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The END of Bionic Woman, Heroes, Smallville

10 Nov 2007 13:34 #10831 by mercblue22
Yea,
The title speaks for itself, I'm afraid. Due to the writer's strike, many TV series are at the end of their run or will be soon. According to a source at TVGUIDE.com, the following series will end...

Bionic Woman-3 eps left

Heroes-5 eps left

Smallville-8 eps left

No one knows what will happen with the strike or how long it will last, but looks like the three primary shows here are at their end or close to it. So, lets try to enjoy these, no matter how NON-UBER they seem to be as of late. :)

Fonzie

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10 Nov 2007 15:10 #10833 by Spulo
Tell them we'll write for free.

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11 Nov 2007 00:59 #10837 by mercblue22
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Yeaaa,
I'll write it for FREE, but there is going to be some changes with these shows! (First off, the HOTT girls are getting uber powers and Claire is gaining a magical belt that transforms her into a musculed Superwoman!!!) >;)

See, we can write stories...lol

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11 Nov 2007 02:15 #10838 by ltbelial
Does smallvile actually have writers? I'm pretty sure the executives can just write smallville themselves....
I agree with the others.... only hot chicks naked all the time in the tv, but lets be fair and give each fetish its own show. This way parents don't need to worry about the filth in the internet because it will be on tv. You also get to spend some quality time with your children explaining why the lady is pooping in the mister's mouth.

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11 Nov 2007 04:01 #10840 by JAG1981
All joking aside (cause it would be fun to write these stories the way we want them) I am pissed about this strike. I agree that on most shows the writers don't get enough credit and some of their concerns are valid. I just hope that the producers take the hint that no one wants this strike and everybody gets sick of reruns eventually.
They better come to an agreement soon, so that all the episodes for all the shows are done for the season.
I'm a Heroes fan, never missed an episode and want to see how this plays out.
I'm a Bionic Woman fan because I love the old show and this new one is great
As you can guess from previous post I'm a Smallville fan, they FINALLY give us Kara and this strike happens!

There's my two cents worth

JAG

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11 Nov 2007 18:05 #10845 by clipfreak
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I do not live in America, so maybe I misunderstood.

But why do series get canceled just because there is a strike?

Can't they just continue afterwards?

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11 Nov 2007 18:26 #10847 by argonaut
I live in America, and I was wondering that myself.

Okay, the writers' strike will put a lot of shows on hiatus. Re-runs and such will presumably fill the vacated time-slots. But when the strike is settled, what's to prevent the shows from picking up where they left off?

Heroes is a popular show with a large cult following. Hard to imagine the network will drop it permanently on account of the strike. I believe Smallville is in its final season. I don't know how robust its ratings are, but surely CW would want to wrap up the current story-lines (and, if we're lucky, set up a Supergirl spin-off). The Bionic Woman I'm not so sure about. It's a new show that may not have built up much of an audience yet, so I could see the network just pulling the plug, especially if the ratings are anything less than spectacular.

But then, I know nothing about the inner workings of television networks. Are there legal issues or something that would mean the end of the line for these programs?

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11 Nov 2007 18:43 #10848 by lfan
Every show with writers faces the same problems with the strike. I imagine "serial dramas" like 24, Heroes, Lost, Desperate Housewives, etc. suffer the most because of the need to tie-in each episode to maintain continuity where sitcoms and "single-shot" dramas like CSI and Criminal Minds aren't as reliant and might make do with strike jumpers or stringers to help produce shows.

Bottom line is if the show is worthy of coming back, it will --- just a matter of when. Smallville and BW (in our genre) face the biggest challenge like Argo said, for two unrelated reasons.

If the strike is prolonged, hope everyone is ready for the influx of Reality Programming that we'll be bombarded with in addition to reruns and several new "movies of the week". One possible scenario I thought is that networks should take advantage of the "open programming space" and use it as a test market for pilots that were filmed but never greenlit. What a better focus group opportunity? In terms of our community, maybe CBS will dust of the "Ultra" pilot and see if it will fly (no pun intended). Of course, the show WAS pretty bad (semitruck lifting scene aside! :P)....

