So, the writers' strike is dunzo — but that doesn't mean we're getting our shows back right away.
So, the writers' strike is dunzo — but that doesn't mean we're getting our shows back right away. It generally will take between four and six weeks to get a comedy back on the air, while dramas will need six to eight. CBS became the first network to announce when its shows will return, and NBC followed soon after. Add that to the premieres and finales we already knew about, and we've got ourselves a calendar!
More than usual, this information is subject to change, especially for all the networks that haven't formally announced their dates yet. Furthermore, some of the shows currently marked as having finales might be returning later in the season — where possible, I've tried to note how many episodes are planned for them. I'll be updating this continuously as we get more info about biggies like Gossip Girl and Grey's.
Announced post-strike premieres and return dates, so far:
Finales: Las Vegas, Psych
Finales: American Gladiators, Cold Case (returns later this season), Brothers & Sisters (expected to return, date TBD)
Premieres: Knight Rider, Dexter (on CBS)
Premieres: My Dad is Better than Your Dad, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious
Finales: Dance War, Prison Break
Finales: Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal (expected to return, date TBD)
Premieres: America's Next Top Model
Finales: Cashmere Mafia
Lots more — including return dates for The Office and How I Met Your Mother — so read more