TV shows return from the dead

Caroline Babula ('09)/ Eastside Staff

sdfdsNow that the 14-week long Writer’s Guild of America Strike is over, the TV world is in limbo in regards to new episodes.

But some shows such as NBC’s Chuck and Heroes, ABC’s Pushing Daisies and Private Practice and FOX’s 24 will not return until the fall.

Even though the networks have opted for these shows to forgo new episodes until the new season begins, many other shows will continue their seasons as early as this month, with most series returning in April.

Greek, the hit show about sorority and fraternity college life, on ABC Family, will return on March 23.

ABC’s Samantha Who will return April 7. Other ABC shows also returning in April are Desperate Housewives (4/13), and Brothers and Sisters (4/20). Both Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty will be back April 24.

NBC’s My Name Is Earl returns April 3. Be sure to catch new episodes of “Comedy Night Done Right,” which includes 30 Rock, The Office, and Scrubs, on April 10. Also returning on April 10 is ER.

FOX’s Bones and House will have new episodes on April 14 and April 28, respectfully.
Gossip Girl, the wildly popular CW show, will be back on April 21.

The strike has also caused some shows, including Bionic Woman, Carpoolers, Cavemen, Girlfriends, Big Shots, Journeyman, Las Vegas, and The Wire, to get permanently canceled.

According to a recent survey of 200 students, 77 percent of students will not stop watching any shows post-strike. The show with the highest drop percentage is Grey’s Anatomy, with six percent. Next come Desperate Housewives with three percent and House with two percent. Other shows with very low drop percentages were American Idol, Family Guy, and Lost, among others.

Only a total of one and a half percent of students said they will actually stop watching TV in general now that they have lived without it during the strike.

Life for TV lovers will once again become a smorgasbord of options with so many new episodes back on the air in April.