This time it’s really real. The WGA has in fact reached a tentative settlement with the AMPTP, which means the end of the strike is potentially only days away. Before everyone can go back to work, though, the guild membership has to vote to lift the strike. And although the referendum is expected to pass, we won’t know for sure until the votes are counted Tuesday night. But come Wednesday morning, there’s a good chance that Hollywood may be back in business.
So what does this mean for the current TV season and the fate of our favorite shows? It may not be too late to save at least some of the 2007-08 season. Expect some top-rated series to jump into hyperdrive in order to rush new episodes onto the air for spring. Others may choose to allow their season to bleed over into summer. Still others, including many expensive one-hours, highly serialized shows, and those on the bubble, may not be back until next season.