New York/Los Angeles (AP) -- The forecast is in from Hollywood: Get ready for a long, cold winter of repeats and reality TV.
Tuesday afternoon, the AP reported that Fox's "Back to You" and "Till Death," and CBS' "Rules of Engagement" will stop production and go on hiatus because of the Hollywood writers' strike. This a day after the late night comedy shows -- including those of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel -- went into reruns.
Members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike early Monday morning after failing to reach an agreement with the major TV networks and movie studios on their contract, which expired Nov. 1. The WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the group representing the major TV networks and movie studios, are at odds over how much of a cut writers should get for online distribution and DVDs of TV shows and movies.
According to experts, unless the two groups meet back at the negotiating table this week, the writers probably won't pick up their pens anytime soon.
Despite the dire predictions for television's immediate future, at least one business seems to be thriving in the wake of these most recent developments: the strike is said to be a boon to New York City's "ubiquitous, giant inflatable rat" industry. (See picture, to the left of slightly smaller rat-like creature Tina Fey.)