TrekMovie.com recently reported that the new Star Trek movie should not be impacted by the WGA strike scheduled to start on Monday, but it appears that many TV shows are not so lucky. Heroes, the hit show featuring the new Spock (Zachary Quinto) along with recurring guest spots for a number of of other Trek veterans (Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Dominic Keating) may only get 11 episodes this season. TV Guide is reporting that the Heroes production has shot an alternative ending to the show schedule to air on December 3rd which will allow it to act as a ‘season 2 finale’ instead of just the planned ‘volume 2 finale’ (Heroes’ 2nd season was originally planned to have 2 ‘volumes’).
And in a bit of more bad news the planned 6 episode spin-off show Heroes Origins, which was to air during the shows hiatus, has been canceled due to the strike and less than expected ratings for the second season of Heroes.
Episode 7 “Out of Time” featuring Quinto airs Monday on NBC (preview below), and next week’s episode “Four Months Ago” features both Quinto and Nichelle Nichols. It is unknown if the hinted at return of George Takei is part of the remaining episodes for the now shortened season. The truncated Heroes season may also affect the household of Star Trek scribe Roberto Orci, as his wife Melissa Blake is on the Heroes writing staff. So far Melissa has had one episode (co written with her sister Joy) air this season. On the upside, Heroes star (and Abrams pal) Greg Grunberg should now have plenty of time for his all but certain Star Trek cameo.
What about Lost and BSG?
Two mid-season shows with Trek connections may also be affected by the strike. According to the LA Times, Lost (created by Star Trek producers JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof) has completed 8 of the planned 16 episodes. Lost season four is not scheduled to start until February so it is possible that they can catch up, but that all depends on how long the strike goes. The LA Times is also reporting that Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica has 10 shows completed. On the SciFi channel forums Ron Moore’s wife announced that the second half of the season may be delayed due to the strike. BSG’s 4th season starts in early April of 2008. A stand-alone two hour BSG TV movie ‘Razor’ airs later this month on the Sci-Fi channel and will also be sold on DVD.
Jack Bauer may get a short day
The sixth season of 24, which is being executive produced by former Star Trek: Enterprise showrunner Manny Coto and which features Enterprise star John Billingsley (Phlox) in a recurring role, is only expected to have eight or nine episodes completed when the effects of the strike hit them. According to the Hollywood Reporter, FOX currently has the option of either cutting the season in half or postpone the season altogether. As it stand now, however, the new season premiere is still set to air on January 12th.
Preview for Heroes “Out of Time” airing Monday November 5th at 9PM