Am I correct or do I have to take up on that eye doctor's appointment now?
[30 Rock], [Phil Koeghan]
Success of "Transformers" had a role in inspiring NBC Entertainment chief Ben Silverman's decision to revive "Knight." The thinking is that smallscreen f/x have advanced to the point where it'd be feasible to have a weekly series in which cars shift shapes.Here's hoping that this iconic show doesn't end up as a disaster like Bionic Woman.
A day after Hollywood's writers went out on strike, the major studios are hitting back with plans to suspend scores of long-term deals with television production companies, jeopardizing the jobs of hundreds of rank-and-file employees whose names never appear in the credits.From LA Times
Assistants, development executives and production managers will soon be out of work, joining their better-paid bosses who opted to sacrifice paychecks as members of the Writers Guild of America. At some studios, the first wave of letters are going out today, hitting writer-producers whose companies don't currently have shows in production.
"Anyone who's not working on pilots or shows is going to get suspension letters," said one top studio executive.
The major studios that have issued or are planning suspensions include Fox, CBS Paramount, Disney, Warner Bros. and NBC Universal.
- 30 Rock: Shooting episode #210 through November 9th. No additional scripts have been written.
- 24: Eight episodes completed. FOX has shelved Season Seven indefinitely.
- Big Bang Theory: Production shut down.
- The Captain: Shooting episode #102 November 8th - 14th. Scripts in for episodes #103 and #104 (production will conclude 11/30).
- Carpoolers: Production shut down 11/16.
- Cavemen: Shooting episode #113 between November 7th - 13th. No additional scripts had been ordered.
- Cold Case: Production shut down 11/16
- Desperate Housewives: Production shut down.
- Dirt: Prepping episode #206 for a November 20th - 30th shoot. Script written for episode #207.
- Dirty Sexy Money: Shooting episode #111 between November 8th - 19th. Prepping episode #112 next week. Shoots 11/21. There are other scripts written but it's unclear if production will continue.
- Eli Stone: Prepping #111 now which shoots between November 15-26th. Not clear if there are additional scripts.
- Ghost Whisperer: Shooting episode #312 between November 12th - 21st. No additional scripts written.
- Greek: Shooting episode #1018 starting November 15th. No additional scripts out of the 20 episode order written.
- Heroes: Production shut down 11/9.
- K-Ville: Shot #110 October 28th - November 8th.
- Journeyman: Status of production unclear. 13 scripts written.
- Medium: Prepping episode 069-09 for a shoot between November 15th - 28th. No additional scripts have been written.
- Numb3rs: Prepping episode #412 for a shoot between November 19th - 30th. No additional scripts have been written.
- October Road: Shooting episode #210 between November 9th - 21st. Scripts through #213 completed.
- The Office: Production shut down. One additional script written.
- Old Christine: Production shut down.
- Rules of Engagement: Canceled production on episode #210 (meant to shoot 11/7-11/13). No additional scripts written. Production shut down.
- Samantha Who: Production shut down 11/12
- Swingtown: Shooting episode #103 11/9-11/21. No additional scripts written.
- 'Til Death: Episode #212 completes production on November 9th.
- Two and a Half Men: Production shut down.
- Ugly Betty: Shooting "Odor in the Court" between November 9th and 20th. Prepping "A Thousand Words Before Friday" next week. No additional scripts available after that.
- Without A Trace: Production shut down 11/22.