So, as one with too much time and a desperate need to avoid reality television, I've been looking things over.
The 1960 and 1988 writer's strikes lasted 21 and 22 weeks, respectively. The current writer's strike has lasted 12 weeks and 4 days.
Bad News Bears:
This means that even if the strike were to end now, there would be no TV for a few weeks at the least.
Almost every show on TV is out of new episodes. See if your favorites are here.
Half of the new season of Lost was completed, which means yet another delay in their programming schedule. Look froward to lots of stupid teasers and an incredibly tense hanging-on point (thanks for dicking around with the season again, guys).
The same can be said for Battlestar Galactica.
Somehow, 12 new Simpsons episodes are in the can and ready to be aired. I have no idea how this is possible, considering how much longer it takes to produce animated shows.
South Park is not affected by the writer's strike at all. Unfortunately, this means they'll keep puttin the new shows out in that really odd 4-week-season-every-2-months crap schedule.
The Good News
-The Wire was finished up. I guess there's a good side to cutting your season down to 10 episodes.
-Scrubs may not even get a season finale. This pleases me for some reason. I don't know why, because NBC has pretty much blown their wad as far as the rest of their shows.
-Entourage might get cancelled. Maxim subscribers everywhere shudder at the thought.
-This might make the Summer rerun desert a LOT shorter, which would be a dream. In all likelihood, though, we're screwed.
I'm still not entirely sure about how this affects movies. I don't like the idea of Tyler Perry's Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry Meets the Browns sitting in theaters for 11 weeks because nothing new is coming out. This might really screw up the box office for the year.
This has been your depressing moment.
or your exciting moment if you're one of those asswipes that says things like "I don't watch TV." or "I just watch Nova" or "Stop touching me, I'm just paid to show off the car" or "Sir, this isn't the bathroom" or "For the last time, just because you live in your car doesn't mean you can have your mail forwarded there."
you uptight dicks.