LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05:  Actress Wanda Sykes protests in support of striking Hollywood writers outside of the Warner Brothers studio in Burbank, California on November 5, 2007.  Writers Guild of America members went on strike at 12:01 AM after last-minute talks aimed at ending a standoff with studios collapsed, with the union demanding a share of profits from the sale of DVDs and the online distribution of shows.  (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
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10 TV Shows Heavily Changed By The 2007-08 Writers Strike
Prison Break
While Season 3 of “Prison Break” went largely unaffected by the writers’ strike, it was a massive blow for developing its companion series, “Prison Break: Cherry Hill.”
The spinoff would have taken place in a women’s prison within the same universe and introduced a new cast of characters, but Fox decided to cancel the project due to the setbacks.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Unlike many other shows that went into production in late 2007, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” had finished filming nine of Season 1’s episodes before the strike.
However, showrunner Josh Friedman shared that he was only actively involved in the post-production process for the first episode, with the rest handled by non-WGA people.
“Scrubs” was slated to end after Season 7, but the writers’ strike interrupted the show’s production and left many fans wondering if the series would get a proper finale.
Although the writers’ strike did indeed cut Season 7 short, fans didn’t need to worry, as ABC picked up the show and ran it for an additional two seasons.
Grey’s Anatomy
ABC’s massive hit “Grey’s Anatomy” wasn’t a show that suffered much damage from the strike, but fans did miss out on certain interesting plot developments.
“Dawson’s Creek” actor Joshua Jackson was set to join the show, but due to production delays, the actor moved on and instead starred in “Fringe.”
The Riches
Series star Minnie Driver commented, “We were cancelled in the wake of punitive measures taken against writers who were vocal in the writers’ strike in 2007. Lunacy.”
“The Riches” Season 2 had entered production when the strike began, resulting in the show being reduced to only seven episodes that ended on a cliffhanger before its cancellation.