NCIS, 911 among 26 TV shows set to finally return to production

“Blood in the Water” – As the NCIS team searches for Gibbs after wreckage from his boat is discovered, they find out that he had been tracking a serial killer with the journalist, Marcie Warren (Pam Dawber) who had done an exposé on him, on the 19th season premiere of NCIS, Monday, Sept. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
“Blood in the Water” – As the NCIS team searches for Gibbs after wreckage from his boat is discovered, they find out that he had been tracking a serial killer with the journalist, Marcie Warren (Pam Dawber) who had done an exposé on him, on the 19th season premiere of NCIS, Monday, Sept. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Sean Murray as NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /
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As a television fan, I can confidently say that 2023 has been one of the strangest and most stressful years we’ve ever had to encounter.

This year, for the first time in 63 years, both the writers and actors went on strike bringing the entertainment industry to its knees and grinding production to a halt. Scripted shows suddenly had to shut down and those that normally would have entered production in the summer for a fall return were delayed indefinitely.

Fortunately, after almost 150 days, the WGA strike has come to a close after the union reached a new deal with the AMPTP. With the writers’ strike over, production can finally begin on the upcoming seasons of several hit shows and networks are wasting no time in getting shows back up and running!

As October begins, the biggest studios in the game including Warner Bros. TV, ABC Signature, 20th Television, CBS Studios, Universal Television, and HBO are rushing their biggest hits back into production. In fact, in the first week of the month, more than two dozen of the biggest shows in television are slated to resume work with writers’ rooms starting up.

According to Deadline, the list of shows set to enter production is expected to expand in the days ahead as studios finally start work on their biggest scripted series now that the writers can begin working on scripts. However, the initial wave of shows kicking off production unsurprisingly features some of the biggest shows on air.

TV shows beginning production again after the WGA strikes:

  • 9-1-1
  • Abbott Elementary 
  • Alert
  • Animal Control 
  • Bob’s Burgers
  • The Cleaning Lady
  • Criminal Minds: Evolution
  • Euphoria
  • Family Guy
  • FBI
  • Fire Country
  • Ghosts
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • The Last Of Us
  • Law & Order 
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • The Mole Agent 
  • NCIS
  • The Neighborhood
  • Quantum Leap
  • Rescue: Hi-Surf 
  • The Sex Lives of College Girls
  • The Simpsons 
  • The White Lotus
  • Yellowjackets
  • Young Sheldon 

The hope in opening writers’ rooms for television’s biggest hits is that the writers can begin crafting scripts for the upcoming seasons as the first key step to bringing series back into the fold. This should help pave the way for filming to begin in the weeks ahead once the actors’ union has inked a new deal of their own, at which point actors can begin filming on projects again.

As the fallout of the WGA strike continues, we should see more shows added to the list above as networks aim to begin working on the newest seasons of their biggest shows in looking ahead to 2024. In other words, after months of disappointing updates, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally in sight and it won’t be much longer before some of our favorite shows return.

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