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Desperate Housewives has run out of scripts. The Office and Rules of Engagement have shut down, along with at least five other prime-time television shows.  Jay Leno was back on the picket line apologizing for not having a joke.  Meantime, producers are canceling long-term contracts. Does the Writers Guild strike threaten the future of TV as we know it?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Writers' Strike Update

With writers and others marching with picket signs outside their doors, major studios are planning to suspend long-term production deals with so-called "showrunners." They are producers and writers, and the studios reportedly expected them to continue performing the production part of their jobs.

Guests:
Howard Suber, Founding Director of the Producers Program, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

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