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WGA Strike Over – Learn Fate Of Your Fave Shows February 12, 2008

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Sci-Fi,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

After 100 days the members of the WGA have finally called off their strike and are headed back to work. Today 92.5% of the writers voted in favor of going back to work. A 2nd vote on the new contract is due in a couple of weeks, but it is assumed that will be approved easily. What Next? TrekMovie.com has compiled a quick guide to the effect on the new movie and many favorite genre series and shows with Trek-connections…see below.


"Boston Legal"



"Battlestar Galactica"


"Ghost Whisperer"



"Pushing Daisies"






"Samantha Who?"


What about the Star Trek movie?

Director JJ Abrams and the writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman developed the script assuming that the film would be made during a strike and felt it was ready. However, there have been some cases where they have wanted to make tweaks and those will now be possible. Some may be done during production and others can be done during post-production and/or the eventual re-shoots.

The Trek writers (Orci & Kurtzman) also have another big project that is slated to go into production this summer, Transformers 2. As of now there is no script for that film (although director Michael Bay told Variety he has got one started). Paramount/DreamWorks are keen to get the sequel to their megahit Transformers out during the Summer of 2009. So Bob and Alex may have to hunker down on that one, but in this case the duo have brought in an additional writer (Ehren Kruger) to help carry the load.


NOTE: The above is what is known right now. Of course things can change as the first post-strike weeks commence.

(Primary Source: Variety)


1. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine (I'm too tired to type it all out, and I deleted my cookies, but it is me) - February 12, 2008

Anybody home?

2. Xai - February 12, 2008

Finally, and I am glad the writers got some of what they needed.

3. Xai - February 12, 2008

Oh, Roberto!

Get to work!


4. Fleet Captain Kor'Tar - February 12, 2008

Awesome, sounds good , bring back our shows!

5. OneBuckFilms - February 12, 2008

About bloody time.

Finally, the writers are getting their due.

6. Red Shirt - February 12, 2008

Accoring to superherohype.com, Michael Bay has written the/a script for Transformers 2, which he will hand off to his screenwriters.

Bob and Alex’s first job is to remove 1700 references to a “QUICK CUT,” 1133 mentions of a “HAZE FILTER,” 37 notes regarding “FLAMES ON OPTIMUS,” 3 product placement suggestions about changing the “ALLSPARK” to “ALLSPRITE,” and 2 thinly-veiled masturbation jokes.

Gonna be tough!

7. Noleuser is now Morn Speaks - February 12, 2008

I’m glad this whole thing is over with!

8. CmdrR - February 12, 2008

Well, it’s a short season. Guess American Gladiators is the big winner here, not the viewers. Sometimes, strikes like this rachet down the overall viewing numbers and they don’t come back. TV and movies are a habit. Lose it, sometimes it never comes back. We’ll see. Might also help me check out competing shows.

Still, very glad for everyone associated with my favs, ST, BSG, Heroes, Lost, and occassionally Daisies.

9. Capes - February 12, 2008

Right here friend…….watching Jericho, but here!


10. Matt - February 12, 2008

Glad to see Battlestar Galactica will get its full send off!

11. miguel - February 12, 2008

Someone forgot to mention that THE OFFICE will be coming back as well!

12. The Vulcanista - February 12, 2008

Arrghh! No more Heroes ’til next fall! :-(

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

13. Aragorn189 - February 12, 2008

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Finally, the stories can begin again and the movies will begin. Are Orci and Kurtzman going to begin writing the Star Trek sequel? Or even a new series? Let’s see.

14. CanuckLou - February 12, 2008

@12 Vulcanista – after the disappointment of Season 2 Heroes is the lucky benefactor of this strike. Time to retool and refocus otherwise the series will be remembered as a one season wonder.

Glad the ST movie still has a chance for tweaks!

The adventure continues….

15. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008

Time now for the writers to write more scripts and the producers to write BIGGER cheques! :)

16. Boborci - February 12, 2008

Yikes. My “vacation” is over.

17. Capes - February 12, 2008

Did I mention that Jericho is back on? Back to work Bob…..


18. James Heaney - Wowbagger - February 12, 2008


19. paustin - February 12, 2008

what about Journeyman? My gut instinct tells me it was on the fence ratings wise and the strike sealed its fate

20. Boborci - February 12, 2008

Journeyman was cancelled, sadly. My brother was a writer on that show.

