This site will work and look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

Whedonesque - a community weblog about Joss Whedon
"Hey, does your face come off? 'Cause, AWESOME!"
11945 members | you are not logged in | 22 October 2014




Tweet







February 11 2008

After the strike: when will your favourite show return? Want to know when Whedon alum shows like *deep breath* Bones, 24, Lost, Bionic Woman, Chuck, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, How I Met Your Mother, Smallville, Supernatural, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Women's Murder Club are likely to be coming back? Well TV Guide's Ausiello has a handy list.

BSG isn't on the list, but according to tv.com, the first episode of season 4 airs on April 4th.
Maybe this isn't the place to ask, but we don't have a more relevant thread at the moment, so: if the deal is dependant on writer/producers (showrunners) going back to work on Monday before the strike stand-down is (potentially, hypothetically, possibly) ratified, could that mean Joss will be back at work on Dollhouse, like, today? I mean, sure, who knows if there are even Dollhouse offices yet, but y'know...

Also, the status of Friday Night Lights makes me depressed and sad-like.

[ edited by The First Weevil on 2008-02-11 11:31 ]
I really hope Scrubs gets to end...
... could that mean Joss will be back at work on Dollhouse, like, today?

Not sure. I assumed that showrunners were returning in their capacity as producers rather than as writers so strictly speaking, I guess Joss could do producery things (checking locations, casting etc.). However, since I doubt 'Dollhouse' is anywhere near the location/casting stage (last we heard he hadn't written the pilot yet), that wouldn't seem to leave much for him to do until he's allowed to write again.

There've been a couple of these now with some conflicting information so presumably it'll be a while before we know for sure. Except for shows that are definitely cancelled I don't think anything's certain yet ('Burn Notice' for instance is on one list as unknown and on this one as starting to film in April for a possible summer showing, quite a difference).

(and yep, BSG has been down for April 4th for a while now though there's now talk that the second half won't broadcast until 2009 - which had already been rumoured - because the last 7 episodes haven't been made - yet, hopefully)
Darn... was hoping Chuck and Pushing Daisies would get to finish off the season, at some point. Oh well, at least it looks like they'll be back for another season.
I really hope Scrubs gets to end...


I wish it didn't have to. The show is still so strong. I still laugh out loud at every episode-- every single one. But I suppose it's better to go out on top than drag on until it sucks.
Scrubs might not be returning at all, I don't think anybody knows yet. I suspect they'll get a handful of episodes to finish things up.

There's still a lot up in the air with the shows, so I wouldn't trust any list yet. Also, the vote on strike action hasn't even taken place yet.

Dollhouse is, well... I've no idea. I really hope it's okay, for entirely selfish reasons (i.e. I want to be entertained next year as a viewer).
What!? No Pushing Daisies until FALL?! I am so sad. :(
No Pushing Daisies, Life, or Chuck until the fall!? *cries*
I'm just glad that PD, Life and Chuck will be back in the fall. And I still don't get all the angst and worry over Dollhouse. There hasn't been the slightest whiff of a hint that it is anything but completely secure.
Sorry but not surprised to hear about Journeyman. I really didn't expect to get hooked on what seemed at first to be a clone of Quantum Leap. It had some real potential.
"There hasn't been the slightest whiff of a hint that it is anything but completely secure."

But we won't believe it until it's playing in front of our Joss-TV-starved little eyes.
"But we won't believe it until it's playing in front of our Joss-TV-starved little eyes."

And even then, given what has happened in the past, I bet we'll still be a bit anxious...
I'm sure Dollhouse is fine, just as is Riper, the Spike movie, animated BUFFY, Wonder Woman... heh.

[ edited by Dizzy on 2008-02-11 17:10 ]
'Journeyman' has been pretty much dead since before Christmas when the "back 9" episodes weren't picked up. Shame, great show (one of those situations where on paper it sounded like 'Quantum Leap' redux but in actuality was a completely different beastie IMO).

And I don't blame anyone for a cautious attitude, we know just how many slips there are 'twixt cup and lip in the TV/film world (often through no fault of either the creator or studio/network) - until they have 7 episodes in the can there'll always be a nagging doubt in my mind.
I don't think I'll ever believe the next episode of "Dollhouse" is going to be aired until it's actually on. Still bitter about "Drive" and "Firefly". What I'd like to see is FOX go ahead and ask for the more customary 13 episodes and not just 7. Then I'll at least know what news to wait for -- a full season pickup.
"And I don't blame anyone for a cautious attitude, we know just how many slips there are 'twixt cup and lip in the TV/film world"

This comment immediately made me visualize Joss and a bunch of producer types sitting down to a celebratory dinner and spilling their drinks all over themselves. ("A toast! To... ah! My suit is ruined!)
I guess I am tired of being anxious about all my shows. It is a lot of work, all that angst. I'm resigned to enjoying what I get.
If Friday Night Lights doesn't return I'm going to be very, very cross.
"Scrubs might not be returning at all, I don't think anybody knows yet. I suspect they'll get a handful of episodes to finish things up."

