How will you cope if the strike drags on?

Wire_lAs someone who introduces his television to house guests as his "baby," I’m a little worried how I’ll cope if the Hollywood writer’s strike drags on for months and months. (Read our Hollywood Insider blog for the latest updates on the strike.) True, the networks have a backlog of episodes for most of their scripted series — click here to check out the Los Angeles Times‘ handy guide — and there are plenty of new and existing reality series waiting in the wings, but let’s face it: Man cannot survive on Top Model, Idol, and Survivor alone. (And, for the record, I refuse to acknowledge the existence of Phenomenon.)

To help quell my worst fears about the strike, I’ve been cooking up a contingency plan during which I’ll fill my calendar by catching up on DVDs of great series that I’ve either missed or haven’t watched in eons. As it stands, my strike-induced TV schedule will look something like this:

Sundays: The Wire (pictured) — I’m starting to worry that my failure to watch HBO’s acclaimed drama is putting my marriage in jeopardy. I figure I might as well use the strike to ensure I’ll never again hear the words, "When are you going to sit down and watch The Wire already?"
Mondays: Profit — I loved Adrian Pasdar’s short-lived Fox drama when it first aired in 1996, but how will it hold up a decade later?
Tuesdays: Prime Suspect — I’ve caught the occasional episode of Helen Mirren’s tense crime drama, but now it’s time for complete and total immersion. Plus, watching British folks on TV automatically makes you smarter.

Wednesdays: The Comeback/Arrested Development — Two dearly departed comedies that will always top my fantasy Nielsen ratings. I need to see that!
Thursdays: Dynasty — Perhaps the only series on DVD that can pinch hit for Dirty Sexy Money, Brothers & Sisters, Ugly Betty, and Desperate Housewives — all in one campy swoop.addCredit(“The Wire: Everett Collection”)

Okay, so that’s the lineup for Slezak TV if the strike doesn’t cometo a quick resolution. What series on DVD will you use to survive thedark days ahead?


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  • EM

    Everytime the show-which-shall-not-be-named commercial comes on in our house we break into song a la the Muppets….
    Phenomenon doo doo de doo doo
    (meh na meh na)….

  • Neffs

    Slezak, man, you have some serious treats in your bag. Maybe you should hope for a less-than-speedy resolution? I can guarantee you there won’t be the goodies in the rest of the fall season that you have in front of you. I am going to miss my Daily Show and Colbert though. Oh, and word to the hubby.

  • Anne

    There are really only three shows that I watch consistently-The Office, The Unit and Friday Night Lights. I suppose if the strike persists I will watch the DVDs of these shows that are stacked in the corner. And with three nights free, I will watch Pride and Prejudice (BBC/A and E version) more than twice ( a mini series must count in this quiz). If the strike really goes on for a while, I suppose it would be time to finally watch 24 and/or Ugly Betty.

  • Maeve

    Apparently the Daily Show and the Colbert Report will both be reruns tonight, which makes me want to cry. I need my Jon and Stephen!

  • Martha

    I am thinking we’ll use the strike to catch up on “Weeds” and “Friday Night Lights,” both series people have recommended to us. Or we could do some really radical and (gasp) turn the TV off and find other things to do!

  • Green Gummi Bear

    I’m actually happy for the strike, with all these channels and movies and what have you, I have WAY too much to watch. Not only do you have your usual big four suspects, but then the CW (I actually like Aliens in America, my Monday’s are getting backlogged), FX (FINALLY caught up with The Shield last year), HBO, Showtime (It took me a year to discover Dexter…now that’s scarry), and others, and that’s just TV. I’ve got WAY too many DVDs to get through from this year’s movies alone. I’m giddy about the strike. Love ya Daily Show and Cobert, but that’s four hours a week. Hell, I had to quit Dave a decade ago because I didn’t have time. My biggest concern – All the stuff that the writers are storing up while writing at home…next year the CW is going to have a lot of shows slide to it, and FX may have to go full network.

  • Martha

    By the way, does anyone know if the strike extends to writers of children’s shows? Because if so, I need to get my DVR and Netflix queue ready for my 4-year-old…thanks.

  • Hamburger Royal

    I will watch Firefly again – all 14 episodes (for added effect I might put them in random order), Veronica Mars and maybe The O.C. (don’t ask). And lots of Tatort, the best procedurals ever.

  • Mike

    I just got the third season of Veronica Mars on DVD. And there is always seasons 1 & 2 to see again.
    The Daily Show has an archive of almost all of Jon’s episodes. If the strike lasts very long, I may see them all. What really ticks off is SNL had only three new shows before rerunning two of them to start the season.

  • stephen

    I’ll read a book

  • Ceballos

    “Freaks and Geeks” I blind bought it more than a year ago, but have never gotten around to watching it. Hopefully I’ll have the discipline to only watch one or two episodes a week, so it will last.
    Also, since the last season of the Sopranos recently came out, maybe I’ll watch the series from the beginning.
    I recently bought Scrubs Season 6 and I have a feeling I’ll be getting back into “Lost” mode once season 3 comes out next month.

  • AA

    I need to finally watch seasons 2 and 3 of Slings and Arrows, and there’s always AD to pass the time (yay! Chicken Dance!). Thinking of getting the Twin Peaks box set too. That should keep me occupied.

  • Ep Sato

    I’ll finally watch that Epitafios complete series dvd! A rehashing of Brotherhood Season 1 for my crime drama fix, Firefly to replace lost sci fi shows, but I’m at a loss to figure out what’ll replace Friday Night Lights.
    I’m also hoping to score the Family Guy friggin’ sweet party collection to get my sunday evening fix on.

  • Fatima

    Is it time for me to watch Buffy? I think so

  • Mozz

    I plan to go to lots of Theatre, off-Broadway theatre and off-off broadway theatre. There are a bunch of shows i’ve been meaning to catch. Also, there are a bunch of video games i’ve been meaning to buy and play, perfect timing.

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