Which TV shows are affected by the 2023 writers’ strike?

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Which TV shows are affected by the 2023 writers’ strike?

As the Hollywood writers’ strike enters its second week, production has stalled on several major TV shows, including “Abbott Elementary,” “Stranger Things” and “Saturday Night Live.”

Some television writers’ rooms have shut down completely during the strike, while other productions around the country have seen filming interrupted by picketers.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) called a strike on May 2, demanding higher wages and a stable pay structure, as well as fairer contracts and working conditions, according to the WGA's list of proposals.

The WGA, a joining of two labor unions representing television, movie, news, radio and online writers, also called for regulations around the use of artificial intelligence.

The union called the strike after weeks of negotiations broke down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents Hollywood studios and production companies, including Warner Bros. Discovery, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony, Netflix, Amazon, Apple and Disney.

Hollywood Writers Are Going On Strike For First Time In 15 Years (Eric Thayer / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Hollywood Writers Are Going On Strike For First Time In 15 Years (Eric Thayer / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Members of the WGA have been picketing the headquarters of major studios on both coasts, as well as targeting location shoots in New York, Los Angeles and other cities to prevent shows from filming.

In some cases, non-writer workers on set have joined the picketing WGA members in solidarity, downing tools so that production cannot move forward.

The last WGA strike lasted about three months, lasting from November 2007 to February 2008, and had a major impact on TV schedules. The strike shortened the seasons of several popular shows at the time, including “Pushing Daisies,” “Friday Night Lights,” and “Heroes,” according to NBC News.

It’s impossible to know when the current strike will end, but it could last for several months, having a ripple effect on future TV release dates.

Per Variety, some shows are continuing production, including HBO's "House of the Dragon" and Season Two of Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power." Many however, have been shuttered in the wake of the strike.

Here are all the TV shows that have been affected by the WGA strike so far.

“Abbott Elementary”

The writers’ room of the hit ABC comedy, which recently wrapped its second season, is closed for business, star Sheryl Lee Ralph told TODAY.com last week.

“They were supposed to be going back into the writers room (on May 3) to start on the third season,” Ralph said. “They won’t be.”

“Stranger Things”

Twin brothers Matt and Ross Duffer, who created the supernatural Netflix drama, said work on the show’s upcoming fifth season is on hiatus during the strike.

“Duffers here. Writing does not stop when filming begins. While we’re excited to start production with our amazing cast and crew, it is not possible during this strike,” they wrote in a joint statement on Twitter. “We hope a fair deal is reached soon so we can all get back to work. Until then -- over and out. #wgastrong.”

“Saturday Night Live”

NBC’s sketch comedy show went dark May 2 after the show’s writers went on strike.

“SNL” alum Pete Davidson, who had been slated to host the show that week, showed his solidarity by delivering pizza to people on a picket line in Brooklyn, New York, May 5.

Late night talk shows

NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” as well as CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” are all on pause during the strike.

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

Writing has paused on the sixth and final season of Hulu’s dystopian drama, Reuters reports.

“The existential nature of this fight has become clear to everyone,” co-showrunner and executive producer Yahlin Chang said on the WGA’s website.


Protestors interrupted filming of the Showtime drama twice during the first week of the strike, Deadline reports.

Strikers prevented filming from taking place at various location shoots around New York City. Amy Schumer joined protests in Brooklyn, and Edie Falco joined efforts in Manhattan, according to Deadline.

"The Last of Us"

The casting process has been delayed for the second season of HBO’s dystopian drama because there are no scripts to read from, Variety reports.

Before casting paused, actors were reportedly auditioning using lines pulled directly from “The Last of Us Part II,” the video game upon which the series is based, according to Variety.


Filming for the second season of the Apple TV+ comedy starring Maya Rudolph has been stalled by the strikes, Deadline reported on May 5.

“Sinking Spring”

Production of the Apple TV+ drama was shut down for at least one day by the strike in Philadelphia, showrunner and strike captain Warren Leight shared on Twitter on May 9.

“Wonder Man”

Protesters reportedly managed to stall production of this highly anticipated upcoming Marvel drama in Hollywood, according to Deadline.

