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Old 05-02-23, 05:31 PM
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re: Writers Strike 2023

Originally Posted by Decker
Serious question: Could ChatGPT write basic material for things like introductions for reality and sports shows?
Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
I'm sure that there are many discussions about that very topic going on right now.
Just read that AI is one of the sticking points in negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP; apparently the writers are concerned that movie and tv production will start using AI scripts and only hire humans to polish them and the studios and producers don't want to budge on that point.

This could get interesting...
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Old 05-02-23, 06:19 PM
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re: Writers Strike 2023

Originally Posted by RichC2
It's alright guys, there's a new episode of Gutfield! on Fox News tonight.
Makes sense. Iíve watched a few minutes of Gutfield! before, and yeah, itís obvious those jokes arenít written by any sort of professional writers.
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I was working at the studios during the longest writers strike ever in 1988. It lasted like 150 days. Didn't affect me much as I worked for Studio Facilities which was always staffed no matter what. So for 150 days.. not much to do. We would clock in and sit around all day and do a whole lot of nothing. Sometimes we'd walk over to a set and check it out even though it was a "hot set" and you're not supposed to touch anything. We did little things like switch around salt and pepper shakers and small stuff like that to see if they'd catch it when they came back.. and then we'd completely forget to check for it and get mixed up about which show it even was months later. There was a lot of back-room poker games. After about the first 30 days when it was obvious it was going to be a long strike the management decided that instead of everyone sitting around they'd repaint all the doors and stage walls and all that. That kept me busy for about an hour a day as all I was responsible for was supplying the materials for the effort and everyone had what they needed by 6am and I was only dealing with like 4-5 painters instead of 25-30 like i normally would during the early morning hours. It was so eerie at first with the place being so empty and then it was weird again when suddenly everyone was back.
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Old 05-02-23, 07:13 PM
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re: Writers Strike 2023

Originally Posted by Decker
Because you've seen everything on every streaming service already?
Everything I wanted to.

The good news is that this will give me the push to get back to reading again. I have a big backlog of books I've been meaning to get to.
Luckily the weather is warming up - so I can also spend even more time cycling, etc.
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Old 05-02-23, 07:36 PM
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At least I can catch up on stuff now.
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Old 05-02-23, 07:45 PM
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re: Writers Strike 2023

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
I wonder if the networks who also have streamers ABC (Disney+), CBS (Paramount+), and NBC (Peacock) might show some older stuff from their streaming services if they can't pump out enough unscripted shows to fill the timeslots.
If youíre suggesting that ABC would air The Mandalorian, Andor or CBS would air something like Star Trek Picard, highly unlikely. It would devalue the serviceís original programming. Streaming services didnít exist 15 years ago, so CBS was desperate enough to air an edited version of Dexter because they own Showtime and needed to fill a time slot badly.
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I am going to miss all of the shows that I don't watch or stream.
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Old 05-03-23, 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by DJariya
If you’re suggesting that ABC would air The Mandalorian, Andor or CBS would air something like Star Trek Picard, highly unlikely. It would devalue the service’s original programming. Streaming services didn’t exist 15 years ago, so CBS was desperate enough to air an edited version of Dexter because they own Showtime and needed to fill a time slot badly.
Didn't CBS air Star Trek Discovery a few years ago?

I could see maybe airing the initial seasons of a show since there's still the hook of "if you want to see more, subscribe."
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Old 05-03-23, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by fujishig
Didn't CBS air Star Trek Discovery a few years ago?

I could see maybe airing the initial seasons of a show since there's still the hook of "if you want to see more, subscribe."
I had completely forgotten about that. The first season aired in Fall 2020 on CBS due to the pandemic and being short on programming.
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is that why the Chicago shows haven't been on the last few weeks ?
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Did CBS air the entire season of Discovery? I really don't remember. I know they aired at least the first couple of episodes.

I could, possibly, see ABC airing something like Wandavision or The Mandalorian season one as both a time filler and a way to promote Disney+.

Paramount tends to be a lot looser with their content than Disney, though. All of the Star Trek series from Paramount+ have made it to DVD/blu-ray and SyFy is currently airing the canceled Twilight Zone series from a couple of years ago.

I assume that Disney wants to keep their Disney+ content exclusive to their streaming network (they haven't released any of it to DVD or blu-ray), but, at the same time, as the shows there get older and more content comes out, their exclusivity becomes less of a draw. I would wager that Wandavision, Falcon & Winter Soldier, and Loki, two years old, and The Mandalorian season one, three years old, aren't fueling new subscribers and sustaining old subscribers at this point.

