WGA 2007 Strike Effects

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This is a listing of shows affected by the 2007 WGA writers strike. It shows how many episodes they completed before the strike stopped production and how many they completed after the strike was over. All numbers are based on the season that aired during or right after the strike only.

Contents

Late Night

Show Network Notes
The Daily Show/The Colbert Report COM Both returned without writers on January 7th.
Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC Returned without writers on January 2.
Last Call with Carson Daly NBC Returned without writers on December 3.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien NBC Returned without writers on January 2.
Late Show with David Letterman CBS Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants has signed an interim agreement with the WGA so the show returned with writers on January 2nd.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS Owned by Letterman's production company so also returned with writers on January 2nd.
MADtv FOX Aired collections of previously unused sketches mixed with repeat sketches.
Nightline ABC Staffed with news writers who are in a different union so was unaffected.
Real Time with Bill Maher HBO Cut fourth season short by one episode at start of strike but writerless season five started January 11th.
Saturday Night Live NBC Aired repeats and specials. Returned February 23rd with four straight new episodes.
TALKSHOW with Spike Feresten FOX Returned without writers on January 12.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC Returned without writers on January 2. Leno did a self written monolouge to some controversy.

Reality Shows

  • Reality shows and game shows are for the most part unaffected as their writers aren't WGA members. The few exceptions are listed below. Many new reality shows were scheduled to fill-up airtime as the scripted episodes ran out. In addition some traditionally summer or fall only reality shows were rushed into production for a spring run.

Animated Series

  • Nearly all animated series on cable (Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, etc.) are written by non-WGA writers and were unaffected. Primetime animated shows on broadcast networks (The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc.) are affected but on a much delayed basis as the animation process takes months so they are far ahead on scripts.

Awards Shows

Show Network Airdate Notes
Academy Awards ABC February 24 WGA refused to grant the Academy a waiver for use of new written material. Short prep time resulted in a clip heavy ceremony and the elimination of the pre-recorded host introduction.
Critics' Choice Awards VH1 January 7 Has never been a WGA written show so aired unchanged.
Golden Globes NBC January 13 WGA refused to grant the HFPA a waiver for the ceremony and said they would picket it. SAG vowed that no actors would cross a picket line to either accept awards or present them. NBC refused to allow HFPA to hold untelevised ceremony. Ceremony was changed to a press conference presentation of winners.
Grammy Awards CBS February 10 The RAA signed an interim agreement to allow the ceremony to be scripted so ceremony aired unchanged and unaffected.
NAACP Image Awards FOX February 14 The NAACP signed an interim agreement with the WGA allowing the NAACP plenty of time to prepare the show during the strike.
People's Choice Awards CBS January 8 CBS changed the format to focus on prerecorded videos of the winners at home so no one had to cross a picket line to appear.
SAG Awards TBS & TNT January 27 SAG signed an interim agreement with the WGA allowing the ceremony to be scripted and unpicketed.
Spirit Awards IFC February 23 Film Independent signed an interim agreement with the WGA so the independent film awards were unaffected.

Foreign Imports

  • Shows produced completely by non-USA production companies were not affected by the strike as each country has its own writers guild that negotiates with the local production companies. This includes the Mexican telenovelas on Univision, everything on BBC America, Doctor Who, Hustle and the Canadian imports on The N. It does not include shows produced in any part by American companies in other countries (Battlestar Galactica, Supernatural, The L Word, The Tudors, etc.). There are exceptions where American companies employ local writers for international productions (notably Stargate Atlantis) but the majority do not.

Broadcast Networks

ABC

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
According to Jim 7 12 6 18 18 March 18 April 15 Eighth season ordered
Big Shots 1 13 0 13 January 24 Three unaired episodes Cancelled
Boston Legal 4 14 6 20 24 February 19 April 8 13 episode fifth and final season ordered
Brothers & Sisters 2 12 4 16 23 February 17 April 20 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was extended to two hours to act as a lead-in for last new episodes. Third season ordered
Cashmere Mafia 1 7 0 13 February 20 Cancelled
Carpoolers 1 13 0 13 March 4 Cancelled
Cavemen 1 13 0 13 Seven unaired episodes Cancelled
Dancing with the Stars 5 November 27 Has WGA writers but finished out the season with the hosts unscripted, new season started March 17.
Desperate Housewives 4 10 5 15 23 January 6 April 13 Fifth season ordered
Dirty Sexy Money 1 13 0 22 Three remaining episodes will be tweaked and will kick off second season
Eli Stone 1 13 0 13 April 17 Second season ordered
Grey's Anatomy 4 11 5 16 23 January 10 April 24 Fifth season ordered
Lost 4 8 5 13 16 March 20 April 24 Lost episodes added to fifth and sixth season orders
Men in Trees 2 19 0 27 December 14 February 27 11 episodes held until after strike Cancelled
Miss Guided 1 7 0 13 March 18 Cancelled
Notes from the Underbelly 2 8 0 18 February 11 Had six carry over episodes from last year and has one unaired episode Cancelled
October Road 2 13 0 13 March 10 Cancelled
Private Practice 1 9 0 22 December 5 Second season ordered
Pushing Daisies 1 9 0 22 December 12 Second season ordered
Samantha Who? 1 12 3 15 22 December 10 April 7 Three episodes held until after strike Second season ordered
Ugly Betty 2 13 5 18 23 January 24 April 24 Third season ordered
The View Has WGA writers but continued uninterrupted.
Women's Murder Club 1 10 3 13 13 January 4 April 29 Changed showrunners but was still cancelled

