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All the tv series that will slip because of the actors' strike

With Hollywood at a standstill, delays loom for new episodes of our favourite series

All the tv series that will slip because of the actors' strike With Hollywood at a standstill, delays loom for new episodes of our favourite series

Hollywood has closed its doors. For the first time since 1960, actors and screenwriters have joined together and crossed arms to defy the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the organisation that represents major studios such as Amazon, Netflix, Disney, Apple and Paramount. The strike, called in mid-July by the union SAG-AFTRA led by Fran Drescher, has decided for all of its more than 160,000 members to stop doing promotions around the world, stop giving interviews, stop attending festivals or conventions and, most importantly, stop appearing on the sets of films and TV. When the last actors' strike took place in 1980, it lasted 10 weeks and cost the showbiz industry about $100 million, but this time the grievances are likely to last even longer. 

Without scriptwriters and actors, film and TV series productions are virtually paralysed. So while stars like Olivia Wilde, Jane Fonda and Mark Ruffalo are on strike outside studios to the bitter end, fans are wondering what this situation means for their favourite show TV. What will happen next with Euphoria? Who will Emily in Paris get engaged to? What will the future hold for Eleven and her friends?


TV series that will be delayed

The first effects of the actors' strike were felt immediately after it was announced, when the entire cast of Oppenheimer walked out of the screening during the UK premiere, but the biggest impact will be felt by productions of film and TV. Already, filming on Deadpool 3, Venom 3, the live-action adaptation of the Disney classic Lilo & Stitch, It Ends With Us starring Blake Lively, Gladiator 2, the sequel to Beetlejuice directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Wicked starring Ariana Grande and Spider-Man 4 have been postponed or frozen until a later date. Just as many TV series are on standby. The third season of Euphoria has already been delayed due to Sam Levinson's commitments to The Idol and the writers' strike, but with the cast folding their arms, it is highly likely that no new episodes will hit the streaming market before 2026. A similar fate befell the fifth season of Stranger Things, which is supposed to conclude the epic of Eleven and her friends. Filming was supposed to start in July this year and continue until June 2024, but recent events seem to have pushed the moment of the epic finale that all fans have been waiting for even further into the distance. The same is true for Emily in Paris. The Netflix original series was renewed for a fourth season after it looked like many scenes were to be set in Rome, but production has been halted due to the writers' and actors' strike and there is currently no planned release date. The series was already in production (there was talk of scenes being shot in Thailand) instead of season 3 of The White Lotus, but the team has confirmed that everything has been halted. Even fans looking forward to The Last of Us 2 will have to calm down and gamble on a repeat of the first season, as progress for the next season is almost non-existent. Before the strike began, it was hoped that filming would begin in early 2024, but now the second season is not expected to be released until 2025 at the earliest. Added to these titles are the uncertain fates of new seasons of The MandalorianHouse of the DragonYellowjacketsYoung Sheldon  and many others.


With productions stalled Millie Bobby Brown becomes a writer

No set? Then the stars take refuge in alternative activities. There are those who decide to devote themselves to their families, those who garden, those who focus on protests, and those who cultivate parallel interests and launch a possible new career. Such is the case of Millie Bobby Brown, who, with production on the fifth season of Stranger Things stalled, has no intention of resting or leaving her fans without news. So, while also planning her wedding to fiancé Jake Bongiovi, the young actress has written a novel. The title is Nineteen Steps and it will hit bookstores on 12 September. Her debut novel is inspired by her family's experiences during the World War II, particularly her grandmother Ruth, who was an 18-year-old girl living in London in 1942. "This book is very personal and close to my heart. I grew up hearing the stories of her time during the war. I am honoured to keep her story alive." Said she in conversation about her new work and gave some insights into the plot. Curious? The main character is 18-year-old Nellie Morris, who lives with her family in Bethnal Green during the Great War II. After a chance encounter with Ray, an airman with whom she begins a romance, a terrible accident occurs, the consequences of which are catastrophic. When the truth about that night comes to light, Nellie's world is turned upside down.