“Daredevil: Born Again”

Production of the Marvel series was suspended for a week and it is “unclear” when filming will resume, Deadline reported.

The WGA East union also said on Twitter that filming of “Daredevil: Born Again” had been “completely shut down” in New York.

“FBI: Most Wanted”

Filming for the fourth season of this Dick Wolf crime drama was temporarily interrupted by strikers in New York on May 11, according to Deadline.

“Power Book II: Ghost” 

Filming of the Starz show was temporarily shut down by protesters in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, according to Deadline.

“Power Book II: Ghost” is a sequel to the Starz crime drama “Power,” which ran from 2014 to 2020.


As the second week of the writers’ strike began, production of Season Two of Apple TV+’s dystopian thriller was paused in New York City, according to Deadline.


Writing for the third season of the Showtime thriller is apparently on hiatus due to the strike.

“Well, we had exactly one day in the #YellowJackets S3 writers’ room,” the show’s co-creator Ashley Lyle tweeted May 2. “It was amazing, and creatively invigorating, and so much fun, and I’m very excited to get back to it as soon as the #WGA gets a fair deal.”


Tony Gilroy, the showrunner for the Disney+ “Star Wars” series, told The Hollywood Reporter that he has ceased all writing and producing work on the show.

“I discontinued all writing and writing-related work on Andor prior to midnight, May 1. After being briefed on the Saturday showrunner meeting, I informed Chris Keyser at the WGA on Sunday morning that I would also be ceasing all non-writing producing functions,” Gilroy said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gilroy had come under fire for originally continuing with production work on the show after the strike began.


Production for the HBO Max comedy is on pause during the strike.

“We are devastated to not be with our incredible crew and cast right now, but there was no other option here,” the show’s co-creator Jen Statsky wrote on Twitter. “Writing happens at every stage of the process — production and post included. It’s what makes shows and movies good. It’s what makes them possible.”


Filming has paused for the second season of the Netflix comedy starring Rob Lowe and his son, John Owen Lowe.

Both Lowes were spotted in a picket line in Los Angeles during the first week of the strike.

“I came out to support the writers because as actors, we’re only as good as the writing we get,” Rob Lowe told Reuters as he marched.

“The Venery of Samantha Bird”

This upcoming Starz psychological thriller paused filming with two episodes left to shoot of its first season, according to Deadline.


Writing for Season Three of the Starz drama is on hiatus.

“Despite rumors, due to the #WGA #WritersStrike filming on #PValley has been postponed,” creator Katori Hall tweeted on May 10. “Like many of my fellow showrunners, I feel as though my writing & producing duties are inextricably linked. We will not be filming until a fair deal is reached.”


The Paramount+ series is ending production early on its fourth season. Variety reported that the show wrapped early due to a cast member leaving the show temporarily due to a “personal family matter.”

Picketers also interrupted filming of the show.

“A handful of us walking in a tiny circle cost them the day’s shoot,” writer and radio producer Starlee Kine tweeted on May 6, sharing a photo of people holding protest signs. “We were told the producers were pissed. They kept the crew there for hours, sitting on the sidewalk. We felt the solidarity. We’ll win this whole thing together.”

“Pretty Little Liars: Summer School”

Filming for this HBO Max “Pretty Little Liars” spinoff series was reportedly interrupted in Newburgh near New York City, according to Deadline.

“Good Trouble”

Filming for the fifth season of this Freeform series, a spinoff of “The Fosters,” was paused on May 9, according to Deadline.

Picketers targeted a shooting location in Los Angeles and members of two other unions, IATSE and Teamsters, refused to cross the picket line in solidarity.


Season Seven of this Disney Channel show halted filming due to the strike.

Producers hope to resume filming “at the earliest possible opportunity,” Disney’s It’s a Laugh Productions told Deadline in a statement.

“A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight”

This “Game of Thrones” prequel has paused production.

George R. R. Martin confirmed the news in a May 7 blog post, expressing his “complete and unequivocal support of my Guild.”

“The writers’ strike is on,” he wrote. “No one wanted this — no writer with an ounce of sense, anyway — but the producers and the studios and the networks and the streamers gave us no choice. The Guild negotiated right up to the final deadline on May 1, but it takes two to tango.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com