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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Strike Two: More Shows Shut Down

It wasn't surprising that Letterman, Leno, Conan, Colbert, the Daily Show and other late-night programs shut down immediately due to the writers strike, but after two days Associated Press says a mess of prime-time shows are closing down: The Office, Desperate Housewives, Two And A Half Men, Rules of Engagement, Big Bang Theory (all 3 from CBS Monday lineup), Back To You, Til Death, Carpoolers and midseason replacement New Adventures of Old Christine.
Wire reports also say Grey's Anatomy and K-Ville are shooting their last episodes for now this week.
With December holiday specials, we still probably won't see a big prime-time impact until January.


at 11/07/2007 4:40 PM Anonymous Rick said...

Most of those shows you mention have lousy writing, but they are successful.(Never saw Carpoolers,and Christine had potential.) As I recall the last time this happened we got those extreme game shows that they call reality TV. I don't know what is remotely real about them but apparently they require no writers.
Anyway, support the writers and watch videos.

at 11/07/2007 10:16 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick, Why do I have to support the writers? Because they are in a union? If that is the case, then I will not support either side. Do the writers deserve a little more? Probably. Should they force the entire industry to their knees and take down a lot of innocent people's jobs with them? Hell no. There are other ways to handle things than to tell the boss, who provides them the chance to make some money buy creating a job, to take it or leave it. And yes, I am anti-union. They do far more bad, than good and their usefulness has long come and gone! BTW, I will not stop watching shows that I enjoy, unless the repeats begin to repeat. I do agree Rick, that the so-called reality shows are mindless drivel, but that doesn't mean there isn't entertainment value too.

at 11/07/2007 10:48 PM Anonymous family guy lover said...

Kiese with bearcat basketball back on fox 19. Who are the announcers going to be?

Also this weekend on friday, saturday, sunday. What is going to happen to the fox lineup. Is family guy moving back sunday night?

at 11/08/2007 8:48 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

USA Todays is saying that 24 also has shut down.

at 11/08/2007 11:05 PM Blogger skippercollector said...

The writers' strike has been a good thing for the TV series I watch, and I noticed it even before the strike started. I have a habit of liking new series that get cancelled quickly. In the past decade, I would say that almost all of the new series that I started watching in September were gone by mid-November, or would soon be dumped.
But I've noticed that some of what I've been watching this fall--Chuck, K-ville, Reaper and Cane--have all been sticking around, despite low or middle ratings. I suspect that the networks are keeping these lower-rated series around as long as possible to fill up air time.
On the other hand, I keep reading that if the strike continues for a long time, that come January, all that will be on are reality shows. They aren't of interest to me, and if that happens, I will be doing things like watching my DVDs, going to the movies or getting on the Internet, or (gasp!) cooking and cleaning, or (even bigger gasps!) actually going out in the evening with real people, or reading a book! (People still do that, you know.)

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