CBS

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
The Big Bang Theory 1 8 9 17 22 November 12 March 17 Second season ordered
Big Brother 8 Started preparations early so that it could premiere February 12. Aired normal summer edition as well.
Cane 1 13 0 13 December 18 Cancelled
Cold Case 5 13 5 18 24 February 17 March 30 Sixth season ordered
Criminal Minds 3 12 7 19 25 January 23 April 2 Fourth season ordered
CSI 8 11 6 17 24 January 10 April 3 Ninth season ordered
CSI: Miami 6 13 8 21 24 January 14 March 24 Seventh season ordered
CSI: NY 4 14 7 21 24 February April 7 Fifth season ordered
Ghost Whisperer 3 12 6 18 22 January 18 April 4 Fourth season ordered
How I Met Your Mother 3 11 9 20 22 December 10 March 17 Fourth season ordered
Jericho 2 7 0 7 March 25 Cancelled
Moonlight 1 12 4 16 13 January 18 April 11 Changed showrunners but was still cancelled
NCIS 5 11 7 18 24 January 15 April 8 Sixth season ordered
The New Adventures of Old Christine 3 8 0 13 April 7 Fourth season ordered
NUMB3RS 4 12 6 18 24 January 18 April 4 Fifth season ordered
Rules of Engagement 2 9 6 15 22 November 19 April 14 Third season ordered
Shark 2 12 4 16 22 January 27 April 29 Cancelled
Swingtown 1 2 11 13 13 June 5 Production resumed for summer airing
Two and a Half Men 5 10 9 19 24 November 26 March 17 Sixth season ordered
The Unit 3 11 0 22 December 18 Fourth season ordered
Welcome to The Captain 1 5 0 6 March 3 Cancelled
Without a Trace 6 12 6 18 24 January 17 April 3 Seventh season ordered

The CW

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
Aliens in America 1 18 0 22 December 10 March 2 Eight episodes held until after strike Cancelled
Everybody Hates Chris 3 22 0 22 December 10 March 2 Twelve episodes held until after strike Fourth season ordered
Friday Night SmackDown! 9 Doesn't use WGA writers so was unaffected. Leaving network at end of season
The Game 2 11 9 March 23 22 February 4 Third season ordered
Girlfriends 8 13 0 22 February 11 Cancelled; may see some form of series finale
Gossip Girl 1 13 5 18 22 January 9 April 21 Second season ordered
Life Is Wild 1 13 0 13 February 3 Cancelled
One Tree Hill 5 12 6 18 13 March 18 April 14 Sixth season ordered
Reaper 1 13 5 18 13 March 27 April 22 Second season ordered for midseason
Smallville 7 15 5 20 22 March 27 April 17 Eighth season ordered
Supernatural 3 12 4 16 22 February 21 April 24 Fourth season ordered

FOX

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
24 7 8 24 Won't air until January 2009 but getting TV movie in fall
American Dad 3 22 0 22 None Fourth season ordered
Back to You 1 9 5 14 24 November 14 April 16 Two episodes held until February 26/27 Cancelled
Bones 3 13 2 15 22 November 27 April 14 Four episodes held until after strike Fourth season ordered
Canterbury's Law 1 5 0 13 March 10 Cancelled
Family Guy 6 10 3 13 23 February 17 March 2 Network said it would have 19 episodes but Seth MacFarlane refused to participate so they only finished 10. The early shutdown allowed for a quick return but still only had a total of 13 episodes, seventh season ordered
House, M.D. 4 12 4 16 24 February 5 April 28 Fifth season ordered
K-Ville 1 10 0 13 December 17 Cancelled
King of the Hill 12 21 22 None Thirteenth season ordered
New Amsterdam (2008) 1 8 0 8 March 4 Cancelled
Prison Break 3 13 0 22 February 18 Ended season on what would have been the fall finale but 5 episodes were moved to 2008. Fourth season ordered
The Return of Jezebel James 1 7 0 March 14 7 Cancelled after 3 episodes
'Til Death 2 10 5 14 22 November 28 April 16 One episode held until March 25 Third season ordered
The Simpsons 19 22 22 None Twentieth season ordered
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 1 9 0 13 March 3 Second season ordered
Unhitched 1 6 0 13 March 2 Cancelled

