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CW Unveils Post-Strike Plans

As the writers strike informally winds down, episode orders are flying off the shelf for the remainder of this season and the 2008-09 season, as writers, actors and crew prepare to produce any episodes for the shortened 2007-08 season and then likely work straight through the summer readying next season as well.

The CW confirmed the network is preparing to give its slate of dramas, including “Smallville,” “Supernatural,” “One Tree Hill” and “Reaper,” five or six episodes to wrap up the current season, with fresh fare likely to return in early April.

The network’s sitcoms, meanwhile, which offer a faster turnaround in production, are looking at an eight- or nine-episode schedule that could start airing as early as mid-March, for shows including “The Game.”

Other sitcoms, however, will make do with what’s in the can, including “Aliens in America” and “Everybody Hates Chris,” both of which had 18 to 22 episodes already taped when the strike began.

Meanwhile, sources said “Life Is Wild” will halt all production and likely faces cancellation. The long-running “Girlfriends,” which was already thought to be in its final season, will not produce fresh episodes, although one final goodbye for fans likely will be put on the air.

Comments (26)

Andi:

Delighted to hear there will be a few more episodes of Supernatural this season. With a critical, and quite riveting, story arc for the boys in the works, it would have been a shame to stop after the next 2 new episodes and have to wait months and months for more. Fans everywhere are thrilled and excited. Thanks, TVWeek, for the great news.

Is it me, or is it just great to have television back. I'm so excited to watch anything, even mediocre shows like "One Tree Hill" and "The Game". Please writers, never go on strike again.

Beth from MN:

Andi, I couldn't agree more! Supernatural has hit its stride since returning to the airwaves in late January. First heard only three or four new eps would show up, but now sounds like as many as six could be coming our way. Hope the boys have enjoyed the break and are ready to come back to work. Now if we can only get through March....

Jen:

Great news about Supernatural. I love that show. It's just getting into the thick of this season's arc and I'm looking forward to what comes next.

Roxy:

Fantastic news about Supernatural. I love the boys, and the show only gets better as it goes on. I was afaid Kripke and Co. were going to have to leave us hanging all summer, but I wouldn't put it past him anyway...He definately knows how to keep his audience entertained. THat is the reason those of us who are fans are rabid about our show, and anyone who takes a chance on it will be fans too!

Phil the K:

Ditto the above, except that my show is Smallville. I can't wait to see how the gang moves forward to become the Superman and Justice Leasgue and friends we all know and love, because this show has been a surprising series of twists from traditional Superman history that, as a Supernatural or Charmed fan might say, have left me "spellbound". Acting and writing on this show has been great over 7 years-can't wait to see Tom Welling finally become the Man of Steel, which I assume will hapen in the season finale or the season opener next year (if there is one)!
Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover play a great twisted father-son relationship.
Lois, Lana, Supergirl (Kara), Chloe and bnow Black Canary make the showe worth watching all by themeselves! :)

Valli:

Long Live Reaper! Please keep it for another season, CW!

Mike in Minnesota:

Please, Please, Please keep Aliens in America and Reaper for this year and next.
These are the best two shows on TV. My three daughters (all in your hot demographic) turned me and my boomer wife on to these terrific shows. They are throwbacks to a time when comedy was great - Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, etc. Keep them coming, get some better marketing going on college campuses. These shows should be hits with that crowd! (and 50ish folks like me)

Mark:

More Winchester Family! More, more more! =)

CW Fan:

Supernatural is the best show on TV- i love love love it- this is the best news - i can't wait

ary:

IIIII LOVE supernatural I hope supernatural always be there for and I hope the show move forward.....

I want more winchester bros....

ima-indonesia:

Love Supernatural. Hopefully CW will appreciate it more

lisa:

please don't canel life is wild because i like this show and i think it deserve to stay for next year because we want to know what going to happen. how come life is wild will be canceled? my friends and i love life is wild. in we were upset that when we tried to look for news about life is wild they said it's dead and a lot of people love life is wild. please don't cancel life is wild and we hope life is wild will have another sesson. thanks

Emily:

i am in love with ONE TREE HILL!!!!!
that show is the only reason i watch tv.
it completes my life

Sarah:

IM SO EXCITED THAT ONE TREE HILL IS COMING BACK

WOO!!!! YESS! Supernaturals the best show ever!!! so happy its coming back with new episodes!!!!!!!! Can't WAITT!!! Same with Reaper! that shows good =)

ciara:

please please keep life is wild for at least 2 more years me my mom and my friends all really love watching life is wild and we cried are selfs to sleep when people said it was dead. peaople love lif eis wild and we all would really like to see what happens. i buy the episodes all the time on i-Tunes. soooo please please bring back life is wild.

hannah:

please don't cancel Life is Wild. it is the BEST TV show EVER!!!!!! everyone at work loves it too. when i heard that it was dead i almost cried. how can you do that? please keep it alive

amy:

I LOVE LIFE IS WILD SOOOOOOO MUCH. IF YOU CARE ABOUT VIEWERS YOU WILL NOT CANCEL IT. EVERYONE I KNOW IS SAD ABOUT IT. PLEASE BRING IT BACK.