I live in America, and I was wondering that myself.

Okay, the writers' strike will put a lot of shows on hiatus. Re-runs and such will presumably fill the vacated time-slots. But when the strike is settled, what's to prevent the shows from picking up where they left off?

Heroes is a popular show with a large cult following. Hard to imagine the network will drop it permanently on account of the strike. I believe Smallville is in its final season. I don't know how robust its ratings are, but surely CW would want to wrap up the current story-lines (and, if we're lucky, set up a Supergirl spin-off). The Bionic Woman I'm not so sure about. It's a new show that may not have built up much of an audience yet, so I could see the network just pulling the plug, especially if the ratings are anything less than spectacular.

But then, I know nothing about the inner workings of television networks. Are there legal issues or something that would mean the end of the line for these programs?

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11 Nov 2007 18:47 #10849 by cnnjack
Maybe a problem is that the teams that produce the shows, as well as the actors, don't want to wait until the strike is over (which could last a long time) and commit themselves to other projects instead. So they can't just start from where they left off once the strike is over, but have to get the entire crew and the cast back together (who might be doing different things by then) which might be a problem. Contracts probably would have to be renewed etc. pp.

(Btw. Tim Kring often mentioned how difficult it was logistically to come up with *the photo* (of the 12) -- IMO he's referring to how difficult it was to bring all the actors together who weren't even on the show yet.)

That's what I think. But I don't live in America either and to be honest, before end of October I had never heard of the Writer's Guild of America ;)

And I agree, BW is probably in the biggest trouble (it is anyway, regardless of the strike) followed by SV. I don't see Heroes being cancelled; it will just come back next season.

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11 Nov 2007 20:48 #10851 by ace191
Being an old guy from LA, I have some idea how this all works. Every star has a different contract. Some may have it in the contract that they are only available for the show from say August to Feb. This gives them time to do other things like Big Time movies. There can be contract problems keeping all the players available if there is a strike. Location, weather issues, crew and set availablity all factor in along with the bottom line, cost.

I don't think this would be a problem for BW, but you never know. More likely, if the show is not doing well, It is not worth it to keep everything that is required to keep the show up and running so they will just tank it.
Heroes gets into the top twenty, so unless there are other problems,
I would think it would come back next year.

I would not care to make a call on Smallville. Too many unknowns
(like contract details, other irons in the fire for the cast) to make a prediction. One can only hope.

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11 Nov 2007 22:10 #10852 by AJF
BW could get moved to NBC's sister network, Scifi. One of the Law and Order shows was sent to USA. Despite the drop in ratings, BW still has a loyal following that would most likley follow it to cable. It should be on cable anyway. NBC screwed around with the show's creative process. Put it in s terrible time slot, plus NBC is losing viewers across the board anyway.

Both Scifi and USA are growing in viewers. They welcome creative freedom. Keep in mind, when the idea for a new BW series came about in late 2002, the show was going to air on USA.

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12 Nov 2007 13:13 #10858 by Captain Marbles
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I don't think we should give up hope here, people. The writers strike might be settled in three weeks.

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12 Nov 2007 13:43 #10859 by lfan
Well said, CM! It'll get resolved soon, I believe. Then we get to look forward to the Director's Guild Strike, whose contract expires this summer I believe :) (though I hear their negotiations are going better than the writers').




I don't think we should give up hope here, people. The writers strike might be settled in three weeks.

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17 Nov 2007 14:21 #10917 by cnnjack
Hi there,

it seems the negotiations between the WGA and the AMPTP will officially continue as of November 26th ( source )

Not that this means that the strike will end, but talking is better than not talking ;)

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17 Nov 2007 18:43 #10922 by mr_93_jeep_grnd_cherokee
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Yep, if it's any indication, the last time the WGA had a strike was 1988. That lasted 22 weeks resulting in the TV and movie industry losing $500 million.

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05 Dec 2007 02:50 #11058 by Random321
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Well ~ I'd be happy to be a strike breaker if need be. :D

On the bright side maybe there is hope for the Sarah Conner Chronicles. There seems to be a "good" Terminator in the story line who kicks some butt from the looks of the tv spots. January on Fox...

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