The Hollywood Reporter covered the Hollywood Radio & Television Society's Newsmaker Luncheon on Tuesday-- and event that gave the media access to various studio heads and other "big wigs" in the TV business.  The number one question on everyone's mind was "when do things get back to normal?" No one had much of an answer.  Another question asked who the winners and losers in the strike, prompting this response:

[there were no winners,] But there were losers, said Richard Weitz, partner and head of the TV packaging department at Endeavor, pointing out the financial impact of the strike.

"I don't think anybody will be able to break even or make up that money and time that was lost," he said, citing such shows as NBC's "Chuck" and ABC's "Pushing Daisies" that saw shortened first seasons because of the strike. "Those back-nine episodes that were lost won't be able to be made up in the future."

Greg Daniels was also in attendance, and gave a few tidbits of information regarding The Office:

When the strike ended, "The Office" executive producer Greg Daniels said, Universal Media Studios, which produces the NBC comedy, took writers from several of its shows out for a nice dinner to make amends. Since then, he said, things haven't been as contentious between the networks/studios and writers as they were during the strike.

"The executives in the scripted entertainment department are glad to see the strike over, and all I get (from my writers) is relief to be back to work," he said, adding that his writers are at work on another set of "Office" webisodes, following the 10 that became available in summer 2006 on NBC.com.

So more webisodes... will we get more from "the accountants"? A wild Creed adventure?  The deep, dark world of Mose Schrute? I suppose only time will tell...



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