Is Young & Restless going on a production halt?
Major issues have come up recently and the fans are worried. After the writers went on a strike demanding proper payment, many productions have gone to a halt like the late-night shows. Now where do the soap operas fall, and what about Y&R? If you are curious to know, don’t worry, we have you covered. Now, without any further ado let’s get into the topic right away.
Y&R Fans Fear the Worst Amidst the Writers Guild of America Strike
The Writers Guild of America, a union of 11k+ writers, went on strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on May 2nd. This led to the stoppage of production for many TV shows as writers took to the streets to protest. However, soap opera fans are most concerned about what will happen to their favorite daytime dramas. Some have suggested that the shows will go off the air if the strike lasts more than a few weeks, but that’s not going to happen.
We all know soap operas always shoot about three to six weeks before the release date. So they have a lot of backups that will not really affect the production as they have episodes they can use. For example, Days of Our Lives is way ahead in its production schedule and currently working on episodes that will air in winter. But stopping production for several months isn’t a feasible option as it would mess up the show’s budget big time. So what they can do is use alternative ways.
This is not the first WGA strike, it happened in 2007 too. They avoided a hiatus by hiring scabs, who weren’t part of the Writers Guild of America strike. Meanwhile, they also convinced some union members to give up their membership and benefits to continue working on the show.
The Show Must Go On: Daily Dose of Y&R Continues Despite Strike
During the current strike, many stars have also come forward to support the WGA as well. Seth Meyers told the viewers that his show will be going on hiatus too and he said, “Look, no one is entitled to a job in show business. But for those who have a job in show business, they are entitled to fair compensation.” He went on to add, “Everybody at the table right now, be it from the writer side or the studio side, knows that the future of this business is dependent on storytellers,” which are facts. Without the writers, we really have nothing.
But soap operas like General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of Our Lives are pre-taped several weeks ahead. Their episode supply lasts longer than primetime, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and late-night talk shows due to a slower production pace.
Let’s hope the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers settle their differences soon.
Looks like we will still get our daily dose of Y&R, at least for now. So don’t worry and enjoy the show. Also, let us know what you think about the WGA Strike in the comments below.