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Writers Strike Averted, Television Saved

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | TV | May 2, 2017 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | TV | May 2, 2017 |

Back in 2007, the Writers Guild of America went on strike and television really really sucked for a while. Reality television, the resurgence of Trump, cats living with dogs.

Remember the weirdness of the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart both on strike (in his role as a writer) and not on strike (in his role as going on camera) and so he’d go out every night and kind of extemporaneously do his best — but not his bestest — in order to keep the show in place so it would still be there when the dust settled?

Or how Heroes went from entertaining if flawed to a disaster of storytelling? In all seriousness, I think the writers just shot that show in the head out of spite before going on strike. Like, those particular writers were convinced the show would keep airing without them, so they said “okay scabs, good luck finding Peter’s girlfriend, and by the way, Hiro’s now in fifteenth century Japan. DEUCES!”

And of course, the great scar left on American television of 2007, in which every scripted show has an abbreviated number of episodes. So when our children’s children are watching classic television on Quantum Netflix, they will try to puzzle out the numbers of episodes like some latter day Da Vinci Code. Why 22 episodes per season? Because of the hidden secret in the Declaration of Independence. But why only 14 episodes in this particular season? Only Andrew Jackson knows for sure, children, and he tried to stop it.

In any case, we will not have a sequel. (Note, it is mandatory for every single article on the Internet to include that half-assed wordplay. We’ll be fired otherwise and we have no recourse as Internet writers do not have unions. We don’t need them since we’re swimming in all that sweet sweet bribe money for bashing DC movies).

At basically the stroke of the midnight deadline last night, an agreement was reached. Behind closed doors. With no details actually made public. Sounds perfectly above board. My union rep is my sister and my daughter, but at least she’ll keep writing my peak television.

More details completely devoid of actual information can be found in this summary.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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