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2/13/08

It’s over!

After 3 months and dozens upon dozens of of repeats, the Writer’s Guild of America voted last night to end it’s crippling strike, which has caused losses of billions in the Entertainment industry, as well as hours of frustration for yours truly.

However finally, we can get back to business, with network programming returning to the air with new episodes due out within the next four to six weeks.

Of course the strike had it’s causalities, most notably for me was 24, which probably won’t be back on the air until next January, which would mean that it would have been 18 months between the last time and next time we see Jack Bauer.

Now I watch a lot of television, and a lot of network television. This strike effected no less than 10 or 12 shows I watch semi-regularly (yea I know, I watch too much television) but as I have stated in the past the one show which as of now may suffer the worst fate is Scrubs.

Scrubs is in the midst of its final season, and having aired only 6 episodes so far, there is uncertainty as to whether or not NBC will air any post-strike produced shows, with the alternative being a straight to DVD finale.

It might not be the most popular show in history, but Scrubs has as loyal a fanbase as any other show, and for NBC to deprive the fans of a proper ending would be upsetting.

So time will tell as to what happens to Scrubs, among other shows.

Now for those of you who aren’t on TVguide.com as often as I am, this is a list from the website of all network shows and when you can expect new episodes to be aired.

24

Season 7 postponed until January ’09.

30 Rock

Expected to shoot 5 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

Aliens in America

Eight pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Back to You

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future TBD*.

Battlestar Galactica

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.

The Big Bang Theory

Expected to shoot 9 new episodes to begin airing on March 17.

Big Love

Expected to go into production on Season 3 in the spring. Airdate info is TBD.

Big Shots

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Bionic Woman

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Bones

Four pre-strike episodes left. Unclear whether additional episodes will be produced for this season.

Boston Legal

Expected to shoot 6 to 8 new episodes to air in April/May.

Brothers & Sisters

One pre-strike episode remains. Expected to shoot 4 or 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Burn Notice

Production on Season 2 expected to get under way in late April. New episodes could start airing as early as July.

Cane

No additional episodes expected this season. Future beyond that TBD.

Chuck

No new episodes until fall.

The Closer

Expected to kick off its fourth season this summer.

Cold Case

Expected to shoot 5 new episodes to begin airing on March 30.

Criminal Minds

Expected to shoot 7 new episodes to begin airing on April 2.

CSI

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 3.

CSI: Miami

Expected to shoot 8 new episodes to begin airing on March 24.

CSI: NY

Expected to shoot 7 new episodes to begin airing on April 7.

Desperate Housewives

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

Dirty Sexy Money

No new episodes planned until fall; three remaining pre-strike episodes will undergo some tweaking and kick off fall run.

ER

Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

Everybody Hates Chris

Twelve pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Friday Night Lights

No new episodes expected for this season. Future TBD.

The Game

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 8 or 9 additional episodes to air in March/April/May.

Ghost Whisperer

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 4.

Girlfriends

Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected, although a special one-hour series finale is being discussed.

Gossip Girl

Expected to shoot 5 or 6 episodes to air in April/May.

Greek

Kicks off second half of Season 1 on March 24. Still awaiting Season 2 pickup.

Grey’s Anatomy

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May

Heroes

No new episodes expected until fall.

House

Expected to shoot 4 to 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

How I Met Your Mother

Expected to shoot new episodes to begin airing on March 17.

Jericho

Seven episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Journeyman

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Las Vegas

Two pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected for this season.

Law & Order

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Law & Order: CI

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Law & Order: SVU

Expected to shoot an indeterminate number of episodes to air in spring.

Life

No new episodes expected until fall.

Life Is Wild

No new episodes expected. Ever.

Lost

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot five additional episodes to air in April/May.

Medium

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot additional episodes for this season.

Men in Trees

Eleven pre-strike episodes remain, the first of which airs Feb. 27. No additional episodes expected this season.

My Name Is Earl

Expected to shoot 8 to 10 new episodes to air in April/May.

NCIS

Expected to shoot 7 new episodes to begin airing on April 8.

The New Adventures of Old Christine

Seven pre-strike episodes remain. No additional episodes expected this season.

Nip/Tuck

Season 5 concludes Feb. 19. Production on the show’s eight-episode sixth season expected to start up this summer. Airdate TBD.

Numbers

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 4.

October Road

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

The Office

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to air in April/May.

One Tree Hill

Six pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Prison Break

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Private Practice

Slim chance it could return with 4 or 5 new episodes this season. Either way, it’ll be back in the fall.

Pushing Daisies

No new episodes until fall.

Reaper

Three pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 or 6 additional episodes to air in April/May.

The Riches

Seven-episode second season kicks off March 18.

Rules of Engagement

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 14.

Samantha Who?

Three pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot an additional 3 episodes to air this spring, likely after Dancing with the Stars.

Saturday Night Live

Returns Feb. 23.

Scrubs

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Four additional episodes will likely be shot; unclear whether they’ll air on NBC or go straight to DVD.

Shark

Expected to shoot 4 new episodes. Airdate TBD.

The Shield

Final season already shot. Airdate TBD.

Smallville

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Supernatural

Two pre-strike episodes remain. Expected to shoot 4 or 5 additional episodes to air in April/May.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Four pre-strike episodes remain. Future beyond that TBD.

Two and a Half Men

Expected to shoot 9 new episodes to begin airing on March 17.

Ugly Betty

Expected to shoot 4 to 7 new episodes to air in April/May.

The Unit

No additional episodes expected this season. Future beyond that TBD.

Without a Trace

Expected to shoot 6 new episodes to begin airing on April 3.

In addition, all of the late night talk shows will be getting their writers back, including Conan, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, so for you late night fans (my television never shuts off), all good news.

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February 13, 2008 - Posted by | Television

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