Hollywood strike update could spell bad news for One Chicago

CHICAGO P.D. -- "Sympathetic Reflex" Episode 1006 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "Sympathetic Reflex" Episode 1006 -- Pictured: Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Momentum is a difficult thing to maintain. The month of October got off to a great start when it was announced that the One Chicago franchise was opening its writers rooms back up. This was a big step forward for Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD, since it was previously announced that all three shows would be delayed to 2024.

There was a sense of optimism that the actors would be able to come to an agreement with the studios after it was confirmed that the writers were able to do so, and resume work. Sadly, the latest news from the frontlines suggests that the opposite has occurred. According to the New York Times, negotiations between SAG/AFTRA and the AMPTP have stalled, leading to a pause in the negotiation process.

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The SAG/AFTRA, or the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, have criticized the AMPTP, or the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers, for what they deem to be “bully tactics” and disrespectful proposals. The latter group reportedly made an offer that “worth less than they proposed before the strike began”, and the former has responded by suspending further talks.

This a major setback for all parties involved. For actors, it means even more time on the picket line, fighting for better wages and working conditions. For networks, it means a slowed down timeline for what looked to be a rapidly approaching return for scripted television. While it’s undoubtedly encouraging that writers have been able to get back to work by scripting new episodes, it’s very obvious that shows like Chicago Fire and the rest of the One Chicago franchise cannot proceed without its cast.

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So what is the next step? Well, according to Deadline, both the actors and the studios are feeling the pressure of the impending Oscar season, and the amount of money/exposure that will be lost on both sides if the strike is not ratified by the time the award ceremony comes around, then there may not even be one.

The current mood is , but not optimistic, according to one actors guild insider. “Both sides are committed to the process, but it is complicated stuff, and everyone wants to give the points the time and attention they deserved”, they explained. Hopefully things turn around, for the sake of actors and fans alike.

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