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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 21: Issa Rae attends HBO's final season premiere of "Insecure" at Kenneth Hahn Park on October 21, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Many shows will have delayed starts due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA Strike. The writer’s strike began in May after six weeks of negotiations failed with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The organization represents Hollywood studios and production companies.

Writers are demanding the following per the Associated Press:

INCREASED PAY
Many writers are saying that they are not making a livable wage. AP reports that the “median weekly writer-producer pay is down 23% over the last decade” Additionally, writers want increases in their pension plan and health fund.

BETTER RESIDUALS
Syndication used to keep the bills paid, but now since most shows will land on a streamer, writers are not seeing the payday they used to. To counteract that, the WGA is seeking more upfront fees.

SECURED STAFFING
Writers want to be able to be staffed for a more extended time. They also mention that most writers’ rooms are understaffed and overworked due to the lack of writers some shows bring on.

FLEXIBLE EXCLUSIVITY DEALS
Since seasons on shows have decreased from 22 episodes from broadcast television, with some seasons only having eight, it reduces the pay for writers as the seasons have fewer episodes. Writers also want more flexibility in working on more shows to compensate for the lack of episodes, but most deals don’t let you work on several networks or shows simultaneously.

SAFEGUARDING USE OF AI
As the use of artificial intelligence increases, writers want assurance that their jobs are safe.

However, it seems studio executives are playing the long game and waiting for workers’ funds to begin to deplete and force them to go back to work.

“The endgame is to allow things to drag on until union members start losing their apartments and losing their houses,” a studio executive told Deadline. One source added that it is a “a cruel but necessary evil” to use this as a strategy.

While there is no end date to the writer’s strike, take a look at seven shows that you can watch below:

  • 'Insecure'

    Insecure was created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore with its first episode premiering on HBO in 2016. The show follows Issa and her college friends as they navigate their 30s in their home city of Los Angeles. The show stars Rae, Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, and more. All seasons of the show are now streaming on Netflix.

  • 'The Wonder Years'

    The ’80s/’90s sitcom The Wonder Years is reimagined as a Black family living in Montgomery, Alabama, in the late 1960s. The coming-of-age comedy stars Elisha “EJ” Williams, Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh, Laura Kariuki, and more. Both seasons of The Wonder Years are now streaming on Hulu.

  • 'Greenleaf'

    Memphis megachurch Calvary Fellowship World Ministries is the heart and soul of the Greenleaf family. The show follows the trials and tribulations of the first family of the church. It first aired in 2016 and stars
    Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Kim Hawthorne, Deborah Joy Winans, Lamman Rucker, Lynn Whitfield, and Keith David.
    Greenleaf is now streaming on both Netflix and Hulu.

  • 'Family Reunion'

    Family Reunion follows the McKellan family’s transition from Seattle to create a better bond with their family in Georgia. Family Reunion stars Tia Mowry, Anthony Alabi, Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Jordyn Raya James, Cameron J. Wright, and Loretta Devine. The show is available to stream on Netflix.

  • 'All American'

    All American follows South Central high school star football player Spencer James navigating his life when he is asked to play for Beverly Hills High. The show stars Daniel Ezra, Samantha Logan, Michael Evans Behling, Greta Onieogou, Bre-Z, Cody Christian, Hunter Clowdus, and Taye Diggs. All seasons of All American are available now on Netflix.

  • 'Survival of the Thickest'

    Survival of the Thickest follows Mavis Beaumont, a plus-sized Black woman navigating dating and getting her life back in order. It stars Michelle Buteau, Tasha Smith, Tone Bell, Anissa Felix, Marouane Zotti, and Garcelle Beauvais. You can currently stream Survival of the Thickest on Netflix.

  • 'Abbott Elementary'

    Created by Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary is a mockumentary sitcom that follows a group of passonate teachers and the reality of working in a Philadelphia public school. It stars Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Lisa Ann Walter, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Janelle James, Chris Perfetti, and William Stanford Davis. Abbott Elementary is available to stream on Hulu.

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