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Writers' Strike Halts Production On Seven Sitcoms

The writers' strike is beginning to affect network television in a big way as production on at least six sitcoms has come to a halt.

The list of casualties includes:

- 'Carpoolers'
- 'Back to You'
- 'The New Adventures of Old Christine'
- 'Til Death'
- 'Rules of Engagement'
- 'Two and a Half Men'
- 'The Big Bang Theory'

Sitcoms are typically written the same week they are filmed, with final jokes being tweaked by writers even on the day of production in some cases. With the tight schedule, they usually have the shortest stockpile of scripts. ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' is also scheduled to finish filming its last episode Wednesday because it does not have any additional scripts. Producer Greg Daniels says 'The Office' is also close to shutting down.

On the talk show circuit, most have gone into reruns but Ellen DeGeneres, host of her own talk show, told her studio audience at Tuesday's taping that she was obligated under her contract to continue the show, although she supported the striking writers: "I want to say I love my writers," DeGeneres said. "In honor of them today, I'm not going to do a monologue. I support them and hope that they get everything they're asking for. And I hope it works out soon."

There is also word that 'Dancing' will be extended to two hours on November 27, for its finale. And beginning December 4, ABC will air specials Tuesdays at 9 p.m. where its midseason drama 'Cashmere Mafia' was scheduled to air, which has now been moved to January 1.

Meanwhile, 'Variety' is reporting that CBS has already begun casting for the upcoming season of Big Brother, which usually airs during the summer, but could be back on the air as soon as February if the strike continues.

It appears as though both sides are digging in. No new talks are scheduled.

November 7, 2007 |

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