The WGA writer’s strike has affected several movies, TV shows, and more. Some fans are starting to fear that Jeopardy! might end up a victim of the strike. With at least one anonymous insider claiming they would wait until writers are losing their homes before they negotiate a new deal, there is a chance the strike will push on into the fall.
Here is what we know about the WGA strike and its effects on Jeopardy!
Jeopardy! in danger of WGA strike
The ongoing WGA strike where writers are seeking fair compensation and protection from studios has delayed and hurt a lot of movies, TV shows, and even game shows and reality TV. This includes the popular game show Jeopardy!, which saw one of its hosts temporarily step away from the show in solidarity with the striking writers. Mayim Bialik decided to stand with the writers and their fight. There are now rumors that Ken Jennings might join Bialik in supporting the writers.
However, this has caused many fans to believe that Jeopardy! might be in danger of falling thanks to the strike. If the rumors that some studio executives will just wait until writers start losing their homes due to no income are true, the strike could last into October or later. That means the show could be in danger. The questions and answers being used were all written and submitted before the strike. The current season ends on July 28.
Fans have taken to Reddit and are voicing concern about the future of the show with the strike ongoing. In the thread, someone mentioned that the Masters could move up to fill in programming. However, commenters reminded them that writers are needed to write the questions and answers. The show can’t legally move on without them. Also, both Bialik and Jennings are SAG-AFTRA members. The actors are possibly joining the writers on strike this week.
“If the strike continues into the fall tv season, there won’t be any Jeopardy! at all,” one Redditor commented.
What is happening in the WGA strike?
The scariest part of the WGA strike is that there is at least one insider who believes that the studios will let writers start to go broke and lose their homes before they end the strike. “The endgame is to allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and losing their houses,” one studio exec said (via Deadline).
With the SAG-AFTRA (the actors) preparing to strike, this could push studios in the other direction. Without actors or writers, nothing can be made, and shows like Jeopardy! would end up shut down for an extended period of time.
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