A message to all men:
if your partner dresses up, you should too https://t.co/YpoUoFkGND
— derek guy (@dieworkwear) November 8, 2023
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
I SURVIVED THE WRITERS AND ACTORS STRIKE WHEN TV IS MY ENTIRE PERSONALITY pic.twitter.com/C9mao8R8QE
— brooke (@conradsconklin) November 9, 2023
Strike season is finally over (tentatively)! The studios put out a statement last night that they had reached a tentative agreement with SAG-AFTRA, and they are looking “forward to the industry resuming the work of telling great stories.” SAG-AFTRA similarly put out a statement reading in part: “We are thrilled and proud to tell you that today your TV/Theatrical Negotiating Committee voted unanimously to approve a tentative agreement with the AMPTP. As of 12:01am PT on Nov. 9, our strike is officially suspended and all picket locations are closed.”
I will point out that the timing wasn’t particularly surprising (though it was surprising that the AMPTP didn’t settle with them immediately after settling with the WGA). The studios were running out of runway to save some part of the 2023-2024 TV season, and for production on 2024 summer blockbusters. If a deal wasn’t made this week or next, the holidays would arrive, and no negotiations would be able to take place until January, at which point the TV season — and the movies — would be lost. Also, I don’t think it’s coincidental that Disney has a new Marvel movie coming out this week, The Marvels, which I’m sure they’d like to be able to promote through their stars, along with all the movies that are scheduled to come out over the holidays like the Hunger Games prequel. ALSO, awards season is around the corner, and the studios definitely want their stars to be out on the FYC circuit.
Whatever it was that finally broke the impasse, it’s great news for scripted storytelling.
So what happens next? Production on those summer blockbusters will begin ASAP, along with a number of big TV shows:
Noah Hawley says that production on the new FX Alien series will begin in early 2024, with a goal of premiering in 2025. LET’S GO.
Oh! And reports are that Netflix wants to get filming on Stranger Things started in the next couple of weeks.
Strike is over.
Back to filming.
— Stranger News (@StrangerNews11) November 9, 2023
As for regular TV, filming will begin again ASAP — November 27, to be exact — so expect new episodes of your favorite shows, your Abbott Elementaries and Ghosts and Law & Orders to return after the Super Bowl. New shows that were greenlit before the strike are likely to be pushed back to fall 2024, as getting a new show up and running is a great deal more involved than an established program.
— Writers Guild of America West (@WGAWest) November 9, 2023
— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) November 9, 2023
The SAG strike is over!! I can finally say it: watch my documentary Saturday night at 8 on HBO/MAX! I can't wait for you to see it! Couldn't say a word until now!!https://t.co/SxOPJmSrfD
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) November 9, 2023
Here's the update. Editing: done. VFX: halfway done. Music & sound: quarter done. Now that the SAG strike is over (yay), the actors can record additional dialogue. No airdate yet, but will be worth the wait. It could be our best season. For sure our craziest. #TheBoys @theboystv pic.twitter.com/L47dDbreIy
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) November 9, 2023
My guess, #SVU fans, is that SVU manages to salvage a 13 episode season. So glad the entire SVU cast and crew can get back to work. Congratulations @SagAftra for walking these many months. #Solidarity.
— Warren Leight (@warrenleightTV) November 9, 2023
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) November 9, 2023
Woo hooo!!!! Let’s hope the deal is fair and we can get back to work!https://t.co/MseY2lgcG0
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) November 9, 2023
Oh shit… SAG strike is over.. Let’s get it! 🍾 pic.twitter.com/XoPMMFKtxF
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) November 9, 2023
Actor friends: If you know anyone who was a strike captain or a volunteer or part of the neg com, they don’t pay for a drink for AT LEAST the next 118 days. Okay? We owe them the world. #SagAftraStrong
— Jack Quaid (@JackQuaid92) November 9, 2023
STRIKE’S OVER BITCHES!!! GET BACK TO WORK!!! pic.twitter.com/GwD5OkU3JO
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) November 9, 2023
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) November 9, 2023
The following will contain spoilers for Gen V, so tread carefully (when you find /rant, I’ll be done, promise):
It was as far back as yesterday that I posted a piece from Collider that argued that Buffy should have never turned Jonathan and the Trio into incel villains because they (or at least Jonathan) had been good guys once. I urged the writer to go watch Gen V and try wrestling with the idea that through solid writing, “good” characters can evolve and become “bad,” because of their circumstances. And, if the writing is strong enough, the audience is able to empathize with the nuances of their character and how they came to this dark place.
Well, well, well, right on cue, here’s the Collider piece whinging that Gen V “did Sam dirty” in the season finale by turning him into a villain. Y’ALL. THESE ARE NOT BETRAYALS OF CHARACTER, THIS DID NOT COME OUT OF NOWHERE. Yes, Sam was “good” but he also had his reasons for siding with Cate, in large part because of the whole imprisonment and torture thing. As for him being “irredeemable,” the writers themselves have suggested that it’s not necessarily the case.
What I find interesting is how both of these pieces spend so much time worrying about the vilification of male characters, with zero interest in the female characters. Cate also makes a heel turn in Gen V, but we’re not worried about her irredeemability. And with the Buffy example, the writer wrings his hands worrying about Jonathan when the real problematic element of that entire story is how Buffy both refrigerator girled and buried our gays Tara so as to turn Willow “bad” for a while. But yes, let’s spend our energy worrying that good men are being turned bad by these mean writers. GIVE ME A BREAK.
With the news that Friends originally would have had Chandler cheat on Monica until Matthew Perry stepped in and killed the idea, here are 8 other TV storylines that didn’t happen, thank God.
You won’t be seeing any of the Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, or Disney products on Netflix anytime ever, but other Disney properties … never say never.
Hoping Kel Mitchell is doing alright after suffering a medical scare.
R.I.P. Jezebel. You were a real one.
- Netflix is developing a fourth Fear Street film.
Mark Your Calendars
- Masters of the Air will debut on Apple TV+ on January 26.
- A Murder at the End of the World debuts on Hulu on November 14.
- Ladies of the ’80s: A Divas Christmas will premiere on Lifetime on December 2.
- The Black Hamptons returns on BET+ on December 7.
- Love Has Won: The Cult of Mother God will premiere on HBO on November 13.
- High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America returns on Netflix on November 22.
- Blood of Zeus will return on Netflix soon.
- Bookie premieres on Max on November 30.
Rap Sh!t: Season two. Max
Colin from Accounts: In this new romantic comedy, a couple meet-cutes over a car accident and an injured dog. Series premiere. Paramount+
Sesame Street: Season premiere. Max
Big Brother: Season finale. 7 p.m., CBS
Doom Patrol: Series finale. Max
Loki: Season finale. Disney+
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jared Leto, AJR
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Hilary Duff, Please Don’t Destroy, Justin Faulkner
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Daniel Ricciardo, Lauren Daigle
- The Daily Show: Judd Apatow, guest host Sarah Silverman
- Watch What Happens Live: Bravocon Live: Charming House Rules
|ABC||The Golden Bachelor
|Bachelor in Paradise
|CW||Son of a Critch
|Run the Burbs
|Children Ruin Everything
|Everyone Else Burns
|NBC||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit