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Writer’s Strike: ‘The Talk’ Goes Dark and the Status of Daytime Dramas

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From late night talk shows to daytime talk shows, to movies and more, the WGA writer’s strike is on and it will now affect certain types of programming first, with a potential trickle-down effect; depending on just how long it will take for the WGA to hammer out a deal with AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers).

For CBS Daytime’s The Talk, the series will now stop current production as its staff includes WGA writers.  In its place, the show had in the can a fresh batch of  episodes that they had scheduled to air this week.  If the strike continues on, the plan is for the show to air repeats if it runs out of originals.

The same tactic is being taken with the late night talk shows, which already shut down and where you will see reruns for now. Primetime dramas writer’s room are now shut down.

In the case of your favorite dramas, because the soaps have the luxury of taping farther in advance then any other entertainment TV medium, they will not be adversely affected, for now.

Given that General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and The Young and the Restless are all mostly 6 weeks ahead of air or less, they should be fine, until, if and when they run out of original scripts. As for Days of our Lives, since they tape well over 6 to 8 months ahead, they should be in a solid position through the strike … unless the unthinkable happens and it goes on for much longer than 100 days.  The last writer’s strike started on November 5th, 2007 and ran 100 days.

So how did we get here? Talks between the two sides ended late Monday when the WGA and AMPTP could not come to terms on issues of money, transparency, security, and how they viewed the basic role of writers in the burgeoning world of streaming.  Next, a strike was called by WGA leadership Tuesday morning which has featured many prominent writers, and actors picketing at studio locations all over Los Angeles and New York City

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At the center of the dispute is streaming shows and more.  The WGA says that as series budgets have increased, the writers’s share of that money has over and over again been reduced.  Another issue is the use of ‘mini rooms’ for streaming shows as they utilize smaller staffs making an on-going income harder for scribes. In addition, the numbers of guild members on those staff has almost been reduced by fifty percent. These ‘mini rooms’ are where ahead of production, writers begin to break out stories and scripts.  In all, the WGA wants to see gains in compensation and residuals, a curb on said mini-rooms, and how the impact of AI, could be used instead of writers to generate new scripts.

So, what do you think about the writer’s strike? Glad they went on strike and unified for the now and the future? Concerned it will impact your favorite TV shows down the line? Share your thoughts in the comment section.


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Why do you think reruns would be the go-to for those three soaps? I’m just curious since it’s not how they handled it last time.

The last time (07-08) and in the 80s the soaps used scabs (or fi-core) writers. The head writer of Y&R, Josh Griffin, is already fi-core. I would assume that the soaps would take the same route this time.

I had to look up fi-core. It stands for Financial Core. In other words, a non-union employee.
Just wondering how you know that Josh Griffin is non-union, has he stated it in interviews? Thanks.

A show called The Talk need writers?! Interesting.

All talk shows have writers.

The View does not have writers. Whoopie Goldberg stated this on Tuesday morning show.. The View WILL carry on as normal

Whoopi is a moron.

If anyone is a moron/idiot it’s Jerry McConnell on The Talk. Are you telling me his words are written for him?

I couldn’t have said it better myself That show should have said goodby a long time ago

Can we just put Nick and Sharon together again ! Please pretty please!

I’m not a fan of streaming. I could live with a couple of them, but they got greedy , and increased in number so much they probably overloaded the number of good writers pool, and diluted the cable tv offerings. And didn’t share $wise with writers and directors. Maybe that’s why General Hospital has turned into such an awful, ugly show to me. Certainly not the caliber of “love in the afternoon” type programming in it’s heyday. And who could compete with some of the steaming budgets like the Lord Of the Rings prequel from billionaire Amazon owner Steve Bezos. I realize they also offered some excellent shows, but they still aren’t worth it to me.

Yes General hosiptal is unrecognizable now.. yes it use to love in the afternoon back in the day..what can of writers have just settled for. Makes no sense to us loyal long time viewers.

The Talk had writers?!

We rode out pandemic with classic episodes but it’s too soon to do that again. Non-union writers in strikes through decades took our stories in strange directions.

Do you really think they aren’t strange or weird now? Look at this crap G.H is feeding us now, how can anyone take it seriously? Laura remembering the code they needed to get the weather back on track plus all the other things she remembered is way too much.

I meant they replacement writers took stories in directions not intended. Agree that current storylines are lacking. GH should move on from the Cassadine madness. It’s been done to death.

Didn’t the 1988 writer’s strike give us the One Life To Live storyline in the Wild West? That was really good. Erica as Ginny and Clint traveling back to the past. Anyone else remember that?

I do recall that storyline. It paled in comparison to Viki’s trip to heaven or Eterna. Still clever though.

