For those not intrigued by David Letterman's strike beard or Jay Leno's attempt to write his own monologue, the Hollywood writers strike has been a non-event thus far. If you're a fan of "Heroes," "CSI," or any other scripted show, you haven't missed your favorite shows, because they've been on their regular schedule - new stuff through mid-December, then a diet of repeats. And by the same token, the networks haven't felt real pain yet.
That will change at the end of the month, when the networks would typically start showing new shows again. The broadcasters will be in uncharted territory as they cobble together cable shows, repeats, reality and game shows to fill the gaps. But the strike won't affect every network in the same way: Some are in much better positions than others -- and much more likely to support a hard line against the writers.