Facing the Writers’ Strike, Streamers Can Lean More on Unscripted Shows | Charts

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“Drag Race” and other reality TV shows are poised to help keep viewers as the scripted pipeline runs dry

What strike, henny?
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As the Writers Guild of America and the studios continue their ongoing dispute into its third week, the scale of the strike is becoming unprecedented. But because the strike primarily affects scripted content, streamers may rely more on unscripted shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “The Voice” to fill the gap.

Although most streaming services have a stockpile of scripted content to be released throughout these dry months, the longer the strike continues, the more likely it becomes that the delivery of new scripted content will slow and eventually run out down the line.