As Fall approaches, TV viewers are eagerly anticipating the return of their favorite dramas to the small screen. However, this year, many fans have been met with disappointment as several beloved shows are conspicuously absent from the Fall 2023 lineup. The culprit behind this unfortunate turn of events is none other than the WGA strike. The WGA strike has sent shockwaves through the broadcast TV industry, causing delays, disruptions, and even bringing some productions to a screeching halt.

In this blog post, we will explore the far-reaching effects of the WGA strike on our favorite dramas and delve into the reasons behind their absence this season.

Check out the complete list of shows delayed because of the strike below this post

 

The Writers Guild of America Strike: A Recap

The WGA strike, which began in the spring of 2023, was a labor dispute between the Writers Guild of America (East and West) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The primary issues driving the strike were centered around fair compensation, healthcare benefits, and working conditions for television writers. The failure to reach a consensus led to a significant number of writers walking off the job, putting many productions in jeopardy.

 

The Domino Effect on Broadcast TV Network Shows

The strike had a domino effect on the production schedules of numerous broadcast TV network shows. Without a sufficient number of skilled writers, networks were left with little choice but to delay the start of production or, in some cases, put the entire season on hold. The result was an unfortunate dearth of new episodes for some of our favorite dramas this Fall.

 

The Impact on Script Development and Quality

During a writers’ strike, one of the most significant casualties is the time allotted for script development. Television shows often require months of planning and writing before shooting can begin. Without writers working on new scripts, networks faced the difficult decision of either using incomplete scripts or shelving episodes altogether. The latter proved to be the fate of some series, leading to their absence this Fall.

 

Financial Strain and Negotiations

The WGA strike also placed considerable financial strain on both networks and production companies. As production costs soared due to delays and overtime pay, budgets became tighter, and some networks were compelled to prioritize their flagship shows, leaving others to be put on hiatus indefinitely. Negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP were further complicated by the complexities of streaming rights, residuals, and the evolving landscape of the entertainment industry.

 

The Missing Shows

Abbott Elementary

ABC // Season 4
A group of dedicated, passionate teachers - and a slightly tone-deaf principal - are brought together in a Philadelphia ...

American Dad

TBS // Season 16
American Dad! centers on super patriotic CIA agent Stan Smith (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and the misadventures of his ...

Family Guy

FOX // Season 23
In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy ...

Law & Order

NBC // Season 24
The series, which will continue the classic bifurcated format that was created for its original run, will once again ...

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

NBC // Season 26
This series follows the Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the N.Y.P.D., who investigate ...

Law & Order: Organized Crime

NBC // Season 5
Elliot Stabler returns to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss.

FBI

CBS // Season 7
From Emmy Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the “Law & Order” brand, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the ...

FBI: Most Wanted

CBS // Season 6
It follows the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI's Most Wanted ...

FBI: International

CBS // Season 4
The series follows the elite operatives in the FBI's International Fly Team which is headquartered in Budapest. They are ...

Chicago Fire

NBC // Season 13
This series revolves around the personal and professional lives of the firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics of ...

Chicago P.D.

NBC // Season 12
Chicago P.D. is a police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a part of Wolf's ...

Chicago Med

NBC // Season 10
The city's most highly skilled medical team saves lives while navigating their unique interpersonal relationships. Set ...

FBI: Most Wanted

CBS // Season 6
It follows the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI's Most Wanted ...

Young Sheldon

CBS // Season 8
It's 1989 and 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper has skipped four grades to start high school along with his less-intellectual ...

So Help Me Todd

CBS // Season 3
A talented P.I. agrees to work as the in-house investigator for his mother, who is reeling from the recent dissolution ...

CSI: Vegas

CBS // Season 4
Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant team of forensic investigators must ...

Fire Country

CBS // Season 3
A young convict joins a firefighting program looking for redemption and a shortened prison sentence, he and other ...

NCIS: Hawaii

CBS // Season 4
The series follows a fictional team of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents who work out of the Pearl Harbor ...

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Streaming Shows Highlights

Of course, the impact of the WGA strike also extended to hit streaming shows, leaving fans of these series equally disappointed. Streaming platforms have become a major player in the entertainment landscape, and their original content has garnered a massive and dedicated audience. However, the strike disrupted the production schedules of many streaming shows, resulting in delays and, in some cases, the postponement of highly anticipated seasons.

Here are some of the most anticipated streaming series that got affected by the strikes:

Euphoria

HBO // Season 3
Amidst the intertwining lives in the town of East Highland, 17 year old Rue (Zendaya) must find hope while balancing the ...

Cobra Kai

Netflix // Season 6
Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of ...

Hacks

Max // Season 3
The dark mentorship between legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and her young, entitled writer Ava ...

The Last of Us

HBO // Season 2
Joel and Ellie, a pair connected through the harshness of the world they live in, are forced to endure brutal ...

P-Valley

Starz // Season 3
P-Valley is an American drama television series created by Katori Hall. The series is an adaptation of Hall's play, ...

Severance

Apple TV+ // Season 2
Mark Scout (Adam Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which ...

Stranger Things

Netflix // Season 5
After a boy vanishes into thin air, his close-knit group of friends and family search for answers and are pulled into a ...

The White Lotus

HBO // Season 3
The social satire is set at an exclusive Sicilian resort and follows the exploits of various guests and employees over ...

Yellowjackets

Showtime // Season 3
Part survival epic, part psychological horror and part coming-of-age drama, this is the story of a team of wildly ...

1923

Paramount+ // Season 2
1923, the next installment of the Dutton family origin story, will introduce a new generation of Duttons led by ...

Big Mouth

Netflix // Season 8
Even for a cartoon character, going through puberty isn't easy for a young person. Andrew is learning that first hand as ...

Evil

Paramount+ // Season 5
Skeptical psychologist Kristen Bouchard joins David Acosta, who is training to be a Catholic priest, and a blue collar ...

House of the Dragon

HBO // Season 2
Based on George R.R. Martin's book Fire & Blood, the series tells the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that ...

Outlander

Starz // Season 8
An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

We know you are thinking this is a lot. And yet, there is much more. See the complete list on tvinsider.

 

The Resolution

While it is disheartening to see some of our favorite dramas missing from the Fall 2023 schedule, there is hope on the horizon. The WGA strike, like previous industry strikes, will eventually come to a resolution. When that happens, writers can return to their craft, and productions can resume with renewed vigor. Many networks have already expressed their commitment to bringing back these beloved shows as soon as the strike concludes, so fans can look forward to a potentially packed schedule in the future.

 

Exploring Your Alternatives

In the meantime, if you are not much into reality and game shows, this Fall might be an excellent opportunity to explore new and exciting content that may have flown under the radar. With streaming platforms and cable networks continuing to churn out a vast array of original series, there are plenty of fresh dramas to captivate our attention.

Check out our streaming guides to catch up on the hype. Top 10 Streaming Shows Right Now – See What You’re Missing Out On!

 

Conclusion

The WGA strike of 2023 has undoubtedly left its mark on the television industry, impacting beloved dramas and frustrating eager audiences. While we might miss our favorite shows this Fall, it’s essential to remember that these decisions were born out of a larger struggle for better working conditions for writers. As negotiations continue, we can hope for a swift resolution, ensuring that our treasured dramas will make a triumphant return in the seasons to come. In the meantime, let’s embrace the opportunity to discover new and compelling stories that await us this Fall.

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