An Authentic Fall
The LAT fronts a look at how all signs are pointing to the possibility that "Hollywood could be back on its feet as early as Monday." The Writers Guild of America and the major studios are close to reaching an agreement, which would be presented to writers Saturday, who will probably vote to quickly end the strike. But don't expect your favorite shows to be back on the air right away. It will take at least four to six weeks to get things going, and only about 10 to 20 prime-time shows are likely to return in the spring. Some of the more expensive shows probably won't be back until the fall, and the networks might conclude that some struggling programs are simply not worth saving. Despite the huge costs, writers largely think they managed to get their points across. But as the co-creator of Big Love tells the LAT: "No one came out of the strike completely victorious. We all came out limping and bleeding."
Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.