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Writers' Strike Knocks Out January Premiere Of 24



NOVEMBER 12, 2007 -

The writers' strike already is wreaking havoc on the TV season. In addition to forcing the networks to air repeats of late-night talk shows, the strike has now also put them in the position of having to change up their midseason schedules—and the first casualty of those changes is Fox's hit 24.

Scheduled to have launched in January, the network announced that it would postpone the premiere indefinitely "to ensure that 'Day 7' can air uninterrupted, in its entirety."

Consequently, Fox's midseason drama Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will move from its planned Sunday 9 p.m. berth to 24's Monday 9 p.m. slot.

The series will premiere Sunday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m., then move into its new slot the following night.

Over at ABC, the network has yet to change plans for the midseason launch of Lost. But analysts continue to speculate about what a mid-run interruption might do to that show's already declining viewership.

Meanwhile, several sitcoms have stopped production because of the strike—including Fox's 'Til Death and Back to You, CBS' Rules of Engagement and The New Adventures of Old Christine, and NBC's The Office, the latter reportedly running out of new episodes after Nov. 15.

Earlier in the week, TV studios began suspending overall deals with writers and nonwriting producers, while notifying lower-level staff members like writers' assistants that they may be laid off as early as Nov. 9. —A.J. Frutkin

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