Four major studios have canceled dozens of writers' contracts in a possible concession that the current television season cannot be saved, according to the LA Times.
The move means the 2-month old writers strike may also endanger next season's new shows.
January is usually the beginning of pilot season, when networks order new scripted shows. But the strike leaves networks without a pool of comedy and drama scripts from which to choose. Studios typically pay $500,000 to $2 million a year per writer for them and their staffs to develop new show concepts.
The newspaper said more than 65 deals with writers have been eliminated since Friday.