The traditionally stacked fall TV season is facing a significant setback as the ongoing writers’ and actors’ strikes continue in Hollywood. Viewers are left wondering where their favorite shows are, as new scripted shows and episodes of network favorites are in short supply.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strikes have caused Hollywood productions to come to a standstill. This has resulted in a dearth of new scripted shows and the absence of episodes from popular network shows like “Abbott Elementary,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Young Sheldon,” and many more.
If the strikes are resolved soon, there is a possibility that the second half of the TV season could be salvaged. However, if they drag on, the entire season, which officially begins on September 25, may be a complete wash.
As it stands now, the fall network TV schedule lacks new scripted shows and episodes from fan-favorite series. Major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox are all affected.
While some NBC dramas filmed before the strikes will still air, such as “Quantum Leap,” a significant portion of scripted programming will be on hold. Animated series and streaming shows tend to be less affected since their production schedules are often set well in advance.
To compensate for the lack of scripted shows, networks have turned to reality shows like “Survivor,” “The Voice,” and “The Masked Singer” to fill the gaps in their fall schedules. Additionally, CBS will be airing marathons of TV’s No. 1 show, “Yellowstone,” while also bringing back the Paramount+ drama “SEAL Team” and introducing international versions of popular shows like “Ghosts” and “NCIS.”
Overall, the impact of the writers’ and actors’ strikes on the fall TV season is significant, leaving viewers with a limited selection of new content. The resolution of the strikes will determine whether the remainder of the TV season can be salvaged.
– SAG-AFTRA: Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, a labor union representing actors, announcers, and other media professionals.
– WGA: Writers Guild of America, a labor union representing writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, and new media industries.
– [Source 1]
– [Source 2]