new episodes in the Spring, but the writers won't be able to churn out scripts over night. Not under the *new* collective agreement, anyhoo. From what I understand new episodes are written over the summer, so I would imagine you'll have reruns (for the most part) until next fall.

Re:No summer reruns? (1)

themushroom (197365) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408894)

You've never watched "The King Of Queens", have you? Yes, you can write a whole episode that fast.

Re:No summer reruns? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408938)

If the TV shows I watch were several months behind due to the strike, does this mean that the season will be shifted several months ahead and this summer won't be a graveyard of reruns like it usually is?

It could mean between and and fall (or later) it's nothing but reruns. Apparently 24 (not that it affects me) will be delayed until next January so they don't have to split it up.

I'm sure there will be multiple shows that don't get new episodes until the fall/winter season.

Expect the summer to be re-run graveyard as usual since fewer people are watching then and it's not worth rolling out new shows. They'll probably just trot out more reality TV, which they invented to counter the possibility of the last writer's strike.

The void that is most TV nowadays isn't going to magically fill in quickly, it could easily be 7-8 months before you start seeing new episodes of some shows.

Cheers

Re:No summer reruns? (1)

Moonpie Madness (764217) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409004)

To some extent yeah you will see a better summer, but some shows are forgoing summer. Advertisers don't like summer advertising, so networks just have less reason to keep the audience.

24, namely, could probably show some stuff this summer, but has been pushed all to way to 2009.

earth-friendly programming (3, Funny)

themushroom (197365) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408768)

Good that we have writers so we don't have to deal with reruns anymore.
Now we can get back to rehashed stories with slapdash writing as usual.

Why it matters? (0, Redundant)

stm2 (141831) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408784)

Is this "news for nerds"?

Re:Why it matters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22408872)

Because some nerds watch TV.

Re:Why it matters? (1)

FrameRotBlues (1082971) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408936)

Absolutely. /. needs more exciting, creative, boisterous headlines that have absolutely nothing to do with TFA. Creative writers come from the WGA. [/sarcasm]

Effect on movies (1)

sskagent (1170913) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408790)

I'm much more into watching movies in theaters and on DVD, rather then TV. Since we've gone so long without movie scripts being written, does that mean that pretty soon we'll see a sudden lapse in new releases? Obviously the lag time for movies is much longer then TV.

Re:Effect on movies (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408942)

I've been going through as many of Roger Ebert's Greatest Movies [suntimes.com] as I can find. Finally watched The Seven Samurai and the Rules of the Game this week. These movies are so damned good they put just about everything Hollywood does right now to shame. Kurosawa, in particular, is my new favorite director. What a genius.

Re:Effect on movies (1)

gallwapa (909389) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409146)

The 2009 summer-winter is probably going to be devoid of all substance that may have been worth going to see...that or it will all feel "rushed"

Re:Effect on movies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409176)

Nah ... movie scripts are easy. Just take an old script, run it through sed to change the the charater and location names, re-order the scenes, re-hash the old dialog with new buzzwords. Academy Awards here I come!

Seriously ... they just made a movie on Underdog. If they're scraping that low in the barrel, there's gotta be a few more crappy old cartoons or sitcoms they can make a movie out of.

Finally... (4, Funny)

abaddononion (1004472) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408804)

I can get back to enjoying "The Daily Show" and the "Colbert Report", instead of those generic knock-offs, "A Daily Show" and the "Colbert Report".

Grats to the writers. (1)

JKSN17 (956518) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408812)

Grats to the writers on getting what they feel they deserved and kudos to the studios and networks for solving this issue in a swift manner...Oh wait, they didn't. They drug it out and exposed us all to more "reality" television! At least we have some hope of seeing some quality shows return to tv, such as, Heroes, CSI, Family Guy, and my wifes' personal favorite Grey's Anatomy. I know Strike's are hard and messy and sometimes can be very ugly and violent. So I am honestly happy to see it end.

News for Nerds???? (-1, Troll)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408832)

If I wanted to read this sort of crap wouldn't I be watching the entertainment news channels?


What next for /.? Who's dating whom? Which actress is pregnant by her ex lover's manager?

Re:News for Nerds???? (1)

abigor (540274) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409260)

I guess it's because writers now get revenue for material that gets distributed online, and given how the battles around here rage about that stuff, it seems relevant.

Writers Strike? When? Too much WoW, I guess.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22408858)

Seriously. How many people on Slashdot actually watch the garbage on television? Mostly, I'm playing with my kids, talking to my wife, reading or playing online - in that order...

There's a lot more to do away from the Idiot Box.