Regarding Paramount/CBS, I'm not sure Star Trek and space opera would be much of a draw to network audiences. CBS would probably be better off airing early seasons of Yellowstone, and, though it's owned by Paramount, I think it's currently streaming on Peacock's paid tier, so they might not be able to do that. Some stuff, like the new CSI series or King of Tulsa would be better draws for network audiences, but they're likely still recent enough to still warrant streaming exclusivity.
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Originally Posted by lacubs
is that why the Chicago shows haven't been on the last few weeks ?
No totally unrelated. 2022-23 season shows arenít affected.
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Originally Posted by DJariya
No totally unrelated. 2022-23 season shows arenít affected.
Correct. In fact, "Fire" is working today with a shoot in the South Loop that's expected the be the season's final day anyway.
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I read yesterday that Night Court, which most of you guys here seem to hate, was in production of season 2 and is shutting down production due to the strike.
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Originally Posted by DJariya
I read yesterday that Night Court, which most of you guys here seem to hate, was in production of season 2 and is shutting down production due to the strike.
That would be a great show to bring in some scab writers. I mean maybe they'll make it funny.
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Originally Posted by General Zod
That would be a great show to bring in some scab writers. I mean maybe they'll make it funny.
I just assumed they didn't use professional writers this whole time.
Bring in the scabs!
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I tried to get AI to write the show, but it looks like it's not much better than the actual writers of the show :

write a scene where dan fielding from night court defends a group of male prostitutes in dragINT. NIGHT COURT - COURTROOM

Dan Fielding stands at his desk, looking over his notes. He straightens his tie and takes a deep breath before looking up to see a group of men in drag enter the courtroom.

Dan: (under his breath) "Oh boy."

The men take their seats in the back of the courtroom, drawing stares from the other onlookers.

The judge enters and takes his seat, calling the first case.

Judge: "The People v. Smith and others. What do we have here, Mr. Fielding?"

Dan stands up, adjusting his jacket and clears his throat.

Dan: "Your Honor, my clients are a group of male prostitutes who were arrested while working in drag."

Judge: "Working in drag?"

Dan: "Yes, Your Honor. They were dressing as women to attract male clients."

Judge: "And you're defending them?"

Dan: "Yes, Your Honor. My clients are simply trying to make a living. They are not hurting anyone."

The judge raises an eyebrow, clearly skeptical.

Judge: "I see. And what is the prosecution's argument?"

Prosecutor: "Your Honor, the defendants were engaging in illegal activities. They were soliciting sex for money."

Dan: "Your Honor, my clients are no different than any other sex worker. They provide a service that is in demand, and they should not be persecuted for it."

Prosecutor: "But they were breaking the law!"

Dan: "The law is outdated and discriminatory. It targets individuals who are already marginalized, and it's time for it to change."

The judge leans back in his chair, considering the arguments.

Judge: "Mr. Fielding, you make a compelling argument. I'm inclined to agree that our laws should reflect the realities of our society. I will dismiss the charges against your clients."

The men in drag stand up, cheering and hugging each other. Dan smiles, pleased with the outcome.

Dan: "Thank you, Your Honor. Justice has been served."

The men exit the courtroom, relieved and grateful. Dan watches them go, feeling a sense of pride in his work.

Dan: (to himself) "Another victory for justice. Maybe one day, we'll live in a world where everyone is free to be who they are."
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^ Not a single joke in that whole thing, and it's still funnier than anything from the show.
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Dan then stands up from his desk, revealing that, from the waist-down he is nude save for black lacy womens' lingerie, picks up his briefcase, and exits the courtroom to a raucous laugh track.

Fade out.

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Haven't seen all the new Trek shows yet, but the ones I have seen, on BD, have commercial fade outs built in. I assumed in case they ever wanted to syndicate them or something.
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Originally Posted by rw2516
Haven't seen all the new Trek shows yet, but the ones I have seen, on BD, have commercial fade outs built in. I assumed in case they ever wanted to syndicate them or something.
Not sure what this has to do with the writer's strike. But, yeah they have built in act breaks designed for international territories to run commercials.
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Originally Posted by DJariya
Not sure what this has to do with the writer's strike. But, yeah they have built in act breaks designed for international territories to run commercials.
Actually they're created with commercial breaks because CBS All Access/Paramount+ has a tier that includes commercials during shows.
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^ Not a single joke in that whole thing, and it's still funnier than anything from the show.
Completely agree.
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Not surprising since Fallon seems like a nice and classy guy.

I know everybody hates him and likes that douche Colbert more.


Staffers on late-night shows The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers can breathe slightly easier after the hosts and the networks worked out plans to pay crew after the late-night shows went dark.

Both NBC shows, as well as The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Daily Show, were pulled amid the writers strike.

Deadline understands that NBC is paying staff through the end of next week and Fallon and Meyers will pay for their crews for a third week.
Staffers will also have their healthcare extended through September.

It is somewhat similar to during the pandemic when the hosts also paid for their staffs when they were off.
https://deadline.com/2023/05/writers...ay-1235354983/
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