Hollywood Strike Looms, Your Favorite TV Show Could be in Jeopardy

You'd better get your fill of new television shows and movies while you can because not too long from now, you might just be seeing re-runs.

The union representing practically all the film and tv writers in Hollywood is on the verge of calling for a strike.

In fact, the writers' contract expires at midnight Pacific time Novemeber first.

The writers behind some of your favorite tv shows and movies are about to throw in their pens.

If a new contract is not reached between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the 12,000 members of the writers union say they're prepared to strike.

Mark Cherry, the creator of the hit show Desperate Housewives says, "For the average viewer of tv, a strike means come January, all original programming would stop, at least for scripted shows. Certain reality shows could continue, but it would be a far different prime time schedule from January 15th or so."

The writers want reality tv shows to go union, more residual pay for home video sales and their chief demand: compensation for the shows and movies that end up online.

John Bowman of the Writers Guild of America says, "The next generation is growing up watching shows on the internet. Right now, tv is being re-run on the net. By the way, we're not getting paid for those shows on the net."

The big studios aren't budging, and they call the writers' demands unrealistic.

"They're preoccupied with going on a strike. Their leadership has taken them out on a fool's errand for a disastrous impact on our industry," cautions Nick Counter of the AMPTP.

Carl Diorio of the Hollywood Reporter has been covering the looming strike for months and he says while the writers likely won't walk out tonight, picket lines seem inevitable.

"There's very little evidence that they found any common ground on virtually any subject," he says.

If the writers do decide to strike, it would halt production on most television shows and movies putting more than a hundred thousand people in Hollywood out of work.