TV? (5, Insightful)

PhreakOfTime (588141) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408896)

Im sorry, but its too late.

I took the plunge and got rid of 'pay-tv' once and for all right before this strike, and its amazing how little I actually miss it. And amazing how I was spending over $70/month for just regular ad-laced channels. Yes, paying to watch advertisements is not how I want to spend my money anymore. That INCLUDES the 'ads' that get thrown right into the shows, soap opera style(thats how they got their name after all).

The internet is now my primary tool of information sourcing and entertainment. The TV industry missed the boat, the same way the music industry did. The only thing that made it take as long as it did was the bandwidth difference between audio and video.

The TV is dead, long live TV!

Just Wait Till You Have Kids! (1)

tjstork (137384) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409332)

I took the plunge and got rid of 'pay-tv' once and for all right before this strike,

Once you have your first child, suddenly, UNCLE TELEVISION will become your best friend.

Re:TV? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409406)

Actually, they were soap operas because the soap companies were their major sponsors originally (and in some cases still). There was not blatant ad placement within the programs, and the few I have seen on daytime today actually probably have fewer ad placements then most prime time shows.

So, next time you want to spew that tiny bit of knowledge you have please get it right. It wasn't about placement of the ads. They were soap operas because of their sponsorship, not because of the ads being within the original soaps.

As a Canadian (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22408904)

As a Canadian, I'm looking forward to violating the copyright on your writer's new material.

Hope the International Intellectual Property-hoser Alliance has taken into account any price changes due to this agreement in their industry 'loss' report. Wouldn't want them to miss squeezing any more profits out of Canada, eh?

Did they ditch the DVD demand? (4, Interesting)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408912)

Everyone talking about the strike is talking about the terms for Internet streaming/new media.

I'm curious as to why nobody's mentioning the writers' other big demand, for an increased royalty on DVD sales. Did they drop that demand as part of a compromise?

Re:Did they ditch the DVD demand? (1)

steppin_razor_LA (236684) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409098)

It was dropped early on. That was a battle that was lost many contracts ago. WGA management (IMHO wisely) chose to focus there energies instead on the future (Internet/new media residuals).

The other "major" demand that was dropped was jurisdiction over "reality TV" and animation.

the battle is over (2, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408918)

So, who got screwed the most in this one? I'm assuming the writers since the studios have deeper pocketses.

Re:the battle is over (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409114)

So, who got screwed the most in this one? I'm assuming the writers since the studios have deeper pocketses.

The audiences. The studios will try to gouge us to recoup any concessions they made, and the pipeline for new stuff has run dry.

We'll have a drought of work over the next little while. Eventually, they'll go back to writing the same old tired sitcoms. The content won't magically get any better, in fact, the studio system will fall back more on formulas to try to get greater return on investment.

On the plus side, the studios will have resurrected the Oscars before their entire awards season is a bust.

Cheers

Hot damn! (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408980)

No more of this intellectually-insulting, amateurish garbage!

I for one welcome our intellectually-insulting, professional garbage producing overlords.

Too bad... (1)

Myrkridian42 (840659) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408984)

I was hoping the studios would be bull-headed enough to hold out until the Oscars, causing it to be cancelled. (just like the golden globes) NBC'd then be out millions in ad revenue. Or better, they'd try to hold them anyway with no jokes for the host to tell, and no actors to receive the awards since they won't cross the picket line outside. That would have convinced them to negotiate.

Maybe too late. Already weened. (5, Insightful)

bigredradio (631970) | more than 6 years ago | (#22408994)

Unrelated to the writers strike, I got rid of my television and cable. I use the internet for news and watch movies with a digital projector. After a couple of months, I not only didn't miss it, but realized a big quality of life increase. More time with the kids, actually eating at the dinner table, etc.

I wonder how many people turned to other entertainment venues due to the strike. If there is NOTHING good on, I am sure some people cut back on their tv watching. Now that viewers have so many options (ie netflix, internet downloads, itunes tv, youtube, dvd kiosks, etc) this could not have come at a worse time. I am curious if this writers strike was the tipping point for a lot of people to ween themselves from their tvs. Not from shows all together, but the old standard of scheduling your life around when your show comes on and sitting through commercials.

Re:Maybe too late. Already weened. (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409246)

Unrelated to the writers strike, I got rid of my television and cable. I use the internet for news and watch movies with a digital projector. After a couple of months, I not only didn't miss it, but realized a big quality of life increase. More time with the kids, actually eating at the dinner table, etc.

