Thursday, November 15, 2007


22.1 So Heroes has experienced a 15% ratings dip. The confluence of that viewer slippage and the on-going WGA strike has already placed the spin-off series, Heroes: Origins, on the network shelf for the meantime; see Afterthoughts (21).
There’s another direct effect of these two hammer blows though that we’ll also be experiencing shortly.
As I’ve mentioned before, Volume Two: Generations, is comprised of 11 episodes, and that’s still on the table. What we will be seeing on December 3 though, will be a chapter that will sport an alternate ending from the one originally devised. The new ending will “function as a potential season finale,” and provide Heroes with “a clean slate” when it returns to production on Volume Three (the start date of which is entirely dependent on the length of the strike).
Aware of the dissatisfaction fans have expressed over the current season, Tim Kring replied: “The message is that we’ve heard the complaints—and we’re doing something about it.” (Read what else Kring has to say about Volume Two’s troubles here.)
So that’s good. Now we just have to get the networks and the studios to be fair with their writers, so this strike can be resolved, hopefully sooner than later.

22.2 And on that note…

“If this strike lasts longer than three months, an entire season of television will end this December. No dramas. No comedies. No “Daily Show.” The strike will also prevent any pilots from being shot in the spring, so even if the strike is settled by then, you won’t see any new shows until the following January. As in 2009. Both the guild and the studios we are negotiating with do agree on one thing: this situation would be brutal.”

That’s from a great New York Times op-ed piece (“Mourning TV”) by Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof. Read it in its entirety here.
And if you want to know more about the strike, check this blog out.
Again, here’s hoping this mess gets resolved fairly and quickly.

“Yes, I’m picketing my own show. So surreal.”
Heroes creator Tim Kring, from the picket line

(Images courtesy of [Sendhil Ramamurthy and Greg Grunberg on the picket line] and [Damon Lindelof and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry on the picket line].)

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