Writers, Studios Prepare for Life Post-Strike

As parties finalize 3-year deal, effort to save TV season awaits
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 10:15 AM CST
Writer Sherwood Schwartz, 91, who created, wrote and produced The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, was joined by his children and a grandson, all writers, as they walked with striking film and television...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – With negotiations wrapping up and striking screenwriters anticipating returning to work as soon as Monday, Hollywood execs are cautiously sussing out studios' post-strike prospects. "Everyone is motivated to get back to work as quickly as possible," one exec tells the LA Times—but he adds that  returning shows will be subject to “industrial Darwinism.”

Union leaders won’t call off the strike until they have a draft contract they believe writers will OK, writes Nikke Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily. And not every show currently stalled in reruns or shelved for the duration will return this season. "It's not just flipping a switch and having everything come right back on," says a production exec.