Writers are rebooting their computers, so, what does that mean for our favorite television shows? Well, for a majority of the new shows this season, nothing. The networks don't plan on getting new episodes from any of the freshman dramas, meaning that we'll be getting the final results on Josh's Choice for Best New Show of the Season soon (as soon as we get through Sarah Connor Chronicles in fact, so that it gets a fair shake).
It also probably won't affect serialized shows, such as Heroes, 24, and Prison Break, as there isn't time to complete a good story arc with the amount of episodes they would be able to produce before the end of the season. And, in the case of Heroes and Prison Break, the already completed episodes have a good season ending type finish. In the case of 24, the show isn't worth showing if you can't do all 24 episodes, and they would be unable to complete the 11 episodes necessary to get to the full day.
It's the best news for comedies, such as How I Met Your Mother, The Office, My Name is Earl, and 30 Rock. They'll be able to get 7 or 8 episodes done, bringing these seasons to a respectable 19 or 20 episodes, nearly a full season, despite the strike.
LOST will get at most an additional 5 episodes this season, Carlton Cuse has said the season will have at most 13 episodes, but that the other 3 episodes will be rolled into seasons 5 or 6, guaranteeing us our full 48 remaining episodes for the last three seasons. They will complete the planned story arc of this season in the episodes that they have left.
Formulaic shows will also come back, with the ability to do anywhere from 4 to 7 more episodes, CBS estimates it will get 6 or 7 episodes from the CSI shows, Without a Trace, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Ghost Whisperer, and the most mentioned show in this blog that I don't watch, Numb3rs.
As for one of the best loved shows of this blog, and last year's winner of Josh's Choice for Best New Show of the Season Award, Friday Night Lights, the network wants to bring it back, but it's future is uncertain due to it's inability to score big ratings. If this show ends without even finishing it's second season, it will be one of the biggest tragedies in the history of television.
Still no news from SciFi on television's best show ever, Battlestar Galactica. 14 of the 20 episodes are completed, and due to the way SciFi handles the seasons, by giving 10 or 11 at the beginning of the year, having a hiatus for a few months, then giving us the remainder of the episodes, and due to the fact that the new season won't start until April 4th, there is plenty of time to get those last 6 (the last ever for this amazing and brilliant television show) episodes done. Still, I'll feel a lot more comfortable when the cast and crew is brought back or at least the producers or SciFi tells us that the show will be completed.
Until Next Time, towards the end of next week, look for my Top Ten of 2007 film review as well as my Oscar Preview Post, then shortly after the awards show, my 3rd Annual Thoughts As I Had Them During the Oscars Post.