7 Steps to Surviving the TV Writer’s Strike

Who should we hate for the lack of content on tv? Do we blame the writers or the executives? Possibly both, but that doesn’t really matter.

What matters is finding a Prime Time replacement for all the shows I usually enjoy. Due to the recent lack of watch-worthy content, I’ve chosen seven solid steps to survive the strike.


If you haven’t been to YouTube lately, I think you’ll be surprised by some of the content there. Everything from music videos to interviews to mini episodes. Weeks worth of entertainment just sitting there waiting for you. Just be careful how you search. “Stupid” takes on a whole new level of meaning when it comes to Americans and home video. 

Tv Shows on DVD

One of my favorite pastimes is to find a tv series I never watched or rarely watched in the past and watch episode after episode. That’s how I got hooked on LOST, Battlestar Galactica, Nero Wolfe, Monk, and Roswell. They’re shows worth watching that I just missed the first time around. Shows I would avoid include Weeds, any Law & Order, and any CSI. 

RSS Feeds

I have something like 45 feeds in my feed reader. Who has time to read fresh content daily from 40 sites? So now I get to catch up on the news, tips, and deep thoughts around the world. In addition to that, I’m taking this time to be more selective with my feeds. I’m whittling it down to a solid 30 soon. Oh, the decisions!


This is one of the coolest websites/web applications ever. When I want to find something cool online that I’ve never seen before, I click “Stumble” with my StumbleUpon Firefox toolbar, and it takes me to other cool sites that people have submitted.

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People randomly surf the web, and when they find something interesting, they click a button on their SU toolbar and SU begins to share it with everyone else. Visit StumbleUpon, download the toolbar for Firefox, and start stumbling! 


I own more blogs than is healthy for any one individual NOT working for himself. Who has time to blog daily on one site, much less seven?!?!? Not me. I just like to purchase domain names and throw up a WordPress theme.

Of course, then I can’t not post a few blogs because the empty space saddens me. But if you’re like me and own even ONE blog, you can take this time to establish yourself as a daily blogger – one who is worth returning to each new morning. 

Family Time

I’m now spending more time with my wife and baby girl. How can I complain about that? Answer: I can’t. It’s time well spent. Every time I look into Kathryn’s face, I know that she will only grow older and I will never regain this time when she has the cutest chubby cheeks and facial expressions. I savor this time, knowing that time is fleeting and she will someday be a grown woman with her own family. 

There are dozens of things you can do to avoid boredom and Prime Time Depression. What do YOU do to chase those blues away? 

By Daniel Dessinger

Daniel founded CultureFeast in 2005, co-founded Mommypotamus in 2009, and writes frequently about self-awareness.

7 replies on “7 Steps to Surviving the TV Writer’s Strike”

TV on DVDs is by far the best reason to have NETFLIX or another comparable service. I’ll have to kindly disagree with you on your recommendation to steer clear of “WEEDS”.

Maybe I’m just totally enamored with Mary Louise-Parker (she’s crazy hot), but if you take the show with a grain of salt you will enjoy it much more. The best thing about TV is the ability to take a subject, make light of it, and allow the characters to develop into likable/hateable parts of a situation that you might not normally be comfortable with. Also, Kevin Nealon was born to play Doug Wilson. He is just great.

I know there will definitely be a group that disagrees with my opinion of Weeds. But honestly, watching season one straight through just made me feel dirty. That’s why I have to vote “no”.

Maybe the fact that I grew up on CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC affects my view of HBO and Showtime shows. I haven’t checked out several other cable shows yet that I’ve heard rave reviews about.

It’s like the shock value that comes from listening to a 50 Cent, Akon, or T-Pain song on the radio for a month and then downloading the explicit version. I don’t like some of the songs as much when you add certain words because it just adds a more vulgar feel.

It all depends on what you’re used to and what you expect beforehand.

Another great thing about Netflix (mentioned above by Nix), is that you can watch the TV shows on your computer instantly. Watching old shows like “The Practice,” which I forgot most of it is how I’m getting by. And of course StumbleUpon!

Tough, tough times. But I refuse to subject myself to reality TV!!

Well, I guess I could add movie/tv rentals from iTunes now, since they just launched that service. But honestly, I’m not downloading anything temporarily. I’ll stick with tv show purchases via download.

I’m not willing to download full feature films yet. I don’t have that kind of backup capacity.

I love that Netflix has the auto-watch option, but I have a hard enough time watching the two-at-a-time DVDs that I have at my house. I think I’ve had Evening since the middle of December…shame, shame.

I’ve actually taken the opportunity to read A LOT more since the writer’s strike, and I find myself dreading the end of the strike because then I’ll be a slave to the 11 hours of TV that I DVR each week :(

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