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Hollywood Writers Plan to Strike



Barring an unlikely last-minute deal, Hollywood's film and television writers will indeed go on strike within the next couple of days. The leadership of the Writers Guild of America, whose contract with the The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expired on Wednesday, called for the strike at a meeting on Thursday.

The timing hasn't been announced yet, but TV Week and others are reporting that the strike will likely begin on Monday. More details are supposed to come out by this afternoon. Negotiations could continue over the weekend, but writers said they're already talking about how the strike would be carried out, not whether there will be one.

What does it mean for you? Well, unless you work in Hollywood, it doesn't mean much — for now. But if a strike really does begin on Monday, late-night shows will be affected immediately. Most primetime shows have enough episodes to last through November, at least — by which point I hope this will be resolved. Here's more on the potential effects of the strike. I'll do my best to keep you up to date, so stay tuned.

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