The Hollywood’s writers’ strike has led to a number of popular shows halting production, or shutting down altogether.
America’s late-night talk shows were the first to be affected, as they went dark and began airing re-runs immediately after the walkout was announced on May 2.
And now as the action looks likely to head into its third week, it is beginning to hurt more Hollywood productions.
Thousands of film and TV writers have hit the picket lines after the Writers Guild of America (WGA) called its first strike in 16 years. At the center of the row is the rise of streaming – with the guild saying that as budgets have increased, writers’ share of that cash has consistently shrunk.
Analysts are predicting the strike could last three months or more, meaning that further shows which were slated for release in the fall season are expected to pause filming or halt pre-production.
DailyMail.com has rounded up a list of shows that have been affected so far:
Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin announced that the writer’s room on spin-off series A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight would be closing for the foreseeable
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight
Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin announced on May 8 that the writer’s room on spin-off series A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight would be closing for the foreseeable.
The creator of the Game of Thrones universe pledged his full support for the strikers, writing on his blog: ‘I am not in LA, so I cannot walk a picket line as I did in 1988, but I want to go on the record with my full and complete and unequivocal support of my Guild.’
‘There are pickets in front of every studio lot and sound stage in LA, and many in other cities as well. Get used to them. I expect they will be there for a long time,’ he said.
The writer’s room for the third season of cult-hit Yellowjackets has closed for the walkout
Yellowjackets Season 3
The writer’s room for the survival thriller and coming-of-age drama were back to work for one day before being shut down due to the walkout.
‘Well, we had exactly one day in the #YellowJackets S3 writers’ room,’ co-creator Ashley Lyle wrote on Twitter. ‘It was amazing, and creatively invigorating, and so much fun, and I’m very excited to get back to it as soon as the #WGA gets a fair deal. #1u #unionstrong.’
The strike will not affect the second season of the series which is currently being aired on Showtime.
Abbott Elementary did not begin work on its third season, after being renewed in January
Abbott Elementary Season 3
Writers on the award-winning mockumentary sitcom were due to start working on May 2, but the first day was canceled due to the strike, and now has been delayed for the foreseeable future.
Without a story for Season 3, which was given the green light in January, all production is on pause for now.
Blade is one of the first movies to be affected by the strike, which has mostly impacted TV
Marvel shut down pre-production on the vampire thriller Blade, which was due to begin shooting in Atlanta in June.
The feature film, which stars Mahershala Ali, was also paused once before but is expected to restart when the strike ends.
Cobra Kai, the Netflix sequel to the Karate Kid films, stopped pre-production on May 2
Cobra Kai Season 6
The writers room on the Netflix action show was closed the day the strike began.
Co-creator Jon Hurwitz tweeted on May 2: ‘Pencils down in the Cobra Kai writers room. No writers on set. These aren’t fun times, but it’s unfortunately necessary.’
The creators of Stranger Things have confirmed production on season five has been delayed by the Hollywood Writers’ strike (Millie Bobby Brown is pictured in-character)
Stranger Things Season 5
Filming for the fifth and final season of the sci-fi horror has been delayed. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer, both 39, known as the Duffer Brothers, broke the news to fans on Twitter.
They wrote: ‘Writing does not stop when filming begins. While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike. We hope a fair deal is reached soon so we can all get back to work. Until then – over and out.’
A planned release date had not been set for the show.
Comedian Pete Davidson’s hosting gig was cancelled due to the ongoing strike action
Saturday Night Live Season 48
Along with the other late-night talk shows, including those hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers, SNL was quickly hit by the strikes.
Comedian Pete Davidson was due to host for the first time on May 6, but re-runs are now airing for the foreseeable future.
HBO Max’s Hacks has halted filming as the walkout heads towards its third week
HBO Max’s Hacks has halted filming indefinitely. Sources close to the show revealed filming will be suspended throughout the duration of the writers strike, according to Deadline.
‘We are devastated to not be with our incredible crew and cast right now, but there was no other option here,’ executive producer and co-creator Jen Statsky said on Twitter on May 5. ‘Writing happens at every stage of the process – production and post included. It’s what makes shows and movies good. It’s what makes them possible.’
American Horror Story Season 12
According to Deadline, production was delayed after Teamsters showed solidarity with picketers outside a set in New York.
Trucks and stagehands headed for the set reportedly turned around when they saw the picket.
Celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Adam Levine and Naomi Campbell are all set to guest star in the season.
Apple’s drama series Severance paused production of its second season on May 8
Severance, Season 2
On May 8, Apple’s drama series Severance paused production of its second season after members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and Teamsters refused to cross the WGA picket line at York Studios in New York.
Loot, starring Maya Rudolph, was also shut down in Los Angeles due to ongoing strikes
Loot, Season 2
Picketers also shut down production on the Apple series Loot, starring Maya Rudolph, in Los Angeles on May 5.
Filming has been disrupted on the seventh season of Billions (Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades)
Billions, Season 7
According to Deadline, picketers disrupted filming on the Showtime title which is written by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien – who are not on set for the longevity of the strike.
On May 4, production allegedly continued filming in the afternoon, but the picketers returned the next day.
P-Valley – which centers on a fictional Mississippi strip club called The Pynk – halted filming
P-Valley, Season 3
Creator and showrunner Katori Hall announced on Twitter on May 10 that filming on the drama has been postponed.
She wrote: ‘Despite rumors, due to the #WGA #WritersStrike filming on #PValley has been postponed. Like many of my fellow showrunners, I feel as though my writing & producing duties are inextricably linked. We will not be filming until a fair deal is reached. #WGAStrong.’
CONTINUING WITH FILMING
House of the Dragon will continue with filming as the scripts were already locked in
House of the Dragon, Season 2
Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon, which stars Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy, will continue filming as the scripts were already locked in before the strike began.
However the show will carry on without the writers being involved, which means that the script and plot cannot be tweaked as production goes on. Scripts from union members cannot be changed at all while a strike is ongoing – so it must remain as is.
The Rings Of Power is reportedly a few weeks from wrapping filming for its second season
The Rings of Power, Season 2
The Lord of the Rings spin-off has opted to finish the final weeks of production – but without showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. According to Variety, the Amazon Prime fantasy show was due to wrap on May 23.
However, as per WGA rules, Payne, McKay and any other writer-producers are barred from participating in any writing-based duties during production.
Any creative decisions will reportedly be made by non-writing executive producers, directors, and crew working on set in the UK.