TV Writing to Get Worse


Owing to anticipated drops in advertising, studios producing series for the four major networks are aiming to cut their writing budgets by as much as 15 percent for all returning series this fall, and new shows will start with smaller writing staffs than in recent seasons. For example, while in previous years a drama like NBC's Southland would have employed up to twelve scribes, it's actually being written by just four. And when things at NBC doubtlessly fail to improve next year, look for those same four writers to be catering the set and replacing the show's lead actors. [Variety]