Writers Guild Strike

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There has been a strike looming from the Writers Guild of America for several weeks now, and word has it that the strike could start as early as Monday.

In a lively meeting of 3,000 guild members Thursday night, the WGA’s negotiating committee announced its unanimous strike recommendation, a pronouncement that generated an enthusiastic response from the SRO crowd at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The decision also is sure to cause ripple effects within the Directors Guild and the Screen Actors Guild as they negotiate their contracts within coming months.

Knowing it was coming, many networks have accelerated their filming scheduled and prepared more episodes to fill the gap. Others have alternate programming planned. The most immediate impact will come to areas such as late night television, where scripting cannot be done in advance.

Although networks are predicting the impact to be minimal, for television fans, it could be quite a hit. Heroes, for example, may end half a season early. A season finale is being shot for a mid-season cut, if needed.

Sources confirm that the show is going back and shooting an alternate ending to the Dec. 3 episode that, if used, would allow the episode to function as a season finale in the event of a strike. Originally, the episode was only supposed to serve as the conclusion of the current "Generations" arc. Should an 11th-hour agreement be reached and a strike averted (fingers crossed!), the alt ending would likely be scrapped.

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