The writers' strike has finally come to an end...we hope. This is great! or is it?
Although Jon Stewart promised the writers to be back as soon as Wednesday (by the way, LOVED the Conan, Stewart, Cobert feud!)....most other shows won't be back until the spring, if at all (see any news source today about this situation) until late September. No Heroes, Sexy Money, Lost.
Here's my question....
Why does the TV season have to end in the middle of May? They had months off...why not just extend the season into the summer to make up for lost time? At this point they aren't really even showing reruns....just bad reality shows (thank goodness Celebrity Apprentice has been renewed...yuck!). I can't take that for another 6 months!
My assumption is that the staffs and actors are under contract a certain amount of time, including specific dates. To redo everyone's contracts would be a mess. But were the staffs getting paid all this time? I know the late-night shows were not (Conan paid them himself). And we have to allow time for the actors to try to make a great movie over the summer hiatius (Eva Parker's Over Her Dead Body is important cinema).
What about the consumers? Do they care if there is good TV on for 9 months? I think people have already lost interest in TV to some degree and making it worse for the duration will be bad for the business.
Oh well....Food Network is always on....right?