Why the U.S. writer’s strike is bad news for Lost fans
Lost (Sky 2, Wednesday 10 pm) fans tuning in tonight may have noticed that the some of the episodes seem to have been, well, lost. With a mere 8 episodes to watch in the latest season as opposed to the 22 we usually have the frustratingly tense anticipation of watching, you might be wondering what the hell is going on in the hills of Hollywood that has caused this sudden absence of some of our favourite American TV shows.
The answer is, whatever is going on, you’d better get used to it. Up until now you may have heard bits and bobs about a writer’s strike in the United States. It has been a necessarily lengthy strike but boy will viewers be paying a price for the next twelve months.
The strike is now over but unfortunately your favourite shows will not return any time soon, quite the opposite. For many shows, what has been shot and edited in the last few months is all that will be made this year. Kaput, no more, done. If Heroes seems to suddenly end in episode 8 that is because there will be NO MORE episodes until season 3. We could be waiting as long as a year to find out if the cheerleader will dump that poor man’s Superman (let’s hope so).
As a direct result of the writer’s strike shows like Lost, Heroes and House have all had to cut their seasons short. House is not back until April this year, while Lost is not expected to air season 5 until February 2009. For a show based on teeth clenching, bone aching, shoulder crunching tension that is a worryingly large amount of time to wait.
Without casting doubt over the writer’s strike, which by all accounts was overdue and necessary, we will find nevertheless that our favourite American TV shows, which provide a lot of the best content on TV these days, will not be gracing us with good viewing for a while yet. As the last episodes of what has been shot this year is aired in the next few months, we will find later in the year that there will be a significant gaps where once the usual US imports used to be.
With this in mind, maybe now is a good time for Britain to start providing some challenging, exciting TV shows rather than cranking yet another British police drama. Set in the moors. With an aging, bitter detective who investigates a murder on a stuffy Estate manor, meanwhile revealing the moderately dark underbelly of the English upper class. Yes we have indeed seen this show ten too many times. It is time, we hope, for Britain to take advantage of the US’s absence on our screens.