21. canuck trekkie - February 12, 2008

what about scrubs?!?!?!?!
only 6 episodes have been aired, and i’m jonesing for more

22. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008


without revealing ANY details……..how goes the Star Trek shoot?

Is it everything you hoped and dreamed? :)

23. The Vulcanista - February 12, 2008

Welcome back, Boborci! Best of luck to your brother on getting more work.

#14 Canuck Lou, I suppose you’re right. I’ll just have to wait. And wait.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

24. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008

With the strike over, the movie has a chance for tweaks
Lucky us as they’re only shooting for a few more weeks
They’ll give us a bang-up ending
Leave us high without offending
With spies on the set, maybe we’ll be privy to some leaks!

25. sean - February 12, 2008

Ahhh so that was your brother Bob! Everytime Journeyman would start and I saw Orci in the credits, I kept wondering if it was you using a different first name or a relative. I’m sorry it was cancelled, it was just coming into it’s own.

26. Doug - February 12, 2008

Cheer up everyone! Think of the money we’ll all save when we buy boxed DVD sets this year. With the short TV season, the sets won’t cost as much…

27. TrekNerd - February 12, 2008

A whole year and a half without 24?


28. Doug - February 12, 2008

Were shows filmed in Canada (such as Battlestar Galatactica, Stargate Atlantis or Flash Gordon) affected by the writers’ strike?

29. The Vulcanista - February 12, 2008


[lays TrekNerd’s head on shoulder]

There, there, sweetpea… It’ll be okay. You just let it all out.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

30. Red Shirt - February 12, 2008


Do you think your guild leaders are really gonna live up to their “threats” to monitor scripts that were in the mix before the strike, and see if they were “worked on” during said strike?

31. Red Shirt - February 12, 2008


Just because they lens up there doesn’t mean that they weren’t written elsewhere. You can see many pix of Ron Moore (BSG) in strike lines…

32. Doug - February 12, 2008

I’ve never seen ’24’ before… and I saw ‘Jericho’ for the first time last night…

33. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008


“24” is an amazing show. Rent it on DVD and BE SURE to watch it in chronological order!

34. Boborci - February 12, 2008



enforcement maybe another matter, but they’ll at least figure out who did what for next time.

35. Boborci - February 12, 2008


Yes. I’ve been here for the last two weeks filming our new show “FRINGE” and I couldn’t change anything.

36. Boborci - February 12, 2008


I’m biased, but I think it’s going FRIGGIN’ GREAT.

37. Kirky - February 12, 2008

Hey now you writers can write in Shatner!!! :p

38. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008


um……that’s a technical term, right?

p.s. how are you enjoying ALL THE SNOW here in Toronto?

39. The Vulcanista - February 12, 2008


When do we get to hear more about “Fringe”?

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

40. Boborci - February 12, 2008


I’m actually really LOVING the snow here. You can hardly tell the seasons are changing in LA, so this is great. You? I hear it’s been atypical.

41. Boborci - February 12, 2008


What do you want to know?

42. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008


yes, it is unusual to get THIS much snow for Toronto…..I know, when you were younger, you lived in North York, so you can understand…..I just shudder to think how others visiting here for the first time will jump to the conclusion that Toronto (and all of Canada) suffer from this kind of weather most of the time…..

By the way, aren’t you up rather late for being on Toronto time?

43. Bond - February 12, 2008

I tell you what I wanna know…when do we get our first look at the Uniforms, because I get the feeling we’ll get a look at the toys before the actual legit ones…which is gonna make baby Jesus Cry…


44. The Vulcanista - February 12, 2008


Anything you can/want to tell us about it! Basic plot, characters, etc.

I heard John Noble had been cast as a somewhat disturbed character, and it’s piqued my interest. Loved him in LOTR. He does crazy good!

And the “unexplained phenomena” thing is something I’ve been eating up with a spoon since I was a little kid.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

45. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008

“since I was a little kid”

So, Vulcanista, you’re saying you’ve been eating this stuff up for, what, 8-9 years? :)

46. Anthony Pascale - February 12, 2008

Vulcanista, in addition to whatever Bob says here…we have been covering FRINGE in our new SciFi Saturday articles and I will be doing more coverage too. I am very excited about the show and look forward to talking to Bob and Bryan about it.

