So how are they? And, uh, who's writing them?
Plus: Andrew W.K.!
So long to Vulture's least-beloved category.
The strike is over!
If you, like us, were baffled as to why Herbie Hancock deserved the Grammy for Album of the Year, perhaps you should let leading NBA scorer and noted musicologist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explain it.
Depends whom you ask!
Constantly updated reports on which of your favorite shows will return this spring, this fall, in 2009, or (gulp) never.
The head of the Oscars wusses out.
Despite any excitement over a possible end to the writers' strike soon, Writers Guild and AMPTP insiders say "there's still a possibility this thing could get fucked."
Just as we were finally beginning to accept the reality of a future without scripted television, it seems as though the writers' strike may actually be nearing an end.
This morning brings news that the Writers Guild has allowed an interim deal for the February 10 Grammy Awards ceremony — not only will the WGA not picket the event, they'll also allow scribes to work on the show.
Mad Men and Ant-Man, returning to the screen sooner than expected!
So get your party hats out of storage, but don't put them on yet, is basically what we're saying.
But the news isn't all smiley faces on placards! Plus, the true victims of the strike: entertainment journalists.
Though the newly returned Tonight Show is not allowed to use writers during the ongoing strike, WGA member Jay Leno has been telling monologue jokes he claims to have written himself for the past two nights — but the Writers Guild, like many of us, isn't laughing.
Can Letterman make up his long-standing ratings deficit when he can offer monologues and Top Ten lists while his competitor, presumably, can only offer an hour of Jaywalking?
Surprise — The Daily Show should still be able to have its correspondents file reports.
Plus: So long, People's Choice Awards.
Why doesn't everyone do this?
Is it a show writer crossing picket lines? Were the new posts stockpiled in advance of the strike? If so, why didn't they stockpile a few more new episodes while they were at it?
Maybe! But we doubt it.
Plus: Broadway strike hurting tourism? Hooray!
Vulture buddy Nikki Finke is reporting that a "high profile TV writer-producer" who is "also a member of another guild" has been accused of "doing rewrites on his currently airing TV series as well as two projects in pre-production, one of which is still on schedule to begin shooting very soon."