Alright folks, it’s time to talk about the end of the strike and what it might mean to us Lost fans. The best news is that Disney has been in on the late talks and an unnamed source is telling Variety that a settlement may be close at hand!
“WGA negotiating committee head John Bowman and WGA West exec director David Young. Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger that was described as having gone well overall, despite some tension at the outset. It’s understood that those conversations continued on Saturday, though it was not clear if it was by phone or face-to-face.”
What we all will be waiting to hear, officially, following the announcement that the strike is over and the writers are going back to work is just how will this impact Lost? I’ve been tossing that question to my sources within Lost for weeks now and have received a few different responses. From the least authoritative sources around the beginning of the month I was told there was still time to do 8 more episodes.
Towards the end of the month, my sources higher up the food chain (I trust this guys) agreed with a range of 3 to 6 episodes depending on when the strike ended. I’m sure the number would also depend on whether ABC would pony up for additional production assets to streamline things. Since Lost is the scripted Cinderella of the winter season, it’s hard to see them not wanting to end it on the best possible note.
6 is a hopeful number, but it is my understanding that if this is the case, there will be a small hiatus somewhere in season 4 and the season would end a little later than expected. Is there anybody out there that would complain though? I’d take a month off for six more episodes, no problem.
UPDATE: I’m being reminded by one of my friends in the mainstream to point out that Variety has been a little ‘too’ upbeat lately. But hey, power of positive thinking. Let’s all throw rays of hopefullness towards LA for the afternoon.
UPDATE #2: Local channels in Los Angels are reporting that sources within the talks have confirmed that there are a few ancillary matters to hammer our, but that the core issues were “bridged.”
UPDATE #3: In response to the many people writing me about United Hollywood’s buzz-kill article: I’ve kept fairly quiet about my position on the strike. I believe that the writers deserve fair residuals and a good deal to protect them in the future. That said, I’m less than thrilled with unitedhollywood, and others, attempts to build an industry around the strike. I think a lot of bloggers and activists would be more disappointed to see their grass roots efforts come to an end than they would be pleased to see progress made. There has been a non stop flow of anti-amptp sentiment from various pro-WGA bloggers. Frankly, I think it is a business, and as a business it needs to be looked at moderately and with pragmatism for a meaningful solution.
On the other hand, I’ve found Nikki Finke’s deadlinehollywood blog to be, while occasionally biased, a pretty accurate and moderate news source when it comes to progress, and Nikki is reporting that her sources are saying that there IS a contract, and that the big hurdle now is the two sides taking that contract back to their respective organizations OK. Strangely, she is reporting that from unitedhollywood who have buried their own good news with articles with titles like “It’s not over till it’s over, and it’s not over.” Google money must be pretty good for pro-strike blogs, I guess.
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