So Bob…how much longer is the FRINGE shoot? and do you have a network commitment for 13 yet?

47. The Vulcanista - February 12, 2008


And I thank you very, very much for bringing to our attention!

I was just angling for a little more detail, since we have the Exec/Co-Creator here, and all! :)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

48. Anthony Pascale - February 12, 2008

oh by all means pump bob for anything he will give up.

I am just pimping Rosario’s new SciFi Saturday column…I think he does a good job (he wrote the above article too).

49. steve adams - February 12, 2008

#27 I feel your pain)))))
#32 man where have you been?????? If you even like Jericho a little your going to love “24” and yes you need to watch it in order.
So there it is Mr Ballz reviels his love for 24, I knew it!!!
Its gonna be a great season coming up bro!
Trust me……

50. The Vulcanista - February 12, 2008

#48: Love the SciFi column!

#45: Harry, you’re gonna have to issue a “spew alert” before you post anything like *that* again! Do you have any idea how bad wine is for a computer monitor? I mean, really! ;)

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

51. Boborci - February 12, 2008


Fringe will be going for another 5 weeks!

52. Harry Ballz - February 12, 2008


does that mean 5 more weeks in Toronto or you’ll be back and forth to L.A.?

53. Boborci - February 12, 2008


Back and forth.

54. Harry Ballz - February 13, 2008


I get the impression you’re a bit of a night owl…

55. Anthony Pascale - February 13, 2008


since you are qaing…have you had a chance to meet Carolyne Porco and are there any other science advisors? did you guys need any science advice for the script?

56. Boborci - February 13, 2008




57. Harry Ballz - February 13, 2008

Me? Nah, I’m asleep right now….tell me, did the WGA get everything they were asking for?

58. Boborci - February 13, 2008


Have not met her yet. We did get some advice, but we also did a lot of homework.

59. Boborci - February 13, 2008


WGA didn’t get everything they asked for, like jurisdiction over animation and reality TV. But open accounting and precedent setting piece of new media is an amazing step forward that many thought was going to be impossible.

60. Harry Ballz - February 13, 2008


congrats on the struggle being over!

What’s your opinion on an old classic like The Day The Earth Stood Still?

I’m asking as it happens to be one of my personal favourites…

61. Anthony Pascale - February 13, 2008

with all your talk about gravity wells and warp nacelles the other week, it is clear you put some thought and homework into that. One of the funny things about Trek is how it is tied to science you look at Star Wars or BSG and science is no where. How do ships in Star WArs fly? who the hell knows. And what the hell is an Aluminum Falcon?

62. Boborci - February 13, 2008


Love it. Think someone is trying to remake it right now, no?

Thanks to public opinion for supporting the WGA over the studios in general.

Good night….

63. Harry Ballz - February 13, 2008


thanks for taking the time to chat with me! Enjoyed it! G’night!

64. Anthony Pascale - February 13, 2008


The Day The Earth Stood Still is the biggest competition for Trek. It stars Keanu Reeves and opens 12/12. If trek opens on the 19th it will be even bigger competition.

so dont love it too much!

that being said I am looking forward to it. And friend of the site, Daren Dochterman, worked on it…so it has that going for it.

65. Clock - February 13, 2008


What’s this about Michael Bay saying he’s already written Transformers 2?!?

I thought that was your job …

66. Valar1 - February 13, 2008



Dude, you just lost your nerd cred, you’re supposed to substitute “frackin” for “friggin”. To redeem yourself, you will have to wear Riker’s Anbojitsu outfit to work for a week. Qapla!

67. dalek - February 13, 2008

YAY at last. I watch at least half of those shows listed from across the pond.

Mr Orci, your brother was on a top show that was cremated ahead of its time. Journeyman was, IMO, the best new show this season. Dan Vasser was the Sam Beckett of the 21st C. I’ve seen worse shows resurrected years later. So never say never. Congratulations on the end of strike.

68. Shatner4TrekXI - February 13, 2008

So direct question outside of the article, which only has speculation. Will you be making any tweaks to the Trek movie? Generations had a pretty big reshoot after test audiences panned the Kirk death. Transformers may be taking the bulk of your time, but given that a tweak isn’t the same as coming up with something from scratch, do you have any plans to add or change anything?

