It’s a difficult time for Hollywood. The writers strike has been going on for most of the summer, and shows no signs of slowing down, and now SAG-AFTRA, or the Screen Actors Guild / American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, have decided to go on strike as well.
The decision was made on Thursday, and spells out major changes for the industry, both in front of the camera and behind it. It also spells out possible delays for shows like Chicago Fire, Chicago Med and Chicago PD. Here’s what you need to know about the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Is the Chicago Fire cast on strike?
For starters, the casts of all three One Chicago shows have ceased working. It may not be very noticeable, given that the shows recently ended, and won’t be back with new seasons for several months, but it will be when production “starts” at the end of July. Generally speaking, One Chicago starts filming new episodes around this time, so that it can be ready to come for its premiere date in September.
The SAG-AFTRA strike is going to change that. Assuming the strike lasts more than a month, which is very likely, the July production dates will have to be pushed back because the cast will be standing in solidarity, and refusing to work as well as promote the shows they are usually a part of.
Watch One Chicago on fuboTV: Watch over 67 live sports and entertainment channels with a 7-day FREE trial!
The conditions for the strike are as follows: actors cannot work for companies that are part of the AMPTP, which stands for Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. That means Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. and all of the other notable studios are stuck without actors until working conditions are addressed. Actors will also be unable to promote their work at this time, meaning red carpet events and interviews are cease.
NBC, the home of One Chicago, is part of AMPTP, so actors like Taylor Kinney, Jason Beghe, and S. Epatha Merkerson will no longer be able to tease the upcoming One Chicago seasons, or discuss their characters. We hope that the decision helps both sides reach a satisfactory conclusion.
For the latest Chicago Fire spoilers and news, plus more on the entire series, follow the Chicago Fire category at One Chicago Center.