On GH, the 07-08 strike gave us Monica as an alcoholic. Guza had stopped writing for Monica long before the strike. Wolf comes in during the strike and all of a sudden LC is in a big storyline. Once Guza came back, the story was wrapped up quickly and LC sent off into sporadic appearances until Frank and Ron took over in 2012.

I’m just wondering if this writer’s strike will affect award shows like the daytime emmys.

yes I’ve heard its been canceled fir now or this year bc of writer strike

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‘Santa Barbara’ Episodes May See Light of Day Yet; Will the Beloved Soap Opera Come to Streaming?

For decades, soap opera fans around the world have wanted a chance to see Santa Barbara episodes again. The soap, which first aired on NBC back on July 30, 1984 aired for only 9 seasons until the network pulled the plug after diminishing ratings and multiple changes in writing and producing regimes. The show last aired on January 15th, 1993.

Santa Barbara was co-created and initially produced and co-written by the legendary team of Bridget and Jerome Dobson. At the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmys, Jerome was honored with the Gold Circle medal for his over 50 years of work and accomplishments within the medium. Sadly his wife, Bridget passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 85.

The show featured an all-star soap cast throughout its run which included, at times: Marcy Walker, A Martinez, Dame Judith Anderson, Robin Wright, Justin Deas, Eileen Davidson, Lane Davies, Nancy Lee Grahn, Kim Zimmer, Jack Wagner, Jed Allan, Louise Sorel. Judith McConnell, Roscoe Born, Sydney Penny, Todd McKee, Terry Lester, Justin Gocke, Nicolas Coster and many more.

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During a livestream conversation on Friday, June 21st, Jerome Dobson and A Martinez visited the Michael Fairman Channel to reminisce about the success and ups and downs of Santa Barbara and much more.

Many people in the live chat and many around the world (Santa Barbara was very popular internationally) have wanted to know with the legal issues it appears had plagued the show for years, if there would be a chance that fans could ever see Santa Barbara episodes again, and if they could become available or streamed?

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Dobson shared exclusively, “Well, there’s some legal footwork being done right now about that kind of possibility. There’s been so much demand to see Santa Barbara, and so it’s not totally out of the question.” Martinez (ex-Cruz Castillo) reaction to that possibility was that of “Wow!” That was also the same reaction by several viewers watching the live conversation in the chat, because that would be a soap dream come true for many.

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So, do you hope that the legalities can finally be worked out and you could relive the seasons of ‘Santa Barbara’ all over again? Let us know in the comment section below. You can check out the live chat with A and Jerome below, the moment happens around the 56:18 mark.

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Trevor St. John Announces His Departure from The Young and the Restless

In a shocker, Trevor St. John revealed on Tuesday that he is leaving the cast of The Young and the Restless and his role as Tucker McCall.

The popular actor took to his account on X and in a series of posts said his “thank you’s” and bid farewell to the top-rated soap opera.

St. John shared, “As you well know, Tuckers come and Tuckers go, and so the cycle continues… this Tucker is in his go phase… I thank each and every member of the wonderful cast, the crew, the directors, the producers and production staff, and CBS/Sony for the great experience from day one to the last. I feel so fortunate to have played such a terrific role.”

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Trevor continued: “Most importantly, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to you the (Y&R) fans. THANK YOU!” Tucker might be gone for the time being, but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve got projects in the works, and if you haven’t seen my film, A Good Enough Day, it’s now available to stream for free on Tubi!”

The news of his exit comes just two years shy of his time on The Young and the Restless.  St. John made his Genoa City debut in September of 2022 as the new Tucker, last played by Days of our Lives, Stephen Nichols (Steve). The role was first played by actor William Russ.

No word from St. John or Y&R as to when his last episode will air on the top-rated soap opera.  In story, Tucker is losing his company to a takeover by Audra and Victor, while Ashley is finally getting help she needs after her personality split.

So, what do you think about Trevor’s departure from Y&R? Comment below.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Casts Joshua Morrow’s Son, Crew, as the New Will Spencer

In casting news, Crew Morrow, the son of  Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman, The Young and the Restless) and his wife, Tobe, is joining The Bold and the Beautiful as a a recast in the contract role of Will Spencer.

That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom), who formerly played Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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In addition, more casting was revealed. Jamison Belushi, the daughter of comedian and actor, Jim Belushi, is making a one-day guest appearance in the role of April, a lab technician on today’s Monday, June 17th episode. The outlet also mentioned that Li (Naomi Matsuda) and Finn (Tanner Novlan), with whom April works for, are about to embark on a summer mystery story that kicks off on July 1.

So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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