WGA Strike May Affect Emmys

If the WGA strike continues, the drama categories for the Emmys will shake up, with 24 and Kiefer Sutherland ineligible to be nominated (as Fox has pushed the show until a strike is resolved). And it may be good news for new shows, which frequently submit their pilot — compared to returnees, which often submit their season finales (which are now put on hold), according to Variety.

It’s too soon to tell how a prolonged writers strike might impact the Primetime Emmy Awards, the TV Academy said last week. But even if the season is cut short and no new episodes are produced beyond the ones finishing up this month, the Emmy show could still go on.

And in an unusual twist, some cable series — which traditionally just produce 13 episodes a season, compared with 22 or more at the broadcast nets — may wind up with a larger body of work to showcase, as many went into production earlier (and began running earlier) than broadcast fare.