Why Actors Strike Wouldn't Hurt TV

Most episodes are already filmed
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2008 4:34 AM CST
Members of the Screen Actors Guild march in solidarity with the television/theatrical contract negotiation team.   (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
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(Newser) – No offense, actors, but TV viewers probably wouldn't notice a Screen Actors Guild strike if it happens. Production schedules will suffer, but not nearly like the disruption last year's writers strike caused, reports the Los Angeles Times. Many scripted series are almost done filming for the season, and more of them are now covered by AFTRA, a rival artists agency.

SAG covers mostly film projects, which could suffer in the event of a mid-January action, though the economy's woes make it unlikely that members will vote to strike. And unlike the writers, who picketed as several other groups' negotiations were coming up, the actors are the last to hammer out a deal. Directors, broadcast performers, and production workers have already forged agreements with the studios.