So much for the culture's reprieve from the nightly assault on traditional values delivered by fresh-off-the-keyboard television shows.
Half hour comedies will most likely be the first shows back with original episodes. That means Charlie Sheen and company will be back with sexual antics in Two and a Half Men on CBS before the ladies of
Lisa de Moraes, who writes The Washington Post's TV Column, reported that many shows will not return with fresh episodes this spring. Some of them, like ABC's Cavemen and CBS's Viva Laughlin were dead on arrival, ratings-wise, in the fall. Others, like Dirty Sexy Money and Pushing Daisies, both on ABC, will relaunch in the fall.
In the short term the network breathing the biggest sigh of relief is ABC, which is due to broadcast the Oscars on February 24th. The Oscar broadcast is usually the most-watched television show after the Super Bowl. With the writers' strike settled the red carpet will be rolled out and the
The real question is what will viewers do? The networks have filled their broadcast hours with reality programming and reruns. Will viewers return to their favorite shows or have they discovered that there is life away from the tube and they no longer need their nightly dose of voyeuristic violence and sex? Not even the networks know the answer to that question.
And how about the writers and the producers? Did their time off give them an opportunity to reassess the messages they want to put into their shows?