When Will TV Shows Like Abbott Elementary Return? –

After the industry-wide shutdown caused by COVID-19, the major broadcast networks ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW are now faced with a new challenge. Following strikes by the Writers Guild of America and the performers union SAG-AFTRA, there was a 150-day work stoppage. However, with the WGA strike now over, the networks are assembling writers rooms and preparing for the resolution of the SAG-AFTRA strike. Industry insiders are optimistic about the quick resolution, and scripted comedies and dramas could potentially return as early as January. The networks are cautiously planning their schedules, with a focus on returning hits and fewer slots available for new shows.

Summery :

– The COVID-19 industry shutdown has caused delays in broadcast schedules for the past three years.
– The WGA strike has ended, allowing networks to resume production of scripted comedies and dramas.
– Broadcast networks are aiming to release new episodes as early as January.
– Networks are planning to produce fewer episodes than usual due to the shortened season.
– If the SAG-AFTRA strike is resolved soon, shows like “Abbott Elementary,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “NCIS,” and “CSI” may return in early 2024.
– NBC’s Chicago and Law & Order dramas are a priority to get back on air.
– The CW is looking to bring back shows like “All American,” “Homecoming,” “Walker,” and “Superman & Lois” in April.
– Networks have cushioned their fall 2023 schedules with unscripted programming and pushed some new originals to this year.
– New shows that have not started filming may be pushed to the 2024-2025 season.
– NBC is in a good position with already completed episodes of shows like “The Irrational” and “Quantum Leap.”
– The fate of certain shows and pilots is still uncertain and will depend on scheduling needs and the resolution of the actors’ strike.

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