We don't have cable, either, but we certainly use our TV a fair amount. Projectors require a very dark room, usually a dedicated room, which we don't have the luxury of owning, so a large LCD TV works much better.

For TV, all the best shows are available on BitTorrent. We especially like documentaries from Discovery and BBC.

Re:Maybe too late. Already weened. (5, Insightful)

morari (1080535) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409380)

I can relate, though oppositely. I hadn't had any television service for a few years (not even PBS!), but just recently obtained a cable connection to the world. It doesn't cost me anything, so I didn't see the harm. Now, however, I find myself and my loved ones watching television far too often. Most of the time is spent just idly looking for something to watch, or watching something that no one really cares about but isn't as mediocre as whatever else may be on. Before we used to watch a lot of films together, which felt a lot more gratifying and only happened two to fours hours a day. Now however, my Netflix subscription doesn't seem to matter as much since we don't watch a daily film or two.

Television is awful, and it continually spirals farther downward. And honestly, I never saw much of a difference between having writers and not having writers around.

There hasn't been any new TV programming? (1)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409086)

wow. I didn't notice. It seemed to be the same old crap as the crap I used to watch. The Daily Show and Colbert had more interviews, and I liked that. And Bill Maher took questions from the internets, so I guess I did notice some changes, but over all, next to the RIAA, entertainment TV is the one industry I truly don't give a shit about.

RS

I haven't decided if I care or not (1)

Zen (8377) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409090)

Kinda like the Hockey strike. We all found other things to do instead of watch tv or hockey. If it's going to take almost two more months before everything on the air is new again, by that time it will have been close to 6 months with very limited new material and then it will (probably) be summer rerun season. Am I going to go back to vegging on the couch for 3 hours every night when the shows come back on? I've severely cut back on my tv watching and I don't really miss it. I don't think I'm the only one. Sure, I've been hoping that they're going to bring back some shows (24 & numb3rs). But I doubt I'll go back to watching all the other stuff since I've already broken the habit.

Writers are too greedy. FAIL! (3, Interesting)

readgs (550819) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409102)

Why should the writers get any of the profits? They get paid for a job...done. They're not taking the risk on a show that will flop like the networks do. It's just like owning a business. You take a high risk because you're responsible for your company succeeding, but you could also make more as the owner. The employees get paid for doing there work...and can go home to their families.

The writers and the networks get a big fat FAIL!

http://wwwfail.com/?url=slashdot.org%2Farticle.pl%3Fsid%3D08%2F02%2F13%2F1724211 [wwwfail.com]

Terrible News! (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409188)

I'm really disappointed that this strike is over. I was hoping it would continue indefinitely, until the major TV networks were all out of business.

Monopoly wins again. (1)

Zot (90080) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409264)

Another monopoly holds its customers hostage.
Slashdot usually hates monopolies.
What about this time?

The labor monopoly held their customers hostage and got away with it.

Nothing will change (3, Insightful)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409276)

To the people who think that the American People (TM) have used the writers strike to go forth and do without television, leading to a new utopia, I'd like to remind you all of the 1994 baseball player's strike and how nobody ever bought a stadium ticket again after that, causing the death of major league baseball.

about time (1)

amigabill (146897) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409316)

While I really should be doing something better with my time, I'm glad to see this is over. I'd hate to find myself flipping through nothing but "reality" shows. I just hope that the language in the new contract is not specifically tied to any particular technologies by name so we have to do this every 10 years or so when technology changes. I'd like to see them get what they want regardless of how delivery technologies evolve and change into completely different and new things.

Very disappointed.... (1)

Dmala (752610) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409324)

I was really hoping that the strike would last long enough and the networks would get desperate enough for reality TV to devolve into full on bloodsport. Shows like "The Moment of Truth" and the return of "American Gladiators" were a step in the right direction, but I was getting psyched up for chainsaw duels and auto racing with machine guns. Now that the writers are back it'll probably take another 20 years to sink that low.

!notnewsfornerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409338)

EOM

People will be back (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409352)

Just like when baseball went on strike and everyone was claiming America's past time was dead.

Barn Dance (1)

sciop101 (583286) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409354)

Now the writers will spend the next two years practicing for their trade. The last strike got us "Cops", "Survivor", and "Cheaters"!

I predict "The O.C. Hillbillies", "Gomer Pyle, SEAL", and "CIA:BO: Culinary Institution Arts: Bake-Off".

"Original" products will be out in 2011.

If only.... (4, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409376)

...anyone involved in Reality TV would go on strike. Permanently, and forever. It's hard to imagine anything more anti-geek than Reality TV.

Welcome back writers. Congrats on your win. We need you, more than ever.
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