We’re three weeks into the Hollywood writer’s strike and I’ve still not heard a single soul talk about it in the real world. Sure, there’s plenty ado on the internet, but the internet’s all about writing, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s because we’re not yet missing out on our favorite shows, like Bionic Woman (so sue me), CSI, Las Vegas, or Two and a Half Men. (Las Vegas has picked up considerably with the departure of James Caan and the introduction of Tom Selleck. Who knew?) The new fall episodes have been in the can for a while now, and Joe Public isn’t going to care until he actually starts having to watch reruns. Actually, I think it’s mostly Jane Public who’ll notice, since it’s football season, and who needs writers for that?
But if the strike of Hollywood comedy and drama writers wasn’t enough, now we have news of the CBS News writers authorizing their union to strike. As if Katie Couric wasn’t getting low enough ratings. Hey, it might help her. Some real-time guffaws about national catastrophes always garner attention, and she could use the publicity. Heh.
The upside to the strike, for me at least, is that maybe now we’ll get to see those new episodes of Jericho that we rabid fans have been waiting for. 7 new episodes. The first season is now out on DVD, and this would be the perfect time to launch the new season. CBS is going to need the filler; the last time the writers struck began the onslaught of Reality TV–and everyone’s getting pretty sick of that. Of course, the fans in the Jericho forum are supporting the writers–they are an integral part of every show–but it would still please me greatly to see Jericho fill the lagging spots, instead of crappy reruns. (Kid Nation? Who watches that crap?)