Bill Lawrence has said as recently as last week that he's confident that the worst-case scenario is a finale that goes to DVD rather than airing on television. It all depends on what NBC decides to do with the show, after they decide, and if it's one that doesn't allow for a real finale, the actual owners of the show (ABC) will get their shot with it.
I don't think Firefly is comming back.
Well, Scrubs has some episodes written before the strike so they should be able to get them to air relatively soon. But yeah, if NBC doesn't air the finale, it will at least be on the DVD. I hope NBC is nicer than that, though... after 7 seasons, they should give the show a proper goodbye.

[ edited by fortunateizzi on 2008-02-11 20:41 ]
If Friday Night Lights doesn't return I'm going to be very, very cross.

Season one was so brilliant. Season two has been less good. It was lucky to get a second year, but I almost wish it hadn't now.
("A toast! To... ah! My suit is ruined!)

Heh ;). It's true siwangmu, dry cleaners have actually been hit hardest by the strike, simply because the number of 'twixt cup/lip slips has plummeted.

I don't think Firefly is comming back.

That's just quitter talk Pumps.

It is a lot of work, all that angst.

Best thing is to cultivate a sort of permanent low-level anxiety, like a constant ball of gut-gnawing worry in your stomach. Once you've achieved that it's small potatoes to devote a portion of each day's nagging angst to your favourite TV shows.

And as a bonus, there's some evidence that this lowers life-expectancy such that you probably don't have to worry about pensions etc. too - talk about a win-win situation.
I see some are outraged there won't be any more episodes of "Chuck" and "Pushing Daisies" for April/May sweeps, and Aint It Cool News claims "Heroes" will be grounded until the fall, too. While I am also cheesed over this, that means I can take my time seeing the latest episodes of "Daisies" and "Heroes" since that's in my Tivo-ish device. I just hope we get "super-sized" seasons for some of these shows next season.
I just wonder what will happen to those deals for some of the nets to import Canadian shows. They might as well go through with them since they'll make great summer fare.

[ edited by impalergeneral on 2008-02-11 23:01 ]
I'm mostly upset over Pushing Daisies. For once a brilliant, quirky new show that I love gets great ratings and is picked up for a full season order. And now it looks like the season will end as only 9 episodes. Come on, if the strike ends there's still time to add at least a few more on! Give us a proper season finale.

But at least the show is getting another season. Here's hoping the ratings keep up, because I'd be really sad if the show gets truncated and we never got that full season 1.
Too bad about Heroes, but I was somewhat satisfied enough with Season 2's stronger second half and very nice winter finale that I think it won't be too bad a wait until the fall.

Kinda disappointed about 24, 'cause I was looking forward to seeing what they would do to fix things after Season 6 (also looking forward to a seeing a horrible rumor about a certain plot element hopefully not come true). At the same time, eh, I've found myself reading more, catching up on some TV-on-DVD, and finally playing video games again. Finding life without TV real easy.

I hope, despite Big Love not starting production on Season 3 until March/April, it's still shown starting in June like last year. It's very suitable summer viewing.

The Office might get anywhere from 5 to 10 new episodes ? Most excited about this news.

And also that Lost might get to finish its fourth season intact (though Ausiello says six more eps might air this season, when it'd take another eight to get us to the sixteen episodes planned as the length for these final three seasons).

I wonder what they're gonna call all these abbreviated half-seasons of shows if they continue them next season. Is Heroes' second season just gonna be a 11 episode period ? Or will they go HBO-style and name this Heroes Season 2 Part 1 (or Part A) and next Fall is Heroes Season 2 Part 2 (Part B) ? Seems like it'd make more sense and keep it simple for folks to just name next year Season 3, even if it does fuck with their whole comic book-style "Volume/Chapter/Subtitled sections" format.

[ edited by Kris on 2008-02-12 02:14 ]
I'm sure Dollhouse is fine, just as is Riper, the Spike movie, animated BUFFY, Wonder Woman... heh.


Right, Riper, the show where Tony Head goes around making fruit ripen... I will also be very cross if FNL doesn't return. While all in all S2 < S1, there has still been some brilliant stuff going on. Landry and Saracen talking toone another is always comedy gold, and even though there's been too much drama in the Taylor household, there have stil been some great moments there as well. As Saje says, best to just cultivate a low level anxiety. Also, let's try to remember that the current folk in charge at Fox are not the same folk who eviscerated us several times over the past few years.
KingofCretins: "What I'd like to see is FOX go ahead and ask for the more customary 13 episodes and not just 7."

Well, the real customary thing would be if they'd simply ordered a pilot and decided if they wanted to go forward with the show after viewing that pilot. Giving the show a series commitment without a pilot or even a pilot script is a very unusual and privileged thing still.

[ edited by Eric G on 2008-02-12 05:58 ]

You need to log in to be able to post comments.
About membership.



joss speaks back home back home back home back home back home