LIFE IS WILD LOVER:

life is wild is a good clean show and the best one you have please keep it on the air. it's one of the few shaows in the world that i can trust my teenage daughter will learn from. i am also a HUGE FAN OF THE SHOW!!!! I WILL BE SOOOOOO sad if you don't bring it back :( sooooo please for me and all they other life is wild fans bring it back

LOLA:

BRING BACK LIFE IS WILD HERE IS A PETION OF FANS WHO WANT IT BACK

LOLA
HILARY
GLORIA
CIARA
CALLIE
SIERRA
ANGELA
CATIE
SARAH
CLAIR
SONNET
AUSTIN
WILLIAM
GRACE
PAYTON
RENEE
JENNA
SABRINA
NICK
CALVIN
HANNAH
CARINA
ROBIN
PAUL
ANNIKA
SAMANTHA
JACOB
KYLA
BRENNA
SAMUEL
NICOLE
MICHELLE
LYDIA
BROOKE
QUINN
SUE
MARIA
LAYLA
LINDSEY
MEGHAN
RACHEL
LILLY
ALLYSSA
ERIKA
VIKKI
JACE
AMBER
PAM
LORRI
AARON
AMY
KATHERINE
CAITLYNN
BELLA
HILARY
BARBARA
AMANDA
MAKENNA
MELISSA
EVAN
CONNIE
LAURA
BAILEY
KAYLA
JOANNA
ABBY
ANNA
BRIANNA
AMANDA
BRITTANY
TAMARA
DIANA
ALEXIS
BRYNN
JENNY
RUDY
JEFF
MALINA
JAKE
KATE
ALICE
MARTIN
MAX
DALLAS
BILL
CAROL
DIANA
PATRICIA
ALICIA
ANNALISE
SHANNON
SAM
CARA
DAVE
SUE
CRIS
KAREN
STEVE

Crystal:

Please save Life is Wild! I love that show!

Carla:

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP LIFE IS WILD I LOVE THIS SHOW SOOOOOOO MUCH. I WATCH IT FROM MY HOSPITAL ROOM EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN SOOOOO PLEASE KEEP IT ON THE AIR

darkbunnys:

Hi I love Life is Wild also. Please keep it on air. A show that u can sit and watch with your kids and a show the whole family and see together. All the other CW shows are great as well I love Smallville, Supernatural, One Tree Hill and all the others. I wish you would just consider keeping Life is Wild also, it would be a great addition. Thanks!!!

Erika:

If you won't take my word for keeping life is wild here are some reviews of i-tunes

by A...
The CW has had it's ups and downs with tv shows. This show is very interesting. The setting is great, the chracters have a lot of chemistry together. I hope this show doesn't get canceled. This is one of the few entertaining shows still on the air.

By Love ThisS..
I really enjoyed this show when i watched it over the weekend! It kept you on the edge of your seat and was really well written. I cannot wait for the next show!

By Channing_Lover
I looooove it! It's funny, sweet, exciting and with just the right amount of drama to keep you holding your breath.

By RhuariRhys
I really liked this show PLEASE do not keep us hanging like with the series "Three Moons over Milford" (a really funny family show that got cancelled after just 1 season) It is a good show, i felt suprised and good at predictible times.This is a family show that I can watch with my family and friends and do not have to keep pushing buttons on the remote beccause we are embarrased or shocked. Please give it a chance. thank you.

That's only a few of the 154 reviews. if you don't believe me go to i-Tunes.

PLEASE KEEP IT AROUND

amanda:

hi..after i saw the first commercial of life is wild i didn't think that it was going to be that good..but after i watched the first episode, i loved the show. this show really cought my attention and i just loved it..after i found out that the show was dead my eyes started to water. i just connected to this show and it was hard for me to let it go. i really hope they make new episodes or a new season.. even if they make a box set of all the episode i would so totally buy it..please make show come back..so many people watched this show..including a huge group of my friends and me..we would all get together every sunday and watch it together..don't end this show, make it come back.

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