Thursday, August 30, 2007 - Networks scurry as strike looms - Networks scurry as strike looms: "The broadcast nets are looking abroad for strike insurance. NBC and ABC have had conversations with international producers and broadcasters about using finished episodes of their existing series as replacement programming should a WGA strike occur, execs at both nets confirmed. There's also increasing talk of broadcasters acquiring cable hits as strike contingencies, with sibling cable nets serving as logical suppliers (think USA Network for NBC). In recent weeks, Warner Bros. TV -- which produces 'The Closer' -- has approached broadcast nets about acquiring episodes of the hit procedural. But the international option is the most intriguing as nets' strike contingency plans kick into overdrive."


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