ABC will air ten extra Monday Night time Soccer video games because of the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes stripping the autumn schedule.
Though the WGA confirmed at present that they might be restarting talks with the AMPTP (Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers), networks are nonetheless scrambling to fill their fall schedule. For ABC, this implies much more Monday Night time Soccer.
Per The Associated Press, ABC will air an extra ten Monday Night time Soccer video games that had been initially set to look solely on ESPN. Most networks can be struggling this fall with fewer scripted originals because of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, however dwell sports activities nonetheless usher in viewers, so networks can be leaning on these fairly exhausting. Because of this ABC may have a sport all 18 weeks of the common soccer season, in addition to simulcasts of two playoff video games.
Variety added that audiences who tune in to Monday Night time Soccer on ESPN will see a brand new music video that includes Chris Stapleton, Snoop Dogg, and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana performing Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight. The long-time Heavy Motion theme will nonetheless stay part of the present.
The WGA formally went on strike on Might 2nd, with SAG-AFTRA following go well with on July 14th. There have been a number of failed makes an attempt at reaching a brand new settlement with the studios, however little progress has been made. The information that talks will resume is promising, so hopefully that is the primary stage in the direction of WGA and SAG-AFTRA members receiving a good deal.
“The WGA and AMPTP now have a confirmed schedule to discount this week, beginning on Wednesday,” reads the WGA assertion. “You won’t hear from us within the coming days whereas we’re negotiating, however know that our focus is getting a good deal for writers as quickly as attainable. We’ll attain out once more when there’s something of significance to report. Within the meantime, please proceed to show your dedication and unity by popping out to the picket strains – for yourselves and fellow writers, SAG-AFTRA, different unions’ members, and all these in our group who’re impacted by the strikes.“
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