And did you see the WGA picket sign about Trek XI over at Paramount? I can link to it, but I don’t know if that’s allowed here.

69. Captain Otter - February 13, 2008

Enough w/ the “bring back Shat” noise. I love Shat too- but come on already!

70. New Horizon - February 13, 2008

Hey Bob,

We’re loving the snow here on Prince Edward Island! Have you ever been down here in the smaller provinces? It’s a great province. I like Toronto a lot, so far it’s my favorite city in Canada. Vancouver was a bit too noisy for my liking.

Enjoy the snow. We’re getting hit with another big storm today. If you’re ever on PEI for business or pleasure, drop a line here on the forum. I can set you up with a sweet tour of the seedy underbelly of Charlottetown PEI. You would have to see this place to understand just how ridiculous a statement that really is.

71. Closettrekker - February 13, 2008

Sorry I missed Bob. It’s great when he comes on. #68 asked pretty much the same question I wanted to anyway. Maybe he’ll get some time later.

72. British Naval Dude - February 13, 2008

With the strike over, now all the actors can start calling the character of Spock by his correct name and not “Spack” as that was the unfortunate type-o throughout the untouchable script.

Very good…


73. Captain Hackett - February 13, 2008

#64 Anthony Pascale

I will NOT watch the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, period. The original and classic movie is still friggin’ awesome and I do not understand why the studio bothers to do re-make of this movie. I rather watch my DVD movie The Day The Earth Stood Still at home on the opening weekend of the remake.

Remember War of the Worlds? The original movie was much better than the the remake.

I am 110 percent against the remake of classic movies.

74. Steve Short - February 13, 2008

20. Boborci do you know if Journeyman will be released out on DVD? I love the show. The way the show handled the time travel it made me think if this was the way Spock and the Romulans would change time in the new Star Trek movie. Keep going back again and again in time because they didn’t change it enough or right. I wish CBS, ABC or the SciFi channel would pick up the Journeyman. Tell your brorther we will miss Journeyman.

75. Captain Hackett - February 13, 2008


Will the deleted scenes be in the DVD when they have to be re-shot due to changes in the script after WGA strike?

I always like to watch deleted scenes on DVD. :)

76. Dab - February 13, 2008

Oh Mr. Orci – you can HAVE all the snow here in Toronto. Thanks to an idiot plow driver, who blocked my entire driveway with the crap, it took me an hour to dig out. And that was after digging out for 2 hours after a storm LAST week! LOL

Looking forward to more info on Fringe.

77. Doug - February 13, 2008

To #33: AND to #49: “#32 man where have you been??????”

Thanks guys, I’ll keep that in mind (watching them in order).

um, I was stationed in Kuwait for a year and a half about mid run of the show ’24’… and next Friday I leave for Afghanistan for one year (my cat is sitting here in my lap demanding attention as I write this– I swear she knows something is up). :-)

There are at least ten movies coming out this year that I am going to miss (aaghh!!). Not to mention the finale of ‘Battlestar Galactica’… or the first runs of ‘Torchwood, Stargate Atlantis’… etc. BUT life goes on (and DVDs will be available when I return home in April 2009).

yeah, after seeing ‘Jericho’ — and I did like it — I’ll try looking for ’24’ next year. Two of my friends are big fans of ’24, so maybe when I get back I’ll borrow…

Thanks Mr. Orci, for keeping us informed about the goi ngs-on during the shooting of our favorite sci-fi franchise.

I’m glad the strike is over!

78. Doug - February 13, 2008

#59: “reality shows?” ewwww.

Bah! what waste of time!!! I’ve not once seen ‘Survivor, Big Brother, American Idol,’ ad naseum… (but that is me) :-D

Life’s too short… and if there isn’t enough time to see good genre shows, there also isn’t enough time to read good books as well…

79. Chris L - February 13, 2008

Hey Bob,

I know that when the strike first started, JJ mentioned there were some lines that he wanted to add in the movie, but obviously couldn’t. Are there any plans to go back and either reshoot those scenes so that those lines can make it into the movie?

Glad to hear that Star Trek is going great, and that you’re enjoying this Toronto snow. Personally, I’m kind of sick of it… it took me 2.5 hours to get into work this morning !

80. Anthony Thompson - February 13, 2008

What about “My Name is Earl”? That show has a TOS Star Trek connection! William Schallert, who played Nilz Baris in “The Trouble with Tribbles” played a doctor on an episode of Earl!

