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.