FOX Postpones '24,' Sets 'American Idol' Premiere - Schedule re...

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With the Writers Guild of America strike looming long-term, FOX has announced an overhauled spring schedule that includes an "American Idol" premiere, but no "24." FOX is quick to note that a fast resolution to ... Full Story
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j bauer

United States

#1 Nov 7, 2007
F Idol, Down with Fox, i suggest everybody boycott tv until the writers get what they deserve
Nate

New London, CT

#2 Nov 7, 2007
Wait, so is House done for the season at April 1st? Because I didn't see it moved anywhere else. Maybe I'm just blind though...
Billiam

Brookings, SD

#3 Nov 7, 2007
Fox is definately making the right decision by waiting on 24. It is meant to be watched as one uninterrupted season. If only ABC would realize that with Lost (the creator has basically said that it's set to end with a sucky cliffhanger).
And ya know what? I have ZERO interest in American Idol. And the fact that it is so popular won't help the strike end any faster. In fact, it'll probably get a ratings boost now.
Katrina

Austin, TX

#4 Nov 7, 2007
j bauer wrote:
F Idol, Down with Fox, i suggest everybody boycott tv until the writers get what they deserve
I suggest everyone boycott TV until the writers start writing shows worth watching.
TV Watcher

Houston, TX

#5 Nov 7, 2007
Uh... why is FOX putting almost all their new scripted shows on Friday? Do they want them to fail?
meee

La Paz, Bolivia

#6 Nov 7, 2007
DAMNIT!!! as Bauer woudl say. I was so excited about the new season and seeing Tony as a bad guy. Cant this be worked out?
Dan

Oneonta, NY

#7 Nov 7, 2007
Wow this is FOX's most complicated schedules. And no 24. I hope the new shows do well because this writers strike is really messing with Fox's schedule.
Ian

Saint Albans, UK

#8 Nov 7, 2007
ok,. I can only say

WTF???
Rogan

Aberystwyth, UK

#9 Nov 7, 2007
Surely Bones would be better on a Wednesday after Idol, if it goes in the friday night slot of death I guess we can cross out ever getting a season 4. Boo Fox!!
Jeff

United States

#10 Nov 7, 2007
Every cloud has a silver lining: the best thing about the writer's strike is that with all the incoming glut of reality TV, hopefully it will oversaturate the market and viewers will finally shake their hypnotic zombie-like infatuation with the genre.
jack b

Farmington, MI

#11 Nov 7, 2007
j bauer wrote:
F Idol, Down with Fox, i suggest everybody boycott tv until the writers get what they deserve
What they deserve is a bottle and a diaper, the bunch of big babies.
Lily

United States

#12 Nov 8, 2007
So are we getting a full season of HOUSE???
That's really all I care about.
Oh, and I'd like JERICHO on CBS to come back on.
Johnny

Mesa, AZ

#13 Nov 8, 2007
Hey, at least it's a solid schedule.

on another note:
Why do people constantly misspell definitely like "definately?"
FightdFuture

Cumming, GA

#14 Nov 8, 2007
The people at FOX are idiots. Who gives a crap about AMerican Idol except maybe the same people that voted for Bush, which says a lot.

Yeah, after this season, I think Bones is gone. FOX knew the strikes were inevitable...it would have made sense to make more 24 episodes quickly before the strikes happened.
P M Smith

Baton Rouge, LA

#15 Nov 8, 2007
Pay the writers and end the madness.
P M Smith

Baton Rouge, LA

#16 Nov 8, 2007
Pay the writers and end the meadness. They deserve to be compensated.
P M Smith

Baton Rouge, LA

#17 Nov 8, 2007
Pay the writer and stop the madness!

SPO

Since: Oct 07

Savannah, GA

#18 Nov 8, 2007
I want to make sure I have this right. If Warner Brothers and NBC develop a ridiculously expensive show called, say, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," and it bombs fantastically and results in WB and NBC losing lots of money, the writers still get paid. But if it becomes a monster hit and sells lots of DVD box sets, the writers should get paid again?

Producing = risk/reward.
Writing = no risk/reward.

Just making sure I have that right.
Matt

Denver, CO

#19 Nov 8, 2007
I agree with SPO. If writers want to share in the profits for shows, then they should also share in the risk. If the show bombs, they should loose money as well.

Don't give into the writers!
Gavin

Chicago, IL

#20 Nov 8, 2007
SPO wrote:
I want to make sure I have this right. If Warner Brothers and NBC develop a ridiculously expensive show called, say, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," and it bombs fantastically and results in WB and NBC losing lots of money, the writers still get paid. But if it becomes a monster hit and sells lots of DVD box sets, the writers should get paid again?
Producing = risk/reward.
Writing = no risk/reward.
Just making sure I have that right.
No writers = No risks for producers to take.

If a producer takes a risk on a script, it's 100% a risk being taken based on confidence in the writer. That's where the story begins.

And if you don't figure that Aaron Sorkin will pay the price for the failure of "Studio 60," you're a fool. They aren't going to take money out of his pocket for the show's failure, but it will reduce the amount of money he'll receive in the future. But Aaron Sorkin is a stupid analogy, because this strike isn't about well-paid showrunners.

Also, your cute little equation fails to take into account the number of writers on long-running successful shows (i.e. shows on which the studio stopped taking risks years ago) who are similarly being screwed out of new revenue streams. In those cases, the producers and studio are doing the opposite of taking a risk. They're feeding a cash cow.

-Gavin

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