NBC

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
30 Rock 2 10 5 15 22 January 10 April 10 Third season ordered
Bionic Woman 1 8 0 13 November 28 Cancelled
Chuck 1 13 0 22 January 24 Second season ordered
ER 14 13 6 19 23 January 17 April 10 13 episode fifteenth and final season ordered
Friday Night Lights 2 15 0 22 February 8 Third season ordered
Heroes 2 11 0 24 December 3 Episode 11 rewritten to act as season finale Third season ordered
Journeyman 1 13 0 13 December 19 Cancelled
Las Vegas 5 19 0 22 February 22 Cancelled
Law & Order 18 14 5 19 18 March 26 April 23 Nineteenth season ordered
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 9 14 5 19 22 January 22 April 15 Tenth season ordered
Life 1 11 0 22 December 5 Second season ordered
Lipstick Jungle 1 7 0 13 March 20 Second season ordered
Medium 4 9 7 16 13 March 24 April 7 Tenth season ordered
My Name Is Earl 3 13 9 22 25 January 10 April 3 Fourth season ordered
The Office 4 12 6 18 30 November 15 April 10 Actor walkouts forced production shutdown before all finished scripts were shot. Fifth season ordered
quarterlife 1 6 0 6 Pulled after one episode but aired on Bravo.
Scrubs 7 11 0 18 December 6 April 10 Five episodes held until after strike Strike made eighth season more appealing for ABC, who ordered it

Syndication

Show Notes
Jeopardy! Couldn't produce new shows but had enough already filmed episodes to last to April and a pre-written teen tournment filmed in January so there were no noticable effects.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Didn't do a monolouge during the strike.

Cable Networks

ABC Family

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
GRΣΣK 1 18 4 22 20 March 24 Second season ordered
Kyle XY 2 23 23 March 17 Third season ordered
Wildfire 4 13 0 13 March 10 April 28 Lionsgate signed an agreement that would have allowed production to resume early but fifth season was not ordered.

AMC

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
Breaking Bad 1 7 7 March 9 Second season ordered
Mad Men 2 0 13 13 13 July 27 Lionsgate signed an agreement allowing production to resume early so season was not delayed.

FX

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
June 3 3 6 6
Damages 2 0 13 Delayed until January 2009
Dirt 2 7 0 13 March 2 Cancelled
Nip/Tuck 5 14 8 22 22 February 19 Second set of season 5 episodes being postponed until early 2009
Rescue Me 5 0 22 Delayed until spring 2009, got 10 minisodes to ease the delay.
The Riches 2 7 0 13 March 18
The Shield 7 13 0 13 September 2 Finale will have some reshoots

HBO

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
12 Miles of Bad Road 1 6 0 12 Cancelled before airing
Big Love 3 0 13 Delayed until early 2009
Entourage 5 0 13 13 13 September 7 Delayed until Fall
In Treatment 1 45 45 March 28 Second season ordered
True Blood 1 3 9 12 12 September 7
The Wire 5 10 10 March 9 Finished

Lifetime

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
Army Wives 2 0 13 13 13 June 8

Showtime

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
Brotherhood 2 10 10 December 2 Third season ordered
Californication 2 0 13 13 13 September 28 Delayed until Fall
Dexter 2 12 12 December 16 First season started airing on CBS February 17. Third season ordered
The L Word 5 12 12 March 23 Sixth and final season ordered
Tracey Ullman's State of the Union 1 5 0 5 March 30 Second season ordered
The Tudors 2 12 0 12 March 30 Third season ordered
Weeds 4 0 15 15 15 June 16 Lionsgate signed an agreement allowing production to resume early so season was not delayed.

Sci-Fi Channel

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
Battlestar Galactica 4 11 10 21 21 April 4 Will break at planned hiatus point Second half delayed until early 2009
ECW 2 Doesn't use WGA writers so was unaffected.
Eureka 3 0 21 21 21 July 29 Only eight episodes to air in summer rest will be delayed
Flash Gordon 1 22 22 February 8 Cancelled
Stargate Atlantis 4 20 20 March 7 Almost all writers are Writers Guild of Canada members, so was unaffected. Season Five premiered July 11

TBS

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
The Bill Engvall Show 2 0 10 10 10 June 12
Frank TV 1 5 0 8 December 18 Second season ordered
My Boys 2 0 22 22 22 June 12
Tyler Perry's House of Payne 2 100 25 125 100 January 30 March 5

TNT

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
The Closer 3 1 1 December 3 Fourth season premiered on time
Saving Grace 1 4 4 December 18 Second season ordered

USA

Show Season Pre-Strike Post Srike Total Original Order Last Airing Return Notes Post Strike
The 4400 4 0 0 Canceled with probably some influence from the strike.
Burn Notice 2 ? ? 13 13 July 10 Season was be delayed until July
The Dead Zone 6 0 0 Canceled with probably some influence from the strike.
In Plain Sight 1 12 0 12 June 1
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 7 10 12 22 22 December 13 June 8 First half season aired as scheduled on USA and also aired on NBC.
Monk 6 8 8 February 22 Aired briefly on NBC in April. Seventh season ordered
Psych 2 7 7 February 15 Aired briefly on NBC in April. Third season ordered
The Starter Wife 2 0 10 10 10 October 10
WWE Monday Night Raw Doesn't use WGA writers, so was unaffected.