Sunday, January 3, 2010
More work for union talent in scripted programs?
"The Wrap", "SAG Watch" and other sources report that under Comcast NBC is beefing up production, starting with pilots for at least 10 dramas and 8 half-hour comedies to be shot in the coming season. The origional "Law and Order" may be back, officially breaking "Gunsmoke's" historic position as televisions' longest running prime time drama. If this becomes a rule for other networks, the trend of recent years away from scripted drama'sthat use union talent could be reversed. But what will happen to Jay Leno if NBC ups its prime time scripted programming? Or is it all for first run cable?