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StrikeWatch: And... It's Over

It's official: the WGA strike, which began November 5th, has finally come to a close, following a member vote overwhelmingly in favor of ending the strike (92.5% to be precise) and getting back to work during the official ten-day ratification process. You can literally hear the sound of relief echoing through Hollywood today as writers return to their keyboards to try to pound out as many scripts as possible in time to salvage the 2007-08 season. "Our membership has voted, and writers can go back to work," said WGA West President Patric Verrone in a statement. "This was not a strike we wanted, but one we had to conduct in order to win jurisdiction and establish appropriate residuals for writing in new media and on the Internet. Those advances now give us a foothold in the digital age. Rather than being shut out of the future of content creation and delivery, writers will lead the way as TV migrates to the Internet and platforms for new media are developed." S

"Journeyman" to Make Final Journey; "Big Shots" Downed?

Things are not looking too good for Dan Vassar. NBC had until yesterday to give a full-season pickup to its time-travel drama Journeyman but instead quietly let the option lapse , a move which has likely all but killed the Kevin McKidd-starring drama about a family man who discovers that he can travel to the past, where he encounters his dead fiancee, who also happens to be a traveler. Journeyman did manage to complete production on its 13-episode initial order and the Peacock plans to air the final two installments next week (Monday and Wednesday evenings, if you're keeping score). The news of Journeyman 's likely demise comes just shortly after full-season pickups for fellow freshman series Life and Chuck . ( Chuck 's Monday night at 8 pm timeslot will be taken over by reality revival American Gladiators come January and NBC recently tested out procedural Life in Journeyman 's soon-to-be-vacated timeslot.) The jury is still out on the fate of Bionic Woman , t

Rob Thomas Takes Aim at "Big Shots"

For fans of Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, this summer has been an endless game of musical chairs as writer/producer Thomas leapt from series to series. First there was the potential FBI-based Season Four of Veronica Mars that had fans of the now-canceled series crossing their fingers until they bled. Then, following the unceremonious axing of the CW series, there was Thomas' head-scratching choice to climb aboard ABC's terribly unfunny comedy Miss/Guided . A decision which he reversed recently when he left the production, citing creative differences. (Apparently, he wanted the series to, you know, be good.) Thomas has landed again, this time back at Warner Bros. Television (his former home whilst working on Veronica Mars ). He's joined the staff of drama Big Shots --which stars Michael Vartan, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, Joshua Malina, and the recently cast Paul Blackthorne --as a consulting producer. Let's hope that he can tighten up the series and br

Casting Couch: With "Dresden" Dead, Blackthorne Takes Another "Shot"

Despite seeing petitions at Comic-Con last weekend attempting to resurrect the wizard private investigator drama, The Dresden Files is no more. The final nail in the coffin? Series lead Paul Blackthorne, who played the aforementioned Harry Dresden, an ex-communicated wizard who opens a private detective agency in Chicago, has signed on to a new series . Blackthorne will join the cast of ABC's new drama Big Shots next season as a recurring player. He'll portray a a "sophisticated, iconic tycoon that the four [CEOs] aspire to be." The series focuses on four CEOs (Michael Vartan, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, and Joshua Malina) who frequent the same posh country club. Sorry, Dresden fans, but the fight just ended. In other casting news, Jessica Collins ( The Nine ) has joined the cast of Heroes next season, where she'll play a character named Sophie, a super-powered operative at the organization that tracks the heroes. What's On Tonight 8 pm: Gh