81. Captain Pike - February 13, 2008

Re: Snow. We’re not used to too much snow here in Vancouver. We had snow on the ground for a about 3 weeks on and off and it really slowed alot of things down. The friggin post office didn’t deliver the mail (not even to the superbox let alone my house). The Warchman movie stopped outdoor shooting too I hear.

I heard most of the Vancouver shot SF shows did close down during the strike since their writers are members of the WGA. Smallville will probably be back. SG:A will definitely be back but they don’t shoot during the winter anyway. BSG is still iffy. It was going to be their last year anyway but they should be allowed to finish it.

82. British Naval Dude - February 13, 2008

auck… with tha strike over can I finally get me new epsiodes of Barney Miller?

I dunno… had mixed feelings about such a labour strike…

teevee / film writers never do not get proper credit for what they’ve written…
stories and ideas are paramount for any endeavor by a greedy entertainment corporation and writers get taken advantage of…

but a good deal of what’s written for tv and films is total crap… insufferable and vulgar (both as in common and as offending)
and it be hard fur most folk ta feel sorry fur striking writers who are seen as rather affluent whilst many, many folk can barely pay rent… oh, but I stop thar… no need to open a can o’ worms here…

and tha Point of this thread was that new shows are on the way. Mayhaps I’ll watch one o’ them…

(( Now strikes in Europe… they really change tha government and labour relations… harrr! ))

83. Garovorkin - February 13, 2008

Glad the strike is over the damage has been done though . Lots of really ticked off and alienated viewers out there , I wonder if all of them will come back. Because somehow i don’t think things will ever be quite the same for the networks

84. The Vulcanista - February 13, 2008

So it’s not looking too good for new eps of my favorite shows. At least spring training starts next month.

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

85. Chuck - February 13, 2008

Since we are (or were) on the subject of remakes, I, too, am against remakes of classic and contemporary classic movies. The majority of remakes have been vastly inferior to the originals: Psycho, Planet of the Apes, Alfie, City of Angels, Cape Fear, All the King’s Men. Down to Earth, The Haunting, Godzilla, Sabrina, King Kong (both remakes), The Longest Yard, and The Hitcher (just to name a few) all paled in comparison to the original movies. Some of the rare exceptions where remakes actually stood on their own are The Departed, the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, and the recent 3:10 to Yuma. If they remake The Godfather, though, I will be immensely pissed. I think it’s at that time we should start picketing the theaters.

86. Closettrekker - February 13, 2008

#85–I agree with most of those, but I did like Scorcese’s remake of Cape Fear. He also was responsible for The Departed.

Yes. If they remake the Godfather, “immensely pissed” would do my feelings no justice…

87. Denise de Arman - February 13, 2008

Closettrekker#86- Remake The Godfather? Sacrilege! Fans would take to the mattresses.

88. ender76 - February 13, 2008

Does this mean I can start buying tv episodes on iTunes again, and the writers will get their cut now?

89. james7007 - February 13, 2008

On SCI-FI website it says BSG will return March of this year, not Jan 2009.

90. james7007 - February 13, 2008

Never mind I saw it said second half of next season.

91. fakesteve - February 14, 2008

Good to hear that there will be more LOST, and can’t wait for BSG!

92. Closettrekker - February 14, 2008

#87–You could definitely count on me. That movie is perfect, even 36 years later. So is GFII.

93. J. Parker - February 14, 2008

Hi, Anthony, thank you for sharing information on the other “genre” shows.

The WGA is lucky: look at all the steel workers, textile workers (anyone here remember Fieldcrest Cannon?), auto workers, even IT workers losing their jobs.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Rupert Murdoch is working on a plan to engage Chinese writers.

Even the big accounting firms are using Chinese ‘chartered’ accountants for tax prep.

So stay tuned!

94. The Vulcanista - February 14, 2008

OT Lost question:

Would someone please tell me what Sayid said to Ben, right before Ben said, “Good” at the very end of the episode? I couldn’t make it out.


Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

95. sean - February 15, 2008


He said ‘They know I’m after them’.

96. The Vulcanista - February 15, 2008


Thank you, Sean!

Stupid 21st century audio technology… I guess it’s time for a 42-inch flatscreen with Surroundsound.


Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

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