Writers' Strike May Create Opportunities For Smaller Networks: "It's Not A Rerun If You've Never Watched The Show In The First Place"

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MICHAEL SCHNEIDER, JOSEF ADALIAN Variety

In 1988, a writers strike helped steer viewers to the fledgling Fox network. Now, the 2007 scribe shutdown could give another upstart, the CW, a needed boost.

With a large slate of reality shows ready to bow, CW is well-positioned to weather the drought of scripted fare about to hit Hollywood. Just as the 1988 reruns on other broadcasters gave a boost to Fox's then-new (and now 20-year franchises) "America's Most Wanted" and "Cops," CW is counting on a flurry of new reality shows to take hold once scripted series go on hiatus (or into repeats).

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