Hollywood Writer's Strike — What It Could Mean For Your Favorite Shows


The Writers Guild of America is poised to strike just before midnight on Monday if they cannot reach a new contract agreement with studios.

Here's where audiences may feel the effects of a writers' strike.

It's late-night TV that gets hit first. As they depend on writers for everything from opening monologues to skits and celebrity interviews, comedy shows like "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" would be the first to go dark.

From 2007 to 2008, the last WGA strike lasted 100 days. Networks tended to rely more on unscripted shows during that time, which fall outside the guild's purview.

There has been a significant change between the end of the strike in 2008 and now with the proliferation of streaming services (Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney+, Peacock, etc.).

Viewers who haven't yet watched a long list of series might have an opportunity to catch up during a strike.


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