Thank the Writers’ Strike for Stalling These Anticipated TV Shows

If you haven't already heard, members of The Writers Guild of America are on strike, demanding higher pay, workplace protections, contractual protections, and various other negotiating points.

The strike‘s effect is stalling the production of many television and movie projects—which is precisely the striking writers' intent. With no clear pathway to an imminent resolution, these affected TV shows and movies could take a while to hit theaters and streaming platforms. 

1. Late-Night Talk Shows

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The Jimmys, Stephen, Seth, and the other network late-night show hosts are getting an unexpected vacation during the writers' strike. So are Bill Maher, John Oliver, and host-to-be-named-later at The Daily Show.

2. Abbott Elementary

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ABC's mockumentary sitcom Abbott Elementary was a smash hit and Emmy winner in its first two seasons, but its writer's room is dormant as its usual occupants occupy picket lines.

3. American Dad and Family Guy

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The writers for these long-running animated comedies, including Seth MacFarlane, have reportedly ceased work on their scripts. We'll see if withholding Peter Griffin from the American public is the bargaining chip that breaks the studios' back.

4. Andor

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May the force be with you, but only if writers receive a consistent paycheck and health benefits.

5. Cobra Kai

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Wax on, writers off for Cobra Kai, Netflix's take on The Karate Kid. Series co-creator Jon Hurwitz and his team were about to begin work on Season 6 when the strike hit, meaning that you'll have to re-watch Seasons 1 through 5 if you nee Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in your life.

6. House of the Dragon

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Arguably HBO‘s most beloved series of the moment, House of Dragon is reportedly in good shape for Season 2. Fortunately, Executive Producer Ryan Condal received the scripts before writers hit the showers.

7. Jeopardy!

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Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings have massive shoes to fill, and fans have been brutal in reminding the two that they are not Alex Trebek. Those fans may not be devastated to hear that Bialik won't be hosting as long as writers are on strike. The show will go on with Jennings  manning Trebek's former podium.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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Executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay won't be on duty when The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power starts production on Season 2. Could this further affect a show that already suffers from widespread audience disappointment?

9. Stranger Things

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The Duffer brothers, the latest in sibling duos making waves in Hollywood, won't work on Stronger Things until the writing strike concludes. Of all the victims of the strike, Stranger Things fan could be most devastated.

10. Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live may become Saturday Night Pre-Recorded because the writers are on hiatus in solidarity with the WGA strike.

11. Yellowjackets

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Co-creator Ashley Lyle confirmed Yellowjackets fans' worst fears when she tweeted that the writing of Season 3 had come to a sudden halt. But don't worry; the writing team got an entire day in before putting the pens down.

12. More Shows and Movies

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Additional shows that have been affected by the writers' strike in some capacity at the time this article is being written are:

  • Big Mouth
  • Blade
  • Good Omens
  • Gutfeld!
  • MTV Movie Awards
  • Rap Sh!t
  • The Talk
  • The Upshaws
  • Billions

More production timelines are expected to be interrupted as the WGA strike continues.

This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.


Sam Mire is a freelance writer who has manned a variety of beats over nearly a decade in the literary biz. He has spent weeks in the Alaskan wildlands, immersed himself in the world of Florida's homeless population, covered live sporting events, and served as a linchpin for media outlets in the legal, tech, and entertainment spaces. Sam has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, AP News, Fox News, and, most notably, Wealth of Geeks. In his free time, he enjoys boxing, woodwork, petting his dog, and reveling in good company.