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SAG Strike Good News for Reality TV

December 20, 2008 05:00 PM by Paulene Hinds

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The Screen Actors Guild, or SAG, has announced it will mail ballots to its 120,000 members on January 2, 2009 requesting authorization to strike against production studios. Votes will be tabulated by January 23rd and Union leaders will need 75 percent approval to proceed. While last year’s writers’ strike crippled many TV shows, the SAG strike will only affect some scripted programs. This would open the door to another spring/summer that is full of new reality TV shows and old favorites returning early.

Reality TV shows like American Idol, Survivor and Dancing with the Stars will be safe because they are covered by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists or AFTRA, but SAG does covers big shows, like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The networks however might not suffer as much with a SAG strike as they did during the writers’ strike because they have been in production since the summer, and have already finished shooting many of their seasons’ episodes. Some may have even already finished a full-season order. However, even with the winter/spring seasons completed, no work would begin on the summer/fall seasons until the strike is over which could delay network television from returning to its’ regular program schedules.

Because of the tumultuous economy, a SAG strike is considered unlikely, but if SAG members vote to authorize a strike, a walkout could happen as early as mid-January.

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Topics: ABC Reality TV Shows, CBS Reality TV Shows, FOX Reality TV Shows, NBC Reality TV Shows |

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