As it looks very much like we're about to go nuclear, a very interesting article by the LA Times on how long we have before we go into reruns. This is more of a HOTP-type post, but given it does have detailed show information thought it deserved its own thread.
Hopefully this becomes irrelevant quickly for the right reasons.
Portions copyright Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2007The TV Grid
The writers' strike would take an immediate toll on television viewers' favorite programs, dealing a setback to shows that are written day-to-day -- such as Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" -- as well as scripted programming already underway or about to go into production.
Soap operas would theoretically start disappearing from the airwaves soon, since most have episodes to last them only until the end of the year. But during the 1988 strike, producers wrote in place of striking writers, and soaps stayed on the air.
Prime-time scripted series have episodes through mid-January or early February, depending on how many reruns they space out in the next few months. Unscripted shows -- such as "Survivor," "The Amazing Race," and, when it returns in January, "American Idol" -- would continue uninterrupted.
Here's a look at where many shows stand:Late Night
"Colbert Report", "The Daily Show", "SNL" Will go into repeats immediately.
"The Tonight Show" and"The Conan O'Brien Show" Will go into repeats immediately.
Letterman, Craig Ferguson - going into repeats immediately [from Nikke Finke's Hollywood Daily blog]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" Staffed with WGA writers, so it would probably go to repeats. But Kimmel could also decide to wing it and do the show himself.
"Nightline" Will remain live and in originals.ABC
"Desperate Housewives" Has nine episodes written, which should last through the first week of December. [Report: production shut down 11/7]
"Grey's Anatomy" 13 episodes of 23 episodes written, 11 of which have been shot and six have aired. This means there are five more episodes in the can. [Report: production shutting down this week]
"Ugly Betty" 13 of 24 episodes completed.
"Boston Legal" Will have 14 or 15 of 22 episodes completed.
"Big Shots" Will have 13 of 13 episodes written. Shooting its ninth episode Nov. 7.
"Lost" Expected to have eight out of 16 episodes ready. Midseason, none have aired yet
"Cavemen" Expected to have 12 out of 13 episodes completed; has not received an order for a full season.
"Men in Trees" Has five episodes left over from last season, 10 new episodes shot, four more scripts to shoot; adds up to 19 out of 27 for the season.
"Cashmere Mafia" Will have seven episodes out of an order of 13; premiere delayed.
"The View" Will continue uninterrupted, according to a spokesman.
"Dirty Sexy Money" Expected have between 11 and 13 episodes completed.
"Brothers & Sisters" Expected to have either 11 or 12 episodes completed.
"Eli Stone" Will have 13 of 13 ordered. Midseason premiere date is undetermined.
"The View" Will continue uninterrupted, according to a spokesman
"Pushing Daisies" [Report production will stop shortly.]CBS
"CSI Miami" Will have 13 out of 24 episodes completed.
"Moonlight" Expected to have 11 out of 12 episodes completed; has not received an order for a full season.
"Criminal Minds" Will have 12 of 22 episodes completed.
"Cane" Expected to complete all 13 episodes; has not yet received an order for a full season.
"Jericho" Will have seven of seven episodes.
"New Adventures of Old Christine" [Report: production halted.]
"Two and a Half Men" [Report: production halted.]
"Big Bang Theory" [Report: production halted.]
"Rules of Engagement" [Report: production halted.]NBC
"My Name is Earl" 13 of 13 episodes completed.
"Law and Order: SVU" 14 of 22 episodes completed. [Report production will stop shortly.]
"Medium" Will have 9 of 22 episodes completed.
"30 Rock" Has nine out of 22 episodes completed, with several days of shooting for the 10th episode scheduled for this week.
"Friday Night Lights" Expected to complete 15 of 22 episodes.
"Scrubs" Expected to complete 12 of 18 episodes.
"Journeyman" Expected to complete 13 of 13 episodes; has not yet received an order for a full season. [Nikke Finke reports an agent says they shut down production 11/5 - or maybe not.]
"The Office" [Production shut down 11/7 - see youtube video.
"Everybody Hates Chris" Expected to complete 22 of 22 episodes.
"Gossip Girl" Expected to complete 13 of 22 episodes.
"Supernatural" Has 10-12 episodes completed;
Those shows also have roughly five scripts that are ready to shoot.
"America's Next Top Model," "Beauty and the Geek" and new shows such as "Crowned" (the mother-daughter beauty contest) Three of a number of reality shows that have already been ordered up, meaning they are covered for the rest of the seasonFox
"24" Will have eight or nine out of 24 episodes completed. Midseason, none have aired yet. [11/7 - On hold, Fox will not air 24 until all 24 episodes completed]
"Back to You" Will have nine episodes completed out of 24 total episodes ordered. [Report - production halted.]
"K-Ville" Will have 10 of 13 episodes completed.
"Til Death" [Report: production halted.]USA
"In Plain Sight" New show, episodes are nearly wrapped
"Psych" and "Monk" Enough scripts in hand to guarantee a full second half of each season
"Law and Order: Criminal Intent" Enough for first half of the season (10); the second half (12) will be affected (meaning not enough scripts to guarantee production start as scheduled.)
"Burn Notice" Scheduled to start production of Season 2 in January
"Starter Wife" Scheduled to start production in MarchSci-Fi
"Stargate Atlantis" Expected to go on as scheduled.
"Battlestar Galactica" Has 10 hours of episodes, plus a two hour movie to air this Fall.
"Eureka" Will be affected.FX
"Thirty Days" Completed, not expected to be affected.
"Nip/Tuck" 5th season, the 22 episodes were planned for two cycles: 14 to run from now to February and eight next year. All 14 in the first cycle have been written. So, only the second cycle could be affected.
"The Shield" The final season is written, no date set for airing.
"Dirt" Production is underway and could be affected.
"The Riches" 7 of 13 episodes, reportedly good through Dec 10
"Rescue Me" 5th season, just announced, would be affected since production is expected to start in early '08.
"Damages" No word yet on whether it would be picked upHBO
"Entourage" and"Big Love" Are currently in the writing stages and were scheduled to air in the summer of 2008.
"True Blood" and "12 Miles of Bad Road" Have begun production.
"The Wire" Completed and will air as scheduled.
"In Treatment" New series will air as scheduled.Showtime
"Dexter," "Weeds," "Californication" and "Brotherhood" Have ended or will be ending their season runs.
"The Tudors" Second season returns in late March, completed production Nov. 1 on 12 episodes.
A new Tracey Ullman series Five-episode series is shot.Lifetime
"Army Wives" Production on hold.http://www.latimes.com/business/la-s...6966.htmlstory
Updated: How many shows are actually left? Check here.
(Thanks Marcus Carr)