In case you weren’t aware, the Writers Guild of America is presently on strike in an effort to obtain a better compensation arrangement. This implies that all entertainment writing services have ceased in the US. The most visible effect of this is that no screenplays are being written, but because a writer’s employment doesn’t cease when the script is finished, the strike has also stopped productions that were in the middle of filming with completed scripts. Many people are present on set to help with impromptu changes and rewrites. Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and American Dad, has temporarily left both programs due to the ongoing WGA strike.
According to Deadline, MacFarlane will not work on the shows as a writer or producer as long as the strikes are in effect. The writers of American Dad, Brian Boyle, and Matt Weitzman, as well as Rich Appel and Alec Sulkin of Family Guy, are also participating in the strike. It comes as no surprise as MacFarlane has previously been spotted on the picket lines endorsing the strike.
Of More to Come
This WGA strike is not the first. The most recent occurred in 2007 and 2008. If you’re wondering what the effect is on ongoing productions, the script for Quantum of Solace was completed in a hasty effort to avoid the strike just three days before to it starting. It comes as no surprise that it is frequently regarded as the weakest Bond movie since Daniel Craig took over the role. There was no time for rewrites, and a lot of the dialogue was composed after the shooting had begun. In reality, Craig had to come up with a lot of the dialogue himself because there wasn’t a writer present on set.
The immediate airing schedule of American Dad and Family Guy won’t likely be impacted by MacFarlane’s departure. The 21st season of Family Guy recently came to an end, and three months’ worth of episodes of American Dad are apparently set to air.