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rs997american-idol-judges-rolling-stone-no-997-april-2006-posters.jpgTelevision has been invaded by a complete lineup of reality shows like American Idol. Reality programs bought the studios some time during the writers strike but everyone can already sense the trend will continue. Studios like the cheaply ran options like American Gladiators and only have to spend money on a select few programs.

A couple of series have created a dynasty that I am afraid will never die. American Idol continues its seventh season manufacturing another set of pop icons. Big Brother starts its ninth season doing whatever it does, what that is I am still not sure. Survivor may be running out of exotic hot spots. My bet is they will soon have to send the guests to Survivor Disneyland.

office-with-toby.jpgSitcoms have had a fair run but the market for new ones is quickly dying out. 30 Rock and The Office have a stronghold in the genre. Those two cant hold it down forever.

Sitcoms for the most part have become formulaic drones. I am just hoping for a third comedic option. Don’t make me choose between the two anymore.

I feel like I am stuck in the middle of Idiocracy. Soon we will all be laughing at the hit program Ow! My Balls!.


WGA announced an end to the writers’ strike on Friday; although they won some battles they did not win the war. Slate uncovered the details of the deal and how the compromise is a little sweeter for the studios.

Writers’ managed to make a few strides such as increasing their revenue on downloads. They were promised to be paid for online rentals from Apple. Writers gained a little more control over their material made directly for the Internet.

Here is is where the writers got screwed:

They have small fixed payment for streaming content for the next two years. In the third year it “jumps” to 2% from a fixed revenue amount (not the actual grosses, only $40,000). Even if revenue is more than $40,000 a writer will not make more than $800.

Essentially the word “percent” was just thrown in there for show. The writers will still be getting a meager wage. Negotiators threw the word “percent” in there so they feel like they have a leg up for their next time contracts run out three years from now.

tina-fey.jpgStudios can run material on the Internet for up to three weeks before they have to pay anything to writers. I know if I miss an episode of The Office or Heroes I am going to try to watch it within the week before the next new one airs. -That is what the studios are hoping for as well.

The end of the strike is a relief for writers who are happy to go back to work and viewers happy to regain this sorely missed entertainment source. NPR’s Kim Masters explained that many viewers turned to video rentals and the Internet as an alternate entertainment source.

TV Guide explained what is in the future for this season. A few shows promise to get back on the air while others are on hiatus until next Fall.

A couple of highlights:

SNL returns February 23 with host Tina Fey.

The Office is expected to shoot six more episodes and air them April 10th.

Heroes will not be reappearing until Fall.