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first_imgHOLLYWOOD – Reruns appeared likely today to begin running much sooner than expected as an outcome of the writers’ strike, which is now in its fourth day. The networks had estimated that a backlog of finished scripts and completed episodes would keep most series on the air until early 2008. But with numerous show runners refusing to supervise nonwriting services on their programs — duties that include overseeing casting, editing and directing — production has stopped on several leading series, and the supply of new episodes of a number of shows will dry up around Thanksgiving. Show runners, as they are called in the industry, have the dual roles of determining a show’s creative direction and answering to the studios. The premiere is being postponed so the series can air uninterrupted in its entirety, a network executive said. In place of “24”, Fox will air “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” a new series based on the “Terminator” movie franchise, Monday nights at 9 p.m., beginning Jan. 14. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Without the cooperation of the show runners, networks were forced to shut down or sharply curtail production of series they had hoped to keep going for weeks or even months. “When we’re off the job, pretty much everything stops,” Marc Cherry, creator and executive producer of “Desperate Housewives,” said while on the picket lines yesterday. In staging a very public rally in front of Walt Disney Studios in Burbank yesterday, the 100 or so writer-producers of some of TV’s highest-rated programs ratcheted up the pressure on the studios and producers who only a day before had threatened to withdraw scores of lucrative contracts with writers. By coming out in support of the Writers Guild of America, TV’s top writer-producers may have hastened the disappearance of some of the nation’s most popular prime-time shows, including “Desperate Housewives,” “Lost” and “The Office.” Additionally, the scheduled Jan. 13 season premiere of “24” has been postponed because of the writers’ strike, Fox Broadcasting announced today. last_img read more

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